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Mod parties in Quebec, check out Teen Beat Takeover.

Here are some Montreal hotspots for people watching and hanging out. (old info-check to see if its current)

CD stores:
- MUST GO TO: "Rock en Stock," corner of Crescent and Ste. Catherine.  It's an obscure, tiny little shop.  Downstairs is a heavy metal section, while the upstairs has tons of imports.   Imports and hard-to-find cds, as well as tons of bootleg cds!  This place will definitely satisfy your cd shopping needs!
- HMV Megastore: corner of Peel and Ste. Catherine.  Run of the mill stuff, but they stock a lot of imports
-L’Oblique, 4333 Rivard St., Montreal, PQ, H2J 2M7
- if you want to head out and check the used stores, then I'd suggest heading to St. Denis/Mount Royal.  There are quite a few stores there.

Good Food:
- For Greek or Middle Eastern food there are tons of late
night places that sell gyros, falafels, chicken sandwiches, very cheap and healthy.  I would suggest Arahova  on Crescent street, or Amir's, which is located on the corner of Cresent and de Maisonneuve.
- La Belle Province: if you want to try "poutine" (ed. note-poutine, if I am not mistaken is french fries with gravy and a curd cheese, believed to be canadas own creation) and gain a few pounds within 5 minutes of ingesting that stuff.
- cafe's: GO TO St. Laurent for good cafe's and bars!!  There are some really good sandwich places, such as "the cafeteria", "Shed Cafe" and "Grano."  Shed Cafe is THE place to go...they've got a DJ spinning the tunes, hot women, and a very cool decor!  I highly suggest this place!! 
It's on St. Laurent...
- anywhere on Prince Arthur street....

Clubs:
On Tuesdays, check out Salon Daome, 141 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, for “Dizzy” weekly soul tek and house project with Mightykat (Circus, Laïka) and Vince Lemieux (Hub records, Musique Risquée).  3$
- depending on your mood, Crescent street is a good place to start off with. Tons of tourists and good looking people hanging out at the bars there. 
There are a few clubs on that street: mostly playing R&B/Hip hop, top 40 dance, and 80's.  Another street worthy of checking out is St. Laurent.  TONS of clubs on this street.  DO check this street out...lots of the late night crowd, and unusual bunch!  It's always fun to go there!
- Club 737: it's on the top floor of a big office building.  Spectacular view of Montreal...probably the best!  Also has a restaurant...ALWAYS packed on weekends.  Best get there before 11:30 to avoid line ups.  Lots of good looking people.

Pick up a copy of 'The Hour' or '
The Mirror.'  They're weekly entertainment newspapers which can be picked up at most places in the downtown area.  Online you can find Rock Discography that has a good list of current shows.
Also check
Whats up tonight.  And there is also The Hour.

For a good dinner, try going to Movenpick's...located in the ground floor of Place Ville Marie (corner of McGill College street).  As far as I know, there aren't any restaurants like Movenpick in the USA....it's definitely a cool restaurant to dine in. 
Also a specialty in Montreal is a very different type of Jewish Deli where the corned beef is smoked instead of cured.  Some of the more famous ones are Schwartz's (3895 St-Laurent, 842-4813) , Lester's (1057 Bernard W., 276-6095) and Ben's (990 de Maisonneuve W., 844-1000)..  Also, just a few hundred feet from the Fairmount bagel bakery is Wilensky's. Wilensky's is the most unusual deli experience in Montreal. 11 stools at the counter, room for about 25 standing. You ask for a Wilensky Special, which is an ordinary deli club roll but made with the two LOWER halves of a bialy (the upper halves with the onion being used as hot dog buns), choice of
American or Swiss cheese, for $3.99. A cut of karnatzel taken out of a drinking glass is 25c, a sour pickle  is 60c, an old-fashioned fountain drink $1. (All these prices are in Canadian, so reduce by 1/3 and you'll realize how cheap this is.)


Live Music-
Jailhouse Rock Cafe-corner St-laurent and Mont-Royal-30 Mont-Royal, Montreal, Qc - (514) 844-3656-Despite its unfortunate name, this venue books some decent shows of a more metal/hardcore variety.
Cabaret-2111 St-Laurent , Montreal, Qc - (514) 845-2014
Club Soda-5240 Ave. Du Parc, Montreal, Qc - (514) 286-1010
FOUFOUNES ELECTRIQUES-87 Ste-Catherine E., Montreal, Qc - (514) 844-5539

La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal QC H2T 1R6, Canada
Medley-1170 Saint-Denis, Montreal, Qc - (514) 842-6557


From Montreals
E Guide, a list of Hotels under $50 dollars.

Excellent guide to cheap eats from the
Mirror Student Guide.




The following places were featured on the PBS show Roadside recipes: A tour of Southern Quebec.

North Hatley, Québec
Auberge Hatley-French Country Inn on lake Massawippi a half hour north of the Vermont Border. Four Star restaurant and inn. Open Year Round  819-842-2451


Otterburn Park (Near Mont Saint-Hilaire) Québec
La Cabosse d'Or Chocolatier-973, Ozias Leduc, Canada J3G 4S6
Tél.: 1-800-784-6937 Can-Usa.  Also 514-464-6937  Amazing chocolate pralines and other candy.


Chambly, Québec
Forquet Fourchette-1887,  Bourgogne Avenue - Chambly, Telephone : (450) 447-6370-French Canadian Restaurant & beer brewery where they specialize in high alcohol beers like "LE FIN DE MONDE" (the end of the world) and they have a huge dining hall with very hearty food. Next to old Fort Chambly
Seasonal hours: call for reservations

Huntingdon, Québec
Leblanc Patate-Chateauguay Street. 450-264-2577-Hot dog stand near the NY Border where the dogs are served with a sweet rather than sour cabbage topping.  They also special in Poutin "the national dish of Canada" which is french fries topped with gravy and a curd cheese which sounds icky, but its supposed to be okay here. Open all year

Noyan, Québec
Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser, Inc. Traditional European Cheese Maker with a retail shop at the factory. 450-294-2207


Mont St-Gregoire
La Goudrelle Canadian Sugar Shack & Banquet Hall
450-460-2131 Web Site:
www.goudrelle.qc.ca but its all in french!  This place is a huge hall where everything they cook has maple syrup in it, but its only open 8 weeks a year during sugaring season...I.e, when its very cold!!  They have muffin shaped pancakes, ham and tons of other yummy stuff.

Quebec City, Quebec
Freeze your butt off at the
Ice Hotel Canada, the sister hotel to the Icehotel in Sweden.  Rooms are kept at 30 degrees!!
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