Montreal Favorites #4

Montreal Favorites #4

Last time we heard from Eli Levinson on his tips for a lively dance party. In this edition of Montreal Favorites, Mélisande speaks to the wonders of Montréal‘s outdoor scene–even in the winter.

Active since 1995, Mélisande is dedicated to the project Mélisande [électrotrad] which proposes traditional songs presented with a feminine perspective and electro-pop arrangements. The band has released two albums and has won several awards including the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award – Traditional Singer of the Year. She is currently conducting a traditional songs field recording project along the banks of the Richelieu River.

Read about her favorite things to do in Montréal here! 

Favorite restaurant : Mai Xiang Yuan (1082 St-Laurent), awesome dumplings!!! Try lamb & cilantro 🙂

Favorite music venue : Le Lion d’Or, I have memories of several memorable evenings in this room including my first album release in 1998 and my last in 2017.

Favorite neighborhood : Hmmm I love them all for different reasons… let’s say Outremont & Mile End for all the trees and because I spent my childhood there… and also for the real bagels!!!

Favorite building : Oratoire Saint-Joseph, my grand-mother was taking me there when I was young and I was really impressed!! This building and the huge organ still fascinate me! I have to admit that I prefer the exterior architecture rather than the interior of the building!

Favorite festival : La Grande Rencontre because it’s a family affair 🙂

Favorite tourist attraction : Les Francofolies de Montréal for great concerts and to share our french heritage with visitors and Le Jardin Botanique, it’s just an awesome place for peaceful moments. I like the old port of Montreal as well!

Favorite thing to do to keep warm : climb the Mont-Royal!

Favorite local celebrity : My cousin Alexandre Gélinas-Bastien who does audacious improv shows and makes me die of laughter.

Favorite hidden/ secret spot : Ogo Sushi (Villeray).

Favorite Montréal bagel : St-Viateur Bagel

Favorite little known fact : Nobody knows exactly where the name of St. Catherine Street came from, which is the largest commercial artery in Canada, before the 19th century it was called Sainte-Geneviève.

Favorite Montréal food : The sherbet and the raspberry Bouleversante of Bilboquet (Outremont).

The best reason to visit Montréal is? To discover this thrilling city 🙂

What makes Montréal home? I was born in Montréal and I have always loved its cultural diversity and excitement … now I live 30 minutes from the city and I still love it as much, in summer as in winter!

What is the heart of Montréal? The Mont-Royal