Creating 18 Shades of Gay

Look up to the sky in Montreal’s gay village and you will see a rainbow. Six years ago, Claude Cormier and Yannick Roberge of the landscape art & design firm Claude Cormier + Associés Inc. brought a little magic to a stretch of St. Catherine street with over 150,000 pink balls cascading overhead. In celebration of Montreal’s…

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How Old Is Montreal, Really?

Here’s something that might surprise you: Montreal is not 375 years old. Though it has been three-hundred and seventy-five years since French colonists established a small fortified village called Ville-Marie (near the Pointe à Callière archeological museum), human beings have lived on the island of Montreal for a much longer period of time. Exactly how…

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The Little Montreal LGBTQ Press That Could

When long-time friends and current neighbours Ashley Fortier and Oliver Fugler decided to launch a small, independent press back in 2015, they didn’t have specific goals in mind for the future. With a focus on producing quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities, the two co-publishers of Metonymy Press, who met back…

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Issue 001: Illumination
News

Welcome back. After a short hiatus, The Main is back in full force and ready, more than ever before, to serve up stories that Montreal needs to read. We’re a digital magazine. We’re a curatorial platform. We’re a local collective. As part of our new mission, The Main will be driven by a specific editorial theme…

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Thomas Vernis: Meet the Real ‘Tommy’ Behind Montreal’s Beloved New Tommy Café

When Desjardins asked The Main to find a local professional whose work would be inspirational to aspiring entrepreneurs, we were happy to help. In keeping with their desire to inspire and support young people in realizing their own passion projects, we sought to tell the story of a self-made local businessperson who’s taken a creative approach to building their own business, picking…

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