Photo cred - Bianca DesJardins
No one can deny that Montreal summers are the best, we get to bond with our city at its full potential. With our favorite season ending and feelings still fresh, we asked you to describe "Your City In One Word". Although we're aware that it's impossible to narrow it all down to one single word, we thought it would be a fun and interesting challenge. Who better to do this than the people experiencing it?!
You might have recently seen us at Piknic Électronik with Jamie XX, on Mont-Royal Avenue during the sidewalk festival or at Université de Montreal during their 4 to 7 Pub with a big wooden board filled with words. We got answers from a diversity of people; tourists, students, people who have lived here their whole lives and people who have just moved in. With no particular order, here are 67 the most recurring and creative words you guys came up with:
The most recurring word and most undeniable one.
Fun fact: Statistics Canada states that 92.2% of Montreal residents report being happy with their lives which is higher than the Canadian average.
Don't we all have at least 1 friend from every continent of the world? (well, maybe not Antarctica)
We've all been fined by this fine city - you don't even need a car. Shout out to all our fellow parking violators though, this should have been #53.
Also known as, the tip calculator on the bill.
Très très true.
Orange is the new road. Probably the one of the main reasons why there's always traffic, the roads are always under endless construction.
Always something to do on any day and at any time, Montreal is definitely full of energy.
4:20PM on 4/20 at Tams Tams is like thanksgiving here.
Wonder if Tinder has the most downloads in Montreal...
Assuming this meant environmental friendly and not slang for weed, here's another fun fact: Montreal ranks #13 on Top 50 cities: Eco-City ranking.
Blame it on all the cool little coffee shops and Value Village.
Our trade mark and favorite dish.
The diversity and ambition in this city makes it possible to try/do just about anything you wish.
The diversity of music taste is inspiring in this city. Not to mention the growing music scene with talents like Arcade Fire, Kaytranada, Grimes, Pomo and A-trak from here.
Inside and out.
This word came up quite a few times. We're not sure how we feel about it but we put it anyway... cause #YOLO.
Indeed, we truly do know how to enjoy ourselves here.
With 6 universities, Montreal has the highest proportion of post-secondary students of all major cities in North America. Roughly 248,000 post-secondary students which is one of the largest numbers in the entire world!
Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.
Name it and we got it. Food trucks, fast foods, gourmet, fine dinning, experimental cuisine, fusions, cuisines from all around the world, deserts, etc.
From extremely warm to extremely cold in a day. We still love you the way just the way you are... both personalities.
Agreed, it's a very memorable city.
Noun - "a place where a particular group of people choose to enjoy themselves."
Indeed, Montreal wouldn't be the same without Piknic Électronik! (And....actual picnics at La Fontaine Parc or on Mount Royal)
This word speaks for itself.
A lot of intense feelings going on.
The fact that everyone who wrote this put an exclamation point is priceless. MA-LA-DE!|
This came up a lot of times but we still think that Celine Dion said it best.
"On trouve de tout, même un ami! "
You're free to do what you want to do.... just don't break any laws.
Never gets old.
Constant change, activity, and progress indeed!
Don't we all know.
"Oh my God, small world!" No... it's just a very small city.
Easygoing and relaxed, no doubt!
...with cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. For sure!
Okay, we'll take it!
Montreal Canadien's Stanley Cup play-off run. Enough said.
Very fashionable indeed.
Speaks for itself!
There are a variety of festivals going on year round for everyone and anyone!
Who said New York was the only city that never sleeps?
Pretty sure that U2 wrote that song about Montreal.
Let's not think of this right now.
Except when in traffic.
True, every Montrealer needs that dose of "chilling" at least once a week.
Agreed, that compelling charm is why you can easily fall in love with this city!
In Montreal, you'll never feel left out or alone.
This city is always moving indeed!
Pretty much speaks for itself.
This could be could good or bad...we say a bit of both!
Yup, this word 100% represents Montreal.
Home is where the heart is!
Expect the unexpected.
Best place to spend a day off.
Always something new.
It's true that Montreal is a melting pot of inspirations from all over the world.
A creative bunch for sure. A city that thrives on art, culture, and history.
Twice as affordable than in other international cities in North America and Europe in terms of housing, health care, and education.
Yup, the city should have it's own show on The Discovery Channel.
Manly men up in here.
Our speciality, we have all shapes and sizes!