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Manhunt Montreal: Grown-Ups at Play

Posted by Alanah / September 14, 2007

Ghetto alleys - safe passage or dead end?

They're after me.

I duck off of Prince Arthur street into an alleyway hoping to lose track of them, but I hear the scuffle of feet on pavement, the scrape of quick steps on loose gravel behind me and it's gotta be them. Who else would be charging through the back alleys of the McGill Ghetto on a Saturday afternoon? I try to run stealthily on sneakers as I veer to the left and leap up a slope of lose dirt and crumbling pavement, only to face a dead end. A pair of brick frat houses sit shoulder to shoulder blocking my; their twisty iron fire escapes offer no escape.

I turn around with heaving lungs and face my pursuers at last and their orange arm-bands identify them as a fellow Manhunt players. One guy knuckles me in the shoulder with a triumphant grin and itâ??s time for me to go over to the dark side...

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General failure of infrastructure bad for business

Posted by Alanah / August 25, 2007

Saint-Laurent businesses announced the first ever No Sidewalk Sale this weekend and next. La Vente Sans-Trottoirs de la Main canâ??t quite live up to the festival-feeling of the annual street sale, but hopefully itâ??ll help out the businesses who have been suffering perpetual construction for the past year. The fact that a large chunck of downtown remains closed due to structural instabilities may send a little extra business their way.
Music, Food

Poutine et La Verdure

Posted by Alanah / August 16, 2007


La Banquise was rated the number one poutine spot in the Mirror's Best of Montreal (or as I tend to call the annual poll, Montreal's Most Obvious.) The colourful resto on Rachel is no secret - it is a 24-hour-a-day homage to poutine, with 22 different flavours on the menu.

I experimented with the végé version, topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms and green peppers. The veggies added a little crunchy freshness and looked lovely set against the grassy slopes at Parc Lafontaine. I'm still not entirely sure that I condone tampering with the sacred poutine trinity of fries, curds and gravy, but poutine in the park was a hands-down winner.

This Sunday, you can take your pout across the street and catch Bombolessé at 8pm in Parc Lafontaine's open air Théatre La Verdure. The band always seems to get billed as Brazilian although only one of the seven musicians actually comes from that country - the others are from Cuba, Haiti, France, Spain and Québec. Their music has a gleeful Latino-Québecois sound and they promise that their trilingual set will "get thinkers to dance and dancers to think."

That last claim makes me wonder whether Iâ??ll be spending the evening shaking my poutine-filled belly in bare feet on the grass or end up sprawled contemplatively on a picnic blanket under a nighttime-in-the-city sky. Either option sounds pretty good to me.

Bike Tour Offers Beer and Local Lore

Posted by Alanah / August 8, 2007

20070808_catpaw.gif The Stones and Beer bike tour is BYOB â?? Bring Your Own Bike, that is â?? the beer is included.

One of the benefits of a bike tour is that you donâ??t get any of the giddy tourists who would consider shopping at The Bay to be historically relevant. Almost all the cyclists who showed up for the tour last Sunday were long-time Montrealers and the group spanned a couple generations.

Tourguide Ingrid Birker, curator of McGillâ??s Redpath Museum, had no problem impressing the locals with little-known lore: she was overflowing with enthusiasm for everything from 500-million-year-old brachiopods to North America's first ski jump.

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