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Vic Vogel

Victor Stefan Vogel, pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, trombonist (born 3 August 1935 in Montreal, QC; died 16 September 2019 in Montreal). Vic Vogel was an icon of Montreal’s jazz scene. He emerged in the 1960s as a musician of considerable influence, bluster and colour. He moved freely between jazz, pop and, occasionally, symphony. He served as music director or accompanist for many CBC TV variety shows and was heard regularly on CBC Radio. He wrote or arranged music for ceremonies at Montreal’s Man and His World in 1968, the 1976 Olympic Summer Games in Montreal, the Canada Games in 1985, and the Grey Cup half-time shows in 1981 and 1985. He also performed at 35 editions of the Montreal International Jazz Festival — more than any other artist.

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Saint-Lambert

Saint-Lambert, Quebec, population 21,861 (2016 census), 21,555 (2011 census). Saint-Lambert was settled beginning in the 17th century. It was first incorporated as a city in 1921 and reincorporated in 2006. Saint-Lambert was amalgamated into the city of Longueuil from 2002 until 2006 when it regained its municipal status. It is located along the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River across from Montreal, and is connected to that city by the Victoria bridge (completed 1859).

Saint-Lambert is situated on the ancestral lands of the Kanyen’kehà:ka. The land remains unceded and is considered Indigenous territory.

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Parc Jean-Drapeau

Parc Jean-Drapeau is a large park located in the middle of the St. Lawrence River opposite the city of Montreal. Consisting of two islands — Saint Helen’s Island and Notre Dame Island — it covers approximately 2.68 square kilometres. It bears the name of the former mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau, and was the site of Expo 67. The park offers many activities, including the Canadian Grand Prix and a number of annual music festivals. It is home to the Casino de Montréal, Jean-Doré Beach and the Biosphère (an environmental museum). Throughout the year, the park hosts a wide variety of free activities open to the public and is a popular spot for cycling, water sports, hiking, and various outdoor activities. The park is accessible via a subway station which is also named in honour of Jean Drapeau.

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Paul Déjean

Community leader, secular priest, antiracism activist, political writer (born 9 January 1931 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; died 22 November 2005). He was one of the great leaders of the Haitian community of Montreal and of the entire Haitian diaspora.

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L'International des Feux Loto-Québec (Montreal Fireworks Festival)

The International des Feux Loto-Québec is an annual fireworks competition in Montreal. It is usually held every summer in Montreal, since 1985. Many claim it to be the largest fireworks festival in the world. The festival usually draws about three million spectators annually. It involves the detonation of some 6,000 individual fireworks. A typical competition involves either eight or nine pyrotechnics companies representing their respective countries. Shows usually occur on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting at 10:00 pm during the duration of the competition, irrespective of weather conditions.

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Men Without Hats

Men Without Hats formed in 1977 amid the Montreal punk scene. They became pioneers of electro-pop in Canada after adopting a New Wave sound that made extensive use of keyboard and drum synthesizers. Their sound is characterized by infectiously simple melodies, socially and politically idealistic lyrics, and the distinctive baritone voice of lead singer, principle songwriter and chief member Ivan Doroschuk. The band enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1980s with the worldwide hits “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes the World.” Both songs were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September 2020.

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Mount Royal

Mount Royal is a short mountain with a wide base covering ten square kilometres. It is close to the geographic centre of the Island of Montreal. Mount Royal is Montreal’s defining physical feature and a protected site; it was designated a Historic and Natural District by the government of Quebec in 2005. By law, new buildings in Montreal may not be taller than Mount Royal. The mountain occupies a central position, not only in the urban landscape of the city of Montreal, but also in its history, culture and society.

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Mount Royal

Mount Royal is a short mountain with a wide base covering ten square kilometres. It is close to the geographic centre of the Island of Montreal. Mount Royal is Montreal’s defining physical feature and a protected site; it was designated a Historic and Natural District by the government of Quebec in 2005. By law, new buildings in Montreal may not be taller than Mount Royal. The mountain occupies a central position, not only in the urban landscape of the city of Montreal, but also in its history, culture and society.

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Gavazzi Riots

The Gavazzi Riots were two major disturbances that occurred in Canada East in 1853. Alessandro Gavazzi, a former Catholic priest and Italian patriot, had embarked on a speaking tour of North America. He scheduled stops in Québec City and Montreal for June. Both of these events were violently disturbed by angry mobs. In each case, soldiers intervened to restore order. In Montreal, on 9 June 1853, soldiers opened fire on the mob that tried to stop Gavazzi’s speech. Ten were killed and many more were wounded. The riots were a major confrontation between the city’s Catholic and Protestant communities. The events highlighted a period of increased religious tension in Canada.

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Montreal-Mirabel International Airport

Montreal–Mirabel International Airport is located in Mirabel (formerly Sainte-Scholastique), Quebec, about 40 kilometres northwest of Montreal. It was supposed to become the main international airport in eastern Canada. Opened in 1975, Montreal–Mirabel had the largest surface area of any airport in the world. It was supposed to accommodate nearly 40 million passengers per year by the year 2000. Many factors contributed to this airport’s decline; for one thing, it was far from downtown Montreal and hard to access. In November 2004, the airport stopped handling passenger flights. Now it is used for cargo flights and general aviation and as a centre for Quebec’s aerospace industry. (See Canadian Aerospace Industry.)

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Longueuil

Longueuil, Quebec, population 239,700 (2016 census), 231,409 (2011 census). Longueuil’s history dates to the 17th century with the settling of French colonists. It is today an important suburb of Montreal and is connected to the island of Montreal by the Jacques Cartier bridge and the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine tunnel-bridge. Longueuil is criss-crossed by major expressways linking metropolitan Montreal to Québec city, the Eastern Townships and northern New York State. The municipality of Longueuil is its own entity within the Longueuil agglomeration which includes other nearby cities.

Longueuil is situated on the ancestral territory of the Kanyen’kehà:ka. The land remains unceded and is considered Indigenous territory.

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Murray Hill Riot (Montreal's Night of Terror)

The Murray Hill Riot, also referred to as “Montreal’s Night of Terror,” was a major public disturbance that occurred in Montreal on 7 October 1969. (See Riot.) The event lasted approximately 16 hours and was brought about by a strike by the city’s police and firefighters. One police officer was killed, about 30 people were injured, over 100 people were arrested. The riots caused about $2 million in damage. Ultimately the army was called in to restore order. Quebec’s National Assembly also passed a special law ordering the police to return to their jobs. The riot was one of the more violent disturbances to occur in Montreal during a long period of civil unrest. At the time, Montreal was rocked by terrorist bombings, bank robberies (see Crime), protests and police brutality.

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John Redpath

John Redpath, businessman, philanthropist (born 1796 in Earlston, Scotland; died 5 March 1869 in Montreal, QC). Redpath played a pivotal role in the emergence of Montreal as a major industrial centre during the mid-19th century. Redpath, a stonemason by trade, was involved in the construction of both the Lachine and Rideau canals. He also founded the Redpath Sugar Refinery, which in turn helped establish a domestic sugar industry in Canada (see Redpath Sugar). Redpath had an extensive career as a businessman and as a philanthropist. He was involved in a number of major projects and significant enterprises that helped Montreal become Canada’s first metropolis and commercial capital.

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Brossard

Brossard, Quebec, population 85,721 (2016 census), 79,273 (2011 census). Incorporated as a city in 1978, from 2002 to 2006 Brossard was a borough of Longueuil. Longueil was created by the amalgamation of eight distinct municipalities, including Brossard. In a 2004 referendum, Brossard residents voted to reconstitute their city. In 2006, Brossard again became its own municipality. Brossard is located on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River, a short distance from the Champlain Bridge that links it to Montreal.

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Jeanne Mance

Jeanne Mance, co-founder of Montreal, founder and director of the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal (baptized 12 November 1606 in Langres, France; died 18 June 1673 in Montreal, New France). Mance was the business head behind a missionary settlement on Montreal Island in 1642. She recruited wealthy sponsors in France and became the settlement’s treasurer, director of supplies and hospital director. When the nascent colony was under threat, she offered hospital funds to raise troops, which allowed the settlement to survive.