Montrealers’ fourth-favourite blog

The results of the Mirror’s annual popularity contest are in and Montrealers have voted Spacing Montreal as the fourth-best blog in Montreal. We were bested by Midnight Poutine, the Montreal City Weblog and Pregnant Goldfish (a street style blog). All I can say is that they deserve their spots on the list. Thanks, Montreal.

On a related note, I always enjoy reading the Best of Montreal, even though many of its results are the same from one year to the next and even if the whole thing is essentially an advertising grab. It’s entertaining, at the very least, and it’s also a good way to gauge what is currently in fashion among young anglophone Montrealers. (And I do mean anglophone — there is often a striking difference between the BOM’s results and those of its French counterpart, the Top d’ICI.)

Below, I’ve cobbled together some results that might interest Spacing Montreal’s readers.

Best Neighbourhood

1. Plateau
2. NDG
3. Mile-End
4. St-Henri
5. Westmount
6. Verdun
7. Little Italy
8. Downtown
9. Outremont
10. Gay Village

Best Building

1. Place Ville Marie
2. Sun Life Building
3. Bell Centre
4. Notre Dame Basilica
5. St. Joseph’s Oratory
6. Belgo Building
7. Olympic Stadium
8. Concordia EV building
9. Habitat 67
10. Bibliothèque Nationale

Best Montreal Weirdo

1. Hollywood the Banana man
2. Spider-Man
3. Spoonman
4. Bearded guy on the tricycle
5. One Armed Man on Ste-Catherine
(aka Stumpy)
6. Mado
7. Maysr
8. Madness
9. Flute-Playing Guy on Stilts
10. Cary Tauben

Best Busker

1. Spoonman
2. Spider-Man
3. Nose Flute Guy
4. Stilt Man
5. Hugger Busker
6. Drum Guy on Ste-Catherine
7. Peruvians in the metro
8. Bad News Brown
9. Hollywood
10. Michael Jackson Dancer

Best Non-Chain Coffee

1. Café Olimpico (124 St-Viateur W.,
(514) 495-0746)
2. Santropol (3990 St-Urbain, (514) 842-3110)
3. Art Java (837 Mont-Royal E., (514) 527-9990)
4. Club Social (180 St-Viateur W., (514) 495-0114)
5. Caffé Italia (6480 St-Laurent, (514) 495-0059)

Best Place to Have Public Sex

1. Mount Royal
2. Parc Lafontaine
3. Parks in general
4. Old Port
5. The metro
6. Alleyways
7. My balcony
8. Washrooms (including Barfly, Wanda’s,
Typhoon, McGill Library, Basement of McGill’s new music building, 9th floor Con U, Saphir, Brutopia, Café Melies, Dawson, John Abbott, RCMP HQ)
9. Botanical Gardens
10. Parc Jean Drapeau/Ile Ste-Hélène


  1. I like a lot better than the other blogs. I have a question about the “Best Montreal Weirdo” category. What is the name of the guy who dances with Spiderman? I see him everywhere. Isn’t he featured in the poll?

  2. Thanks! I thought I was the only one who had noticed his omnipresence! I will comment here if I find out his name :), and if he allows me to post it of course :P

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