My Montreal

MY MONTREAL: GENEVIÈVE EMOND OF BOTA BOTA

Geneviève Emond is no stranger to water. She grew up on the South Shore, vacationed in the Laurentians at the family cottage, and enjoyed camp every summer. Swimming, paddle-boarding, living (and working) adjacent the St-Lawrence River; there’s rarely a moment when Emond, a co-owner of Bota Bota floating spa, isn’t...

My Montreal: Charles Bierbrier of Bierbrier Brewing

“I guess you can say it was in my blood,” said Charles Bierbrier, whose name means “beer brewer” in German. The founder of Bierbrier Brewing started home brewing as a hobby while he was in college. By the time he obtained his MBA from Concordia University in 2003 and started...

My Montreal: Wine Importer Charles Goyer

Charles Goyer vividly remembers his first taste of wine. He was at a restaurant with his parents in Paris where he lived from ages one to four. It was a “drop of wine in my glass of water,” he says. “Baptized.” This marked his official foray into a wine-centric life,...

My Montreal: Fashion Designer Mélissa Bolduc

Festival de Mode & Design (FMD) launches this Wednesday for the first time in the Quartier des spectacles. The 14th edition of the annual celebration will feature the usual mix of fashion shows, shopping, musical performances as well as some new additions, like an outdoor Yoga session to welcome the...

My Montreal: Handbag Designer Annick Levesque

With Montreal Fashion Week on hiatus this year, we’re seeing a number of changes to the 14th edition of the Festival Mode & Design (FMD) to ensure it delivers as the only official fashion festival in Montreal. The event takes place Aug. 20 to 23 in the Quartier des spectacles,...

My Montreal: Nicolas Urli of Flyjin and Hà

Restaurateur Nicolas Urli has become an important part of Montreal’s dining and nightlife scene over the past five years. He’s one of the owners of Flyjin, an izakaya-style restaurant in Old Montreal that just celebrated its one-year anniversary. He’s involved with Velvet Speakeasy at l’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, which he also helped...

My Montreal: Frédéric Daoust from Les Charcutiers Pork Shop

The founders of Pork Shop are charcuterie wizards on a mission. “We want to show the world that charcuteries from Quebec can rival European ones,” said Frédéric Daoust, co-owner. With 11 flavours of dry-cured sausage featuring ingredients such as Labrador tea, coffee beans and IPA beer, Pork Shop meats are...

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...
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