My Montreal

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,...

My Montreal: Drag legend Mado Lamotte

Montreal drag queen Mado Lamotte – a.k.a. former UQÀM theatre student Luc Provost – quit university two credits shy of a bachelor’s degree to become a shooter and cigarette girl at Montreal nightclubs Poodles and Club Lézard back in 1987. Mado is a marketing genius who absolutely refuses to be...

My Montreal: Matthew Large, folk-music hero

Matthew Large knows folk music. Not only is he the president of Folk Music Canada, he is also the main man behind the Montreal Folk Festival, which takes place this year along the Lachine Canal and at various venues, June 18 to 22. Before moving to Montreal in 1993, Large...
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