Published Sep 09, 2013In our annual Hangout Handbook, Exclaim! asks some of our favourite artists to discuss the hidden gems in their hometowns. Here, No Joy's Jasamine White-Gluz outlines her picks in Montreal, Quebec.
Montreal Strip Club (3814 rue Notre-Dame Ouest)
A good strip club has to be kind of bad as well. Not only do strippers occasionally get stabbed, but it has all the ambiance of a La Belle Province restaurant. Baseball caps are not permitted to be worn regularly; they make you flip it backwards, Fred Durst style.
Super Aqua Club (322 Montée de la Baie)
A little out of the city proper, but worth it to wade in a man-made ocean with French Canadians with embarrassing Looney Tunes tattoos. Slipping into a four-way inner tube with a bunch of strangers has never been as fun as a ride on the Tornado. (www.superaquaclub.com)
Aux Vivres (4631 boulevard Saint-Laurent)
Believe the hype, this is the best vegan restaurant in town and it is crazy addictive. I have been a vegetarian for my whole life, but this place has converted many a meat-eater. (www.auxvivres.com)
Marche Aux Puces Saint Michel (3250 boulevard Crémazie Est)
Hoarders unload their attics at this adorable flea market. If you're prepared to dig, you can find all kinds of gems like old musical equipment, antique cameras, bizarre retro furniture and so many radios.
Café Olimpico (124 rue St-Viateur Ouest)
I find this café especially wonderful during Habs games where the barista sets up multiple screens with surround sound. Whether it's the uber-strong espressos or the stress of an overtime shootout, the atmosphere inside is always electric. (www.cafeolimpico.com/en)
Jasamine White-Gluz is a member of Montreal shoegaze outfit No Joy, who will embark on their first cross-Canada tour this fall. She is currently inspired by Natalie Imbruglia and '90s hair.