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Hotel Review: Hotel Monville by Didier Young

I have spent so many years in Toronto that my life seems to be forever intertwined with the city. For the last ten years, I’ve called Toronto home but it almost didn’t turn out that way for me. As a bilingual, Montreal and Toronto were both big contenders when I was trying to figure out where to live in Canada but the winter temperatures in the Quebec City soon dissuaded me from moving there. I am still very happy with my choice to live in Toronto but I still greatly enjoy heading over to La Belle Province yearly. For this year’s Osheaga trip, we decided to stay at the Hotel Monville in downtown Montreal.

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24 hours In Montréal with Porter Airlines: New Instagrammable Spots by Didier Young

Out of all the Canadian cities, I am glad that I picked Toronto to be my home. Afterall, the city does offer a lot of opportunities and it is imbued with an intoxication energy that never fails to empower me. However, Montréal was a close second when it came down to finding myself a Canadian home. While the french city tugs at my heartstrings with its gorgeous architecture and food scene, unfortunately its winter was the ultimate factor that caused it to come second to Toronto. I try to visit as often as possible and when Sabrina suggested that we should go for a day trip to the city, we immediately booked our Porter flights.

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A Night at the Opera by Didier Young

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said that “Music is the universal language of mankind.” There is something sublimely intriguing about music and its ability to convey emotions, whether you understand the language being sung or not. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance Age where music was a focal point of every one of their movies and, as such, I grew to love musical theatre. However, I surprisingly never managed to attend an opera performance until last week.

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Altitude Sports X Canada Goose by Didier Young

In my early twenties, I was faced with one of my biggest life decisions: to move abroad. It wasn’t a decision that came lightly but the move felt necessary for me to be able to further my career. Thus started a year long process of figuring out the pros and cons of the potential contenders for my new home country. We all know how the story ends. I ended up moving to Toronto, Canada, a charming city filled with energy, polite people, good food and intense winters.

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Trouble in London by Didier Young

Something rather unpleasant happened to me on my way to London: I found out that I had lost my PR card. For those unaccustomed with the term, a permanent residence card allows me to remain permanently in Canada and is the one piece of government issued identification that also allows me to re enter the country as I please. Needless to say that when I found out that I had lost it, I became a nervous wreck on the brink of tears.

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First time in Osheaga by Didier Young

Although I have been living in Canada since 2009, this season has been a summer of many firsts for me. The last few months saw me camping and eating s’mores near a fireplace, going to my first baseball game and attending Osheaga. For those who might not know, Osheaga is a three day indie music festival hosted in the beautiful city of Montreal. Recently ranked on Forbes as the seventh most lucrative music festival in the world, Osheaga is by far the most important of its kind in Canada.

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Travel Diaries: Montreal by Didier Young

When I arrived to Canada in 2009, I landed in the city of Toronto, the fast paced and commerce oriented capital of Ontario. Years later, I can now call this city a home that I cherish and love. I am by all means a Torontonian. However, sometimes I do feel a slight bit of ennui in the city and when this happens, I usually head off to La Belle Province to the beautiful city of Montreal. I recently took a spontaneous trip to the highly European influenced city for the brief duration of two days, spending a full day of simply strolling around the city and stopping by cafés and cute independent stores.

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Bosk & Chef Emil Minev by Didier Young

The pen is mightier than the sword. This particular sentence gives a grander purpose to the power of words as opposed to brutal force. With words, we shape human laws and allow arguments to be resolved through debate. We pass down words of wisdoms and lessons learned. We create imaginary worlds and creatures that transport us to otherworldly locations. Sometimes written words are so powerful that they lead explorers in a wild goose chase, searching for a mystical paradise and sometimes the idea of those utopian lands creates such a lasting image that we name buildings and hotels after them. Such is the case with the Shangri-La hotels.

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Chabrol by Didier Young

Nestled between two buildings in the heart of Yorkville and at the very end of an alley, Chabrol is in an inconspicuous location that is easily overlooked. What would be harder to miss however, is the warm welcome that the small restaurant received when it opened its doors at 90 Yorkville Avenue. Since then, Chabrol has become the french restaurant to go to when in the area....

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