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    • By Fortier
      Salut à tous,
      Vos commentaires et suggestions sont les bienvenues!
    • By Fortier
      On parle beaucoup du Montréal souterrain ces temps-ci. J'ai donc créer un fil.
    • By budgebandit
      Chateau Laurier redesign denounced as 'heritage vandalism'
      An image of the proposed seven-storey addition at the rear of the Chateau Laurier.
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      The Canadian Press 
      Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 7:34AM EDT  OTTAWA -- A preservation society is blasting the redesign of an addition to Ottawa's stately Chateau Laurier hotel as "heritage vandalism," but the lead architect on the project says a contemporary approach is the best way to protect the property's history.
      Heritage Ottawa fired yet another salvo this week in its ongoing campaign to prevent the proposed glass and metal structure from moving forward at the national historic site.
      "Heritage Ottawa remains unimpressed -- and is gravely concerned that the City of Ottawa may be on track to approve what would be the most disgraceful act of heritage vandalism of our generation," the organization said in a statement Sunday.
        A rendering of the original 2016 proposed Chateau Laurier addition.
      Leslie Maitland, who co-chairs the organization, welcomed some of the modifications in the latest revision of modernist design, which has faced intense backlash since it was first unveiled in late 2016.
      The most recent iteration reduces the addition's height to seven stories in order to preserve views of the hotel, according to the City of Ottawa's website, and has also added limestone accents.
      But Maitland said the changes aren't enough to overcome the structure's fundamental clash with the chateau's "picturesque" sensibility.
      "They come up with several iterations, but they're basically all versions of a glass box stuck onto this magnificent, Edwardian chateau," she said in an interview Tuesday. "They can't even think outside the box."
      Peter Clewes of Toronto-based firm architectsAlliance, who is the lead architect on the project, said he shares Heritage Ottawa's admiration for the hotel's whimsical style, but they starkly diverge in their views of the most effective strategy to preserve the property's heritage.
      "We're trying to do a building of our time, and we don't want to confuse the cultural history of Ottawa," Clewes said. "We certainly don't want to demean the hotel in any way."
      Clewes said designing a structure in the same style of the hotel would likely amount to ahistorical mimickry, and could create confusion about what elements of the property are new, and what has been there for more than a century.
      "When you're dealing with a building of national historic significance, you don't want to confuse history," he said. "Our focus has been trying to create a building that's deferential to the hotel, and allows it a clear legibility of the hotel itself -- what is historic and what is new."
      The architect said the public criticism of the project has at times been hurtful, but the process of consulting with stakeholders, government officials and citizens has ultimately influenced his team's designs for the better.
      Ottawa City Council is slated to discuss the project later this month.
      -- By Adina Bresge in Toronto
    • By mtlurb
      Vibrant Montreal brings new Canadian rock sound to world scenes
      Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 (EST)
      Montreal, the Canadian city known for its fierce winters, has become an international hotspot for a new wave of indie bands.

      The Montreal band "Arcade Fire" during a performance
      © AFP/GettyImages/File Kevin Winter

      PARIS (AFP) - Led by trailblazers Arcade Fire, guitar-wielding groups have been touring overseas, winning fans and have everyone wondering about the secret of the city’s sudden success.
      Alongside the rock scene, electronic acts such as DJ Champion, Kid Koala and Tiga have made "based in Montreal" a fashionable stamp of quality.
      In the process, the image of Canadian music, once dominated by pop crooners Bryan Adams and Celine Dion, has been redefined.
      "Montreal is an extremely cosmopolitan and open city," said homegrown singer Pierre Lapointe, giving his reasons for the new vibrancy.
      "We couldn’t care less about origins. What we look for is good music and interesting ways of doing things," he added during a stop in Paris.
      Montreal is home to about two million people, making it the biggest city in the French-speaking eastern province of Quebec.
      Music journalist and commentator for Canadian cable channel MusiquePlus, Nicolas Tittley, puts the vitality of the guitar scene down to North American influences.
      The Montreal band "Arcade Fire" during a performance
      © AFP/GettyImages/File Kevin Winter

      "Rock, country, blues, folk. Basically, all the music movements linked to North America are not foreign for 'les Montrealais'," he said in an interview.
      Indie rockers Arcade Fire have sold a million albums worldwide, according to their record label, and fellow groups Wolf Parade, The Bell Orchestre, Patrick Watson, Stars, The Besnard Lakes or The Dears are following in their footsteps.
      The francophone movement includes Ariane Moffatt, Karkwa, Ghislain Poirier, Les Trois Accords and Malajube.
      Malajube is threatening to cross the language divide and break into English-speaking markets after the group’s new album "Trompe-l'oeil" won plaudits from US reviewers.
      Although Montreal is a majority francophone city, most people can speak (and sing in) both languages and the city is also home to a large, well-integrated ethnic population.
      "The openness that we have in Montreal is quite unique," said Laurent Saulnier, programmer for the Montreal International Jazz Festival and Francofolies de Montreal event.
      "Few cities in the world have access to so many sorts of music from everywhere: France, USA, Europe, South America, or Africa."
      The cross-over of influences and culture is also seen in the music collaborations.
      Pierre Lapointe, The Dears, Les Trois Accords and Loco Locass, a rap group similar to the Beastie Boys, make guest appearances on the Malajube’s album.
      Critics snipe that the hype will not last, but for the moment at least, a new, fresh face has been put on Canadian music overseas. ©AFP
    • By mtlurb
      La STL modifie des circuits d'autobus
      par Catherine Berthiaume
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      Article mis en ligne le 17 août 2007 à 11:12
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      Trois circuits de la STL sont touchés dans les quartiers du Sud-Est de Laval. (Photo: Martin Alarie)
      La STL modifie des circuits d'autobus
      La Société des transports de Laval (STL) apporte dès le 25 août prochain des changements à cinq de ses circuits, en plus de réhabiliter un ancien circuit.
      Les modifications touchent sept quartiers de la ville, dont les utilisateurs du circuit 60, qui touche les quartiers de Chomedey, Laval-des-Rapides et Pont-Viau. Seul changement à son itinéraire, l'autobus effectuera un court détour afin de desservir la rue des Châteaux. Des consultations ont permis aux dirigeants de la STL de croire qu'il fallait réintroduire le circuit 60.
      «Ces améliorations toucheront quotidiennement quelque 6000 à 6500 utilisateurs du transport en commun à Laval», spécifie Marie-Céline Bourgault, directrice des communications et du marketing à la Société des transports de Laval (STL).
      25, 48, go!
      Quand à la ligne 25, qui demeure complémentaire à la ligne 28, elle n'empruntera plus le boulevard Concorde, à l'ouest du Centre Duvernay, desservant plutôt les résidences des boulevards d'Auteuil et Lévesque.
      D'autre part, les rues de l'Empereur, des Ambassadeurs, des Généraux, des Gouverneurs et des Aristocrates sont maintenant reliées à la ligne 48. «Sur le tracé de la ligne 48, les gens avaient besoin de transport. Un service de taxi était utilisé jusqu'ici. La ligne est prolongée beaucoup plus loin dans ce quartier en développement», explique Alain Comtois, de la planification et développement à la STL.
      Les trois circuits repensés ont pour terminus la station de métro Cartier.
      «Ces révisions font suite aux analyses faites depuis la refonte entière des circuits suite à l'avènement du métro», affirme Alain Comtois, précisant qu'il s'agit de réajustements normaux. «Nous analysons l'achalandage des lignes et sommes à l'écoute des chauffeurs et de la clientèle. Nous procédons à des révisions trois fois par année. Souvent, il ne s'agit que de changements mineurs à être apportés aux horaires qui ne touchent pas l'itinéraire.»
      Les modifications apportées à compter du 25 août devraient être applicables jusqu'en décembre 2007.
      Autres arrêts
      Les autres lignes touchées sont la 45 (Laval-des-Rapides), la 66 (Chomedey et Sainte-Dorothée) et la 70 (Auteuil et le Parc Industriel Centre).
      Au total, 21 millions de déplacements sont effectués à la grandeur de l'île annuellement. 92 % des utilisateurs marchent moins de 500 mètres pour se rendre à un arrêt. Information: Service à la clientèle de la STL. 450 688-6520.
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