A building stands as a piece of physical history, speaking of its era of origin with its architectural design. One Montreal building, however, tells a tale in a very different way. KANVA's Edison Residence, a student rez right next to McGill campus, uses photoengraved concrete panels to literally tell a story.
Originally a 19th century stone house, a fire occurred in the lot that is now the Edison Residence, destroying most of the home. The architects at KANVA wanted to respect the buildings architectural history and so outfitted the residence with concrete facades depicting images from the film "Montreal Fire Department on Runners."
The movie was chosen for two specific reasons. One being that the film speaks of the fire that originally ruined the building, and the second being how the movie focuses on Thomas Edison, who was a major contributor to the evolution of moving images and film.
While the exterior of the Edison Residence is impressive enough, the inside is quite impressive as well. Stone and concrete still play a large role in the aesthetic of the residence, having been transformed into a something of a modern version of its previous existence as a 19th century home.
"Overall, the City of Montreal saw 990 $1 million–plus residential real estate transactions," including condos, attached and single-family homes, "in the first half of 2021, an increase of 112% from the same period in 2020," the report states.
Though sales in $2 to $4 million homes in Montreal rose by 138%, sales in $1 to $2 million homes made up the largest share of sales overall, with 807 Montreal properties sold in the first half of 2021, Sotheby's says.
Sales in properties over $4 million more than doubled between 2020 and 2021 — just six were sold in the first half of 2020, compared to the 14 properties sold in the same period in 2021.
The report said that according to the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers, on average, selling a residential property in Montreal during the first quarter of 2021 took approximately 44 days, compared to the 68 it took to sell a home less than a year prior.
As the world gradually begins to reopen, you might be itching to head out on an adventure. Thankfully, Québec City's lively culture, vibrant history and many attractions make it one of the province's most sought-after staycation spots this summer.
Just a stone's throw away from Montreal, Québec City and its European charm might make you feel like you're on a different continent — minus the travel, expense and crowds. And this summer, the city promises to be better than ever with a season-long lineup of outdoor activities, new urban developments and more.
While COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect, Québec City has ensured all attractions and activities respect provincial safety measures including physical distancing, ensuring you stay safe while still having a good time.
If you're looking to get away this season, there are a few reasons why Québec City is the perfect place for a summer staycation.
It's A Foodie's Paradise
Québec City's food scene is renowned across the province. With fare inspired by French flavours and the city's Indigenous roots, no matter your palate, there's a place for you. You can spend an entire trip just checking out the city's restaurants.
From snack shacks and farmers markets to food tours and fine dining, you may need to loosen a belt buckle or two to get it all in. The city's open-air terrasses make it the ultimate place to soak up some sun and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
With colonial architecture dating back over 400 years, Old Québec is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Québec City. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, strolling through its cobblestoned streets can feel like stepping into a fairytale.
The Place Royale, situated in the Petit-Champlain area, is particularly magical: said to be the site of North America’s first French settlement, Place Royale is steeped in centuries of history, and the perfect spot to grab a coffee!
The architectural treasures and public art may make you feel like you've left North America (and this century) altogether, creating a reminiscent and romantic experience all at once.
It may be a metropolis, but there’s plenty of nature to be found in and around Québec City.
You can discover its scenic beauty at spots like Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Québec, or Montmorency Falls, which are 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Plus, if you're feeling particularly active, this is a great place to take your mountain bike.
Québec City is one of the province's go-to destinations for all kinds of art and historical architecture. Outdoor sculptures, masterpieces, poetry on rooftops, live shows, churches and castles make this destination a feast for the senses - in fact, there are over 1000 activities for tourists and locals alike!
There's no shortage of things to see. Bring your camera and get ready to capture every magical moment, including a selfie or two, at beautiful spots like rue Sous-le-Cap and Morrin Centre, to name a few.
Québec City really is a playground, and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
The city is known for its multiple entertainment spots, like the Aquarium du Québec, Village Vacances Valcartier, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and plenty more. Plus, with amusement parks, pick-your-own farms, wildlife tours and treetop adventures, there's no shortage of fun to be had no matter what you or your family are into.
One of the best parts of visiting a different place is getting the chance to explore its museums, and there's plenty to be found in Québec City. From art history to Indigenous stories and more, you'll take away a lot from these enlightening exhibits.
It's an opportunity to really get a sense of what makes Québec so unique while making memories to last a lifetime.
No matter where within Québec City you are, you're sure to find somewhere to shop. Explore one of its many boutiques to discover some unique items.
With its designer and artisanal boutiques, Quartier Petit Champlain is North America's oldest shopping district. Rue Saint-Jean is also a popular shopping destination, along with Saint-Roch and Place Royale.
If you haven't yet made the trip to Québec City, now is a great time to consider it. With plenty to do for everyone, plus delicious food and stunning scenery, it's like taking a European holiday without the hassle.
Plus right now, Québec City has a promo going on where if you book a minimum of two consecutive nights at any participating hotel directly, you’ll receive a $75 gift card to spend at any participating business in the Québec City area.
Québec City Tourism continues to ensure each and every activity and attraction respects all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Italy is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the world. Whether it's the awe-inspiring architecture, stunning interior design, gourmet cuisine, elegant fashion or iconic automobiles, this European country is famous for being a worldwide trendsetter.
Since you can't safely travel there right now, why not transform your apartment into your favourite Italian vacation spot? Create your own little dolce vita.
A huge part of Italian living is the love of food, drink, and conversation coming together during the 5-8 p.m. pre-meal ritual. You can enhance the richness of the unique aperitivo experience from the comfort of home with the new Martini Fiero. This wine-based aperitif combines a refreshing blend of citrus and bittersweet orange with crisp white wines.
There are tons of fun ways to bring a little touch of Italy to your Montreal apartment.
Enjoy Cocktails Like A Venetian
Enjoy the "golden hour" as a Venetian would. Here's your chance to explore the heart of Italian living through great food, drinks, and conversation.
While the Spritz is a famously celebrated Venetian cocktail, that comes in many variations, Martini Fiero is the natural way to spritz and made with 100% natural ingredients. The Martini Fiero Spritz signature serve is a delicious way to transport you to the floating city.
Combine the ingredients and serve over ice in a balloon glass before garnishing with an orange slice. Who knew a drink could match the extravagance and glamour of a city where people go around in boats instead of cars?
Host A Virtual Neapolitan Cooking Class
Organizing a cooking session is even more entertaining when it involves Italian food. Start a group Zoom call and have some friends follow along with you, so everyone can enjoy a little taste of Italy. After all, coming together over good food is at the heart of Italian tradition, right beside this dish.
Pizza actually originated in Naples, so it's definitely a classic Neapolitan dish that absolutely embodies the warm, passionate spirit of its native city. To make the closest thing to real Neapolitan pizza, you're going to need:
1 ball of pizza dough
1/3 cup marinara sauce
3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (or about 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella)
2 basil leaves
Semolina flour or cornmeal for dusting the pizza peel
Once you've gathered your ingredients, have everyone follow this easy recipe so you can all dig in at the same time.
Give Your Kitchen Some Tuscan-Inspired Style
To transform your kitchen into a Tuscan dream, focus on old-world design. Stick to materials like wood, metal, stone, and fancy mouldings.
The colours that represent Tuscany come from nature, inspired by the brilliant hills of the region, which roll into the sea: yellows like the sun, greens like the sea, blues like the sky, reds like the earth. Choose your accents in these tones, as well as an embellished tile backsplash, and you'll nail the Tuscan vibe.
Once you've achieved the look, take in the beauty of your kitchen makeover with some savoury fettuntaand a glass of citrusy Martini Fiero.
Have An Amalfi Spa Day With Your Amiche
If you and your roomie deserve anything after a workday, it's to indulge in a luxurious Italian-inspired spa experience. Set up some snacks, mix up a drink, and treat yourself to Amalfi Coast-worthy levels of relaxation. And if you live alone, you can always invite your friend to do this virtually with you.
Call up your bestie, get your fluffiest robe on, throw your hair up in a bun, and slather on a clay facial mask. Head to your kitchen and whip up a delicious antipasto-style charcuterie board. Try some bruschetta, bocconcini, provolone, prosciutto, salami, artichoke hearts, mixed olives, and toasted focaccia.
Run yourself a warm foot bath, kick back, and catch up with a Martini Fiero and Tonic to complete the perfect girls' (and guys') night in. As your feet soak and the water fizzes from those soothing salts, you may even start hearing the cries of the seagulls and the humming of the distant waves as they release a fragrant mist into the air.
Combine the ingredients in a glass filled with ice, garnish with a slice of orange, and cheers to your friendship!
Spruce Up Your Living Space With A Florence-Style Renaissance Makeover
Borrowing some renaissance interior design ideas is a gorgeous, Florence-esque way to switch up your setting. Attaining this style involves the use of old furnishings such as antique furniture and accents.
Although you can't necessarily change the architecture of your apartment, you can still update your decor, which will tie everything together.
Objects made of special metals, ivory, and porcelain will give you an authentic look. Search for items like candelabras, carved boxes, vintage vases, and gold ornate frames to really pull this look off. For the final touch, include reproduction paintings or sculptures of the Renaissance masters to make your home feel organic.
Incorporate Sicilian Siesta Into Your Everyday Routine
Sicilian siesta, when museums, churches, and shops close midday, is all about unwinding and recharging. It's essentially an extra-long lunch break used to nap and relax during the hottest hours of the day.
Whenever possible, you should consider incorporating this into your own lifestyle. Siesta in Sicily is roughly between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., but you can choose whatever timeframe works for you. Try adding this to your weekend schedule and see the wonders it can do for you.
Use this time to reflect, read, eat some arancini, drink a zesty Martini Fiero Garibaldi, rest, and ultimately enjoy life's quiet moments.
Combine the ingredients and serve in a glass filled with ice before adding a slice of orange for garnish.
Turn Your Patio Into Positano Perfection
No matter the size of your balcony, there's always a little room for Italian comfort. The Amalfi Coast is all about heightening the senses, from beholding vibrant colours to breathing in captivating scents. The Italian palette is defined by shades and hues that emulate the luscious and dramatic natural landscape of this coastal region.
To give your patio a Positano moment in the winter, add brightness and warmth with thick red blankets and a mini heater to keep you cozy. Incorporate a garden of herbs like mint and rosemary, and definitely plant a little lemon tree for a touch of greenery later in the warmer months.
Use boldly coloured placemats and napkins while enjoying some focaccia with fresh tomato. Sit yourself down on weather-resistant materials such as rattan, while avoiding anything too modern.
Having an at-home date night can be special, especially when inspired by Verona, one of Italy's most romantic cities. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your significant other.
Start the evening by making some mini pizzas with peppers and olives together. Throw on some Andrea Bocelli or Luciano Pavarotti to set the mood. Once you're done cooking and dancing in the kitchen, pick out a romantic film.
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet took place in Verona, so it's only natural that you might choose this flick (preferably the iconic version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). End the night with a fresh and fruity Spagliato.
In a wine glass, add the Martini Fiero and Martini bitter. Fill the glass with ice and stir gently to dilute and chill. Top the cocktail with the Martini Prosecco and stir again, up and down this time, just to mix the ingredients. Garnish with orange zest OR a fresh orange slice in the glass.
A big part of transforming your apartment into an Italian vacation spot is more about setting the right ambiance rather than design elements. Great food, cocktails, and company (even through a video call) are the essence of Italian living.
With drinks like Martini Fiero, you can recreate Italian-style classics that will pair perfectly with aperitivo time and get conversation flowing! Life is much more exciting with a little taste of European culture.
To learn more about Martini Fiero, visit their website or find their products at your local SAQ.
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Description: Some people call this home on Rue Belsize "the piano house" because it resembles an open grand piano. Others see a spaceship, a roller coaster or something from The Flinstones — so it's pretty much the Rorschach test of Art Deco architecture.
Description: No, you're not seeing double. This is SERIOUSLY a completely different house than the first one on the list. I know, right? People say this one looks more like a rollercoaster or a molar (yes, like the tooth).
The interesting thing is it only really stands out from the back, visible from Rue Fleet.
Description: Given that Montreal is known for its colourful rowhouses as well as its brick duplexes and triplexes, it's actually more jarring to see a building that's been painted completely black. But there's also something so aesthetically pleasing about it — don't you think?
Description: This modern house will delight car enthusiasts everywhere and have everyone else shaking their heads. Then again, if you can afford a beautiful vehicle, it makes sense that you'd want to show it off — almost like a piece of art.
Description: You've probably stood by the docks at the Old Port, looked out across the water and marvelled at Habitat 67 — whether it's because you dream of living there or you think the housing complex is a strange-looking eyesore.
Either way, Moshe Safdie's Expo 67 Pavillion has become an iconic piece of Montreal architecture.
Description: From the outside, this space looks fairly normal. Inside? There's a fully functional rock-climbing wall behind the living room and beside the kitchen. Talk about a statement wall! Someone in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie is really dedicated to their sport.
Description: If you're familiar with Saint-Henri lofts, you'll know that many of them, while gorgeous, have the exact same feel — wood floors and exposed brick. Well, not this one! The checkered floors and quirky accessories make it feel like a chic Alice in Wonderland fever-dream.
Description: From the ornate fountain on the lawn to the brass lion statues guarding the front door, this property is extra in every single way.
It's called Versace Manor because of the Versace mosaic swimming pool tiles, Versace marble tiles all over the house, Versace door handles, 9-foot-tall Versace curtain holders and Versace sink in the powder room.
The home was inspired by "Versace Greek Key" — and it's for sale. It could be yours for a cool $7,777,777.