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As a diverse, cultural and artistic hub, Montreal’s vibrant art scene attracts visitors worldwide who want to engage with and experience what this charming city has to offer.
I recently spent a few days in marvelous Montreal and familiarized myself with their alluring art scene.
Founded in 1997, Ubisoft Montréal is the world’s largest videogame development studio.
They’re a proven industry leader, having created nearly 100 games for huge, global brands, such as Assassin's Creed™, For Honor, etc. There’s a direct correlation between video games and art as the hundreds of thousands of work-hours put in to create such exquisite detail is an art form all to itself. They blend innovation, creativity and the building blocks of technology to produce this popular art form.
The inviting, stylish, artsy, creative and unique neighbourhood of Mile End is a tapestry of art galleries, designers' workshops, boutiques and cafés. There’s a burgeoning indie scene that sees distinct retail outlets showcasing music, clothing, restaurants and bars. Local hotspot, Dieu du Ciel, has earned the “best brasserie in Canada” by ratebeer.com for 12 consecutive years! With nearly something for everyone, Mile End easily keeps you interested and engaged for days on end.
A true art collective, the creative clothing team at Le Cartel collaborate local and international artists with original, artistic themes to produce unique and trendy apparel designed and hand printed in Montreal. They also give back a percentage of sales to the artist so the wearable piece of stylish art you buy supports the local art scene.
The Phi Centre, a multi-disciplinary arts and culture hub, produces cool, original content through a variety of initiatives through several genres. This versatile venue for arts & culture can host concerts, film screenings, plays and exhibits and always has something going on.
Bring your comfy shoes and tour the street level art scene by foot via a walking tour. You’ll discover the plethora of murals and learn about the artists who bring the streets to life, along with Montreal’s abundance of historical and cultural richness through various neighbourhoods.
On the culinary side, vegan/vegetarian restaurant, LOV, illustrates that food is certainly an art through their “back to basics” approach of delicious, delectable and divine menu items that are truly Instagram-worthy.
With an art scene that’s as exciting as it is eclectic, remember that you can’t spell Montreal with the word art.