History UsefulNotes / Montreal

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.
11th Nov '16 2:21:25 PM Brosandi
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Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as Music/ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty Music/LeonardCohen and Music/RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Surprisingly, there is also a very big]] TechnicalDeathMetal following; numerous big names in the genre (Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Neuraxis}}, Martyr, Augury, Beyond Creation, Quo Vadis, etc.) hail from either the city proper or surrounding locales, and touring acts in the genre are likely to experience sold-out crowds at Les Foufounes Electriques, the city's longstanding go-to venue for underground touring acts.

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Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as Music/ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, Grimes, Ought, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty Music/LeonardCohen and Music/RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Surprisingly, there is also a very big]] TechnicalDeathMetal following; numerous big names in the genre (Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Neuraxis}}, Martyr, Augury, Beyond Creation, Quo Vadis, etc.) hail from either the city proper or surrounding locales, and touring acts in the genre are likely to experience sold-out crowds at Les Foufounes Electriques, the city's longstanding go-to venue for underground touring acts.
11th Nov '16 2:18:20 PM Brosandi
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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. The city also plays host to two predominantly English universities ([=McGill=] and Concordia). 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.

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.). 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.

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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).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.

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.
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.
9th Oct '16 2:26:48 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', doubling for UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, and sections of the Pentagon scene are actually from the Arts Building at [=McGill=] University.

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* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', doubling for UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, and sections of the Pentagon scene are actually from the Arts Building at [=McGill=] University.University.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': The East Berlin fight club venue is the Corona Theatre in Old Montreal.
21st Jun '16 7:40:33 PM gewunomox
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Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty LeonardCohen and RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Surprisingly, there is also a very big]] TechnicalDeathMetal following; numerous big names in the genre (Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Neuraxis}}, Martyr, Augury, Beyond Creation, Quo Vadis, etc.) hail from either the city proper or surrounding locales, and touring acts in the genre are likely to experience sold-out crowds at Les Foufounes Electriques, the city's longstanding go-to venue for underground touring acts.

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Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as ArcadeFire, Music/ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty LeonardCohen Music/LeonardCohen and RufusWainwright, Music/RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Surprisingly, there is also a very big]] TechnicalDeathMetal following; numerous big names in the genre (Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Neuraxis}}, Martyr, Augury, Beyond Creation, Quo Vadis, etc.) hail from either the city proper or surrounding locales, and touring acts in the genre are likely to experience sold-out crowds at Les Foufounes Electriques, the city's longstanding go-to venue for underground touring acts.
20th Jun '16 7:14:22 AM HasturHasturHastur
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Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty LeonardCohen and RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre.

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Montreal is known for its epic music scene. Having been hailed as the most creative city in North America in the early 2000s, it has produced such bands as ArcadeFire, Malajube, Young Galaxy (recent Polaris prize shortlisters), Stars, Coeur de Pirate, Wolf Parade, The Stills, and The Dears. As well it is home to music royalty LeonardCohen and RufusWainwright, among others. The yearly Montreal Jazz Festival is a huge event that draws in dozens of the biggest names in the genre.
genre. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Surprisingly, there is also a very big]] TechnicalDeathMetal following; numerous big names in the genre (Music/{{Cryptopsy}}, Music/{{Neuraxis}}, Martyr, Augury, Beyond Creation, Quo Vadis, etc.) hail from either the city proper or surrounding locales, and touring acts in the genre are likely to experience sold-out crowds at Les Foufounes Electriques, the city's longstanding go-to venue for underground touring acts.
28th Dec '15 6:30:18 AM HasturHasturHastur
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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 (we're quite serious: St. Catherine's goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on St. Catherine's just east of Downtown. Generally a good deal.

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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 (we're quite serious: St. Catherine's goes bar, restaurant, bar, strip club, interesting shops (''that'' kind and not), museum, bar, strip club, etc.). Also, the Montreal {{Gayborhood}} is centered on St. Catherine's just east of Downtown. Generally a good deal.
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.
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