My day-to-day life in Montreal can be experienced at quite a remarkable remove from the U.S., politically, culturally, and linguistically, more than most other parts of Canada.
While Montreal is located just 45 minutes from the Vermont/New York borders, its majority French-speaking population and its particular city culture – part European, very bohemian, and “very sexual” as several people on the street shared with me as I looked for housing -- feel nothing like the U.S., at least not the Midwestern parts of which I am most familiar.
For those U.S. Americans who think that Canada is just an extension of U.S. culture, they clearly do not have the city of Montreal or the province of Quebec in mind.
Established fans may claim that the emotive urgency and surging beauty of an Arcade Fire show can never be caged in plastic.
Their 2002 EP/demo didn't do it, serving only as a document of the band's first steps.
But their new album Funeral, out now on Merge Records, that captures that colossal spirit and symphonic grandeur, set to flow forth at their official hometown CD launch at the Salvation Army church next weekend.
Each inspired strain of the elegiac opus Funeral cements the Arcade Fire's status as one of this city's best bands.
The album's inception can be traced back to 1999, when Houston, Texas-born singer Win Butler moved to Montreal to study scriptural interpretation at McGill.
Before long, fate delivered him to a vernissage where Régine Chassagne was singing.
Born in Haiti and raised in St-Lambert, Chassagne displayed multidextrous talents, from jazz to medieval music, and soon teamed up with Butler to build a band.
As chic as this city is considered by heaps of staunch defenders, we can't help but compare ourselves to our (much bigger) east-coast American metropolis counterpart, the fabulous NYC.
But what exactly have they got that we don't?
...It's New York, Right? in 2008 gone...
Between waves of applause and hollers in French and English, he added,
“I am so grateful to be here and to be from here.”
"This city is very important to me." Mirror gone...
("It keeps me alive") - Rufus Wainwright
I booked a flight on September 11, it was very freaky.
Anyway, then I went over to Sean Lennon’s house, John Lennon’s old house, the Dakota, and Yoko was there and I was actually with Lorca Cohen, Leonard Cohen’s daughter.
So Yoko said, “We should get out of town,” and I was, like, “Okay,” so we got in the car with Lorca, Sean and Sean’s girlfriend Bijou Philips, whose father is John Philips from Mamas and the Papas.
Yoko ended up driving all the kids of rock stars to her farm in upstate New York, and we stayed there for two weeks and acted like four-year-olds!
Hubert Aquin (Gordon wrote... )