The Bulletin: A new city slogan, boozy pop-ups, and more [Issue #23]

The Bulletin is a collection of what's happened, what’s happening, and what’s to come in and around Montreal.

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May 4, 2023- Read time: 8 min
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We are a noisy city. There, we said it.

We're not just talking exceptional times of the year when F1 has us breathing more trust fund exhaust than usual or when the South Shore complains about a Rammstein concert.

No, we're thinking about everyday noise: From tow trucks in the winter to the bells of unicycles, the corner of Prince Arthur and Saint-Laurent on an average Saturday night, and maybe even the birds they have to listen to when they're walking home at 6am. The railways passing through Saint-Henri and Pointe-Saint-Charles, anyone under flights coming to and from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and living along Décarie Boulevard.

We won't officially know if we're a noisy city until June this year, but a lot of us feel this way. Our raucous way of life that we often celebrate in this newsletter is the armpit hair in someone's poutine: NIMBYs have already brought about the closure of music venues and even restaurants, and lately we've started talking about killing off fireworks while that pesky REM passes too close to our condos.

Montreal seems to have never been a quiet place to live. While city livin' ain't for everyone, we're all both deserving of peace and quiet for the sake of our well-being, and of having the time of our lives. Just another one of our local paradoxes, we suppose.

May is a bit of an in-between time for Montreal as it gains its summer momentum, and come to think of it, we're going to take our sweet and quiet time enjoying the place to ourselves before the party really gets started.

See for yourself.

Weekend events you don’t want to miss

Catch up on what's happening during the first weekend of May.


  • The 160 performances and free activities of public art around migration issues and cultural integration, Cuisine ta ville, kicks off in Place des Festivals.
  • Danny Smiles’ new Mile End spot Double’s, a neighbourhood bar and after-dark diner, is now open. There's also a (little) pool table.
  • Le Salon de la Passion médiévale et historique, Montreal's closest equivalent to a Renaissance Fair, is taking place at Place Bell.
  • Time Out Market Montréal is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party, including—you guessed it—a live mariachi band and $5 tequila shots. 



What you need to know

ICYMI: A weekly round-up of the latest local news, from food and entertainment to current affairs and more.

More like crapitalism, amirite?

Demonstrators gathered and marched from Pointe-Saint-Charles to Saint-Henri this week for the annual anti-capitalist demonstration of May 1st and clashed with the police somewhat—though it was quickly shut down. Local media hasn't touched this much, so here's wind-up and the play-by-play. (CTV News & TVA Nouvelles)

Photo: Thierry Laforce / Agence QMI

« Métropole francophone des Amériques »

That—or the “Francophone metropolis of the Americas”, roughly translated—is going to be the new slogan for the city, says Valérie Plante following her week-long European tour. Of course the environment, mobility and housing remain important, but so is our own French brand of special sauce. (La Presse)

« Métropole francophone des Amériques » | Un nouveau slogan pour Montréal
Préparez-vous à voir ce slogan partout. Montréal s’affichera bientôt comme « Métropole francophone des Amériques » dans son logo officiel, a indiqué Valérie Plante vendredi, en terminant sa tournée européenne d’une semaine.

Hockey riots: Our heritage moment

Montreal fans have a history of rioting when the Canadiens win. We did it in 1955, 1986, 2008, and 2010, but the one in 1993? That one was a particular tinderbox of a public disillusioned with their government and passionate about hockey clashing with neoliberalism. (Jacobin)

The 1993 Montreal Hockey Riot Raged Against Political Dysfunction and Deindustrialization
Montreal’s 1993 hockey riot wasn’t about one nation’s anger at another’s victory — it was an expression of fury over Quebec’s experience of neoliberalism and deindustrialization in the province.

One space, two space, green space, blue space

At the corner of Le Ber and Sainte-Madeleine streets in Pointe-Saint-Charles, a new kind of blue-green alley's being built that augments our usual ruelle verte model with one that redirects stormwater—which usually ends up in the municipal network—towards greenery accessible to the public. (Radio-Canada)

La ruelle bleu-vert, un projet pilote qui veut faire des petits | Des solutions pour le Jour de la Terre
Ce projet permet de rediriger les eaux de pluie qui finissent dans les égouts vers des installations vertes.

From Montreal, with love

Described by Nigerian police as an expensive synthetic strain of cannabis, 63kg of Canadian Loud was secretly stuffed into a Toyota Corolla and shipped off to Africa’s most populous city by way of Montreal. Thing is, it's part of a huge string of shipments coming right out of our own port. (Montreal Gazette)

Potent ‘Canadian Loud’ cannabis hidden in cars shipped from Montreal is flooding Nigeria
Every month, police in Lagos find used cars, usually shipped from Toronto via Montreal, stuffed with popular high-THC Canadian cannabis

It's gonna be electric

Concordia University's announced it will receive a Canada First Research Excellence Fund grant of a whopping $123,160,035 for research in electrification, smart buildings and net zero communities, and that's big for a country trying to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Concordia)

The Government of Canada awards Concordia University a historic $123M research grant to electrify society and decarbonize communities - Concordia University
Funds will drive the university’s mission to develop novel solutions and innovative technologies to tackle climate change and drive sustainability research.

This little city went to the market

Three new markets for local vegetables grown a few kilometres away are coming to Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve from June 14 to October 1 this year with a “zero-waste” objective, either cooking or redistributing unsold items to organizations and families in the borough. (Journal Métro)

MHM accueillera trois nouveaux marchés publics cet été
Trois nouveaux marchés publics solidaires seront en opération dans l’arrondissement de Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (MHM) du 14 juin au 1er octobre 2023.

An all-day-every-day food fest

"With 135 languages spoken, the borough has the highest number of immigrants in the city," reports Debra Arbec on Côte-des-Neiges, and that diversity's sometimes best expressed in the restaurants. Here's a slice of life report focusing on one Filipino and one South Indian restaurant in the area. (CBC Montreal)  

Montreal A to V: The flavours of Côte-des-Neiges
Each month, CBC Montreal’s Debra Arbec heads to a different borough to explore what makes a neighbourhood unique. This month, she explores the culturally diverse borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and its food scene.

Harassment to maximize profit

Following the fire that tore through a heritage building in Old Montreal and killed seven people, journalists' investigations have continued around the building's owner who allegedly carried out a harassment campaign against long-term tenants to force them out and sign new leases with Airbnb hosts. (Ricochet)

Former tenants say landlord from Montreal fire engaged in ‘campaign of harassment’ to convert units to Airbnb | Ricochet
Owner exploited provincial loopholes to get around rent controls and raise rents as much as possible

Everything's great when they're downtown

Montreal’s business community is making another bid to bring workers back downtown: Outdoor office spaces (air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter) and art installations, all to entice workers back. Time will only tell if there will be free pizza lunches on Fridays. (CTV News)

New outdoor office spaces, art installations in downtown Montreal
Montreal’s business community is making another bid to bring workers back downtown. New outdoor office spaces and five new art installations are part of the plan to entice workers who found alternative situations during the pandemic.

Tweets of the Week

Bringing it way back to 1898 with this one.

That wraps up this week's edition. We’ll be back with more curiosities, local stories, and events to discover next week.

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Thanks for reading.

May the Fourth be with you (sorry, had to).