Wednesday, February 22, 2012

100 Strangers Project Part 13

Meet Michel Lefebvre

Meet my stranger part 13: (unlucky for some but lucky for me) Michel Lefebvre from Montreal. Michel founded his bookstore in 1987. There are approx 10,000 books in his store and another 5000 in storage. He finds his books from just about everywhere, from garage sales to donations. His favourite books to read are thrillers and travel books, although his says he has not traveled much, I beg to differ he has been to Spain, Morocco and Portugal. He lived in Italy for a year when he was in his twenties. He speaks English, French, Spanish, basic Italian and Portuguese. He also lived in Mexico and worked as a translator. Michel is 72 years old, a bachelor he tells me but loves his little bookshop of 24 years. Besides his amazing bookstore, Michel also was playing classical music adding to the ambiance inside. His store LIBRAIRIE HENRI-JULIEN can be found in the Plateau at Villeneuve and Henri Julien.

Above: Never a store without a good Hitler book
Above: in Greek and in Latin

Above: you can see some books from 1854 and 1706

100 Strangers Project Part 12

Meet Zoe Pearce:
Meet my stranger part 12: Zoe Pearce, 21 years old from Calgary. She just moved here a month and a half ago and its pretty much her first time away from home. Why so far and why Montreal? To learn French she replies. She has a part time job walking this little Boston Terrier called Coco. Coco an energetic dog to say the least definitely keeps her on her toes. She also works at a local coffee shop. Good luck to Zoe, who will be pet sitting Coco all weekend, at least the weather is warmer. Merci beaucoup to Zoe for taking the time out of her walk to help me with my project.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

100 Strangers Project Part 11

Meet Eddie Barbosa:

Meet my stranger part 11: Eddie Barbosa, a local fishmonger. Eddie has been working in his dads fish shop for the past 5 years. His dad opened the shop 34 years ago. His father came from the San Miguel islands in Portugal. Eddie told me that they import fish from all over the states esp Boston and from Portugal. He showed this huge fish called Grouper fish which can be used in stews. He also showed me the imported Sea Eel from Portugal and the roe inside. They have clams, mussels, sardines, eel, grouper, shark, crab, shrimp, lobster, and many irish peoples favourite perri winkles to name but a few. Eddie is 36 years old born and raised in Montreal and has a 3 month old baby. His favourite seafood are shrimp and lobster. Their fish shop S. Miguel can be found on St Urbain and Villeneuve.

100 Strangers Project Part 10

Meet Jérôme Choquette:

Meet my stranger part 10: Jérôme Choquette. I ran into this well dressed bloke on Parc and Laurier. I had to ask him to be part of my project cause he was this handsome old man but what I didnt know was he is also the Ex Justice Minister of Quebec and the Ex Major of Outremont. Jérôme is 84 years old, has four children and four grandchildren. He is still practising law and taking on some big cases, he said he is fighting the whole justice system because its unfair. Jérôme has helped pass some of Quebecs finest laws including the protection of children act and the charter of human rights and freedoms. He work has taken him to places like China and Japan. What a legend and keep up the fight!! Thanks to Jérôme for the nice chat about politics and world travels.