Premiere: Co/ntry’s “Living in a Body”

The Montreal band's eerie, eccentric new music video, art directed by yard666sale's Dane Richards

Through a series of mystical and frequently grotesque still life character studies, art director Dane Richards (founder of lifestyle brand yard666sale) conjures a lasting visual tale for fellow Montreal locals Co/ntry. The exploratory, art-punk band’s latest track, “Living in a Body,” traverses dark bass depths—guided forward by a saxophone, wisps of metaphysical lyrics and delicate vocals. Richards’ styling work, coupled with direction by Co/ntry’s David …

Montreal’s Freshly Renovated Le Méridien Versailles

The hotel's new look balances the glitzy with the retro

By Chadner Navarro Understanding Le Meridien’s place in the hospitality world is not always easy. It’s not a luxury hotel in the same vein as Four Seasons and Aman, but it’s not a straight-forward business chain like the Conrad either. It’s in the variety of in-house programming that sets Le Meridien apart since Starwood spearheaded a project to refine and redefine its hotels, leading to …

Studio Dror’s Montreal Dome Concept

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Montreal’s Expo 67, New York-based design studio Dror has proposed adding a new structure to complement the city’s now-iconic Biosphere. The project, simply called the Montreal Dome, would mimic Buckminster Fuller’s original Biosphere in both shape and size while adding a mesh-like layer atop the dome, allowing vegetation to grow and shield it from the outside. The concept cultural …

New Caps from Ciele Athletics

The Montreal sportswear brand expands its line with two additional offerings for spring

It’s never been easier to dress well when working out. The rise of athletic-to-casual crossover clothing (dubbed by some as “athleisure”) means comfort, style, function and performance can all come in one garment. Now that Flyknits and fashion sweats are considered appropriate casual apparel away from the gym, Montreal-based Ciele Athletics is leading the charge in design-driven sports headwear. We’ve followed the brand since their …

Boréal Bikes smrtGRiPS

Bluetooth connected grips featuring eyes-free haptic navigation and cloud-sourced biking data

Technological innovations in the bike world continue to abound. While some carry more merit than others, there’s no shortage of digital innovations that aim to make cycling safer as well as more convenient and efficient. Montreal-based Boréal Bikes’ newly unveiled smrtGRiPS are the world’s first web-connected bicycle grips. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity, the three and a half ounce cylindrical devices fit discretely into the end of …