Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Montreal Forum Auction and the Habs haven't won Since

The Forum has long held a special place in the hearts of Montreal hockey fans. The arena at Atwater Ave. and Ste-Catherine St. W. was the home of the  Canadiens for seven decades — including Les Glorieux’s most glorious years — until 1996. It also was home to the Maroons in the 1920s and ’30s.
The Habs played their final game there (a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars) on March 11, 1996. The occasion was marked with appropriate ceremony. Present were some of the biggest stars of the past, including Guy Lafleur, Jean Béliveau and Maurice (Rocket) Richard.
While memories may be priceless, that was not the case for the Forum’s seats, turnstiles, banners, nets and a host of other items. These were sold at auction to raise money for charity. Pierre Obendrauf’s photo of auctioneer Serge Belec taking centre stage in front of some of the items to be sold appeared on Page 1 of the Montreal Gazette on March 13, 1996, along with a column by Peggy Curran recounting the previous evening’s events.
“Before auctioneer Serge Belec even opened the bidding, Canadiens president Ronald Corey was so confident that he guaranteed a cheque of $100,000 to Centraide and the Old Timers Association. By the time the final hammer fell about midnight, $726,750 was in the till. Former NHL president Clarence Campbell’s seat went for $12,000. Corey’s block of four reds went for $9,000,” Curran wrote.
She marvelled that “a worn turnstile sold for $1,800, while a stick and jersey belonging to Donald Brashear, who hasn’t scored a goal this season, went for $2,500.”
The 1992-93 Stanley Cup championship banner was bought for $32,000. The Canadiens, who now play at the Bell Centre, have not won the Stanley Cup since.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spring Forward..Fall Back

As stupid as it is ,it is that time again SPRING FORWARD,,,,,,,,,set your clocks ahead, maybe someday we will; get rid of this lunacy,however that time is not today//////////Cheers ! Les


Friday, March 8, 2019

Chalet BBQ 75 years old, a place all Montrealers know for sure, story is from today's Montreeal Gazette


Brownstein: Chalet Bar-B-Q, keeping it tasty for 75 years

The chicken? The sauce? The paneling? Some theories on what's kept this Montreal barbecue spot so popular for so long.
                                                                                      There have been some legendary barbecue chicken establishments in this city, but few have drawn the fervour of aficionados quite like N.D.G.’s Chalet Bar-B-Q, which goes a long way toward explaining why it is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
Regulars come from far and wide, and let’s just say that it’s not for the dim lighting and knotty pine décor from another era. But it is for its attentive service from another era and for its familiarity and, of course, for its — dare I say, for fear that Colonel Sanders may spring from his grave to strike me down — “finger-lickin’-good” chicken, slowly charcoal broiled in ovens that go back to 1944.
A spirited discussion ensues at one lunchtime table among three buddies who have been frequenting the place since they were kids some 60 years ago.
“It’s obviously the chicken that keeps us coming back,” they coo almost in unison.
“It’s like walking into my parents’ basement here,” says one of the guys, Dave Masterson. “It has always felt like home. But it’s the whole package: the chicken, fries, sauce, coleslaw. It’s unique. There’s nothing like this in the whole planet. I know. I’ve tried so many of the others. But that sauce. … it’s just so addictive.”
“We have customers who come in to order two sauces, and drink one before the meal,” says Chalet GM Danny Colantonio, right, with manager Danny T aka Mr. T, at Chalet Bar-B-Q. ALLEN MCINNIS /MONTREAL GAZETTE
So much so that Masterson used to drink it straight, before even getting to the chicken and fries.
“It was back in my high school days,” Masterson elaborates. “A few of us would drink that instead of coffee, and I’ve been sauced ever since.”
Nor is Masterson unique in this regard. “We have customers who come in to order two sauces, and drink one before the meal,” notes Danny Colantonio, the Chalet general-manager for nearly 30 years.
But Colantonio insists the magical ingredients that go into that sauce are known only to owner Louise Mauron McConnell, daughter of the Chalet’s Swiss-born founder Marcel Mauron.
“The sauce is all part of the mystique of this place, which keeps bringing me back,” says John Rochon, a regular for 63 years. “My parents would only be able to take us out a couple of times a year, and this was our big treat to come to Chalet. And it remains a treat for me all these years later.”
At another table, Tom Rogers, 86, recalls coming to Chalet when it first opened 75 years ago. “I came with my mother and I must have liked it then, because I haven’t stopped coming back.”
“I’ve only been coming here for 72 years,” declares his pal Paul Doyle, 88, the 2018 Irishman of the Year. “So they must be doing something right.”
A 15-year veteran of the kitchen, Kajithan Baratharajah is one of the more recent hires at Chalet Bar-B-Q, which is celebrating 75 years in business. ALLEN MCINNIS / MONTREAL GAZETTE
“And I’ve only been coming here for 70 years,” cracks their buddy Charlie Baillie, 84, the former Montreal Alouettes star and longtime coach of the McGill football squad. “It’s always been good times and good food here, and it was a very effective place to come when I would recruit players for McGill.”
Another regular, André Picard, 82, first romanced his future wife here 66 years ago. “We would go to a movie every week, then have dinner here,” he recalls. “We never stopped coming after we married. She died two years ago, but my son Daniel and I keep coming back every week. It’s the chicken — it’s better than any other in Montreal — but it’s also the great memories.”
Colantonio is struck by the devotion of his customers: “I could do a book about this place: As the Chicken Turns. There are just so many stories here.”
“I really credit the concept, from the beginning,” Colantonio says, “of broiling chicken over hardwood charcoal. That is the flavour-maker. We don’t use other flavour enhancers, either.” ALLEN MCINNIS /MONTREAL GAZETTE
“That’s what happens when we serve three and even four generations of the same families,” explains server Louise Goedike, who has been slinging chicken here for “only 28 years.”
“What customers keep telling me is that they love this place for the chicken and the fact that nothing changes here — not even the waitresses,” jokes server Mella Gianforte, a relative Chalet newbie with just 24 years on the floor.
“That’s really the secret: Nothing changes here,” Colantonio says. “We re-did the floors about six years ago, but we don’t dare change the panelling, otherwise our customers will ask what’s going on. This is a slice of time preserved for them. It’s a taste experience here, and it’s a visual experience as well.
“But I really credit the concept, from the beginning, of broiling chicken over hardwood charcoal. That is the flavour-maker. We don’t use other flavour enhancers, either.”
In a week, about 3,000 customers pass through Chalet — which closes only Christmas Day — and almost as many do takeout. This requires 2,500 birds and eight thousand pounds of potatoes weekly.
“In the old days, there used to be a sign saying if customers wanted forks and knives, ‘please ask,’ ” Colantonio recalls. “In those days, everybody used to eat the chicken with their fingers and, yes, many drank the sauce straight out of the cups. They still do, but we bring the cutlery anyway.”

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Van Morrison likes Montreal, and played there in one of the theatres on Saint Catherine way back when.

Bob when you said a theatre on Saint Catherine I wondered if it was maybe the Capitol ,and so a quick search found this following excerpt form a Montreal article:
“I first saw Van Morrison in the late 60’s at the Capitol Theatre on Ste-Catherine Street. He performed two shows that evening – and he was in full flight by the time the second show was underway.” I’m in conversation with Rubin Fogel, a lifelong fan of Van Morrison’s music, and the promoter for Morrison’s October 1st performance at Salle Wilfred Pelletier in Place des Arts.

   =the whole article can be read here at this link: Hope it brings back some memories for you Bob. (sorry but you will have to copy and paste or hi-light the link and right click for google to find it)

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Imperial Theatre

We already have a post on the site way back re: Montreal Movie Theatres,including old pics of most of them,including the Savoy of course.but in today;s Gazette is a short article on the old Imperial ,it is still around today being used as an art festival or something. Man we had some cool old buildings in our day,too bad they were not all saved. The following is the article from todays Gazette.

       The Imperial Cinema is one of Montreal’s last surviving movie palaces.
Opulent theatres like the Imperial proliferated in the city starting in the early 1900s and were designed to present vaudeville acts at affordable prices — the plush 2,000-seat facility on Bleury north of Ste-Catherine was billed as “The People’s Pleasure Palace at Popular Prices.”
But by the 1990s, many of the original movie palaces had been torn down or turned into multiplexes. That’s why it made headlines in the Montreal Gazette on Feb. 1, 1995, when Famous Players cinemas donated the Imperial to the Montreal International Film Festival.
At the time, Famous Players president Joe Peixoto said the gift marked the centenary of the movie industry and the 75th anniversary of Famous Players.
It also reflected the fact that the Imperial had become a white elephant, closed for weeks on end. The hope was that the festival would return the facility to regular use. The Imperial would become a showcase for vintage movies and gala premieres, film fest head Serge Losique told our reporter.
Unfortunately, since then the film festival itself has fallen on hard times. In August 2017, creditors were about to foreclose on the heavily mortgaged cinema when Québecor mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau stepped in, investing $5 million to take over most of the Imperial’s debt and ensure the continued existence of the film festival.
This photograph by John Mahoney shows the Imperial in its splendour around the time of the Famous Players gift.