Old Montreal shop Maison Pepin is bringing back its Christmas market alley. While in previous years, the alley has been a whimsical showcase for Pepin's seasonal goods, this year, it will be available exclusively for private photoshoot sessions.
Pepin has brought on event planning company Rox-Out to manage the event and studio Seance Photo to conduct the pet-friendly shoots. Customers who sign up will get a set of 10 photos.
The restaurant came in fifth place nationally with its reports of a little girl from the 19th century, among other ghosts haunting the halls.
As one of the oldest buildings in the country, L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel has witnessed plenty. And with such a long history, there are bound to be some ghosts, right?
Built in 1668 by a French soldier, the building has had many tenants but has predominantly served as a place for folks to eat, drink and spend the night. It was in fact the first auberge in Canada to receive a liquor license way back in 1754, according to its website.
These days, L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel is an upscale restaurant, bar and banquet venue.
The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in Ontario was found to be the most haunted place in Canada. The Charles Carnell Hospital in Edmonton, an abandoned railroad in rural Saskatchewan, and Waterfront Station in Vancouver rounded out the top five.
As for the spookiest provinces, Casino en ligne put Ontario at the top of the list with 23 haunted locations. It's followed by Alberta (15), Saskatchewan (12), British Columbia (11) and Quebec (10).
VOGUE reported that Pharrell is actually "taking over the store" — from the green-tinted windows to a full-on exhibit showcasing his skincare products, exclusive apparel, and an archive of his own wardrobe pieces curated by Tyler the Creator — though his personal items are not for sale.
Like much of the exhibit, VOGUE reported, the wardrobe pieces are meant to give you insight into his "creative vision" for the brand.
Humanrace started as a skincare company with "a genderless, vegan, and clean trio of products (a cleanser, exfoliator, and humidifying cream)," but will now be expanding into other categories, according to VOGUE.
Shina Nova, the Montreal-based based Inuk throat singer and TikToker, posted an Instagram story of her at the store on Friday night. A photo shows her standing next to Pharrell holding her phone with the caption, "Pharrell meeting my mama through FaceTime."
We reached out to SSENSE and Humanrace to find out if Pharrell's still in town but did not receive a response. That said, it's entirely possible, so keep your eyes peeled.
The House of Humanrace exhibit at SSENSE is now live, so you can head to 418, rue Saint-Sulpice to check it out.
Otherwise, the collection goes live on ssense.com on September 27.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Babacool brings all the traditions of Middle Eastern cuisine but combines them with a futuristic twist. The restaurant — specializing in sharing plates and natural wines — looks like it could be an impeccably decorated spaceship. It's also affordable, with plates ranging from $3 to $22.
Next, we moved onto appetizers. Anyone familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine knows that appetizers mean lots and lots of dipping! We tried the hummus, labneh and mouhamara — all with freshly made za'atar pita.
Now, I don't want to brag, but I've made my way through a hummus or two and I take hummus VERY seriously. So, as a self-proclaimed expert, I can easily say this was some of the best I've had in the city to date. We also got some vine leaves (my fave!).
Moving onto mains, we shared shakshouka, a halloumi salad and shrimp served with star anise, ouzo, feta, and radish. All three dishes were fresh and beyond compare. As I always say, you know a dish is incredible when you delay your last bite just so the meal lasts a little longer.
While the food was exceptional and the drinks were beautiful, my favourite part of the whole night was the staff. Hubert, our server, is the type of server who loves people and loves what he does. He made a great night even better.
We also met Sophie Chenier, who owns Babacool along with her husband Charles Manceau and restauranteur Marco Benatar. Benatar is co-owner of other popular Montreal eateries, like Jatoba and Flyjin.