The Bulletin: Local heat for low-temp nights đź«• [Issue #52]

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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November 23, 2023- Read time: 10 min
The Bulletin: Local heat for low-temp nights đź«• [Issue #52]For some, it's still too early to think about the holidays, but sure ain't too early to think about pots of melted cheese. | Photograph: L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel / Facebook

Strikes, protests, a provincial government down in the polls and lashing out with archaic laws and proclamations, good and honest venues being threatened with noise fines again...

And now? The sloche has arrived. Local news couldn't even make that better, saying "SNOW'S COMING FML" like we all wanted to collectively groan more than we already are.

It's harsh vibes all around right now, plus chill and fog that drills the city down. If you're like us, and can normally see the mountain or the heights of downtown from your 9 to 5's view, it's now all buried in chilly, cloud-filled vespers. It's like our normal, everyday horizon's been taken from us, and if we retreat down into the Underground City?

All we got is Mariah Carey to keep us company.

But now, even if we're all waking up in the dark and ending our day in the dark, we're deciding to just do our best regardless. So this issue, we say: Check in on your friends. Go eat fondue or try the new Korean BBQ spot that just opened. Laugh at the Cybertruck that showed up in town. Maybe go see the Santa Claus parade or go ice skating.

Read on for more.

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Activities, parties, points of interest, art exhibitions, you name it: These are the weekend events you don't want to miss.



  • Get a little tipsy and a little ahead on your holiday shopping at Bar Wills as they host artist byLeBicar; it's perfect for anyone who likes to gift art.
  • Over at the MMFA's Salle Bourgie, take a journey through the 19th century with music by three of its most illustrious representatives: Chopin, CĂ©cile Chaminade, and Brahms.
  • It's the last weekend to check out the Montreal International Documentary Festival and more than one hundred films made by filmmakers from all over the world, as well as Virtual Reality installations.


  • The annual Santa Claus Parade kicks off at 11 AM on RenĂ©-LĂ©vesque Boulevard, right across from Esplanade Ville Marie, with a choir and makeup artists an hour beforehand at Square Dorchester—here's the map.
  • Bar Le Ritz PDB is hosting a disco jam called Beam Me Up to celebrate underrated/obscure house, funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, & gospel.
  • Get out of the house with the Mainline Theatre's Montreal Autumn Slowdance, where you can enjoy a relaxing night with a partner plus a lending library of designated dancers available for wallflowers.
  • The 3rd edition of the Grand MarchĂ© de NoĂ«l is returning to downtown Montreal.


  • image+nation, Canada’s pioneering LGBT2SQ+ film festival and a dynamic platform for telling Queer stories of all types and all stripes, is coming to a close.
  • Don't forget: Provided the weather's good, the Quartier des Spectacles' holiday festivities has begun, starting with the reopened Esplanade Tranquille skating rink.

A new Korean BBQ joint, Pony, just hit the streets with a soft opening. | Photograph: @pony.bbq / Instagram


Scope the latest restaurant openings, recommendations on where to eat, plus new menus, old classics, and everything in between.

  • The minds behind Bar Otto and Otto Yakitori have opened up a new spot for Korean BBQ: Pony.
  • Montreal's plant-based chef extraordinaire Christian Ventura has developed a new concept for vegan pokĂ©, Nofish.
  • Get in the winter mood by dining under the domes of Bivouac and Terrasse William Gray, both now open for group reservations.
  • November 24: Chefs Mike et Solomon of Kwizinn are cooking up a one-night menu featuring tapas and unique Niger-Caribbean fusion dishes.
  • On Sunday, November 26, the original pizza artist behind Gentile Pizza Parlour's recipes is doing a pop-up at Bagel St Henri.
  • From November 21 to December 2, Denise is welcoming the globe-trotting chef Mike Chanthamynavong for a two-week culinary residency; reservations are now open.
  • Local caviste RĂ©serve Naturelle is celebrating being two years old by letting the team at Bar Mamie take over their kitchen for a kebab party—oh, and lots of wine and cider.
  • On November 28, Chinatown's Tiramisu is offering a free Margherita pizza with the purchase of a drink all day long for its 2nd birthday. đź‘€
  • Looks like Juliette & Chocolat isn't closed after all: One new branch opened at 1980 rue SauvĂ© Ouest and the Jean-Talon Market location reopened—all thanks to new franchisees.

Meanwhile, in Toronto

Toronto has one of the most diverse food scenes in the country: Nearly two-thirds of the city’s top 20 restaurants were made up of different international cuisines in 2022. So how do restaurateurs hold on to their actual heritage and memories while promoting their cuisine on such a large stage? (The Main)

How restaurants stand up and out in Canada’s most diverse city
The 6ix’s dining scene represents a vast array of cultures—what are restaurants doing to be loud and proud about who they are through what they offer?

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Here, you'll find a weekly round-up of the latest local news, from entertainment to current affairs and more.

"The English community has become the enemy"

Demonstrators against Quebec's language law reform, commonly known as Bill 96, took to the streets of Montreal's CĂ´te-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough Sunday as part of a 10-kilometre "rolling procession" to make their voices heard. (CBC Montreal)

10-km procession against Quebec’s French language law rolls through Montreal’s west end | CBC News
Demonstrators against Quebec’s language law reform, commonly known as Bill 96, took to the streets of Montreal’s CĂ´te-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough Sunday as part of a 10-kilometre “rolling procession” to make their voices heard.

Preservation, or decemation?

La Banquise, Montreal's Plateau poutine destination that's rarely without a queue, has been sold to Chez Ashton owners Emily Adam and Jean-Christophe Lirette. Many are hoping the new owners, who say they won't change a thing, will stay true to their word. (The Logic)

Big Poutine comes for a Montreal institution - The Logic
The Ashton chain’s purchase of La Banquise is a reminder that Quebec’s unofficial national dish has become big business.

From Cairo, with love

Here's how Zamalek and its founders have turned an organic and fair trade recipe for cold infusion Egyptian karkadé tea made simply with hibiscus, turbinado sugar, and spearmint into something that’s gone from 2,000 to as much as 120,000 cans in three years. (The Main)

Deep in the juice with Zamalek: Blending Egyptian karkadé tea with Mile End culture
How the Mile End scene of the twenty-tens and Egyptian heritage brewed a drink Montreal today couldn’t do without.

Montreal: A bilingual city-state?

Robert Libman recently raised the notion of a bilingual raised the notion of a city-state—now he’s back to revisit the topic from a different angle. (Montreal Gazette)

Robert Libman: Can Montreal recapture its former glory?
In a recent column, I raised the notion of a bilingual city-state. It touched a nerve. We need to keep that conversation going.

Kicks coming when you're down

The worst of the pandemic may be over but its negative impact on businesses lingers. And as the deadline to repay federal loans taken out during the pandemic approaches, a coalition of business owners and associations is coming together to ask for an extension. (Global News)

Why so many Montreal business owners say they need urgent help to survive |
Business owners say sales are not back to pre-COVID-19 levels and without workers in offices, the downtown and main streets are teetering on the edge.

Autobots, roll out

Tesla’s odd but undeniably unique-looking Cybertruck has been spotted in the wild in the United States several times over the past few weeks, but this might be the first time the vehicle has made an appearance in Canada. (Mobile Syrup)

Tesla Cybertruck appears on the streets of Montreal
The photos are a bit blurry, but it’s clearly Elon Musk’s odd-looking pick-up.

Montreal, New York, and maybe an entire continent?

More North American cities are contemplating imitating Montreal by banning drivers from turning right on red lights, but traffic safety advocates who favour the ban say there’s a lack of reliable data proving the measure improves safety. (Global News)

More cities may copy Montreal’s ban of right turns on red, but safety data lacks |
Despite decades of debate, even traffic safety advocates who favour the ban say there’s a lack of reliable data proving the measure improves safety.

Playing with history

A small Montreal video game company is developing a new game set during the 1970 October Crisis, receiving a boost of support through a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of becoming the first local gaming company to focus entirely on storylines from Quebec. (CTV News)

Montreal designer creating video game set in the October Crisis
A small Montreal video game company is developing a new game set during the 1970 October Crisis called Cauchemars d’Octobre. Its designer wants to create games based in Quebec history.

This venue's putting up a fight

Turbo HaĂĽs has caught a lot of attention this week after getting a warning from the city asking it to lower the volume or be fined up to $12,000. Owner Sergio Da Silva accuses the administration of being two-faced, wanting to both encourage culture while handing out frankly stupid and wasteful tickets. (Le Devoir)

Le Turbo HaĂĽs, un autre bar contraint de baisser le volume
Le bar avait emménagé dans le Quartier latin en 2018, afin d’éviter les plaintes relatives au bruit.

A grim search continues

Kwetiio, a member of the Mohawk Mothers, speaks about about the court ruling that has reinstated the archeologist panel helping to search for possible unmarked graves at the former Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. (City News)

Archeologist panel reinstated for unmarked graves search in Montreal
“Ecstatic,” said Kwetiio, a member of the Mohawk Mothers, about the court ruling that reinstates the archeologist panel in the search for possible unmarked graves at the former Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Gareth Madoc-Jones reports.

A most brutal and rare Montreal murder

An infamous death and haunting from the city's Irish working-class past and once-chaotic streets buried below today's condos: Since 1879, legend says that a ghost returns every seven years to a street corner in Griffintown to reclaim the head of a murdered woman—Mary Gallagher. (The Main)

Mary Gallagher & an enduring tale of murder in 19th-century Griffintown
An infamous death and haunting from the city’s Irish working-class past and once-chaotic streets buried below today’s condos.

An old school journo dishes

From rum bars to where to find the best sandwich, trans author, speaker and media mogul Chris Bergeron shares her hometown bucket list and why we're lucky to live in Montreal. (Time Out Montreal)

Chris Bergeron shares her favourite Montreal spots
rom rum bars to where to find the best sandwich, trans author, speaker and media mogul shares her Montreal bucket list

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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