For so many events this year, programs have had to adapt to the realities of the 2020 festival season. One of the most colourful festivals, Mtl en Arts, has begun its latest edition, Mtl en Arts - 2.0, which will be both virtual and on the street. The festival began on July 20 and will run all the way until September 13.
Run by SPDAC, a not-for-profit organization, since 2000, Mtl en Arts is "a major event in the creation and diffusion of visual arts in Montreal's cultural scene that brings the creativity of artists to the public."
The site also lists the organization's objectives, including to "demystify contemporary art, by proposing a direct exchange between artists and the public," and "better representation of multicultural diversity artists."
Another goal is to "increase attendance and economic spin-offs in the neighbourhood."
In years past, the festival has found its home on over a kilometre of Sainte Catherine, one of the city's main retail streets and one of the main hubs of art and culture, welcoming visitors to meet a range of artists from a variety of disciplines.
This year, the festival will consist of four activities, both online and in-person, 60 artists and more.
The two have created ground art on the theme of distancing, fitting with the ongoing topic this year. The work will be on display until October 12.
Other activities include Live Art from July 30 to September 13, the "creation of 18 large-format works on mobile support," and a virtual exhibition from August 17 to 31, which will showcase the works of thirty artists.
There will also be an online auction from September 1 to 13.
So, for anyone who loves both art and Montreal — get excited!
Mtl en Arts
When: Happening now until September 13
Where: Physically on rue Sainte Catherine and virtually
Buckle up, because we could be in for a "yo-yo type of winter with notable polar coaster swings in temperatures" throughout Canada.
The entirety of Canada is warned to get some extra wool layers to prepare for this coming winter since overall, temperatures during this time have a high chance of being colder than normal. Luckily, January is likely to be warmer than normal in Eastern Canada, although February may be a bit colder.
Quebec can expect a "typical winter chill" with various precipitation storms in January and a "tranquil" February.
And if the Farmer's Almanac is right, don't expect it to start feeling like spring in March — days with spring-like weather are expected to "be few and far between."
Café Myriade says that the woman who was filmed ripping flowers out from its terrasse has apologized for her actions.
In an Instagram post, Myriade said the woman visited the café to personally apologize and asked for the video to be taken down. The café obliged her request and even gave her a succulent plant to take home.
The video, which was removed from Instagram, shows the woman approach a row of flowers in front of Café Myriade's ave. du Mont-Royal location at around 3:45 a.m. on Monday morning. She proceeds to pull them out, toss them on the sidewalk and walk away.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, the café had a good sense of humour about the situation and didn't want to make trouble for her by filing a police report.
The café said it was "content she found the courage" to apologize.
"I do believe we can bring the matter to a close and sincerely end it on a good note."
A sit-in protest will be taking place Wednesday, August 4, calling for justice for Jean René Junior Olivier, a Black man killed by police in Quebec on August 1, 2021.
It will take place in Repentigny, where officers shot Olivier after responding to a 911 call. His mother, Marie-Mireille Bence, said her son was in distress and in need of help. Quebec's Bureau des Enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olivier's death.
Bence spoke out against police action in a press conference, explaining she had called the police because she believed her son was "in danger." She then went on to express her loss of faith in the police, referring to them as "criminals."
"I called for help and I found my son on the ground," she said.
Information about the upcoming sit-in demanding justice for Olivier was shared on the @defundthespvm Instagram account, with the caption: "Justice for Jean René Junior, a Black man who was killed by police this weekend while he was in need of mental health support. We are absolutely devastated for his family and friends. Lakay Media has organized a sit-in outside city hall in Repentigny to demand justice for Jean-René and am victims of racial profiling."
"Enough is enough."
The sit-in protest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.