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Dancing Snowplows! Head Explodes with Awesome!

Posted by Robyn / February 27, 2006

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I seriously had such a good Saturday night. Sometimes that kind of pronouncement means one great thing happened, maybe even just one moment, or one reason to fall down due to the kind of laughter that quickly turns to an abdominal workout. This Saturday night not only included some stellar NDG bowling but an all-night city-sanctioned festival of how great weird can be. In Wintertime!

Possible Best Thing Ever, Ever: choreographed snowplows. It's not like every night at 1 a.m. you can stand on the corner of de Maissoneuve and Bleury and suddenly contemplate your whole existence. I mean, if a bunch of people can create a spectacle in which three (small-size) snowplows and about half a dozen people move in unison to live synthed-out keyboard music, then, really, anything is possible. You are your own star, people. Your dreams can come true. Here is proof:

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(All photos by the great Matt at Sammatical_in_Montreal.)

So after that half hour of brilliance, the area around Place des Arts continued to be flush with people. What were they doing? What's so great about wandering around the city centre in -15C temperatures just before the bars close? Because of ART! Because of Socializing! And because of how awesome it is to go into places that are normally shut way down at that time. Festival Montreal en lumiere Nuit blanche does a really good job of balancing out what could be a rather riotous situation - it's just weird enough to keep you on your toes but not weird enough to make you feel like you need to get really drunk and obnoxious. Nice!

So after I recovered from snowplow enlightenment, I went to the Musee d'art contemporaine and was (intellectually and in part physically) floored by German artist Anselm Kiefer's Heaven and Earth. If you haven't seen this exhibit yet, go. It's certainly heavy, heady stuff but it will probably change your life. Giant canvases, all kinds of texture, a huge opportunity to talk art shit and mean it. I also went over to the Belgo building where smaller-level art and music shows were going on throughout. It's a building full of inspiration, it is. And at that point, 3:30 a.m.?, more than a few really exhausted artists. Yet the onlookers kept coming - when the city says an event goes until 5 a.m., when free breakfast is served, people take that stuff seriously.

After wandering around inside the Place des Arts concourse for another hour, I was well sated though, no need to stand around in breakfast line-ups, as brilliant an idea as free breakfast is. I love Montreal for even attempting such a night - I love Montreal more for how great it turned out to be. If ever there was a time to use the old adage "Hold your friends close and your enemies closer," I would say Montreal knows exactly what to do with Winter. Winter, loved and pwned at the same time. Perfect.

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