Montréal oh Montréal… when I was there I was in at least four spots at the same time .. still in Chicago, already back in Vienna, in Canada and for sure I was lost a lot in my thoughts..
innerly torn appart again. I spent three weeks on different couches, learnt a lot about myself and the people I stayed with. One of the first events I attended was a party of some Colombian and German guys where my time in MTL officially started.
One of the first concerts I heard at Casa Obscura where Lori Freedman was performing during the concert series mercredi musiques with Sam Shalabi and others.
On a Saturday I took part in a foufem hacking event, a feminist hack day where I met many, very different and interesting woman. Woman working in informatics, performance, as ingeneers, mothers, woman who are interested in a very progressive feminist movement in Quebec. and I ended up going to Foulab a hacking space in MTL.
After my three weeks of couch-expierence I moved to the Plateau.. where I was very nearby the locations and people I was interested in.
There was also a documentary film festival going on.. I watched les invisibles. I also went to see two black and white movies that were partly in German.
One other concert series I attended was Mardi Spaghetti at Cagibi.
Another Saturday I was volunteering at STEW, soirée de performance at Fonderie Darling where Rachel Echenberg, Michelle Lacombe, Christian Messier and Alexis Bellavance were performing.
Another and last concert I want to tell you about was at Casa del Popolo where amongst other Zs were playing. I really enjoyed this concert .. I was floating around, talking to lot’s of people, caring about a guy who was passing out all the time, drinking beer… a few days later I found out that my friends from Good Willsmith saw them perform in Chicago and spent some time with the band later .. as we did in MTL.. I missed my friends but at that moment I felt like sharing the ‘same’ experience and I knew I would come back to Northern America. (okay I already knew before)
The last night in MTL was a blast.. we had a tripple birthday, end of the world, moving in and moving out party with the 5 roommates and everyone who wanted to party with us. lot’s of the amazing people I met came and I met lot’s of new exciting people.
Montréal for me was very interesting, for sure because I met such a diversity of people concerning their idiologies, thoughts, what they are doing and where they are going.
My welcome to Canada was not at all as I expected…first of all I was really tired because I wanted to spend the most possible time with my friends in Chicago before I leave.. so when I arrived in Montréal I just wanted to meet up with Luc and sleep.. or at least get rid of my luggage. but there was this huge line for customs… finally I made it to the counter.. some questions okay.. but then I had to go to immigration… me and two other guys where there, everyone else could pass without problems.. more questions.. I really don’t want to stay here forever.. hm.. okay.. I found my backpack and thought I would head to the center (I was already 2 hours late). but no.. this was not the way it would work out.. I had to go to see another policeman who checked my bags and my recorder again. more questions.. what could I possibly do with my wooden recorder.. but.. yeah.. I guess he’s never seen anything like this.. so lot’s and lot’s of questions on my instrument, my savings, friends etc.etc…he checked my recorder for drugs asked my about my Zoom h4n … okay I’ll stop now.. So I arrived downtown hmmm.. maybe 3 hours later than expected and I could not find Luc.. so I had to wait more.. at this point I was really tired and sad and cold, the weather here is not the nicest at the moment.
I was really not in a good mood for Montréal and I just wanted to go back to Chicago 🙂
so yesterday, my first whole day here, I decided to allow myself to be sad.. but I have to say it is getting better and better…yesterday was quite nice.. I spent about 2 hours at Notre-Dame Basilica … it is really beautiful. someone was playing organ and I stepped out of the city and found myself in another world! Sometimes I enjoy going to churches, basilicas… I liked the way the guy played the organ.. the part I preferred most was when he played really low notes and you could (or at least I felt it 🙂 ) feel the vibrations spreading through the main room there… I had to think of Substrata and the Tim Hecker performance in Seattle again probably because Tim Hecker is living in Montréal…
Today it’s rainy again.. where is the sun? I was walking around in Rosemont and Little Italy.. what made my think a lot of Ottakring in Vienna.. now I’m in Mont Royal .. I like it better here.. found a nice coffe store and try to figure some things out.. where to go, what to do.. so far I’m going to a party this evening.. let’s change my first impression of Montréal to a great 2 months stay here…