Monthly Archives: October 2010

Metal and Magic (Helmut’s Forge) Workshop

29 October 2010

If you have not been watching the Melange Magique Blog or its newsletters, then you missed this exciting bit of news!

Helmut will be in Montreal this Saturday. He will bring horns and blades and leather journals to sell.
AND! And he will be giving a workshop.

Metal and Magic (Helmut)

Thirty years of making ritual tools, research and experimentation have taught me that when it comes to metal, magic follows a predictable pattern of behaviour linked to its physical state. In this workshop, I will describe these properties and how they affect the ritual and magical use of metal for today’s practitioners.
Helmut started blacksmithing forty years ago, and this year celebrates his thirtieth year of making metal work for the pagan community.
Saturday October 30th 2-4pm $40

See you all there for this amazing and rare opportunity! Contact Le Melange Magique for more information about this workshop.

Pagan Sunday Brunch October 2010

28 October 2010

October 31st 2010, 10 am sharp
Resto Burgers & Benedicts
2313 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (AMC)
(514) 228-5210
Breakfast: <$15
Facebook Event

Come join us for a Halloween breakfast and meet other pagans in your community! No level of pagan experience is necessary, but as long as you can wield a knife and fork like a guru master, you’ll be respected and admired by your peers.

This is a kid-friendly event, so feel free to bring your offspring.

If you have any questions, send me a message on FB or email me at jdhobbes @ If you don’t know anybody, don’t fret. Ask the resto guys for Hobbes or look for the pentacle.



Resto Burgers & Benedicts is in the Pepsi Forum that houses the AMC Movie theatre and is across Atwater from Alexis Nihon.

Get to Atwater metro (Green line), cross Atwater from Alexis Nihon, and enter the Pepsi Forum. Its the first resto inside.

Correction and Apologies

26 October 2010

I just put up a post that stated that the Witches Masquerade Ball was strictly 18 years and older, which upset quite a few people. Let me explain.

Because I believe Sala Rossa was a bar, I thought that people under 18 would not be allowed. I just called Sala Rossa and they told me that they are technically a social club, so people under 18 are allowed, but they cannot be served alcohol.

Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult for both the ritual and the party afterwards.

Please accept my apologies for the error and I hope you can all still attend our event

REMINDER: Witches Masquerade Ball is this Friday

26 October 2010

A few people have been asking questions about the event this Friday, so here are some more things you should know:

  • Ritual attendees are asked to bring a small stone.
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to attend the ritual and the party afterwards.
  • The Ball is about the masks, but if you want to dress up to match the mask, feel free!
  • If you’re looking for a good mask, I’ve found that Malabar on the corner of Parc and Laurier has excellent masks for sale (and for rent!).

Friday, October 29th 2010 — Montreal Witches Masquerade Ball

Sala Rossa  (4848 Blvd St. Laurent)
Facebook Event page

Samhain Ritual/rituel (free/gratuit): 7pm (18 years/ans +)
Participants are asked to bring a small stone
Celebration: 8:30pm

Wear your wildest masks! / Portez vos masque les plus fantastiques!
Prizes and raffles! / Prix a gagner
Music spun by / Musique par: DJ Marcus Aurelius
Bring your drums! / Apportez vos djembes!

Tickets sold @ / Billets en vente @:
Melange Magique (1928 Ste. Catherine Street West, Montreal)
Charme et Sortilège (4933, Rue De Grand-Pre, Montreal)
$10 advanced purchase
$15 at the door

Sponsored by / Presente par:
Montreal Pagan Resource Centre
Centre de Resource Paienne de Montreal

** New sponsors include:
PepperMaster (Rigaud, Quebec):
Avalon Naturel (Dorval, Quebec):
Le Melange Magique (
Treasure Chest (60A Donegani, Pointe-Claire)
Charme et Sortilège (4933, Rue De Grand-Pre, Montreal)

Gaia’s Bardic a Success!

25 October 2010

This past Saturday night, Atwater Library was host to an evening of music, storytelling, and more than a few surprises! If you missed it, you really denied yourself a rare treat. You shouldn’t deny yourself such pleasures… you deserve better!

We had over 50 people in the audience that night, and thanks to their generosity and mathematical formulas that I’ve never been very good at, we raised over $600 for the Gaia Gathering conference. Amazing!

As with all pagan events, we started the evening about 15 minutes late (logistics and waiting for certain people), but once we got going, we found it difficult to stop! The evening’s entertainment included:

All the performances were amazing and the audience were very appreciative and responsive.

As for surprises, well here’s one that caught everyone by surprise. One of the performers couldn’t make it that night, so when we were approached by Kanaska offering to sing a couple of songs, we found room in the evening for her.

She. was. amazing. The beautiful passion and raw power that came from this woman and her guitar floored the room. After each song, the audience went crazy with applause and cheers. She added something to that evening that we were hoping for, but not to that degree: magic.

From that evening, we already have 4 people signed up for the conference and many more people interested in finding out more about it. It was a great kick-off event to lead into and help promote the Montreal edition of Gaia Gathering.

A few people recorded the evening with their cameras and have posted them on YouTube:

The next big event for Gaia Gathering is the Service/Product auction to take place the first weekend of December. Stay tuned for more information about it!

Lancement officiel de Les Amis du Champ des Possibles (OBNL) || Official launch of our new non-profit organization Les Amis du Champ des Possibles

25 October 2010

Nous vous invitons tous au lancement officiel de l’organisation à but non-lucratif Les Amis du Champ des Possibles.

Vendredi le 5 novembre 2010 : 17h00 – 20h00.
Café Falco, 5605 DeGaspé #102, Montréal.

En présence de Luc Ferrandez, maire de l’arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal et de Richard Ryan, conseiller d’arrondissement du district Mile End.

Au programme de la soirée:

•Rencontre avec les membres fondateurs.

•Présentation de tous les documents expliquant le projet: histoires, réflexions et plans d’aménagement, maquettes, cartes, photos.

•Projection de films documentaires: Le jardin Roerich, 2007; Jardiniers clandestins, 2010; A-Z, CDP, 2010.

•Invitation à devenir membre de l’OBNL.

•Vins et bouchées.



You are warmly invited to the official launch of the non-profit organization Les Amis du Champ des Possibles.

Friday November 5, 2010 : 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Café Falco, 5605 DeGaspé #102, Montréal.

In the presence of Luc Ferrandez, mayor of Plateau Mont-Royal borough and Richard Ryan, Mile End district city councillor.

Included in the evening, along with wine and hors d’oeuvres:

• Meet the founding members.

• Presentation of all documentation explaining the project: history, reflections on development plans, architectural maquettes, maps, photos.

• Documentary film projections: The Roerich Garden, 2007; Jardiniers clandestins, 2010; A-Z, CDP, 2010.

• Invitation to become a member of the non-profit organization.


Gaia Gathering Open Meeting: October 18th, 7pm

17 October 2010

Gaia Gathering Montreal – Open Meeting
Location: Concordia University Multifaith Chaplaincy 2090 Mackay, Montreal
Time: 7:00PM Monday, October 18th

** Version français suivra**

Hi everyone

The time has come to coax you all out of the woodwork, vine-work, and gyp-rock! Gaia Gathering is seeking volunteers to help with local fundraising events and the Conference as a whole. This is a great way to both get involved with the community and plant something special onto a CV.

If you want to help out, and you’re in the Montreal area, come out to our next Open Meeting on:

Monday October 18th at 7pm
Concordia University’s Multifaith Chaplaincy
2090 Mackay, Montreal

If you can’t make the meeting (or if you’re outside of Montreal), please email Scarlet, our volunteer coordinator, at and include what
you can offer, your email and phone contact information.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!
Amanda, Hobbes, Melanie and Scarlet

Bonjour à tous,

Le temps est venu de vous inciter à sortir des bois, des murs, etc.. La conférence Rassemblement Gaia a besoin de bénévoles pour aider à l’organisation
de divers événements en plus de la conférence elle-même. Voici une excellente occasion de vous impliquer au sein de la communauté, tout en ayant l’occasion
d’ajouter un petit quelque chose de spécial à votre C.V. Si vous désirez nous donner un coup de main, n’hésitez pas à nous joindre à notre deuxième réunion
ouverte, qui se tiendra:

le lundi 18 octobre, à 19 h
Concordia University Multifaith Chaplaincy
2090 Mackay, Montréal

Si vous n’être pas capable to venir au réunion, SVP envoyer un courriel à Scarlet, notre coordinatrice es bénévoles, à N’oubliez
pas d’y inclure ce que vous pouvez nous offrir ainsi que vos coordonnées (nom, numéros de téléphone, courriel)

Merci! On espère de vous voir à Concordia University Multifaith Chaplaincy!
Amanda, Hobbes, Melanie, Scarlet


New spicy sponsor for the Witches Ball

17 October 2010

On my way back from Ottawa, I stopped by my favorite spice shop in Rigaud called The Peppermaster. After sampling a few of their new sauces (and picking up some Yule gifts), I mentioned the Witches Ball to the owner hoping that she’d put up a poster in her shop.

Not only did she agree to take the poster, she also gave us a box of 16 of her sauces for the raffle. Awesome!

If you’d like to discover and explore the Peppermaster’s sauces, tasting is believing! But you don’t have to go all the way out to Rigaud (although it’s worth the trip!). The Peppermaster has a booth on the ground floor of the Eaton centre in downtown Montreal. Please reward their support of this event and our community by visiting their booth. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Tell them that Hobbes from the MPRC sent you!

Local Make-up Artist for Halloween

13 October 2010

From April Anna Bremers:

Halloween is nearly here! Have you got your make-up artist booked yet? The Art of April-Anna is offering private appointments out of her studio (there are cats, so hopefully you don’t have allergies) located downtown Montreal.

Most looks take between 20 minutes up to 45 minutes, prosthetics will take longer. If you are on a tight budget, tell us your budget and what you are looking for and April-Anna will create something for you within your budget. $1.50 per minute for appointments out of her studio.

If you wish April-Anna to come to you, additional charges will apply.

The Art of April-Anna
514-243-4315 or

Support in the West Island

13 October 2010

We just wanted to thank Karen at the Treasure Chest shop in Pointe-Claire for approaching us and requesting posters and flyers to help us promote the Bardic and the Witches Ball.

You can see posters (and soon get tickets) at her shop at:

Treasure Chest – Coffre aux Tresors
60A Donegani
Pointe Claire, QC
H9R 2V4
Google Maps

Heather Dale in Montreal!

11 October 2010

Heather Dale and her band, a popular band at many pagan events, will be in Montreal on October 15th at the Yellow Door.

Yellow Door Cafe
3625 Aylmer
Montreal, Quebec

To read more about Heather Dale’s music, please visit

Putting posters up for the Bardic and the Ball

10 October 2010

We’ve had bilingual posters made for the following events and we’re asking our supporters to put these posters up in places where they will be seen:

  • Montreal Witches Masquerade Ball (thanks be to Alex for designing the poster)
  • Gaia Bardic Fundraiser (thanks be to Crystal for designing the poster and flyers)

The posters have been brought to the two following places for you to pick up:

  • Charme & Sortilege (4933 Rue de Grand-Pré, Montréal)
  • Le Melange Magique (1928 Ste. Catherine Street West)

When putting these posters up, please do NOT put them on illegal places like mailboxes, telephone poles, parking meters, bus shelters, etc. If our posters are found in these places, we could be fined up to $1500.  For the Witches Ball: if Sala Rossa finds out that the posters have been put in illegal places, we could lose our rights to use their space for this event. So please BE CAREFUL when putting the posters up.

Keep in mind that these events are on October 23rd (the Gaia Bardic) and  on October 29th (the Witches Ball), which is not far away. The sooner we get these posters up, the better. Good places to put posters up include:

  • Universities
  • Community centres
  • Cafes
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies

Thanks for your support!

Montreal Pagan Resource Centre

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