A WEEKEND AWAY VISITING TORONTO’S OLDER FRANCOPHONE SISTER – MONTREAL

MONTREAL4She’s about twice TORONTO’s age, with a deserved reputation for good times, good food, and fine architecture. Easily reachable by train, plane and automobile, 350 miles down Highway 401 – almost next door by Canadian standards – MONTREAL makes for a welcome change. They come here; we go there.

MONTREAL3If you’re in MONTREAL I’d recommend “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. & Philip Johnson”
at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1339 Sherbrooke Street West – http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en – until August 21/2016.  It’s outstanding.  <PHOTO BELOW – Electrochef Stove, 1930>

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<ABOVE – a popular photo point inside the Museum>

MONTREAL7The Quartier des Spectacles is about to get some new tenants.

MONTREAL8The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will soon be moving in.

MONTREAL9Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Tangente, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and Agora de la danse are moving into the Wilder Building now under construction. <PHOTO ABOVE>. The Place des Arts’ Esplanade itself is being rebuilt, and there are several construction cranes on the horizon meaning more condos are on the way.  Low-rise, infill housing seems to be more popular here than in TORONTO.

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MONTREAL has its share of big city eyesores – masses of potholes (we have ’em too); infrastructure and road construction everywhere; an aerosol-tagging plague even on some of the city’s most beautiful buildings; and some gap-tooth sites (old buildings demolished with nothing put in their place).  But overall it’s a splendid metropolis.

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MONTREAL10Montreal vs Toronto from http://www.mtlblog.com

“TORONTO is a sassy vixen.
MONTREAL is more laid back and easy going.”

Montréal Skyline

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