The list author says: "Here are some of my favourite Montreal moments over the years, from reading Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels to the great music scene here, from the Jazz Festival to Arcade Fire. And don't forget the many superb films set here, from 'Agnes of God' to 'Mambo Italiano.'"
"Another great world musician, Brazilian Tom Jobim. It's hard to say whether he was influenced by jazz or whether he changed the course of jazz and all popular music. Either way, a great musical original, appearing onstage in Montreal."
"Still Mordecai Richler's best novel. When he was at his sarcastic, cutting best and did not try to prove what he a great writer he was (which mars 'Barney's Version' and other later novels). Captures a slice of Montreal history very well."
"The one good album by the Montreal former Indie band, Arcade Fire. The rest is pretentious and repetitive. On stage, they used to act like liberated lunatics, now they have become only self-important lunatics."
"Starring Jane Fonda as a psychiatrist in this film version of a Broadway play directed by Canadian Norman Jewison is a worthy drama set in a Montreal convent about conflicts between private, intimate faith and public, shared illusions."
"One of Montreal's real medical dramas, set at the Allan Memorial Institute with the genius-in-a-hurry, American psychiatrist Ewen Cameron. Cameron was dedicated but had poor scientific ideas and allowed his research to be funded during the Cold War by the CIA looking for 'brainwashing' techniques."
"Sweet story about a gay Italian Montrealer and the pains of coming out to his family. It has been compared to 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' I think this movie based on a play is more real and less steroetyped but both play on ethnic stereotypes."