Browsing the "Gentrification" Tag

Village Idiot 1: On St-Henri

December 17th, 2013 | by David Bradford

St-Henri’s been getting me snickering lately, and I’ll gander you might agree. Folks have been trying to refurbish its tenement-of-yore, [&hellip

RIP Culture: A Funeral for the Main

May 30th, 2012 | by Jason C. McLean

I'd like to take a break from the revolution for a moment to say goodbye to a few old friends: several historic buildings that were part of Montreal's fabled Red Light District. That's what the activist artists in the Save the Main Coalition did this past Sunday as they staged a Funeral for the Main. The mock funeral, complete with a priest giving the last rights, pall bearers, hysterical mourners, a coffin and everyone dressed in black, drew 40 people in front of Cafe Cleopatre

The Red Light District: Café Cleopatre and the Singing Cockroaches

December 30th, 2011 | by Dawn McSweeney

Ever see the slacker classic Joe’s Apartment? That’s the one with Jerry O’Connell starring alongside some well trained cockroaches as a mid west boy in his first foray into quasi-manhood in NYC, conveniently landing a rent controlled apartment, subsequently discovering his landlord is trying to kill him off so they can tear down the building and put up a maximum security penitentiary. Well, the same thing’s happening on the Main. Basically

Parc Oxygène: The Small Cause & The Cost of Community

August 24th, 2011 | by Taylor Noakes

Have you ever seen a really small rally or demonstration? The kind where you instinctively ask yourself whether those gathered may require the services of a new communications director? Or feel compelled to determine exactly which crackpot idea would lead to this small congregation? "What's so ‘special' about your special-interest group," you may ask yourself, for shits and giggles

Tonight we’re going to party like it’s before 2009! Café Cleopatre celebrates its right to continue to exist

March 25th, 2011 | by Jason C. McLean

Strength in numbers is strength for sure, but does it ever go beyond that? Well, sometimes it does. Sometimes the people united can actually defeat much greater foes. That's exactly what has happened in the case of the artists of Café Cleopatre versus the City of Montreal and the Angus development corporation (SDA). If you haven't been following the story from the get-go, allow me to recap

Angus scraps plans to expropriate Café Cleopatre, but is the Cleo safe for good?

March 6th, 2011 | by Jason C. McLean

It looks like the independent burlesque, fetish and drag artists who call the second floor of Café Cleopatre on St-Laurent their artistic home will be able to continue doing so, at least for a while. City-backed developer Angus Development (SDA) told Radio Canada that they have scrapped their plans to expropriate the venue, and now plan to build two 13-storey buildings on either side of Cafe Cleo. This turn of events brings to a temporary end what is probably the biggest local David versus Goliath story to come about in a long while

2010: The year of confusion – From Rob Ford to Burlesque, the year that made no sense

December 26th, 2010 | by Jason C. McLean

I must admit, I'm a bit confused. I'm not quite sure what I'm supposed to write about here. It's a year-in-review piece, so at least the time frame is solid, but the subject matter, hmm, that's another story. You see, I don't really have a clear beat. I started off 2010 as a theatre writer, but now that's done by others and occasionally me, at least when it comes to burlesque shows (heh heh, but seriously, check out my reviews of Blood Ballet and Glam Gam). I do write about news and politics, even in this space, but I'm not the only one, so this can't be a year in the news piece. I could write about the year it was for FTB. (and in fact I will, but that's coming up New Year's Eve, not here.) So I guess I'm just going to have to talk about the year in random things that caught my attention

A Christmas present for Cleo: Yaccarini may throw in the towel

December 21st, 2010 | by Jason C. McLean

For supporters of Café Cleopatre and the heritage of Montreal's historic Red Light District, Christmas may come early this year and I'm not talking about the Glam Gam holiday show that wrapped up last weekend, either. Angus head Christian Yaccarini confirmed to Cyberpresse that he may just throw in the towel and give up on his company's ongoing attempt to expropriate the legendary burlesque, drag and fetish performance space and downstairs strip club. For several years, Yaccarini's Société de développement Angus (SDA), with the full blessing and encouragement of Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay and his administration, has been buying up spots on St-Laurent boulevard between St-Catherine and the Monument Nationale theatre and leaving them vacant, creating a virtual ghost town around the lone holdout Cleopatre. They hope to raize the area and replace what was recently a thriving community experiencing a rebirth with a giant skyscraper to house Hydro Quebec offices. Meanwhile, a coalition of artists, historians, academics and residents have been fighting this plan tooth and nail in the media, at City Hall, at the Office de consultation public and recently in the courts. It's this case brought by Cleo owner Johnny Zoumboulakis that may finally break Yaccarini's stubbornness on the matter. He argued that it might just not be worth it to keep paying legal fees when, as he put it in French, "Cleo's lawyers just don't want to come to an agreement."

I know what you did last night

September 24th, 2010 | by Hugo Trottier

Hugo's first series with FTB is the 35th anniversary show Cabaret Cléopâtre Grand Spectacle: 35 years of travesty and was held April 24, 2010. Hugo was invited by his friend Velma Candyass, he leader of the Montreal Burlesque Dance Troop, the Dead Dolls, to explore and photograph the event. The 35th anniversary show focused on creating awareness about the forced expropriation the Café may be facing due to the building of the new Hydro Québec offices. We've also been covering this story on FTB since June 2009. Spending most of his night swinging from front to back stages, Hugo captured the intimate and controversial side of the performers. The burlesque artists performances centered on dramatic impersonations of blue collars workers in the City of Montreal

Promote wildlife: don’t use condominiums

August 10th, 2010 | by Mel Lefebvre

Last weekend, organizers from the Committee for the protection of Anse a l'Orme successfully executed an event that got Sainte Anne de Bellevue residents all fired up to save one of their local eco-territories (one of 10 in Montreal). Sandwiched between Kirkland, Senneville, Sainte Anne's and Pierrefonds, a 95 hectare tract of regenerating forest in the Anse a l'Orme eco territory was put up for sale to developers by the Societe Generale de Financement (SGF - a profit seeking branch of the Quebec Ministry of economics), much to the horror of local conservation groups and Sainte Anne's council

1180 reasons to stay

July 12th, 2010 | by Laurence Tenenbaum

A bunch of millionaires bought condos in a recently gentrified area of Griffintown, near a traditionally working-class neighborhood. These high-rise condos, however, were built in a formerly industrial zone, on the sites where factories once produced many goods which are now produced overseas, but there is another rant about that and I think I already ranted about that one anyway. The area in question is not far from a former neighborhood called goose village, an area of town which housed mostly Italian and anglophone immigrants. The city destroyed that area of town in preparation for expo 67, but that is yet another rant for another time

The cheque’s in the mail

July 8th, 2010 | by Jason C. McLean

A stone's throw from all the action at the Jazz fest taking place in the city's brand-new Place des festivals, Café Cleopatre sits surrounded by art-covered boarded-up buildings waiting to know if it will still be there next year. Across the street, though, there is life and things are being built…or at least that was the case last week. Construction has stopped on Angus Development's 2-22 project which was supposed to house the Imago group, CIBL Radio and La Vitrine Culturelle among others. Apparently, the federal and provincial funding needed for these groups to occupy the space hasn't come through yet. Angus head Christian Yaccarini told La Presse that he is confident that all the contracts will be signed and construction will resume real soon and Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay is holding a cheque is in the mail-type attitude to the delay telling the Gazette that he has full confidence in Ottawa and Quebec City. Despite these attempts at being positive

Cleo’s new neighbours

May 31st, 2010 | by Jason C. McLean

The artsits of Café Cleopatre have some new neighbours. No, the businesses evicted by the Angus Development Corporation and the city haven't returned, but at least now, the boarded-up look is gone and has been replaced by graffiti

Just in time for the party: Angus to re-think its plans for the lower Main

September 3rd, 2009 | by Jason C. McLean

The Angus Development Corporation stated Tuesday that it would be rethinking its plan to erect an office tower on the west side of St-Laurent Boulevard between Ste-Catherine and Rene-Levesque. This comes over a month after the Office de Consultation Publique de Montreal (OCPM) released its report urging more reflection and a better plan for redevelopment of the area

If elsewhere ye have drunk your full…

August 29th, 2009 | by Jason C. McLean

The sports bar across the street is expanding and moving the karaoke bar to where the Cock n'Bull is now. In order for this to happen, the Cock n' Bull's lease was terminated. You might call it Sergakis gentrification, call it sad or call it a new beginning in a different place, but regardless of what you call it, this is the end of an era

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