Thank goodness for the Sheenas of the world who do all the cultural legwork so that we don’t have to.
Originally conceived as a gift for friends, now a full-blown resource and blog, Radical Montreal’s City Guide is a collection of alternative, sustainable and activist resources, all in one place for our convenience. Listings include free things, queer things, edible things, zine things and more. This will save the visitor or newcomer to Montreal a lot of time getting situated in — let’s face it — Canada’s best city. The earnestness and positivity with which Sheena introduces each resource makes even this jaded old soul look back fondly on memories of that town. The full-colour guide includes headings in a stenciled typeface.
You may be familiar with many of the resources listed — QPIRG, growing sprouts, Food Not Bombs, Expozine, yarn bombing — but all that good stuff is here, all in one place and all definitely Montreal. Even the background of each page is a crummy, concrete grey evoking the rough charm of that town.
So I think we can overlook its endorsement of Tam-Tams. (Chris Landry)