A blend of old and new

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - TRAVEL -

If you look at the bridge’s web­site (http://jacquescartier­cham­plain.ca), you’ll learn about the other ways the il­lu­mi­na­tions are af­fected (they in­clude weather, wind di­rec­tion, traf­fic and re­quests from watch­ers). With 365 col­ors to play with, the cre­ators claim that ev­ery evening, a unique light show is pre­sented.

De­cid­edly more low-tech, but just as ex­cit­ing, is Mon­treal’s mu­rals dis­trict. Ev­ery June, artists come from across the globe to leave their mark on the city dur­ing a two-week fes­ti­val. While crowds watch (and bands play), they paint works of all sorts on walls across cen­tral Mon­treal. These stay up in­def­i­nitely, and af­ter five years of fes­ti­vals, there now are more than 80 vi­brant mu­rals across cen­tral Mon­treal, in­clud­ing a sev­er­al­sto­ries-high paint­ing of lo­cal hero mu­si­cian Leonard Co­hen, a ren­der­ing of the Seven Deadly Sins in ice cream cones and a witty take on the “Mona Lisa.”

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