Archive for October, 2006

Christmas decorations for Halloween

I noticed that there are already Christmas decoration on Saint-Denis between Sherbrooke and Maisonneuve.

Aand for everybody who still rides their bicycle in this cold rainy weather, the city is starting to remove the bicycle racks (i don’t know if that’s how they are called but i am referring to the specific place where bicycles are locked).

Plateau borough mayor Helen Fotopoulos to vote against changing of Parc

CBC is reporting that Plateau borough mayor Helen Fotopoulos, will vote against changing Parc into Robert Bourassa Blvd. The chances that the vote may even take place has dropped considerably.

Which, is good news for all those that opposed the name change. Fotopoulos stated that she received over 500 messages to her inbox regarding this issue of people who opposed the change.

Now if only all those people who protested against the street change would also rise up against something considerably more important, Harper’s refusal to follow the Kyoto Protocol.

Candyland

If you’re wondering where to take the kiddies trick-or-treating, and you have access to a car, try Hampstead. The neighborhood goes nuts with competing Halloween decorations. Last time we went there, there was a fully decked out haunted house, another that had mounted a movie screen and was showing Michael Jackson’s Thriller video 20 feet high… you get the idea.

I’m told that folks in Hampstead spend as much as $1,000 on candy for the night, because it’s such a popular venue. On y va!

The rowdy undead

Does any city do Halloween better that Montreal? I think not. Last night’s celebration in the place Jacques Cartier was filled with genuinely scary reapers and dozens of the tortured, demented Undead. And that was just the crowd…

Most other places, Halloween is just an excuse to dress up. (The New York Times had an article last week about how, for “good girls,” it’s a chance to dress provocatively and behave wildly without guilt. Here in Montreal, we have that every day, of course.) What’s been lost amidst all the candy and fairy princess costumes is the idea that Halloween should be genuinely scary.

The folklore behind the holiday is that the undead would rise from their graves and try to steal the bodies of the living. People dressed up as ghouls to say, basically, “Hey, I’m one of you — leave me alone.” The street theater last night really kept to the original spirit of Halloween (though I was a bit unnerved by a Grim Reaper gloating over an elaborately staged car crash).

Can’t wait to see what happens on the actual holiday!

We’ll Meet Again

Some of our readers may recognize ‘We’ll Meet Again‘ as the title of a song by Vera Lynn sung often in Britain during the Second World War. Anyone who does recognize it may well enjoy a Canadian Musical entitled ‘Till We Meet Again‘ now playing in the DB Clarke Theatre, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve W., Montreal from October 26 to November 12, 2006

“Till We Meet Again” is a story of courage, heroism, perseverance and hope in the face of adversity. It sounds like a 1940’s CBC radio-show and features classic songs by The Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and many more.

Matinees are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Evening shows run from Wednesday to Saturday at 8:00 pm. More details can be found on the Till We Meet Again website or from the Box Office: (514) 231-5084

The author, David Langlois, is a member of the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP), which is fighting to correct the inequity of Frozen British Pensions. If you’re interested in this Canadian musical, then you may well be interested in CABP too.

Tip of the Hat to Mary Kapadia, the Quebec Contact for CABP

The Freaks Come Out At Night

Friday and Saturday nights were the nights for most Halloween parties all around the city. I was at a party on Saturday, but sadly, I didn’t really take any worthwhile pictures (even though my “costume” was a “photographer” or “paparazzi” as someone suggested).

How about our faithful readers or fellow writers? Any stories or fun photos from Halloween parties over the weekend? See any amazing “holy crap, they went all out” costumes out there? Post them in the comments and share.

Control time

In Montreal, and some other places in the world, people get to have control over time twice a year. At 2:00 A.M. today, the Daylight Saving Time ended.

This time, I won’t forget the clock on my camera.

Halloweeny

hnt%20002.jpgIt’s been gloomy all week. The multicolored leaves are browning and blowing around decorating the city for Halloween. And the winds are spooky too. This cathedral on La Gauchetiere downtown really sums it up.

Today looks like we’re continuing with the Halloween theme. Just have a look outside.

Hautes-Études Commerciales (HEC Montréal)

Perhaps like many Montrealers, I was not aware of the prestige surrounding HEC Montréal. It’s one of the stronger MBA Schools on the world scene.

It recently was listed among the top 10 non-US schools in 2006 by BusinessWeek. Just two days prior, it was one of the top 100 MBA schools on a world scale as listed by the Economist.

It’s a truly international school with courses in English, French and Spanish. In a world where globalization is the reality, HEC prepares its graduates well to be successful in the real world.

It’s now counting down to its 100th anniversary on March 14, 2007. There are exciting times ahead.

The best pizza ever!

Recently I had one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. The restaurant, Bundy’s, is located on the North Shore (details right here) but you might be able to get them to deliver if you’re in the Cartierville or even St Laurent area; several Laval restaurants will do that.

The flyer showed up in the mail two weeks ago, and I was immediately intrigued by the “Tex Mex Pizza”. I finally got to order it, and I have to tell you, I was mocked by my husband and friends because I couldn’t stop talking about how good it was. Instead of pizza sauce, they use salsa. Then they top it with mushrooms, onions, peppers, grilled chicken, black olives, and mozarella cheese. As a final touch, they dump a heaping mound of sour cream right in the middle of it. I must confess – I am a total sucker for anything that comes with sour cream.

It was delicious. The only other pizza that ever made my eyes roll back in my head like that was an escargot pizza that I had downtown years ago. I can’t even remember the name of the restaurant, only that it was located next door to the Hard Rock Cafe on Crescent.

What’s your favorite kind of pizza? Where does it come from? Hungry minds want to know!

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