Just saying it is like we're holding a very special edition of a comic book, or a collector's compilation of the greatest hits.
That's 50 straight weeks of tracking events, local gastronomy and mixology, and news, news, news. It's crazy how much this thing has transformed since our very first edition, and it won't stop there. If you've been along for the ride since the beginning, you know what we mean, and if you just got here? We're happy to have you (tell your friends!). Just wait and see how much we'll have to offer in another 50 issues.
Even with the arrival of forecasted snow and freezing rain, the vibes are up here at The Main. Weather ain't great, sure, but it'll get better. We'll adjust, we'll adapt, and we'll get ready to go back out again for dinner and drink and entertainments.
We're here for you when you're down, and to lift you even high when you're up.
LFG and get into it.
Activities, parties, points of interest, art exhibitions, you name it: These are the weekend events you don't want to miss.
- Festival Bach Montréal, North America’s premiere destination for the timeless musical genius of Johann Sebastian Bach, has begun: Scope their showcase of elite musicians from here and abroad.
- Speaking of classical music, the 84th(!) edition of the OSM Competition is ongoing until Nov 11. Over $100,000 in prizes will be awarded to Canada's most talented young musicians.
- The 29th edition of the Festival du Film Francophone, CINEMANIA, continues to run up until November 12 in Montreal: Discover the program here.
- Time flies: URBANIA is celebrating 20 years of surprises, shocking content, gritty interviews, rough stories and crazy ideas. The event's full atm, but you could probably drop in an hour or two into the festivities.
- It's all good vibes and vinyl over at Super Condiments this weekend with a DJ set set by the one & only Michael Terzian @nu.bang.clan.sinister.
- Go check out The Lives of Documents—Photography as Project at the CCA, the first of a trilogy of research and exhibition projects on the medium of photography of authors from the 1970s until today.
- More than an exhibition, Third ear, transmissions is an ongoing meeting around listening between sound artists created by Montreal's interdisciplinary research group LabARD based at UQAM.
- Micro ouvert autochtone is a large gathering showcasing Indigenous cultures, both traditional and contemporary, and all its events are free on November 11 and 12 at Place des Arts.
- Hockey riot, anyone? (kidding) The Canadiens are playing against the Boston Bruins and things'll get heated, as is tradition. If you can't get in, nearby pubs are happy to have you.
- Artist Leyla Majeri presents the culmination of her research carried out on Barbara Claus at the Optica gallery.
- Montreal artist Hanorah presents her soulful debut album, Perennial, at the PHI Centre and hear music influenced by Etta James, Joss Stone, and Amy Winehouse.
- The Centaur Theatre is hosting readings from plays and poetry including excerpts from David Fennario’s Motherhouse, a creative work that can transform the tragic reality of World War I into art that remembers those who fought for a better future.
- What would it look like if abstract paintings came alive? Check out pioneering Quebec video artist Nathalie Bujold’s newest work, Pixels, Petit Point and Monument for the third edition of its Digital Canvas project, now on at the MMFA.
- Afromusée / Musée Afro-Canadien is hosting a special night with three African films, and special guest Kuba Badi, the producer, actor and director of the short film 'Tchibawu, infidèle et destinée à mourir will be present.
And if the November blues still got you down
This is gonna be a little bit niche, we know, but we had a shitty couple of days recently—culprits include the weather, long line-ups at our favourite lunch spot, doomscrolling, staring into the void, the usual—recently and decided to take stock of the things that make us feel good. (The Main)
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN AND AROUND MONTREAL
Scope the latest restaurant openings, recommendations on where to eat, plus new menus, old classics, and everything in between.
- Check out the participating restaurants and book your tables at MTLàTable, an opportunity to discover new restaurants and revisit favourites that's going strong until November 19.
- Drink and chat with winemaking wildcard FX Dauré from Domaine des Lampyres and taste his wines at a unique event at Vino Rama tonight.
- This Sunday Nov 12, chef Danny Smiles and Luca from Pasta Pooks with a caffè by Ferlucci to finish is on the special menu a la Romana that'll be cooked up at Double's Late Night—message the restaurant to get on the waitlist.
- Verdun Beach is hosting tastings for Domaine Lise & Bertrand Jousset, winemakers from Montlouis-sur-Loire in France, on Nov 14 and 15.
- There's flair and theatrics found at a lot of omakase services around Montreal, but you need to try this one that happens at the Saint-Henri restaurant Nozy on Saturdays.
- OK, we just want to encourage you to take a moment and check out the feed over at Bar-St-Denis: Everything's beautiful, everything's delicious, and you hsould probably drop everything at eat there ASAP.
- Montreal's highest restaurant, Hiatus, is looking to drum up diners with a new table d’hôte menu including an appetizer and main course that starts at $55, no available from Monday to Friday.
- On Nov 9, meet the young producers of maelström at vinvinvin and talk to them about their passion for their craft and their terroir—did we mention you can taste six wines for $45?
- Le Mousso's saying that their menu's gonna be tax-free on Nov 9, and that's saying something when you can easily drop a few bills eating there.
- Lots of new dishes, snacks and sweets to accompany coffee or a glass of wine have just landed at one of 2023's best openings, Sae Low.
- On Nov 9, join Etna Pastificio and fill up on fresh pasta and natural juice alongside some funky beats. They're waiting for you to celebrate the cold weather with nice vermouth and wine by the glass.
The best of the rest
Now that the dust from all of the past summer's openings has settled, let's take stock of all the best new restaurants in Montreal. The city's dining scene has hit a serious stride and is now either resting on its laurels or just getting started with something to prove, from fine dining to casual buvettes and hidden pizza gems. (The Main)
Here, you'll find a weekly round-up of the latest local news, from entertainment to current affairs and more.
Just getting started
More than 80,000 nurses and other health workers went on strike across Quebec on Wednesday to demand higher pay and improved working conditions, and that's just the start. It followed a strike on Monday by more than 420,000 teachers and other public-sector workers who are part of a common front.(Montreal Gazette)
Plucked straight from the outskirts
A group of Quebec farmers have created a first-of-its-kind grocery store, Bio Locaux on Masson, to keep organic food prices low because there's no middleman—the retailer sources directly from farmers, from flour to tomatoes. (CTV News)
And now for something completely indie
On October 27, Philippine d'Halleine met with two members of the local indie band Hank’s Dream, who welcomed them into their living roomto conduct "an interview in an artsy, musical atmosphere amid festive Halloween decorations." (The McGill Daily)
Noise complaints notwithstanding
At $139 million per mile, the REM is far less costly than similar recent projects. Cities with ballooning transit budgets can learn from its approach—though its first phase is only a small part of the overall network under construction, the REM is already serving 30,000 riders every day. (Bloomberg)
A view of Montreal from the Twin Cities
In this article from a PBS outlet, Montreal's multicultural diversity is celebrated through its distinct neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Chinatown, and more, talking about how the city preserves cultural identities and values authenticity in food and culture. (Next Avenue)
What makes Montreal a cinematic city?
This here piece explores the impact of material characteristics and locations in film, highlighting Montreal's versatility and unique locations, and notes how location managers and scouts play a crucial but often unacknowledged role. (Fluid Cities)
Our very own Sunset Boulevard, except not
Montreal’s Bonaventure Autoroute—a major traffic corridor with 20 million drivers on it a year—will become an urban boulevard along the St. Lawrence River that'll include space for pedestrian walkways, bike paths, and places to sit and enjoy the view – but would maintain its existing lanes. (CityNews Montreal)
"A veiled way of hindering and preventing the use of English"
Quebec's largest English-language school board says it is taking the provincial government to court over strict language rules requiring almost all the board's written communications to be in French. (CBC Montreal)
Hunting down dinner in the Ashuapmushuan wildlife reserve
Chef Jean-Philippe Leclerc has been hunting for more than 12 years now, so much so that he rarely buys meat at the grocery store for his family. He's aware that the supply method he's chosen isn't for everyone, and not be viable on a large scale, but he does it regardless. (La Presse)
The old hood
A look back to 1978, when Pointe-Saint-Charles was a notoriously bleak neighbourhood in Montreal, considered to be one of the toughest in all of Canada, poor in terms of community facilities, but still full of rich contrasts and high spirits. (NFB)
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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