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highlights: the end of live jazz monday, the canadian festival of spoken word, and breakfast at le cartet

Looking back over my photos from this week, I felt a wash of gratitude come over me. I went into the week with no plans to see anyone. I was expecting a week of job hunting, blogging, and Netflix, accompanied with an atmosphere of general solitude. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of solitude (and Netflix) but I’m new to Montreal and have been bracing myself for some lonely feelings. Much to my surprise I found myself seeing all sorts of lovely people.

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On Wednesday I visited the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word at Casa Del Popolo. It was so jam packed I couldn’t even get through the door! I was invited out by a Montreal friend but I ran into tons of people from Ottawa. This isn’t surprising though since Ottawa has an awesome spoken word scene.

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On Thursday I went out for breakfast with the lovely woman in the photo above, Averil Parker. We went to a place in Old Port called Le Cartet. Old Port is the southmost part of downtown Montreal and it’s got a really beautiful industrial vibe. All the buildings are mismatched brick and the streets are at odd angles. I fell in love with Le Cartet right away. It had a long thin dining room with high ceilings, and white brick walls. I will definitely be returning.

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Of course, last Monday I saw a whole bunch of friends at The End of Live Jazz Monday. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to make the evening a special one. Having the opportunity to sing every week for the last four years has truly shaped who I am as a vocalist and I am so grateful for having had the opportunity.

What are you grateful for this week?

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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