According to Le Balcon, the Gospel Brunch is a "growing trend" in New York City... and if it's good enough for the Big Apple, it's good enough for us!
So Le Balcon did what must be done and brought the Gospel Brunch to Montreal! You can now brunch and be serenaded down in Montreal's Quartier des spectacles.
TL;DR Regular church is so last year. Get blessed while you brunch at Montreal's very own "Gospel Brunch" at Le Balcon. Listen to the sweet songs of the Imani Gospel Singers and get your prayers in while you munch on pancakes. Details below.
Le Balcon is located at 463 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, right in downtown Montreal. Hop off the metro at Places-des-arts and access the hall through the front door of St. James United Church.
The music is courtesy of the Imani Gospel Singers, a Montreal choir founded in 1993 whose mission is to "uplift listeners through the power and joy of gospel music." Sign me up!
Plus, Le Balcon is located in such a beautiful old church, it's worth going just to see how this huge public space can be re-imagined to welcome new forms of community.
I can't think of a better way to start your day than the soulful and lively sound of gospel music... plus a mimosa and a nice stack of pancakes won't hurt either.
Speaking of food, the brunch menu at Le Balcon is "fresh and local" and gives you the choice of two options. First the savoury option:
Egg and chorizo gratin with bread, aged cheddar, peppers, arugula and herbed new potatoes.
Or if you've got more of a sweet tooth in the morning:
Pancakes with baked apples, salted maple caramel sauce, spiced apple jelly and crumble.
Both brunch options start with a yogurt parfait with "blueberry compote, crispy quinoa, almonds and honey." Beverages are served separately.
The next Gospel Brunch Saturdays are as follows:
February 23 2019 - 10:00 AM & 12:30 PM
April 06 2019 - 10:00 AM & 12:30 PM
It appears that the Imani Gospel Singers are taking a break from the Gospel Brunch during the month of March.
Buy tickets for this month's Gospel Brunch, or for the first show in April here.