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Bienvenue! Welcome! Seat yourself at any diner in Montreal, and chances are this is what the placemat in front of you will read—a cheery invitation to the world of poutine and steamés. This chorus of greeting is also emblematic of the dynamic that makes this city so interesting. Montreal’s historic “two solitudes” are just two parts of the city’s ever expanding spectrum of city-dwellers. Diners, known in Quebec as casse-croûtes, are a quintessentially North-American institution. However, their informality, low prices and long business hours invite hungry people from all walks of life, making them a site of cultural exchange. Bienvenue / Welcome wants to explore the individuals, objects and places that make up Montreal and invites all those who encounter it to explore it as well.

Issue 2 was launched at Nouveau Palais on April 5th to the beats of DJ Cadence Weapon and is now available at Patati Patata, The Main , Casse-Croute du Coin, Green Spot and Mademoiselle Jean Talon . Stop by these fine institutions for a good meal and brief exploration of how food defines culture in Quebec.

MONTREAL, QC


Forbidden love and a bowl of chili beans: The Coaster’s “Smoky Joe’s Cafe,” 1955.

— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#the coasters  #diners  #1950s  #smoky joe's cafe  #songs 
"They sprawled along the counter and on the chairs. Another night. Another drag of a night in the Greeks, a beatup all night diner near the Brooklyn Armybase. Once in a while a doggie or seaman came in for a hamburger and played the jukebox. But they usually played some goddam hillbilly record. They tried to get the Greek to take those records off, but hed tell them no. They come in and spend money. You sit all night and buy notting. Are yakiddin me Alex? Ya could retire on the money we spend in here. Scatah. You dont pay my carfare…
24 records on the jukebox. They could have any 12 they wanted, but the others were for the customers from the Base. If somebody played a Lefty Frazell record or some other shitkicker they moaned, made motions with their hands (man! what a fuckin square) and walked out to the street."
Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby, Jr., 1957.
— 2 years ago with 15 notes
#last exit to brooklyn  #hubert selby jr.  #fiction  #new york city  #1950s  #jukebox 
A drive-in restaurant in Brantford, Ontario, in 1959—complete with carhops! In fact, this photo looks like it might have been taken through a car window.
(Photo courtesy of the Archives of Ontario.)

A drive-in restaurant in Brantford, Ontario, in 1959—complete with carhops! In fact, this photo looks like it might have been taken through a car window.

(Photo courtesy of the Archives of Ontario.)

— 3 years ago with 7 notes
#ontario  #canada  #archives  #drive-in  #1950s  #photography 

A streetcar converted into a diner. Langford, BC, 1951.

(Photos courtesy of the British Columbia Archives.)

— 3 years ago with 21 notes
#archives  #british columbia  #canada  #photography  #streetcar  #1950s