March 7, 2014 — Montréal’s demonstrations of creativity are plentiful and ubiquitous. Nowhere is this truer than in the Mile End, where artists come to work, hang out, and produce cutting edge creations. Here are our tips for a foray into Canada’s most artistic neighbourhood.
De Gaspé Street’s hidden face
At first glance, this industrial street appears grim and unappealing. But within the large grey buildings lies a buzzing beehive of activity: an artistic mecca where hidden galleries, up-and-coming advertising agencies and emerging fashion and art designers come together to create. A word of advice, call the galleries before popping in to see their hours and days of operation.
Twilight Sculpture Garden
You may have walked in front of it before, but did you notice it? The Twilight Sculpture Garden is an actual outdoor art gallery, which includes metal and industrial debris recycled by artist Glenn Le Mesurier since 2000. Symbol of the area’s history and vitality, the series of 52 sculptures evolves with the wind, seasons and the artist’s whim. Find it close to 101 Van Horne Avenue.
Cafés and boutiques galore
Looking for a coffee with mismatched decor, an organic restaurant, a terrace to sip a good latte or a vintage shop? Amble along Bernard, Saint-Viateur and Fairmount Streets. You’re sure to find something to your liking!