Moving to Montreal
Replies: 1 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 8:41 AM Last Post By: ref_traveller
Nov 15, 2012 9:39 AM
Moving to MontrealHi everyone!!
I'm currently thinking of moving to Montreal within the next few months from Texas and I want to start doing some research. I'm just wondering how the music, art and theatre scene is in Montreal. I'm not sure if anyone is familiar with this artist but I know Azealia Banks had some success there and I thought I would try it out too. Where are good places to live that are close to the action? I'm a singer, writer, and actor and would love to find were the bubbling art scene is in Montreal.
Any thoughts would be great.
Nov 16, 2012 8:41 AM
1Montreal is a fairly compact city with good public transportation so even if you're not right in the heart of the action, you should be able to move to and from with relative ease. The exceptions are neighbourhoods to the west of Mont-Royal like Cotes des Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grace ("NDG"), which are nice but out of the way, especially if partying in the Plateau to late at night.
The recent boom in the English-language art and music scene got its start in the Mile-End neighbourhood, bordered roughly by St-Joseph, Van Horne, Ave du Parc, and Boul St-Laurent. The anchors are the sister venues/bars of Casa del Popolo and La Sala Rossa. Like most arty neighbourhoods, it soon became a desirable place to live for all types of people; lofts and condos started to be built, fancy restaurants opened up, and prices increased. While it's still a great neighbourhood, it's not quite as edgy as it was a decade ago. I think many artists either moved a bit north to the Little Italy neighbourhood around Jean-Talon Market or to St-Henri in the southwest. Griffintown, an old industrial area along the canal just to the south of downtown, is being repopulated with new lofts and condos that are attracting some artists. French-language culture has always been situated a bit more to the east. Rosemont (around Rue Masson and St-Michel) and Hochelaga (around Ontario and Davidson) are becoming trendier mostly because rents are still quite cheap there. Generally, the Plateau is where you want to be (roughly from Sherbrooke to the train tracks and Ave du Parc to Papineau) as that neighbourhood is the heart and soul of the city, where the best shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars are found. If the Plateau is too expensive, you could look at the aforementioned St-Henri or even Point St-Charles or Verdun...they're still cheap with good connections to elsewhere via the Metro.
To get a flavour of the city's English language culture, check out Cult MTL and the Midnight Poutine blog.
Good luck! Montreal's a great city.
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