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MTLBlog News  Daily news for Montreal.


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🎨 Montreal is a city of artists, and unlike most places, we don’t like to keep our art exclusively in museums. Instead, we take to the streets and plaster it all over the city.

The best part of Montreal street art is that it is constantly evolving. Every year, MuralFest adds a few more pieces and replaces a few of the older ones, turning the city into one giant art gallery that everyone can enjoy.

The murals in Montreal constantly get shared around the internet and the rest of the world is taking notice.

And if you need a few examples, here are some murals we added this year.

Saint-Laurent Murals
Chinatown Mural
Ontario East Mural
Jarry Mural
Earlier this week, USA Today actually named Montreal #5 on their list of the 10 best cities to see street art.
I only wish they elaborated a bit more in their blurb about our city, but what can you do? Our only option is to try to be more awesome than ever this year so that we get ranked #1 next time.

Here is the complete ranking:

Los Angeles

New York




Sao Paulo




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Article by Jeremy Hazan

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🔥 Alright, raise your hand if you love poutine. Is your hand raised? It should be, friends, because poutine is much more than just food – poutine is life, TBH.

Another popular Montreal food that’s also good enough to bring tears of joy to your eyes? Hot dogs. Eating a delicious steamie, Michigan, or grilled hot dog from one of Montreal’s finest establishments can be akin to consuming an actual work of art.

It’s no secret that these foods are two of my faves,and I’ve given a lot of thought as to what would happen if these two combined. I mean, sure, there are hot dog poutines – but what about a poutine hot dog? What about a straight up hot dog, in a bun, smothered in poutine sauce, covered in crisp fries, and filled to the brim with tasty, squeaky cheese? Would that not be heaven?

It would be, friends. And, the best part? It actually exists.

Jukebox Burgers (11798 Boulevard de Salaberry) has recently unveiled this amazing hybrid food as part of its new menu. This West Island eatery is known for its burgers, mac n’ cheese, poutines, and other awesome dishes, so you know that this creation is going to be top notch.

If this sounds like something you’re going to love (and, come on, you know it does), then don’t forget to follow Jukebox’s Facebook page for more information.

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Article by Miranda Cipolla

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🌟 Lego is so much more than a toy, it’s a part of your childhood.

It allowed you to get creative and build pretty much whatever you wanted. It also made you want to cut off your own foot whenever you accidentally stepped on one.

But despite that, Lego is awesome. So awesome that they can remake a movie using Lego pieces instead of actors and it will make more money than the original.

And now, Montreal is getting its very own Lego Camp!

You’ll be given building challenges and you’ll even have to fight off an invasion by building defense towers. Once the war is over, you’ll have to reinforce your barricades and improve your designs to prepare for the big war at the end of the week.

There are a ton of different themes to enjoy including Pirates, Ninjas, Robots, Minecraft and Super-Heroes.

Unfortunately for all you kids at heart, the camps are for kids 6 to 13 (boooooooo!). They take place in Laval, St-Jérôme, Montréal and Longueuil for a period of 9 weeks.

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Article by Jeremy Hazan

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🍛 General Tao poutine, it seems like a simple enough idea. All you gotta do is take 2 delicious food items and combine them to create a powerhouse of deliciousness.

But there’s one big problem with this dish which is why it is extremely rare:

For this meal to work, you need a great poutine paired with expertly made General Tao chicken. But poutine places don’t make General Tao (And if they did, we probably wouldn’t risk eating it) and Asian restaurants don’t make poutine.

Sadly, it seemed like these foods were from two completely different worlds (Like Romeo and Juliette), and the two were were never destined to meet.

Until now…

An Asian restaurant in the Atwater market called Sesame actually serves this mythical dish. And just by looking at these pictures, anyone can see they pulled it off. Now all you need to do is head over there and try it yourself.

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Article by Jeremy Hazan

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🍱 Honestly, I can’t tell you enough how much I love sushi. It’s my go-to food, whenever. Literally whenever. All the time. Constantly. Which is probably not good – although consuming as much sushi as I do definitely satisfies the craving, eating all that raw fish is probably not the best of ideas.

Which is (one of the many reasons) why I’m so incredibly grateful that vegan sushi exists.Admittedly, vegan sushi sounds a little bit contradictory. But, trust me, friends – it’s awesome.

Sushi Momo Vegan (4669 Rue Saint-Denis) has been serving up delicious vegan sushi to Montrealers for a while now, from their shop on Duluth. However, if you’re planning on getting one of their delicious and completely vegan sushi rolls, you might be a little amiss to find that they’re no longer there.

Instead, Sushi Momo has reopened in a new location on Montreal’s St. Denis Street. They’re set to open up at their brand new, bigger location on Friday, April 1, according to their Facebook page. What does this mean for you? Well, friends, it means that Sushi Momo’s will now be a lot more centrally located, and a lot bigger – so you can enjoy one of their signature vegan sushi rolls (featuring jack fruit, mock shrimp, marinated bamboo, and more) with total convenience.

If this sounds like the best news you’ve heard all week, don’t forge to follow Sushi Momo Vegan onFacebook.

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⚓ Earlier this week, we were disappointed to find out that theExalto Park was not going to be returning in 2016.

But luckily it’s not the only high ropes obstacle course in town.

There is also the legendary Voiles en Voiles Pirate Ship Adventure Course!

In case you weren’t one of the 85,000 people who enjoyed the ship last year, let me paint a picture for you:

7 areal courses, including 2 ziplines and 61 different games spread across 2 giant pirate ships.
According to their website, Voiles en Voiles is scheduled to return sometime in April. “Nous préparons la saison 2016. Nous serons de retour en avril prochain avec plusieurs nouveautés. Suivez-nous sur Facebook pour tous les détails.” This year they are promising some new features, so stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.

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Article by Jeremy Hazan

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💸 Life is good, and altogether affordable, in Montreal. Simply compare rent prices across Canada and you can see just how easy on the wallet Montreal can be. But the city’s affordability goes beyond living costs, as Montreal is also one of the most cost effective places to run a business, according to a recent study.

In their annual Competitive Alternatives 2016 report, international accounting company KPMG ranked over 100 cities from 10 different countries based on their basic business costs. Utility rates, labour costs, and the price to rent a workspace and other like factors were used to calculate a city’s score.

When the cost competitive calculation-dust settled, Montreal ranked third most affordable on the (sorta) global ranking with an index-score of 85.2. More than a little ahead of Montreal on the list are Mexico City and Monterrey, with a score of 78.6 and 76.5, respectively.

Keep in mind, however, that the major cities ranking wasn’t quite global, as only 10 different countries were represented. Also the report doesn’t really address some of the major issues that come with being a business owner in Montreal, but lets conveniently forget that part to focus on the good stuff.

While Montreal was found to be one of the world’s most cost competitive cities, Canada as a nation didn’t do so badly either. Toronto and Vancouver were just behind Montreal in the global cities ranking, and in the national index, Canada was found to be the second most cost competitive country in the world, with Mexico taking the number one spot.

Thanks to the strong U.S. dollar, and the (currently) weak loonie, the money needed to run a business in Canada remained fairly low. Compared to the United States, running a business is 14.6% cheaper in Canada, a definite boon to anyone looking to launch a new enterprise in North America.

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🍕 Friends, trust me when I say that there is nothing on this earth quite like a delicious pizza. Cheesy, saucy, and oh-so delicious, pizza hits the spot unlike any other dish.

Except, maybe, for bagels. There’s something about a fresh, crisp, soft Montreal style bagel that is not only delicious, but comforting, as well. And what happens when you can’t choose between these two hallmarks of amazing cuisine? What happens when your heart says bagels, but your stomach says pizza? Nothing good, friends. Nothing good at all. Until now, that is.

Real Bagel Decarie (6647 Boulevard Décarie) has come to save us all from the monumental heartbreak that is choosing between pizzas or bagels. This bagel shop, best known for its fresh, tasty, and unique bagels (Oreo bagels, holla at me) also happen to serve up one very special bagel, offering up something super awesome for those of us who love everything fresh, saucy and covered in cheese.

If Real Bagel Decarie’s Pizza Bagel sounds like your newest fave (and, let’s be honest, it does), then don’t forget to follow them on Facebook for more information.

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Article by Miranda Cipolla

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🙌 Get ready to fly high Montreal because Canada’s first Urban Zipline is right here in the heart of the city.

Tyrolienne Montreal is back again this year to give you a bird’s eye view of one of Montreal’s prettiest tourist areas.

The zipline is located in the Old Port, it stretches fromDe La Commune Street, over Ile Bonsecour, and all the way passed the Parc Du Bassin Bonsecour.

MTL Zipline set to open in Spring 2016 although no exact date is listed on their website, and unlike the zipline from Montreal en Lumiere, this one won’t leave you stranded halfway.

Prices are $20 for adults and $17 for kids under 12.

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Article by Jeremy Hazan

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🍟 Alright, if I were to straight up ask you what the cornerstone of a good poutine is, what would you say? Would you say crispy fries, squeaky cheese, savoury poutine sauce? Would you say a heaping, mountainous portion on your plate? Would you say, maybe, that it doesn’t cost more than $10?

If you answered yes to the questions above, then do I have some good news for you. Montreal is full of awesome spots that will serve you up a seriously delicious poutine, all for under the price of $10 (before taxes). If the task of finding all of these great places sounds a little daunting, then don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. Read on for The Best Places To Get A Poutine For Under $10 In Montreal.

1. Dirty Dogs
25 Avenue du Mont-Royal E

2. Chez Ma Tante
3180 Rue Fleury E

3. Patati Patata
4177 Boul St-Laurent

4. La Banquise
25 Avenue du Mont-Royal E

5. Chez Claudette
351 Avenue Laurier E

6. Paulo & Suzanne
5501 Boul Gouin O

7. Alto
3462 Av du Parc

8. Station Hot Dog
15680 Boul de Pierrefonds

9. Chez Tousignant
6956 Rue Drolet

10. Orange Julep
25 Avenue du Mont-Royal E


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Article by Miranda Cipolla

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