This summer, Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood – known for its fresh-out-of-the-oven bagels, laid-back cafes and a significant population of musicians and artists – celebrates summer in its own eclectic style with the addition of Pop Montreal’s Marché des Possibles outdoor market…
The Marché des Possibles, open Fridays to Sundays from July 11 to August 31, packs the small, tree-filled park at the corner of St-Dominique and Bernard with all kinds of fresh local food, homegrown fashion and art, a beer garden featuring local brews, and on-stage entertainment for the whole family, curated by the good people of Pop Montreal music festival. Yet for all its activity, the Marché maintains a relaxed community-focused atmosphere, perfect for picnics and lounging with friends, day and night.
(creative eating) It’s easy to go where the locals go and eat what the locals eat at the Marché des Possibles. Not only does the park represent a meeting place for neighbours, but the addition of food trucks and produce from local farms makes it a destination for anyone seeking out new culinary creations. Every weekend, sample the offerings of some of the city’s best mobile food makers, cooking up everything from gourmet poutine, sandwiches and hotdogs to ice cream, fruit smoothies, espresso and crepes. And, like any good open-air food destination in the city, the Marché adds local beer to the menu.
(Montreal makers) If you’re shopping for something uniquely Montreal, the Marché’s vendors might just have what you’re looking for – find one-of-a-kind, high-quality products from Montreal designers, artists and craftspeople, all in one place. Summer dresses and screen-printed t-shirts complement jewellery, leather handbags and other accessories, while organic perfumes and handmade soaps occupy tables next to cuddly children’s toys, hip home decor and poster art. Not only is almost everything made in Montreal, but artists are on hand to talk about their work.
(live entertainment) Every evening, the park lights up with performances, film screenings and presentations, while every day brings activities fit for kids and adults alike. On the evening of July 18, see films presented by the RIDM documentary festival, and on Saturday starting at 11am do gymnastics, AcroYoga and learn African dance – Sunday adds a flamenco workshop to the mix. On Friday, July 25 local bands Saxsyndrum and Hua Li keep things hopping and Saturday afternoon features painting and filmmaking workshops, while experimental films screen at night. The music on August 1 comes courtesy of the Mutek music festival, and, as with most weekends throughout the summer, Saturday and Sunday host music workshops for kids, yoga sessions, dance lessons and more during the day and a variety of great music at night. For the full schedule of entertainment see the Marché des Possibles site.
Marché des Possibles, July 11 to August 31, 2014 : Fridays 3-11pm, Saturdays 11am-11pm, Sundays 11am-7pm
Photo credits: Susan Moss
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