The Bulletin: Montreal’s dumbest crimes of 2022, Outremont has its own Batman, an entirely local dépanneur, and winter biking isn’t so weird anymore [Issue #6]

This week’s edition is ringing in the new year with lots of vernissages at local galleries, comedy, underground improv shows, and tons of oddities like fruit trees growing out of thousands of Quebecers’ homes in the middle of winter.

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January 5, 2023- Read time: 10 min
The Bulletin: Montreal’s dumbest crimes of 2022, Outremont has its own Batman, an entirely local dépanneur, and winter biking isn’t so weird anymore [Issue #6]

New year, same ol’ city we love: The Main’s Montreal Bulletin is back for its first weekly collection of what has happened, what’s happening, and what’s to come in 2023.

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Weekend events you don’t want to miss

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  • One More Time: A 16-piece orchestra will be taking the stage at Club Soda to play renditions of Daft Punk’s greatest hits.
  • Westmount’s McClure Gallery is hosting a vernissage showcasing 50 years of practice of multidisciplinary artist François Morelli through the format of the artist book, including a bilingual presentation and Q&A with the artist himself.
  • Eight students from Dawson College’s AEC Commercial Photography Program are getting exposure by showcasing their work in a variety of topics at the Warren G Flowers Art Gallery.
  • Starting Friday and running all weekend long, the game development student society GameDev McGill is hosting their annual ​​McGameJam, a 48-hour game development marathon in which participants are tasked with creating a playable game following a given theme.
  • Quebec’s own jazz quartet Le Jager, known for performances across the province, will be playing at the Diese Onze club with a musical style that breaks from traditional bebop.
  • Plateau dive bar Barfly is hosting a PWYC show of free-flowing, blues-infused, Latin-flavoured rock from The Walking Antiques & Friends; bring an instrument for the jam session to follow if you got one.


  • Ever wonder how man-made climate change will change the colour of our skies and oceans? That’s what Adam Gunn tackles in his paintings for Regretté de tous at the Art Mûr gallery.
  • Mile End art space Dazibao is reopening following the holiday break with space devoted to the computer-generated images of Julie Tremble, a virtual experience that envisions a future for Earth called Abiogenèse : des étoiles aux momies.
  • Cinéma Public and Casa d'Italia are coming together for a screening of Geographies of Solitude, a film on the rich ecosystem of a remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean called Sable Island.
  • The Throw Poetry Collective is hosting a night of solo slam poetry competitors in an evening full of artsy score cards, random judges in the audience, finger-snapping, tension, and release over at Le Basement.
  • Boutique and gallery Le Sino is hosting a quick ‘n’ easy vernissage for graffiti artists Deep & Medusa. Pick up your own art supplies while you’re there.
  • Catch dinner and a show over at restaurant La Petite Marche with the Cardinal Trio, playing bebop, swing and Latin jazz music inspired by the works of masters like Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker.
  • The Plateau’s Art Mûr gallery is hosting the vernissage of Aralia Maxwell entitled Evolving Palate, where paint is transformed into three-dimensional sculptures in ways that take us “on an ever-changing sensory journey.”
  • Get a dose of improv from an underground show featuring local troupes, all hosted by Montreal Improv, a theatre company dedicated to classes and shows.
  • The Diving Bell Social Club’s hosting the first show of the year from organizer worst dad ever with Sweet Flood, The Fake Friends and Viceroy (their first performance ever).


  • The Village’s venue M Montreal Hotel is where you’ll find the Good Night Comedy Show, which will bring together some the best English comedians that Montreal (and the world!) has to offer.
  • Got kids? Bring them out to the Old Port skating rink for their weekly Sunday family days with all kinds of activities for the little ones while you go ahead and glide along the shore of the Saint-Lawrence.
  • There’s a lot of trivia nights in town inside the city’s pubs, but we suggest you start with either the one at Grumpy’s downtown or the Typhoon Lounge in NDG.

Thinking of you missed out this past New Year’s Eve, or the party you attended was a total bust? At least you weren’t standing outside in the cold waiting for fireworks that didn’t happen.

All of Montreal: What you need to know

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

Try comparing what you did in 2022 to a year’s worth of the “dumbest” criminals

While just about every news outlet in town did wrap-ups for the biggest stories of 2022, the Journal de Montréal kept things creative with a list of the past year’s “dumbest” criminals. They’ve got assassins, mafioso extorting convents of nuns, drug dealers calling 911, and more. (Journal de Montréal)

Voici les (autres) criminels les plus imbéciles de 2022
Plusieurs personnes se sont retrouvées devant les tribunaux par leur propre faute, nous rappelant que le crime parfait n’existe pas.

Janitor by day, Batman impersonator by night

For the last few months, a mysterious masked hero in a Batman costume has been taking to the streets of Outremont on an electric scooter bearing the image of the dark knight. Check out this short exposé on a recent local phenomenon to see who they are and what they’re defending. (Urbania)

Le Batman d’Outremont : concierge de jour, justicier de nuit - URBANIA
Un mystérieux héros masqué arpente les rues de Montréal depuis quelques mois. Cape au vent, il vole sur une trottinette électrique à l’effigie de Batman....

Who said bookstores are dying? Check out Montreal’s new music bookstore

Take a look inside Résonance Bookstore, one of the city’s newest bookshops that’s entirely dedicated to music and popular culture. Owner Jean Lavigne says it’s doing “surprisingly well” and it now stocks 1,500 books, roughly 70 percent of which are in English. (Montreal Gazette)

Résonance Bookstore is musical dream come true for Jean Lavigne
Librairie Résonance Bookstore is musical dream come true for Jean Lavigne, who created this store to focus solely on music books.

Where Quebec’s homes grow exotic trees bearing citrus, coffee, and more

Homes across the province are growing lemons, limes, grapefruits, coffee and beyond thanks to an online community numbering in at over 12,000 on Facebook. That passion has grown into businesses like one Laval greenhouse providing oranges directly to restaurants in Montreal. (Le Devoir)

Le miracle des citrons, limes et pamplemousses qui poussent au Québec
Le café pousse au Québec. Les mangues aussi. Les figues également. Peut-être même des noix de coco…

A dépanneur entirely devoted to Canadian and Québecois products

Take a look inside an east end dépanneur Toutes Les Choses Parfaites, which only sells products made by either local or Canadian brands. They’ve got anything from dairy and wine to hygiene products to anything else you'd find at a regular dep. It’s cheaper and it’s better for the environment. (CBC Montreal)

Montreal dépanneur says selling only local products is a win-win
Toutes Les Choses Parfaites in the city’s east end says it sells only locally made products because it’s cheaper, good for the environment and great for the local economy.

Move over, oysters: Montrealers are into getting into caviar bumps

It might not be news to millennials and Gen Z in New York’s trendy bars and restaurants, but here in Montreal, the trend of doing caviar bumps—eating fish eggs off the back of your hand—is starting to take off with new spots around the trend continuing to open their doors. (La Presse)

Trinquer au caviar pour le Nouvel An
Voici venu le temps de célébrer la nouvelle année ! Et si on ajoutait un peu de caviar aux bulles et aux huîtres qu’on réserve souvent pour cette célébration ? Cet aliment noble est actuellement fort populaire… et on le déguste à la « royale », sur le dos de la main !

The SQDC’s weird edibles ain’t got nothing on the black market

As Quebec’s SQDC cannabis stores continue to prohibit the sale of edibles like candy, instead selling products like dried figs, cauliflower, beets, and mushrooms to get high, industry insiders are saying these kinds of tough regulations are helping the black market thrive. (CTV News)

Cannabis-infused figs in Quebec may be delicious, but black market still thriving
Quebec prohibits edibles -- cannabis-infused food -- sold in the province from appealing to young people, forcing consumers to choose from a selection of products such as dried figs to get high. Industry insiders say the tough regulations are helping the black market thrive.

Bi-icicles: The resurgence of winter biking in Montreal

Montreal’s bike path usage has seen an increase of 83% during the cold season in 2020 compared to the averages from 2015 to 2019. Given the city’s increased construction of bike paths like the REV on Saint-Denis Street, it shows that if you build it, they will come—even if it’s cold AF outside. (Le Devoir)

La revanche des «hurluberlus» à vélo
L’utilisation de la bicyclette explose à Montréal, y compris en hiver.

Could one of Montreal’s historic Black community centres make a comeback?

Little Burgundy’s Negro Community Centre (NCC) was once a thriving public cultural space in the city before it was torn down in 2014. The city however has now bought the land on which it stood, and is now planning how to develop it into a space that once again serves its community. (CBC Montreal)

Montreal buys lot where Black community centre once thrived, asks public to help plan its future | CBC News
The NCC has been closed for some 33 years, and the building was ultimately demolished in 2014. But the city bought the land earlier this month, and is now planning how to develop it into a space that once again serves the community.

A scourge of the Saint-Lawrence River that’s barely visible to the naked eye

Microplastics have been found throughout the seaway, and it’s not good: Right now, the Saint-Lawrence rivals the most microplastic-polluted rivers on the planet. Meanwhile, some companies are developing nets attachable to kayaks and canoes to catch them. (La Presse)

Microplastiques | Un gros miniproblème
C’est un fléau à peine visible à l’œil nu. À travers la lentille d’un microscope, notre photographe a capté des fragments d’un monde miniature de pollution. Zoom sur les microplastiques du fleuve Saint-Laurent.

Artificial intelligence being used to address Montreal’s emergency room crises

Montreal hospitals are developing an AI system to reduce the wait times inside their ERs, as people have been waiting an average of 18 hours to see a doctor and given a bed on a ward. Some are warning there are ethical pitfalls, however, as AI can perpetuate biases. (City News)

Cheap inter-city travel making a comeback by the busload

Following nearly a century in service, Greyhound Canada closed all of its bus operations after the pandemic, but a host of new coach services have come back to replace it with at least nine companies taking passengers from Montreal to places like Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa. (Montreal Gazette)

With Greyhound gone, new bus services target Ottawa-Montreal route
Greyhound’s departure has left many small towns without connections to bigger towns and cities.

Finally, if you’re missing that Christmas vacation, get one last dose of the holidays by checking out the tree someone mysteriously slapped on top of the old Champlain Bridge.

Christmas tree spotted atop the old Champlain Bridge in Montreal
The old Champlain Bridge has a mysterious new decoration on it: a Christmas tree. A drone camera captured video of the tree, which is about seven feet tall, atop the structure between Montreal in the South Shore.

And there you have it, folks. We’ll be back with more curiosities, local stories, and events to discover next week.

Stay tuned – and Happy New Year, Montreal!

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