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What you need to know about the Festival des Nuits d’Afrique 2014

When England’s Arthur Wellesley, a.k.a. the 1st Duke of Wellington, first wore and popularized the leather hunting boot that came to be known as the “Wellington” in the early 19th century, he could hardly have predicted that a rubber version of them would one day play a role in an African-themed music festival in a former French colony in the city of Montreal…


Walking through Montreal’s Chinatown, you’ll hear French, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese. You’ll also be drooling like a little puppy over the smell of dumplings, fried shrimp, Peking Duck, Crispy Chicken and Lobster dishes. Not to mention, you’ll be tempted by the Gods of Shopping thanks to superb gift ideas including silky soft kimonos, lingerie, crafts, tea pots, china and much much more. Take a look at the video and allow me to take you on a little tour. You’ll see… Montreal’s Chinatown is a very pleasant place to be and it clearly deserves putting aside an hour or two of your time in the city.


MY MULTICULTURAL MONTREAL: ABDALLAH Mile End is the soul of Montreal: “Here you have Italians, Greeks, Jews, Hasidics, Africans…you have bagels. You have a Mauritanian restaurant on Fairmount. Every one gets what he needs from Mile End” – Abdallah. Abdallah is a Djiboutian-born Canadian who lives in the same neighborhood as me: the Montreal Mile End. As I was surfing the amazingly nourishing Who We Are blog, I discovered this film by Adam Shamash, which is an ode to Montreal’s cultural diversity and Abdallah’s sheer enthusiasm for life.