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Old November 12th, 2008, 04:53 PM   #181
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Back to a little summer warmth.. it's getting cold here!

One of my favourite summer events is the International des Feux. For 10 evenings over 6 weeks, 10 countries compete in what is the largest fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks are launched from barges on the lake at LaRonde, the amusement park at Parc Jean Drapeau, which is located on Île Ste-Hélène in the middle of the St. Lawrence river. Each presentation is 30 minutes long and set to music, which is simulcast on a local radio station. The City closes the streets lining the river as well as Jacques Cartier bridge and 100's of thousands of people set up shop to watch the shows.

I've managed to attend 7 of 10 each of the last 2 summers from most of the good vantage points (except the grandstand at LaRonde!). The bridge is the best as you can see both the ground and air portions of the show but you have to arrive early in order to get good spot.

This years' winners were 1) USA-awesome, LOUD! 2) Australia-one I missed 3) China- beautiful

One of my personal favourites was Portugal, but the judges disagreed.

http://www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com/en/

View from Mont-Royal:







View from rue Notre-Dame:











From Vieux-Port:



Under the Jacques-Cartier bridge:







From the bridge:





People streaming off the bridge after the show (camera phone):

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Old November 12th, 2008, 05:52 PM   #182
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The season is changing fast , hot humid summer nites are gone , replacing by autum with leaves falling in a hurry rythm of the last minute before Winter comes , I could feel it by walking through every street , corners from those pictures above , quietly and harmoniously along St Laurent river , Montreal is smoothly to submit to the Great white north ...soon there will be snow covering the City every thing will be white , the color of virginity , innocence , I can't wait to see Pictures of Montreal in the Winter time it will be so pretty !
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Old November 15th, 2008, 08:52 PM   #183
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From Concordia University to Univesité du Québec à Montréal, part 1

An aimless meander from Concordia to UQÀM. Roughly: Ste-Catherine, Sherbrooke, De Maisonneuve, back to Sherbrooke, back to Ste-Catherine streets.

It wasn't practical to deploy my tripod on busy sidewalks so I had to boost the ISO for some dodgy handhelds.















































































UQÀM next...
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Old November 16th, 2008, 11:50 AM   #184
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UQÀM consists of a main campus, located around the Ste-Catherine/St-Denis area, and the science campus which is north of Place-des-Arts. Almost all of the buildings are fully integrated into the RÉSO or underground network, but you have to take the métro 2 stops from one campus to the other.

This is the science campus, an interesting mix of old and new:















































Now, accross Place-des-Arts to Ste-Catherine. The area surrounding PDA is being rebuilt as part of the Quartier des Spectacles project. This is the epicentre of the Festival du Jazz and Les Francofolies in the summer as well as the home of the Symphony, Ballet, Opera and Musée d'art contemporain















The fountains are shut down for the winter.. sad!


Théâtre du Nouveau Monde






Club Soda is a fantastic band venue


CIBL FM was having a radiothon on the site of the future 2-22 Ste-Catherine




Foufounes Electriques! Great hardcore/punk bar.




Théâtre Ste-Catherine is an independant English-language theatre in the heart of francophone Ste-Catherine east. Language barriers between the 2 artistic communities have largely disappeared over the last 30 years.


The De Sève building at the downtown UQÀM campus. Many of my classes are here.


There is a strip club next door..




Access to the underground city


And so ends another walkabout. Time to hit the lobby bar!
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Old November 16th, 2008, 06:33 PM   #185
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Montreal is so nice
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Old November 17th, 2008, 12:16 AM   #186
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Damn it Habfanman! you have an eye to capture Montreal like no one else's! I am amazed by your photos and would love to see more,! I'd love to see some Westmount houses for example,

p.s. You should post a link to your thread in www.mtlurb.com
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Old November 17th, 2008, 01:12 AM   #187
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was in MTL for halloween. perfect weather, good nightlife, people take care of their appearance, carefree attitude. wish I could go back more often and have more $$ in my pocket. def will come back

ps. the hike to the mont royal is a bitch
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Old November 17th, 2008, 04:43 AM   #188
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Damn it Habfanman! you have an eye to capture Montreal like no one else's! I am amazed by your photos and would love to see more,! I'd love to see some Westmount houses for example,

p.s. You should post a link to your thread in www.mtlurb.com
I agree. This is my favourite urban photo thread in SSC.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 05:24 AM   #189
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Ah fond memories of the guy-concordia metro.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 05:46 AM   #190
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maybe we can go out and take some photos like Habfanman, i don't know, im available to take a Photos the Weekends, if u guys are interested just send me one PM.

The Greatest Pics I've Ever seen of Montreal in Months.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 06:18 AM   #191
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Thanks guys, but I wasn't too happy with that last batch... very noisy. I have a great tripod but it's HUGE and impractical when there are lots of people about. I'll have to invest in a compact monopod.

It's tempting to go to Old Montréal or Olympic Stadium but I like to photograph places that people may not see on a quick visit. I also like to explore areas that I have never been to.

I really, badly want to go to Westmount but I think I will wait until spring or summer. We are entering the bleak, pre-snow period when the trees are bare, terrasses are closed, and the fountains are all off. Look for a lot of interior shots until the snow flies! Kinda like this next batch..
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Old November 17th, 2008, 06:29 AM   #192
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Awesome just awesome city mate. I wish it were a little warmer and they spoke more English but by gee what a magnificent place this is.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 07:06 AM   #193
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Montréal down under

The RÉSO, or underground city is vast. There are over 30 km's of passageways connecting most major downtown office buildings, malls, universities, shopping centres, bus and train stations, libraries, performing arts spaces, Olympic Stadium, Centre Bell etc. They are all accessible from over a dozen métro stations and in the morning, you often see people taking off their coats and hats on the métro platform as they don't have to go ouside again to reach their destination. Very handy in a city with temperature extremes which can vary from +40 C in summer to -40 C in winter!

This is a small segment which runs from Square Victoria, through the Palais de Congrès, to métro Place d'Armes. I really like the clean design and lack of ads.

Square Victoria






Just look for this sign


This entrance is by Hector Guimard and was a gift from the City of Paris for the world fair, Expo 67.






This leads directly to métro Square Victoria but we're going right
































RÉSO map






We're here, Palais de Congrès


'Lipstick Forest' by Claude Cormier






Pop outside for a quick smoke


Look for this sign to access the underground from a non-métro station






Métro Place d'Armes




Here's my ride!
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Old November 17th, 2008, 07:11 AM   #194
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I've seen the international fireworks display from the Jacques Cartier Bridge in 2005 and it was spectacular.

But I was shitting bricks because of the heights. I had like 2 seconds of tremendous courage to dangle my feet off the side like everyone else seemed to be doing.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 08:19 AM   #195
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Montreal is always one of my favorite cities. I think Montreal women are probably the most beautiful in any cities that I've been to.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 09:37 AM   #196
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Agree with you on that, especially the girls .
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Old November 17th, 2008, 10:02 AM   #197
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Agree with you on that, especially the girls .
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Anyways, I remember getting lost in the palais de congres.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #198
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The women here are amazing! I fall in love about 50 times.. then I arrive at school!
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Old November 17th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #199
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Since moving here, I've discovered that you can find so much random shite happening just by walking around.

Like an impromptu after hours with a couple of DJ's spinning and a thousand or so people dancing under an overpass:















Crunk, accompanied by accordian and sax..











They even cleaned up afterwards!
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Old November 18th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #200
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Wow!! Great pics of a seemingly great party!!
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