Montreal, as we're sure you are well aware, is a unique city like no other. From summer to winter, there are certain things that would only happen here, and we're not just talking about festivals and ice storms. "Montreal moments" are a real thing, those experiences that can only happen in this crazy-beautiful city, and we thought there should be a soundtrack to go along with them.
Inspired by specific pieces of Montreal's history along, unique features of the city, and our own experiences living here, we've created a playlist of ten songs for things that would only happen in Montreal. Some songs are direct odes the city by Montreal artists we simply had to include, others are a bit more creative in their justifications.
We've outlined why we chose the songs we did below, and don't think this list is comprehensive. The following ten are just the tracks we felt reflect Montreal, and we're more than happy to hear what you'd include on your "Montreal playlist" too. See what songs we chose, and give a listen, below.
Days Like These, which has all the energy of days spent chilling in the park at Tams.
Keep The Car Running, so you can always remember to wear fancy clothing in case a surprise Arcade Fire concert pops up.
For Our Elegant Caste, for Friday nights when you can't decide whether to go out or stay in...even though you always go out.
Hallelujah, to add some old school flavour, or when you're praising your breakfast at Bagels Etc. (supposedly Cohen's favourite spot)
Montréal $ud, because Franglish is the city's native tongue
Give Peace A Chance, a living memory of the Lennon-Ono bed-in.
Un été à Montréal, to remember the magic that is summer in the city.
Ice Ice Baby, which basically sums up all of winter.
Montreal (The Weeknd), for when you're a little love-lost.
Montréal (Ariane Moffat), the perfect summation of the feeling you get when you return to the city you love.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.