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CNNGo TV in Montreal: Bonjour, and bon appetit
Arty neighborhoods, circus shenanigans and the smokiest meat in the West -- Montreal is CNNGo TV's star this month
The francophone, hippy sister of Toronto is also a playground for the cool and the cultured.
In this episode of CNNGo TV, we show you where to see, shop, eat and indulge in the European side of Canada.
See when to catch the show on the air times below.
Once a run-down working class district, Plateau Mont-Royal, or the Plateau, is often cited as the most charming neighborhood in Montreal.
The francophone borough is flush with groovy designers’ boutiques, galleries, theaters, cafés, restaurants and green spaces. With a flare of bohemianism, it is where the hip and young go, and where many intellectuals and artists call home.
Founded 10 years ago by Quartier Ephémère, a cultural organization, Fonderie Darling is a contemporary art center born out of the renovation of an old foundry.
As one of the most prominent modern art centers in town, it is not only a gallery space but also houses workshops and residency studios for artists to research, create, produce and exhibit.
745 Ottawa St., Montreal, Quebec, H3C 1R8; +1 514 392 1554; Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7 p.m., Thursday until 10 p.m., C$5 entry fee, free on Thursday; www.fonderiedarling.org
Sitting in the Little Italy district, the traders from the neighborhood give Jean-Talon Market a European flavor.
It's an open-air farmers' market, but movable covers allow it to operate as a heated mall in the winter. The historic market opened in 1933 and has since been providing value-for-money produce and an authentic food experience.
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, corner of Henri-Julien and Jean-Talon, Montreal QC H2S 3S3; Open daily from 7 a.m., closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, 6 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday and Saturday and at 8 p.m. on Thursday to Friday; www.marchespublics-mtl.com
Les 7 doigts de la main
Les 7 doigts de la main appears to be just a contemporary theater group but is actually a blend of music, cabaret, theater and circus group.
The unconventional circus group's name means "seven fingers of a hand," referring to the seven founding directors, also circus artists of the group.
Check out their shows and schedule at their website: 7doigts.com
Founded by a Jewish immigrant in 1928, Schwartz's has become a foodie's destination on boulevard Saint-Laurent.
Although it provides a range of deliciousness, most of the pilgrims come for one thing -- smoked meat. It is still preserved with a secret recipe of natural herbs and spices, just as it was 80 years ago.
3895 Saint-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1X9, +1 514 842 4813; opens Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-12:30 a.m., closes at 1:30 a.m. on Friday and 2:30 a.m. on Saturday (hot meat available after 10:30 a.m.), www.schwartzsdeli.com