Mural hunting Montreal. 

As seen on this blog before, Montreal is a huge hub of murals and street art, making our walls alive and adding colour to our already beautiful city. Here are more murals from mural fest last week and from around the city, mainly in other parts of Le Plateau and downtown. 

Chinatown mural, made by Bryan Beyung and Gene Pendon and produced by MU Montreal.

A mural by Curiot for mural fest 2015

Awesome mural made by Zema for the 2014 edition.

Half a wall made by astro for mural fest 2015

Other half wall of Astros wall.

New mural underway, made by Aydin Matlabi and Miss Me

Earth crushers wall for mural 15

A wall made by Turtle Caps on Duluth, another street with tons of street art.

Very large wall made by Roa for the very first edition of mural fest, which took place in 2013.

Wall made by Stare and Tchung in 2013

A classic mural in Old Montreal, in addition to the mural, I wanted to show the surroundings of this part of downtown.

Wall by Waxhead on the walls of the sun youth organisation. 

One of my favourite murals made by Pixel Pancho for the 2013 edition.

A mural made this year by Hoarkor, showing love for MLS team Montreal Impact.

Cool art in an alleyway near Duluth I believe. 

More art updates will be coming up soon! As mural wraps up, as well as more art being made with other events and parties. 

The Canadian Grand-Prix 

It’s that time of year again! For the this weekend, all eyes will turn to Montreal for the Canadian Grand-Prix! This event attracts hundreds of thousands, if not, millions of people to our beautful city. In addition to that, celebrities, politcians and insanely beautiful cars make their way for the event. The Grand-Prix is part of our culture and heritage. Today I went to the festivities downtown before heading to mural fest, which will be in the next update.

Jacques Cartier bridge lit up

In honour of Montreal’s 375th birthday, the iconic Jacques Cartier bridge debuted the very amazing lighting package that Montreal will have for the next 10 years. Made by Moment Factory along with multiple Montreal companies who specialise in multimedia content, the bridge will change colour depending on seasons, weather, special events, traffic and everything in between. This event was very special and attracted 400,000 spectators, in which 30% were from other cities. Here are some pictures and GIFs from Wednesday night.

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Future downtown Montreal projects.

Having following the renaissance of downtown Montreal for the past 5 years, I’m astounded by how quickly things have changed in this city. From new towers to new restaurants, the population of downtown has increased to 120,000+, the heart of the city is thriving once again. What’s crazy is that the 2nd boom cycle is starting and many new projects have been proposed and approved. Here are some of the mega developments that will be transforming downtown once again.

  1. Tour des Canadiens phase 2, 49 floors, 590 units.

After the success of phase 1, which sold out, Cadillac Fairview introduced TDC2 mid-2016. The project sold out within a few months and is part of a $2B development called Quad Windsor, which includes 7 buildings (image below).

2. Children’s hospital project, $500M, 6 towers + community centre, expected to start summer 2017.

A controversial project, this project is set to start this summer. The controversy lies within the demolition of the abandoned children’s hospital’s unique art deco architecture and allowing taller buildings in the area (between 60 metres and 120 metres). The project contains 6 towers including social housing, rental, condos, offices, a hotel, community centres, a library, potential school, green space and shops.

3. Humaniti, $200M, mix-use, expected to start spring or summer 2017

A very bold and beautiful project, Humaniti is a first of it’s kind in Canada. The mixed use includes rental, condos, office space, luxury hotel and commercial space. The project also includes car sharing services and electrical charging stations.

4. Quais-de-Lorimer, $500M, unknown starting date.

Yet another $500M dollar project, this is located in the far east end of downtown. The project includes 2 8 floor office towers, a hotel tower and the tallest tower will be residential. The project includes indoor/outdoor retail space under the office towers and a very large outdoor area on the 4th floor, which will include events, green space, ice skating rink and views of downtown.

Other major projects:

Carré St.Laurent: a $115M project that will include office space, a hotel or condos,  cultural space and a food court of 50-60 local restaurants. http://sda-angus.com/projet/carre-saint-laurent/

Future CBC office/surrounding area: A major project revitalising the CBC tower and it’s surroundings. East side will be the new CBC office tower, which will be completed by 2019-2020. West side of the lot, a complex that will have towers from 6-15 floors, a rumoured 2,000-4,000 residential units, office space, retail and cultural space. The total project is 3.3M sqft. http://www.groupemach.com/en/property/104-maison-radio-canada.html

There are many other proposed projects and future projects in the pipeline, but these projects are the biggest and ones that will happen between now and next year. Other projects are either 1 or 2 condo towers/office towers, or small scale projects. Regardless, downtown continues to grow with new projects, green space and the future REM (light rail transit) we are indeed living in a new era in Montreal, a very exciting one at that.

Sources:

Quad Windsor: http://quadwindsor.com/index_an.html

http://www.boma-quebec.org/courses-details/2016-04-21/montreal-bomidi-quad-windsor

Children’s Hospital project: http://devimco.com/en/project/childrens/

Humaniti: http://jbourbonnais.org/2016/11/23/humaniti-projet-immobilier-emblematique-au-centre-ville-de-montreal/

http://www.humanitimontreal.com/en/

Quais-de-Lorimier: http://intellarealestate.com/quais-de-lorimier-project-news-release-may-23rd-2016/

Plaza St.Hubert art hunting part 2.

More pictures from the great art hunt from Tuesday at the very popular Plaza St.Hubert, a major commercial street. The best part is that more and more new art projects will be made thanks to Artgang Montreal. With new shops, restaurants and art, the Plaza is once again a hotspot amongst locals. 

Artgang website: artgangmontreal.com      (they have amazing selections of clothes, caps, shoes, etc…) 

Plaza St.Hubert website: maplaza.ca/en/

Throwback Thursday: Summer and Autumn in Montreal.

After having one of the worst snowstorms recently in Montreal history (we got 40cm of snow), I find it rather fitting to post pictures of warmer and sunnier days (for the most part). Do not worry fellow Montrealers, warmer weather is on the way!

Mont-Royal from the observation tower located on top of the Olympic tower. This view is 175 metres above! If you look closely, you can see the dome of St. Joseph’s oratory.

A nice Autumn day at Beaver lake, located on top of Mont-Royal. This park is a nice place to relax, study, have a picnic and spend time with family, friends, or loved ones.

A mural made on Rue Duluth by Chris Dyer, one of the many various art pieces seen on this street.

The 41st Carifiesta taking place in downtown Montreal. This festival is amongst the hundreds of cultural festivals that happen in the city. This festival celebrates the many countries and cultures located in the Caribbean. Carifiesta also shows off the large Caribbean community Montreal has and attracts in excess of 500,000 spectators for the day.

Yet another festival in downtown Montreal, Just For Laughs fest! this is the world’s largest comedy fest, attracting 2 million + spectators over 2 weeks. Along with comedy fests, they offer free concerts and various activities. Along with this fest, Nuits D’Afrique (2-week festival showing cultures, music and food from African countries) and Zoofest take place, including a large food truck festival.

Old Montreal with Place d’Armes, a very beautiful public square. This area is always beautiful, no matter the weather.

And finally, a very typical Montreal scene, a large wall mural in Le Plateau. Montreal has thousands of murals and street art pieces of all sizes, and I recommend for tourists and local citizens to go street art hunting, as you’ll end up discovering new places and awesome shops as well.