The popularity contest cheat sheet


As per usual, the Montreal Mirror has published it’s Best of Montreal ballot. One of the things that makes it tedious is that in order to have your vote count, you need to fill in at least 25 categories – which is not an easy feat. In a combo, shameless self-promotion, and as a public service, here are my suggestions in 57 categories. Feel free to ignore them, or disagree with them, or use them selectively to get you up to the required 25 categories.

What is the one thing Montreal could lose to make it better? The Olympic Stadium
Best-dressed Montrealer: Guy Cogeval
Best political/social cause: The Arts
Best radio station: CISM
Best local radio host: Bernard Saint Laurent
Best neighbourhood: Pointe Saint Charles
Best building: Bank of Montréal building
Best place to have public sex: a museum
Best bartender (pls. name bar): Hugo, Montée du lait
Best waiter/waitress (pls. name bar): Julie, La Cabane
Best watering hole: Montée du lait
Best sleazy dive: La Cabane
Best pickup spot: a vernissage
Best terrasse: Musée d’art contemporain
Best live venue: Zeke’s Gallery
Best drug: Beer
Best musical act: Les Poules
Freakiest local act: Goreputer
Best country/folk act: Little Birdie
Best jazz musician: Isaiah Ceccarelli
Best singer/songwriter: Andre Kirchoff
Best local actress: Johanna Nutter
Best local filmmaker: Ezra Soiferman
Best play: Everything is True
Best spoken word act: Jane Affleck
Best museum: Musée des Beaux Arts
Best gallery: Zeke’s Gallery
Best art exhibit: Vanessa Vaughan; fabricate
Best author: John LoFranco
Best magazine/zine: Maisonneuve
Best newspaper: Mirror
Best cartoonist: Billy Mavreas
Best graffiti crew: Stare
Best Internet Service Provider: VIF
Best bookstore (used): The Word
Best magazine store: Le Point Vert
Best cheap eats: at vernissages
Best late-night eats: Beijing
Best breakfast: Ruby Rouge
Best delivery: Amelio’s
Best Chinese: Niu Kee
Best French: L’Express
Best Indian: Bombay Mahal
Best Japanese: Isikaya
Best Middle-Eastern: Daou
Best Portuguese: Roi du Plateau
Best barbecued chicken: Rotisserie Portugaise
Best burger: Patati Patata
Best hot dog: Costco
Best pizza: Amelio’s
Best poutine: La Banquise
Best ribs: Coco Rico
Best steak: Queue de Cheval
Best coffee: La Vielle Europe
Best non-chain coffee: La Vielle Europe
Best locally brewed beer: Tremblay
Best fishmonger: Nouveau Falero

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