A new film festival is in town, and unlike all the others, this one has a unique focus that is borderline ridiculous: cats. The Montreal SPCA has officially announced the grand rendez-vous international de film felin (GRIFF) or (en anglias) Just For Cats, an internet cat video festival, which is definitely a first for Montreal. Watching hours cats on Youtube alone in your room doesn't count.
To be held at Place Shamrock (a new public space on Jean Talon, b/w Casgrain and St. Dominique) on saturday, August 2nd, GRIFF/JFC is going to be a full-on festival, with a bunch of activities put on from 1pm onward, like rides, live music, games, and other family-friendly stuff.
Central to the festival is the feline-film screening, which will basically be a compilation of some of the best cat videos from around the web, and we all know how much the internet loves cats. The "movie" will start at 7:30pm and will run for 75 minutes, so be prepared for a lot of pussy in your face. Pussy cats, that is.
GRIFF/JFC is being put on by the Montreal SPCA and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), in collaboration with the Walker Art Center, so there's a humanitarian purpose outside of just admiring cute cats. The event will also be a meeting ground for all the crazy cat people, which is a huge breakthrough for a demographic that rarely has a social event geared towards their one and only interest.
Montreal's cat film festival looks like it'll be an experience unto itself, so if you wanna know more, head to the SPCA's event listing, and their FB page for any updates.
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While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.