Well, allow me to put those fears at rest, because not only will the film set be gone in less than a week, but the film shoot also isn't disrupting any activities on the mountain
In fact I drove by there yesterday and was able to drive freely pretty much everywhere on the mountain, and even all the way up to the film set. I got as close as I could until a guard told me to either put my phone away or leave.
Apparently, not even inanimate objects can escape the effects of 2020. As the city and its boroughs set up a number of winter installations to give residents some semblance of holiday cheer, two structures stand out: the towering, traumatized nutcrackers in downtown Montreal.
With mouths agape and eyes wide and glassy, the statues, like the rest of us, appear to be under the dismal spell of the last year, staring aimlessly down rue Ste-Catherine, preoccupied with the unspeakable horrors replaying endlessly in their minds.
To remind you of good memories and to fill you with wonder, two giant nutcrackers will welcome you.
The street before them might as well not even exist. All they see is the personal hellscape of their own memories.
The nutcrackers are just one installation by XP_MTL downtown this year.
Visitors will also find a giant, festive tree, a "luminous" multi-coloured ceiling, and pink trees adorned with messages from residents.
Other attractions await in Ville-Marie, too, like the return of luminothérapie at Place des Festivals, which this year takes the form of human-powered music boxes.
Also in the Quartier des Spectacles are the "Winter Gardens" opening on December 5 and described in a statement shared with MTL Blog as "a very special path that will lead [...] to the foot of a majestic Christmas tree, facing an incredible Alsatian decor as well as small chalets offering a wonderful scenery."
Standing above it all will be the giant distressed nutcrackers, whose faces will definitely be recognizable to 2020-weary Montrealers.
Amid a divisive relationship between anglophones and francophones, crumbling infrastructure and questionable climate action, compiling some of the wildest Montreal stories in history was no small feat.
We've rounded up seven of the most notable Montreal events of the last several years.
How many #MTLMoments do you remember from this list of absurdities?
That time students rocked the city in protest of rising tuition fees
Why It's A Wild #MTLMoment: In 2012, students and teachers from Quebec universities united by the thousands for a six-month-long series of protests against tuition fee increases — the longest student strike in their histories.
This resulted in numerous arrests and general chaos in Montreal. Millions of taxpayer dollars were spent as a result of the protests, compensating for police overtime hours in Montreal.
That time spelunkers found a 15,000- year-old cave in Saint-Leonard
Why It's A Wild #MTLMoment: The Saint-Leonard cavern, located under Parc Pie XII, was the focus of news in 2017 when spelunkers discovered a 250-metre long addition to another cave in the same area.
The pre-existing cavern had been discovered in 1812, but spelunkers had a hunch that there was more to be found. Boy, were they right!
That time massive Montreal flooding wiped people out downtown
Why It's A Wild #MTLMoment: Infamous videos of people being washed away by massive flooding in downtown Montreal circulated on the internet in 2013.
In Quebec's rendition of America's Funniest Home Videos, a video of a woman being washed away by flooding on Rue McTavish garnered over 400,000 views on YouTube.
That time Pauline Marois almost got assassinated during her victory speech
Why It's A Wild #MTLMoment: Most Montreal millennials were young when a severe ice storm hit Quebec in January 1998. However, you might still remember having no power for several weeks and having to stay with family or in a local school gymnasium while the province dealt with the crisis.
Fun fact: Over 10,000 Canadian Forces personnel were deployed to help with the storm in Quebec, and over 15,000 total in Canada — the largest deployment of the Canadian military since the Korean War in the 1950s.
That time Montrealer Luka Magnotta was the subject of a worldwide manhunt
Why It's A Wild #MTLMoment: If you haven't seen Don't F**k with Cats on Netflix or you lived under a rock in 2012, you might not know about Montreal's most recent infamous criminal, Luka Magnotta.
Magnotta made world news when he became the prime suspect of a worldwide manhunt for the murder and dismemberment of Jin Lun, a then-Concordia University student. Magnotta was later found in an internet café in Germany while looking himself up on a computer.
Why It's A Wild #MTLMoment: Ex-Montreal mayor, Denis Coderre, followed through with a number of controversial plans for the city before being voted out of his mayoral seat.
He effectively dumped eight billion litres of raw sewage into the Saint-Lawrence River in 2015 despite warnings from Environment Canada, Canada's infrastructure minister at the time and a petition with over 55,000 signatures.
Thanks to the filming of X-Men in Montreal, Sophie Turner, who is playing Reran Grey and is famous for her fabulous acting in Game of Thrones, has turned up around ever corner! and has not been spotted walking her adorable Alaskan Klee Kai puppy.
In the picture above, Sophie Turner was spotted in Montreal by @alexmachard with her brand new puppy that she just got this September! It is the Alaskan Klee Kai breed which is basically like a mini-husky! Her puppy even has an Instagram account called @porkybasquiat.
Her dog is so adorable and is almost getting just as much attention as she is! Sophie Turner has been spotted taking pictures with legit everyone she meets and now you have an excuse to approach her! I mean look, heis even being harassed by the paparazzi in the photo below: