Editor's Note

Like much of the routines and rituals in our lives, a lifestyle editor’s yearly calendar comes with a certain amount of regularity - ...

Like much of the routines and rituals in our lives, a lifestyle editor’s yearly calendar comes with a certain amount of regularity - basically a non-stop schedule of outings marked by very few periods of inactivity. After a fair bit of experience covering the Montreal scene, I can point to a couple brief  ‘down’ periods: the first couple weeks of January, as we collectively get over the holiday hangover, and the last half of August, when I usually make a point of getting away during this quieter time.

‘Quiet’, of course, is a relative word as the commitments never truly stop, but just dwindle enough to allow for a holiday escape. This year I made the decision to stay put and take advantage of the midsummer event ‘lull’ to kick back and simply indulge, as a Montrealer rather than as an editor, in several festivals (JFL and Pride were highlights), Rogers Cup tennis, many rounds of golf, movie catch-up, and hours spent poolside. It was a much needed few weeks of disconnection. 

As I write this Fall’s intro piece we’re all hoping for a long Indian summer, but we’re also throwing ourselves full-tilt into Fall with a jam-packed September of restaurant firsts, cultural premiers, philanthropic happenings, and new travel pieces lined up. Here are some noteworthy highlights:

In terms of geography, Griffintown (right through to the end of St.Henri), Villeray, and HOMA continue to be on top of the city’s ‘neighbourhoods to watch’ list, and this from every angle be it nightlife, happening restos, gourmet shopping of all kinds, or omnipresent real estate development. Old Montreal remains a ‘fun and foodie’ magnet as its two major axes, McGill and St.Paul Sts., more and more define the area. Expect a lot of our dining reviews to come from these ‘hip hoods’.

The season’s fundraising event scene will very soon get under way with both La Rentrée Nocturne and le Bal du MAC, and MTL’s thriving culture complex of Place des Arts is ready with a full roster of performances in two key art forms – watch for the Opéra de Montréal and Grands Ballets Canadiens premiering next week.

Coming up, in what some would a consider a travel article, we spend a day in Laval for our first 450 feature, and experience firsthand the major driving force - ultimate, hassle-free convenience - that have singles and families either staying where they come from, or moving there in droves. Truth be told, on more than several occasions I’ve found myself trekking out to Quartier Dix30 because the store I needed wasn’t located downtown. Rounding out our travel coverage is a laidback summer weekend discovering Brockville Ontario and the Thousand Islands.

As always, we invite you to share and discuss content you like (or not!), and send us feedback of what you’d like to see and read about. It’s always welcome.

Dax Giunta


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