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Montreal History, People, Places and Landmarks

From Samuel de Champlain to Expo 67, find out about over 350 years of Montreal history as well as information on notable landmarks and famous Montrealers.
  1. Montreal Biodome (6)
  2. Montreal Quotes (17)
  3. Montreal Snow Village (10)
  4. Montreal Student Protests 2012 (2)
  5. Underground City (3)

Lachine Canal: A Top Montreal Attraction
The Lachine Canal is a National Historical Site of Canada and one of Montreal's top attractions. But pleasure and recreation had nothing to do with its creation, one plagued by politics and bloodshed.

Jay Baruchel: Montreal Luminary Turned Hollywood Success Story
Show me a Montrealer who knows Jay Baruchel and I'll show you a Montrealer who likes Jay Baruchel. Or at least doesn't hate him. And if you spend five minutes with the guy, trust me, you'll love him.

What Is Quebec's Patriots Day Journee des Patriotes?
What is Quebec's Patriots Day Journee des Patriotes? And why does Quebec celebrate a different historical event from the rest of Canada?

Nico Rosberg Interview: Why Is F1 So Unpredictable These Days?
I sat down with F1 Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg on June 6, 2012, days before the Canadian Grand Prix, a race which has always been exciting. But in 2012, it seems as though every other track, at least the first six of the year, has joined Montreal's ranks as an unpredictable, overtaking nail-biting circuit. For the first time in Formula 1...

Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways' Wins Award at Cannes
Xavier Dolan's Cannes-screened Laurence Anyways nabbed the Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actress for Suzanne Clément's portrayal of a girlfriend supporting her partner's decision to undergo gender reassignment and become a woman.

Sainte-Catherine Street: A Montreal Street Profile
Sainte-Catherine Street, Montreal's main commercial thoroughfare, covers a roughly 11-kilometre stretch (6.84 miles), cutting through the city of Westmount and the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood, though particular attention is paid to the downtown core's 5-kilometre portion (3.11 miles) where Sainte-Catherine Street is lined with department...

Occupy Montreal: A Report
Occupy Montreal was but one of 951 international offshoots of Occupy Wall Street scheduled to debut October 15, 2011, with demonstrators protesting in the heart of the city's financial district, across the street from Montreal's World Trade Centre and the Stock Exchange Tower. Having attended part of Day One of Occupy Montreal, I had a chance to...

Montreal Millennium Summit Report
A Montreal Millennium Summit report by About.com Montreal's Evelyn Reid. Can the United Nations realistically achieve eight lofty development goals by 2015?

Jean Paul Gaultier Show: A Montreal First
Jean Paul Gaultier showed off his most iconic designs and offered a preview of his fall/winter ready-to-wear collections at the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival on August 3, 2011, a first in Canada. Find out what happened.

Arcade Fire Concert Review
An Arcade Fire concert review. Finishing up the band's year-long world tour in hometown Montreal, Arcade Fire put on a free concert in the heart of downtown on September 22, 2011 with 100,000 fans in attendance, an obviously big deal, yet the most striking feature of the night was how these rock stars still don't seem to realize they're rock stars.

Yann Black: Your Meat Is Mine
The Tim Burton of tattoo artists, Yann Black is a Montrealer originally from France and he's one of the most sought after avant-gardists in his field, with clients booking overseas flights and patiently waiting up to a year, sometimes two, just to get inked by the graphic artist. Discover his body of work and find out what to expect when booking.

NEeMA: An Interview
You might have already heard about Montreal singer songwriter NEeMA. If you haven't, then you've definitely heard of her mentor and friend, Leonard Cohen. I sat down with NEeMA for a chat, one revealing a well-traveled past including brushes with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, and a seven-year-old Egyptian delivery boy too busy working to go to...

Allison DuBois: The Real Medium Behind "Medium"
Allison DuBois, the real medium behind Emmy award-winning prime time TV show 'Medium' chats with About.com's Evelyn Reid on the trials and tribulations of mediumship, the mysteries of death, fate versus free will, science and of course, the other side.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Live in Montreal
Dubbed the "the last great band of the century" by NME in 1999, Montreal cult collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor played to sold out crowds in Montreal nearly five night in a row, which is odd. Five nights? Sold out? This, for an alleged anarchist/culture jam/anti-consumerist underground collective with zero PR team and next to no broadcast air time? Despite a media ban, I managed to squeeze my way in and find out what all the fuss is about.

Saint André Bessette: The Saint, The Miracle Man
Saint André Bessette was a pint-sized, illiterate doorman who set in motion the construction of one of the world's most imposing religious structures. He was a living legend, dubbed "The Miracle Man of Montreal." Find out why.

St. Joseph's Oratory / Oratoire St. Joseph
St. Joseph's Oratory is a pilgrimage site for Catholics in search of healing and support. It's also an architectural sight for sore eyes, a holy site that welcomes anyone of any faith, attracting two million visitors every year. Ranked as one Montreal's most beloved landmarks, a place of countless miracles and unexplained phenomena that just a...

Montreal Biodome: Inside A Top Montreal Attraction
A Montreal Biodome guide complete with practical information as well as animal and ecosystem descriptions. An indoor zoo, an aquarium and a botanical garden wrapped into one, the Montreal Biodome is a series of indoor ecological systems that recreate regions in the Americas and poles, the only place in the world that replicates all four seasons...

Marché Bonsecours
Marché Bonsecours, an Old Montreal mainstay, is considered one of Canada's 10 most beautiful heritage buildings, a popular pit stop for visitors exploring the Old Port as well as for locals attending one of its annual events.

Montreal Insectarium: A Photo Gallery
The Montreal Insectarium is the largest "bug museum" in North America and one of the largest insectariums in the world. View a photo gallery preview of the Insectarium and get an idea of what to expect.

Emmanuelle Chriqui Photos
Check out some photos of Emmanuelle Chriqui, a Montreal-born actress who rose to fame as Entourage's Sloan McQuewick, chosen as Most Desirable Woman of 2010 by Askmen.com readers, beating out household name vixens like Megan Fox, Bar Refaeli and Jessica Alba.

Quartier des spectacles
The Quartier des spectacles, as showcased in this picture gallery, features the "Place du Quartier des spectacles," the beginning of a well-defined entertainment district in Montreal, Phase 1 of four development stages set to revitalize a part of downtown historically underscored by red light activity.

St. Laurent Montreal: The Boulevard, The Main
St. Laurent Montreal, also known as The Main, is one of the city's most important cultural and commercial thoroughfares, running through several neighborhoods, including Old Montreal, Chinatown, the Plateau and Little Italy.

Pointe-à-Callière Events: 18th Century Market 2012
Pointe-à-Callière's 18th century market is a fun, educational and free event held every late August in Montreal. It's a public market reenactment of what it was like to shop, dress and socialize with the Montreal community circa 1750. Check out these pictures of the event, showcasing period costumes and old-school produce.

Orange Julep Gibeau: A Muscle Car Landmark in Photos
Orange Julep is one of Montreal's most beloved landmarks and dining institutions. The Julep, or "Big Orange," also features one of the city's most beloved freebie auto events: weekly vintage car shows for all, held in Montreal's warmer months. Check out the hot rods I spotted on my last visit!

Alexander Calder Sculpture: L'Homme
The Alexander Calder sculpture L'Homme is an imposing Montreal landmark in Parc Jean-Drapeau that serves as an outdoor rave hub on the edge of Parc Jean-Drapeau. Find out more about the artist and his creation.

Sister Cities International: Montreal's Sister Cities
According to Sister Cities International, a sister city -- or twin town, or friendship city -- is a "broad-based, officially-approved, long-term partnership between two communities, counties or states in two countries." So who are Montreal's sister cities?

George-Étienne Cartier Statue: A Montreal Monument
The George-Étienne Cartier monument is more commonly referred to as that "angel statue" on Montreal's almost-mountain, Mont Royal, in the heart of Parc Jeanne-Mance's west side. Well, who is Cartier? Discover the man behind the statue.

Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal
Discover one of Canada's most stunning cemeteries.

Montreal Blog Pictures
Archives of all picture blogs featured on Evelyn's Montreal Blog. Includes Wordless Wednesdays and "Where in Montreal" blogs.

The History of the Fete Nationale or Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
From pagan ritual to patron saint, learn more about the history behind Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Montreal, also known as La Fête Nationale.

Leonard Cohen - A Profile
Learn all about one of Montreal's greatest living legends, our darling poet/singer/songwriter/Buddhist monk, the one and only Leonard Cohen. Written by Kim Ruehl, your About.com Guide to Folk Music.

Mario Lemieux - A Profile
Retired since 2006, read up on one of the best hockey players in the history of the NHL, Montreal native Mario Lemieux. Written by Jamie Fitzpatrick, your About.com Guide to Hockey.

About Mike Payne
Bio of Mike Payne, a contributing writer at About.com.

Dylan McDermott's The Dylan Project: An Interview
When the name Dylan McDermott comes up, usually flashes of tall, dark, and hunksome via prime time hits The Practice, American Horror Story, and Hostages come to mind. Mentoring under one of modern media's most respected war photojournalists? Not so much. Surviving the heinous ordeal of losing his birth mother to murder at the tender age of 5? Even less.

Birthplace of Montreal
Archaeological site and museum with a focus on the origins of Montreal, especially the French Period, starting from 1642.

Living History at the Centre d'Histoire de Montréal
Housed in a former fire station, the Centre d'Histoire de Montréal has been around since 1983 and houses a wealth of information on the history of Montreal. The CHM's permanent exhibition invites guests to experience five different time periods of the city, going all the way back to 1535 before there even was a Montreal. Check back often for information on temporary exhibits.

Montreal Quotes
Montreal quotes: read what celebrities and others have to say about Montreal.

Earth Hour Photos: Montreal
March 29, 2008 marked the first Earth Hour in Montreal and a 5% decrease in energy consumption for the duration of the event was the result. Curious what this decrease looks like?

Montreal Ice Hotel Photos
Ever wonder what ice hotel lodgings look like? Find out with this Montreal Ice Hotel photo gallery.

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