A pillar of the identity of our city, nightlife has always been a cultural meeting essential to our living together. It is during a night in Montreal that we meet our friends, discover our work colleagues and maybe even find love. Nightlife is fundamental to our need for socialization.
The nights of Montreal also constitute a living industry forming the creative heart of Montreal: from folk concerts at the Quai des Brumes to shows metal from the Turbohaus, passing through the raves of Studio Notre-Dame, they support countless artists and technicians who often produce culture outside of institutional structures.
It is such an important sector of our city’s identity that during the last election campaign, Mayor Valérie Plante made a commitment to endow us with a nightlife policy.
Unlike other major Canadian cities that have put in place infrastructures to administer nightlife in recent years, Montreal is still lagging behind, which the current coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated.
However, on May 23, the mayor said about the coming summer: “There must be something cool […] I want to say that Montreal is cool, I want to want to come back. “
Will we want to come back to Montreal if our nights ” cool »End at 11 p.m. with the closing of the terraces? Where can youth find themselves, while the city’s bars and clubs remain closed? Will there be a space for nightlife this summer in Montreal?
Due to the ban on private gatherings, the mayor should provide spaces for socializing so that Montrealers can enjoy the summer nights. The city is expected to innovate based on exceptional measures that will make nightlife possible this summer.
– Mme Plante could transform industrial zones into spaces for night socialization, where street trucks and large tables that respect the distance could very well live beyond 11 p.m., outdoors, without creating any nuisance.
– It could end the “beer sandwich” and legalize alcohol consumption in parks and some public places, such as Vancouver and Toronto.
– She could push for Quebec to allow bars to take out, as in Ontario. The absence of such a measure in Bill 61 is an insult to an industry of $ 1.5 billion in economic benefits and 30,000 jobs.
– Finally, it could allow the dissemination of amplified music in certain areas of certain city parks during the day, to compensate for the loss of places for cultural dissemination.
For lack of space to express themselves, the night owls will not disappear. Rather, they will be pushed to transgress public health regulations by turning to spaces that do not respect them; they may cause nuisance by appropriating places that are ill-suited to their uses.
It is deplorable that Montreal has become less cool and permissive than other major Canadian cities. The mayor must correct the situation.
As the last City Council took place last Monday and nothing was planned to integrate nightlife into the summer cultural recovery plan, Montreal will go to bed at 11 p.m. this summer, with the terraces and parks closed.
When will a political class that really cares about nightlife, essential engine of our identity and our international reputation? This is what will make our city so ” cool “
* The members of the MTL 24/24 Night Council: Salima Bouaraour, founder, co-manager of CKKrecords; Sami Ghzala, project manager in citizen participation; Janick Langlais, co-founder Coop Katacombes; Vincent Lemieux, programmer, Festival Mutek; Julie-Soleil Meeson, head of the Quebec Addiction Workers Association; Mokrane Ouzane, founder of Ilusion Festival; Christian Pronovost, creative consultant, producer and DJ; Jess Reia, researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Montreal Studies; Jonathan Rouleau, doctoral candidate, Communication McGill; Éliane Thivierge, founder of PLURI; Malick Touré, co-founder and managing director of Ausgang Plaza; Patrick White, professor at the UQAM School of Journalism.