PostArctica: Grimskunk at Verdun Art

Yesterday was the now annual event on Wellington street called Verdun Art organized by Nadia Gagnon of Maltehops. And it was nothing less than an awesome day of music on the street. There were 5 musical groups and the Girardin family and friends put on a drumming concert from their balcony. Little girl lets the ...

PostArctica: Garden In Verdun

Interesting watering system.

PostArctica: Dying Tree With Storm

Don’t look back.

PostArctica: River High, Shore Erosion In Verdun

The Saint Lawrence has been much higher than usual this spring in Verdun. Today I walked between the Natatorium and the Marina and there were parts of the lower path already washed out. My first concern is that many trees along the shoreline have already leaned into the river and I wonder if this erosion ...

PostArctica: When Nature Gets Creepy

It is cold and there is enough of a wind to blow some of this tall grass around, occasionally flying into your face. Snow has fallen forcing swaths of it to collapse creating the illusion of these low lying dark spaces where all kinds of horrible troll like creatures may exist, just waiting for you ...

PostArctica: Binoculars and Beaches

 

PostArctica: Still Life With Pasta #16

At the river today…

PostArctica: At The Monument

Funny, I hung around this park in front of Verdun City Hall in the 70’s and there are a zillion crazy stories about what that was like. So last month I was walking through and saw all these young people gathered around the actual monument and I was getting thoughts like,  way to go, folks, ...

PostArctica: Autumn Pictures

5 from today in the rain.

PostArctica: More Backlog

Some more pictures from over the last 4 or 5 months. Back of bar Palco who are building a terrasse for summer. Could be a very interesting place! The old Guy Gagnon Arena in Verdun  which became the home of The Circus School of Verdun and is being renovated into a kind of cultural centre ...

PostArctica: Backlog

Some more from recent months. Chapel at Montreal General Hospital. Sculpture outside Frontenac Metro station. Rescue workers on Verdun waterfront. “Red Top” near Woodland in Verdun. View from inside Renaissance, corner Gordon and Wellington.

PostArctica: Trouble On Troy?

Walking down here yesterday and this valve thing started to blow. It’s a strange sight with pipes leading from one fire hydrant to another. The other side of the street is a maze of pipes and hoses running through yards. I have no idea how long this has been going on or why because it ...

PostArctica: Some I liked

Again, some random shots from recent months… Jeanne Mance street as I still call it. Montreal General, Cedar entrance. Park where Lasalle and Wellington criss cross. Stanley Nelson Jr, Director of, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, answers questions via Skype at Concordia Verdun Waterfront, last ice on the Saint Lawrence at dusk

PostArctica: Three

PostArctica: Verduners Helping Local Fire Victims

Terrible fire the other night left some families out in the cold, some losing most of their stuff. But Verduner’s have responded quickly and generously by giving many needed items such as clothing. Stopped in at L’autonome on Wellington, it’s very busy, but very organized. Such a great community effort! Here is the latest message ...

PostArctica: December 26, 2015

Beautiful day, about 7 above, still no snow, but we are expecting freezing rain and snow in the next 48 hours so all these scenes will change. Long shadows are irresistible. Tried for something soft and dreamlike here, not so sure it worked. Battery died after this shot but I kept going, nice to be ...

PostArctica: Happy Holidays! – Jam Report #8

All I can is WOW! What an amazing 8 week run this has been!  People said a live music venue in Verdun was needed and I think we proved them right. Its been an incredible time meeting great people, having fun and hearing a lot of fantastic music. I have to thank Fani Love, proprietor ...

PostArctica: Mandolins and Traditions – Jam Report #7

Another great night at the Jam! I would like to mention the importance of community, that feeling of belonging to some kind of evolving open cohabitation in the ‘hood, up the street, around the corner or in the lanes. People come to the Jam from all over town, that’s Verdun these days – a community ...

PostArctica: Energy – Jam Report #6

One thing no one is going to accuse Verdun of being is a hotbed of live music, for the most part it’s non existent. But things are changing. There is now a weekly Friday night Jam at Cafe Kali that is an unqualified success according to those who have shown up and it just seems ...

PostArctica: Special Event – Jam Report #5

Overflowing house Friday night as a bunch of things were happening as well as the Jam. Politicians came by, lots of artists were networking, Rocky Mt Lo led a ribbon weave art workshop for kids in the basement, poetry readings, and, of course, some great music! Wally Dae and Daniel Ranger getting it all going. ...

PostArctica: The Pool Room in Verdun

This is the block on Verdun avenue between Desmarchais and Melrose. On top of the Dollarama was The Pool Room, a snooker hall where my generation basically hung out, grew up fast, and a lot of firsts were experienced such as smoking your first joint or dropping acid for the first time. It was the ...

PostArctica: The Pool Hall in Verdun

This is the block on Verdun avenue between Desmarchais and Melrose. On top of the Dollarama was The Pool Hall, a snooker hall where my generation basically hung out, grew up fast, and a lot of firsts were experienced such as smoking your first joint or dropping acid for the first time. It was the ...

PostArctica: Thursday Night Casseroles

Weather was better, nice group of people, and the hilarious comedian, Fred Dube! Quebecers protesting austerity continues every Thursday night at 7.

PostArctica: Cabane a sucre in Verdun

Becoming a tradition as this is the 5th installment. And after this long cold neverending winter it is great to get out and see tons of people on the street. Cabane a sucre is often translated as “sugar shack” and it is a part of Quebec culture – harvesting maple syrup and basically turning it ...