Volume 1 of Rake&Co. is available for purchase! This 120-page bilingual magazine is inspired by the cultural, commercial and social goings on in Montreal. Inside, we look at new boutiques, evolving districts, local artists, curious new businesses and much more.
Foodies hone your Google map skills and iron them bibs! Our city is revisiting the 1947 bylaw that restricts street food vendors to federal-provincial property and festivals. The food trucks are revving up their engines, busting out choice produce and servin’ up some fresh street food...
It’s kinda fun to watch how we find occasions to hang out. Heather’s softball team “The Ringleaders” is a great example of creating as many excuses as possible to get together with friends.
There’s a lot of excitement these days about reclaimed objects and all things vintage, but what’s happened to antique stores in the midst of all this? Kavanagh Vintage is a wonderfully curated shop in Montreal’s west end (NDG) inspired by the vintage markets in Camden Town. Beau Kavanagh and partner Sarah journey high and low hunting for memorable pieces - whether vintage jewelry is your thing or a Hughes & Owen drafting table, every inch of this place is worth the visit.
The world's very first commercial rooftop farm sits atop an office building smack in the middle of downtown Montreal. Lufa Farms is a 31,000 square-foot greenhouse that grows over 40 varieties of produce year-round. But this is about a lot more than a farm in the sky, it's a potentially game-changing prototype for urban agriculture. The story has an alluring moral too: that urban farming is both possible and profitable. We chatted with Yourianne Plante, Communication Officer at Lufa Farms,...
Last year, we launched the Potted Farm with a lovely how-to video demonstrating just how easy it is to grow your own tomatoes with limited space. This year, we thought it would be fun to try to re-invent the “pot” in said “potted farm”. Don’t get any funny ideas, we mean the container.
Most of us have some wooden spoons lying in a drawer somewhere in the kitchen. So when we saw this simple DIY project online we couldn’t resist injecting fun into everyday objects and making them an accent piece both at the table and around the kitchen.
A glance around our office space is all it takes to see that we are huge fans of repurposed materials. We are located in an area of Montreal that was once known as the Fur and Diamond District and while there are still some jewelry and fur companies in the building (we prefer not to discuss the latter, it upsets Toni Brown, our office pooch), most of the spaces have been converted to working loft spaces much like our own.
It’s pretty well documented that many of us are re-thinking our relationship with the things we buy these days. We’re more enthusiastic about purchasing local goods, we rather willingly pay a premium for organic and asking about the provenance of items has become common practice.
We all have a personal version of New York City. Its jumble of cultures, the diversity of its neighbourhoods and its rich history make it a place that is unique to every person who visits or lives there. So inevitably, if you were to ask someone what is THE quintessentially "New York" thing, you'd get an array of answers. For some, the essence of the city can be found at a neighbourhood restaurant on the corner of some back street, while others might choose a boutique, a walk, a park, an...
Saguenay is near Rimouski, right? No, wait, is it in Abitibi? I heard there are [insert any number of your choice over four] girls for every guy! Hey, I know [insert name], you must know her; she’s from the Lac! Your accent is so cute! (aka I didn’t understand a word of what you just said ...)
Do you know Simon Roy? The former Raker and current CloudFriend is not only the most fantastic guy, but has the most exquisite handwriting imaginable.
Meet the man behind Daddy Mojo, the creator of custom cigar box guitars.
As soon as the sun meets the clouds, Montreal comes to life and the hustle and bustle doesn't end until the sunlight disappears into the horizon line once again.
We are super pleased to announce that you can now purchase a High Five Poster of your own! Inspired by our unabashed love of mutual congratulation and all ‘round nerdiness, we wanted to share a little of the joy with you.
Twelve years ago, I left my hometown of Ottawa to move to Montreal, the city I now call home. Moving away from friends and family allowed me to keep close ties to the city I grew up in and, moreover, to experience it as a weekend visitor would. I always look forward to the short train/car ride to Ottawa – you’re about 2 episodes of Mad Men away from a completely different pace of life and scenery. Those who have accompanied me on these weekend getaways have also commented on how charmed they...
Manhattan is a million places in one. You can spend an afternoon on the Upper East Side, hitting up swank shops, doing the museum circuit, lunching amongst the ladies who, well, lunch and dreaming about what all those park-facing apartments look like on the inside. In that same day, you can find yourself trend spotting on the Lower East Side, trying to push past baby strollers on the Upper West, or watching fashion shoots in the streets of the Meatpacking District. When people ask me...
Two weeks ago, the world's premier trade show for computer and video games, the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, closed its doors. This year's event offered a glimpse of how the industry is going to tackle the great challenges it faces due to recent gaming trends.
We’ve noticed that, as of late, city dwellers are getting pretty garden savvy. You might say it’s a “growing trend” (get it? Haha). Sure, gardening can be daunting if you live in the middle of the city and only have a small balcony to call your own but this doesn’t mean you should feel left out. Even if you can’t squeeze a BBQ out there, you can certainly fit a tomato plant! In fact, tomatoes are a great place for amateur green thumbs to start.
I believe that I have an interesting – yet not uncommon – perspective on Hong Kong. Having been born there but moving to Canada when I was 6, visiting gives me simultaneous feelings of nostalgia and discovery. This was never more apparent than with my last visit. Being an independent "adult adult" now, I am truly able to appreciate the things that I once took for granted, most notably the availability of unbelievable food, fashion and the interesting mix of British influence with Chinese...