Whether you live in Montreal permanently or a just visiting, everyone can agree that this city has a magical effect on its inhabitants in the warmer months. I think it’s because we’re cooped up all winter long. In the summer, all of anyone wants to do is drink, relax, sleep, and most importantly have sex! Yep, don’t try and deny it, Montreal makes everyone horny. But some people are on the fence when it comes to casual sex and relationships with definite expiration dates. So, if you want to fling, but still need a bit of convincing, here is why Montreal is the perfect city to test the waters.
1. Because Many Opportunities To Meet People
Seriously, there is no better time than a Montreal summer to find someone to spend your days with. Everyone is outside, hanging out, drinking, and going to festivals. People are ready to connect, so why not give it a go? You'll be going out every night anyways, so you'll have lots of chance to do so!
2. Because Lots Of People
Like I said, everyone who resides in the city is outside. But on top of that, people from around the world come to the city to enjoy the weather as well. If you’re paying attention then you’ll find someone who get’s your boat floating. There are so many locals and tourists, it’s near impossible not to. And if you’re into playing the field, there is a good chance you’re not going to run into undesirable people.
3. Because No Judgement
Luckily Montreal is relatively liberal city. You’re not going to get any judgment regarding who you sleep with. Everyone does their own thing so you’re free to do you, without having to be sneaky or shamed about your endeavors. Live yo’ life!
Another reason a Montreal fling is great is because you will always have something to do together. Montreal’s club scene livens up even more (if you can believe it), there are concerts upon concerts, and Tam Tams on the weekends. Flings are more about the doing, rather than the “getting to know you” type of relationship. So instead of being indoors and awkwardly going through the beginning relationship steps, you can just enjoy the others company while having a kickass time.
5. Because Everyone Will Be Doing It
Lastly, if you’re worried about being the only fling seeker in Montreal this summer, do not fret. You are DEFINITLEY not. Everyone here is looking for something (or someone) fun to heighten their summer. It’s a common thing, not only in here but around the world. Although I have to say that Montreal does get pretty into it (you horny bastards). What I’m getting at is that flings are meant to be stress free, so don’t over think it. I mean, don’t be stupid, but you don’t have to get all in a tizzy about that summer love either.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.
A refreshing video of a raccoon enjoying a shower on a hot summer day is making a splash on social media, courtesy of a young Montreal resident and his kiddie pool.
"Yeah buddy, the raccoon is taking a shower in your (kiddie pool)," Elena Parial explained to her son in the video, as the animal appeared to bathe. "He undid the plug and he's now taking a full-on shower."
Judging by the 47-second clip posted July 5, the raccoon was probably hot and thirsty as it drank plenty of shower water.
Unfortunately, the critter's paws damaged the pool's plug while yanking it out: "Luckily, our son's splash table wasn't a splurge price-wise," said Parial.
Naturally, the shower-loving raccoon has made a splash on social media.
"So cute. Sorry about the plug," stated one Facebook fan of the well-groomed raccoon.
Animal takes shower to beat the heat
Parial, who lives in Montreal's Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough, told MTL Blog the raccoon has been frequenting her back deck for about six months.
"He had been visiting us infrequently before but we became more aware of him as of December 28, 2020, when he attacked our compost bin in a particularly aggressive and messy manner," she said.
Parial said the raccoon may have found a "lady friend" by the looks of a subsequent video posted July 7, which shows a pair of critters frolicking playfully on her patio furniture.
"I don't have irrefutable evidence that the shower attracted the lady friend, but this is the first time we've seen him with a friend," she said. "It's a gross assumption but it makes for a good social media post."
A possible 'lady friend'
Parial said she does not mind the raccoon taking up residence near her home, as it's been much less destructive than the squirrels who "have eaten [their] patio lights and torn numerous holes in [their] patio furniture," but she does have some concerns.
"I'm worried that we'll unknowingly stroll onto our deck not knowing he's sleeping there and find ourselves in a situation," she said. "More importantly, I worry my son may find himself in a situation because he's got a keen toddler curiosity."
She's also afraid the raccoon could lose its fear of humans. "Currently, he scurries when my husband taps on our patio door. He scurries away and knows we want our space. I'm not sure how long this is going to last before he figures out we're just scared of him and any pests or diseases he may carry."
Kiddie pool has become a water source
Bill Dowd, founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, said Parial's kiddie pool has probably become a water source for the "highly intelligent, very inquisitive" creature.
"My recommendation to the homeowner would be to obviously remove that water source," he said.
"If I was a betting man," he continued, "I would bet that if you see the raccoon that frequently on her deck, I would suspect it's probably living underneath the deck or maybe in her attic or in her chimney or underneath the shed out back."
He said the pair in the video are probably enjoying a platonic relationship as it's not raccoon mating season, which runs from January to June, so they won't be making raccoon babies together anytime soon.
"From the behaviour that those videos show me, I would say they're juveniles are just kind of being teenagers," he said.
"Getting into trouble, being rambunctious and kind of wrestling and fooling around."
Montreal music fans rejoice because your favourite festival, Osheaga, is coming back this fall. But it'll be a mini version of the festival you all know and love.
The Osheaga "Get Together" is a mini-festival that will feature three days of music with some of the brightest Canadian talent out there.
Charlotte Cardin, Jessie Reyez, and Half Moon Run will headline a three-day celebration of up-and-coming local music for the adoring ears of a limited number of fans in an "intimate outdoor setting," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The festival starts on October 1 with Quebec-born indie-pop darling Charlotte Cardin, who has quickly risen to the top of the charts with her new album Phoenix.
On the following day, the Toronto-born and multi-Juno award winner Jessie Reyez will light up centre stage with her delightful RnB pop sounds.
And finally, on October 3, Half Moon Run, Montreal's super talented indie rock idols, will headline the closing night of the festival.
"We are thrilled about this announcement, because we promised fans that we would do everything in our power to get them to Parc Jean-Drapeau to be united by live music again as soon as possible, and we are going to make that happen!" said Nick Farkas, Senior Vice President, Booking, Concerts and Events at evenko and founder of Osheaga.
Single-day and three-day passes will go on sale Friday, July 23 at noon on Osheaga's website.
Tickets start at $85 for a single day and $245 for a three-day pass.
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