The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

The film “Viking”, the comic strip “La méduse” and the album “medium pleasure” are part of crushes.

The various cultural showcases of the metropolis are favorite places to consume art, but also to stock up on suggestions. Here are their favorite releases of 2022.  

Music 

 The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

Photo: Gaëlle Leroyer

medium pleasure by Ariane Roy (Universal Music) 

“The composition and the melodies [of medium pleasure] are of good quality. This record did well here, even though we received it at the end of the year. It's a nice surprise. In the first albums of certain artists, there is a concentration of ideas and it is often their best. [Ariane Roy] has a beautiful voice and there are good arrangements. As for the songs, I particularly liked C'est pas de la chance.” 

  • Luc Bérard, owner of the record store L&rsquo ;Slant 

 The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

Archives of Cédric Dind-Lavoie (Foghorn) 

Archives by Cédric Dind-Lavoie is a winter album. There are samplings of folk music and contemporary music. Normally, Cédric Dind-Lavoie is a bassist for other musicians. Archivesis his first solo. It's one of the most original things I've heard this year. It's good from A to Z and it's very well done.” 

  •  Jean-François Rioux, owner of the record store Le Vacarme 

Literature

Favorites from booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

When dawn comes by Dominique Fortier (Alto) 

“First of all, it’s super tender, it’s sweet, it’s beautiful. And above all, it's a long meditation on mourning, because it's the story of the loss of a father. Well, I find that we live in a rather violent time, so it feels good. It's a soothing novel.” 

  • Éric, co-owner of the bookstore Le Port de tête 

 The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

Writer Monique Proulx. Photo: Yves Provencher, Metro

Remove the night from Monique Proulx (Boréal)  

< p>“[It’s] a novel that tells the story of Markus, who fled his closed [Jewish] community [which was suffocating him] and who discovers freedom in a Montreal where everything is new to him. He must first live on the street, in the company of a traveling friend. He will then start doing odd jobs and help people struggling with homelessness himself. He mixes with the marginalized and, because of his past, does not always understand them. However, he tries to keep his values ​​while adapting to the harsh world in which he lives. At the end of the day, it's an illuminating tale about the meaning of life.” 

  •  Frédéric Lalonde, bookseller at the Librairie de Verdun 

Cinema 

The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

Viking by Stéphane Lafleur (Les Films Opale)  

“With great originality, this absurd idea is believable, funny, sad and dramatic. People are chosen to simulate an astronaut expedition to Mars. The film is a beautiful study of human behavior. The photographic direction is impeccable and the actors are directed wonderfully.” 

  •  Jean-François Lamarche, Deputy General Manager – Films at Beaubien Cinemas, du Park and Museum 

BD 

 The favorites of bookstores, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

La Méduse by Boum (Pow Pow editions) 

The Medusade Boum impressed me a lot. [This comic book stands out] by the subject on the one hand, and on the other hand by the treatment which is really very moving. The theme is particularly relevant. This is a very touching book about a young girl who is losing her sight. It comes in the form of a jellyfish that she has in her eye. [This jellyfish multiplies] to the point where it loses its sight completely. The character is endearing and it is a very beautiful comic. Many of us have read it here and I think everyone fell in love with it.”  

  • François Mayeux, owner of the Planète BD bookshop < /li>

 The favorites of booksellers, record stores and cinemas in Montreal

Chanson noire by Jeik Dion (Glénat Québec) 

“This is the first comic book written by [Jeik Dion] and it is magnificent. The horror story is different from what we usually see. [Editor's note: It concerns a couple who move to the countryside and who are confronted with an evil tree and a cosmic event upsetting their tranquility.] In terms of drawing, it's really interesting. He is very instinctive compared to what we usually see [in Quebec], which is more cartoonish. It is a line that is more hatched, torn, more intense. The coloring is also special. From a creative point of view, it is one of the most original comics in terms of production methods. It is a work that is also very personal.” 

  • Christian Viel, owner of Librairie Z 
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