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Are Toronto and Vancouver both better than Montreal?

Posted by MP / July 13, 2010

Toronto Vancouver MontrealTwo weeks ago we teamed with our sister sites in Toronto and Vancouver to launch a contest to prove once and for all that Montreal is the best city in Canada. The thing is - so far things aren't quite going as expected. Montreal is currently in last place.

The way the contest works is each city has a nominee in one of 97 categories. Brunch, bike organization, hockey team, rep cinema, yoga studio and local magazine are just some of the categories to vote in. Currently, we're leading 15 categories which puts us a distant third to Toronto (66) and Vancouver (16).

The categories we're currently winning include:

  • Bagel (St. Viateur over Gryfes and Sollys)
  • Arts Festival (Just for Laughs over Contact Photography and Bard on the Beach)
  • Band (Arcade Fire over BSS and New Pornographers)
  • Bike Organization (Bixi over Toronto Cyclists Union and Pedal Power)
  • Billionaire (Guy Laliberte over David Thompson and Jim Pattison)
  • Car Race (Grand Prix over Honda Indy and Mission Raceway Park Drag Racing)
  • Deli (Schwartz's over Caplansky's and Kaplan's Star Deli)
  • DJ (Kid Koala over Nacho Lovers and Paul Devro)
  • French Restaurant (L'Express over Batifole and Les Faux Bourgeois)
  • Poutine (La Banquise over Smoke's Poutinerie and La Belle Patate)

Our nominees in 87 other categories need your help! From shoe store (La Chatte Bottee) to steakhouse (Moishes) there's plenty to vote on and local favourites to support. And thanks to Nokia we've got a bunch of prizes like the new Nokia N97 Minis and the new Xbox 360 to give away. So go ahead and vote!

Here's the url of the contest so you can share with your Montreal friends.



rob / July 13, 2010 at 03:18 pm
Quite simple why Montreal won't win. It's a question of demographics. This site doesn't make the least effort to address itself to the francophone majority of Montreal. That leaves little over half a million anglo-montrealers (a great part of which have family in Toronto and BC) to vote for there city, versus about 1.5 million in Vancouver and 2.5 or more in Toronto. Anglos in Montreal can be so daft about how they represent their city.
Skrud / July 13, 2010 at 04:40 pm
rob beat me to it, but I agree completely. This contest appears to be English-only while the majority of Montrealers are francophone.
sarah / July 13, 2010 at 05:30 pm
If people are seriously voting for the Canucks or the embarrassing Toronto Maple Leafs as a better hockey team, then it cannot possibly even be taken seriously.
Emmanuel replying to a comment from rob / July 13, 2010 at 09:17 pm
As a french contributor here I don't know if I ought to smile or cry from that comment...
Harold / July 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Je vois davantage ce concours comme un moyen de comparer ce que les trois ville ont à offrir que d'une façon de déterminer laquelle est la meilleure.
Harold / July 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm
Tout le monde sait que Montréal est la meilleure des trois.
Matt replying to a comment from Harold / July 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm
That may be true, but you gotta prove it. Most ppl are just voting for their city to win, not truly for the best option, which is why Toronto will win: they simply have more ppl. I mean, I'm a Torontonian, but I pretty much agree that Montréal is the better's just harder to prove with the #s

Alice / July 14, 2010 at 01:04 am
There is absolutely no way that this contest could offer any sort of indication as to which city has the best anything. If one were to properly attempt this everyone who votes would have to be free from bias and have considered or tried all of the options. It just isn't possible.

Also, it is important to consider that Montreal is split between an Anglophone and Francophone community. Many people would say that Anglos are less likely to vote for Montreal in the contest but I don't even know if that is true. If we're willing to deal with the language barrier doesn't that express our love for the city and all of the beauty it possesses? I would like to think so.

Anyways, this contest is kind of bull. It doesn't mean anything.
LG / July 14, 2010 at 01:51 pm
bahahahahahahaha, did someone actually just get mad at this contest? what are you, 5 years old?
leon harkowen / July 16, 2010 at 08:38 am
Living in montreal for 18 years and florida for 20.I can clearly tell you they are two different cities with very different lifestyles that no person can compare the two.
modern / July 16, 2010 at 02:33 pm
Since when is Florida a city?

Truth: If people are actually getting upset at this contest...then seriously grow up. It is good fun.
Elli Davis / July 23, 2010 at 01:37 pm
I voted for Toronto in most categories not because it's my home city but because I really enjoy living here and I am proud to be from Toronto. However I have been to Vancouver and Montreal many times and they both are great cities as well. Anyway the contest cannot be unprejudiced, doesn't prove anything and should be taken as a fun.
Christa / October 20, 2010 at 03:35 pm
Having lived in Montreal for 30 years and Toronto for 7.. oooh how much I miss the Montreal way of life, the people, the feel, the ambiance, the food, the BYO wine restaurants, the European people, watching a Habs Game in a bar cheering just like you're at the Bell Centre, also the Bell Centre atmosphere is way better the the ACC, the festivals, the laid back people...

Toronto is a very nice city but to live there, you will burn out if you don't take the time and smell the coffee... it's all about work work work... who has the bigger car, bigger house...
Don't get me wrong, I am a hardworker and always was (just like most of Montrealers), but it's hard to come from a city where people enjoy life to the fullest, while working...
I miss speaking 3 languages all the time :)

One good thing is if you are bilingual, oh boy the opportunities are there but beware, an increase of 10K isn't enough to cover the difference in cost of living :)

I vote for all 3 cities, they are great in their own way... but Montrealers know how to live

That's why I will be moving back soon yay!!

Pis c'est toute
ally / January 27, 2012 at 08:04 am
well, toronto and vancouver must be better than monreal because people that i've been talking to are telling me that they're moving to either place..............
Hamilton Realtor / July 24, 2012 at 08:41 am
I don't think either city is better then the other, they each have their own good points and bad. Most people have not lived extensively in all 3, and many who have lived in all 3 will look back fondly at a time in their lives when they lived in X city and forget the things about that time that frustrated them.

Besides that I think Toronto is better, because I've never been to Montreal or Vancouver so obviously Toronto is superior. :)
former montrealer / August 7, 2012 at 01:40 am
Montreal sucks. lived there for over 25 years.
I speak and write french better than most of the locals; they say they love their language but most of them are really poor in writing. Also they are very racist... even when you speak French. Never really felt home there.

2/3 of people are also lefty...

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"

"Ask not what you can do for your country - ask what your country can do for you"
Anton / August 8, 2012 at 03:41 pm
After eight long years in ugly, boring, waste of concrete Tranna Onterrible; one short year in pretty but dull and horribly overpriced Vancouver; I finally did the right thing and moved La Belle Ville: Montréal! Life is good, there's no place like it!
montrealerftw / August 19, 2012 at 11:26 am
user-pic people know nothing about italian canadian so i dont take sides in the french english bull.this contest is about the city and its amazing coulture....2/3 ppl are lefty!!!! what is that supposed to mean!so what? i think the list goes like this Montreal,toronto,vancouver
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