Dancing in the Street


One of my favourite things about summer in Montreal is the sheer abundance of street closures. Of course, they aren’t closures at all, they’re openings — streets given over to pedestrians. This past weekend, cars were banned from at least seven areas, including most of the streets in the Latin Quarter, all of Ste. Catherine St. in the Village, Plaza St. Hubert, Crescent St. and, most impressively, the entire two-kilometre stretch of Ste. Catherine from St. Urbain to St. Marc. Although it was pouring rain for most of Sunday, Saturday was a perfect day to get out and explore the city, which is exactly what I did.

I wasn’t alone: streets everywhere were thronged with people. I spent most of the afternoon wandering down a sweltering Ste. Catherine St., stopping every so often to take in the passing crowd. Unlike some other street fairs, like Nuit Blanche sur Mont-Royal or Main Madness, the annual Ste. Catherine street sale is primarily a commercial event, closing up shop in the early evening and populated mostly by people hunting for bargains. But there are still buskers and DJs on hand to keep people entertained. Outside the Eaton Centre, where a DJ was blasting music into the crowd, one woman set down her shopping bags to dance in the street.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Tuesday July 15 2008at 08:07 pm , filed under Canada, Video and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

One Response to “Dancing in the Street”

  • BruB says:

    I’m all for Street Closure for the right reasons. But it seems there is a different street closure every day. No wonder people prefer to go shopping at places like Marché Central or even *gulp* Dix30.

    I’m lucky I live downtown and can easily take the metro for my commute (I work in DDO, have to take the car for daily commute though)