Montreal is different from the rest of Canada in a lot of ways and one of the things that makes us unique is our deps. No one outside of Quebec will even understand the word "dep". Sure it's easy to explain that it's just short for depanneur which is french for convenience store, but our deps are so much more than that.
They're small and unique, there's one on almost every corner and they're run by magical individuals who are somehow always there working the register no matter what time of the day you show up. There's always one close-by when you need a free book of matches or a jumbo freezy in the summer. When you can't choose what candy to buy, they have those mini baggies filled with Sour Peaches and Gummi Bears for 50 cents. And of course they have beer, lots and lots of beer. They may only have original Doritos and only one flavor of Pop-Tarts, but they have a walk-in fridge full of nearly any kind of beer you want, from single cans to two-fours.
Let's face it, most of them aren't very pretty to look at with their old worn out beer ads, the rusty bars blocking the windows, the spray painted walls and the old light up sign that says Coke or 7up in big giant letters with a tiny "depanneur" written above it.
However they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in this case the beholder is a photographer named Drowster who wanted to showcase the uniqueness of these little corner stores by posting a series of photos on Les Petites Manies which shows the true beauty of Montreal's deps.
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.
Now that the dust has settled on the Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup loss, Habs fans have pointed out that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's uniform looked suspiciously inflated in a post-game photo.
And since we all know Habs fans are the calmest and most level-headed hockey fans out there, the question is: did Vasilevskiy really use illegal goalie equipment or is this a nonsense complaint from sad and angry Canadiens fans?
The photo in question, posted on TSN's official Instagram page, shows Carey Price and Vasilevskiy standing face to face with Vasilevskiy looking awfully puffed up compared to Price — from the viewer's perspective, at least.
Following Wednesday's game, several Habs fans took to Twitter with unfounded accusations of illegal equipment.
Did Tampa hoard an extra player inside Vasilevskiy’s equipment? That’s so typical. Cheater franchise. https://t.co/CRSAIigOjO
While the photo of Kucherov seems harmless, showing him posing with the Stanley Cup in front of a pool and boat, and we don't know the exact intention behind the tweet, the caption added fuel to the fire.
"Nikita is sending kind regards to Montréal Canadiens fans! #WeAreGoldStar!" it read.
In the comments section, multiple people criticized the lack of class being displayed while others pointed out that the streets of Tampa looked deserted after last night's victory.
"The Stanley Cup is obviously not big enough to fill your ego! Happy for your win - but I guess you just defined what it means to be a classless, sore winner," tweeted @belangerlisa.
At the time this article was published, Kucherov had not given any further explanation for the photo posted by his agent — but he had retweeted it.