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Friday, September 18, 2009
Best of Montreal 2009 according to Montreal Mirror
1. Father Emmett “Pops” Johns 2. Leonard Cohen 3. Current Habs (Saku Koivu, Alexei Kovalev,Bob Gainey) 4. Celine Dion 5. Brother André 6. Guy Carbonneau 7. William Shatner 8. Pierre Elliot Trudeau 9. Justin Trudeau 10. Maurice Richard Honourable mentions: Jean Béliveau • Guy Laliberté • Guy Lafleur
The founder of Dans la Rue and the legendary singer-songwriter retain their perennial top spots. Current Habs did well, as the BOM voting took place before the team choked, while ex-Hab Guy Carbonneau still has his supporters. Perhaps because an English greatest hits set has rekindled some fandom, or maybe because she hopes to buy the Habs and improve them, Dion moves up to #4 from #10.
MOST DESIRABLE WOMAN #1, BEST LOCAL BLOG #10: Nadia G
Montrealer Closest to Hell
1. Gérald Tremblay 2. Bob Gainey 3. Celine Dion 4. Ben Mulroney 5. Frank Zampino 6. Brian Mulroney 7. Carey Price 8. Jean Charest 9. Karla Homolka 10. Mosé Persico Honourable mentions: Mary Hell • Pauline Marois • Vincent Lacroix
For the fourth consecutive year, our mayor is #1! Gainey (#2), having helmed the Habs’ sad centennial season, makes this list for the first time, as does municipal-politician-turned-businessman Frank Zampino (#5), who recently joined the ranks of the unemployed in the wake of a public water meter scandal.
Most Desirable Man 1. Justin Trudeau 2. Leonard Cohen 3. Roy Dupuis 4. Alexei Kovalev 5. Sam Roberts 6. Carey Price 7. Jonas 8. Nathan Cassiani 9. Saku Koivu 10. William Shatner Honourable mentions: Gabriel Aubry • Mike Komisarek • Jay Baruchel
Trudeau (#1) trades places with last year’s winner Cohen, while Dupuis and Kovalev hold down third and fourth and Roberts moves up a notch. The Shat is back and Koivu makes his first appearance in this category, while Jonas and Price rise up from mere Honourable mentions. Concordia organizer and activist Cassiani moves down three notches, desite his stellar musical taste (his Facebook page is public, FYI).
Most Desirable Woman 1. Elisha Cuthbert 2. Mitsou 3. Nadia G 4. Mutsumi Takahashi 5. Celine Dion 6. Amy Blackmore 7. Karine Vanasse 8. Isabelle Desjardins 9. Caroline Néron 10. Melissa Auf der Maur Honourable mentions: Annie DeMelt • Jessica Paré • Emmanuelle Chiriqui
The top two reigning queens remain, but Nadia G of Bitchin’ Kitchen fame has arrived to bump everyone’s favourite lady newsreader down to #4. MusiquePlus’s Desjardins debuts at #8, and actress Néron returns to the list after last year’s absence, possibly on the strength of her starring role in 3 Saisons. Multitasking stage star Blackmore is up by three and actress Vanasse makes the top 10 for the first time.
1. Leonard Cohen 2. Rufus Wainwright 3. Guy Carbonneau 4. Justin Trudeau 5. Philippe Dubuc 6. Daniel Phalen from Cafeteria 7. Mado 8. Celine Dion 9. Cary Tauben 10. Keith Dean Honourable mentions: Todd van der Hayden • Pierre Lapointe • Plastik Patrik
Money, media stature and good taste are clearly not required to win over Montrealers when it comes to style. This list includes singer-songwriters, a hockey coach, a politician, a waiter (#6), drag queens (#7 and arguably #8), a designer (#5), a bizarre self-proclaimed fashion personality and partygoer (#9) and DJs (#10).
5. Bob Gainey 6. Maxim Lapierre 7. Georges St-Pierre 8. Guy Carbonneau 9. Mitch Melnick 10. Randy Tieman Honourable mentions: Georges Laraque • Jacques Demers • Alexandre Despatie
Possibly due to votes cast before the Habs hit the wall, the top two spots remain unchanged from ’08. Gainey (#5) is up one and Lapierre debuts at #6, though Price (#4) and Carbonneau (#8) have dropped one and four, respectively. Also on the descent is TV personality Tieman (#10), while radio guy Stock (#3) continues his peculiar rise to the top. Melnick makes the move from honourable mention, while champion mixed martial artist St-Pierre rises by two.
1. Mosé Persico 2. Ben Mulroney 3. Celine Dion 4. Andrew Carter 5. Mado 6. Cary Tauben 7. P.J. Stock 8. Frank Cavallaro 9. Gérald Tremblay 10. Anne-Marie Losique Honourable mentions: Michelle Richard • Java Joel • Julie Snyder
The city’s top three of tacky remain the same, while CJAD’s Carter (#4) somehow overtakes Mado (#5). The Team 990’s Stock (#7) makes an impressive debut, while fashionisto Tauben is down one and our mayor moves up a notch—his approval rating could use such a boost.
Best Montreal Weirdo
1. Hollywood the Banana Man 2. Spider-Man 3. Spoonman 4. Maysr 5. Tricycle biker 6. Cary Tauben 7. Nantha Kumar 8. Dane Gerus 9. P.J. Stock 10. René Angélil
Honourable mentions: Bernie from Dollar Cinema • Gérald Tremblay • Ben Mulroney
We Montrealers like our homeless, our buskers and other oddballs-about-town with a side of fruit (#1), spidey sense (#2), a set of spoons (#3), dread and decks (#4), a child’s ride (#5), an ego problem (#6), a restaurant (#7), a blog (#8), a sport radio show (#9) and a billion dollars (#10).
BEST DRESSED MONTREALER #2, BEST SINGER/SONGWRITER #8: Rufus Wainwright
1. None 2. Justin Trudeau 3. Amir Khadir 4. Gérald Tremblay 5. Thomas Mulcair 6. Jean Charest 7. Gilles Duceppe 8. Peter McQueen 9. Pierre Trudeau 10. Stéphane Dion Honourable mentions: Mario Dumont • Boris St-Maurice • Marc Garneau
After last fall’s win in Papineau, now-MP Trudeau (#2) moves up a notch, as does his dad (#9), despite having done nothing for us lately. The Bloc chief (#7) rockets up from honourable mentions and victorious Québec Solidaire co-leader Khadir (#3) shoots up from #8, while our premier (#6) plummets four spots and NDG’s provincial Green candidate McQueen is down one. As for Dion and Dumont, we’re guessing their BOM supporters voted ironically.
Best Political/Social cause
1. Environment 2. Dans la Rue 3. Homelessness 4. Breast cancer 5. Animal rights 6. Health care 7. Education 8. Arts funding 9. AIDS 10. Bloc Pot Honourable mentions: Anglo rights • global warming • anti-police-brutality
Mother Earth is closest to our readers’ hearts, as is the plight of people living on the streets, just ahead of our furry friends, our aging, diseased bodies (#4, #6, #9), building up our brains (#7), expanding them (#10) and, new to the category thanks to Harper’s Conservatives, keeping our artists afloat (#8).
1. Jaggi Singh 2. Amir Khadir 3. Fidel Fuentes 4. Nora Rohman 5. Students 6. Alison Louder 7. Anti-police-brutality protesters 8. Chris Schwartz 9. Father Emmett “Pops” Johns 10. Lucas Solowey Honourable mentions: Nisha Toomey • Reverend Darryl Gray • Stefan Christoff
Singh’s the king once again, with lefty MNA Khadir close behind and the NDP’s Fuentes rising in the ranks. We welcome queer organizer Rohman to the activist scene, as well as Pops—the man himself is relatively under the radar, but his street-kid organization, Dans la Rue, always keeps the bullhorn handy. Supporters of exiled Tibetans (Schwartz) and Burmese (Toomey) make the cut too, while Louder, though more artist than activist, sticks in Montrealers’ minds due to her work on the Parc Avenue issue in ’07, and that awesome surname.