Happy birthday, Montreal: May 17th marked the city's birthday, and to celebrate, we experienced a sudden cold snap and snow in the middle of the day.
And yet, the vibes were high. For every single sardonic newsletter writer out there thinking the weather couldn't get any worse, people have taken to social media with words of hope and pride for what is one of the greatest cities in the world.
The city is ramping up with opening after opening, terrasses are being set up on every street, and we crushed it in the Canada's 100 Best restaurants list. Love it or hate it, we are barreling forward without over-thinking anything for a second. There's a 36-hour-long party in the Old Port this weekend, the festivals will soon begin, and we're all out there catching rays the moment it's +15 degrees.
As the Austrian writer Hedwig 'Vicki' Baum once wrote, "there are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them." There may be plenty to point out and proclaim amiss with the city, but Montreal as a whole remains an occasion to dance.
Weekend events you don’t want to miss
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- The City of Montreal has granted MTL NON STOP an exemption to operate a liquor license continuously for 36 hours at the Pavilion of the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal.
- Labo culinaire - Foodlab is celebrating the opening of its terrasse with new menus to eat and drink.
- The first ever NDG Comedy Fest kicks off for the first time ever with 7 events happening over three days.
- NDG Porchfest is taking over its neighbourhood with music and comedy this weekend.
- The 29th edition of Mondial de la bière brings together the world of microbrews, ciders, and more for the entire weekend.
- There's a new exhibition at this waterfront museum, the perfect place for to stop if you're biking the length of the Canal.
- If you're looking to find something to chill out with, Cinéma Beaubien is now serving booze with its popcorn.
- Speaking of movies, J.A. de Sève cinema is screening C.R.A.Z.Y. for only $9 a ticket.
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Slinging mud from the bottom of the Lachine Canal
In this recent editorial, Cult MTL columinst Toula Drimonis hits back against heavy trash talk by Journal de Montréal writers that often claim the city's a filthy, dangerous, chaotic mess of a place. But is it? (Cult MTL)
Reviving a vibe in Montreal's Quartier Latin
Serving homemade menus with some '90s family-style nostalgia, Big Trouble is the final piece in an eat-sleep-jam 'European' model for the local music venue Turbo Haus. Completing a circular ecosystem of hospitality for musicians, we're calling it: This will be a missing piece of a puzzle you didn't know existed. (The Main)
This is fine. This will go well.
You know that webcomic from KC Green with the dog in the house on fire? Its persistence as an apt meme for—well, everything—sure as hell seems to apply to this proclamation from Legault's government that everything with the housing crisis is peachy keen. (CTV News)
Another one bites the brisket
After 73 years selling deli meats prepared in their own smokehouses, Quebec Smoked Meat is closing up shop on June 30. A famous purveyor of Old World food for those in the know, it'll be sad to see them go; especially since many claim they made the stuff better than Schwartz's ever did. (Montreal Gazette)
Catch the (museum of) waves
Montreal was one of the world's hubs for the recording industry, and this story tells that tale and then some, as said industry took an unexpected turn into developing a secret laboratory during World War II that led to the creation of frickin' satellites. (Journal Métro)
Feeling the heat
Here at The Main, we abstain from included one-off arson attempts in our newsletters, but when there's so many that it amounts to one a day since the beginning of the calendar year? That sparks a conversation. (Radio-Canada)
Bang bang, they'll shoot them down
Killing small dogs, roaming around daycares in broad daylight; coyotes have made so many brazen appearances in people's lives on the island in the last half-decade that they've ended up in the city's crosshairs—literally. The SPCA believes more non-lethal tactics should be employed, however. (Le Devoir)
The scars of time
Located between Old Montreal and downtown, the city was completely reimagined in the 1990s and 2000s following decades of desolation. The idea was to repair the scars left by the construction of the Ville-Marie tunnel by creating a a world-class district, but that district is—when you look close enough—falling apart. (La Presse)
Clang clang clang goes the trolley
The land that was once the site of the Hippodrome racetrack now sees, thanks to the non-profit organization Espace La Traversée, an incoming residential developer which in turn faces some steep prerequisites for housing, public housing, and transit. That includes a hopeful creation of a "Viennese tramway" in the heart of it all. (Montreal Gazette & La Presse)
You can't bring out your dead
Rising inflation has caused labour disputes just about everywhere, but here in Montreal, few of them have become more pronounced than those on the graveyard shifts at Canada's biggest cemetery. Even as we write this, the standoff continues. (Global News)
"Time to hit the streets"
This 2008 documentary details one Montreal stencil artist's "clandestine campaign to make his mark on the city streets." It's not too often you see street artists, pre-MURAL Fest, be viewed in a countercultural light reserved for vigilantes. Put on some popcorn and get it a look. (YouTube)
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