"The Neighbourhood" will be a new monthly post featuring an exciting hood in a city or town across Canada. Hopefully it'll encourage some more exploration of this gorgeous country.
We'll also be starting up "The Neighbourhood" feature on Slice Magazine Tube this summer. For obvious reasons we'll be limited to Ontario and Quebec for the mean time, but we encourage everyone out there to send in your edited hometown videos to be posted up on Slice Magazine Tube!!

Today we'll be looking at Mile End, Montreal, Quebec.

Mile End is an artistic hood located northeast of downtown Montreal in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal (although residents make a distinction between Mile End and the primarily francophone inhabited Plateau.) The area has gone through extensive gentrification beginning in the mid 90s with many boutiques, galleries and cafes opening up within the area, and with them bringing the artistic community as well (all musicians, artists and writers love cafes and galleries!).

Mile End has been described as the heart of Montreal's independent music scene by Pitchfork and Spin Magazine, playing host to many music venues such as Le Salon Vert and Casa del Popolo.

The ethnic makeup of Mile End is incredibly diverse, and has experienced many cultural waves throughout the century. The area has substantial, Jewish (home of the late but great author, Mordecai Richler), Italian (home of Montreal's largest public market Jean-Talon Market), Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese and French-expat communities.

Its 23,965 residents eat, sleep and curse the crooked floors in a motley array of triplexes, duplexes and apartment buildings, all with little gardens and those quintessential spiral staircases. Quintessential, really, is the key word here. Mile End embodies most of what’s best about Montreal: the effortless mix of languages, the whimsical architecture, the easygoingness and the sense that sitting in a leafy terrasse on St. Viateur Street is more important than whatever mundane task you’re neglecting. Urbanphoto.net
Mile End (and the surrounding Plateau area) has one of the lowest car-ownership rates in Canada. Le bicyclette is the preferred method of transport. The area continues to grow and thrive, welcoming recent immigrants while other groups move on.

While in Mile End find: Jeans Jeans Jeans (designer jeans for 50% to 75% off!)
For a more indepth look at the area visit: Urban Photo

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