Word of Mouth: Quartier International, Montréal

Delving deeper than business in this downtown district

Business districts aren’t typically hubs of excitement, but don’t tell that to Montréal. It’s here that the city’s commercial core has made a community where culture and style can thrive. The Quartier International business district has become known for its openness to diversity and willingness to integrate different cultures, and the neighborhood’s shops, hotels, museums, and restaurants reflect this ethos. Multi-story murals cling to the …

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 …