By Ashley Opheim
Montreal is a bi-lingual city and the second largest city in Canada. The city boasts five of the ten most creative neighbourhoods in Canada. The city also has the largest concentration of artists of any other Canadian cities. Presently in Montreal, there are 3,000 professional artists operating in the visual arts. There are 3,600 practicing artists at Concordia University alone, not to mention the creative-minded students who are in other programs. Montreal is an opportune place for young artists to move. With its affordable rent, living costs, and studio space, the city caters to the lifestyle of an artist. Montreal is unique in terms of the arts due to its bi-lingual nature. Art is a unifying force - something that doesn't isolate us due to language barriers or different belief systems.