St. Joseph's Oratory City View
I provided this picture to give you some idea of what view you will get from St. Joseph's Oratory. You are in the Mont Royal area but as you can see the view isn't the neccessarily the world's best from here :-(.
You can see for miles however on a nice cool crisp morning like this one :-)
see the outdoor festivals in...
see the outdoor festivals in the summer. The Jazz Fest is a must, comedy fest, cultural celebrations....there are activities all summer long and there are always free events. There is a great variety of restaurants.
St. Joseph's Oratory
I was speechless when we arrived~~well, for a couple of reasons~~standing at the bottom it really is a magnificent sight. Then you have to start climbing the steps! This was especially treacherous on our visit because it had snowed and it was slippery and icy. (Well if the devoted can climb on their knees, we sure can handle this!)
I miss the colourful Victorian houses. Some of the neighbourhoods of East End Montreal are quite dreary, but suddenly out of the blue pop out amazing examples of restored Victorian architecture. Some of the best examples can be found on the Square St-Louis, Avenue Laval, Avenue Prince-Arthur, and Rue Cherrier. Below are homes just off Prince-Arthur.
The notorious percussionists rendez-vous...
The Tam-tam Jams or Tam-Jams as they are called first started in the late 70's. The exact facts are not known til this day, but we know that they started around the summer 1979 in the "Old Montreal" with Michel Séguin. We also know that Don Hill launched the invitation to Montreal's percussionnists to go to the Mount-Royal's foothill around the summer 1980. According to musician Roger Gauthier, present at the jams since their beginnings: Don dreamed to gather 100 percussionnists simultaneously to make a great concert. Quickly, word of mouth made it around the city and within the following six years hundreds of people gathered every Sunday at the same Mount-Royal spot. In 1986, the jams came down a bit lower to the George-Étienne Cartier's "angel" monument. During the following year the number of participants went from the hundreds to the thousands of people and since then... it has been the same every Sunday morning, people gather to party all day under the "angel" along with the tam-tam rythm. Be there, or be square! Everyone is invited from children, to grannies, whatever your sex, color, language, dressed or half naked... to listen, enjoy, dance or play music along with hundreds of other percussionists, come and have a party under the hot summer sun, but also from the first Spring "warm enough" days, to the last "not too cold" Fall days (usually from June 12th to end of September)... at the foothill of the Mount-Royal, you can't miss it.