Chasing Stories in Montreal

Find out what we were up to in the largest city in Québec province.

It was only a 6 hour drive...

Whether it be design, music, festivals, or poutine, Montreal has it all. We drove 6 hours through a gridlock of Torontonians on their getaway over the Victoria Day long weekend. The ONroute rest stops along the highway were chock full of travellers but the drive was a happy one.

“We were exhausted and tired, but couldn't help but feel excited to meet our interviewees the next day. But first, we were going to eat some poutine.”

Everyone on the team has had their fair share of poutine, but this one joint in Montreal threw all of our expectations out the door. Maybe it was because we were travel-worn and hungry, but it was the best poutine any of us had ever tasted. We decided to get some take-out and eat outside in the park where Montrealers were relaxing after a long day at work. We explored the city by evening and happened across a Portuguese cultural festival where we danced the last of the sunlight away to the singing of a man the fellow revelers dubbed, 'Portuguese Michael Jackson'. It was an eventful evening.

The connections we made in Montreal were unforgettable.

The following day, we began our day by heading over to Dispatch Coffee to meet with founder Chrissy, and head roaster Chris. Their passion and love for coffee, and sustainability had set all of our hearts aflame. We met with Tanisha in the afternoon and learned about doom and sludge music, and heard her story of a cross-Canada move. The following day, we went to Kittel Compagnie de Café and sat down with the founder, Guillaume, to hear about his journey leaving his job as a financial risk manager to follow his passion in coffee. The interviews themselves were so engaging and so genuine that we have no doubt the articles will turn out amazing!

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