As The Mural Fest has slowly come to an end, all the 20 new murals have finally been completed! Yes, there are 20 new murals that are perfect pieces of art to decorate our city and make everyday just a bit better.
A variety of artists from all across the globe of come to Montreal to display their masterpieces to the WHOLE city and trust me, the murals this year is BY FAR the most spectacular I've ever seen! They are situated all across the city expanding beyond the Plateau area so here's a mapof all the new murals (in red) and the old ones (in purple)! You can also download their brand new app titled MURAL Festival which will keep you updated and give you the map to find ALL the murals!
1. INSA – United Kingdom
You Can Find It Here: 3527 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
Every morning, as Colin Riendeau sits by the window of his Plateau-Mont-Royal apartment sipping tea, he looks up at a huge grey concrete wall. Now, after seven years, he's doing something to change that. By partnering with Montreal artists, MAPP_MTL and MURAL, Riendeau is helping to transform the eyesore across the road into one of the area's biggest and most vibrant murals.
Before the final mural can be painted, Riendeau and the artist collective — consisting of multimedia director Aude Guivarc'h and interactive designer Hugo Daoust (who's also a media artist and creative coder) in collaboration with several mural artists — are projecting digital, interactive versions of potential mural designs onto the 13-story building as a test run, beginning this weekend.
How did this project come together?
Art by Dalkhafine | Image courtesy of Colin Riendeau
The wall is one side of the 13-story "Habitations De Mentana" building, low-rent housing run by the Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM).
"Some see it as an ugly slab, others call it home. I see it as a canvas: a future work of art that can motivate, inspire and bring together a diverse neighbourhood," said Riendeau. "I want people to look up and be proud of where they live."
Riendeau said he set up a meeting with the OMHM in January 2020 and they were "really interested" in the idea of putting up a painted mural — but then the pandemic happened.
This posed a "huge problem," Riendeau said, because the OMHM would normally require him to conduct a door-to-door survey "to make sure the community is involved and the residents have some say in what goes on to the building."
He leveraged his background in the arts to gather a team, and they got creative in order to find and execute an innovative solution.
How will this project work?
With funding from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the collective is turning several muralists' concepts into animated, digital murals that'll be projected onto the building.
The projections serve as a COVID-19-friendly way of showing community members samples of the potential mural designs. Once the residents have seen all the options — probably during a month-long, larger-scale event in spring 2022 — they will choose one to be a painted, permanent fixture.
Riendeau said they are aiming to have the permanent mural completed as part of next year's MURAL Festival or Montreal International Projection Mapping Festival.
Three of these digital murals are set to be tested this weekend: one by Montreal artist Dalkhafine (Delphine Dussoubs), one by Montreal artist Mort and one by Vancouver artist Birdfingersss (Paige Bowman).
They'll be projected from the roofs of neighbouring buildings as well as from Riendeau's infamous window, which currently has a 100-pound projector that he described as a "microwave from the '70s" wedged in front of it.
If you swing by the "Habitations De Mentana" building after dark, you should be able to get a first look at what's to come.
Not all of the animation is ready yet. But the idea is that, eventually, depth sensors will be positioned to create an "interactive zone," so when pedestrians walk by or stop in front of the wall, their motion triggers the animation.
"It will create a back and forth of interactivity where if you have two people that cross paths, they can stop and talk to each other," said Riendeau. "That's the whole purpose of this — to create a conversation point [...] which will also bring people together."
It's unusual to see a multimedia installation that uses this calibre of tools and technology outside the Quartier des Spectacles, the collective told MTL Blog, which is why Guivarc'h called it "a nice surprise for this neighbourhood."
"Even though we are using high-end tools and technology, this is about [...] the people that live here and bringing them something colourful and fun," added Daoust.
While there are still a few months to go until the main event, Riendeau said he wants this weekend's test run to "light up the night sky," providing the community as well as passersby with "hope" and "joy" during a "dark period of the year."
"It's our Christmas present to the neighbourhood," Riendeau told MTL Blog.
The Saint-André Wall Project (Le Mur de Saint-André)
When: The test run will take place Saturday, December 18, and Sunday, December 19, from around 7 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. Plans are in the works for a larger, month-long interactive installation exhibition in spring 2022, eventually resulting in a permanent painted mural.
Address: Rue Saint-André between Avenue Duluth Est and Rue Rachel Est on the wall of the building "Les Habitations de Mentana," Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Watch as a Montreal eyesore transforms into a vibrant, colourful work of art. This innovative mural project is designed to light up the night sky, providing hope, joy and inspiration to passersby while enlivening a local neighbourhood.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.