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Vintage Gifs of Montreal

Considering that Montreal is often described as “old world charm with modern conveniences,” we thought it would be fun to relive some of the city’s old world charm with the help of a modern convenience: the animated GIF! A horse-drawn firesleigh races to save the people of Montreal from flames! This video of Montreal is likely one of the oldest in existence. It was originally copyrighted March 19, 1901 by Mr. Thomas A. Edison. Yes, that Thomas Edison. He shot it as some early test footage from one of his many inventions: the motion picture camera. Some early footage of a streetcar, automobiles and pedestrians hustling through an intersection in downtown Montreal. The Montreal Canadiens built their dynasty sans helmets. How did their faces not get totally busted up? Also, why is the door to the rink so tiny? Oh old things. Still unclear why Montreal ever got rid of these things. Look at how quaint they make everything look! The monorail zooms along Expo 67 with massive crowds milling below. While many of the pavilions have been demolished, the golf ball shaped American pavilion still stands. It’s now known as the Biosphere and houses an environmental museum. Maybe in… / Read More →

NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM AT RIDM 2012

The year’s best documentaries screen at The Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (November 7-18), this year celebrating its 15th year not only with much-anticipated new films but with special programming on the history of documentary film internationally and its importance in portraying the realities of Quebec culture.

FALL FOR THE MCCORD MUSEUM’S NEW EXHIBITS

Fall is a must-visit season at the McCord Museum, with famed photographer Edward Burtynsky’s panoramic look at oil and a high-tech way to discover the history of Montreal…

THE MCCORD MUSEUM CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

Can you say ‘’history on an iPod’’? The McCord Museum on Sherbrooke Street, one of Canada’s oldest museums, is celebrating 90 years with a very forward-looking exhibit…

GABOR SZILASI LOOKS AT QUEBEC’S PAST

Montreal’s McCord Museum is featuring Hungarian photographer Gabor Szilasi. Organized by guest curator David Harris, Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday combines portraits, domestic and commercial interiors, cityscapes and images of rural life. It also includes environmental portraiture, a genre of photography in which the setting—a person’s home, workplace, or even a public place—plays an essential role in describing the subject…

A HISTORY LESSON IN 18 MINUTES: “YOURS TRULY, MONTREAL”

“Yours Truly, Montreal is a multimedia show using striking and evocative images to present the city’s history. It takes viewers to the heart of the action as they watch Montreal grow and earn its international reputation, from the birth of the island to the 21st century.” One of the best ways to obtain a solid understanding of any destination is to learn a bit of local history. Montreal, considering its mélange of English and French lineage, has a unique evolution which has positioned the city as unparalleled in North America for creativity, open-mindedness and French flair.

CHATEAU DUFRESNE MUSEUM: LIFE, A HUNDRED YEARS AGO

There are certain venues that have become so familiar to locals, that we forget what is so great about them.  For me, the Château Dufresne Museum is undoubtely one such place.  As a Montreal child I was reguralry dragged to the Château for my school’s bi-annual “artsy day trip”.  As you’d imagine, at twelve years old, my interest for Art Deco was, well, let’s say overshadowed by other aesthetical issues.  Things have changed since, and so have my artistic sensibilities.  

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Our photo of the week comes from Flickr whiz Madame B. She’s got a whole slew of delightful pics, including some stellar black & white work. This photo, despite its ambiguous origins (iPhone app or Polaroid?), captures the iconic “Five Roses” sign in vintage, faded glory.  The sign has been an iconic part of the city’s skyline since its erection in 1948. With continued controversy over its future, ours suggestion is to plan a visit sooner than later, before it disappears from the Montreal skyline forever. For more information check out the Farine Five Roses Art Project, which is devoted to maintaining and celebrating the historic billboard. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

CHÂTEAU RAMEZAY: TIME TRAVEL GARDENS

Built in 1705, the Chateau Ramezay, is a beautiful grey stone building in Old Montreal is the oldest private history museum in Quebec. Built in 1705, it was the home of Governor Claude de Ramezay, a classically elegant structure with solid, thick walls and a beautiful garden.