Last night, the city of Paris was left reeling after a coordinated terrorist attack struck the French capital. According to reports, 128 individuals were killed by gunfire and blasts perpetrated by terrorist organization ISIS, though the investigation is still ongoing.
When news broke of the Paris attacks, the world responded, with people of all nations lending their hearts and minds to the people of France, creating the "We Pray For Paris" social movement.
Montrealers took to the French consulate last night to stand in solidarity with Paris, with 500 people in attendance.
Another vigil is planned for today, beginning at 3pm outside of the French Consulate (map) in downtown Montreal. Organizers wish to remind attendees that this is strictly a peaceful vigil meant to instill hope; any messages of hate or disrespect will not be tolerated.
Montreal as a city will also stand with France in another way. Much like other major metropolises, Montreal will proudly wear the colours of the French flag, confirmed by a tweet sent out by Montreal's mayor Denis Coderre, which can be found below.
While we do not know exactly how the city will "light up," we can speculate that City Hall, if not other major municipal buildings and monuments, will wear the blue, white, and red of the French flag. There is also the possibility that the Bell Centre will do the same for tonight's Canadiens game.
No matter how the City of Montreal showcases its support for Paris and all of France, one thing is for certain: we all pray for Paris.
The city of Beirut was also struck with a similar ISIS assault on Thursday, with 43 people killed. Read more on the story here.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.