The Bulletin: Making love, not war [Issue #42]

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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The Main

September 14, 2023- Read time: 10 min
The Bulletin: Making love, not war [Issue #42]When you love someone the way Céline loves Expos-era Youpi. (Photograph: Céline Dion)

Some say reading the news is toxic to your body. In many ways it is, as it triggers the limbic system, that super fun part of your brain that controls behaviours we need for survival—particularly fight or flight responses.

There have been a lot of stories spurring cascades of cortisol in us this past week, from housing emergencies and municipal infrastructure being held together by chewing gum and tape to local infighting over new rules and policies. Those will always be around, but this week? We wanted to share some good news, inspiring news, news that'll make you laugh, and news that'll make you hungry as well.

One of the things we love so much about Montreal is not only how much of a hot mess it can be, but how well Montrealers own it. The quality of the people here make it work in a way that's basically a Mentos commercial every day.

You'll see what we mean below. Despite everything on our plates, locals continue to make life here worth living.

The list below features all kinds of non-food related activities. If it's grub you're after, keep scrolling...


  • K.Maro of the 2000s mega-hit Femme Like U has opened Maison Keï Akai, an art gallery dedicated to emerging artists in downtown Montreal.
  • Check out Nicofest, when 7 bands and 4 visual artists will be doing all kinds of fun cool art stuff at Turbo Haüs.
  • La Guilde invites you to the opening of Glades, an exhibition by Montreal artist Jean-Pierre Larocque and their dreamlike world of ceramics, charcoal, and drawings.
  • The SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art is hosting the exhibition The Wounded Tree which traces artist Livia Daza-Paris’s forensic method of investigation following her father’s politically-motivated disappearance during the Cold War in Venezuela.


  • From September 12 to 17, Lacombe Ave between Gatineau and Côte-des-Neiges is pedestrianized for an urban and tropical oasis with the theme Last Days of Copacabana Beach.
  • Who doesn't love competitive music? The four finalists of the Concours de Musique d'Hochelaga in July will be playing one final evening.
  • Devoted to contemporary art, MOMENTA Biennale de l’image invites artists and audiences from the world over to gather in the city’s museums, galleries, and artist-run centres.
  • The annual Gardens of Light continues at the Botanical Gardens, a sensory experience that combines art, science, and technology across the Japanese, First Nations, and Chinese gardens.


  • Families take note: The Fête de quartier de Saint-Henri will take place at Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier from noon to 5 p.m. for games, events, a robotics workshop, story time, and hot dogs.
  • Take a guided tour (in French) of the photo exhibition The Faces of Mile End Revisited, a historical collection of shots at the Mordecai-Richler Library.
  • Montréal’s hometown soccer team, CF Montréal, will face off against Chicago Fire FC at Saputo Stadium.
  • Led by conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal will kick off a new season with Bruce Liu, the first Canadian to be awarded First Prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition.


  • An afternoon comedy supershow is taking place at the Hochelaga wine bar Supernat, so drink up until you get the giggles.
  • Expo World Press Photo Montréal is presenting the results of the 2023 World Press Photo Contest, an annual exhibition showcasing the best and most important photojournalism and documentary photography of the past year.
  • Animaze, the Montreal International Animation Festival begins at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for its 10th anniversary edition.

Bottoms up: The Invasion Cocktail festival is now underway. (Photograph: Invasion Cocktail/Facebook)


This section dishes out the scoop on restaurant openings, new menus, old classics—you name it.

  • It's the grand opening weekend of Vino Disco, a sound and wine bar found directly downtown. Starting September 13, they open at 5pm with DJs from 10pm onwards every night.
  • Today's your last day for Le Burger Week, when restaurants across Canada showcase creative talents by offering limited-time-only burgers.
  • It's the 10th edition of Invasion Cocktail, a festival for discovering cocktail culture through events running from September 13 to 30.
  • Located a few steps from the Jean-Talon Market, the new French brasserie Casavant is serving up a festive atmosphere with an elegant menu.
  • A celebration of Martinican cuisine and culture, Martinique Gourmande returns to the Grand Quay at Montreal's Old Port from September 12 to 24.
  • Mutoïde invites one and all for for the annual launch of their Festbier on September 16, cooking up homemade sauerkraut hot dogs (plus a vegan option) for the occasion à la Oktoberfest!
  • Vinorama is hosting an evening of sips and sounds with thrilling Japanese natural wines of Grape Republic plus sounds by DJ Hidi on September 14 from 4 to 9 pm.
  • La festa di San Gennaro on September 18 will feature a collaboration between San Gennaro, @boucheriechezvito and @tincset.mtl to celebrate the end of summer.
  • On Saturday, September 16, during the festive Rosemont-La Petite-Pinterie, Mellön Brasserie's got an event with Isle de Garde and Vices et Versa called Crispy de Belle Soirée—get a load of all the beers.
  • Hoogan & Beaufort is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Technopole Angus with street food in the restaurant's backyard, and wine bar Annette's got live music.
  • It's corn szn! On Sunday, September 17, Knuckles is cookin' up big lumps with knobs with butcher @pascalleboucher; expect elotes with crazy toppings and sausage corndogs, plus beers.
  • Whinemom returns to Taverne sur le Square on Monday, September 18 to pour delicious wines from Madson and La Tourlaudière alongside

Our patron saints of diners

Montreal's classic diners are inspiring a new breed that may also last a generation or two or more. Diners won’t die, but they very well may change as we know them with a new generation of restaurateurs out there molding the world of bubbling fryers and two-egg platters in their image. (The Main)

Our patron saints of diners: Montreal’s next generation of casse-croûte owners
Greenspot. AA. Chez Ma Tante. Chez Nick. Beautys. Café Joe. Wilensky’s. Nouveau Système. Paul Patates. Bagel Etc. Saying their names is like casting a spell—that is, if it was a spell that’d conjure two steamés all-dressed combo with fries and a fountain liqueur on the side.

What's the deal with no shows?

Despite text message reminders asking diners to confirm their presence, some Montreal restaurants are still suffering from no shows, something that continues to affect the hospitality industry in many cities. Here's what you should know about the ongoing phenomenon. (The Main)

No Shows Continue to Plague Some of Montreal’s Best Restaurants
Montreal DINR partners open up about the impact no-shows have on their business, from the seating plan to the bottom line.

And, last but not least, this section features a weekly round-up of the latest local news, from entertainment to current affairs and more.

A different kind of shockwave

Montreal is home to Canada’s largest Moroccan population, and many of them awoke to the tragic news that the country’s central region was struck overnight by its largest recorded earthquake in over a century. (Global News)

‘A dark Saturday’: Montreal’s Moroccan community in shock after tragic earthquake |
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Morocco on Friday, resulting in a death toll of more than 1,000. The convulsion was the strongest to hit the country’s centre in more than a century.

Alternatives to patriarchy

Between 1985 and 1996, a group of lesbians leased the Gilford School in the Plateau and ran it as a community centre with a lesbian choir, self-defence courses, dances, and home to the Lesbian Archives of Quebec, which documents the history of lesbian life in the province. (CBC Montreal)

In a former monastery, dozens of boxes hold the hidden history of Quebec lesbians | CBC News
The Lesbian Archives of Quebec hold the hidden stories of lesbians in the province — from brunches and communes to a wedding between women in 1942.

A different kind of art heist

Last Friday, an unauthorized exhibition on Banksy opened in Montreal with a long line that turned the corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd and Ontario Street. Lack of works, lights, and general organization made way for a disastrous event. (La Presse)

La vie, la ville | Banksyland : des spectateurs frustrés
C’est vendredi que s’est ouverte à Montréal l’exposition non autorisée sur Banksy avec une longue queue qui tournait le coin du boulevard Saint-Laurent et de la rue Ontario. Manque d’œuvres, de lumière et d’organisation : il y avait beaucoup de déception dans l’air.

Parking that isn't going anywhere

The city is going ahead on increasing hours for parking meters downtown beginning November 15, but everyone's pissed about it, from local media to businesses saying they weren't consulted about the change. (Montreal Gazette)

Brownstein: Extended parking meter hours are ‘bad for everybody’
There will be a continued exodus to Laval, the South Shore and West Island for shopping, entertainment and, oh yeah, free parking.

You gotta start somewhere

Hosts Walter Lyng and Vance Michel tell the story of their night’s humble origins, from what is now a bathroom at Hurley’s to practically turning the Irish pub into one of Montreal’s most fun comedy nights. (Cult MTL)

How The World’s Smallest Comedy Night evolved from low-stakes standup to a Montreal classic
An interview with Montreal comics Walter Lyng and Vance Michel as their event The World’s Smallest Comedy Night marks its fifth anniversary.

The hot mess express

Someone call Kramer and get his bright idea to paint the lines in motion: A heavy truck spilled a load of paint across Highway 40 this week, staining the road white and prompting a massive cleanup and traffic jam. (CBC Montreal)

Paint spill coats major Montreal highway in white, closing road for hours-long cleanup | CBC News
The eastbound side of the highway reopened after 4 p.m. following a major cleanup operation.

Groceries, teeth, and adult rat food

In 2022, the STM collected a total of 48,441 lost items. While most of those items are OPUS cards, they posted a TikTok about it with items running the gamut from a door handle and cracked iPhones to full bags of groceries, teeth, and adult rat food.  (MTL Blog)

The STM Revealed The Most Common Items Lost & Found On The Montreal Metro
The STM collected nearly 50,000 lost items in 2022.

Water we waiting for?

Not only is aging infrastructure, climate change and population growth putting pressure on Montreal's water resources, but the city wastes too much drinking water, releases too many pollutants into the St. Lawrence, and torrential rains are adding to the issue. (Le Devoir)

La gestion de l’eau coûtera des milliards à Montréal
La population est invitée à participer en grand nombre à une consultation publique pour trouver des solutions.

Bring out your dead (and gardening tools)

On the first day the public regained access to the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery after a labour dispute kept it closed for months, they found nature had reclaimed it, with grass growing taller than gravestones, tree branches fallen from the spring ice storm, and wilted flowers on tombs. (CBC Montreal)

Wielding shears and bearing flowers, families return to Montreal cemetery after lengthy strike ends | CBC News
The families and loved ones who walked among the tombstones on Monday, many of them wielding gardening tools as well as flowers, spoke of the importance of cemeteries as a vital piece of public life, an innate part of the grieving process. They said the opening was like a reunion with lost loved one…

In memoriam

On September 12, 2013, Vélo fantôme Montréal installed its first white bicycle in memory of Suzanne Châtelain, a cyclist who died in July of that year in the Plateau. 20 bikes in Montreal later and now under the name Souliers et vélos fantôme Québec, they're looking to the rest of the province. (CTV News)

Montreal’s ghost bike group marks 10 years, goes provincewide
The organization that installs white bicycles in memory of cyclists who have died in Montreal over the past ten years is going provincewide.

And that wraps yet another weekly bulletin. We’ll be back with more curiosities, local stories, and events to discover next week.

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