• 20/11/2020

To a better 2021!

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Montreal centre-ville

Montreal centre-ville

The cold weather is upon us, and as we reconnect with our usual winter rituals, we turn the page on 2020. A few personalities share their wishes for the new year.

Joe Bocan

What little urban ritual do you plan on keeping up this winter, despite everything?

Walking on Sainte-Catherine street in a snowstorm. It’s so inspiring!

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s allowed?

The theatre, cinema, and museum. And also the restaurants, and Café Parvis!

What is your hope for montrealers?

I would like Montrealers to think… our city is becoming greener and greener! We should be proud! Sure, there’s lots of construction right now, but I understand that it’s necessary.

Joel Legendre

What do you miss most about downtown montreal this holiday Season?

To be honest, I was afraid the magic of Christmas would be lost this year, until I was asked to prepare a scavenger hunt on Sainte-Catherine street for the little ones, and a rally around downtown for the older ones. Also, since the parade could not happen this year, we’re bringing a few of the floats downtown, for the pleasure of young and old alike.

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s Allowed?

I’ve always loved walking downtown with my family, whether it’s to window shop or have lunch at an underground food court (my kids love fast food).

What do you hope for montreal in the new year?

I hope Montreal can stay strong, and that visitors will be back in our city soon.

Manon Séguin et Christian-Marc Gendron

What do you miss most about downtown montreal this holiday season?

The effervescence of Sainte-Catherine street and the Parade.

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s allowed?

We can’t wait to go back to the Bell Centre.

What do you wish for montrealers in 2020?

Free parking forever! (laughs)

Marc Hervieux

What little urban ritual do you plan on keeping up this winter, despite everything?

Walking in the city during a storm, watching the snow fall and the lights of the city glimmer underneath it all. That is one thing I plan on enjoying, while proudly wearing a mask. 

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s allowed?

Once it becomes possible, I want to go to each venue in the city. I miss the Quartier des spectacles terribly, both as a performer and as a spectator. I can’t wait to see the culture in our city come back to life. 

What do you hope for montreal in the new year?

Only good things! That the city can make a noble, beautiful comeback, that Montrealers will be proud of their city, that people from all over the province and internationally will want to come to Montreal—our unique, amazing city.

Nicola Ciccone

What little urban ritual do you plan on keeping up this winter, despite everything?

I still plan to go jogging around Montreal. I also hope to go skating and snowshoeing in different neighbourhoods this winter.  

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s allowed?

I really look forward to going to a hockey game with friends. I miss being around them, having a drink, and speaking with them face-to-face. 

What do you hope for montreal in the new year?

I wish we could have a vaccine or treatment so the confinement measures could be less strict for people in the food and arts industries. I really want this virus to be a thing of the past!

Angèle Dubeau

What do you miss most about downtown montreal this holiday Season?

Family and friends. I miss spending time with my loved ones. I can do without a lot of services, but not without those who fill my heart.

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s allowed?

The museum, concert halls, and theatre. Montreal is a major cultural hub. This is an integral part of the downtown core. Montreal is renowned for its rampant cultural life all over North America. All of this is on hold now, and I miss it terribly.

What do you hope for montreal in the new year?

Peace, respect for others, and, of course, for cultural life to return to what it was before the pandemic.

Marco Calliari

What do you miss most about downtown montreal this holiday season?

The Christmas activities at Complexe Desjardins and Place des arts. My daughter and I have always loved it, and sadly we won’t get to enjoy it this year.

What downtown spot do you look forward to visiting, once that’s allowed?

Place des arts, Complexe Desjardins, the movie theatres, and the Old Port. WHAT DO

You hope for montreal in the new year?

Montreal, the city I was born in and the only city I have ever lived in, I wish you all the respect, compassion, and especially urban health you deserve, in hopes that the economy and a certain community joie-de-vivre can soon return!

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