The Montreal edition of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is set to take place on Saturday, so if you see a large group of nude people cycling down the street, you'll know why — it's meant to be a peaceful protest against fossil fuels and the world's dependency on oil.
The clothing-optional bike ride is scheduled to begin at Dorchester Square — which is at the intersection of Rue Peel and Boulevard René-Lévesque — at 1 p.m., and tour the city until at least 8 p.m. when the night ride will take place.
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A map posted by the Facebook group's administrator shows that the ride will pass through City Hall grounds, into the Village, and through Downtown Montreal before returning to the square.
The WNBR's Wiki page recommends that cyclists wear a mask for their protection during the ride.
Cyclists can also rent BIXI bikes for the course, but BIXI told MTL Blog in March that it requests that cyclists cover the seats with plastic bags for sanitary purposes. It also reminded participants to wear shoes and helmets.
At the time, Gene Dare, the organizer of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal, told MTL Blog that it was hard to say how many cyclists would participate this year. However, its Wiki page states that this year's edition is "a much bigger and exciting ride."
World Naked Bike Ride Montreal 2021
The World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal will take place on July 17.
Valérie Plante has big plans for downtown Montreal if she's reelected mayor and has outlined her party's ideas for the city's economic and social recovery after the pandemic.
From free parking to planting hundreds of thousands of trees, here's what her vision for the future of downtown Montreal looks like.
Her plan, self-described as "ambitious," aims to boost what she already says has been the "best economic recovery" in Canada post-pandemic.
But while the economic aspect of downtown is looking positive, "there is still work to be done to enhance our downtown area and make it more attractive to workers, businesses, tourists, and Montrealers from all over the island," according to her party.
If reelected mayor, Plante promises to:
"support the Palais des Congrès expansion project, and consequently the covering of a part of the Ville-Marie highway;"
"offer free parking downtown on evenings and weekends in December to support our merchants during the holiday season;"
"[accelerate] construction sites and [limit] potential nuisances;"
"support the redevelopment of large offices into adequate spaces to accommodate [small and medium enterprises] and start-ups;"
make "a $1 billion investment by 2030 to develop beautiful, large public plazas in downtown, redevelop key commercial arteries and create vibrant living environments;"
"green" downtown by planting 500,000 trees in four years;
and "facilitate the transformation of vacant office space into housing."
The Montreal municipal election is on November 6 and 7.*
As officials figure out what to do with much of the former hospital campus (some buildings will become part of McGill University), non-profit groups Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montagne say the site presents an opportunity to reconnect the downtown core with the mountain and expand the public realm.
Pour une requalification exemplaire de l'ancien hôpital Royal Victoria
The groups released a video in September calling for "visionary," "courageous," and "bold" planning for the site, including new public green and gathering spaces.
Under their proposal, the groups say the old Royal Victoria Hospital would become a "gateway to Mount Royal park from downtown [...] connected, open to all, and equipped with a reception area, local services, meeting places and community spaces."
Héritage Montréal and Les amis de la montage specifically call for:
"the urgent restoration of the buildings in order to avoid any further deterioration due to the vacancy of the place;
"landscaping and greening actions that allow better access to the mountain as an extension of Mount Royal park towards downtown;
"the maintenance of public ownership of the land in order to avoid the fragmentation of the site and to ensure its coherence in the short, medium and long term, in a context of multiple occupants;"
and the implementation of modern urban planning, governance and financing tools to preserve the integrity of the site, its heritage character and its civic and community vocation."
As summer winds down, so does the BIXI Montréal season. If you've been relying on the bike-sharing system to get around over the past five months, you may be wondering when you'll have to start using other modes of transit. Remember waiting for busses? Ugh.
The answer is November 15, which is when the BIXI season ends. Bixi says the bikes are taken off the network that day, and moved into storage in a warehouse in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie so they can "spend the winter warm inside."
That means you still have nearly two months to make the most of your monthly membership, seasonal membership or one-way rides. If you haven't used BIXI much this year, you still have time.
It costs 50 cents to unlock a bike for a one-way pass. The ride costs 10 cents a minute on regular bikes or 25 cents a minute on electric bikes.
These rates are reduced by 10% if you use your OPUS card.
True Montrealers know the city is home to two Chinatowns: the official, traditional Chinatown around rue de la Gauchetière and the unofficial, more contemporary Chinatown in Shaughnessy Village. Now, after seeing the success of the annual Asian night market in Montreal's original Chinatown, Shaughnessy Village is finally getting one of its own: Shoni Market.
From September 10 to 12, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest will close off between rue Lambert Closse and rue de Bleury as pedestrians sample delicious Asian street fare from around 30 different kiosks.
"We thought Shaughnessy is like a hidden pearl downtown [...] and we wanted to make people know [it] better," said Cristina D'Arienzo, director of operations for the Montréal centre-ville business development corporation (SDC). The SDC is organizing the event with help from Yatai MTL, which put on Montreal's Japan Week, and Pocha MTL, a local Korean event producer.
"This is like the second Chinatown," D'Arienzo told MTL Blog. "There's a lot of Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese [restaurant owners] especially. [...] Chinatown's like your original traditional neighbourhood, but on Sainte-Catherine is where we can find the new owners and new stores that opened their doors."
The name Shoni, D'Arienzo said, is an insider nickname for Shaughnessy Village and all the participating vendors for the event's inaugural year have restaurants located in the neighbourhood.
Here's a list of eateries you can expect to see:
Hot Star Large Fried Chicken
A Beverage Store
Petit Poisson Dumpling
Ichifuku & Kametsuru Shoten
Épicerie Du Bazaar
Café Desserts ETC.
Lakshana's Chettinad Indian Restaurant
Capitaine Québec (comic books)
Marché Oriental Jang Teu
Mai Xiang Yuan Dumpling
Sammi & Soupe Dumpling
La Belle & La Boeuf
Yin ji Chang Fen (Rouleaux de riz)
Le Coq Frit
In addition to tasting amazing food, D'Arienzo said there will be DJs, performances, a K-pop dance battle by 2KSQUAD, and a corgi party with more than 100 dogs.
Prices will be different at each stand, but you can budget about $5 to $25 for each dish.
Price: Around $5 to $25 per dish
When: September 10 to 12 (Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.)
Address: Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (between rue Lambert Closse and rue de Bleury)