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By Voyageur (anonymous) | Posted May 01, 2009 at 14:03:38

Man, I loooooooooooooove Montreal. Always felt a kinship that I've never been able to feel towards Toronto (sorry Leafers.) Maybe it's that I detect a working-class sensibility that I cannot find in relentlessly middle-class Ontario. Maybe it's the mountain looming over my shoulder as I head to the waterfront. But my Montreal is Mordecai Richler and The Main, though recently we're more Cote de Neige. Always another neighbourhood, eh?

I've driven, flown and railed. Hate the drive, especially after a good night of wine & joie de vivre. Brockville makes for a nice stop, however. Flying isn't cheap and leaves you stranded out by the airport. Took Porter the last time. Price wasn't too bad but poor weather meant it took longer than the train. Flying isn't reliable, don't care what anybody says. VIA rates are best booked well in advance. About $80 each way, I think. Always liked arriving at Windsor Station.

What I like best are the small, chef-owned BYOB restaurants in residential communities. Can't quite figure why they don't seem to catch on in the Hammer. Dig their fringe festival and small press fairs too. And the jazz festival is amazing. Terrence Blanchard & Cassandra Wilson, but that's a few years back. Good Shakespeare in the park in Mt. Royal last year. Best memory is feeling my wife up during La Boheme at Place des Arts. Didn't dare do that in Hammer Palace. Wonder if many city employees have to be paid directly to make Montreal events run.

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