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  1. Montreal's new music defies category January 22, 2008 By Jim Lowe Times Argus Staff Blair Thomson, second from right, applauds members of the Musica Camerata Montréal as they applaud him after the premiere of his “Don’t be afraid of …” on Saturday at McGill University. Left to right are violinist Luis Grinhauz, pianist Berta Rosenohl, flutist Marie-Andrée Benny, cellist Mariève Bock, Thomson and violist Lambert Chen. Photo: Jim Lowe/Times Argus Musica Camerata MontréalFor its next concert, Musica Camerata Montréal will present "Music of Central Europe," Saturday, March 15, at McGill University's Redpath Hall, 3461 McTavish (at Sherbrooke) in Montreal: Smetana's Piano Trio, Opus 15; Kodaly's Sérénade, Opus 12; and Julius Zarebski's Piano Quintet, Opus 34. Tickets are $30 Canadian, $20 for students; call (514) 489-8713, or go online to MONTREAL – If there is any "Montreal style" of composition, it couldn't be discerned at Saturday's concert by the Musica Camerata Montréal at McGill University's Redpath Hall. The veteran chamber ensemble presented compositions by five contemporary Montreal composers – Serge Arcuri, Jacques Hétu, Robert Rival, Blair Thomson and Claude Vivier – but the works were so diverse in style that there seemed nothing in common save for the traditional instrumentation. The concert honored the Canadian Music Center, celebrating its 35th anniversary, which makes some 15,000 Canadian scores available free to performers. All composers but Vivier, who died in 1983, were in attendance. Most fascinating was the work commissioned by Musica Camerata, "Don't be afraid of …" by Thomson (b. 1963), heard in its premier performance. Full of color, mostly subtle pastels, the one-movement piece for flute, clarinet, piano and string quartet opened with ethereal sounds, edged along by quietly sliding pitches. It was atmospheric, but ever-changing in tonality – and atonality – but then things picked up, with a virtuoso violin solo contrasted by pizzicato among the other strings. It became driving with just a bit more stridence, increasing in velocity – coming to a sudden stop. The up-and-coming Thomson was born and trained in Toronto, but now makes his home in Montreal. A protégé of the late Canadian composer James Tenney (this work is in his memory), Thomson used 21st century rhythmic and harmonic language – with soft edges – and a lot of imagination. Now in its 38th year, the Musica Camerata Montréal, one of the city's most respected chamber ensembles, uses the mix-and-match style of New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its varying instrumentation. Led by violinist Luis Grinhauz, longtime assistant concertmaster of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the ensemble has made a name for itself performing unusual chamber works of the 19th and 20th century. The ensemble's high level of playing was quite evident as it moved into the 21st century. "Les furieuses enluminures" by the Montreal born-and-bred Arcuri (b. 1954) was episodic in nature and often quite exciting. The respected Quebec composer said he was inspired by Medieval illuminations on a church ceiling in Florence. Written for flute (and piccolo), clarinet, piano and string quartet, it opened with striking clashes of chords, followed by the piano supporting a haunting melody played by the others. It was a constant struggle between tonal and atonal, as he wove a colorful tapestry of solos and various groupings, building in excitement – finally fading out with barely audible flute notes. "Pièce pour violon et clarinette" by Vivier (1948-1938), one of Montreal's most respected composers, was hardly new to the Musica Camerata. The two who played it – Grinhauz and Michael Dumouchel, the OSM's second clarinet – recorded the musical "storytelling" work. At times in parallel, other times in tandem, the two engage in pithy and spicy conversation throughout this little work. It was a delight. The three-movement Serenade, Opus 45, for flute and string quartet, by Hétu (b. 1938), one of Montreal's best-known composers, didn't challenge the audience much, but it gave pleasure. The opening Prélude was light, lyrical, tonal. The larger-scale Nocturne, opening with a viola lament, mixed the conversational and lyrical and indulged in the passionate, finally proving haunting. The scherzo-like Dance was light with a touch of stridence – but not enough to bite. Most traditional was the 2005 Piano Trio by Rival (b. 1975), who is not a resident of Montreal but wrote the work while living in the city. The opening Allegro resoluto was substantial and powerful in a Brahms-like way, its drive interspersed by moments of lyricism. The slow movement, Elegy: Largo, was very moving, with lyrical strings, intense piano, then joining in an almost romantic style. The final Dance: Andante, despite a mundane theme, was full of dance rhythms, spiced by unexpected moments such as an atonal piano contrasting the tonal strings, and nice lyrical interlude. Throughout, the writing was largely tonal but with interesting rhythmic juxtapositions. The Rival benefited from the sensitive and sure-fingered piano of Berta Rosenohl. Marie-Andrée Benny, principal flutist of the Metropolitan Orchestra, Montreal's second, was sensual as well as dexterous in Hétu's Serenade. Violinists Grinhauz and Van Armenian, violist Lambert Chin and cellist Mariève Bock were the able string section. Certainly there were a few intonation and ensemble slips, but this was an able, substantial and convincing performance of some rewarding music.
  2. Voici ce que je ferais avec Mirabel si jamais on devait y retourner on garde le terminal deja construit mais on le rend plus moderne (les puristes vont dire que je gache tout le concept de mirabel, mais les vehicule de transbordement c'est de la merde imo) Le terminal original est celui du bas, qui deviendrait le terminal transborder, on ajoute 2 jettée pour les avions construite dans le meme style cube de verre celui du centre, tout neuf mais encore dans le meme style, serait celui des vols domestiques, et le troisieme celui des vols internationaux, avec un hotel construit entre les 2 derniers terminaux, un grand stationnement en face, et entre les terminaux un service de navette magnétique automatisée avec une fréquence aux 2 minutes pour faciliter les connections. Pour l'acces, on ne refait pas les memes erreurs, on construit le train entre le CV et l'aéroport, train qui part de la gare centrale, utilise le tunnel sous le mt-royal, une partie de la ligne 2 montagnes et bifurque vers l'aéroport rendu sur la rive nord. on rend la 13 a péage sauf pour ceux qui se rendent a Mirabel/covoiturage, donc on encourage cette autoroute a deservir principalement l'aeroport, mais on donne un nanane au coivoitureurs de la rive nord.
  3. Note Personnelle: Cet articles va à tout ces gens négatifs qui visites trop souvent ce forum. Peut-être qu'on pourrait transformer "La Féria du Vélo" en élément touristique, imaginez cette année 33k cyclistes mais d'ici quelques années, un événement d'une semaine avec championnat du monde (comme en ce moment, mais en plus gros) un tour du Québec qui termine TOUJOURS à Montréal, prélude au tour de France (début Juillet). et un grand tour de l'île avec 100 000 cyclistes de partout dans le monde. c'est pas le grand prix, mais ça serait l'fun quand même. Et imaginez, ce commentaire viens de moi qui n'a pas embarqué sur un vélo (qui n'était pas stationnaire) depuis probablement 10ans. Source: The Examiners: NY I've just returned from a cycling paradise, and it’s got a French-Canadian accent. If you don't approve of adjectives like "magnificent," "joyous," "awesome," and "delightful,” better stop reading now, because all of them apply to Montreal's Tour de L'Ile, one of recreational cycling's greatest events in one of the world's greatest cities for bicycling. Yesterday this spectacular rally celebrated its 25th year. More than 33,000 riders took part in the 52 km. ride, according to Joelle Sevigny, executive director of Velo Quebec, the organization that produces the ride, and it seemed as though every man, woman, boy and girl participant wore a smile as part of their attire. It’s not my style to enjoy riding in the company with thousands of strangers. Not my style to bike on a rented utilitarian hybrid so uncool it had a kickstand. Not really my style to go overboard with praise. But I can’t help myself. Good golly, Miss Molly -- do these folks know how to throw a party! Cirque du Soleil stunt riders at the start, Quebec singer/songwriter Daniel Belanger at the finish, and miles of car-free mostly flat roadway in between, patrolled by singing, horn-tooting, chanting volunteers…. That’s a blueprint for a perfect bicycle Sunday. Oh, and the weather was perfect. Around 70 degrees and sunny, with a nice breeze. The ride slowly unfurls Montreal’s parks, high-rise downtown, chic shopping districts, ethnic neighborhoods and rivers like a beautiful multicultural flag. If you have never done this ride, write “Montreal” on your early June 2010 calendar now. When it comes to metropolitan biking, Montreal gets it. The city has tons of bike lanes. It’s got “Bixi,” a brand-new bike-sharing system. It has ferries with an entire deck of bike racks. I’ve rarely been in a big-city environment with such courteous auto drivers, respectful cyclists and an overall joie de vivre that is as infectious as it is real. The Tour de L’Ile in Montreal reminds us of what biking is all about – physical fitness, fresh air, and most of all, fun.
  4. Groupe Cholette Condos modernes avec ascenseur et stationnement intérieur Nouveau site en développement coin Casgrain et Molière à Montréal Au coeur de l'action de Montréal Immeuble de 17 condos ( 3 1/2 et 4 1/2) Hall d'entré distinctif Aménagement intérieur spacieux au style urbain À proximité: boutiques, terrasse et restaurants
  5. Cette section devrait être pour les bars et les discothéque de Montréal. Si vous découvrez une nouvelle place et que vous avez envie de le partager, c'est l'endroit où le faire! JE commence. Je suis allé à un nouveau bar la semaine dernière. Ça s'appelle la Lobbybar Lounge. Vraiment cool comme place. Il est situé sur Papineau, à quelques mètres au nord de Mont-Royal(juste à côté de La Tulipe). Il y a une toute petite terrasse à l'arrière et la moyenne d'age à l'intérieur était entre 25 et 35 ans. Vraiment bien comme place, je vous recommande d'essayer! C'est un peu dans le même style que La Porte Rouge ou le Edgar, sans être aussi prétentieux!
  6. Le 25 février 2010 Qui a peur de l'architecture contemporaine? * Lucie Lavigne La Presse En matière d'architecture résidentielle, le style contemporain déstabilise ou parfois même rebute encore plusieurs personnes. Pourquoi? Nous avons posé cette question à un architecte bien connu au Québec: Pierre Thibault. Lucie Lavigne: Pourquoi selon vous, les maisons de style contemporain sont-elles encore rarissimes au Québec? Pierre Thibault: Parce que les règles de l'architecture contemporaine sont complètement différentes de celles de l'architecture traditionnelle. Les gens n'ont plus leurs repères. Selon moi, l'une des meilleures façons de la découvrir et, surtout, de l'apprécier est de «goûter» pendant une journée aux qualités architecturales d'une habitation actuelle. Au départ, les gens sont impressionnés par l'effet des volumes et le lien entre l'intérieur et l'extérieur, beaucoup plus puissant que celui d'une maison standardisée où toutes les pièces sont identiques. Après un certain temps, les visiteurs se disent «wow», je suis bien ici. Ils se rendent compte que l'expérience peut être enrichissante. L'objectif de l'architecte est d'ailleurs de créer une atmosphère et de procurer des sensations diversifiées aux occupants d'une propriété. Je l'ai vécu moi-même avec certains membres de ma famille. Après avoir visité mon chalet, ils m'ont demandé s'ils pouvaient l'habiter... pendant un week-end! Q. Pourquoi les néomanoirs continuent-ils de se multiplier et comment décodez-vous cette tentative de recréer des châteaux? R. Je crois que c'est un phénomène qui tire à sa fin. Cette tendance correspondait aux envies d'une génération de la fin des années 90 qui avait une image idyllique de la propriété, popularisée par certaines émissions de la télé américaine. La nouvelle génération, dont mes propres enfants et mes étudiants à l'Université Laval, n'adhèrent pas à cette mode. Je dirais même qu'ils la ridiculisent et comparent les similichâteaux à des maisons de Barbie. Ils préfèrent, je crois, retourner à des valeurs essentielles et universelles. À leurs yeux, habiter n'est pas un moyen d'impressionner son voisin, mais plutôt d'avoir une vie plus agréable. Q. Croyez-vous que la construction contemporaine sera un jour plus populaire? R. Je suis de nature optimiste, alors je vous répond: oui! Comme j'enseigne à l'université et que j'ai maintenant des clients très jeunes, je suis à même d'observer un changement. Les très grandes maisons, dites Monster Houses n'ont plus la cote. Les enfants qui les ont habitées ne veulent pas vivre leur vie d'adulte dans ce type d'habitation surdimensionnée. Je dirais même qu'ils ont influencé leurs parents. J'ai actuellement des clients qui vivent dans une Monster House et qui veulent changer d'environnement. Lors de visites, j'ai d'ailleurs constaté de visu la pauvreté spatiale de ces projets. On a beau mettre beaucoup d'argent dans la décoration, ça ne rend pas les espaces intérieurs plus agréables à vivre. Q. Qu'est-ce qui différencie une habitation conventionnelle d'une autre, de style contemporain? R. Souvent, dans les habitations à l'architecture conventionnelle, chaque pièce est à peu près identique, c'est-à-dire qu'elle comporte toujours quatre murs dont un ou deux percés d'une petite fenêtre. Le rapport avec l'extérieur et la lumière s'avère ainsi toujours à peu près le même. À l'inverse, dans une propriété contemporaine, le but est d'aller chercher le maximum de lumière naturelle, des vues variées sur l'extérieur et une diversité spatiale avec des espaces parfois plus hauts ou plus larges que la normale. On peut alors se retrouver avec des pièces où l'on se sent un peu «comprimés». Ailleurs dans la maison, on peut, au contraire, ressentir une dilatation de l'espace avec des plafonds hauts. Résultat? Le quotidien est moins banal. La préoccupation de l'architecte n'est donc pas de faire «joli», mais de solliciter tous les sens des occupants. Se promener dans la maison se transforme en une expérience architecturale. Q. Parmi les éléments déconcertants d'une maison contemporaine, il y a son entrée principale, rarement flamboyante et centrée en façade. Il est parfois même difficile de l'apercevoir de la rue. Qu'en pensez-vous? R. Je crois que le mot «déconcertant» est juste, car la plupart des gens ont l'habitude d'entrer en façade. En entrant latéralement, par exemple, les visiteurs peuvent découvrir une grande perspective avec une longue fenêtre qui cadre le paysage, au lieu de tomber face à face à une penderie. Cette façon moins conventionnelle de pénétrer dans une propriété est de plus en plus appréciée. Depuis 50 ans, notre façon de vivre et l'habitat ont évolué. Certaines personnes sont toutefois restées avec une image passéiste de l'habitation. Q. Enfin, est-il possible pour une famille qui n'est pas très fortunée de construire ou de rénover une habitation dans un style contemporain ? R. L'un des meilleurs moyens pour abaisser les coûts de construction est de réduire la superficie. Sinon, il existe des trucs pour faire paraître une propriété plus vaste qu'elle ne l'est en réalité. Une fenestration bien pensée et de grandes terrasses, par exemples, rendent les espaces intérieurs particulièrement agréables et, surtout, ils peuvent créer un effet d'agrandissement étonnant. photos:
  7. Édifice: 80, rue Prince Construction: 2006 Dimension: 75 000 pieds carrés sur 7 étages Projet résidentiel: 47 unités d’habitation en copropriété (style loft) Stationnement: 2 étages de stationnement intérieur Valeur: 12 M$
  8. Bonjour à tous, Nrithyalaya Classical Art Foundation, va avoir son spectacle annuel à la salle Oscar Peterson située au 7141 Sherbrooke ouest à Montréal. Ça sera une soirée de musique classique du sud de l’Asie. L’Évènement est gratuit et vous êtes les bienvenus pour vous joindre à nous le samedi 28 mai à 19h30 à 22h00. Si vous n’êtes pas familiers avec les chansons classiques Tamil, vous pouvez voir la performance qui a eu lieu à la Maison de la culture Ahunstic – Cartieville. Le groupe a interprété une chanson québécoise « Chanson entre nous » mais dans un style de musique classique Tamil. Au plaisir de vous voir à tous ______________________________________________________ Dear all, Nrithyalaya Classical Art Foundation will be hosting its annual Carnartic concert at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall located at 7141 Sherbrooke ouest in Montreal. It will be night of celebrating Classical music from South Asia. The event is free, and you are welcomed to join us On Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm. If you are not familiar with Classical Tamil music, you can take a look at part of the Foundation performing in La Maison de la culture Ahunstic – Cartierville. The group interprets a Quebec songs, ‘Chanson entre nous,’ but sung in the classical Tamil style. Good day and hope to see you at our event. Would love to see some of you guys there, I only met two of you guys.
  9. La maison Berri sera démolie L'ancienne clinique Ahuntsic, située au 10905, rue Berri, sera bientôt démolie. Alors que la maison avait été retenue pour un projet de réaménagement, l'incendie qui s'est déclaré dans le bâtiment le 4 septembre, a eu pour conséquence un changement total des projets. La maison blanche, en bois lambrissé, de style Second empire, a été construite vers 1875. Elle constitue un témoignage matériel du développement d'Ahuntsic à partir de la fin du 19e siècle.
  10. Ce projet sera voisin de celui-ci: *** Le Rockland Outremont Projet unique de 13 condos luxueux à Outremont au coin de l'Avenue Rockland et Van Horne. Tout pres du Metro Outremont. Condos de 1,2 et 3 chambres allant de 733 pieds carrés à 1729 pieds carrés pour les penthouses. Plusieurs options incluses tel que plafond de 9 pieds et comptoirs de quartz. Garage et terrasses sur le toît en option. Grands unités familiales disponibles. Livraison le 1er décembre 2014. Adresse 801 Avenue Rockland au coin de Van Horne Quartier Le Rockland Outremont offre un style de vie incomparable à ces futurs propriétaires. Vous pourrez ainsi bénéficier des nombreux restaurants, boutiques, spectacles et activités du secteur à pied. La proximité de la station de métro Outremont permet une liberté de transport partout en ville. Saisissez cette opportunité unique! Vivez Outremont à son meilleur! Bureau des ventes 5405 St-Denis, Montreal Monday to Thursday from 13h30 to 19h00 Saturday and Sunday from 12h00 to 17h00
  11. Niché près du Parc Central et du Parc Régional, Sax profile sa silhouette contemporaine de larges terrasses et de balcons ouverts sur la lumière. Ici comme ailleurs, le style Sax est un succès. La construction est terminée et il reste de belles unités disponibles entre ville et nature.
  12. List of restaurants Hanoi provided and evaluated on 1. Pots'n Pan Restaurant Style cuisine is Pots'n Pans innovative blend of style Asian cuisine combined with modern techniques of Europe. Address: 57 Bui Thi Xuan 2. Ly Club Restaurant Situated in the city center with walking distance from Grand Opera House near Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake, the Sofitel Metropole, Hilton and Old City Quarter. Built in the late 19th century, the same time with the legendary Long Bien Bridge, French colonial property has undergone tremendous changes phase represents the character, history and charm of the city capital. This building is currently being redesigned style fashion and elegance with a wine cellar, cocktail bar, a gourmet restaurant and a theater. Ly Club Hanoi is a cozy, elegant, where you can forget about the outside world unrest and seeking facilities for basic senses of humans with attractive flavors of Vietnam cuisine and Western, pleasant music, ethereal scent, harmonious atmosphere and impeccable service. Address: 4 Le Phung Hieu 3. Wild Rice Restaurant At Wild Rice, we wish to invite you to feel the opposite of modern Hanoi in eating places quite serene contrast to the bustling street where there are many activities and noise, touches centuries tradition of hospitality with modern views and ambitions. Wild Rice - inspired by the sense of Hanoi to give you the flavor of contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. Address: 6 Ngo Thi Nham 4. Saigon Restaurant Unlike the two remaining restaurant, Saigon restaurant put on a calm and nostalgic with dark wood furniture with luxurious decorations in warm colors. The restaurant's chef will introduce guests to traditional Vietnamese dishes attractive, blends traditional culinary culture with modernity. Along immersed in a warm space with beautiful views of West Lake and an outdoor swimming pool, or you can also choose to observe the dishes prepared under the talented hands of chefs in the kitchen open. Address: Hotel Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake, 1A Nghi Tam 5. Restaurant Indochine 1915 Indochine 1915 is the first restaurant of the chain's restaurants Alphanam Food Corporation, which was built with the exchange of culinary culture 3 Indochina, with the arrival of European cuisine in general and France in particular cuisine the early twentieth century. Located in the heart of the capital, in 1915 Indochine carrying the breath of an origin - a land of culinary cultures that subtly elegant and luxurious, classic but cozy space with the ancient villa is Indochinese architecture, an embodiment of the French school of architecture. We hope to bring customers the meals with bold flavor Eurasian tradition through the buffet dinner at the hands and hearts of talented Chef André Bosia from France. Indochine restaurant in 1915 promises to you sincere atmosphere, warm with new experiences in each dish. Address: 33 Ba Trieu
  13. Bonjour! Je suis une etudiante d'Ontario et je travaille sur une enquête culturelle du Québec. L’objectif du travail est de découvrir certains aspects très connus de la culture québécoise actuelle et des cultures francophones au Canada. Je voudrais approfondir ma recherche en utilisant de l’information critique et des points de vue réels des citoyens québécois. Je voudrais savoir que pensent les Québécois du chanteur populaire (Steve) Dumas? (son style musical, les thèmes abordés dans ses chansons, votre avis sur les chansons que vous avez écoutées, etc...) Si vous avez des opinions ou des impressions qui se rapporte au sujet, vos commentaires brefs seront très utiles pour combiner avec ma recherche réelle. Merci beaucoup!
  14. Je suis à la recherche d'un vidéographe pour une nouvelle série web. C'est certain que c'est gratuit pour l'instant et serait parfait pour un étudiant ou un amateur du média qui veut prendre de l'expérience. La série est pour une série de prestations musicale style Blogothèque, Mange ta Ville ou Mahogany Sessions. Relié au blogue proposmontré Si vous ou si vous connaissez quelqu'un, merci de me contacter. Merci !
  15. Condos luxueux de 58 unités au style architectural moderne et à proximité de tous les services. Les condos LA PERLA offriront une vue panoramique et des condos et penthouses de 1, 2 et 3 chambres-à-coucher (800 à 1600 pieds carrés). Ces magnifiques condos seront situés au coin du boulevard Lacordaire et de la rue Jean-Talon Est
  16. GDS

    Le Namur (2017)

    Le projet « Le Namur » est situé cœur du quartier « Le Triangle » dans l’arrondissement Côtes-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Situé à proximité de trois stations de métro (Namur, de la Savane et Plamondon), les Habitations Trigone, en partenariat avec Le Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, sont fiers de vous présenter ce tout nouveau projet TOD (Transit-Oriented Developement). D’une architecture urbaine et épurée, nous vous offrons un magnifique bâtiment de 10 étages comportant 176 unités. Le bâtiment sera composé de studios ainsi que d’unités avec une ou deux chambres de façon à desservir les diverses clientèles composées entre autres d’étudiants, de jeunes professionnels et de jeunes familles. De plus, il comportera deux niveaux de stationnement souterrain ainsi que plusieurs caractéristiques afin de répondre au style de vie actif des locataires et leur donner plus de confort. Le plan de développement du quartier « Le Triangle », par l’arrondissement Côtes-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, vise non seulement à augmenter l’offre résidentielle dans ce secteur mais également l’ajout d’espaces verts, de pistes cyclables et de nouveaux commerces à proximité.
  17. Filmmaker is a Montreal wannabe Brendan KellyCanwest News Service Friday, January 25, 2008 MONTREAL -- When the Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, the Montreal film community was all abuzz about the best animated-short nod for hipsters Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski and their inspired stop-motion horror flick Madame Tutli-Putli. A little later in the day, talk surfaced that there was another Montrealer in the race in the same category. A few phone calls later, it was ascertained that Josh Raskin -- whose film, I Met the Walrus, is also nominated for animated short at the Oscars -- is in fact a Torontonian. But it's easy to see why some folks think Raskin is from Montreal. On the phone from the Sundance Film Festival, where I Met the Walrus was screening this week, Raskin pretty well pleaded to be considered as a honorary Montrealer. "I think it's easily the best city in North America, except for the 15-month winter," said Raskin. "I worked on a strangely misguided film project (in Montreal) for three months three or four years ago. I've been there at least a few times a year and sometimes for weeks or months at a time. It's really my second home." Raskin has many good pals here, including his longtime friend James Braithwaite, whose striking hand-drawn pen illustrations are showcased in Raskin's five-minute film. The digital animation is courtesy of Alex Kurina. Braithwaite's animation style is reminiscent of the distinctive doodlings of John Lennon made famous in books like In His Own Write and on some of his album jackets. The Lennon homage is no accident -- I Met the Walrus is inspired by an interview with the late Beatle done in Toronto in 1969 by a 14-year-old kid named Jerry Levitan. Levitan, now a Toronto lawyer and the producer of the film, somehow convinced Lennon to do an interview on May 26, 1969, just hours before John and Yoko headed to Montreal for their famous bed-in for peace. For more than 30 years, Levitan didn't do anything with the half-hour interview -- in which the pop-music icon chatted about everything from world peace to George Harrison's place in The Beatles -- though he had plenty of offers from producers hoping to make a film based on the incident. He finally turned to up-and-coming Toronto filmmaker Raskin after seeing some of his animated work. Raskin decided to chop the interview down to just over five minutes and used that as the audio soundtrack for an experimental animation short that mixes the whack-job animation style of Terry Gilliam from Monty Python with Lennon-esque sketches. "Cutting it down to five minutes was easily the hardest part of making the film because everything John said was simple, profound and poetic, and I felt was important for the world to hear now," said Raskin. "It's mostly about peace and what John was up to at the time. But (Jerry) is a 14-year-old kid, so he talks about how he's not too keen on George and he always thought John was the better guitar player. He was probably barely even listening to the answers because he's so overwhelmed. "What I was trying to do with the film was put you inside the head of a 14-year-old starstruck kid interviewing his idol and it's this stream-of-consciousness, free-associative visual interpretation of the words," Raskin said. "The things they're speaking of in the interview are more relevant than they were then," said Braithwaite, who moved to Montreal from Toronto seven years ago to study English lit at Concordia University and now lives and works in Montreal as a freelance illustrator. "We need another John Lennon," added Braithwaite, who is at Sundance this week with his pal Raskin. Lennon was in Canada at the time because the authorities wouldn't let him into the U.S., a state of affairs he weighs in on in the film with some typically barbed social commentary. "War is big business and they like war because it keeps them fat and happy," Lennon tells Levitan. "I'm anti-war. So they're trying to keep me out. But I'll get in because they'll have to own up in public that they're against peace." © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008
  18. Avec la déprime boursière, le rap n'est pas très à la mode ces temps-ci - pas le style de musique, mais bien le Régime d'accès à la propriété, mieux connu sous l'acronyme RAP. Pour en lire plus...
  19. DESCRIPTION Le Groupe Calex est fier de vous présenter son tout nouveau projet le CITÉ-PLATEAU situé en plein coeur de l’arrondissement du Plateau Mont-Royal. Découvrez cette petite cité urbaine qui vous offre toute la proximité des services avoisinant de l’avenue MontRoyal abritée par une magnifique cour intérieure nature en plein coeur de la ville. Ce projet comprend : 32 unités résidentielles de 1 et 2 chambres Concept de cour intérieure privée Stationnement intérieur disponible Espace de rangement et vélo pour chaque unité Unité du 3e étage avec mezzanine et terrasse privée au toit Unité sur 2 étages de style Maison de ville comprenant terrasse dans la cours intérieur Grande fenestration De plus, profitez de notre promotion de lancement d’une valeur de 7500$ comprenant les 5 électroménagers et le climatiseur murale ! Contactez-nous pour plus d’informations au [email protected] ou au 514-795-7121. Adresse : 4755 Papineau, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Qc, H2H 1V4
  20. Chantelle Grady, Australienne parachutée à Montréal, vient de publier un des plus beau magazine jamais fait sur Montréal. Elle nous dit sur notre ville: ''J'aime qu'elle s'enroule autour de la montagne, j'aime les maisons de briques et leurs escaliers, j'aime les gens chaleureux et accueillants et qu'ils aiment la mode et le style!''
  21. We can use this thread to discuss various existing skyscrapers from cities around the world (excluding Montreal). I always liked the Key Tower in Cleveland. 289m tall, 57 floors and 1.5m sq. ft of office space! I think Montreal lacks a building with this style of architecture. Post-modern architecture doesn't get much better than this, IMO!
  22. About is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Inhabitat was started by NYC designer Jill Fehrenbacher as a forum for investigating emerging trends in product, interior, and architectural design. Managing Editor Mike Chino leads the editorial team, while Alyssa Alimurung assists with daily business operations. The rest of the team is made up of the best design editors and writers from all over the world: Yuka Yoneda (New York Editor), Lana Winter-Hébert (Design Editor), Lucy Wang (Features Editor), Bridgette Meinhold(Architecture Editor), Jasmin Malik Chua (Copy Editor and Fashion Editor at Ecouterre) and Beth Shea(Kids and Wellness Editor). Mission GREEN DESIGN IS GOOD DESIGN GOOD DESIGN IS GREEN DESIGN is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. With an interest in design innovations that enhance sustainability, efficiency, and interactivity in the home, Inhabitat’s attention is focused on objects and spaces that are eco-friendly, multi-purpose, modular, and/or interactive. We believe that good design balances substance with style. We are frustrated by the fact that a lot of what we see being touted as “good design” in magazines and at stores is all style and no substance. A lot of contemporary design merely imitates the classic Modernist aesthetic without any of the idealistic social agenda that made Modernism such a groundbreaking movement back in the early 20th Century. The flip side to this is that oftentimes real technological innovations – the ones which will eventually change the way we live our lives – are often not packaged into enough of a stylish aesthetic to move beyond niche circles and crossover into mainstream popular taste. Likewise, we are frustrated at seeing an emerging category called “Green Design” – as if sustainability is somehow separate from good design in general. We believe that all design should be inherently “Green”. Good design is not about color, style or trends – but instead about thoughtfully considering the user, the experience, the social context and the impact of an object on the surrounding environment. No design can be considered good design unless it at least attempts to address some of these concerns. We believe in the original modernist ideology that form and function are intertwined in design. Style and substance are not mutually exclusive, and Inhabitat is here to prove it! Read more:Mission | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
  23. 18 unités sur 3 étages et demi dans un immeuble de style brique/industriel. Moi j'aime bien ce style probablement parce qu'il n'y a pas de balcon. Disons que l'immeuble occupe bien l'espace qui lui est désigné.
  24. The food court king He's conquered the malls — now Stanley Ma is ready to take on the Street. By Joanna Pachner It's 12:45 p.m. on a weekday in May at the Place Vertu food court, and the only counter with a lineup is Thai Express. The 1970s–era shopping centre in Montreal's Saint–Laurent suburb has seen better days but, in at least one way, it's cutting–edge: unbeknownst to the diners, this food court serves as a laboratory for MTY Food Group, where it develops and perfects its new fast–food concepts. The company, whose office is located kitty–corner to the mall, currently has eight banners here, and the landlord allows it to test new formats when a location opens up. MTY's most recent introductions—Tandori, Kim Chi Korean Delight and Vie&Nam—were all fine–tuned at Place Vertu. With 21 different dining options, the food court, like those in most other large malls, resembles an international food bazaar, a huge change from what peckish shoppers would have found a few decades ago. "When I started 30 years ago, you'd have Chinese, Italian, a burger place and maybe one more, and that'd be it," says Stanley Ma, MTY's founder and chief executive. "Now you walk in and say, 'Wow! I have $20. What am I going to have today?'" No one has been more responsible for this transformation than Ma. The Hong Kong immigrant has developed, licensed or acquired 26 brands of quick–service fare—from Mexican to Japanese, from doughnut to health nut—and he's busy expanding his smorgasbord. Already the most diversified food franchisor in the country, MTY has quickened its pace of growth in the past three years, during which it almost doubled its number of outlets. Last year's surprising acquisition of Country Style Food Services Holdings, Ontario's second–largest coffee chain, boosted MTY's store count by nearly 50%, and the most recent addition—Quebec hot–dogs–and–fries specialist Groupe Valentine, a deal that closed earlier this month—has brought the total to more than 1,700 restaurants that ring in about US$400 million in annual sales. The company bought three chains in 2009 alone, and launched four internally developed banners within the past two years. It's not just the growth that's impressing industry observers but the company's consistently strong performance. MTY's most recent quarterly results widely beat market expectations. "It's an extremely well–run business," says Leon Aghazarian, a consumer products analyst with Industrial Alliance Securities in Montreal. "Stanley is very experienced. The strength lies there." Yet while Ma has made no secret of his acquisitive hunger, he's a growth–focused entrepreneur with a deeply conservative streak. He eschews debt. He only buys profitable players with clear synergies for MTY. And he's wary of easy money. When restaurant franchisors converted en masse to income trusts a decade ago, he resisted calls to follow suit. Now, with trusts set to lose their preferential tax treatment next year, the sector is scrambling for alternatives and "I look like a genius," says Ma with a chortle. More important, his rivals' predicament positions MTY, long an industry consolidator, to take advantage of those who'd rather sell than face the cost of another conversion. A middle–aged man with a formal manner occasionally lightened by corny jokes, Ma isn't rushing into any hasty unions. Known as a very private individual who says no to suitors much more than he says yes, he seems to prefer to fly under the market's radar. Few people outside the industry have heard of him or his company, and investor interest remains muted despite the rapid proliferation of MTY banners. A teenage immigrant from Hong Kong (his English remains heavily accented and he doesn't speak French), Ma opened his first venue, a Chinese and Polynesian restaurant, in 1979, at the age of 29. Within a few years, however, he switched to fast–food franchising—then a novel business model in Canada—seeing an opportunity in supplying immigrants like himself with a chance to run their own operations. Food courts presented ideal locations for new brands with little name recognition, since consumers tend to choose where they take their trays based on gustatory whim rather than brand loyalty. As such, there is little need for marketing beyond mouth–watering menu boards and frequently changing specials. And, as Ma added new banners to his original Chinese chain Tiki Ming, he was able to leverage his landlord relationships. "He would typically own the lease, so if one brand didn't work out, he could put in another," says Brian Pow, vice–president of research at Acumen Capital Finance Partners in Calgary and a longtime MTY watcher. Ma's dominance of shopping malls and cinemas bestowed on him the moniker "king of food courts." Ma's early ambition was to be able to drive from Montreal to Quebec City and stop every hour at one of his outlets. While most Canadian restaurant companies have either a single brand (like A&W or Pizza Pizza) or a handful they oversee as a master franchisee (Priszm Income Fund, for example, is the Canadian parent to KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut), MTY's multiplying offerings allowed it to match the cuisine to each location and demographic. Ma has tended to look for master franchisees with strong financial know–how and expansionist ambitions. MTY simply collects royalties, with little need for capital investment, says Aghazarian. "The business is a cash cow. There is almost no risk associated with it." This low–risk philosophy is how MTY ended up in the Middle East, of all places. In the mid–2000s, the company was approached by a restaurant operator serving the Arab Emirates who was looking to franchise three of its banners. The relationship has since grown to encompass seven brands and several nearby countries, but MTY is protected: it doesn't sign the leases and has no liability exposure. "Even if it flops, it won't damage MTY's image here," says Aghazarian. Nevertheless, the region is on track to account for 5% of MTY's stores by year–end. So when, in April of 2009, MTY bought Country Style, observers found the deal uncharacteristically rife with pitfalls—an also–ran brand in a highly competitive market. It was also an unusually large acquisition for MTY. Still, the chain had been sprucing up its stores since it emerged from bankruptcy protection seven years earlier, adopting a format similar to market leader Tim Hortons. For MTY, which ran Yogen Früz and Cultures banners in Ontario but was largely clustered in Quebec, Country Style represented a quick surge within Canada's biggest province. Ma also saw co–branding opportunities, and within months of purchase, he started teaming more than a dozen Country Styles with his TCBY yogurt chain. Other pairings will follow. He points out that in a 3,000–square–foot store, Country Style can do $600,000 per year in revenue and, say, Thai Express another $750,000, thus raking in $1.3 million from a single venue. The approach fits MTY's operating philosophy: "The returns are good, the investment small," says Ma. Ma's long been interested in the coffee sector. "Coffee is a good business," he says, tenting his fingers thoughtfully. "The profit margins are very good, and it will help MTY's other brands because of the buying power of the coffee bean." MTY had looked at Country Style several years earlier but walked away. Ma won't specify the reasons—"I don't want to hurt the feelings of other people we dealt with," he says in his typically courtly manner—but it came down to sticker shock. By 2009, Country Style's revamp was further along and MTY had greater financial means, says Ma. "I also felt comfortable with the Country Style management." (Rick Martens, who has run the chain since it emerged from bankruptcy protection, remains at the helm.) Since the takeover, MTY's operating expertise has proven useful. Observers say that Ma has trimmed slack in distribution and at the head office. Ma simply observes: "If you're a hockey player and become a coach, you know it makes sense to do it this way because you know what it's like." Acumen's Pow, however, questions whether the Country Style game plan has played out as smoothly as Ma claims. "It's been a big challenge for Country Style to cater to a different audience with a different product mix," he says. "And Stanley's idea that he could bring in other brands, I don't think it's been as successful as he'd hoped. [The transition] has been longer and slower than expected." Ma has grown accustomed by now to strategic second–guessing. The pressure was at its height back in the early 2000s, when numerous financiers were banging the drum for him to convert to a royalty trust, in which cash distributions are set as a percentage of top–line revenue. "When we trade over $2, they say, 'You're ready [to convert],'" recalls Ma. "When we trade over $5, they say, 'I guarantee, Stanley, if you convert, you'll go to $8.' Then they say, 'Stanley, if you don't go to income trust, don't come to see me anymore.'" Ma clearly relishes having been proven right, though he had no inkling about Ottawa's tax treatment flip–flop. His motivation was simply to use his cash to grow the company without taking on debt. When he was first urged to make MTY a trust, he had fewer than 200 stores. "I thought they were pushing MTY to run too fast," he says. One of MTY's strengths is its willingness and ability to respond to consumers' changing tastes. Of the 26 brands MTY controls today, 10 were developed in–house to exploit new trends. The past few years have been all about Asian food, says Ma—Korean, Indian, Vietnamese. Thai Express became MTY's most successful brand after Ma bought the small chain in 2004 and merged it with his nascent Pad Thai. Meanwhile, pizza and Italian food more broadly are in decline. But for all that ethnic variety, the single best–selling fast–food item remains french fries. And that happens to be the strong suit of Groupe Valentine, a 95–store, family–run chain based in small–town Saint–Hyacinthe east of Montreal. Valentine mainly serves rural and suburban markets—areas where MTY has little presence and wants more. And though MTY has a competing banner in the 20–store Franx Supreme, Franx has been a performance laggard. According to MTY spokesman Jean–Francois Dubé, Franx will likely be merged with Valentine, and then under the Valentine name will venture into Ontario, where Franx has one location and Valentine has none. Ma is eager to keep growing his Ontario business where, thanks to the Country Style purchase, MTY now has 41% of its stores—more than in Quebec. He gained a foothold out west, meanwhile, with the 2008 purchase of Canadian rights to American banner Taco Time. However, he has no plan to head across the border, despite another chorus of investment bankers pushing him on. "I believe the States is a dangerous place for retailers," says Ma. "It's a different animal, has different rules, mentality." Canada still has lots of room for MTY, he argues. Instead, he wants to reach 2,000 locations before he considers an American expansion. Besides, Ma may get tasty opportunities amid the income trust shakeout. Ottawa's move to phase out trusts depressed many restaurant operators' shares, as investors assumed no other structure would be as lucrative and the roughly half–a–million cost of conversion to a corporation would cut into profits. Most food franchisors, like MTY, rely on royalty fees paid by franchisees and so lack assets they can depreciate to offset taxes. "These structures are not viable post–tax," wrote Turan Quettawala, a Scotia Capital analyst, in a 2009 report. Nevertheless, some—including Pizza Pizza, Boston Pizza and A&W—have opted to remain trusts for now. Prime Restaurant Royalty Income Fund (owner of East Side Mario's and Casey's, among others) and Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. (Pizza Delight, Baton Rouge), meanwhile, have chosen to convert to corporations. So far, there haven't been many deals. Private equity, which prefers operating control, has shown little interest. Will MTY make a move? "There's definite potential for them to move in on one of the pizza guys," says Aghazarian, and Priszm is rumoured to be looking for a buyer. Ma says he's holding numerous talks—mainly with those pesky investment bankers looking to arrange a marriage from which they can profit. But he adds, "We're not going to do a deal just to be in the newspaper for 24 hours." Meanwhile, MTY has some challenges of its own to address. Most notably, its same–store sales have been dwindling by 1% to 2% for several quarters, though the rate of decline has slowed and the fast–food market is improving. "If they're only acquisition–driven, that's dangerous," says Aghazarian. Acumen's Pow is more concerned with Ma's poor job of exploiting public markets. In May, MTY moved from the TSX Venture Exchange to the main board, but "[stanley] doesn't really market his stock," says Pow. "There are days I ask why he hasn't gone private. Since he went public, he did only one [equity] raise." It merits noting that Acumen was one of the investment firms that nudged MTY toward income trusts a few years ago. Today, Pow credits Ma with managing to finance his business while resisting the pressures of the market's expectations. But, he says, "Stanley has to ask himself, What's the succession plan? The more control is in the marketplace, the better you'll do in a takeout." Ma shows little interest in being taken out. His three kids all work in the business, and his ambitions keep growing—at his own conservative pace. He long ago achieved his initial goal of an MTY restaurant every hour along the Monteal–Quebec route. His next target—2,000 stores—isn't far away; by this summer, the company opened more new locations than it had projected for all of 2010. Ma's current focus lies in an area he worried little about when he started: building brand equity. While 80% of MTY's stores were once in food courts, today only about 30% are, due largely to the acquisition of Country Style, Taco Time and a few other banners that all had a heavy street presence. There, promotion matters for building destination traffic, so MTY is shifting marketing dollars from menu upgrades to billboard and bus advertising. The king of food courts, accustomed to the low–investment and low–risk climate of indoor counters, realizes that to grow to 3,000 restaurants and beyond, he needs to expand outside. "We're gaining confidence that, yes, we can handle the street, that brand power is there now," says Ma. "Customers know what to expect from Thai Express, like they know what to expect from McDonald's." The reclusive immigrant is ready for some spotlight. "I want [my brands] to be like the big boys, recognition–wise," says Ma. "Hopefully, one day someone travels to Dubai and says, 'Oh, Thai Express! I know it.'"
  25. Sur le boulevard Sainte-Foy, à Longueuil, il semble y avoir un projet de 4-5 étages en construction, à la hauteur de la rue Dollard. Est-ce que quelqu'un sait plus à propos de ce projet? Je vais prendre des photos demain pour vous donner un apperçu. J'aime le boul. Sainte-Foy. C'est une rue qui a un style plus urbain et dense. C'est une rue qui se densifie assez intensément depuis 2005. Vite de même, je compte 3 terrains vacants qui ont disparus depuis 2005, 4 nouvelles constructions de 4 étages (condos), un projet commercial de 3 étages, et plusieurs projets de condos de 3 étages. 8 Janvier 2009