Montreal’s street art festival MURAL returned this month on Saint-Laurent Boulevard with 20 new works of visual art created on its grounds – we mean, walls – over a span of 11 days, culminating in the grand completion on June 14. It was business as usual as the boulevard was closed off between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue for the annual spray painting update with the massive huge public art gathering and trigger-happy crowds snapping away everywhere.
Walking through Montreal, I had a light bulb moment. Staring at the shops all around me, I realized that the mannequins in the windows actually had a better life than the rest of us. The headless mannequins from our past are gone, only to be replaced with our doppelgangers that not only look better than […]
Bla Bla is an interactive experience that explores fundamental principles of communication between humans. The story progresses in a way based on your own interaction with the characters. My favourite scene involves making about twenty little cartoon men change the colour of their faces. Bla Bla was designed by Vincent Morriset, a computer programmer from […]
After snow dumped in Montreal, snowboarder Sebastien Toutant headed out to a hill called Mt. Royal, found just downtown. What’s fun about this short film is that it includes both urban riding with features like rails, but it also seems secluded from the city, with tree runs and cliff drops. The best part is that […]
Used clothing stores in Montreal may be a dime a dozen, but shops selling exclusively quality pieces are rare. La Founderie is an example, housing everything from no name to brand name merchandise chosen by its selective owner, Genevieve Champagne. Though located in the ‘oh so trendy’ plateau area on St-Laurent street, it’s far enough away from the pretentious but close enough to be easily accessible.
By TheDominoEffect in Cool Travel on Monday 14 January 2013
Used clothing stores in Montreal may be a dime a dozen, but shops selling exclusively quality pieces are rare. La Found(erie) is an example, housing everything from no name to brand name merchandise chosen by its selective owner, Genevieve Champagne. Though located in the ‘oh so trendy’ plateau area on St-Laurent street, it’s far enough away from the pretentious but close enough to be easily accessible.
Every Monday is a standing Le Falco work date with my creative partner. Boasting an esthetic of clean lines, polished concrete, natural wood accents, and exposed incandescent lighting, it’s hard not to develop a crush. Designed with designers in mind, complete with broad communal worktables, this eyrieis the perfect place to rekindle your work ethic, tucked in the heart of Montreal’s Mile End.
Boutique coffee shops have been popping up all over cosmopolitan cities like militia groups, waging a commercial war against the big evil franchised outlets. They each come with their own unique quirks, but none are quite as quirky as LA DISTRIBUTRICE in Montreal. Said to be the smallest coffee shop in North America, its tiny voice is defined by a strong, bold aesthetic based around the beauty of its packaging, and a delightful custom typeface. The coffee is said to be fantastic, but I’m sure we’d mostly be in it for the cups.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the maple belt, March can mean only one thing: the sugaring-off season has begun. And if maple syrup equals pancakes, then it’s time you met Martin Picard. Hailed as Montreal’s master chef of ‘cabane’ cuisine, he has just released his much-anticipated cookbook Sugar Shack: a literary and culinary ode to maple syrup.
En Masse is an art initiative that has brought together some of Montreal’s finest illustration talent. Described on their website as ‘a boundary-blurring cocktail of high and lowbrow culture, pop imagery fragmented like shattered glass in a spontaneous, multi-genre, black-on-white collision’, the project has resurrected my joy of immediate, collaborative work.
We could write something pithy here about how much artist and copyeditor Guillaume BlanchetI must love the sensation of, erm, perpetual motion, but we won’t. Instead we’ll let him tell you what motivated his recent feat of endurance: ‘I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. After 382 days spent riding through […]
Yellow Bird Project, a Montreal-based organization, has teamed up with indie rock bands to raise money for charities. The rock bands, including big indie rockers like The National and The Shins, design their own tee-shirt and choose the charities that will benefit from the sales. What a great way to support a band you love and a worthy cause.
If the words “canned” and “meat” scare you a little, dredging up uncomfortable associations with Spam, we totally understand. But Quebec-based ‘conserverie artisanale’ has dared to show us that the can is cool, and canned meat just as appealing.
Montreal’s only free and independent quarterly magazine SNAP! delivers a quirky mix of fashion, art and youth culture in their new 10×14 inch matte paper format. Their twelfth issue hit the streets on October 1 and has a distinct nostalgic emphasis.
I’ve been a big fan of free street magazine SNAP!, which casts a discerning eye over creative happenings in the artistic hub of Montreal, since they started. Having edited street mags in the past, I know how challenging it can be to assemble a crack team of writers and photographers and keep them enthused to improve the publication issue after issue. The team behind SNAP! have done this exceptionally well.