Photography: Montreal Day 1: 11/15/22

Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the better part of the past month, you might recall that earlier this month, I went off to Montreal, to cover M for Montreal (M pour Montreal in French), an annual conference and festival, which takes place over the course of four days in late November in Canada’s second largest city. Since the inaugural edition back in 2005, M for Montreal quickly expanded to feature a selection of over 100 emerging, buzz-worthy and/or breakout acts from across Francophone Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick and parts of Ontario), the rest of Canada and a selection of international acts playing in showcases in Montreal’s top venues. 

I flew out of LaGuardia Airport on an Air Canada fight to Montreal, my first international flight and trip in over three years. My flight was a little delayed, but I landed at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport at around 2:30. After going through customs and getting my luggage, I refilled my OPUS card with a three-day unlimited pass and took the airport bus to my hotel.

After a 40 minute or so bus ride, my bus pulls up across the street from Hotel ZERO 1, located just a few feet from Montreal’s Chinatown. I checked in, got my festival badge and went to my room — to drop my stuff off and let folks know that I got in safely.

The first order of business was a stop at Main Deli Steakhouse, a spot that the city’s hero Leonard Cohen loved, for a smoked meat sandwich combo.

Caption: Main Deli Steakhouse exterior. Boulevard Saint Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Caption: Smoked meat sandwich combo at Main Deli Steakhouse. It was as delicious as I remembered it — and a good way to start the trip.

After my late lunch, I decided to walk up Boulevard Saint Laurent to Bravo Musique‘s offices, where M for Montreal and Bravo Musique were hosting an Opening Night reception for the handful of delegates, who arrived in town on Tuesday.

While walking, I had to pull out my Canon 6D Mark II — because I love neon signs.