It's that time of year again, to rock the vote for all of your favorite locally owned businesses in Montreal for the Mirror's Best of Montreal. Here's how I am voting! Mile End represent!
Best record store (used): Phonopolis!
Best local blog: Mileendings!
Best magazine/zine: Ghost Pine!
Best musical act: Shapes and Sizes!
Best live venue: Sala and Casa!
Best festival: Pop Montreal!
Best vintage clothing store: General 54!
Best fashion designer: Ramonalisa!
Best bookstore (new): Librairie D+Q!
Best bookstore (used): S.W. Welch's!
Best comics store: Librairie D+Q!
Best gallery: Galerie Monastiraki!
Best sandwich: Veggie Pulled "Porc" Le Pick-Up!
Best fish and chips: Comptoir 21!
Best late-night eats: Grumman Tacos at Le Nouveau Palais!
Best cheap eats: Le Pick Up!
Best bakery: Cocoa Locale
Now the only one I am having a hard time with is...
Best cartoonist/comic artist
This is what is so awesome about Montreal! Really, how can anyone answer this with just one answer? Joe Ollmann? Pascal Girard? Michel Rabagliati? Matt Forsythe? I don't think I can even cast a vote in this category, but you can!
Vote by April 13th!
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Greedy Cats by Durga Bai
Cats with Scowls by an unknown artist in Rajasthan
Slow Cats by Radhashyam Raut (see the difference between the two prints!)
Meowser by Vanessa Davis (j/k)
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NEW DATES: Tuesdays March 29th, April 5th and 12th. 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Now's the time to register for the spring session of our popular silkscreening workshop! This 3-week course with instructor Leyla Majeri will go over the basics of silk screening from start to finish. Participants (ages 15 and up) will go home with a completed project.
The workshop costs $100 for the whole session - this fee covers supplies. Workshop participants obtain a 20% discount on all books at the store for the duration of the workshop.
As always, we encourage you to come reserve your spot at the store with a deposit of $65 as soon as you can, the number of participants is limited!
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If you're wondering, this is what Chris Ware has to say about it:
“Chimo is an idiosyncratic, compelling and hilarious musing-in-comics that I couldn’t put down. Seemingly a quirky memoir about soldiering, it’s really a quest for survival — both basic and artistic — and a meditation on aging, family and the fight to simply try and understand oneself, all told by one of the most unpretentious cartoonists in North America. There’s an eye for mundane detail and a sort of animal fear running through it all that it leaves one shaken yet oddly refreshed. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved it.” — Chris Ware
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... three tiny notebooks that come in a cute three-pocketted plastic folder...
... sketchbooks that encourage you to draw once a day...
... stationary kits (you can pick between a vintage style letter set and animal-shaped notecards)...
... a stitched pocket to keep children's lost teeth, sold with a notebook to remember teeth stories...
... and an adorable Junzo Terada-designed mobile:
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Finally! A magazine for kids! The UK has filled our need for an excellent and super children magazine with Anorak.
Anorak celebrates books and everything related. Kids are encouraged to participate with submitting to the magazine -- writings, drawings, opinions, ideas -- which means it is created by and for children of all ages. In the latest issue (Volume 17), one can learn where the book came from (Good afternoon Mr. Gutenberg), about Tara Books (a D+Q favourite), and how to make chalk (surprisingly easy!).
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I don't think I've mentioned it but I kinda love Mid-Life. It's, as you might expect, the chronicling of a mid-life crisis, but offered up with a healthy serving of wry and self-deprecating. The story revolves around a forty year old man named John who is struggling to keep up with a younger wife and new child. With a shout-out to Raffi, my favourite TVO star, you know Joe Ollmann knows his kid's performers.
Check out the web preview or even just the panel below, and you'll get a sense of what I mean:
Plus, Pascal Girard will be debuting Reunion, the English translation of Conventum. Check out a preview for Reunion and start getting excited!
The launch for these two wonderful Montrealers is Wednesday March 23rd at 7 pm, and it'll be taking place here at the Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard O.
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So, I was pumped to see Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair sitting beautifully on the D+Q shelves. It's a book that aims to introduce healthy and local food to babies, young children, and adults alike. I strongly believe that little ones are able to eat a fairly varied diet earlier than we give them credit for. This book makes it really easy to cook for little ones, giving recipes that work well for adults and their children.
There are tons of recipes that I'm eager to try at home (I might as well give Danny a break from always cooking). To name a few: Homemade baby cereal, Apple Miso Almond Butter Sandwiches, Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Falafel!, Salmon Kebobs with Yogyrt Garlic Dip.
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