Discover the Plateau Mont-Royal with Paul

Laure Juilliard

Michel Rabagliati, the cartoonist known for his Paul series (Prix du public Fauve FNAC-SNCF, for Paul à Québec, at the 37e Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême), truly loves his home town of Montréal. To pay homage to the city and celebrate its 375th anniversary, he has put its beloved character at the heart of 12 giant comic strip panels created especially for the occasion, which have been dotted throughout the vibrant streets of Plateau Mont-Royal (until December 10).

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Paul à Montréal” is both a narrative and interactive urban circuit presented by Les Éditions de La Pastèque. The tour, which lasts about 60 minutes, leads locals and visitors from street to street and panel to panel, giving them a golden opportunity to see Montréal from a more poetic angle and delve deeper into its history and architecture. To make it fun for both young and old, the comic strip is dialogue-free but filled with illustrated explanations.

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From Laurier Métro to Parc La Fontaine, and from Saint-Denis Street to Saint-Hubert Street, a series of anecdotes, portraits and details dear to Rabagliati come to life. Through his creativity and his pen, discover the founding of the Molson Brewery, Canada’s first movie theatre, the portrait of Thérèse Casgrain—an amazing women involved in politics—the history of the Steinberg supermarkets, an homage to Jean Drapeau and architect Moshe Safdie, the origin of the tam-tams on Mount Royal, and lots of other neat surprises. It’s a love letter of sorts to Montréal, a city that’s far from perfect but so endearing that the artist shared this teasing tribute: “No, you are not all pretty and cookie-cutter clean like a postcard. Your streets have potholes, your bridges are crumbling and sometimes you smell a little funky. But your flaws are why we love you. Please don’t change anything about you because otherwise you’d get boring. Happy birthday!” And happy exploring!

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Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard, blogger

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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