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This week focuses on what COP15 is and why people are pissed/excited about it, places to grab last-minute gift ideas, and—surprisingly—a lot of video games and nostalgia.
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This weekend's events
- Dec 1 to Mar 5: Beat the winter blahs by taking part in the fun and entertaining experience that are the wintry downtown installations of Luminothérapie.
- Dec 8 to 18: One of the city’s longest-running craft fairs, the Salon des Métiers d’Arts, features over 350 exhibitors in the Montréal Olympic Stadium.
- Dec 9 to 10: Discover handmade products by local artists, from pottery and body care to gourmet treats and home accessories, at the Puces POP Édition Hivernale 2022.
- Dec 10: Go retro at the 8th annual collection of nostalgic goodies where 50 tables of video games, toys, figurines, crafts and many other products will be. Hosted by Retro Neo Video.
- Dec 9: Speaking of video games, barcade Arcade MTL will be hosting a Goldeneye N64 tournament; who knows if Oddjob will be outlawed or not.
- Dec 10: And speaking of even MORE video games, Turbo Haus is hosting Street Fighter and NHL ’94 tournaments on their SNES with prizes to be won.
- Dec 10 to 11: Explore the ties between creation and mental health through personal testimonies and historical references with En équilibre at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT).
- Dec 9 to 30: A wild display of colours, magic and beauty. Tchaikovsky’s score, performed by Les Grands Ballets Orchestra, will accompany the return of The Nutcracker.
- Nov 25 to Jan 8: Relive a piece of Montreal Christmas history by checking out the 70-year-old mechanical displays of Ogilvy’s department store window for free outside the McCord Stewart Museum.
- Nov 19 to Dec 31: Downtown Montreal’s biggest Christmas market, Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, is officially holly, jolly, and open to explore on weekends.
All of Montreal: What you missed this week
What is COP15? UN's biodiversity conference to kick off in Montreal
In a strangely titled article that makes it sound like the grandest of galas, you’ll find an explainer on what the United Nations conference on biodiversity in Montreal is, why it’s important, and a little bit about why it’s causing the area around Chinatown to be gridlocked for the next two weeks. (via City News)
Protests begin in Montreal's downtown core
With any internationally important event like COP15—especially one in a protest-heavy city like Montreal—there’s bound to be protests. And protests there are. Thousands are expected to march, and while riot gear is expected to get dusted off, the mayor says it should be celebrated.
Montreal's new ice polar bear exhibit will gradually melt to raise climate change awareness
Last thing we’ll share on COP15, we swear: As part of the conference on biodiversity, a new art installation from Espace pour la vie has been created, Polar Bear on Thin Ice, where a polar bear’s fur (represented by ice) will gradually melt to reveal a bronze skeleton underneath.
Why Advertising Feels Like a Form of Urban Pollution
Writer Alex Manley discusses how his experiences with bombardments of text and noise in daily Montreal life compares to major and mid-sized cities throughout the rest of North America. That turns into waxing poetic and philosophical about what makes living in this city so unique.
A doc about PVM worth watching
With its observation deck closed and only a restaurant left to experience its views from, Place Ville Marie exists in a strange state for Montrealers. In this 52-minute documentary, the intersecting stories of the lives deeply entrenched in its existence today are observed.
Watch here: Radio-Canada
Montréal en fête cancels New Year's festivities in the Old Port
If Montreal loves a party, it hates having a party cancelled. Citing galloping inflation, labor shortages and public underfunding, Merry Montreal’s annual NYE bash in the Old Port has been nixed, and it comes as a blow when the rest of the city is trying to forget a pandemic.
Great news for Plateau restaurants
Weird that this decision was timed when Montrealers wouldn’t be feeling so passionately about drinking and dining outdoors, but OK: The Plateau-Mont-Royal borough council has said it wants to incentivize even more terrasses on its streets, so that’s something to look forward to in the Summer of 2023. (CTV)
Rotten meat could be easier to detect thanks to a new biosensor system developed at Concordia
Do you ever find yourself with meat you’ve lost track of in the fridge, only to be left wondering if eating it will be the way you die? Well, perhaps not for longer: Researchers have designed a new inexpensive and disposable way to detect the toxin putrescine in beef.
Montreal studio gets exclusive rights to Charlie Chaplin for upcoming video game
B Df'rent Games spent five years with Chaplin's family to get exclusive rights to the comic actor, filmmaker, and composer. It’s unclear what kind of video game they’ll make with the character, but the conditions are “No violence. No sexism. No racism. Genuine storytelling.”
Carey Price apologizes for pro-gun social media posts ahead of Polytechnique shooting anniversary
Maybe you saw that Carey Price put up an extremely poorly-timed Instagram post about how gun laws need to be loosened. Now he and the Montreal Canadians have been in a state of hurried damage control to staunch their insensitive bleeding.
The lifeblood of Montreal’s downtown core used to be office workers. Now, they’re missing
Big surprise or no surprise? The Chamber of Commerce’s recent surveys show 63% of Montreal’s downtown workers have returned to the office one to three days a week, but fewer than half say they’re satisfied at the office. Traffic and construction isn’t helping that much easier.
The Flip Side
In Montreal, Jim Burke explains, French and English theatres set the stage for mutual understanding: There’s a gulf of safe linguistic spaces between theatre makers, audiences and critics, so Montreal’s theatres must facilitate “a reaching across the linguistic divide.”
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