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Meet-a-Montrealer: André Ménard

Montréal International Jazz Festival co-founder and artistic director André Ménard has been one of the most influential figures on the Québécois artistic scene for over 30 years. Born in the working-class neighborhood of Tétreaultville in East-End Montréal, he began producing concerts as a student at Collège de Maisonneuve. Montréal’s jazz festival – which Ménard co-founded with Alain Simard in 1980 – has become the largest and most important festival in Canada, drawing more than two million spectators each summer to some 150 indoor ticketed shows and over 350 free outdoor concerts. On top of that, Ménard attends over 300 concerts around the world every year. What is your favourite memory in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? Ella Fitzgerald singing Summertime as her closing song the last time she was here in 1987. What is the craziest moment in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? A man had a heart attack right in front of the main outdoor stage at the end of the 1980s. We were very sad to see a person die at the festival. Later that night we found out he had been revived by the paramedics en route to the hospital. Why did… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer…Marie-Pier Veilleux, owner of Brasserie Harricana

Brasserie Harricana first opened its doors in Amos in 1975. Now, 40 years later, Marie-Pier Veilleux, a young entrepreneur, has breathed new life into the family business, this time in Montréal. Chairs, tables, lights and the cold storage room door were recuperated from the old brasserie and are now part of the décor of this convivial new restaurant. The concept for the brasserie is based on meal-and-beer pairings. Marie-Pier and her associate Cynthia Santamaria offer clients an array of beers to choose from. They have over 40 types of beer on tap in addition to a selection of Québec ciders, cocktails as well as American rum spiced with boreal herbs. The menu, for its part, features an array of dishes that lean toward “family” or “bistro” cuisine. The musts, unquestionably, are the spaghettini with meat, the whole chicken roasted on a beer can (for two) and the Queen Elizabeth cake served with creamy caramel. With yumminess like this, who wouldn’t want a seat at this brasserie? It’s open every day from noon to 2 a.m. And with the arrival of summer, it also offers thirst-quenching lemonades to sip on its new outdoor patio!    Why did you decide to start your… / Read More →