How many miles? - Montréalités Love



It was late afternoon on a crisp September day. I was standing in front of the old Forum, half a block up from St. Catherine and Atwater, waiting for a friend to emerge from the Mêtro for a quick dinner downtown. Montréal's weather was changing suddenly, as it often does between seasons, and some people were still wearing shorts and sandals, while others had found their jackets and pullovers, and even the occasional long winter coat.

A river of people burst by, it was the height of evening rush hour. Ahead, a small-framed man in a brown windbreaker sat in a wheelchair, a head full of combed-through Brylcreamed hair, holding out an empty carton coffee cup. He looked up. No one slowed, no one looked at him, he was seemingly invisible, on the edge of the stream of commuters, an object eluding collision. As the rush receded, he lowered his cup and then his gaze, and disappeared into the infinity spot, his eyes swimming about two feet ahead...gone. Then he came back, animated by a game nonchalance, he smirked, "Am I going to have to hurt somebody?"

I choked off a guffaw; I couldn't suppress that knife into the heart. What will it take to be seen, to be valued and many miles?

Are Books a Thing of the Past? - Montréalités Words


Yes, they are--but that's what's so great about them! Books are from the past, and since everyone is born at one point in time and dies at another, who better to teach us about what we aren't around to see than books?

Books have been around for about five thousand years and in many different forms. They were in the form of portable clay tablets that were used by Mesopotamians; Egyptians used papyrus scrolls; then parchment was the preferred material used for bookmaking all over Europe.

People use books everyday. Books are our teachers, our entertainers. They are the key to the past and a window into the minds of others. Books contain stories and knowledge. And "knowledge is power" (Sir Francis Bacon).

Books can speak to individuals and help them cope with their problems or simply show them that they are not alone. They can bring people together who share the same loves and interests by drawing them out of themselves to become part of a community, whether it's in a local capacity (like a book club) or, globally (in the publishing world). But the one thing books always do is inspire.

Books are also our guides to life's obstacles and curve-balls. Jesse Lee Bennett said, "Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life." Not only are they educators, they reveal many of life's wonders. Books reveal the mystical stories behind the stars, the greatness of Abraham Lincoln and Socrates. Books show us the strangeness of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and reveal the
the world's scientific discoveries like Marie Curie's work with radioactivity. Books let us experience the blazing hot sands of the Sahara desert and the majestic beauty of the Amazon forest. But the best part about books is that they let our imaginations run rampant.

Although I am more of a brick-and-mortar type of person when it comes to books, I like e-books because they allow even more people the chance to read because so many now have electronic devices and don't always fancy carrying a brick-like book on their back or shoulder.

I read Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird and in it, the characters say that mockingbirds don't do anything except sing melodious notes. Her book made me think about books in general and that it would be sad if books ever became extinct because they do nothing but enlighten us and help us pass the time. If books ever disappeared... then it would be like shooting a mockingbird.

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My Travel Peace - Montréalités Travel


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Proteins bars--check. Bottled water--check. Toilet paper, Nutella, money belt, pepper spray, antibiotics, Malaria pills--check.

Eighteen hours later, in May of 2013, my five close friends and I stood outside the Mumbai airport well after dark, beads of sweat dripping from our brows in the 35-degree weather. Our luggage full of "essentials" was glued to our sides as we searched for a van cab that could accommodate all of us.

But in Mumbai, no such cab existed. We were reluctant to split up, even if it was just for a 10-minute drive to the hotel. For months, we had heard horror stories in the media about India - from robberies, to gang rapes, to murders. "Why India?" our families couldn't help but ask concernedly. "It's dangerous. They're dangerous," they'd say. But we were adamant. For almost a year, we educated ourselves on the culture, the customs, even the languages. It was a fascination we couldn't properly explain.

In any case--our romantic notions aside--once we had suffered the dreaded Indian Visa application process, we felt we had reached a point of no return.

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Sometime in your life, you most likely will receive an offer to sign on to a project that undermines your value as a professional. Do you accept the offer since it will beef up your professional resume or do you decline on principle?

On one hand, if this project involves a charitable organization, it might be a no brainer. You would not only be gaining valuable experience, you might argue, but you would also be making the world a better place.

On the other hand, what if you were hired to design courseware for one of the richest global corporations in the world and offered not only below minimum wage compensation at the Masters or PhD level, but below the U.S. dollar level wages per hour?

Recently, a company contacted me to design online courses intended for retail employees to help them gain a leg up in a competitive world.

The Power of a Story - Montréalités Words


In one of my classes in cegep, we had to make a portfolio of whatever medium we were interested in and we had to present it to the class. I wrote several short stories and for my presentation, I read one of them. It was Friday and our last class of the day so my classmates were tired and somewhat anxious to go home, but when I read my story, (I had turned out the lights so people would relax), no one interrupted or were on their phones trying not to be seen. They were all listening. Afterwards, there was a Q&A period and several of the students said that they enjoyed my presentation immensely because it reminded them of when they were in elementary school and listened to their teacher read a story. They felt nostagic because they are always preoccupied with social media and everyone is so busy. They enjoyed being able to relax and imagine again.

In the following video, Susan Cooley talks about stories helping youths find themselves and how much stories and writng have helped her in her own life.

Let your imagination run rampant.

Part of Our Heritage - Montréalités Words


Today, we remember all who have fought in war and who are currently fighting. I have included some intersting facts about the author of "In Flanders Fields", John McCrae:

"On December 8, 1915, Punch magazine published a poem commemorating the dead of World War I. "In Flanders Fields" was written by John McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, after his experiences in the trench warfare around Ypres, Belgium.


McCrae published other poems before the war in McGill University's University Magazine. "In Flanders Fields" is one of a collection of poems published posthumously in 1919 as In Flanders Fields and Other Poems.

He was educated at the University of Toronto and in 1900 was appointed fellow in pathology at McGill University in Montréal. He later became a physician at the Alexandra Hospital and assistant physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal."


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The Early Romantics - Montréalités Words


Reading the works of the Early Romantics, (Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge), brings me closer to nature and helps me feel peace. However, I believe that in order for one to fully comprehend their words, one must feel them. One must find a place away from the sounds of people and traffic. Quiet the mind, listen to the chirping birds, rustling leaves and breathe in the wind that has blown for eternity. Only then can one read and feel nature's meaning. It may take some travel, but it is well worth the trouble.

In honor of the Early Romantics, I wrote a short poem about the constant struggle between city and country:

Forgetting Romantics

Dare I dream of yesterdays?

Trees wholly ablaze

And Man's burdens falling away,

As the silence, save that of a stream,

Refreshes mind, body, soul of today.

But they round up the unknowing mules,

Encompassing within rigid rules

To erase memories of winds so cool;

Yet clear is the baaing of sheep,

The graduated fools.

How the curtains shut and remain,

Making our souls writher in their chains

And our minds wander among barren plains.

Aging flesh hanging, falling away,

As we, tortured rebels, become insane.

The Roads in Life - Montréalités Words


For several years, I kept a hand-out my secondary two teacher gave out. It was Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken". We had analyzed it in class and I decided to keep it, without knowing why:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Growing up, I frequented two places daily: home and school. People's reactions to my behaviour and my interests always made me feel like I was not normal. I preferred being alone to being with people I didn't like and that made me weird. The stories I wrote which were full of emotions were also considered weird. People spoke over me and tried to force their opinions onto me. I didn't have any support; I was alone.

Five years later, I was in cegep and started my first job in a boutique. As I became acquainted with the staff, I found that my manager, although he was a photographer as opposed to a writer, shared my interests and I, at last, had found one solid connection in life. After reading two of my poems, he said, "It is a harduous path [following your heart] because only the bravest choose these paths. But it is yours..."

Two years later, I was listening to the soundtrack from one of my favourite television shows, Quantum Leap. The show features a man who is able to leap into other people's bodies throughout time and, in order to leap out again, has to fix things in the people's lives to change history for the better. The show demonstrates that leaping can be lonely and one of the songs on the soundtrack, "Fate's Wide Wheel", features loneliness as its main theme:

Fate's Wide Wheel

As I travel in space and time, I want to stay, I want to go.
You see my face but it's not mine, what you can't see, you'll never know.
How can we meet if I'm not there? Our hearts may touch. Our bodies close.
But time divides what we might share and sends a soul where no one goes.
I'm just a traveler upon the sea, of time, of life, of Fate's Wide Wheel.
Just a traveler in this mystery. The me I am is all that's real to me.

We all begin this life alone. We live, we love all through the years.
Yet deep inside we long for home. But it receeds, obscured by tears.
I cry to Time; it falls past me. The door of Fate remains asleep.
But in my soul, this hope burns free... Oh please let there be one final leap.
I'm just a traveler upon the sea of time, of life, of Fate's Wide Wheel.
Just a traveler in this mystery. The me I am is all that's real to me.

Finally, everything connected in my mind when I heard "But time divides what we might share and sends a soul where no one goes". I understood why I had kept Frost's poem and that it wasn't bad that people thought I was weird. It is my identity. I am a writer: a traveller through time via words and stories. And so, I consciously and willingly follow this road and it "has made all the difference".

Why We Need a Female James Bond - Femme-ism



There has been a lot of talk in the news these past few months about who will be the next James Bond. Consider this: what if James Bond was an alias for a woman?

You might ask how can the world's greatest spy be a woman if he was introduced as a male character? Believe it or not, there is a fan theory which validates and encourages the existence of a woman 007. According the James Bond fan theory of continuity, the only logical way for the James Bond movies to make sense is if James Bond is not the name of an actual person, but a code name given to a new agent after the previous James Bond's death or retirement (Smokingcage). Assuming the fan theory is correct, there is no logical reason why James Bond could not be an alias for a female agent.

But what would a female James Bond even be like? A McGill University professor has already done a lot of the legwork to answer that question. In her work, "Under the Skin: The Perils of Becoming Female", Dr. Ara Osterweil, how the film Under the Skin (2013) portrays a woman (technically an alien in a woman's body) rejecting traditional gender roles by taking on what modern society would likely consider as male roles. By applying professor Osterweil's research to James Bond, you can form an idea as to how a female Agent 007 would behave. Firstly, the nameless female in Under The Skin stalks the streets looking to literally rob men of their skin. By doing so, the protagonist reverses traditional scopophilia. In other words, she views men as something to hunt and conquer, the same way men may see women as objects to acquire. Secondly, as the woman is an alien and thus immune to social norms, she is unapologetic for her sexual appetite. She thus attacks the double standard that men are respected for their sexual endeavors whereas women are made to feel guilty for it (slut-shaming). Thirdly, the alien commits the ultimate crime to the female gender role: rejecting motherhood. In Under the Skin, the female lead notices a baby on the shores of a beach while the tide rises. As the child's parents are dead and there is no one else to be seen, it is implied that the infant will surely drown if the alien does not pick up the child, leaving it to drown without showing any remorse. The former is a drastic example, and is not to say that female James Bond would abandon a baby from inevitably drowning, but instead to show she does not need motherhood to feel that her life has been fulfilled.

Through Dr. Osterweil's research, you can see that a female James Bond would need to reverse traditional scopophilia, be unapologetic for her sexual desires, and have no interest in motherhood. However, there is just one missing characteristic which a female James Bond would need that is not examined in the professor's research, a strong capability with weapons. Weapons have long been symbols of male power. For instance, one cannot read Shakespeare without coming across the phallic imagery of swords. A more recent example would be how guns symbolize manliness in popular culture. The bigger the gun, the bigger the man (this particularly true when you think of 1980s cinema such as The A-Team). By being good with weapons, a woman symbolically takes on male power. (Besides, how can you have a James Bond who isn't good with a gun?) However, it is important to note that a female agent 007 should also not have the appearance of a playboy model as this would only further the mother or hooker stereotype of women in cinema. Many films such as Kill Bill or Electra do have female protagonists that are capable with weapons, but such characters do not empower women as their looks objectify them. A female James Bond could be good looking, but not overwhelmingly so as to alienate female audience members, and objectify her in the eyes of male audience members.

You now know that a female James Bond could canonically make sense, and you know what she would be like, but, other than her gender being a cool plot-twist, why does society need a female Agent 007? The reason is mirrored through the public's response the recent movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). As expressed by lead actress, Charlize Theron, the vast majority of movies portray women as essentially being either mothers or whores. However, Mad Max: Fury Road drastically attacks the stereotype by portraying a woman amputee as the leading hero. Theron views this change as a positive one. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with the Hollywood actress. According to The Independent, Aaron Clarey, a blogger on the website "Return of the Kings," declares the movie to be "feminist propaganda...a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of our very eyes" (Selby).

Clarey's intense reaction is exactly why society needs a female James Bond. In order for women to reach equality, people need to become accustomed to seeing women taking on traditional male roles. Literary critic Antonin Artaud stated in The Theatre and its Double, to elicit social change people must firstly be shown the world in a new light. For a change to happen, a population must first see that change is possible. As Artaud stated, this is a cruel process, people must be pushed out of their comfort zones (and they will not be happy about it). However painful it may be, it is a crucial process for social change.

If at all taken seriously, women's rights may be seen as old news due to today's most vocal groups being radical feminists and misandrists. It also seems that many women who identify as feminists complain continuously without offering solutions. Instead of purely focusing on what is wrong, why don't we focus on how thing could be right? As a society, we should seek a better way of achieving equality. Instead of shouting the need to smash the patriarchy, perhaps we should begin by showing women in a different light to elicit intelligent, mature conversation as to how we can make that vision a reality.

Works Consulted

Artaud, Antonin. The Theater and its Double. New York: Grover Press, 1981.

Osterweil, Ara. "Under the Skin: The Perils of Becoming Female." Film Quarterly 67.4 (2014):

44-51. Web.

Selby, Jen. "Mad Max heroine Charlize Theron on female roles in Hollywood: 'You're either a

really good mother, or a really good hooker'." Independent 15 May 2015. Web.

Smokingcage. "James Bond is a Codename and Skyfall Proves it (Skyfall Spoilers)." March

2015. Reddit.


Twenty-first century entrepreneurs require global vision, a vision where dominance only the bottom line and fully realizing the potential of your brand requires imagination and agility, crossing borders and extending market domains.

Few brands achieve a winning global formula, one that comprises of flexibility and brand identity; old-school promoters perceive market expansion as offering more risk than reward, or brand dilution rather than domination. However, entrepreneurial success in 21st century global markets demands Olympian agility and fitness. A case study in global excellence, Mansion Group, an online gambling company based in Gibraltar, is a success story worthy of examination.

Not Holding Hands in a Digital Revolution - Montréalités Love


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Nowadays I'm back at university in Montreal where, apparently, no one holds hands in public anymore. Over the past two years, I haven't seen one instance of it, not one. That is a high degree of conformity, of acquiscence, in the practice of an act that generally shows connection and affection; admittedly, it can have other motivations. I have seen a lot of texting on campus, hands clasped over the mesmeric screen, head bowed, thumbs fumbling and flying on the wings of text. Has our love affair with the little screen, on the little screen, replaced this simple act of affection? Has hand holding gone digital?

In truth, I'm not fond of the reductive 'public display of affection', or PDA, because of its emphasis on display, a thing done for show. If it's done in public, others will very likely watch, but that doesn't mean it's for display. Whether it's for or on display, in the end, "all behavior is communication".

Perhaps not-holding hands on campus is a by-product of academia's ethos; the body is there primarily to carry the head around to lecture halls and faculty meetings, or possibly, since universities are now so focused on corporate accreditation, hand holding is frowned upon just as it is in the corporate world - sours allegiance to the brand. Do your hands belong to you when you're on the job? Be that as it may, hand holding is clearly dèmodè in this, our digital revolution.

Depositphotos_24706699_m-2015-2.jpgIt might sound cliché, but if you're feeling a little down about yourself, lingerie could be the answer. Several studies have shown that wearing lingerie can boost a woman's confidence, whether they're in a relationship or not.

According to this Daily Mail article, a study conducted at Manchester University found that just wearing a push-up bra could greatly increase a woman's confidence. When wearing a push-up bra compared to their regular undergarments, women smiled 73 percent more. They also decreased the amount of times they broke eye contact (a low confidence habit) by 41 percent, and they decreased other self-conscious habits like touching their face or wiping their forehead by 64 percent.

Another study from Live Science concluded that wearing lingerie can increase men's interest. It's not surprising, though, because men associate lingerie with sex--and the more enthusiastic he is about wanting you, the more confident you'll feel.

The confidence you achieve from wearing lingerie is a side effect that can also have has its own side effect. When he's enthusiastic about sex, and you feel confident, your sex life could reap the benefits. An article in Prevention says that self-confidence is the biggest secret to better intimacy. When you're not busy worrying about how you look, you have a lot more time to enjoy one another and get lost in the moment.

When you're willing to give it a try for yourself, you'll want to dress the part. To do so, make sure you find lingerie that best fits your body shape. If you're pear-shaped and want to hide problems areas like hips, you can go with a loose teddy. To show off your waste, the bralets featured in Lyst's lingerie collection can provide additional chest coverage that also highlights your midsection. Also, the lace gives the pieces a look that's both flirty and feminine. And of course, if you're self conscious about the size of your chest, a classic padded push-up bra is best. For additional coverage to any lingerie style, you can add a short silk robe to the mix.

The next time you're feeling low, treat yourself to a nice piece of lingerie. Even if you don't have someone to show it off to now, wearing it might give you just the boost you need to approach that cute guy at the coffee shop. You'll never know until you try.

Tweet Tweet, Cui-Cui - Montréalités Langue



In 2012, CBC Radio's This is That program reported on a controversial new bylaw: dogs in Montreal would be required to understand both French and English. Chaos was reigning in the city's dog parks, and confusion in communication was the cause. With some dogs responding to English commands and other to French, mandated dog bilingualism was the only solution to the problem, said a city official.

The Montreal Comic-Con: Then and Now - Montréalités Comics



Hey all! Thanks for coming back. This week we're going to revisit an old topic, but put a different spin on it: Then and Now - The Montreal Comic-Con edition. I've been a fan of the convention for the last five years, and recently I've begun to notice some changes to our local superhero worshiping gathering. I know I have developed my own feelings on these changes, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below. Without further ado, let's get in to the thick of it!


There is a cemetery at the edge of the village.

Carpathian Mountains,
field of sunflowers.

By the river Maros, Kisjenö.
Gilded icon guards white-washed farm house.
Mud-brick fireplace. Stone benches.
Spinning wheel, bed, table, and chairs.

Accordion with violin,
cimbalom, the zither.

Great-grandmother Victoria wears a párta diadem,
woven of gold and silk and crystal glass beads.
Embroidered linen blouse, cashmere skirt.
Calla lilies and white roses bridal bouquet.

Three sons and one daughter.

Grandmother Mariska
has no memory of her mother.
Not to know her mother's hands.

Green gooseberry of a thorny shrub.
Tree trunks limed against the codling moth.
Peach tree and pear. Cackling hens, geese.
Close to the house, stables.

Great-grandfather György deserting his wife.
The year was 1897. Victoria farmed out
her daughter. Kept her three sons at home.

Faded homespun, knee-high boots.
Four years of grade school. A servant girl at nine.

Tallow candles and oil burning lamps.
On the oak table, bean soup with dumplings.
Maize bread baked in outdoor clay oven.

Palascinta filled with ground walnuts and sugar.
Served with warm apricot marmalade.

Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books,
Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass,
(Broken Rules Press, 2012). The Snow Kimono,
(Inanna Publications, 2015).

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How many dispossessed?

"Enemies of the people"

for many long years

labour camps in the Ural taiga

white sun, white sky


"You have 15 minutes!"

pack a bag, sepia photographs.

Grandfather's sister, Lia,

brother Yaakov, deported

accused of being a kulak

owner of lands

in Sudilkov village

windowless cattle cars

for one thousand versts around:

Where to? For how long?

Wolf carcasses

earth dugouts and huts

ragged, lice-ridden.

Logging timber

rye bread rations

thin, watery soup

barbed wire of the camp.

But how long can a song last?

Smuggled out with prison letters

sphagnum, bog cranberry

steppe wildflowers

buried beyond the river.

Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press, 2012). The Snow Kimono, (Inanna Publications, 2015).


In honour of trees
leave a blank page

at the site on behalf of Inuit.
This is for you
aligning holes between rocks
in likeness of a person
its extended arms

a flock of ravens
leave Inukshuk stone carving

almond­shaped openings
in honour of Cpl. Cirillo
sacred katajjaq --
throat singing
other side of the hill
ominously reply
issue ultimatums
as parliament returns
day after shooting
direction markers
constructed as memorial

a soldier's final journey
along Highway of Heroes:
keep people silent
still frame taken from video
hearse procession.
That dividing line,
humbleness to that man
burden only he can carry
cross-shaped cairn

keeps vigil over the land
not the caw of a seagull
I heard no sound.

(Nunatsiaq News: Staff with Inuit, Tapiriit Kanatami, laid a card and an Inukshuk carving at the granite cenotaph National War Memorial in Ottawa in honour of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed there October 22 2014).

Photo courtesy of ITK.

Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press, 2012). The Snow Kimono, (Inanna Publications, 2015).

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If you're a veteran in the Montreal comedy scene then chances are you've heard the name Joe Avati. He's the Australian-Italian comedian who's been touring around North America, England, and his native of Australia for almost 20 years! With his charming accent and ability to perform in both English and Italian, it's no wonder Joe continues to fill up venues all over the world and has been called "the greatest comedian you've never heard off". I caught up with Joe back in June, right before he hit the stage for his Back To Basics Tour show at the Leonardo Da Vinci Center to discuss the tour, upcoming projects, and all other things comedic. The evening also marked his 67th show at the LDV Center proving how Montrealers just can't seem to get enough of this wonder from down under.


They speak French. Some of them send their children to French schools to preserve their language. They have their own flag, their own culture, and their own history.

They also live in Saskatchewan.

The Fransaskois may not have the numbers that the Quebecois or even the Franco-Manitobans, but they are still an important part of Saskatchewan's history. The province has small settlements and hamlets that are entirely francophone as well as towns and cities that have sizeable, sometimes majority, Fransaskois populations. Everywhere the Fransaskois are, they celebrate their language and unique origins as proudly as any Quebecois.

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Can we avenge "The Avengers" ? - Montréalités Comics



I can't believe it has already been three years since Marvel unleashed its cinematic monster, The Avengers, onto the public. I still remember how excited I was after having seeing all of the buildup and connections that were teased in the previous, standalone films (ie: Iron Man, Thor, etc). Naturally, Marvel was aware of how big of a fan I was, so it was no surprise that they happened to release it a week before my birthday and you can bet your bottom dollar that I was going to see it. You can imagine my equal amount of excitement when I realized that Marvel was set to do so again, this time with the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron! With my fiancée, brother, and old roommate in tow, we embarked on what I would have thought would be another successful chapter in the Marvel line-up, but did it meet our standards?


Je suis un oiseau.

Ni l'abeille, ni la baleine.

Il mange une abeille.

I'm not sure when I'll be using those phrases, but if Duolingo is trying to make learning French memorable, it has succeeded. When I picked up the app, I wasn't expecting much--there was no way an iPhone app could teach me a language I had no knowledge of. Two months of using Duolingo later, I'm willing to admit I was wrong. While it's not a substitute for classroom learning, Duolingo is a useful way to start learning a language on your own time and at your own pace.

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Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing; it's about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration that it creates- Mordecai Richler

Fans of famed Montreal author Mordecai Richler will be thrilled to see his popular novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz appearing live on stage in a musical number at the Segal Centre. The tale is being brought back to life by award winning composers Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, A Christmas Carol) and David Spencer (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables). Prior to the stage, the novel was adapted into a 1974 film starring Richard Dreyfuss and Randy Quaid. Originally published in 1959, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz continues to be a must read novel, whether you're from Montreal or not. Those familiar with the novel (like myself) will notice the differences and similarities between the play, film, and novel.

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The Island of Montreal is a wonderful cultural capital, harboring a multitude of centers, groups, institutes and special events…
on Montréalités Film
A Chat with Pat
Multi-threat Patricia "Pat" Dillon-Moore has led one of the most interesting professional lives this side of the Atlantic. Diversely experienced,…
on Montréalités Film
The Dynamic Duo: Sam and Simon, a Review of Ces gars-là
Sam and Simon The thirties are a strange time, a sort of limbo between not being old enough to…
on Montréalités Langue
Deep Focus: Turning the Camera on Jean-Marc Vallée
Montreal native Jean-Marc Vallée is held in un certain regard. A member of what has informally been termed the…
on Montréalités Film
Reviewing Modest Mouse's "Strangers to Ourselves."
Album art for 'Strangers to Ourselves'. Typically when a band starts a series of self-congratulating releases, like B-side albums…
on Montréalités Culture
All Hail the Mighty Loc-Nar!
The cover for Loc-Nar's album "HOTTER WATER" (Source: The Montreal-based band Loc-Nar never ceases to amaze with their…
on Montréalités Culture
The NHS Couch to 5k Podcast: Your First Step to Running as Far as You May Want
Do you ever watch runners zoom by and wish you could dash around so effortlessly? Do you find yourself…
on Montréalités Wellness
Forget Paris: This is Montreal
My previous articles have been an observation of sorts of love in the time of technology. My conclusion is…
on Montréalités Love
"'Nous autres c 'est toujours bilingue anyways': Code-Switching and Linguistic Displacement Among Bilingual Montréal Students". Review
Image Source: Code-switching is generally identified as the alternation between two or more languages within one conversation or context.…
on Montréalités Langue
Jazztown Montreal : A History
By Laurie Dujardin Jelly Roll Morton 1920s JAZZ: a genre of music that originated during the late 19th and early…
on Montréalités Origins
Philip Sayce shines at Petit Campus Montreal Quebec
By Laurie Dujardin I was sitting at home early on a Tuesday morning, working diligently on a writing assignment with…
on Montréalités Origins
Afternoon Tea Fit for Royalty
Finger sandwiches, scones, and bite size desserts oh my! Afternoon tea is not just for the elite anymore. Everyone can…
on Montréalités Eats
Let's Head to Lebanon! A Review
Listen up wanderlust-consumed Montrealers! I know that you're looking for a new travel destination for the summer, so allow…
on Montréalités Travel
Far Cry 4 Story Review
"The truth is, Kyrat doesn't have a future," the truck driver said to Ajay as their supply vehicle pulled into…
on Montréalités Gaming
Kinka Izakaya: Warmest Greetings in Town
Vegetarian-friendly: Yes Licensed: Yes Taste: Two thumbs up for bringing creativity and eclectic flavors to the table Post-meal feeling:…
on Montréalités Chefs
Photo Credit: Kyozon Facebook page *** I've read some articles recently claiming that Crescent Street is no longer the…
on Montréalités Love
The Force is strong with Marvel's new comic series
Property of Marvel Comics Ltd. Since the announcement that Dark Horse would no longer be publishing Star Wars comics,…
on Montréalités Comics
An Un-Sealed Hit- My Intimate Review of Vittorio Rossi's "The Envelope"
"Unless it's a love letter or a pay check, nothing good ever came out of an envelope." - Franco,…
on Montréalités Theatre
Get Frisky With It
In the piercing cold of winter, waiting impatiently for spring to come, the Frisky Kids can give you something…
on Montréalités Arts
Review - Lang Lang: Bringing Character to Tradition
Lang Lang was in town last week. On Friday March 13th, I headed to Place des Arts to attend…
on Montréalités Music
Ubisoft's Playable Poem: A Child of Light Review
In July 2012, after several years of working at Ubisoft Montreal, Patrick Plourde earned the chance to submit a…
on Montréalités Gaming
Learn to Unwind at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre's Free Trial Yoga Class: A Review
Front View / Photo: Solange Statsevich For many of us Montrealers, the city can be a big source of…
on Montréalités Wellness
Bon Film, Bad Film
Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a 2006 bilingual Canadian R-rated buddy cop film from Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm…
on Montréalités Langue
2014's Top 5 Cinematic Masterpieces
Image Source: Gamekyo Spoiler Alert What's the first thing you do when you're contemplating watching a movie? Do you…
on Montréalités Hype
Pikolo, but Big Taste: A Review of Pikolo Espresso Bar
Victorian-inspired entrance of Pikolo Espresso Bar / Photo Credit: MiniMalMtl When they say, "Pikolo," they mean it! A spin…
on Montréalités Caffé
The Spatial Narrative of Games
©Tri-Crescendo, Namco Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is a game for the Nintendo Wii that was released in…
on Montréalités Gaming
Montreal's DIY Scene
The video for Montreal band TOPS's song "Way To Be Loved," shot on location in Montreal at Arbutus Records…
on Montréalités Culture
The Desktop Record Cutter: The Future of Records
A Prototype of the DRC. Photo: In 2014, vinyl sales went up 52 per cent from 2013 (Nielsen SoundScan).…
on Montréalités Culture
The first years: settling in Montreal
Walking around Montreal, people-watching, one would find it hard to tell by their faces, dress or demeanour whether these…
on Montréalités Arrival
The Workings of the UN Climate Change Conference
Promotion for the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Paris has started, and its message is clear: the clock is…
on Sustainability Blueprints
Feature Article: I E-Love You
As I walk into my office to begin my shift, I hear one of my colleagues excitedly say, "Well,…
on Montréalités Love
Restaurant Da Emma: Capturing the Authentic Italian Experience
Emma showcasing some of her popular dishes. (Photo: Montreal Gazette) If there's one thing this city isn't lacking in,…
on Montréalités Chefs
Vive le Québec libre...Or Else: The Relevance of the OQLF in Modern Quebec
Language has long been a contentious subject of debate in Quebec. Since the earliest days of British colonization, French…
on Montréalités Langue
The Restorative Powers of the Montreal Botanical Garden
The main entrance (photo: GarrettRock) From the Royal Gardens of Europe to Central Park and our own Mont Royal, architects…
on Montréalités Wellness
PS i love you
Are you tired of dating people that don't live up to your expectations? Of being set-up by your amateur friends?…
on Montréalités Love
Life is Better When You're the Comedyworks!
Friday June 20th, 2014, could be considered the day that comedy died in the city of Montreal. This was…
on Montréalités Theatre
Helping Fight Hunger One Box At A Time
Low-Income and Poverty Communities and countries worldwide face the harsh realities of low incomes due to low employment, tough…
on Montréalités Justice
Translation in Montreal: on the Cusp of two Languages
Image Source: The evolvement of translation in Montreal has an intriguing history, featuring some amusing anecdotes pertaining to the…
on Montréalités Langue
The Glen
(Photo Credit: The Montreal Gazette) Montreal is famous for three things: bagels, smoked meat, and construction. While NDG has had…
on Montréalités Habitat
Roll Up the Rim to Win or Lose?
Will I win or will I lose this time around? The first sign of spring is not the increase in…
on Montréalités Eats