Let’s take a break from the New York art scene to take a look at what’s happening in a foreign country: Canada. I know, big word, right? Canada is so close from here yet feels so far, in a way.
I went to Montreal for a few days, and I can’t help but thinking that it could be summarize in two main points.
I have now to assume the fact that I never stopped eating during my trip. Canada can be tricky. This country knows how to make you gain weight, quickly.
When you walk in the streets, which helps pre-digesting what you’re up to eat, you can figure out quiet easily that the specialty is… poutine (not Vladimir though, the other one). Big word again. Poutine, for those of you who don’t know anything about it, lucky you, is a fat plate of French fries covered with a brown sauce (usually made with veal stock) and cheese. Once you try it, you can’t stop eating it.
Maple syrup would be the second specialty that would make you stay in Quebec forever, or at least for the time needed to try everything based on maple syrup: candies, butter, cookies, coffee, meat… Eventually, anything you can eat or drink. I even tried a Canadian whisky and maple syrup liqueur. Delicious. But more especially, you can find cabanes à sucre, that would be translated as “sugar house”, where they propose you “tire sur neige”, a fun concept: the vendor pours hot maple syrup on an ice bench, gives you a stick, and lets you do your own lollipop. Delicious. And fat.
Something you can’t miss, walking in the streets, is the omnipresence of street art. Montreal offers a bunch of galleries and Museums, but the most interesting part happens in the street.
This goes hand-in-hand with the light spheres you can see in Rue Sainte-Catherine (one of Montreal’s main streets). When it goes dark, the spheres are lighting up, and the city decided to make people participate to the project, using the new technologies. You can scan the flashcode with your smartphone and chose the color you want from there. Cool!
Finally, I had a chance to admire a part of Norman McLaren’s illumination project called “Wall-to-wall”, on a church frontage. This project aims at letting people discover different takes on the filmmaker’s works, projected on 7 facades 7 nights a week, from April 11th to June 1st.