I don’t know about you, but my office sure has been looking a little more manly this month. I even caught myself making flirtatious eye contact with guys I’d never really given more than a glance to before. Then it hit me: Movember! I wasn’t flirting with the face – I was flirting with the mustache.

Yes, there something about the mustache that signifies manliness, an image which the team at Movember has continued to cultivate with their ever-growing fundraising campaign. Last year, the Canadian campaign raised over $32 million for prostate cancer research, with nearly a quarter of a million men donating their upper lips for the cause.

No one could have predicted that what started off nine years ago as a team of 30 “Mo Bros” in Melbourne, Australia would turn into a global movement involving millions raising funds and awareness towards men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer.

This year, Montrealers flaunted their handlebars, Fu Manchus and and porn staches on twitter @MovemberMTL. Their month-end gala party will be held Friday, November 30th at the Rialto theatre, 5723 Parc, where they’re be handing out prizes for Best Mo in Character, Team Mo, Miss Movember (wonder if there will be any muffstaches?), and Man of Movember 2012.

Competing for the mustache crowd that evening is the crew at Spreakeasy Electro Swing Montreal, presenting an Electro Swing versus Electro Blues event at La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent. I imagine the mustaches will fit right in with the bow ties and retro vibe of what promises to be a night of sweet dancing and solid grooves. They will also be holding a contest for best mustaches on the dance floor, best man and best woman, where they encourage women to get creative in the facial hair department.

So in honour of Movember, I present a few of my favorite mustaches:

Groucho Marx:

I had to include him here, as his bushy black stache is one of the first that the mind conjures when it hears of the word mustache. Marx’s moustache began as greasepaint smeared on his upper lip during in his vaudeville days, making the switch to a real one when he moved to television.

Salvador Dali:

Of course the reigning champion of all things bizarre and surreal would have his own take on the mustache. The Dali stache is so renowned that it has its own category in the World Beads and Moustache Growing Contest, who describe it as “slender with long tips, straight up or arching up”.

Burt Reynolds:

Mr. Reynolds has the distinction of having likely the only mustache in the world with a band, Facebook group and abhorrent sexual tryst named for it. It’s right up there with Tom Selleck’s as a pillar of rugged of masculinity.

If you’re throwing your own Movember party, you can even Pin the Mustache on Burt Reynolds:

Nick Offerman:

The contemporary mustache champion of the silver screen is without a doubt Park and Recreation’s deliciously deadpan Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman. In addition to being able to grow a truly awesome mustache, Offerman has helped to shape this “man’s man” in other ways, such as incorporating his real-life passion for woodworking. This year, he’s served as one of the spokesmen for Movember, filming a mock PSA for men with the in-between stache hoping that it gets fuller.

 

As I’ve already said, I’m a POP virgin. So, in preparation for my big loss (my POP virginity that is) here’s our and my POP preview of where you can catch the FTB team, what bands we’ll be seeing and why you should be at VEGAS on late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Here we go…

Well home boys and girls it’s about to begin…the lack of sleep, cool bands, random venues   and an after party at VEGAS (if you want an invite get at me) featuring a live acoustic set by Oh No, Theodore! and much, much more boozing and schmoozing (only on the weekend though, cause you know, I work and stuff). Things are happening and it’s all pretty exciting if you ask me.

Anyway, I’ve made a commitment (and not one that is emotionally related…thank god). My commitment is to POP Montreal. Here’s the deal: instead of taking the same media route and all that it entails (cough cough, stigma), I’m volunteering. That’s right I’m donating my time. I want to see and write about the Festival from a volunteer perspective.

You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for volunteering and turning down the press pass. Well, if that’s the case, try to look at it from this point of view I get to hang out at random places that I would have otherwise ignored, hang out with people who normally pay to see shows because they support the artist(s) AND I get a free t-shirt (who doesn’t love free t-shirts?). I’m also kind of a nerd in a way that, yes, I like supporting and helping out with local events. I’ve done it for years now and it’s my personal mantra.

So, where will I be? My partner-in-crime, Monica and I, can be found at 3 Minots for the majority of the Festival, with the exception of tonight (September 29, 2010) because we’ll be at the opening party.   Yup, we’ll be the ones in the cool, uh, awesome…volunteer shirts and other apparel that is from our closet. Oh boy, I can’t wait to sport that sexy look…ha.

If you still think I’m crazy (which I am, but in a good way…I think), keep reading.

We, as a team, didn’t “turn-down” the pass. Instead, because I wanted to experience the event from a volunteer perspective, we passed the press pass off to other members of FTB team. In this case, we’re going to be able to give you extensive coverage of shows/events, that would have otherwise left you eating potatoes for weeks ($$) or shows/events that maybe you weren’t planning on attending.

As it stands, Steph is going to be covering the POP fashion show tonight and Chris is seeing Zolas Jesus, War Paint and The xx at Place Des Arts on October 1st. This is just what we have in pen. We’re more of the spontaneous type, so except nothing less than articles about random bands and venues that you’d love.

We’ll also be having our regular columns throughout the event, because even we will get sick of reading about POP at some point. And we love our other sections just as much as we heart music.

So, that’s that. I hope you’re as excited as I am (probably not, but whatever, you can at least pretend right?). Oh and yes, if you’re interested in this FTB after party with a live acoustic set by Oh No, Theodore! you can send me an email or get at me on crackbook (aka. Facebook).

Cool beans. Keep checking back for the coverage and enjoy POP Montreal.

To see when your favorite bands are playing you can check out the POP schedule!