Jazz lovers can have July; come January, it's electronic music that takes over the streets. For four winter weekends and 12 nights total, from 6:30 pm to midnight, head to Montreal's Old Port to dance the night away with local and international DJs, sip warming drinks at the bar, buy gear at the Igloo village or even get your photo taken to enter the one-piece snowsuit competition.
The funny thing here is that I, being of a generation prior to the new school house set of the Y2K era, have always wondered about doing these all-nighters outdoors in the freezing col 514 weathers... And then a few years ago, out pops this big festival, which seems to be cashing in to my idea from the late 90s! Anyway, I am certain I was not the very first person to think up this idea... Point is that I have always wanted to go at least once to go see what the hooplah is all about, but year after year, just like my crappy neighbor situation, I keep on growing older while they keep getting younger! And as I think I may have mentionned in a previous blog entry, my good friend J and myself have reached the age where we would be singled out as "those" old guys in such a crowd; you know the type I am talking about, when you were younger yourself and wanted to party in a crowded area, and there were always these yucky older guys who gave off that perv vibe, who seemed to be there just for the eye candy (i.e. oogling at the younger girls in skimpy tight outfits dancing and kissing each other). Anyway, seeing as how even in the late 90s J and myself were already starting to feel as though we were already getting slightly too old for this kind of gig... Anyhow, the point is that year after year, Montreal organizes this festival which seems to have gotten quite big over the years, and has attracted a great deal of big time names as guess performers and DJs, so as the little blurb copied from this morning news (yes, I do that sometimes; copy & past news stuff found the same day online!) it may be the "in" place to be Montreal during these freezing cold days...
Speaking of which, we have been beating records this week hitting all time lows in terms of freezing cold weather. Alot of folks are not used to this because over the last few years we have seen a massive change in weather patterns in this area (the north west) which resulted in much less freezing winters than in previous years/decades. Now it seems that this week we are seeing a "return" of what Montreal winters are all about, but anyone under the age of 30 or 35 wouldn't remember this as the past 10 or even 15 years have been quite "relaxo" in terms of the intense chill factor of the 514 winters. But it is darn tootin' cold as a MoFo these past few days, and I am glad I am lucky to have a shelter (granted with piss-poor neighbors, no water pressure at all, crooked floors, and bad heating/bad electrical set-up) and that I do not work outdoors, because just yesterday I went into my DVD contact/supplier's car to check out his DVD goods and the discs were so cold they would FREEZE my hands and fingers! So yes, even though I am not afraid of the cold or frost at all (I am well known to be the opposite of everyone in this province of Quebec and claim I like winter and don't enjoy summer!) This week has been quite frost-freeze oriented.. especially with the wind-shield factor. Brrrrrrrrr!
Eastern Canadians freezing in the dark; power company turns off its lights
A power utility shut off the lights on its iconic logo in order to save electricity Wednesday, on a frigid day marked by school closures and increased bunks in homeless shelters.
Vast parts of the country were dealing with the onset of a lengthy cold snap that saw Hydro-Quebec turn off the lights on the logo outside its headquarters, which shines like a landmark on the Montreal skyline.
The utility has had to buy additional power from Ontario and the United States, and is urging customers to cut usage in peak hours to save electricity. It says it's reducing the heating and dimming the lights in its own administrative buildings.
The utility says preliminary estimates indicate it broke a record for consumption Wednesday morning, with 38,900 megawatts being used.
That's higher than the historic 37,717 megawatts that was reached on Jan. 24, 2011.
In Montreal, there were reports of burst city pipes as temperatures plummeted to -26 C, with the windchill projected at -38 C. Power failures were reported around the province.
In Toronto, the city reported its coldest weather in two years as temperatures dipped to -21 C and additional beds were added in homeless shelters.
People in Atlantic Canada bundled up and huddled against the cold as they negotiated sidewalks that shone with the glare from ice.
Many schools in northwest New Brunswick were closed due to frigid weather, with the temperature dropping to -36 C in Grand Sault.
Environment Canada predicted it could go as low as -41 C in some places.
Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were also in the deep freeze.
Temperatures in the West were mostly warmer Wednesday although, in Winnipeg, the thermometer was set to drop to -32 C — with the windchill plunging below -40 C.