The Bulletin: Downsizing the Gazette to death, Nuit Blanche festivities, a mini-casino in the Bell Centre, and more [Issue #13]

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February 23, 2023- Read time: 9 min
The Bulletin: Downsizing the Gazette to death, Nuit Blanche festivities, a mini-casino in the Bell Centre, and more [Issue #13]Nuit Blanche—an all-nighter of activities across Montreal's downtown core—goes down this Saturday, February 25. [Photo credit: Quartier des spectacles]

Death: If we ain’t experiencing it, we’re seeing it all around us.

Folks are talking about the death of the Gazette. The death of the city’s festivals. The death of snap-crackle-popping streets. The death of a mega restaurant inside the Bell Centre. Chemical fires and Ohio potentially polluting our air. Shit is bleak.

But out of death comes life. Heck, Montréal en Lumière’s Nuit Blanche alone is going to fill the streets this weekend and is one of the best and worst ways we know this city can enjoy a night out with arts, snowboarding festivals, local businesses celebrating, and just plain old FUN. Shit ain’t so bleak.

Weekend events you don’t want to miss: The Nuit Blanche edition

Welcome to la Belle Province: Be sure to hydrate and don’t take candy from strangers.


  • Le Plongeur, the story of a metal fan and graphic design student-turned-dishwasher to pay his gambling-addict debts, is hitting theatres this weekend starting Friday.
  • La Sala Rossa hosts Luminosa Carnaval, a night of fiesta dancing with traditional rhythms in tribute to the Carnival of Barranquilla with latin afrobeat fusion, folktronic music, and more.
  • You need to experience Comedy at the Artloft at least once in your life, a BYOB bilingual comedy show run out of a loft at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Rachel. Entrance is $15.


  • Biggest news of the weekend is that the metro is going to be running all night long, so you can take your pick from a lot of amazing events on Saturday night (but we collected the best below).
  • Eighteen venues along boulevard Saint-Laurent are participating in the epic 24+ hour NONSTOP parties with extended bar services of MTL 24/24: Karaoke, dance parties, you name it.
  • The free, 10-day urban event APIK begins in the Latin Quarter, aimed at local adrenaline enthusiasts with skiing and snowboarding competitions, White Claw after-parties, and more.
  • Nuit blanche is celebrating its 20th birthday party with a free, all-night party at MTELUS. It’s come-and-go-as-you-please with lots of musical artists like our own Kid Koala.
  • Recently added to The World's 50 Best’s Discovery list, Le 132-Bar Vintage is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend and they’re going to be letting the liquor flow.
  • Chic diner Nouveau Palais is becoming Cinéma au Palais, where a series of short films produced by young local filmmakers on the autism spectrum will be projected in the restaurant.
  • Rite de la Nuit, a ceremonial expression of the performing arts, is taking place in the sanctuary of the 1864 church of Centre St Jax with circus performances by Le Monastère—and it’s free.
  • The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is holding multiple exhibitions open to the public from 5pm to midnight, like Inuit art and a history of women in design.
  • “A representation of an existentialist philosophy” with interactive art is happening for free at the Society for Arts and Technology, open to the public with a freely explorable experience.
  • Bain Mathieu is hosting Lumière Noire, a multidisciplinary event bringing together some fifty carefully chosen Montreal artists working in sculpture, painting, video installation, dance and performances.


  • DJ sets, light installations, high-profile dinners, and more will be filling the void of what would be an otherwise quiet Sunday with Montréal en Lumière downtown, and a lot of it is free to see.
  • Chef Fisun Ercan joins chef Marc Cohen for a fundraising dinner to benefit those affected by the devastating earthquakes in southern Turkey over at Lawrence. Minimum donation of $75.

What you need to know

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The Gazette’s being downsized to death, and calls to buy it are being snubbed

After the Montreal Gazette’s owners Postmedia Network announced they would cut 25% of the newspaper’s staff, their CEO ignored an offer from investor Mitch Garber to buy it. It gets worse: Signs point to the owners being willing to let Quebec's oldest daily newspaper just die outright. (The Rover)

Postmedia Ignored Mitch Garber’s Offer to Buy Montreal Gazette
Despite a financial crunch that will see Postmedia lay off 25% of The Gazette’s workers, the newspaper chain won’t meet with Garber to discuss a multi-million dollar deal

The pandemic’s crises may be behind us, but the shockwaves could kill off some Montreal festivals

Festival organizers are sounding the alarm and calling on governments to extend the emergency financial aid that was put in place during the pandemic. Otherwise, they fear not being able to follow the significant increase in wages and production costs, which could jeopardize certain events. (Le Devoir)

Étranglés financièrement, des festivals lancent un appel à prolonger les aides d’urgence pandémiques
La fin de ces mesures d’exception les place dans une situation précaire, alors que les coûts et les salaires ont bondi.

From Toronto to Montreal, like a bullet

The feds are advancing plans to establish a high-frequency rail link between Quebec and Ontario, with trains that travel nearly twice as fast as VIA Rail. The latest development is that our city just voiced they were in favour of bringing in something we needed, say, five or ten years ago. (Radio-Canada)

The Government of Canada is preparing to build a 1,000-kilometre rail line to link the downtowns of Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Peterborough and Toronto by the early 2030s. [Photo credit: AFP/Jeff Pachoud]

Betting big on the Bell Centre with a casino injection

Loto-Québec and Groupe CH are still in talks about putting a mini-casino inside downtown’s Bell Centre with several hundred slot machines as well as sports betting terminals. Why? They want to put their mega restaurant 1909 Taverne Moderne—currently closed—to “good” use again. (La Presse)

Projet de Loto-Québec et du Groupe CH | Un salon de jeux au Centre Bell
Loto-Québec et le Groupe CH, propriétaire du Canadien de Montréal, sont sur le point de conclure une entente afin d’ouvrir un tout nouveau salon de jeux au Centre Bell. L’établissement sera doté de plusieurs centaines de machines à sous ainsi que de bornes de paris sportifs, a appris La Presse.

Cool new radio show, who dis

Local host Nicolas Ouellet is combining his curatorial music skills with researchers Julio Mendy and Barbara Laurenstin to bring a new show, Nouveaux sons, to Radio-Canada’s ICI Musique every weekday full of hip-hop, R&B, electronic, boundary-pushing pop, and punk rock. (Montreal Gazette)

Introducing Montreal’s coolest new radio show: Nouveaux sons
The cutting-edge program brings fresh sounds to mainstream radio, and host Nicolas Ouellet brings deep knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm.

Cycling lovers to the front

Despite all the tensions we can see online between motorists and cyclists, Montreal’s been deemed one of the better cities in the world to pedal through, and networks like the REV are only getting bigger. That’s caught the eye of travel trendsetters, who says we’re in the top 10 place to bike around. (CNN)

10 of the best cities in the world to see while riding a bicycle | CNN
Do you love a great urban getaway but hate city driving? You won’t need a car to get around these 10 bicycle-friendly cities full of sites that tourists enjoy.

When’s the last time you went shopping in Montréal-Nord?

Business owners on two commercial strips in Montréal-Nord want to kick their attractions up a notch this year to strengthen the local economy and attract shoppers to the area. Not everyone’s on board, though; as beneficial as SDC can be for promotion, they can cost a lot of money. (CBC Montreal)

Merchants in Montréal-Nord look to join forces to attract shoppers, boost local economy | CBC News
Business owners on two commercial strips in the borough of Montréal-Nord already have a merchants’ association, but now they want to take it a step further in an effort to strengthen the local economy and attract shoppers to the area.

The massive geothermal lagoon resorts opening just outside the city

Four Icelandic-style geothermal lagoon eco-villages are underway in Charlevoix, the Eastern Townships, Lanaudière and the Laurentians, each using solar thermal parks, geothermal energy and biomass to provide renewable, decarbonized energy to provide the spa dates to end all spa dates. (New Atlas)

World’s largest geothermal lagoon planned for Canada
Plans are afoot for a magnificent new open air lagoon in Canada that will be kept at balmy temperatures year round through a “huge Thermos” heating system underneath. Designed to be the largest of its type in the world and blend in with the natural landscape, the geoLagon project also includes…

Freeze, thaw, destroy, repeat… Good. Now do it twelve times.

The on-again-off-again temperature oscillations this winter have happened more than 12 times, far more frequent in Montreal than usual, and it’s destroying our already-destroyed roads. As a result, the city’s expecting to repair as many as 110,000 potholes to the tune of $3.5 million. *whistles* (CBC Montreal)

Cold, warm, then cold again: How Montreal’s unseasonable weather is taking a toll on its infrastructure | CBC News
The dipping and rising of the mercury is bringing mild weather to the city followed by bitter cold spells, but rapid cooling and warming cycles also stress concrete and asphalt infrastructure, leading to more cracks in overpasses and potholes on roads.

People are losing their sh*t over this croissant

Some call it a New York roll, others call it a Supreme Croissant: Whatever you call it, hundreds of thousands of views are aimed at the Old Montreal bakery La Cave à Manger to watch videos of these puff pastries full of cream being ripped open. Oh yeah—they’ve got booze, too.  (Time Out Montreal)

Where to find the viral Lafayette Suprême Croissant in Montreal
The cream-filled, circular croissant made famous by NYC’s Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery has come to Old Montreal and we can’t get enough of it.

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