Archive for July, 2006

monochrom Event

Looking for something fun and interesting to do this Saturday night? Check out monochrom’s gala over at Zeke’s Gallery.

The words of Johannes (who is also a contributor for Metroblogging Vienna) explain it best:


“We’re great together, the liberal society and it’s enemies”
A gala at Zeke’s Gallery
July 29, 7:30
3955 Saint Laurent Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4 (514) 288-2233

monochrom from Vienna is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking and philosophy and was founded in 1993. So to sum up, monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.


YulBlog: Le Picnic

picnic01.gifTo enjoy the last moments of the summer, you are invited to join the Yulblog Picnic, 18th Saturday the 19th of August, 1:00pm, Lafontaine Parc.

Rules : No rules ! (as usual)

  • You can bring food or not,
  • You come when you want and leave when you feel like it,
  • You can bring games (soccer balls, freesbees, dogs, children,
    etc) or not,
  • You can come naked or dressed,
  • In other words, you decide!

Exact location : here (45.526284 North, 73.571148 West), grassy zone, East of the pond, South of the little view-point overhanging the pond.

To go there : Rachel street along the parc. When you reach Calixa-Lavallé, follow the pedestrian alley heading to the lake. Then you reach the small view point, the YulBlog Picnic spot is on your left.

In case of showers, we can go to La Quincaillerie.

Spare Some Change?

Living in downtown Montréal is not for the faint of heart. You must be a little thick skinned, well dressed and sometimes a little bit crazy. I have been asked for money in so many ways that I thought there must be a course or training of some sort for street people. Imagine the curriculum….

Now your mom will know where you did it

Hoedic has just informed me that JoBlo has translated one of our most famous entry, Where Yulbloggers did the Nasty, in today’s edition of Le Devoir.

The Outgames

To date, a lot of the media coverage of the Outgames has centered on the opening ceremony and their attempts to fill the Olympic Stadium. There is now a 2 for 1 deal on the purchase of opening ceremony tickets. In the meantime, a lot of useful information isn’t getting through. This morning, I finally decided to check out their excellent web page where I learned that the party has already started on Viger Square and that a single $20 bracelet is all that you need to attend most of the athletic (and not so athletic) competitions.

To bad I’m working on Wednesday because the Team Relay Roller Racing competition through Little Italy sounds really cool. If you’re looking for something more sedate, there is always Bridge. At least I am reassured to learn that anti-doping rules will be in effect. Shuffling cards with a testosterone/epitestosterone ratio of 11 to 1 must be really dangerous.

Happy Hour

I’ve got a question or two at the end of this post, but first, a bit of rambling.

I’m always on the look out for new watering holes to try out. But lately I haven’t been very happy with a few that I’ve been to. I went to Mad Hatters today after work with a few friends and there were some repair guys out on their rooftop terrace with a high pressure washer making tons of noise, it was louder than the music and it was said that the noise would last the better part of an hour. Shouldn’t that sort of thing be done earlier in the day, before customers get there? We then went inside where we waited for 10 minutes for a waiter/waitress… none ever passed by. The place was dead quiet, why was there no one to take our drink and food orders? Inexcusable. We decided to go across the street to Hurley’s…

My picks for Montreal Art Galleries


I’ve been asked twice now in the past week to reccommend some art galleries for people coming into town to visit. I figure I could make this public and everyone could go home happy.

My standard list, generally good galleries regardless of the exhibit:
Art Mur, 5826 St-Hubert. 933-0711
Circa, 372 Ste-Catherine W, #444 (Belgo). 393-8248
Galerie de l’UQAM, 1400 Berri, Room J-R120, (514) 987-8421
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, 1400 Maisonneuve Blvd, W., (514) 848-2424 ext. 4750
Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd., (514) 739-2301
René Blouin Gallery, 372 Ste-Catherine St. W., #501, (514) 393-9969
Pierre-François Ouellette Contemporain Art, 372 Ste-Catherine St., W., #216, (514) 395-6032
Graff Gallery, 963 Rachel St. E., (514) 526-2616
Landau Contemporary at Galerie Dominion, 1438 Sherbrooke St. W., (514) 845-7471

Then there are rough around the edges, very funky spaces (like my own) much more enjoyable to visit, but the art varies an awful lot.
Zeke’s Gallery, 3955 Saint Laurent, (514) 288-2233
Pink espace, 1399 St-Jacques, (514) 935-9851
Wilder & Davis, 257 Rachel St. E., (514) 289-0849
Café-Bar Le Boudoir 850 Mont-Royal Est, (514) 526 2819

And then the specific shows up now that are good.
“Le bal des chasseurs;” Yergeau du Quartier Latin, 2060 Joly. 843-0955
Brian Jungen, Musée d’art contemporain, 185 Ste-Catherine W. 847-6226
“La carte postale, sur la piste ou à la plage;” Centre de conservation de BAnQ, 2275 Holt.
“Le Cinéma Revisité – Les Films du XXe siècle vus par les Affichistes Tchèques;” Cinémathèque québécoise, 335 de Maisonneuve E. 842-9768
“Graff : 40 ans et pas de poussière;” Bibliothèque Nat’l du Québec, 475 de Maisonneuve E. 873-1100
“Improbable and Ridiculous;” by Samuel Roy-Bois. Musée d’art contemporain, 185 Ste-Catherine W. 847-6226
“Treasures from the collection of the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner…10 years of donations;” Musée des Ondes Emile Berliner, 1050 Lacasse (Place St-Henri metro). 932-9663
“Tree House;” an interdisciplinary exhibition of conceptual tree house maquettes. TREE HOUSE brings together eight innovative tree house designs by Montreal artists, architects and landscape architects. Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine. 739-2301
“Usine 106U;” works by 9 Montreal artists including Kikou, Rupert Bottenberg, La Puce à l’Agonie, Iris & Julien Bakvis. Paul’s Boutique, 112 Mont-Royal E. (514) 284-7773


Roll with the punches

Apparently they’re going to start cracking down on the old “rolling billboards” – the skiny trucks that are essentially an advertisement dragged around the streets. I found this out via CJAD.

I’ve never given them much thought beyond the fact that the ones I’ve seen are obnoxiously bright. What are your thoughts?

Bike racing in Montreal

This I am sure is something that has never been discussed before. I’ve spoken recently about the rise of cycling as a way of commuting. That has spilled over to those who have decided to use cycling as a way to stay fit or get out some of their competitive juices.. or just to socialize.

Where are the Bad Drivers?

Are they all on the golf course?

Montreal is infamous for their bad drivers. I hear it all the time. People keep telling me how bad they drive. But I think I’ll need some clarifications. Because after three years, I still have not found that people drive bad enough to warrant that reputation. I have been fortunate to see much of the city and the province and each time I keep my eyes open for that pocket of ‘mechant conducteurs’ that will tip the scales. I can’t say I’ve found them yet.

I’m not suggesting that there are not bad drivers. There are a fair share out there for a city this size. Tailgating is a well accepted custom. Truck drivers are amazingly aggressive considering they could really do some harm. And minivan drivers seem to be trying to overcompensate for having to drive a family vehicle.

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