We've pretty much got it all - big ticket events, fun local festivals, sidewalk sales, parades; and that's not even mentioning all the little things there are to do, like grabbing some sangria on your fave terrasse, or chilling in a park and soaking in the good vibes.
No worries, though: the Concerts Campbell shows will still be super intimate, and a super good way to bring people in the city together! Plus, even though the majority of shows are in English, there'll still be a good mix of both English and French shows.
Curious as to who's playing when, and where? Well, don't worry - I've got your back! You can check out the Ville De Montreal's free outdoor summer concert lineup right here:
Honestly, this sounds like a super fun way to chill with some friends, meet some new people, enjoy a good show, and celebrate the summer! Plus, it's free, so look no further for your new favourite summer passtime in the city.
Fed up with what he says is Montreal's underfunding of the CDN/NDG borough, Alex Montagano loaded his truck with blue garbage bins, lined them with black trash bags, and dropped them off in front of Montreal City Hall on June 9.
"This is an interesting symbol of how our parks are not being properly maintained," said the president and leader of Équipe CDN-NDG / Team CDN-NDG, a borough-level party vying for power in the upcoming November 7 municipal election.
Montagano told MTL Blog he decided to pull off the publicity stunt after a resident pointed out that many CDN-NDG parks are equipped with simple blue plastic barrel garbage bins while other boroughs have much handsomer wildlife-proof receptacles.
Montagano said he is trying to highlight how Montreal is underfunding CDN/NDG, pointing out that the Sud-Ouest borough (where Valérie Plante’s second-in-command, Benoit Dorais, is borough mayor) spent over $235,956 for 18 garbage bins with solar powered compaction systems in 2019.
"So, forget about the solar-powered compactor trash bins," Montagano said. "Why is it that CDN-NDG doesn't have money to buy proper garbage bins for parks?"
A contractor by trade, Montagano produced the blue bins himself using donated materials.
Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) borough is getting the short end of the stick when it comes to public parks, Alex Montagano, of Équipe CDN-NDG / Team CDN-NDG, told MTL Blog.
The president and leader of the borough-level party vying for power in the upcoming November 7 municipal election is arguing the city’s most populous neighbourhood is being denied an equitable share of green space while chipping in more than its share to the city budget.
And he’s a little upset about that: "Do you feel sold out? You should," he told MTL Blog.
"Projet Montréal is spending a billion dollars on Parc Jean-Drapeau," he said. "But what about us and what about our needs? We're not exercising our political power effectively and politicians forget about us."
CDN-NDG 'is always getting the short end of the stick,' he says
Montagano argued that when it comes to investments in public parks and green spaces, CDN-NDG being underserved.
According to a 2019 parks plan for the Sud-Ouest borough, CDN-NDG had 0.58 hectares of parkland for every thousand residents, which was about half the Montreal average of 1.19 hectares per thousand.
Moreover — despite contributing a substantial amount in property taxes to the city’s coffers — the borough’s 172,118 residents will be receiving only $20.5 million in scheduled expenditures over two years, which is the smallest per capita investment budget in the city, according to the City of Montreal's 2020 budget.
"We're an economic powerhouse," said Montagano. "We give the city a wack load of money and the city doesn't invest here. They spend the money elsewhere. So now we're in this situation where other boroughs have better services and infrastructure than we do and we're paying for it."
"It's like we're giving to a charity and the benefactors are better off than we are."
'People should be upset'
For pandemic-weary Montrealers, the city’s public parks have offered refuge from the anxieties of life under lockdown over the past year, making them all the more important, said Montagano.
"With the pandemic, the whole dynamic in the way people live in cities has completely changed," he said. "Local community has become a lot more important. People are staying close to home and they're using the parks."
During a recent community clean-up of Parc Georges-Saint-Pierre, Montagano noted residents collected a number of bags of unsightly garbage.
"The park was a mess," he said. "People should be upset. This is not acceptable. We should demand better from our elected representatives and they're not delivering."
'Some spaces are a little beat up'
France Stohner, a mental health counsellor and community organizer, echoed the sentiment.
Stohner is representing the Snowdon district under Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough mayor Sue Montgomery’s new party, Courage – Équipe Sue Montgomery.
"We have to find a way to have more public green spaces as well as cleaner spaces," she told MTL Blog. "I'm sure you've walked around Côte-des-Neiges and some spaces are a little bit beat up."
She noted CDN-NDG is a neighbourhood of young families, with 47% of residents having at least one child, she said, making clean parks especially important.
"The situation we have here in Côte-des-Neiges is we have a lot of families living intergenerationally in smaller spaces," she said. "Our parks are well-loved and well used. You can show up on a Saturday morning and the park is already beginning to fill up."
"We have to make sure the infrastructure is there to support the community and make people more comfortable so they can use these outdoor spaces in a safe way."