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MONTREAL NEIGHBORHOODS 101: PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL

For many travelers who reminisce about their trip to Montréal, memories of tree lined streets, spiral staircases and colorful houses begin to surface. There is no neighborhood more synonymous with these images than ‘The Plateau.’

A BETTER WAY TO GIFT/SOUVENIR SHOP

Pluriels. As the name suggests, this is a show of many that is a Great opportunity to see Quebec artistic talents! Artist and artisans have gotten together for a group show in a space on trendy St. Laurent, locally known as The Main. They are from a craft collective called MAM (Métiers d’Arts Métissés ) What a great idea!  You can buy that perfect gift for now, for later…for the holidays.  Choose from ceramics, knit stuff, toys, paintings.  All works are pretty reasonable, and who knows, you might make a ‘discovery’  – sell it 10 years from now on ebay and make a huge profit!  The show is at Galerie Espace, a space that is rented out to artists. On until August 24, but there is lots of fun stuff left.

AVENUE DU PARC: A MONTREAL STREET PROFILE

Since our last street profile focused on Rue Bleury it makes perfect sense that our next installment touches on Avenue du Parc, the butterfly of an avenue that the Bleury, uh, caterpillar transform into once it crosses Sherbrooke. Heading north from the Sherbrooke intersection, Parc extends all the way up to Jean-Talon, along the way showcasing a ton of great spots

THRIFT SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Montrealers love their thrift shops.  That is probably why you’ll find some in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Conveniently, three of our favourites ones are neighbhours, which makes for an easy vintage shop-hopping sessions on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.  Moreover, these boutiques have a unique way to play with retro stylings, making them an awful lot of fun to walk into, even when you’re not looking to actually buy anything.

MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL: THEATRE, DANCE, COMEDY & MUSIC

Montréal has many summer festivals. We are internationally renown for the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs, and we enjoy welcoming the world. The Fringe Fest, however, exists on the opposite end of the festival spectrum. After 20 years of fun and debauchery, the locally raised, theatre festival still maintains its beloved place in the hearts of Montréalers.

READER PHOTO OF THE WEEK!

THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ is a space for travelers and locals to congregate and to stay au courant with the best that is happening in the city.  And nothing can communicate good times and stunning places like a photograph. So we got pulled out our hammers and nails and built ourselves a fun new flickr group. And after a strenuous brainstorming session, we decided to call it “THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ.” If you have Montréal photos to share, please join the fun! Each week we’ll select one photo to feature on the blog. This week’s photo is courtesy of traveler, photographer, consultant and hip Montréaler, Mr. Daniel Seguin. It features a man breakdancing! “But where will I find such fun times?” you ask. Well, dear friends, a couple of times a year Boulevard Saint Laurent, or “The Main” as it’s informally referred, becomes a fiesta of bargain shopping, street performers, delicious food vendors and people-watching. If this sounds good to you, make sure you are in Montréal on June 10 – 13, June 17 – 20 or August 26 – 29.

A MONTREAL INSTITUTION: BEAUTYS LUNCHEONETTE

“People are always welcome here. All I want is to keep everybody happy”. At 88, Hyman Sckolnick, the owner of Montreal’s Beautys, still has one thing on his mind: making sure everyone who walks through the door of his 1942 luncheonette leaves in high-spirits.