The Bulletin: RAW WINE Fest is back, RIDM International Doc Festival, Google's new office, and more [Issue #1]
Welcome to the Montreal Bulletin, a weekly thread on what’s happening, what you might have missed, and what’s to come in Montreal.
This week’s equal parts live music, wine-drenched festivities, art fairs, and slighted local businesses—in other words, an average weekend in the city.
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This Weekend’s Events
- Nov 15 to 18: Mundial Montreal is bringing together musical artists from all over the world for over half a dozen shows and showcases.
- Nov 16 to 19: M for Montreal’s the place to put your finger on the pulse of Quebec’s indie music scene.
- Nov 19: Scream like Will Ferrell in Elf when Santa Claus comes to (down)town during the 70th edition of the Santa Claus Parade.
- Nov 19 to 20: It’s the art fair to end all art fairs with Expozine, when dozens of artisans gather to sell their zines, crafts, clothes, food, and more.
- Nov 19: The SAT’s dome will be shaking with the last Dômesicle of the season, featuring DJ and VJ performances alongside trippy 360° video projections.
- Nov 17 to 27: Montreal’s international documentary festival RIDM kicks off with Quebec premiers for award winners, new programs, competitions, and thought-provoking roundtables.
- Nov 19 to 20: Drink up as much glou-glou as you can alongside wine growers and makers at RAW WINE’s return to Montreal.
Enjoy the snow while you’re at it: Forecasts are calling for as much as 10cm of winter this week.
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Montreal: What you need to know
Must-watch Montreal series: Le resto d'après
In this newly released six-part docuseries, chefs get real and raw about how their lives were upended overnight by the pandemic, and how they’ve been picking up the pieces ever since. It’s uplifting, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking all in one. (link)
Montreal restaurant Nilufar found out they’re being evicted via a landlord rental listing
After almost three decades at their downtown address, local falafel and student cheap eat destination Nilufar found out they’re being evicted through some pretty shady means. (link)
Vestige de l’Expo 67: le Minirail de la Ronde démoli en catimini
The Minirail, built for Expo 67, is currently being dismantled at La Ronde. Why should you care? The city wasn’t consulted, and it’s but one of many examples of the city losing its heritage patina. (link)
Chill out: Pop-up bar made entirely out of ice returns to Montreal next month
Saint-Henri’s canalside bar Riverside won’t close up shop for winter just yet, as its pop-up winter event Hiverside is returning with a giant igloo and drinks served up in carved blocks of ice. (link)
Montréal's best holiday markets for 2022
The fangs of the holiday spirit are sinking into the city’s neck, and you now can get ahead on where to enjoy the best Christmas markets from now until NYE. (link)
Downtown Montreal bars fighting noise complaints; city offers $2.1 million plan
Crescent St. has long been home to the loudest and drunkest patrons the city’s ever seen, but NIMBY residents—big surprise—are starting to complain. The city says it has a solution, however. (link)
From paper to digital, Google’s new Montreal office evokes the past and future
Google has officially opened its 100,000-square-foot, five-floor office in Old Montreal’s historic Read Building, dating back to 1910 when the neighbourhood hosted the city’s printing industry known as Paper Hill. Worth a read for architecture and purpose. (link)
L’urgence d’agir, c’est ici et maintenant en matière de logement
The housing crisis continues in Montreal, and its urgency is hitting a fever pitch. Read about testimonies of harassment and sexual violence from private landlords, lack of viable dwellings, and more deplorability with this signed letter. (link)
Montreal's Santa Claus parade Star Fairy Barbada shares her festive spots across the city
Risen drag star Barbada de Barbades lays out her picks for nightlife spots, bookstore, and more in the city—spoiler, you probably won’t guess what her favourite restaurant is. (link)