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Concordia presents Rawi Hage
Rawi Hage speaks at Concordia

Rawi Hage speaks at Concordia

Concordia University’s Alumni Association holds lectures throughout the year which are open to the public. Last night they had author, and former student, Rawi Hage, talk about his latest book – Cockroach.

His previous book, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary award, the richest award in the world for a single novel.

Although I hadn’t read either of his books, attending this talk made me think they were definitely worth reading. Hage made for an interesting and entertaining speaker, who was very witty even though he stayed quite quiet and soft spoken.

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Getting ready for Halloween
Getting ready for Halloween

Getting ready for Halloween

A visit to Atwater market shows the intense prepareation for halloween. Definitely no shortage of good looking pumpkins to choose from!

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A foggy fall day in Montreal
A foggy day in Montreal

A foggy day in Montreal

The leaves start to change behind the Canadian Architecture Center; a visitor protects himself from the rain.

The Canadian Architecture Center has the third largest Architecture library in the world – which includes archives the size of two football fields below the building. A visit to the center also always one to visit the current exhibit, which now is titled Speed, and a visit to the historic Shaughnessy House.

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Sir John A MacDonald Memorial in Place du Canada

MacDonald looking north over Montreal

MacDonald looking north over Montreal

This monument was unveiled on June 6, 1895 in honor of Canada’s first Prime Minister – Sir John A MacDonald.

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Notre-Dame Basilica | Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
Notre-Dame Basilica  | Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

Notre-Dame Basilica | Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

The original church of Notre Dame was built on this site in 1672. However when the congregation outgrew the church in 1824, James O’Donnell was commissioned to design the new building.  The sanctuary was finished in 1830, the first tower in 1843, and the interior in 1879.  The intimate Chapelle du Sacré-Coeur was completed in 1888.

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Bievenue dans la ville sans voitures
Walking down the middle of St Catherine's Street

Walking down the middle of St Catherine's Street

Walking down St Catherine Street became easier yesterday, since it was blocked to cars for a few blocks.  September 22, 2009 was the day chosen for ‘En ville sans ma voiture’ – a day when Montrealers are asked to leave their cars at home.

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40 ans, 40 chaises
40 ans, 40 chaises

40 ans, 40 chaises

On St-Denis, near St-Caterines, I came across this display titled 40 ans, 40 chaises. An interesting display of lawn chairs woven together. It certainly grabs one’s attention, and makes for a comfortable rest stop.

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