We tried to find as much info as we could regarding this piece of Montreal's history and it turns out it that it was even more interesting that we initially thought.
1. It was called the Robillard Building, it was 4 storey's high and it was located 974 St-Laurent Blvd
2. The building stopped being used in 2008, so it was vacant and boarded up when the fire broke out. It took 50 vehicles and over 120 firefighters to put out the 100 meter flames. No one was hurt.
3. The building dates back all the way to the late 1800's. It existed even before Chinatown was called Chinatown.
4. The first ever motion-picture projection in Canada was presented in the Robillard Building on June 27, 1896.
5. That screening actually happened 2 days before the first ever film screening in the United States (And only 6 months after Paris), that means it was actually the first film screening in all of North America.
6. Before the screenings, it housed, the Gaiety Museum and the Theatorium (A 300 seat theater), in 1891.
7. Although the building was boarded up in 2008, it was inspected in 2014 and it was actually receiving repairs. Unfortunately work was halted when asbestos was found in the building.
8. Somehow, it was not actually classified as a heritage building.
9. The building was designed by the Daoust and Gendron architect firm.
10. In addition to serving as a theater, the building also housed a cabinet of curiosities, a venue used by travelling artists, and it once housed a mini wax museum
11. When maintaining the screening room became impossible, the place was turned back into a theater. Later it housed one of the oldest phone operator centers in Montreal and after that it was converted into stores.
This season, winter is definitely not taking it easy on us. But luckily there's a Montreal festival on the way that's sure to make you forget all about your winter blues.
From February 23rd to March 11th, Montreal en Lumiere us hosting a ton of fun activities all over the city, but the one that has got people most excited is none other than the 14th edition of Montreal's famous Nuit Blanche taking place March 4th.
For one night only, there will over 200 hundred amazing (mostly free) events and experiences to choose from. And this year, the Nuit Blanche theme is none other than Expo '67.
Here are some of the activities you can look forward to this year. There are 12 different themes this year so brace yourselves.
Free Outdoor Site
This will be the epicenter of Nuit Blanche and the perfect place to start the night off. There will be zip lines, night tubing, urban slides, a Ferris wheel, a curling zone, and outdoor concerts. Plus everything on site is 100% free!
But that's not all, the outdoor site will also be temporarily expanded and will reach all the way to the corner of Saint-Urbain and De Maisonneuve, where here will be a huge concert to celebrate all the musical hits from 1967.
There will also be free shuttles taking you all over the city all night long.
Enjoy an evening of warmth and fun in Studios Vert Prana. There will be Hula-Hoop action inspired by the ambiance of the Beau Dommage era as well as demonstrations and introductory courses in hoop fitness for all ages! More info.
Atrium Le 1000 presents a skating activity where guests can skate all night long among urban works of art, by artist Jamie Janx Johnston. More info.
At Village Mammouth, at the foot of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, fans can enjoy the illuminated Eska skating rink, an interactive slide featuring Télétoon hits, food trucks, guest DJs and a wild moment pyrotechnics display! More info.
Bring your favorite t-shirt or reusable bag to Atelier Circulaire, and print it with a ’60s emblem. More info.
At the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier you'll find writing and illustration workshops as part of Terre des Femmes: a space for inspiration and sharing based on feminine creativity. More info.
Espace projet will present a dialogue with artist Edith Brunette: what legacy do we hold from 1967? There will also be discussions with artists and urbanologists will be accompanied by workshops inspired by the island of Montreal. More info.
Nouveau Palais plans an evening of ’60s music and original films produced by autistic teens and young adults, along with four short film collage sequences including a short film on the Montreal Metro in ’67. More info.
Dazibao and Diagonale join forces for an evening in partnership with the FNC, featuring a performance by dancer Sophia Gaspard, short film screenings, experimental project The Impossible Blue Rose by Lisa Lipton, and a fiery DJ set. More info.
At Arsenal Art Contemporain you'll enjoy a fun cinematic evening including archival films from Expo 67 and guided tours. More info.
Galerie MainLine presents a new style of cathedral, a glimpse of the winds of change that hit Quebec and its religious practices in the ’60s. More info.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is holding a Chagall exhibition inspires stained glass activity, as well as a collective mosaic workshop on the theme of Expo 67. More info.
Sainte-Justine presents an opportunity for discovery, playfully explaining the importance of research and exploring the architecture of the site. More info.
L’Accueil Bonneau opens its doors to unveil 140 years of history: discover Terre des Hommes, an exhibition created by the lads of Bonneau, join in creating a collective work and, above all, warm body and soul alike! More info.
At the Old Port, dive back into the era when the Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau was a showboat sailing along the river. On the program: DJs, an exhibition, massages and much more! More info.
There’s a very special tasting event in Salon 1861: La Cuvée d’hiver, with spirits, fine food and performances in a ’50s-inspired rockabilly ambiance. More info.
UQAM and Montréal joue present Moveo, a crazy night of retro games activated by a giant joystick powered by a motion detector. It’s a playful trip back in time! More info.
Head to the videogame tent on Saint-Denis for a wild Nuit blanche in the Quartier Latin, with PlayStations VR, the latest videogames available, and retro consoles. In addition, games of skill will have fans testing out their dexterity and sporting fitness, including games of Finnish skittles. More info.
In Espace La Fontaine, an Illuminated Symphony transports visitors with the music and colours of interactive ice sculptures, and Instaketch presents a new large-scale concept in which visitors’ suggestions are transformed into improvised dramatizations inspired by the Quebec of the ’60s, with costumes, lighting effects and musicians. More info.
Cité Mémoire immerses you in history with one of the largest projection circuits in the world! More info.
Fans can dance all night long to music from the DJs of the Artgang collective in a luminous structure inspired by the Biosphère! More info.
Dawson College is presenting 50 years of history as related by the Sisters of Congrégation de Notre-Dame. From 8 p.m., a DJ will remix the stories. An evening of unique memories! More info.
Librairie Gallimard hosts a unique “killer” evening, where André Marois and Laurent Chabin, two of the biggest crime fiction novelists in Quebec, spin tales of how their listeners are murdered! More info.
At the Musée du Château Ramezay, a show-seminar invites you to take a peek backstage at Expo 67 by examining ten rare objects and the treasure trove of stories they unleash. More info.
This year, Art Souterrain presents 70 contemporary art projects spread throughout 9 buildings in Montreal’s indoor underground city. A crew of mediators will be on hand to guide festival fans and offer a different perspective on the artworks. Get set for your visit to this edition and its theme “Jeu et diversion” by downloading the audio guide from artsouterrain.com.
In fact, most people can't even tell you if it's a liquid or a powder, or if it's smoked, injected, or snorted. That's why we decided to find out everything there is to know about Fentanyl, so you can be better informed.
Because the biggest danger when it comes to Fentabyl, is ignorance.
1. What exactly is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl was first synthesized as a pain medication in the 1960's, by a man named Paul Janssen. It was marketed under the name Demorrol, and since 2012, Fentanyl has become the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.Fentanyl comes in many forms. A liquid version can be injected intravenously for anesthesia and sedation. There are also patches that release small dozes over time to manage pain. There are intranasal versions you can inhale, as well as lozenges, lollipops, and pills.
Recreationally, Fentanyl typically comes in powder form, or as part of the ingredients found inside pills such as ecstasy.In medicine Fentanyl goes by the name: Sublimaze, Actiq, Durogesic, Duragesic, Fentora, Matrifen, Haldid, Onsolis, Instanyl, Abstral, and Lazanda
2. Why is Fentanyl so dangerous?
The real danger with Fentanyl is how potent it is. Even when it's used in small doses in a medical setting, it can be very dangerous for people who haven't built up a tolerance to opiates. When medically prescribed, Fentanyl patches have still managed to kill many children, because it stopped them from breathing in their sleep.
As for the recreational versions, Fentanyl powder is very hard to dilute properly, which results is extremely potent mixtures that can easily be lethal.
3. How strong is Fentanyl?
Recreational use of Fentanyl started in the 70's and many analogue forms have popped up since. Most of these are actually stronger than heroin.It can be ingested, smoked, snorted, or injected. It is sometimes sold as heroin and cocaine, which causes overdoses in unsuspecting victims.
Lately, Fentanyl has been used as a way to make low quality heroin and cocaine stronger, which is what caused an outbreak of overdose deaths in the United States and Canada.
4. How many people does Fentanyl kill?
For the last 2 years, Canada has seen a high rise in Fentanyl overdoses. The drug is coming from Asia in powder form and is being pressed into pills that closely resemble OxyContin. Peopel take these pills thinking it's something else and they OD.Recreational drugs such as cocaine, heroin and MDMA have also been found to contain Fentanyl. Many users aren't aware of this, so they overdose on Fentanyl without even knowing they ingested it.
There have been so many Fentanyl deaths, that it has been declared a public health crisis in Canada. In 2016, deaths from fatal Fentanyl overdoses in British Columbia, averaged two persons per day. And on December 15, 2016, 9 people died in a single day.
5. How is Fentanyl use going to be stopped?
So what can you do to protect yourself? Well it's simple, don't do any of the drugs that may contain Fentanyl. (Cocaine Heroin, MDMA, Ecstasy, OxyContin)
If you really really don't want to stop doing these, at the very least try to procure some strips to test whether or not your drugs contain Fentanyl. However, these tests aren't always reliable in detecting analog versions, so unfortunately the best prevention is abstinence.