Last month, the borough launched online public consultations and invited Montrealers to share ideas on how to transform the vacant theatre into a multi-use facility with residential, commercial, and cultural components.
It received 27 proposals from private citizens, community groups, an architectural firm and a group of potential investors with a business plan, which were revealed during a virtual meeting on December 10.
About 60% of respondents want the elegant building — built in 1927 by Confederation Amusement Ltd., as a venue for soirées of burlesque, cabaret, and cinema — to have a designated space for performances.
Over 30% want a portion of the building to be turned into office space.
Other suggestions include a library, micro-brewery, café, pop-up market, daycare, and an African-Caribbean cultural centre.
A number of respondents want the roof to be transformed into an urban agricultural space, terrace or walking path.
Renderings from Le Borgne Rizk Architecture’s proposal, called Heritage Empress, suggests constructing an all-new modern residential building.
Respondents also threw out a number of ideas for what kind of weekly programming they’d like at the centre, from meditation and mindfulness activities to a ukulele orchestra.
Suggested names for the new Empress include: Empress de Grâce, Nouveau Cinéma 5, The Empress Market, InterNDG, La Place Gaie/The Gay Place, and others.
Residents are now being invited to give their feedback on the proposals and the name of the future building. To have your say, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He added that he has "many good memories" of the city from a year he spent here studying.
Pesquet's pics show downtown Montreal, the green heart that is Mount Royal Park, and the surrounding boroughs, as well as a bit of Longueuil.
He specifically highlighted the Olympic Stadium, visible at the top right of the first photo, and the Canadian Space Agency campus, the barely perceivable ellipse-shaped patch at the bottom right of the second photo, just below the runway of the Saint-Hubert Airport.
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Montreal has all kinds of different bars, but these changemakers say many of them fall short in making space for LGBTQIA2+ women. For this reason, Avery Burrow, event organizer, and Resto Keela teamed up to create 5 à 7s for LGBTQIA2+ women that take place twice a month.
The events were created for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to connect. According to Burrow, "queer women can actually have a reoccurring space where they can meet each other, flirt, make friends, and feel safe," at these new 5 à 7s.
Keela has a cute wooden terrasse located on rue Atateken with a beautiful spacious interior. These events are set to take place every first and third Wednesday of the month for the entirety of the summer and all LGBTQIA2+ women are welcome.
"[It was] better than I ever could have imagined! [...] And the wildest part about it was that I knew almost no one there (insert joke about how the queer community is super small and we've all dated)," Burrow said when asked how the first event went.
"Also the age range was awesome — from 18-year-olds attending their first queer event to women in their 70s catching up with old friends. This is how a lesbian space should feel; welcoming to all ages, gender expressions, and ethnicities."
During the events, you can get a pint of beer for $5 and any speed rail drink for $6.
5 à 7 For LGBTQIA2+ Women At Keela
Address: Resto Keela; 1237, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, starting at 5 p.m.
More Canadians are rooting for the Lightning than you might think.
A new poll by Leger Marketing and the Association for Canadian Studies shows that support for the Montreal Canadiens is not even across the country.
While the majority of poll respondents in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia said they were "rooting for" the Habs in the Stanley Cup Final, only 46% of respondents in Manitoba and Saskatchewan (grouped together in the poll) said they were supporting the Canadian team.
Those two provinces also had the biggest share of respondents who said they were rooting for the Tampa Bay Lightning: 24%.
Unsurprisingly, Quebec came in the lead when it came to cheering for the Habs, with 71% of respondents rooting for their home team. Ten percent of Quebec respondents said they were supporting the Lightning.
After Quebec, the provinces with the biggest share of Habs fans were the Atlantic provinces (58%), Alberta (54%), Ontario and B.C. (both with 53% of respondents rooting for the Canadiens).
Support for the Habs also differed along party lines, the survey found.
Bloc Québécois (82%) and Liberal voters (71%) were "far more likely to watch and root for the Habs" than NDP (55%) and Conservative voters (53%), according to a poll summary shared with MTL Blog.
The 100,000 square-foot residence is designed specifically for 300 students, built with custom storage and a workstation in each room, along with two shared study rooms, colour schemes tailored to students' preferences and custom furniture by Werkliv.
Le Mildoré will be the tallest residential building in Montreal to be built of steel instead of concrete, and will only have bicycle parking. The temperature in each apartment will be controlled by a heating and cooling system that uses the building's water supply.
Rent will start at approximately $885 monthly per student, minus expenses.