Montreal’s Fourth Gift To The World

Montreal is known for its rich, cultural life and not surprisingly it has nurtured a galaxy of Famous Montrealers. Just think of some of the names that are known world-wide: Louise Arbour, Conrad Black, Leonard Cohen, Ernest Cormier, Patsy Gallant, Irving Layton, Oscar Peterson, Mordecai Richler, Lili St. Cyr, Pierre Trudeau, Jacques Villeneuve. If one of them rings only a vague bell, then Wikipedia can certainly remind you who they are. These are just some of the great Montrealers who are having or have had their impact on the world

There are two Montrealer names you won’t have a problem with. Who hasn’t heard of Céline Dion? Her many admirers are delighted that she has now become a fixture in the heady world of Las Vegas. Those less overwhelmed by her talents are hoping that the old saying is true: “Whatever happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas.”

The other world-famous Montrealer is possibly known in an even bigger universe. He has spent a good deal of his time as Captain Kirk in Star Trek. Who doesn’t know the name of William Shatner? Perhaps his singing is less appealing than Céline’s but he makes up for that in so many other ways.

Check out the full list of all the gifts from around the world. It’s very impressive.

4 Comments so far

  1. vanou (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    Yeah, I’ll be the annoying one… Celine Dion isn’t actually from Montreal, but Charlemagne… But is a wonderful Quebecois and Canadian.

  2. Barry (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    You’re right, Vanou. I wondered the same thing in writing this. Mapquest shows it as 20 miles from University Street, Montreal, and it’s just off the eastern tip of the Island. I think Charlemagne certainly could qualify as being part of Greater Montreal. :)

  3. Laiya (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    Celine Dion’s Nickels franchises are all over the city so she’s made her imprint in any case.

  4. abbas halai (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    there must be some trick of getting rid of a city’s undesirables. you got rid of celine AND the expo’s!

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