"You will, of course, be able to enjoy what downtown businesses have to offer you : an umissable shopping experience! But you will also be amazed by several surprises that we have in store for you and something new for this edition!" reads Montréal centre-ville's announcement.
Past events have featured hundreds of boutiques and restaurants, musicians, DJs, graffiti artists, acrobats and exclusive deals as Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move forward onto the pedestrian-only street.
According to Montréal centre-ville, more information about programming will be released soon via its Facebook and Instagram pages. Stay tuned for details!
La Sainte-Catherine Célèbre
Price: Free entry
When: September 10 to 12, 2021
Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine (pedestrianized between Rue de Bleury and Rue Chomedey)
Why You Need To Go: Make the most of September by getting outside for a well-loved activity: shopping! Sainte-Catherine shopfronts move onto the street to become what's billed as Canada's largest sidewalk sale.
Once a relatively quiet street compared to more well-known spots in the city, like Sherbrooke, Saint-Catherine and Saint-Laurent, this small strip was mainly known for the bagel spot that started it all.
A group of citizens who live near Fairmount Bagel and St-Viateur Bagel, will be asking the city of Montreal to ban wood burning ovens and to force them to cease production.
Not only is the smoke hazardous to their health, but it's gotten so bad that when it's windy, they have to keep their windows closed, otherwise they get soot all over their furniture.
In 2009, the city of Montreal tested Fairmount bagels' chimney. They found it was spewing up to 15 times the legal limit of toxic particles!
Since then, steps have been taken to reduce emissions, like using air purifiers and compressed wood logs. It did help a little, but the emissions are still 3 to 4 times over the legal limit.
Saint-Viateur said they refuse to change their cooking method because that's what makes it taste a Montreal bagel. However, come Monday, if the citizens get their way, Saint Viateur and Fairmount will either have to scramble to adhere to the clean air laws, or they'll have to turn their ovens off.
Ah, Expo 67. In my opinion, this event - which went down in the city exactly 50 years ago, BTW - was pretty much a shining star in the history of Montreal, and in Canada as a whole, if we're being honest.
Why? Well, think about it. Many of the things built for and featured in Expo 67 are still huge parts of our lives in Montreal to this day. The Biosphere? La Ronde? Habitat 67? Parc Jean-Drapeau? All thanks to Expo 67. (Sidenote: I guess that also means Osheaga and Ile Soniq are all thanks to Expo 67, too!)
And even though a lot of us weren't even alive when this event went down, we all still kind of know about it. I mean, for good reason: Expo 67 was seriously cool. It had it all. Live music (The Supremes played live, guys), an amusement park (looking at you, La Ronde), entertainment, celebrities, IMAX films, expositions, and a whole lot more!
Just like those of us who weren't there for sure want to experience the awesomeness of Expo 67 for the first time, those of us who were there highkey wish to relive every single moment of this epic event.
Featuring giant, immersive screens that'll take you back fifty years to vibe and atmosphere of Montreal's Expo 67, this event relives the best moments of the event - in a way that can only happen in 2017.
For example, you can take a minute walk through Expo 67, listen to the music of the '60s, and check out the USSR Pavillion, the Monorail, the American Pavillion, Habitat 67 and more, all without ever having to leave Place Des Arts thanks to Karine Lanoie-Brien and her team.
For more information, check out NFB's special online programming celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 right here and make sure to subscribe to their newsletter. You can also share your Expo 67 Live experience with the world by using the hashtag #Expo67Live!