Every city has its hotspot -- the coolest community, the hippest 'hood. It's the place where the stylemakers go, where the trendsetters do their thing. It's about knowing where to go, where to be seen.
Montreal's French-Canadian identity is hugely significant in making Montreal Montreal. Toronto has much to celebrate, and I do not wish to detract from that. But Montreal's wonders are utterly distinctive and frankly unique not only in Canada but globally.
Let's call it what it is -- young, black hockey players are few and far between in the National Hockey League. Rising to the top of his position in his short NHL career is also fairly unique. His parents immigrated from Jamaica to Sudbury, and PK did spend some of his childhood growing up in Northwestern Ontario. A minority there too, undoubtedly. He is one of three brothers playing in the NHL. Pretty unique as well. Subban is unabashedly different, and he owns it. That's worth admiring and emulating.
The world still spins, the Habs still might have a decent season, but, for the first time in my life, I will be cheering for my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. I think being screwed over by a GM and coach is a great primer in discovering what it feels like to be a Leafs fan, to be honest.
On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.
Driving in Montreal has become a serious headache -- although that may be what some politicians and activists want, judging by a recent report from the Office de consultation publique de Montréal calling for a drastic reduction in parking spots to make driving... even less attractive and efficient in Montreal.
At 21 years old, I was a summer student at the University of Montreal. The end-of-semester French exam was looming, and I was on the bubble, grades wise. I desperately needed to do well, so I hunkered down.
My garage is a perfect example of the benefits of labeling. I organized the shelving units so that it would fit all our excess pantry items, paper to...
If after a long winter of coddling your adorable infant, ahem, you just need -- need -- to get your champagne on, Grand Prix weekend in Montreal IS the time to finally do it. Events across the city are running from June 9-12. The actual race is June 10-12 on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
It may be called the "Great White North," but Canada isn't just a travel destination for winter adventures. In fact, Canada comes even more alive in the summer months with its ideal temperatures for adventuring, abundance of outdoor festivals, picture-perfect beaches and so much more.
The Lyceum of Greek Women opened a new chapter in Montreal with the aim of engaging the Greek women of the Canadian met...
To some, it's the shared economy disrupting the old business models. To others, it's the gig economy that denies workers full-time hours and a living wage. Regardless of its name, the new economy is disrupting more than the established business norms. It is forcing grown-ups to live with their parents and is likely causing the decline in public transit ridership.
Montreal has become a beacon for jazz in its many iterations, with no small thanks to the city's International Jazz Festival, one of the largest in th...
My son is not a "man's man." He's soft-spoken, creative, warm, demonstrative and sensitive teen. He's not rugged or tough and he doesn't excel at sports. He is extraordinarily artistic with an amazing flare for fashion and design. He is very demonstrative, a great listener and a wonderful friend.
Being organized about meals doesn't necessarily mean you need to be super structured about it. One of the most common push backs to meal planning I hear is that people don't want to be stuck eating a specific meal on a specific day. I totally get that.
Canadians catch a hard time for their funny accents, overly-polite demeanors, and of course, Justin Bieber, but those who are in the know do not tease them about their food. Canadians enjoy an abundance of dishes that many of their neighbours south of the border never get to taste -- and they're missing out.