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Each summer in Montreal there are hundreds of street closures for street fairs, block parties and festivals. Just this past weekend alone, for instance, three major downtown streets were closed along with a one-mile stretch of the Main and another mile-long stretch of Mount Royal Ave. This weekend, the Main will be closed again for an even bigger street fair.

It used to be that one of the year's most memorable street fairs was on St. Viateur Street each June 24th. It was supposedly a celebration of St. Jean Baptiste Day, Quebec's "national holiday," but in reality it was just an excuse for people to get together, drink a lot and have a ton of fun. Unfortunately, concerns about noise and security led to the party's demise in 2003.

There has been a void in Mile End summer life ever since then. This year, though, French software giant Ubisoft---which has its North American headquarters on St. Viateur Street---decided to sponsor a new street fair in honour of its tenth anniversary in Montreal. The event was like St. Jean but even better: Ubisoft's corporate presence was minimal and the focus was on Mile End's artists, community organizations and neighbourhood life. The street fair was also sponsored by Fantasia, Montreal's huge genre/cult/Asian film festival, and Pop Montreal, an indie music festival.

The musical highlight of the evening was a great "klezmer hip hop" performance by Socalled. Also memorable was a screening of short animated films and a multimedia performance by Patrick Watson[/i], who scored a silent film.

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