A Neighbourhood Love: The Village

From the Gay Village to the Quartier des Spectacles, and passing through the downtown area of Ville-Marie, Maurice Nantel shines a light on Montreal’s dazzling beauty.

Along with Place des Arts, the Gay Village shares the title of Quebec’s most significant cultural centre. A stroll through this neighbourhood will quickly show you why! On top of being one of the largest gay neighbourhoods in the world, the Village highlights urban diversity and a uniquely colourful visual style.

Village were a small city in itself where people go to live the good life.

The neighbourhood is home to all of Quebec’s francophone television stations—such as Radio Canada, TVA, and Télé-Québec—as well as many radio stations, which contribute to the cultural vitality of the neighbourhood. Adding to this landscape and diverse visual identity is the Molson Brewery, one of the oldest industrial companies in Canada.

Elements that may seem contrasting actually create a rich harmony in the unique area of the Village, which spans all the way to the Quartier des Spectacles. Thus, it is possible to gather oneself in the stunning St. James United or St. John The Evangelist churches, then head east for a bistro-style gastronomic feast at 1000 Grammes, to finally cap the night with a one-of-a-kind cabaret show at Cabaret Mado.

Life is sweet when wandering through the Village’s pedestrian-only Aires Libres, or when letting yourself get carried away by the hypnotic lights of the Place des Arts corridor. Even in the depths of the Place des Arts metro station, creativity is all around you! Just look up and you’ll notice a carefully designed architectural style, as well as several works of art. As for Beaudry’s metro exit, the columns were designed in the shape of a rainbow, evoking the iconic symbol of LGBTQ pride, and making you feel the warm atmosphere of the neighbourhood! In short, it’s Montreal in all its diversity!

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Geometric Collaboration

Geometric Collaboration

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Source: Instagram account of Via Capitale du Mont-Royal


We often meet talented people along the way, and these last few months, we’ve fallen head over heels for Morgane Clément-Gagnon. We’ve been following her for some time now, admiring her beautiful geometric photos on her Instagram account. (Have a look here:

Morgane Clément-Gagnon is making a name for herself with her photo Aspirations (see below), which won her the third prize at the Intercollegiate Photography Contest.



Source: Instagram account of Morgane Clément-Gagnon


We met up with Morgane so that she could photograph our Via Capitale du Mont-Royal agency, as well as a few other of our listings. A passionate photographer, she agreed to share her knowledge and talk to us about her craft.

Fascinated by lines and geometry, Morgane is the ideal person to take us on a journey through her unique and impromptu photography.

We had the pleasure of following her for a few hours as she took photos, and are delighted to share this adventure with you.

Our journey began at 214 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, where a front door caught our attention. A large decal with white flowers is affixed to the windows, creating a striking symmetry between the two adjacent doors.



Some of you might see a beautiful full moon in the following photo—but that’s not quite right! Morgane actually captured a stunning view of the sun—in broad daylight!



We continued our journey to 1022 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, where Morgane’s curiosity was piqued by a brick wall. Such painstaking work went into the construction of this wall, with its meticulous alignment of bricks, creating a stunning effect.



Our next stop was 5755 Waverly Street. Geometry enthusiasts will undoubtedly love this building’s conceptual facade, where rectangular and triangular shapes are skillfully juxtaposed.



And what do we see here? That’s right, it’s our Via Capitale du Mont-Royal building! But this time, it’s photographed through the bay window. Impressive, don’t you think? ☺



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