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Since it was founded in 2012, ensō yoga has become a must for Montréal’s hot yoga enthusiasts. Located in the heart of the city, this vast 12,000 square foot studio offers a wide variety of classes in a spacious, modern and welcoming environment where every aspect has been carefully considered with a view to fostering concentration and well-being.

 

As soon as you step inside ensō yoga, you are enveloped in a modern yet warm, spacious yet friendly atmosphere. “I designed the centre’s layout myself,” says André Riley, who co-founded the space with Emily Webster. “We wanted to create an inspiring environment that is easily accessible, where people feel they are welcome. People are often intimidated by traditional yoga centres, or have little affinity for their spiritual aspect. At ensō yoga, we encourage people to connect their mind to movement, while focusing on how their body is working, concentrating and relaxing their muscles,” he adds.

Impeccable cleanliness

The mainly female clientele particularly appreciates the studio’s exemplary cleanliness, which is an asset given that classes take place in rooms heated to 38°C. The centre spares no effort in this respect: the floors and showers are washed after each class, so clients can confidently walk barefoot from the reception area to the practice rooms. Everything has been designed to make coming here an easy and pleasant experience. The locker rooms are equipped with lockers and digital locks (no more padlocks!), elastics and hair dryers, showers with shampoo, conditioner and body wash, as well as a lounging area with complementary Wi-Fi. All that seriously lightens your load!

Classes for all tastes and levels

The centre offers six different classes, ranging from traditional hot yoga (ensō hot flow) to hot pilates and hot barre. All levels are welcome, including beginners. “Heat helps muscles relax, so even if you’re not very flexible, your muscles will loosen up more easily. Postures can also be modified to suit your level,” specifies the owner. The most popular class is ensō hot barre, a combination of pilates and ballet, whose exercises are designed to chisel and sculpt your muscles while improving stability and posture. As for rates, the centre offers several options and packages, including a monthly pass and individual classes, all of which can be purchased online or at the studio. Try it today and discover the many benefits of hot yoga!

 

www.ensoyoga.ca

 

Text: Marie-Claude Ethier

 

On the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, the bar offers a bird’s eye view of New York City. Some places are timeless; this is an unforgettable experience.

 

Like an eagle’s nest, Bar SixtyFive is perched at the top of a New York Art Deco classic, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The bar is located in the legendary Rainbow Room, the pride of the Rockefellers, a treasure of the 1930s New York scene. Marvellously renovated, the space with a revolving dance floor is as glamorous as ever. Reservations are a must if you don’t want to stand in line. It really gets crowded just before sunset, as there is no better place to watch the sun go down in NYC. You feel like you are soaring ten feet over the city that never sleeps, in the scintillating lights of iconic sky scrapers.

 

 

Bar SixtyFive offers a to-die-for menu of small bites and cocktails, with a few options for larger plates. The list of small delicacies is endless. Between the delicious food and captivating atmosphere, you will not want to leave. Our personal favourites are the spicy nitro tuna, surrounded by a cool white nitro haze when it comes to the table; the tremendously tasty peekytoe crab toast; and the salmon and caviar cornets. If you want to go big, try the Clash of the Titans burger. It combines truffle cheese, lobster, bacon and several types of beef—you won’t forget this burger any time soon. The whole experience is a treat. And we have yet to even mention the wondrous cocktail list; we will let you sample it yourself. Some of the drinks are seasonal, so you should hurry. Trust us, it will be well worth it.

 

www.rainbowroom.com/bar-sixty-five

 

Text: Diane Stehle

Photos: © Rainbow Room

Batimat has offered plumbing fittings and accessories from the most prestigious local and international brands since 1977. Last year, Batimat installed a brand-new showroom at its location in the chic Town of Mount Royal. Always on the lookout for ways to improve its product offering, Batimat also teamed up with renowned residential spa supplier Effegibi a few months ago. The new showroom’s model spas, from Batimat’s newest partner, create a compelling immersive experience for clients.

 

Batimat is always looking for innovations, exclusive lines and new ways to showcase its products, as anyone seeking plumbing product excellence already knows. That’s why in 2018, the company decided to create a new showroom that would serve as both an innovative product display area and a one-of-a-kind meeting space.

 

Visitors can let their imagination run wild and be inspired by the products on display. Batimat’s experienced advisers are on hand to listen to the client’s needs while providing helpful advice and suggestions.

 

A successful partnership

This spring, Batimat teamed up with Effegibi, an Italian manufacturer of Finnish spas and saunas known for its innovative spirit and superior-quality products. Over the years, Effegibi has revolutionized the sauna industry by introducing this wellness element into private residences, transforming the sauna into a designer furniture item.

 

Equipped with all the features of a complete wellness centre and perfectly blending functionality, esthetics and technology, the residential Effegibi spa from Batimat is the best of all worlds. Easy to install, the residential spa integrates the benefits of sauna and Turkish bath into one extraordinary solution.

 

In addition to its sleek, modern design, the residential spa comes equipped with state-of-the-art technology and superior-quality materials, such as Canadian hemlock, laminated Slimtech™ stoneware, and 15-mm-thick tempered glass.

 

An immersive experience

Eager to let clients experience this new product firsthand, Batimat has installed an Effegibi residential spa right in its new showroom. The company worked with a designer to create an immersive model residential spa to help clients better understand its benefits while enjoying the elegant design.

 

Batimat’s partnership with Effegibi has also expanded the Mount Royal distributor’s product offering, highlighting its dedication to quality, design and wellness. Batimat’s new showroom lets clients imagine themselves in their own residential spa, transforming an occasional treat into an everyday luxury.

 

The grand opening of the new showroom will take place this summer. For more information on Batimat products and updates, visit www.batimat.net.

 

Text: Diane Stehle

He has styled the tresses of celebrities the world over, from Claudia Schiffer to Renée Zellweger, not to mention Hillary Clinton. He has opened several luxury salons in France and New York City and launched a collection of hair and body care products found worldwide. He is Frédéric Fekkai, and he is a French hairstylist who has made a name for himself in New York. While in Montréal for his new partnership with Ogilvy Holt Renfrew, he showed us his product line for Bastide—a more than 30-year-old brand that he purchased with his wife in 2017.  

Your Bastide product line is distributed in Quebec exclusively in the new Ogilvy Holt Renfrew Beauty Hall. Why?

I think Ogilvy Holt Renfrew is the most beautiful store in Canada. Bastide is a luxury beauty brand. I wanted to join forces with a partner on the same level.

What characterizes Bastide products?

The brand has been around for more than 30 years, it was previously known as Côté Bastide. As someone from Aix-en-Provence, I was sad to see that brands representing Provence were overly cliché. So I made one that celebrates the local land and craftsmanship. My products are modern, free of health risks, made from 98% natural ingredients and not tested on animals. Even children can use them. Bastide is a tribute to the Provençal way of life, to its colours, its scents, its landscapes.

You work exclusively with local Aix-en-Provence artisans…

Yes, with the best. I live in New York City and every time I go back to Provence, I am struck by how people take the time to choose each item they need. They buy bread at the baker, meat from the butcher, zucchini here, oranges there. They go home with the best products. That’s exactly what I wanted to do with Bastide. Whether it’s soap, candles, perfumes or creams, I work with the top artisans in every field.

What are the star products for the summer?

We have just released our Verveine perfume—a wonderful scent of verbena of Provence. We are also about to launch two face care products: a clay mask and a serum. Almost all our products are unisex.

Tell us the story of Rose Olivier perfume, one of your signature products.

One day, in Grasse, France, I was awestruck by magnificent rose bushes that had grown intertwined with olive trees. The flowers were amazing, but I was a little worried for the olive trees. The gardener reassured me that these two plants were living a true love story. I found it so beautiful that I wanted to capture the aroma in a perfume. Which led to this woodsy rose perfume.

You have been so successful. How do you explain it?

I put my heart and soul into my work. I consider myself an artisan who never tires of learning. I am curious by nature and I find inspiration in my surroundings. I also chose to do things a little differently: instead of concentrating only on hair styling, I have taken an interest in beauty in general. I was looking to find out what makes women feel beautiful. Instead of trying to change ourselves, I believe that we can perform simple, authentic rituals, to cultivate beauty and love ourselves as we are.

 

www.bastide.com

 

Text: Diane Stehle
Photos: © Alex Paillon

 

From Wednesday, September 25, to Saturday, September 28, 2019, the 29th annual Monaco Yacht Show will once again host the world of international yachting. Galas, business meetings and private events will be held in the glamourous Principality of Monaco.

 

Held in the iconic Port Hercules in the Principality of Monaco, the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) is the very essence of luxury. Each year, the MYS exhibits 125 exceptional superyachts built by the  world’s most respected shipyards and welcomes the yachting world’s major players. Approximately 40 new launches will make their world debut, with 580 exhibiting and partner companies in attendance.

 

 

Monaco remains the best showcase for industry influencers, renowned superyacht builders and designers, luxury manufacturers and major yacht brokerage houses. The exhibition will also feature next-generation water toys and luxury car, helicopter and private jet manufacturers.

 

Don’t miss this event!

 

From September 25 to 28, 2019, Port Hercules, Monaco

 

www.monacoyachtshow.com

 

Text: Diane Stehle

Whether at Soubois, Flyjin or King Crab, Thomas H. gets Montrealers dancing to his frenzied beats at the city’s hottest nightclubs, events and galas. This summer is bound to be a pivotal moment in the DJ’s career, as he debuts his new persona Tommy La Croix †. We sat down for a chat with the passionate music maker.

What inspired you to become a DJ?

When I was young, I went to Mykonos every summer. That’s where I discovered nightclubs and house music. I instantly fell in love with how much fun everybody was having. I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Where do you perform in Montréal?

I play a lot supper clubs. As a partner at Soubois, I’m there regularly. But I also perform at Flyjin, King Crab (the bar at Makro) and at several of the biggest galas and events in the city.

Do you play internationally?

Yes, especially in Los Angeles, Miami and in Europe. I do a lot of private events abroad, like weddings and birthday celebrations.

What has been the most significant experience in your career?

In 2016 I was invited to play at Burning Man. Over 70,000 people came together for the week out in Black Rock Desert. It was beyond anything I’d ever expected. I remember looking around at the blazing desert and the huge throng of dancing people and just being overwhelmed. I felt like I was the luckiest guy alive—being able to bring all of these people together with a beat, getting to travel and connect people through music. It was sublime. I knew I’d found my calling.

What makes your style so unique?

A few things, I think. First, because I love a lot of genres of music, my sets are always an eclectic mix of influences. It’s a collection of different sounds that fascinate me. Also, I think I’m very responsive. I’m always looking around at my shows, watching the room, feeling the audience, analyzing the light and the ambiance. It all influences my performance and the style of music that I’m going to play. Finally, I’m always dancing! I can’t help it. I think people see how much I’m there with them, resonating. That helps build a connection.

What are your upcoming projects?

So glad you asked! Really exciting stuff coming up this summer. On June 14 get ready to meet my new alter ego Tommy La Croix †. His debut is going to be a part of PY1 Nights, Guy Laliberté’s new multimedia event series at the Pyramid in the Old Port of Montréal. It’s a fully immersive audio-visual show. I’m also releasing my first album this June, just in time for the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. It’s been a while in the making and I’m very excited to share it with people.

Who is Tommy La Croix †?

He’s a new side of me! Over the years I have developed something amazing with Thomas H., but I wanted to get back to something more personal, more exploratory. Tommy La Croix † is that. He’s bold and he likes to take risks. He’s not afraid to play things you’ve never heard of. I want to make less commercial music with this character, to go deep and really follow sounds I’m passionate about. I wanted something that better reflects who I am today. But don’t worry Thomas H. is here to stay, too. It’s all about playing around.

You also love real estate. How do you express this passion?

I make music at night, but during the day I spend my time on my second love, real estate. So I started Groupe THT, a real estate and capital investment firm. I always wanted to make sure no matter what happened with my music I’d still be able to live well—and it grew into an unexpected success!

 

www.thomash.com

www.tommylacroix.ca

open.spotify.com/user/iamthomash

itunes.apple.com/profile/iamthomash

www.soundcloud.com/iamthomash

 

Text: Diane Stehle

Photo: Patrizia Castiglione

Originally from the Magdalen Islands, Louis Boudreault studied at the École du Louvre in Paris. In the early 1990s, his series Les envois explored how colour made its way to the Renaissance. Later, in 2003, Destinées arrived, a collection of portraits of famous people when they were children. Today, Fragments d’écriture, inspired by quotes from famous writers, poets and singers, explores memory and being human through massive canvases so beautiful viewers can only marvel at them. We sat down with this man who loves literature, poetry and words.

 

© Daniel Roussel

Last February, your exhibition, Fragments d’écriture, at the Québecor Gallery, caused a big stir. What was your process?

Fragments d’écriture follows the 350-canvas series, Destinées, that kept me busy for 13 years. In it, I painted famous people who shaped the century (such as Gandhi, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus) as children. With Fragments d’écriture, I want to honour sentences that have travelled through history, embellishing it along the way. The guiding thread of both is therefore obvious. My previous, 10-year series, Les envois, told the story of colour and its travels in the 16th century, from East to West.

Tell us about the techniques you used in Fragments d’écriture.

Each letter on the canvas is first drawn in lead, sepia or coloured pencil as I would do with a portrait. Then, many of these letters are embroidered. The choice of coloured thread is, at this step, essential. It is what gives the canvas its true personality. Some canvases took more than 150 hours of embroidery. Luckily, I have assistants to help me. For example, Je n’ai jamais voyagé vers d’autres pays que toi mon pays (I never travelled to countries other than you, my country) from Gaston Miron is 19 feet tall and took three months to complete.

Why are you interested in words? What is their significance in your life?

I am a big reader and I love literature. When I go back to the Magdalen Islands in the summer, I bring boxes of books with me and I spend three months reading. Just like portraits, some phrases from major writers—often just three words—define them perfectly. I sometimes accompany the writing fragments with a childhood portrait of the author. Kerouac is one such example, “Tout est en désordre. Les cheveux, les mots, la vie, le lit, le cœur.” (It’s all messy. The hair. The bed. The words. The heart.) The connection between words and portraits can be so strong.

Why do you choose to work on series rather than on a new theme each year?

Finding an idea that moves you and that works intellectually and esthetically with what you want to say is very difficult. Fragments d’écriture required a whole year of research. Most painters paint only one painting in their life. What I mean by that is there are hundreds of works that are just a variation on a single work. Think about Matisse or Cézanne. All of my different series could be even longer. I worked on Destinées for 13 years and yet I only skimmed the surface. I largely represented the French-speaking world, so I painted the portrait of just three Chinese people and a single Russian. For Fragments d’écriture, there is still so much to say. It would be a terrible mess and a waste to rush such a large subject in a few months!

 

Fragments d’écriture, Jack Kerouac © Daniel Roussel

 

Portrait of Jack Kerouac © Daniel Roussel

So the Fragments d’écriture series will continue?

Yes. This winter in Paris, I will show canvases focused on texts that all contain the word “Paris.” Barbara, Hemingway and Flaubert will be part of it. One day I also hope to create an exhibition entirely devoted to the texts of Prévert, Aragon and Éluard. I hope to work on Fragments d’écriture for a long time still.

This is an encouraging prospect…

Yes! When I get up in the morning, I am spoiled for choice!

 

Les Envois © Daniel Roussel

 

Destinées, Picasso © Daniel Roussel

Your paintings evoke childhood, poetry, the poetry of childhood. Are these themes important to you?

It’s often writers who talk about childhood. Marguerite Duras, for example provides us with these words: “Il reste toujours quelque chose de l’enfance, toujours.” (Something always remains from childhood. Always.) Of course when I did the Destinées series, I was exploring memory and humanity. I had to start at the beginning—childhood. But my work on colour with Les envois series was not related to this theme. Sometimes it’s also people interpreting the sentences on my canvases in their own way. For example, these words of Jules Renard, “Un papillon, c’est un mot d’amour plié en deux.” (A butterfly is a love letter, folded in two.) Originally, the author wrote it for the woman he loved, not for a child. But butterflies evoke childhood.

What are your pictorial influences?

I really love drawing. I studied at the École du Louvre and Venice is my third home. The Italian Renaissance, the 15th and 16th centuries, Leonardo da Vinci, the Florentines as well as the drawings of Daumier and Seurat touch me deeply. I love the fragility of pencil.

You live on the Magdalen Islands. Is the area a source of inspiration for you?

I was born there and I still find major creative strength there. I go back three months out of the year. I wait for summer like the messiah. It is a land of renewal and it’s where I have time to read. Between series, I entertain myself by sketching the beach, the sheep and the geese, the fields and the wildflowers.

 

www.louisboudreault.ca

 

Text: Diane Stehle

Cover: In the studio © Daniel Roussel

Montréal has no shortage of cafe, bar and restaurant terraces for having a drink in the summer. But have you ever considered going to a hotel bar or terrace? Whether you are looking for a casual-chic atmosphere or a cosy ambiance, many luxury establishments are open to the public. These are our top picks.

 

Hôtel William Gray

This charming Old Montréal hotel has a gorgeous terrace with an incredible view of the historic area. Enjoy the seamless blend of modern design and historical architecture, the thoughtfully selected mix of local artwork and contemporary furniture, and the extensive menu of refreshing cocktails and summer wines.

www.hotelwilliamgray.com

 

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth – Nacarat

On the third floor of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel, Nacarat is the perfect place to kick off an evening with friends or colleagues. In the summer, the bar hosts a variety of special events, including evenings featuring famous DJs. The bar tenders are veritable artists at the top of their craft. The menu offers cocktails combining tart and spicy notes. Don’t be shy about asking the team of mixologists for recommendations. They can give you expert advice for a unique tasting experience!

www.barnacarat.com

 

 

Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile – Le Renoir Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the Golden Mile, Le Renoir is the restaurant-bar at The Sofitel Montreal. Its beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking Sherbrooke Street is perfect for catching up with friends, relaxing after a day of work or enjoying a light meal. Inside, the ambiance is laid-back, and the food is divine. Their tapas-style fare and refreshing drinks will get your taste buds singing. Renoir restaurant received two “Toques” in the first edition of the prestigious French gastronomy guide Gault & Millau and the best rating out of all hotel restaurants in Montréal.

www.restaurant-renoir.com

 

 

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal

The Four Seasons Hotel Montreal recently opened its doors in the heart of the Golden Square Mile to receive local and international guests in a series of lavish open-air spaces. Known as “The Social Square,” the third floor of the hotel includes a lobby, the Marcus restaurant and terrace, and two bars. Lunch, happy hour, business meetings, drinks with friends or dates with lovers: the venue is ideal for all occasions. As their names suggest, the Daybar and Nightbar are open at different times of day. But whatever the hour, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s delicious creations will delight you. When it comes to beverages, a selection of local beers as well as exclusive cocktails are available to quench your thirst. The huge terrace at Marcus restaurant is bound to be the hottest place in the city this summer. When the sun goes down, the lounge and bar will feature carefully selected musicians or DJs. You heard it here first!

www.fourseasons.com

 

 

Ritz-Carlton Montréal

A true luxury institution in Montréal since 1912, the Ritz-Carlton Montréal offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The only hotel in Quebec with a prestigious Five Diamond Award, the establishment has its own restaurant, Maison Boulud. This luxurious restaurant-bar offers the finest French cuisine. In addition to the wine cellar with the best vintages in the city, you can enjoy the relaxed, sophisticated ambiance of the Champagne bar, the Dom Pérignon.

www.ritzcarlton.com

 

© Ritz-Carlton Montréal

Le Mount Stephen – Bar George

Bar George at Le Mount Stephen Hotel has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the city. It is the perfect place for a gathering in luxurious and authentic surroundings. The hotel was originally the home of Sir George Stephen, a business tycoon who was president of both the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Pacific Railway. The menu is delicious and original. Chef Kevin Ramasawmy’s exquisite cuisine and the enticing cocktails crafted by the team of mixologists are sure to delight!

www.bargeorge.ca

 

 

Text: Alexandre L’Hour