You know when you think to yourself, "We're so epic, we need our own reality show"?! That's when you know your squad is on fleek. Your friends are the family you actually get to choose. Did you choose wisely though? There are a bunch of signs that can let you know that your group of friends is the best possible combination of awesomeness.
My girlfriends are the most entertaining people of life. I live vicariously through their crazy stories. We also often get into the most fucked up situations as a group. We're basically reckless teenagers trapped inside adult female bodies. Is your squad as dope as mine? Let's see.
1. You never let each other down
If you make plans, you freaking stick to them. No cancellations or rain checks. You go out even there's a freaking tornado outside. Getting turnt up is your main priority if you planned it as a group.
2. You have one friend who's posting way too many things on social media
And you constantly tell them not to post your night's evidence on Instagram, Snapchat or whatever other social media they're overusing. The next day you still get tagged on ridiculous photos of your fleek doing embarrassing shit. Like dancing on a table at La Banquise... Good times.
3. "One drink" policy never works
You know when you try to act like responsible adults and get together to do "something chill" and "only have one drink"... The next thing you know, it's 5a.m., you're drunk and you figure you might as well go straight to work/school. #fail
4. There is at least one crazy reckless alcoholic in your group
There's at least one person in your group who gets unreasonably drunk every single time, makes the worst decisions ever, but has the best stories out of the whole crew. Like, you know one thing - if they're coming, it's going to be one hell of a night.
5. You have weird catch phrases
Your group has catch phrases that only people from your circle understand. You're an exclusive group of unique personalities and, "You can't sit with us!"
6. You have group rules
For example, you can't be on your phones when you're around your friends... or you can't talk about your exes... or you absolutely have to get together every Friday night...
7. Your squad always has your back
If you don't like someone, your friends automatically hate them too. Your squad laughs at every single one of your jokes. If you get into a fight at a club or something, they have your back. You're a freaking team.
8. You have epic stories from vacations you took together
That time when your friend passed out at the lobby and got brought back into the room by the butler... EPIC!
9. You have group texts
Group texts are so bad, yet so good. It might take you all day to figure out what movie to watch or where to grab a bite with your crew, but it's still a necessity.
10. You love them with all your heart
You love your friends even when they're being annoying, clingy, weird or loud. You still love them unconditionally, because you're homies for life.
In Montreal, summer means more than just fun in the sun. It's a season that brings people together — something many Montrealers have been missing over the past year.
There's no doubt summer 2021 is particularly special. With restrictions easing for the first time in months, the spirit of celebration is in the air, and people are ready to make this season one for the history books.
Is there any better way to kick off summer in this city than with Saint-Jean-Baptiste? As a celebration of Quebec's heritage and history, it’s one of the province's favourite holidays and with good reason. From bonfires and barbecues to fireworks and fêtes, St-Jean is when Montreal truly comes alive.
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Why You Need To Do It: No St-Jean would be complete without a feast to match the fête, so fire up the grill and get cooking.
With COVID-19 gathering restrictions shifting in Montreal, you might be able to even kick it up a notch and have a backyard potluck — while following all pertinent COVID-19 safety guidelines, of course. Include some fave Quebec cuisine, like the famed poutine, to really go all-in on the holiday.
Watch Fireworks From A Rooftop
Why You Need To Do It: You're never too old for fireworks, and there's nothing quite like watching this spectacular display each St-Jean.
This holiday, call up your crew and find your way to a viewpoint, like a rooftop terrasse, to catch a glimpse of the show for yourself.
Have A Picnic In A Park
Why You Need To Do It: Whip out your picnic basket and fill it up with your fave food and drinks for an idyllic — and free — way to celebrate the holiday. You could even pack a Pepsi for each of your friends and submit those unique codes for a chance to win some sweet summer stuff.
Montrealers are spoiled for choice when it comes to parks. From Mont-Royal to La Fontaine, Jarry, Angrignon and more, the only hard part is deciding where to meet up.
Why You Need To Do It: Band together with your roomies or friends to host a pandemic-friendly celebration in your backyard. Organize food, drinks, games, a playlist, and don't forget to decorate with all things white and blue to commemorate St-Jean.
The best part about this one is that you'll never have to go looking for a bathroom.
Grab A Drink At A Terrasse
Why You Need To Do It: With Montreal terrasses open, soaking up the sun while sipping margs, mimosas or an alcoholic-free beverage is a splendid option for a summer afternoon. And on St-Jean, there's no better way to catch up with friends and celebrate all at once.
Why You Need To Do It: Since St-Jean honours Quebec's heritage, it's also a chance to embrace some local history too.
Place Vauquelin Fountain and Dorchester Square are a few of Montreal's fascinating historical sites that you can check out. Plus, with few visitors in the city right now, it's a great time to play tourist in your own town.
Go Swimming At An Outdoor Pool
Why You Need To Do It: During peak summer, especially on a day like St-Jean, escaping to an oasis in the heart of the city can be exactly what's called for. Thankfully, Montreal is home to many outdoor pools, some of which are free and others that require a small fee.
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Summer is approaching, and one thing I’m beyond excited about is park days. After a few drinks, some sunshine and a great time spent with my roommates, it’ll feel like any other normal year (kind of).
As someone who's very into the outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle, I’m very conscious of what I’m putting in my body — especially when it comes to alcohol. But at the same time, I do love the idea of a boozy refreshment after a day of activities.
Excited for the summer and knowing it’s going to be full of picnics and lake days, I wanted to find a fresh new drink I can enjoy that’s still relatively low in carbs. I had noticed the ubiquitous alcoholic seltzer, White Claw, popping up all around and it seemed like the time to find out what all the fuss is about.
Right off the bat, I was super impressed with the nutritional information. With 5% ABV, each 355 ml can is made with just one gram of carbs and 100 calories. With no artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours, or preservatives, it checks off all my boxes for a drink you can feel good about.
In order to prepare for a summer full of outdoor adventures, I thought it suitable to try out the different flavours of White Claw carried by my local dépanneur (they're also available in grocery stores and the SAQ).
The variety pack includes cans of Black Cherry, Mango, Natural Lime and Ruby Grapefruit. In addition to this, I bought an extra can each of Raspberry and Watermelon. Here’s what I thought of each flavour.
Immediately after taking my first sip of the Black Cherry, I was transported back to my childhood. The tart and sweet cherry taste reminded me of my favourite gummies that I loved as a kid. If you're new to the hard-seltzer game, this is the flavour I’d recommend you start with.
It has a light black cherry flavour with a carbonated feel. However, White Claw Black Cherry is more distinctive than the others, making it a great easy-drinking option if you're looking to enjoy a couple, perhaps on a rooftop terrasse or balcony.
It seems like everyone's favourite White Claw is Mango. I actually remember people struggling to find this flavour last summer, so I had pretty high expectations.
When it comes to mango-flavoured beverages and candy, I'm personally not a huge fan, but the White Claw Mango hits the spot. It's as smooth as the Ruby Grapefruit with the freshness that I loved in the Natural Lime flavour.
Natural Lime and Black Cherry were my absolute favourites, but I was still impressed with Mango. If I had to have a mango-flavoured beverage, this one would be first on my list.
The packaging is adorable, and the yellow basically screams summer and sunshine. Its fruity flavour makes it the perfect drink to relax with after an active, adventure-type day. I would grab a few White Claw Mangos for a post-yoga picnic or to relax after a game of beach volleyball.
The Ruby Grapefruit flavour is much more bright and citrusy but still tastes like fizzy water. The best thing about White Claw, in my opinion, is how subtle the flavour of each fruit is. It makes it easy to enjoy without feeling too overwhelmed.
This one was smooth, with a light hint of zesty grapefruit. It would be great at the end of a fun hike or during a barbecue at the park.
The White Claw Raspberry didn't come in the variety pack, because (along with White Claw Watermelon) it is a new addition to the lineup. The deep red colour on the can immediately grabbed my attention and I just had to test it out.
In general, I love raspberry-flavoured anything, and this drink only reinforced that trend. I found that it was a brighter flavour than the rest, without being overly sugary, which is something I really enjoyed. I think fans of the Black Cherry can expect to like Raspberry too.
The first thing I noticed about this addition to the White Claw family is the adorable use of colour on the can: pink and green, just like a watermelon. The drink's aesthetic immediately appealed to me before I even cracked it open.
Watermelon on a hot summer day could be one of my favourite things in the world. So naturally, I saved the best for last, and this flavour did not disappoint.
If you're looking for a White Claw with a more distinctive taste, this one would be my recommendation. Super light and refreshing, this drink still carries the recognizable White Claw flavour, while maintaining the freshness needed to keep cool on a warm day.
This drink would go hand-in-hand with a juicy piece of fruit after a long day of outdoor activities, with some music in the background, sunshine and a slight summer breeze.
I'm glad I jumped on the White Claw bandwagon and I'm surprised I hadn't done it sooner. They're now sold at grocery and convenience stores across Quebec, as well as at the SAQ. I've never really been one to love seltzers, but White Claw has completely changed that.
I'm happy I tried out the different options because now I feel like I have a specific flavour in mind for different activities. I'm looking forward to sipping a White Claw Natural Lime on my balcony on a casual Tuesday night, and enjoying a few cans of White Claw Mangos and Black Cherries on the weekend!
White Claw is now available across Quebec at grocery stores, convenience stores and the SAQ. To learn more, check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Although products were provided for free in this review, the author's opinions are genuine and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.
Narcity does not condone the overconsumption of alcohol. If you're going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly and only if you’re of legal age.
The show is hosted by Afrim Pristine, who Food Network calls "the world's youngest Maître Fromager (Cheese Master)." Throughout the series, Pristine will showcase the cheese profile of cities and countries around the world, as he meets up with "culinary pioneers" of the cheese biz.
Quebec's episode is the fourth in the first season. Pristine tastes modern cheesy classics in Montreal (including poutine) and stops at two generations-old fromageries outside the city before travelling to Quebec City and Charlevoix.
You can expect to see him cross paths with Chuck Hughes of Le Bremner and Michele Forgione of Chez Tousignant. Montrealers know that these guys know their cheese!
Cheese-lovers everywhere can stream Cheese: A Love Story on the Global TV app with a subscription or through STACKTV on Amazon Prime. It premieres on June 9 at 8 p.m.
Then the pandemic hit, ushering in a punishing and turbulent time for the restaurant industry and its workers, so Payette decided to change careers.
Luckily, she had other passions.
"I always did modelling as a side job and for fun," she said. "I love working with photographers, stylists, content creators and artists. They are so inspiring and the model/fashion industry is opening up and becoming more about diversity, different body images, types, and styles."
In February 2020 she launched an OnlyFans page and, today, the 23-year-old is a top earner on the site.
Payette is hardly alone. OnlyFans — a platform where subscribers pay creators a monthly fee to access their content — has exploded in popularity during the pandemic. As of December 2020, the platform was said to have had more than 1 million content creators, up from just 60,000 in 2019.
"People are attracted to this platform for many reasons," she said. "Looking for a community, sharing, companionship or any social interactions that are no longer allowed or possible (due to the pandemic). It’s a modern way of entertaining through which you can build and share your content."
MTL Blog caught up with Payette to ask her what it’s like to be on OnlyFans in the time of COVID-19.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
How did Payette become a top OnlyFans model?
Payette’s profile boasts that she’s within the top 0.29% of content creators on OnlyFans.
"The earnings you make will vary depending on the content you produce [and] the hours and dedication you invest," she said.
She already had around 13,000 followers on Instagram before joining OnlyFans, which was an advantage and helped attract subscribers, she added.
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But body type is not the only determination of a model’s success on OnlyFans, said Payette.
"You’d be surprised about the community’s diversity," she said. "It’s so refreshing and inspiring. Everybody respects and encourages each other, there’s room and place for any type."
To prospective OnlyFans models, she said, "I think the most important advice I could give is to respect yourself by setting your own limits and not the ones society created for women or men, as long as you are creating something you love and you are happy with. Respect yourself, be passionate and confident."
What's drawing people to OnlyFans?
Many people have turned to OnlyFans to support themselves during the pandemic, she said.
"I do think a lot more people, women and men, are using this platform to create but also earn on a monthly basis," she said.
She also figures that people stuck at home have been making and consuming much more adult content than usual.
"I think with the travel ban and all the restrictions, a little dreaming or escape thanks to a platform is something we need right now," she said.
What are the best/worst parts of the job?
Payette said she enjoys her work. "The art and the visual is very exciting for me."
"At the end of the day, I can work from anywhere at any time I please," she said. "This freedom can also be found in the women’s, or men’s, bodies. It’s so liberating to explore and break the gender stereotypes."
The work also has its share of challenges, she said, like the time her account was hacked and held for ransom.
"I once was hacked and was a victim of a blackmail," she said.
"Someone had stolen my accounts, changed all my passwords. It was very frustrating knowing a stranger could access and damage all the hard work I’ve put together."
"At the end of the day, the platform provides you with a good security plan and options, so they assisted and helped me through this tough process."