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He was known for his collection of unisex haute couture, the first in the history of fashion, but Rad Hourani is not just a couturier. He’s also a photographer, painter, videographer and sculptor. In short, he’s a multi-disciplinary artist that the Arsenal gallery has chosen to introduce to the public. 


Born in Jordan to a Jordanian-Canadian father and a Syrian mother, Rad Hourani settled in Paris to work in photography and video after attending high school in Montréal. He then designed his first unisex collection and launched his namesake brand in October 2007, when he was 25. Two years later, he presented his very first exhibition of photos and videosat the Palais-Royal in Paris. Since then, Rad Hourani has collected honours when exhibiting his photography all over the world.


Yet the Montréal public knows him mainly for his unisex haute couture collection. The exhibition at the Arsenal will bridge this gap. The theme is neutrality, and the exhibition explores the varied facets of works by this multi-disciplinary artist who mixes painting, sculpture, photography, costume and video.


Rad Hourani maintains that anti-conformism is the true essence of individuality. He advocates for a society that has done away with nations, genders, age, races, limits, borders and conditions. In his exhibition he deals in turn with our relationship with money, religions, sexual gender and the limits we put on ourselves, sketching out his vision of another way to exist. It’s his ode to liberty and creativity.


November 5, 2015, to January 17, 2016, at the Arsenal

2020 William Street, Montréal

September 25, 2015, was the date of the fourth annual Casino contre le Cancer benefit organized by the Institut du cancer de Montréal and presented by Giorgio Armani. The event raised $150,000 for research into cancer immunotherapy.


Casino contre le Cancer benefitted from the commitment of around twenty celebrities, such as Guy A. Lepage, Jean-Thomas Jobin, DJ Yo-C, and Jérôme Ferrer, to the cause. For a second year, the Relais & Châteaux chef concocted a 5-star menu for the 250 VIP guests.


A total of 800 elite guests assembled in the ballrooms for a magical evening that included a VIP poker tournament, a performance by dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, a silent auction and dancing till the wee hours. Everyone agreed that the benefit was an immense success!

People have been waiting for this moment all spring: the opening of new restaurants on the New York scene. The trend is very French, taking inspiration from both haute cuisine and regional specialities. The chefs in greatest vogue are taking advantage of the good weather to suggest new concepts in establishments just waiting to be discovered. It makes your mouth water. Here are some new addresses that gourmets will definitely be adding to their dining schedules!


Partners Tony Ingrao and Stephen Sills designed an ultrachic French brasserie where linen and leather take on a contemporary look. The restaurant in the Baccarat Hotel in Midtown will have two chefs to serve you better: chef Shea Gallante (one Michelin star) and chef Charles Masson from La Grenouille, one of the best-loved restaurants in Manhattan. At Chevalier, the chef’s table has 20 places, exclusively reserved for those who put themselves completely into the chefs’ hands. The restaurant has undertaken to transform French cuisine in New York. No doubt about it! Reservations necessary.


20 W. 53rd St.


A hotel on Central Park has its Jams, its ultrachic restaurant. Here we may taste, for the first time on the East Coast, the cuisine of Jonathan Waxman. Inspired by the success of the culinary delights he concocted in California, Waxman is introducing his local organic cuisine to New York. Jams’ menu marries fresh tastes from California and the Italian Riviera with French savoir-faire. Waxman was trained by the formidable Alice Waters, and her strict regimen shows.

Untitled on the High Line

On May 1, Danny Meyer is opening THE restaurant of the new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District. Renzo Piano’s lovely architecture lends distinction to this culinary shrine. Head chef Michael Anthony and chef Suzanne Cupps, whose talents are well known to gourmets, collaborated to create a menu stuffed with exquisite flavours and worthy of this new showplace of art. The Studio Café, reserved for museum visitors, offers an incomparable view over the city. The terrace overlooks the lovely green High Line Park promenade, the Hudson River and the city beyond.


99 Gansevoort St.


The team from Pearl & Ash, the essential wine bar and trendy restaurant on the Lower East Side, is preparing a new site that promises to be the talk of the town. Patrick Cappiello, Alessandro Zampedri and Branden McRill are taking over the neighbouring R Bar Space to create Rebelle. Chef Daniel Eddy will be contributing his talent and first class Parisian experience. In Paris, you often have to wait a few months instead of a few days for a table at Spring, so you’d better make your reservations for Rebelle right away!


218 Bowery

The Modern

Its name is still a big secret, but chef Gabriel Kreuther’s new restaurant is on its way and they tell us it will be ready this spring. It’s one of the culinary experiences that we’re waiting for impatiently. The Modern, the restaurant in the Museum of Modern Art that he directed for 10 years, is one of the most sophisticated contemporary kitchens in New York. The new establishment’s menu draws its inspiration from the region of Alsace. It promises fine results in a high design setting by Glen Coben located in the Grace Building across from Bryant Park.


1114 Avenue of the Americas


Text: Barbara Stehle

The New York arts scene is varied, extravagant and sophisticated. From Manhattan to Brooklyn, there are plenty of places to go. This spring brings major contemporary art exhibitions, not to mention exhibitions looking at cultures that are not represented nearly enough. Here at a glance are the major events of the spring season!

Guggenheim Museum

On Kawara – Silence is undoubtedly the concept event of the year: a retrospective exhibition of works by the Japonese artist, long a New York resident, who died last summer, is spread out through the Guggenheim’s spectacular architecture. It’s one of the great events currently under way on New York’s arts scene. The exhibition is drawing an international crowd of art lovers. Kawara’s work is both elegant and humanist, but it isn’t easy to understand. Take you time. The experience will be enriching.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan has reorganized its modern art collections. The thematic route is marked by masterpieces from Europe and North America. The Plains Indians Artists of Earth and Sky presents rare and unexpected objects, some of which date from 100 B.C., of both aesthetic and anthropological value, paying sincere homage to the powerful aura of Native culture on the North American plains.


Whitney Museum

Mark your calendars! The Whitney will be inaugurated on May 1, 2015. Visitors are awaiting with equal impatience the chance to discover the museum’s architecture, by Renzo Piano, and a first look at the installation of its collections and the major opening exhibition. With an unmatched view over the Hudson River, a gourmet restaurant and a trendy café, the Whitney promises to be THE fine weather spot in Manhattan.

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Few artists are as colourful as Kehinde Wiley. The exhibition Kehinde Wiley a New Republic radiates extraordinary energy that leaves no one indifferent. Wiley, one of the great painters of figural and pictorial theatricality, reinvents traditional historical and portrait painting with humour and grandeur in compositions starring young Blacks. Two decades of work by this darling of the galleries are now on show at the Museum.

New York Botanical Garden

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo cultivated her garden. The exhibition Frida Kahlo, Art, Garden, Life, which starts this spring and continues all summer, only shows a few of her works, but what works they are indeed! It is also an opportunity to discover the gorgeous Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It’s a spring stroll off the beaten track.

Frieze Art Fair

The fair, which comes from London, brings together works from the greatest European galleries, as well as few others, carefully selected. The booths show all the latest things at exorbitant prices. Everybody who is anybody will be there, for cocktails and to look around, on Randall’s Island May 14 to 17. The elite crowd will definitely be found on the ferries from Manhattan that make the crossing in a few minutes.

Artist Space Exhibitions

Artist Space, a chic Soho loft, is still inhabited by experimental art. Upstairs, where all the trendy New Yorkers go, they’re showing Hito Steyerl, feminist artist, and her powerful videos. Artist Space is very trendy, and so is its philosophy. A visit will lead you underneath the light of suspended screens to view astonishing works. This exhibition will take you out of your daily grind.

Petzel Gallery

Uptown, one of the galleries on the Upper East Side, is showcasing German artist Charline von Heyl. Her paintings translate a pictorial discourse that is both personal and formalistic. Questions of painting asked with the intelligence of the paintbrush and the vivacity of a contemporary spirit. Of the three Petzel galleries in Manhattan, this is the one not to miss.


Text: Diane Stehle

Architect Ulises Liceaga of the Fractal Architecture agency has created an elegant, luminescent and innovative contemporary residence in the Gramercy Park neighbourhood. The result: he is the winner of the Ceramics d’Italie prize in the residential category.


Gramercy, on Manhattan’s East Side, is legendary for its private park, to which only surrounding residents have access. Once upon a time, you needed a gold key to enter. Today, Karl Lagerfeld and Uma Thurman have discreet, ordinary keys to enter the most exclusive garden in Manhattan.


Gramercy has its own particular style, somewhat like that of West End London. In this exclusive old neighbourhood, lots of properties are being renovated. The grand Gramercy Hotel dates from the 1920s, but its interior décor was redone in 2006 by painter and cinematographer Julian Schnabel. Every iota of Gramercy’s charm is summed up in this very 19th century architectural complex, where designers are working to adapt its interiors to a contemporary lifestyle. For an architect, the challenge is to respect this atmosphere while leaving one’s own artistic stamp.

Ulises Liceaga’s project

Ulises Liceaga’s house stands out from others in Gramercy. What a gem! The ingenuity of the project taken on by his agency, Fractal Architecture, is found in the solutions used to reconvert a townhouse dating from 1848. Initially the triplex and three lofts one atop the other didn’t meet their new owners’ requirements. The spaces revealed an outmoded lifestyle. They were open, yes, but dark, and the spirit of the place seemed somewhat stifled.


With the intention of making the home more spacious, Liceaga made the three lofts into a two-storey open-plan apartment with lovely high ceilings, and added a third storey on the roof. In other words, he created a triplex on top of the existing triplex. The building’s structure had to be reinforced so that they could open up the rear façade and transform it into a glass wall.

Like being outside

Translucidity has become a major theme. The lovely glasswork on the ground floor is now overlooked by a glass terrace opening on a glass wall. This interplay of openness and transparency continues with the second terrace, this one on the roof. The view is splendid and residents have an opportunity to take advantage of being outside – fine additions to the house’s charm. Life is lived in luxurious comfort, hidden from passers-by but just like being outside.


From the street, nothing gives away the transformations that the building has undergone or its newfound transparency. They only appear when you’ve crossed the threshold. Natural light circulates freely through the home with nothing to interrupt it. This freedom makes the space seem even more open. The evening lighting was designed by Ingo Maurer: a multitude of LEDs were set into the glass wall like snowflakes. Their sparkle screens against spectators from outside. This way the residents take advantage of outdoor light during the day and in the evening the wall blurs its transparency for more security.


The living room represents the building’s open spirit. The double-height ceiling provides spectacular volume. The contemporary décor is both sophisticated and warm. Works by artist Emilio Garcia, a childhood friend of the architect, bring a playful, joyous touch. The same magic shines in the bedrooms and other private spaces. It feels like an absolutely delicious place to live. Ulises Liceaga has given this house in Gramercy both its chic and its groove back. Keep an eye on him…


Text: Barbara Stehle

In 2003, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tapenning founded Tesla Motors. Their inspiration: inventor Nikola Tesla. Interested in electricity, he was the first to design an efficient way of using alternating current in an auto and to patent the induction motor in 1888. Inspired by this technology, in 2008 the American automaker put it at the heart of its first car, the Roadster. Tesla’s story is just beginning, but it looks promising.


Electric cars are gaining ground, but they are far from catching up with sales of cars with conventional engines. Yet they weren’t just invented yesterday! These sales only represent 0.02% of all sales of passenger cars. According to the International Energy Agency, however, the number of these vehicles on the road is expected to climb from 180,000 in 2012 to 20 million in 2020.


That’s a huge potential for Tesla, whose two founders had an initial project in mind, to build a high-performance electric car with emissions lower than those of a Toyota Prius, already low, and faster acceleration than a Ferrari.


There was nothing new about the idea: AC Propulsion was already working on a concept car, the tzerotm, with much faster acceleration than cars like the BMW Z8 and McLaren F1. Eberhard’s test convinced him. In 2004, Elon Musk joined the business of which he is now the public face. The young billionaire, who owes his fortune to cofounding PayPal, has big ideas.


From the Roadster to the S

The Tesla Roadster is really what got things started. The powertrain consists of an AC induction motor and lithium-ion battery good for 394 km on a single charge. Figures for acceleration are impressive: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. From 2008 to 2012, some 2,400 of these cars were delivered all over the world.


In 2012, the American automaker, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, launched a car that would marry all the characteristics of a high-end vehicle to the performance of a sports coupe: the Model S, the first all-electric high-end sedan in the world.


Automobile critics gave it high marks for having the best technology, and the S became the brand’s standard-bearer. A national survey even named it America’s favorite vehicle! Well-known magazine Consumer Reports, which is not given to flattery, gave it a score of 99% on its tests, stating that not only was it the best electric car it had ever tested, it was the highest-scoring car it had ever tested.


The flagship sedan

Superbly designed, the five-door Model S comes in four configurations: the 70D, 85, 85D and P85D. The number corresponds to battery power: 70 kWh for the 70 and 85 kWh for the 85 models. Their range varies from 385 km for the 70D to 435 km for the 85D. The letter D means that the car has all-wheel drive, a technology added in the latest model years.


Tesla has also launched an electric car with electrifying performance: the P85D. By combining front and rear motors, the brand’s engineers have put 691 horsepower at the driver’s service. According to the automaker’s data, the car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. The brand calls it the fastest five-door car in the world. In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz S63 4Matic, the most powerful S Class, does the same thing in 4.0 seconds, while consuming a lot of premium gasoline. The P85D only needs electricity. And what about range, the bête noire of these engines? The best-performing cars in the S family have a range of 405 km, besides not emitting any pollutants. Nyet. Zero.


Recharging, like range, is a major concern for consumers. In Québec, for example, Hydro-Québec’s electric circuit is making recharging easier and easier by installing charging stations at strategic spots around the province. Tesla pays very close attention to the owners of its cars and has installed charging stations in strategic places, some of which are here in Québec. But there is still much work to be done to increase the number of superchargers. Tesla has even invited owners to write in to suggest locations. In the meantime they have access to ultra-fast recharging: 30 minutes will give them 270 kilometres.


A unique car

The cabin has a number of special features, including the ability to add two rear-facing child seats in order to carry up to seven passengers. You can also replace the rear bench seat with captain’s seats. The 17-inch touchscreen is definitely one of the masterpieces of the car. Like a giant iPad, it allows the driver to control most of the sedan’s vital functions.


Like other luxury cars, the Model S offers its passengers a high level of refined comfort. However, you’ll have to loosen your purse strings to add accessories like a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, Alcantara trim, a high-quality audio system or the automatic control set, including adaptive cruise control, a lane-maintenance system with automatic steering, and automatic parking. The price of the base model, the 70D, jumps from $86,000 to over $105,000 fully loaded. The P85D costs up to a little over $147,000. Compared to other cars with comparable performances, isn’t a Tesla S a… bargain? If you compare these prices with those of cars like the Mercedes-Benz S63AMG 4Matic ($156,400) or the Porsche Panamera hybrid ($110,000), one would think so, especially considering that the costs of electricity will never match those of premium fuel.


No matter how happy we are to see electric cars on the market, it’s still true that the idea is nothing new, as witnessed by Nikola Tesla’s invention from over 100 years ago! Happily, this technology is regaining its popularity and high-end automakers are starting to show an interest. Who will compete with Tesla Motors? Right now, Porsche is working on being among the first. Keep your eyes open.



Text: Jean-Pierre Bouchard

The Paton1 prestige real estate complex will soon be constructed at the cape on Île Paton, beside Rivière des Prairies. One hundred and two luxury condominiums and penthouses will be built on a huge forested estate crisscrossed by walking trails. Each one will enjoy a spectacular view over the water and the natural surroundings.


In 1880, Hugh Paton, a rich businessman from Scotland, bought Île Paton. He quickly transformed it into an enchanting estate, building a bridge and a luxury villa that included a park, a green house, stables and a golf course. Montréal’s rich bourgeoisie were welcome guests. Today, the Paton1 project continues the tradition.


The Paton1 Signature collection of condominiums and penthouses was created for a select clientele seeking exceptional luxury in majestic surroundings. All the apartments will look out over the water and most will be floor-through, receiving light from both their front and rear façades. The condominiums will vary in area from 1,200 to 3,200 square feet.


The leader in Québec prestige residential sector, the Jadco Group,and its partner Magil Laurentienne, are behind this major project, which required an investment of $125 million. Paton1, which is unique in Laval and is the first in a new class of real estate boasting unmatched luxury, had such a successful launch that two thirds of the properties were sold within the first two weeks.


Serenity paired with elegance

With its prestigious roundabout driveway, private majordomo services, sumptuous front entrance and elegant lobby, Paton1 will offer its residents the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel.



Each unit will be suffused with light thanks to its full-length windows and majestic ceilings up to 14 feet high. Sophisticated materials and contemporary design combine in the rooms to create perfect harmony and offer an ultra-refined living space. The luxury continues outside, where spacious balcony-terraces give a spectacular panoramic view of the immensity and beauty of the surroundings.



Residents will also enjoy a heated indoor pool with privatecabanas, a sauna, a fitness centre, a private reception room and even a guest apartment. Avid boaters will be delighted with the private wharf where they can dock at the marina.



The most sought-after address on Île Paton is currently available in a limited edition and a few units are still available. Sign up today to be on the VIP list of the first purchasers!

For more information

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4400Promenade Paton, Laval
Tel.: 1 844 4PATON1

Mitch Garber, the CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company and of Caesars Interactive Entertainment – one of the largest gaming companies in the world of hotel-casinos and the Internet – is the new dragon on Dans l’œil du dragon, the French-language version of Dragons’ Den playing on Radio-Canada, and was recently appointed Chair of Cirque du Soleil’s Board of Directors. Luxe met this extraordinary businessman.

Why did you agree to become a dragon? What is it about this new challenge that attracts you?

At first I wasn’t interested. I thought recording the show would take up too much time. Then I changed my mind when I realized that it would be a wonderful opportunity for an Anglophone to appear on Francophone television. Right now there’s a wall between the two communities and I think that’s a pity. Also, my wife and I do a lot of work with non-profits. For instance, I’m on the Board of Directors of Fondation, Montréal inc., which awards grants to young entrepreneurs from Québec. This makes participating in Dans l’œil du dragon a natural progression from what I was already doing. Lots of young people leave Québec because they don’t think they have a place here. We have to change that and giving them a chance to express themselves in front of over a million people every week is a great way to do it! I’ll funnel most of my earnings from the show to Québec charities. Also, my children are fans of the program and encouraged me to participate. Dans l’œil du dragon is also educational, because they don’t teach you in school how to manage your money, your credit card, etc. It shows young people how important it is to manage your finances properly.

You’re a great lover of bilingualism. How did you learn French?

My grandparents lived in the Eastern Townships and I visited them every weekend. My grandfather was a doctor, and his practice was 50% Francophone, so I heard a lot of French spoken. Later I studied law in French at the University of Ottawa. I used to host a radio show on sports and I interviewed many Francophone guests. Finally, my wife of 23 years is a Francophone. I believe in preserving the French language and Québec culture, but also in the importance of being bilingual or even trilingual. Unfortunately we’ve allowed politicians to separate the two communities and it’s time for them to work together more closely!

In 2009, you agreed to head up Caesars Interactive Entertainment on the condition that you could have your offices in Montréal. Where does this attachment to Montréal come from?

I could have stayed in Europe or moved to Las Vegas to take advantage of more favourable tax systems, but I chose to stay in Québec because I like the culture here. I want my children to grow up in this rich culture the way I did. My family has had its roots in Québec for 108 years. I didn’t want to give up the culture for money.

What’s the best advice you could give to today’s young entrepreneurs?

An entrepreneur has to show tenacity and be able to survive the setbacks that occur when you’re creating a business. You have to work harder than your competitors. Also, it isn’t enough just to have a good idea: you need good people around you, the right attitude and the ability to carry your idea out. That’s what I look for as a dragon on Dans l’œil du Dragon.

As a sports fan, do you see any connection between playing sports and managing a business?

Most of the people I spend time with have one thing in common: they’re very competitive. Personally, I don’t think
I am competitive, but I do think I’m passionate. I play several sports, but just to keep in shape and for fun. Having passions and being active are part of life for a good entrepreneur, but not necessarily being competitive. It’s more about participating, being in the right place at the right time and feeling comfortable.

You are at the head of a business that is part of the gaming industry. Does this make you feel any social and moral responsibility?

Yes, totally. Playing responsibly is one of Caesars’ central values. We work to keep minors from playing and to steer those who can’t play in moderation toward help centres. We have specific links on our online gaming sites.

TPG Capital has just acquired Cirque du Soleil and you’re the new Chair of the Board of Directors. How do you see Cirque du Soleil’s future as a result of this transaction?

This investment fund shares the same values as Guy Laliberté and Cirque du Soleil. As well, its global network and its partnership with the Chinese firm Fosun are a winning combination. The Cirque’s head office will remain in Montréal. The creativity that makes the Cirque so valuable is here, in Québec, along with the leadership of Daniel Lamarre and his team. Finally, it’s an honour for me to be one of the Cirque’s investors and Chair of its Board of Directors. I have unlimited admiration for Guy Laliberté and the business he has created.


The fourth season of Dans l’œil du dragon is shown on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.


Text: Diane Stehle