My Montreal

My Montreal: Chef Matthew McKean of Rosewood and Joverse

Forget cooking school, chef Matthew McKean of Joverse and newly opened restaurant and bar Rosewood learned how to cook in the woods. The New Hampshire native started taking yearly organized canoe camping trips in northern Ontario and Quebec when he was 12 years old. His first summer, he thought the...

My Montreal: Peter McAuslan of McAuslan Brewery

Peter McAuslan, together with his wife, Ellen Bounsall, established McAuslan Brewery in 1988, and at first produced just one beer: St-Ambroise Pale Ale. “Apart from Labatt, Molson and O’Keefe, the three big breweries that existed at that time, this was the only bottled beer that was available in grocery stores”...

My Montreal: Ross Fraser, CEO of Fraser Furniture

Whether it’s biking up Mont-Royal at 5:30 a.m. or launching a brand new retail furniture business, Ross Fraser embraces a challenge. After being open for 133 years, the family-owned, Montreal-based Fraser Furniture store closed its doors at the end of last year. But that’s far from the last Montreal will...

My Montreal: Lighting Designer Samuel Lambert of Lambert & Fils

Lighting accessories are more than functional objects. Not only do they have a decorative role, they play a big part in setting the mood of a room. Just think about how a statement chandelier can make your dinner table look so special, or how cozy it feels to read at...

My Montreal: Chef Émilie Rizzetto of l’Auberge Saint-Gabriel

When Émilie Rizzetto became the executive chef of l’Auberge Saint-Gabriel three months ago, she had some big shoes to fill. The position was left vacant after the acclaimed chef Éric Gonzalez moved to Les Enfants Terribles. “I had a lot of fears,” said Rizzetto, who had previously worked at the...

My Montreal: Chef Chris Heppner of Communion

Communion, the aptly named resto-bar on de la Commune St. in the Old Port, appointed a new head chef in March, Chris Heppner. He’s no stranger to Montreal’s professional kitchens, having previously worked at restaurants such as DNA, Lucille’s Oyster Dive and Garde Manger, where he was the first chef...

My Montreal: Soprano Sharon Azrieli Perez

Canadian soprano Sharon Azrieli Perez is a longtime supporter of the arts, especially the McGill Chamber Orchestra, with whom she will sing at La Maison symphonique de Montréal to close out the MCO’s 74th season, with the world premiere of the specially commissioned The Esther Diaries, about the Old Testament’s Queen...

My Montreal: Julian Arbia of Restaurant and Bar Joverse

After celebrating Joverse’s one-year anniversary, co-owner Julian Arbia, a.k.a. Julian “Prince,” is on cloud nine. Arbia and his partner Michael J. Killam have taken their love for music and created a hotspot where eating, drinking and dancing is on the menu. The Old Montreal establishment on St. Jacques St. is...

My Montreal: Jewelry Designer Anne-Marie Chagnon

Anne-Marie Chagnon’s necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings are more than pieces of jewelry; they are wearable art. Handmade with materials like pewter, glass and resin, her jewelry-sculptures, as she calls them, are at times baroque, other times romantic, often interchangeable and always unique. They come in a plethora of colours,...
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