I’ll be closing out the Montreal chapter of the project this week with this recording. As I walked around downtown I stumbled upon Rue Sainte Catherine about a dozen times. The street is almost like 5th Ave, you can’t really escape it. The portion of St. Catherine I recorded around was a pretty interesting area. It reminded me a lot of St. Mark’s Pl. with tattoo parlors and an overall grungy feel to it. Additionally this section of the street was FILLED with street art. Almost everywhere I looked there was a mural, graffiti, or tagging. It was absolutely amazing. In fact, it was so good that I need to do more than just one picture to illustrate the street correctly. I’ve grown to love these recordings because they ultimately tell the story of a city or neighborhood. Through these sounds you can start to visualize how vibrant of how relaxing a place can be. In this recording you’ll hear some more French Canadian, music blaring from cars, and that bit of wind that never seems to leave me alone.
Today I take you guys onto the Boulevard De Maisonneuve in Downtown Montreal. After getting off the Saint Laurent Metro Station I decided to walk down this Boulevard, and what a great decision it was! As I walked down the street a noticed a siding of a complex was completely painted into a beautiful mural. After a couple more minutes on the street another complex had a great mural, followed by another. By the time I got to the middle of the long avenue I realized that almost all of the apartment complexes were made into urban art masterpieces! The entire neighborhood surrounding the Saint Laurent Metro stop is filled with street and graffiti art galore. If you’re an urban art enthusiast I advise you to head to Montreal immediately! In the recording you’ll hear all of the sounds I encountered along my walk down the street. There’s college students chattering, cars driving by, soccer games, and yes my footsteps. Enjoy!