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Rediscovering home.

Story by Julian Bialowas September 23rd, 2014

rediscovering home.

You may recall that back in July I announced I was moving out of San Francisco to spend a few months working on a design project in my hometown of Montréal. I couldn’t wait to fly out east to rediscover home with fresh eyes.

The first month was spent living in the heart of downtown right on Rue de le Montagne & Sherbrooke. (Shout out to Eden our incredible Airbnb host for allowing us to stay in her beautiful 12th floor apartment with an incredible view.)

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FROM OSHEAGA TO COFFEE HUNTING.

We spent our first full day in the city at the Osheaga Music Festival. Where Modest Mouse, Volcano Choir and Jack White were headlining. Naturally only ephemeral photos were taken as the entire day and night consisted solely of drinking and shenanigans. So we’ll go ahead and jump right into the following days: Discovering Cafe Myriade 1, full days of work and late night runs up Mont Royal.

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LE PLATEAU.

It didn’t take long for us to realize we were living in the heart of the tourist district, so we wandered out to le plateau. (Canada’s most creative neighbourhood) We were greeted with beautiful architecture, amazing food, hip coffee shops and divy outdoor bars.

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CUE THE INSTAWALKS.

One of my favourite parts about being a photographer is how easy it is to meet and make friends in new cities. Within a few days I was hanging out with the amazing Ali Inay and Jeff Frenette on a regular basis.

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welcoming familiar faces.

I was excited to learn that my friends Pei and fellow Montréal native, Zach were going to be in town for a week. It didn’t take long for us to meet up with Martin where more grams and shenanigans ensued.

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UNDERGROUND CITY

Majority of cities in Canada have some kind of tunnel or skywalk system downtown to help people avoid the weather in the winter. (Yes, it does get that cold up here.) In my opinion Montréal’s is the most impressive. You feel like you’re in a futuristic spaceship majority of the time.

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WESTMOUNT

Zach showed us around the neighbourhood he grew up in with visits to the local library and greenhouse.

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mile end

Visited Mile End another trendy neighbourhood filled with excellent coffee, food and murals when my sister flew in from Calgary to visit for a few days!

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more eats

There’s never a shortage of good eats in this city. Make sure you try Big In Japan and Le couteau when you’re in town.

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Along with Montréal’s best bakery Mamie Clafoutis and pub eats at L’gros luxe.

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The second month we moved into le plateau, where every street is a street photographer’s gold mine. (Which I am not.) So was fun continuing trying to shoot a little out of my comfort zone.

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L'artiste affamé

My favourite café find in the city is definitely L’artiste Affamé, Owned by Jesse Lewin. Montréal‘s newest and arguably best cafe. I say best cafe not only because the coffee is incredible, and the space impeccably designed but because Jesse cares more about coffee and his clientele than any other cafe I‘ve stepped foot in. We were on a first name basis after the second visit and he goes above and beyond with every cup he makes. Next time you find yourself in Montréal make time to stop by.

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Stade olympique

Built in the mid 1970s for the 1976 summer Olympic games. The “Big O” as it’s known is definitely the most unique piece of architecture in the entire city towering over everything around it.

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Highlights from Place des arts, Cafe Myriade II and Parc Jeanne-Mance

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FINAL DAYS

It was an amazing two months and looking forward to heading back out west. First stop will be Calgary in October for some mountains vibes. Here we go!

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Footnote: All photos taken with an iPhone 5s and processed with VSCO.
Montreal, QC, Canada