Tag Archives: West Island

Political Conversation

Saturday, June 15, 2013 former Canadian PM Steven Harper in political conversation with party supporters  in Montreal's West Island.

Former PM Steven Harper in political conversation with Canadians living in Montreal’s West Island about his federal
Conservative government programs.

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June 15, 2013 allowed former PM Steven Harper a political conversation with Canadians living in Montreal’s West Island about his federal Conservative government.

Harper appeared very happy with the large turnout of Conservative party support during his stopover in Montreal talking about his government programs for Canadians, and answering multitude of questions from the crowd.

It was a warm sunny Saturday and this was a diehard Conservative event by invitation only to see the Prime Minister of Canada speak, I was lucky to get an invite through my connections in the Conservative party.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CONVERSATION”.

Beer Deprived

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The beer deprived have strange things happening to their minds sitting under hot summer sun all corrected by that cool brewski and the brand doesn’t matter.

The scene is the 13th edition of the West Island Blues Festival and the great Michelle Sweeney has yet to make it on stage meanwhile, the band is busy playing, warming up for her.

Nobody should be deprived of something cool to drink on a hot day although it doesn’t have to be alcoholic  in fact, pure clean water is best.  Also, nobody should be deprived hearing  great music much provided free in many concerts and festivals in and around Montreal.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DEPRIVE”.

Cool Bicycle Voyageurs

Four cool bicycle voyageurs of Montreal Police Bicycle Squad enjoying Blues Fest.

Four cool bicycle voyageurs of Montreal Police Bicycle Squad on knoll top enjoying West Island Blues Fest.


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Four cool bicycle voyageurs of Montreal Police Bicycle Squad, resting on knoll top enjoying the 13th West Island Blues Fest last Saturday, June, 18, 2016.

This special SPVM(Montreal Police) squad normally does its work all over the Island travelling to where large crowds of people gather particularly to events such as the Blues Fest. They are mainly out in force in the summer on Mount Royal Park, the huge park land composing Mount Royal, which overlooks the city of Montreal.

I took this interesting picture after spotting these policemen perched on that knoll taking in the great music happening on stage at the Blues Fest last Saturday. The area in and around the festival grounds was peppered with various members of Montreal Police including this four-man team ensuring total safety for all citizens, our tax dollars in action.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”VOYAGE”.

Summer Music Fest

This summer music fest, the West Island Blues Festival, delighted hundreds.

This summer music fest, the West Island Blues Festival, in perfect weather, delighted hundreds of Blues fans.

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This summer music fest, the West Island Blues Festival, on a perfect Saturday, June 18, 2016 delighted hundreds of Blues fans attending it

I happened to install myself just behind this couple far enough back from the huge speakers positioned at both sides of the stage complimenting smaller ones on the stage. Music shows tend to crank up the volume and I only wanted to protect what level of hearing I still possessed for a bit longer while still enjoying the great music.

It was a wonderful show with a super core of distinguished Blues musicians and world famous singers including Flirt and Dawn Tyler Watson, Michelle Sweeney, TC Blues Band, Pat Loiselle, and Freddie James Project.

As my picture shows everybody relaxed and enjoying Flirt perform on stage. Most sat in their own portable chairs, others on provided seats of rigid plastic, the rest sat on a beach towel on the grass or stood watching and enjoying it. All enjoyed the beginnings of a great summer and the fantastic music season happening all around Montreal.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SUMMER”.

Spring Thaw 2016

Spring thaw 2016 in April yet old man winter hangs on dumping more snow.


Spring thaw 2016 is here now in April however, old man winter hangs on dumping more snow.

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Spring thaw 2016 is getting on as it should now that it is April however, old man winter seems to hang on by dumping more snow and freezing rain.

The picture you are viewing is actually spring 2014 and the place is the Centennial Park in Montreal’s West Island however, it does illustrate Canadian springtime conditions.

Past Summers Recall

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Past summers recall is about some of the Canada Day entertainment I saw in Montreal’s West Island, and just like the USA’s 4th of July everything ends with a bang or bangs of fireworks going off.

Although this video is short nevertheless, it is four and half minutes so enjoy the show while nature throws everything at you outside your warm comfy home.

After Hard Work It’s Time For 2016

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After hard work it’s time for 2016 now that winter has come to stay for the next while.

Just last week, we were basking in +17 degrees Centigrade and some were even playing on the golf
courses while others were starting to wear shorts and short sleeve t-shirts all this changed over last weekend.

Traditionally, Liberals when they are trying to get elected, promise to move mountains and pave our
streets with gold afterwards, they expect us to forget their promises and just meekly pay an exponentially increased tax bill.

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, famous for the 8 billion litre “Sewagegate dump” into the Saint
Lawrence river, with his city council passed a law last year forcing all municipalities on the island of
Montreal to coordinate their efforts in a collective front against the forces of mother nature or face hefty economic sanctions.

These past few days have shown what a load of blarney that collective effort has been, again citizens
heard the same time-tested excuses from Montreal city hall as we have in the past and with the same results. The only change  seen is that our taxes have increased even more, to be  redistributed to a new collective of swindlers.

There is another group however, that does its job efficiently regardless the severity of the weather all through our long winters, these are the private snow clearing companies working out mostly in the West Island, this little video is about them in action.

After their hard work these folks also deserve  to celebrate New Year’s Eve rewarded  with goodies  it
offers. By-the-way, HAPPY NEW YEAR to everybody, may it be a happy, healthy, and prosperous
2016!

Evening Transition

Evening transition depictslate summer changing into fall.

This evening transition depicts late summer changing into fall in Centennial Park.


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This evening transition depicts late summer changing into fall, the scene is the artificial lake in Centennial Park in Montreal’s West Island.

The sun has gone down and its warm glow envelopes the horizon way past the treeline meanwhile, the shadows have quickly moved in around the lake shore.

This scene happens every year at this time signaling that the lazy hazy days of summer are now just a memory until the next time. It also reminds us of our own lives and how they too race by us leaving just the warm embers of our busy everyday experiences.

This my contribution for photo challenge “TRANSITION”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

Steven Harper has a huge smile after his achievement.

Steven Harper has a huge smile after his achievement addressing his supporters in the West Island

Steven Harper has a huge smile after his achievement while addressing his supporters somewhere in the West Island of Montreal during the 2011 federal election. His Conservatives went on to win that election achieving a majority government. Despite our PM Harper’s valiant effort to reach out to voters in the West Island his party failed there however, as the picture shows he certainly satisfied his Conservative voting base that afternoon.

I was lucky to be invited by a friend to this event and snapped this shot along with a few others of our PM in action. My photo has been edited to give it a timely appearance of the past after all, it was four years ago.

Cool Mike DeWay Blues Band


With temperatures soaring this summer, something cool..the fabulous Mike DeWay Blues Band performing at the 2012 West Island Blues Festival, these boys are steadily gaining fame with their brand of real groovy music..well you be the judge!

Started by well-known blues guitarist and Dollard-des-Ormeaux city councillor, Errol Johnson, the Festival is a free annual outdoor event that takes place Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 in Dollard-des-Ormeaux Park. It is a community-minded venture designed to aid non-profit organizations and promoting Blues in the West Island.

It has been responsible to raising almost $60,000 benefiting organizations that include the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, the West Island Black Community Association, the West Island Women’s Shelter, Call of the Wild and La fondation Portage.