History UsefulNotes / Montreal

4th Apr '18 5:19:11 PM danlansdowne
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Tourists are advised to stay in the downtown area, cars and all; there's bars and restaurants everywhere and a strip club every other block on Ste. Catherine (we're quite serious: Ste. Catherine goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). The popular definition of "downtown" is from St Denis to Atwater, along Ste. Catherine's up to Sherbrooke. Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on Ste. Catherine just east of downtown. Generally a good deal. Also, whatever you do, do ''not'' wear a Boston Bruins shirt. [[BerserkButton It will end very badly]]; "LES TABARNAK DE BRUINS!" is practically the city's motto. Other popular neighbourhoods for tourists include Old Montreal, south of Ste. Catherine by the river and full of churches, old buildings, and other eyecatching landmarks; the Mile End, made famous by being the stomping ground of Leonard Cohen and home to St. Viateur's famous bagels (get 'em while they're hot- if you order anything other then a sesame seed one it'll be cold); and occasionally the Plateau, home to the oft-maligned "McGill Ghetto" as well as most of the more famous landmarks on St Laurent, for instance Schwartz' Deli.

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Tourists are advised to stay in the downtown area, cars and all; there's bars and restaurants everywhere and a strip club every other block on Ste. Catherine (we're quite serious: Ste. Catherine goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). The popular definition of "downtown" is from St Denis to Atwater, along Ste. Catherine's up to Sherbrooke. Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on Ste. Catherine just east of downtown. Generally a good deal. Also, whatever you do, do ''not'' wear a Boston Bruins shirt. [[BerserkButton It will end very badly]]; "LES TABARNAK DE BRUINS!" is practically the city's motto. Other popular neighbourhoods for tourists include Old Montreal, south of Ste. Catherine by the river and full of churches, old buildings, and other eyecatching landmarks; the Mile End, made famous by being the stomping ground of Leonard Cohen and home to St. Viateur's famous bagels (get 'em while they're hot- if you order anything other then a sesame seed one it'll be cold); and occasionally the Plateau, home to the oft-maligned "McGill "[=McGill=] Ghetto" as well as most of the more famous landmarks on St Laurent, for instance Schwartz' Deli.
4th Apr '18 5:12:00 PM danlansdowne
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Montreal is not an unequivocally French city despite the province's strong laws protecting its French heritage (which most obviously manifests itself in the rules regarding public signage in which the French words must be printed in bigger letters and more prominently than the English translation--sometimes people like to give an extra twist of the knife by printing the English in harder to read grayscale italics). Especially in the downtown area around Ste. Catherine Street even more so when approaching the largely English suburb of Westmount, quite a few of its inhabitants are native English-speakers (often [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Jewish]]), who often adopt a culture closer to American/English Canadian culture than their French compatriots. There are several enclaves of English speakers within the city: the predominantly Hasidic neighbourhood Outremont, the largely Jamaican and Iranian Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), Westmount, and parts of St. Henri. The city also plays host to two predominantly English universities ([=McGill=] and Concordia) as well as two French ones (Université de Montreal and UQAM). On top of all this, the city attracts quite a few immigrants; overall, it's a cultural mosaic similar to other major North American cities.

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Montreal is not an unequivocally French city despite the province's strong laws protecting its French heritage (which most obviously manifests itself in the rules regarding public signage in which the French words must be printed in bigger letters and more prominently than the English translation--sometimes people like to give an extra twist of the knife by printing the English in harder to read grayscale italics). Especially in the downtown area around Ste. Catherine Street even more so when approaching the largely English suburb of Westmount, Westmount[[note]]an independent town entirely surrounded by Montreal[[/note]], quite a few of its inhabitants are native English-speakers (often [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Jewish]]), who often adopt a culture closer to American/English Canadian culture than their French compatriots. There are several enclaves of English speakers within the city: the predominantly Hasidic neighbourhood Outremont, the largely Jamaican and Iranian Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), Westmount, and parts of St. Henri. The communities of the suburban "West Island", though not part of Montreal politically[[note]]although they were amalgamated with the city briefly in the early 2000s[[/note]], are also heavily English-speaking, especially Côte-Saint-Luc and Montreal-West). The city also plays host to two predominantly English universities ([=McGill=] and Concordia) as well as two French ones (Université de Montreal and UQAM). On top of all this, the city attracts quite a few immigrants; overall, it's a cultural mosaic similar to other major North American cities.
24th Feb '18 7:07:46 PM Juicehead_Baby
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->"In Montreal they don't hate me because I'm Black. They hate me because I don't speak French."

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->"In ->''"In Montreal they don't hate me because I'm Black. They hate me because I don't speak French.""''
24th Feb '18 7:07:02 PM Juicehead_Baby
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->''Montréal Montréal, donnes-y la claque!\\
If you're driving in Quebec - you're driving on crack.''
-->--''Bowser and Blue'' on the city's notoriously poor road conditions.

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->''Montréal Montréal, donnes-y la claque!\\
If you're driving in Quebec - you're driving on crack.''
-->--''Bowser and Blue'' on the city's notoriously poor road conditions.
->"In Montreal they don't hate me because I'm Black. They hate me because I don't speak French."
-->--'''Alonzo Bodden'''
3rd Nov '17 9:17:35 PM danlansdowne
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Montreal is Canada's second-largest city. It is also the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (after, of course, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}).[[note]]A few argue that [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Kinshasa]] and [[UsefulNotes/IvoryCoast Abidjan]] come between Paris and Montreal, but those cities being in Africa, the locals only speak French as a language of administration, education, and sometimes trade, with the language of home and much if not most business being local; in Montreal, French is unquestionably dominant, although English has a secondary role in government, business, and education.[[/note]] Its most famous structure, the Olympic Stadium, was home to the Expos baseball team until they became the Washington Nationals. The Bell Centre (formerly the Molson Centre) is the home of the Montreal Canadiens (who previously called the storied Montreal Forum home), the oldest hockey team in the NHL and the team that has won the most Stanley Cups (24 in all, one of which predates the NHL -- though they haven't been doing so well in the last two decades). While not as big a filming centre as UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, quite a few movies are still filmed in Montreal. Its wide range of architecture allows the city to act as a cheap stand-in for many European cities. Montreal is also the home of a few VideoGame design studios: Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Montreal (''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' series and ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''); Creator/ElectronicArts Montreal (''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo''); [[Creator/SquareEnix Eidos Montreal]] (''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'') and the late Creator/{{THQ}} Montreal. The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the world.

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Montreal is Canada's second-largest city. It is also the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (after, of course, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}).[[note]]A few argue that [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Kinshasa]] and [[UsefulNotes/IvoryCoast Abidjan]] come between Paris and Montreal, but those cities being in Africa, the locals only speak French as a language of administration, education, and sometimes trade, with the language of home and much if not most business being local; in Montreal, French is unquestionably dominant, although English has a secondary role in government, business, and education.[[/note]] Its most famous (in)famous structure, the Olympic Stadium, was home to the Expos baseball team until they became the Washington Nationals. The Bell Centre (formerly the Molson Centre) is the home of the Montreal Canadiens (who previously called the storied Montreal Forum home), the oldest hockey team in the NHL and the team that has won the most Stanley Cups (24 in all, one of which predates the NHL -- though they haven't been doing so well in the last two decades). While not as big a filming centre as UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, quite a few movies are still filmed in Montreal. Its wide range of architecture allows the city to act as a cheap stand-in for many European cities. Montreal is also the home of a few VideoGame design studios: Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Montreal (''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' series and ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''); Creator/ElectronicArts Montreal (''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo''); [[Creator/SquareEnix Eidos Montreal]] (''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'') and the late Creator/{{THQ}} Montreal. The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the world.



Tourists are advised to stay in the downtown area, cars and all; there's bars and restaurants everywhere and a strip club every other block on St. Catherine's (we're quite serious: St. Catherine's goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). The popular definition of "downtown" is from St Denis to Atwater, along St Catherine's up to Sherbrooke. Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on St. Catherine's just east of Downtown. Generally a good deal. Also, whatever you do, do ''not'' wear a Boston Bruins shirt. [[BerserkButton It will end very badly]]; "LES TABARNAK DE BRUINS!" is practically the city's motto. Other popular neighbourhoods for tourists include Old Montreal, south of St Catherine's by the river and full of churches, old buildings, and other eyecatching landmarks; the Mile End, made famous by being the stomping ground of Leonard Cohen and home to St. Viateur's famous bagels (get 'em while they're hot- if you order anything other then a sesame seed one it'll be cold); and occasionally the Plateau, home to the oft-maligned "McGill Ghetto" as well as most of the more famous landmarks on St Laurent, for instance Schwartz' Deli.

One unique aspect of the local media market is that, while most other large Canadian cities receive the major US broadcast {{networks}} through affiliates based in cities at least as large as they are (much of southern Ontario gets the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Buffalo]] or UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} stations, Vancouver gets the UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} ones, etc.), the closest American cities to Montreal are [[HollywoodNewEngland Burlington, Vermont]] and [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Plattsburgh, New York]], whose combined metropolitan areas (city and suburbs together) are less than ''one-twelfth'' the population of the Montreal area. Consequently, stations in this media market both have the largest city in their broadcast areas in another country. It leads to the strange situation where American TV stations carry large amounts of advertising for foreign businesses -- a good percentage of English-language advertising for Montreal businesses aimed at Montrealers is carried on Burlington and Plattsburgh stations, and ads in French are not unheard of (although satellite services' carrying the main East Coast feeds out of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity has put a dent in this in recent years).

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Tourists are advised to stay in the downtown area, cars and all; there's bars and restaurants everywhere and a strip club every other block on St. Catherine's Ste. Catherine (we're quite serious: St. Catherine's Ste. Catherine goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). The popular definition of "downtown" is from St Denis to Atwater, along St Ste. Catherine's up to Sherbrooke. Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on St. Catherine's Ste. Catherine just east of Downtown.downtown. Generally a good deal. Also, whatever you do, do ''not'' wear a Boston Bruins shirt. [[BerserkButton It will end very badly]]; "LES TABARNAK DE BRUINS!" is practically the city's motto. Other popular neighbourhoods for tourists include Old Montreal, south of St Catherine's Ste. Catherine by the river and full of churches, old buildings, and other eyecatching landmarks; the Mile End, made famous by being the stomping ground of Leonard Cohen and home to St. Viateur's famous bagels (get 'em while they're hot- if you order anything other then a sesame seed one it'll be cold); and occasionally the Plateau, home to the oft-maligned "McGill Ghetto" as well as most of the more famous landmarks on St Laurent, for instance Schwartz' Deli.

One unique aspect of the local media market is that, while most other large Canadian cities receive the major US broadcast {{networks}} through affiliates based in cities at least as large as they are (much of southern Ontario gets the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Buffalo]] or UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} stations, Vancouver gets the UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} ones, etc.), the closest American cities to Montreal are [[HollywoodNewEngland Burlington, Vermont]] and [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Plattsburgh, New York]], whose combined metropolitan areas (city and suburbs together) are less than ''one-twelfth'' the population of the Montreal area. Consequently, stations in this media market both have the largest city in their broadcast areas in another country. It leads to the strange situation where American TV stations carry large amounts of advertising for foreign businesses -- a good percentage of English-language advertising for Montreal businesses aimed at Montrealers is carried on Burlington and Plattsburgh stations, and ads in French are not unheard of (although satellite services' carrying the main East Coast feeds out of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity has put a dent in this in recent years).



[[GratuitousIambicPentameter Did, we, MENtion, that it's]] [[DramaticPause .....]] [[LargeHam ALso]], Creator/WilliamShatner's, [[LargeHam BIRTHPLACE]]?[[note]]Shatner is an Anglophone Conservative-Jewish Montrealer of Hungarian descent.[[/note]]

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[[GratuitousIambicPentameter Did, we, MENtion, that it's]] [[DramaticPause .....]] [[LargeHam ALso]], Creator/WilliamShatner's, [[LargeHam BIRTHPLACE]]?[[note]]Shatner is an Anglophone Conservative-Jewish Conservative Jewish Montrealer of Hungarian descent.[[/note]]
17th Sep '17 4:46:20 PM nombretomado
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Montreal is Canada's second-largest city. It is also the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (after, of course, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}).[[note]]A few argue that [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Kinshasa]] and [[UsefulNotes/IvoryCoast Abidjan]] come between Paris and Montreal, but those cities being in Africa, the locals only speak French as a language of administration, education, and sometimes trade, with the language of home and much if not most business being local; in Montreal, French is unquestionably dominant, although English has a secondary role in government, business, and education.[[/note]] Its most famous structure, the Olympic Stadium, was home to the Expos baseball team until they became the Washington Nationals. The Bell Centre (formerly the Molson Centre) is the home of the Montreal Canadiens (who previously called the storied Montreal Forum home), the oldest hockey team in the NHL and the team that has won the most Stanley Cups (24 in all, one of which predates the NHL -- though they haven't been doing so well in the last two decades). While not as big a filming centre as UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, quite a few movies are still filmed in Montreal. Its wide range of architecture allows the city to act as a cheap stand-in for many European cities. Montreal is also the home of a few VideoGame design studios: Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Montreal (''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' series and ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''); Creator/ElectronicArts Montreal (''ArmyOfTwo''); [[Creator/SquareEnix Eidos Montreal]] (''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'') and the late Creator/{{THQ}} Montreal. The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the world.

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Montreal is Canada's second-largest city. It is also the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (after, of course, UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}).[[note]]A few argue that [[UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo Kinshasa]] and [[UsefulNotes/IvoryCoast Abidjan]] come between Paris and Montreal, but those cities being in Africa, the locals only speak French as a language of administration, education, and sometimes trade, with the language of home and much if not most business being local; in Montreal, French is unquestionably dominant, although English has a secondary role in government, business, and education.[[/note]] Its most famous structure, the Olympic Stadium, was home to the Expos baseball team until they became the Washington Nationals. The Bell Centre (formerly the Molson Centre) is the home of the Montreal Canadiens (who previously called the storied Montreal Forum home), the oldest hockey team in the NHL and the team that has won the most Stanley Cups (24 in all, one of which predates the NHL -- though they haven't been doing so well in the last two decades). While not as big a filming centre as UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, quite a few movies are still filmed in Montreal. Its wide range of architecture allows the city to act as a cheap stand-in for many European cities. Montreal is also the home of a few VideoGame design studios: Creator/{{Ubisoft}} Montreal (''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' series and ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''); Creator/ElectronicArts Montreal (''ArmyOfTwo''); (''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo''); [[Creator/SquareEnix Eidos Montreal]] (''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'') and the late Creator/{{THQ}} Montreal. The annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the world.
2nd May '17 1:42:00 PM LinkToTheFuture
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The city is located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River in the southwestern corner of the province, home to nearly 2 million people, with another 2 million living in the surrounding greater Montreal area on the mainland and the neighboring island of Laval. The island is connected to the mainland by a network of bridges, many of which, most notably the high-traffic Champlain Bridge, suffer from the city's notoriously poor road and infrastructure conditions, a target of a major corruption inquiry in recent years.

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The city is located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River in the southwestern corner of the province, home to nearly 2 million people, with another 2 million living in the surrounding greater Montreal area on the mainland and the neighboring island of Laval. The island is connected to the mainland by a network of bridges, many of which, most notably the high-traffic Champlain Bridge, suffer from the city's notoriously poor road and infrastructure conditions, a target of a major corruption inquiry in recent years. Potholes are practically a feature rather than a bug on many of the roads, especially in the springtime.
17th Feb '17 6:50:46 PM bt8257
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-->--''Bowser and Blue on the city's infamously poor road conditions.

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-->--''Bowser and Blue Blue'' on the city's infamously notoriously poor road conditions.
17th Feb '17 10:32:03 AM higgledypiggledy
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* ''Film/TheJackal''

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* ''Film/TheJackal'' (which both had scenes set in Montreal, and also used Montreal locations for scenes set elsewhere, e.g. the Montreal metro filling in for the Washington DC one)
18th Nov '16 6:27:49 PM jumpingwiththestars
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Montreal is not an unequivocally French city despite the province's strong laws protecting its French heritage (which most obviously manifests itself in the rules regarding public signage in which the French words must be printed in bigger letters and more prominently than the English translation--sometimes people like to give an extra twist of the knife by printing the English in harder to read grayscale italics). Especially in the downtown area around Ste. Catherine Street even more so when approaching the largely English suburb of Westmount, quite a few of its inhabitants are native English-speakers (often [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Jewish]]), who often adopt a culture closer to American/English Canadian culture than their French compatriots. There are several enclaves of English speakers within the city: the predominantly Hasidic neighbourhood Outremont, the largely Jamaican and Iranian Notre Dame des Grace (NDG), Westmount, and parts of St. Henri. The city also plays host to two predominantly English universities ([=McGill=] and Concordia) as well as two French ones (Universite de Montreal and UQAM). On top of all this, the city attracts quite a few immigrants; overall, it's a cultural mosaic similar to other major North American cities.

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Montreal is not an unequivocally French city despite the province's strong laws protecting its French heritage (which most obviously manifests itself in the rules regarding public signage in which the French words must be printed in bigger letters and more prominently than the English translation--sometimes people like to give an extra twist of the knife by printing the English in harder to read grayscale italics). Especially in the downtown area around Ste. Catherine Street even more so when approaching the largely English suburb of Westmount, quite a few of its inhabitants are native English-speakers (often [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Jewish]]), who often adopt a culture closer to American/English Canadian culture than their French compatriots. There are several enclaves of English speakers within the city: the predominantly Hasidic neighbourhood Outremont, the largely Jamaican and Iranian Notre Dame des Grace Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG), Westmount, and parts of St. Henri. The city also plays host to two predominantly English universities ([=McGill=] and Concordia) as well as two French ones (Universite (Université de Montreal and UQAM). On top of all this, the city attracts quite a few immigrants; overall, it's a cultural mosaic similar to other major North American cities.
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