Wednesday, May 30, 2007

PLB Wine and Cheese

Yes, that's Maxine the Mannequin working it for PLB t-shirts!

PLB Design was founded by Montreal graphic designer (and my boyfriend) Pier-Luk Bouthillier. Pier-Luk combines his passion for design with a concern for the environment, creating what I consider designs that are both retro-licious and eco-chic...

Tomorrow evening, a wine and cheese party will be held for a series of environmentally themed t-shirts he's created. The event will be held at Crazy Lily, 6300 Saint Hubert (as in Plaza Saint Hubert...), from 6 to 9pm.

Crazy Lily's entire inventory will be tax free for the event. See you there!

images designed by Pier-Luk Bouthillier

Today in Expo 67 History: May 30

Friday, May 25, 2007

Diana Ross and The Supremes: Love Child

By the late 1960's, with five singles failing to make it into the Top 20, Diana Ross and The Supremes were in a rut. In the era of peace and love, pop culture was being influenced by underground culture, making the type of polished pop songs that The Supremes were known for passé.

Motown's signature act had to change.

Motown head honcho Berry Gordy held an emergency meeting at a hotel in Detroit with a team of writers and producers at the label. The group, dubbed The Clan, set to work on a new hit single for The Supremes.

The result was Love Child.

Love Child broke out of Motown's love song mould. The song was about a woman who was asking her boyfriend not to pressure her into sleeping with him. The woman, herself a love child, was afraid of conceiving out of wedlock. The song would talk about the hardships of being illegitimite: not having a father at home, wearing rags to school and growing up in an "old, cold, run-down tenement slum."

For Love Child, The Supremes' image changed also: the album cover photo was taken in an alley, and during an Ed Sullivan performance, they went as far as ditching their glamour queen gowns for street "rags".


Today in Expo 67 History: May 25

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Retro Recipe: Coppertone Cocktail


• 1/2 oz dark rum
• 1 oz Malibu rum
• 3 oz pineapple juice
• float melon liqueur

Mixing instructions:

Combine dark rum, Malibu rum, pineapple juice & ice in mixing tin. Shake. Strain over ice and float melon liqueur. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

This cocktail combines my love for coconut with my obsession of suntan lotion. Enjoy!

Today in Expo 67 History: May 24

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Jenn Ski

Jennifer Skoropowski had been working as a freelance graphic designer. Frustrated by the fact that the kind of design work she enjoyed (the really creative and cutting-edge stuff) was hard to come by, she decided to stop freelancing, and began focusing on her art.

In early 2007 she launched Jenn Ski (a pseudonym based on her high school nickname). She is currently making wall art: paintings (acrylic and paper on hardboard) and poster prints. Jenn plans to expand her art to include pottery, pillows, stationary, etc.

The mix of organic pod shapes with a retro touch totally appeals to me!

Visit her website at

Today in Expo 67 History: May 20

Monday, May 14, 2007

Expo 17

I've just come across a fascinating website that proposes another world's fair for Montreal in 2017. Celebrating the sesqui­centennial of Canadian Confederation (150 years), Expo 17 would revitalize the south west shore of Montreal and breathe new life into the city.

A map of the proposed Expo 17 site.

Expo 17 would be divided into 4 thematic sections:

Earth: Representing human habitation and its relationship with the planet’s ecosystem, the Earth theme would include a sustainable housing exhibition, Habitat 2017, as well as a horticultural exhibition.

Fire: Representing light and energy, the theme of Fire would be a tribute to community and celebration. In honor of this, Expo 17 would invite the nations of the world around a collective hearth.

Water: Bringing life back to the banks of the Saint Lawrence River would be the goal of the exhibition's Water theme.

Air: Old Montreal would be a car-free area for Expo 17's Air theme.

The proposal advocates using advanced modular planning to ensure that every structure and pavilion would be re-used or re-located after Expo. Elements such as La Ronde and the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack have been carefully integrated into the master plan.

Ultimately, Expo 17 would be a chance for Canada to show that it is an innovative nation, with a caring population, acting as active guardians of the planet. Needless to say, the idea of another world exhibition in Montreal gives me goosebumps...

Expo Lounge fully endorses the Expo 17 proposal!


Today in Expo 67 History: May 14

Sunday, May 13, 2007

My 15 Minutes of Fame Continues...

Click on the above image for a larger view.

This article appeared in the Saturday May 12th edition of the Montreal Gazette. I am particularily proud of being called "one of the biggest keepers of the Expo flame in Montreal today"...

Needless to say, I'm still enjoying my 15 Minutes of Expo Fame...

Today in Expo 67 History: May 13