June is LGBTQ+ pride month in most of North America. The annual pride parades set to take place in the coming weeks commemorate the Stonewall Riots, during which queer people in New York, led by Marsha P. Johnson, a trans woman of colour, fought back against discriminatory and violent policing.
Gay villages from Provincetown to the Castro will come to life in celebration of the predecessors who made possible our current, more tolerant society and in recognition of the work that still needs to be done and those who make sacrifices every day for change.
In Canada, popular opinion holds that Montreal is the city to spend pride. The Gay Village to the east of the downtown is one of the oldest, largest, and more storied on the continent. It has for decades been the urban centre of queer culture and resistance.
Rue Ste-Catherine, the neighbourhood's central thoroughfare, explodes with colour for Montreal pride (which is actually in August). This year, revellers will once again take to the street in a demonstration of presence and persistence beneath, for the last time, the beloved "18 Shades of Gay" art installation.
The queer community and its space in the Village are thriving. That's why it will be a surprise to many to learn that, somehow, Toronto has been ranked a better city to celebrate Pride this year.
The two top Canadian cities are in league with Baltimore (#18), Birmingham, UK (#21), and, in a surprisingly low positions, San Francisco (#14).
To compile this ranking, HomeToGo considered several critieria, including: "excellent travel connections, a growing Pride festival, vibrant LGBTQ+ nightlife, LGBTQ+ friendly laws, and affordable accommodation."
Montreal received a lower grade than Toronto in almost every category, outperforming the largest city in Canada in only LGBTQ+ nightlife and affordable accommodation.
Montrealers should still be proud to be included in the top 20 cities in the world to celebrate pride. The #1 spot in the world went in São Paulo, Brazil, followed by Mexico City, Madrid, New York, and Paris.
Montreal has something else to be proud of, too. According to HomeToGo, "Vancouver and Montreal were the first Canadian cities to host an official Pride march in 1979." So though Toronto may have taken the top spot in Canada, remember that Montreal can claim this milestone.
Montreal's iconic Greenspot restaurant is selling hot dogs for $0.74 this weekend, September 18 and 19, to celebrate its 74th anniversary.
On Facebook, the Saint-Henri institution says it's converting its small parking lot on avenue Greene into a picnic area for the event.
And the wiener fun doesn't stop there. Greenspot is having a contest on its Instagram page where followers have the chance to win 74 hot dogs — a prize they can redeem at their discretion.
The restaurant invites followers to share the Instagram post and tag three friends to enter the contest.
Daily two-for-one deals have also been part of the 74th-anniversary celebrations.
Dating back to 1947, Greenspot serves American and Quebec diner classics (including a long list of hearty poutines) amid retro decor (including individual table jukeboxes — they don't work but they're super charming!).
Get the details on the 74th-anniversary hot dog deal below.
Greenspot Diner 74¢ Hot Dogs
When: September 18 and 19, 2021
Where: Greenspot restaurant, 3041, rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC