We hope you all recovered from St. Patrick's Day, because you'll need much more energy than a drunken Irishman to make it to all the insane events going on this weekend. From Jean Grae and Rakim for Hip Hop week, to the world's largest toga party, to lip-smacking steak deals at Cabane du Portugal, the MTL Blog Events team doesn't know what else to thank than the luck of the Irish for this hype weekend.
Thursday, March 19th
Beatfreakz Presents Legacy Bashment at Le Bayou Bar. This free weekly event offers up tasty beats by local DJ's Ugo Chavez and Blaster. Bashment is the Jamaican word for hip, exciting, and happening -- and this free weekly event definitely lives up to it's name. View event>
Monroe at En Cachette has it all . With drink specials (plus extra specials for ladies!) and Hip-Hop on deck all night with Empress and Emma Beko. View event>
#Trashbackthursdays at TRH-Bar has been getting increasingly wild and crazy every week. Come get rowdy with our beloved Trash Fam. View event>
MELT at Blizzarts is one of our favorite spots to spend Thursdays. With delicious drink deals until 23h, banging beats by the marvelous MELT crew, chill leather booths, and a dance floor that's always lit, what else could you ask for? View event>
Friday, March 20th
Jean Grae, Freddie Joachim, Bambu, Illa J, and DJ Gayance at Belmont will be one of the dopest events of Hip Hop Week Montreal. If you're a real Hip Hop head, don't miss Jean Grae speaking at Concordia at 7:00pm before the show! View event>
Ryan Playground, Grandbuda, and Noo-Bap at Blue Dog is going to be wild. Featuring MOTO Made's #cuteboyzgang and one of the best in the game, this party will have you turnt up all night long. View event>
La Bacchanale: "Les Nuits de la Liberté" with Ellen Allien is going to throw down Berlin techno style. If you're into the German electronic scene, this event is not to be missed. View event>
World's Largest Toga Party with Pierce Fulton is a chance to be a part of a World Record Breaking event! Let's party like it's Ancient Rome. View event>
Get Nice Friday's at Blizzarts is a classic spot for Hip Hop and Rap with a crowd that isn't afraid to get down. Simahlak will be spinning fat tracks for you to enjoy while sipping on crafty cocktails. View event>
Rakim for Hip Hop Week at Belmont is going to be legendary. One of the god's of Hip Hop is coming to talk at McGill and then hit Belmont with his next level verses. View event>
Red Bull Thre3style Showcase at Apt. 200 for the launch of two new Red Bull Editions flavors and a VIP view of the world’s best DJs in a competition that values technical skill as much as the ability to thrill a dance floor. Don't miss out! View event>
Plateau Boogie Presents Petre Inspirescu and Akufen. Come out and dance all night with our favorite boogie crew. This hip event is still TBA, so keep an eye out for the secret location. View event>
BLVD44 Saturdays is perfect for you if you like jamming out to club hits. View event>
Sunday, March 22nd
Special Steak Menu at La Cabane du Portugal. You can get a rib steak with caesar salad & fries for the special price of $15.95. Definitely the perfect place to eat out this Sunday. View event>
Jazz & Illa at Honey Martin continues to be the chillest spot to vibe every Sunday evening. Come catch Illa J & Fawna on the mic and keys with Atamone on the guitar. View event>
Tokyo Bar Sundays is a great place for those of us who celebrate "Sunday Funday". Definitely hit it up if you are feeling like having Saturday night part 2. View event>
Need more info? Feel like we are missing an event? Contact us at MTL Blog Events with any inquiries you may have.
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.
Big bucks for the woman McGill students call Big Suze. According to a document submitted to Quebec's Ministry of Higher Education on November 30, 2021, McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier rakes in a base salary of $478,901.
But her income doesn't stop there. McGill says she has additional "taxable elements" reaching $382,070 in value. That's a total of $860,971.
In her time as principal, Fortier has seen her base salary increase by almost $90,000. When she ascended to the role in 2013, her contract with the university included a $390,000 base salary, which was subject to annual adjustments. She was also able to receive bonuses worth up to 20% of her salary.
Other benefits in the 2013 contract included five weeks of paid vacation and a club membership paid by the university, in addition to reimbursements for job-related expenses.
McGill's Board of Governors renewed Fortier's contract with almost all the same benefits in 2018.
The 2021 document sent to the Ministry of Higher Education shows Fortier isn't even the highest-paid executive at the university.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean David Eidelman has a base salary of $518,176 plus $361,799 in other taxable benefits, for a total of $879,975.
Concordia President Graham Carr, meanwhile, has a base salary of $424,423 and additional taxable elements totalling $1,706 in value, according to the university's list of its own executives' incomes.
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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