Things Montréal Has Given the World Recently*

This is obviously a superficial list. Or not so superficial. But Montreal is responsible in many ways for the items on this list. And for some of them, it apologizes….


1. Vice

2. Jessica Paré

3. Georges St-Pierre

4. Jay Baruchel

5. foie gras on everything and the effect this has on everyone else

6. Student unrest

7. An amazingly corrupt class of everybody

8. Jonathan Goldstein

9. The Bixi

10. any circus that calls itself a “Cirque” unironically…



*Recently is the key word: so no Leonard Cohen, William Shatner, Saul Bellow, etc. No old inventions. No bagels or smoked meat or “Montreal Steak Spice” or even poutine (which Montreal can’t take credit for anyway). No businesses from here unless they are new and have conquered the world (and I can’t think of any). None of that “first in the world” stuff from way back (like first hockey game) – that’s for history museums. This is modern. (And let’s face it, someone like Celine is practically timeless…. meaning of no time).

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  1. Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Xavier Dolan re- Cannes?
    On the “conquering the world” front, Bombardier?
    Assassin’s Creed from the Ubisoft Montreal studio ?
    I’ll get back to you with more later.

    • Arjun Basu
      Posted August 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

      Assassin’s Creed. That’s a good one.

  2. Jeff
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Permalink


    This is a Circus Festival called MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE (Montreal Totally Circus)… not a Circus named Cirque

    Oh and you should add Rachelle Lefevre from the TV series Under The Dome 😉

  3. Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    We’re doing pretty well…

    Student unrest? I’ve got to give to France. Or Greece. Fine, Europe. They’ve been unresting before Canada was “discovered” by…them.

    • Arjun Basu
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

      I could have called it “North American students protesting the affordability of higher education” but that’s just clunky, you know?

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