Catherine Fournier - What I love about Montreal

June 15, 2012

While we're in the same place for the next few months we've invited guests to contribute to There & Here by telling us what they love about their favourite place in the world. Our guest this week is Catherine from Montreal, Canada.

Catherine Fournier - Montreal
St. Viateur Bagel

What I love about Montreal is that it makes me happy.

Montreal makes me happy. Point blank.

This city is electric and undeniably infectious. Montreal’s trademark liberal lifestyle, its goldmine of weekly film and music festivals, open-air concerts, and the fact that you can catch a show any night of the week, its microbreweries, the martinis at Baldwin’s, the cheap beer, the variety of drunk food available to you at 3 am on St-Laurent, its poutine, its bagels, its caf├ęs, its bixis, its hole-in-the-wall bookstores, the Old Port, Tam Tams and the summer “wino” picnics on the Mountain. This city could look good on anyone.

Catherine Fournier - Montreal
balloons at Osheaga

Catherine Fournier - Montreal
tam tams at Mont Royal Park

Catherine Fournier - Montreal
lemon martinis at Baldwin’s Barmacie

But it’s not only the music, the nights out and the neighborhood attractions that make me rave about this city the way I do. Montreal’s always been in my blood. As much I was raised in Calgary, I never quite figured out how to fill those cowboy boots. Montreal brought me a new life. It brought me independence. Yes, it made me broke (a couple months of indulgence might be to blame) but it also made me realize that this is moving out, this is being an adult, this is real life. And while I feel like I’ve grown limitless in this city, it’s because of the people that surround me. Montreal is filled with diversity, culture, and people who are more interesting than those you read about in books. Some of them so interesting that they even happen to make you fall in love.

I love Montreal because you can hear “I love you” being said in 4 different languages: English, French, broken English, and broken French. I love Montreal because Nutella is a staple in every francophone’s pantry. I love Montreal because it gives my friends a reason to travel our country and come see me. I love Montreal because it’s a city that has given me many incredible life firsts.

I feel at home here. I feel like me. And I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Catherine Fournier Raised in Calgary, AB, Cat now lives in Montreal, QC. She works as a Communications & Social Media Co-ordinator for a marketing company and as an Advertising Executive for Canadian Hairdresser Magazine while finishing her degree at Concordia University. She is passionate about writing, poetry, and the finer things in life like good friends, good coffee, and a good laugh.

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