Tag Archives: Montreal

Manif de bonhommes

3 Oct

This is an incredible collage of illustrations of the student marches against tuition hikes that took place in Quebec this past spring. You must check it out at http://manif.aencre.org/ (scroll from left to right to see all of the images).

manif de bonhommes

 

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The year in photographs

1 Oct

Last weekend, I went to see the World Press Photo exhibition at Marché Bonsecours in Montreal. It was an opportunity to admire and understand via pictures the events and issues that shaped the previous year. The photographs selected by the jury were stunning! If you don’t get the chance to see the exhibition in your city, you can check out all the winning images at World Press Photo.

Cliff-Climbing Polar Bear Attempting to Eat Seabird Eggs, Ostrova Oranskie, Novaya Zemlya, Russia. Photograph by Jenny E. Ross.

Also, in the same room, was another photo exhibition called AnthropoGraphia which gathered a selection of the best photo-documentaries of the world’s most prestigious agencies. You can also see the images online at AnthropoGraphia.

Goodbye My Chechnya, Chechnya, Russia. Photograph by Diana Markosian.

Montreal’s Hidden Treasures: Dominion Square Tavern

30 Apr

I recently had the chance to visit Dominion Square Tavern, a little place hidden on Metcalfe Street, in Downtown Montreal. The ambiance is quite pleasant and the decor oozes old world charm (you’d think you were transported back to the Roaring Twenties). The drinks and cocktails are fantastic and crafted with homemade tonic. The restaurant offers bistro-style dishes with an accessible French Canadian palate and the cuisine is also notably infused with a British sensibility. If you are visiting Montreal, this is a must-see.

Dominion Square Tavern

Dominion Square Tavern

http://www.dominiontavern.com/

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: Union Française

23 Apr

Union Française

The bronze statue of Marianne to the left of the front door of this building at 429 Viger Street E. is the work of sculptor Paul Romain Chevré, who survived the sinking. He also carved the statue of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier that is in the lobby of the Château Laurier in Ottawa.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

20 Apr

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The frieze on the exterior of the building, at 1379 Sherbrooke Street W., is the work of second class passenger Leopold Weisz, 33, who drowned in the disaster. A Hungarian-born Jewish stone carver, Weisz got the job in Canada carving the frieze for the Montreal Museum of Arts building in 1911. He was then contracted to do the stone shields which decorate the Dominion Express Building at 201 St. Jacques Street W. He had gone back to England to fetch his wife, Mathilde, and they were sailing home together on the Titanic.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Traces of the Titanic in Montreal: The Allan Building

19 Apr

The Allan Building

The Allan Building, at 333, rue de la Commune, was the head office of the H. & A. Allan Company, founded in 1863. Its steamship Virginian picked up the Titanic‘s first distress signal and wired the head office in Montreal for permission to alter course to go to the ship’s rescue. This is where the message that the Titanic had hit an iceberg and was sinking was received in Montreal. The information was immediately passed on to The Gazette‘s marine reporter. It was the first newspaper in the world to learn of the disaster.

Excerpt [Via Véhicule Press]

Collectionner: François Rochon

16 Apr

Marc Séguin, Taliman, 2001, Mixed media on canvas, 304 x 213 cm, Photo credit: François Rochon, © Marc Séguin / SODRAC 2012

Here’s the final exhibition that’s taking place during the event Collectionner, at Maison de la culture de Villeray—Saint-Michel—Parc-Extension. The art collection of François Rochon will be open to the public from April 19th to June 10th and the entrance is free. For details, please visit Accès Culture.

Collectionner: Œuvres choisies

13 Apr

Jean-François Lauda, Négatif 13, 2010, Acrylic and pencil on paper, 28 x 38 cm, Photo credit: Éliane Excoffier

Here’s a tenth exhibition that’s taking place during the event Collectionner, at Maison de la culture Mercier. The art collection of Matthieu Gauvin will be open to the public from April 14th to May 27th and the entrance is free. For details, please visit Accès Culture.

Collectionner: Collectionner pour la forme

12 Apr

Philippe Caron Lefebvre, Le sceau du musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, 2010, Wood, wax and plaster, 39,4 x 39,4 cm, Photo credit: Sylvie Moisan

Here’s a ninth exhibition that’s taking place during the event Collectionner, at Maison de la culture Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie. The art collection of Jacques Champagne will be open to the public from April 14th to May 19th and the entrance is free. For details, please visit Accès Culture.

Collectionner: Robert Poulin

11 Apr

Zoltan Veevaete, Les Prétendants, 2009, India ink and paper on latex, 120 x 100 cm, Photo credit: Guy L’Heureux

Here’s an eighth exhibition that’s taking place during the event Collectionner, at Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay. The art collection of Robert Poulin will be open to the public from April 13th to May 27th and the entrance is free. For details, please visit Accès Culture.