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The Listen Bird owns Montreal

Ah Listen Bird. I refuse to live in a Canada that doesn’t have youuuuuu. I mean, technically, Listen Bird owns Toronto too. I have so many Listen Bird photos from around Toronto that I haven’t even had the chance to blog yet. SO MANY! But here’s some of the goodies  I found in Montreal. DUDE GETS AROUND! This above piece was on Van Horne near St. Urbain.

This saying doesn’t translate very well into English (mostly because the Quebecois swear word “calisse” translates directly to chalice, which is a curse meant to insult the Catholic church) but it basically means “we’re screwed by the special law,”  or perhaps  “We couldn’t give a fuck about the special law,” or even “The special law fucks us over.” See?! So many translations! The special law in question is the infamous Bill 78 which Quebec premier Jean Charest passed in order to stop the Montreal student protests. However the Quebec Human Rights Commission found the law violated student’s right to protest and to assembly. After it was passed, over 100,000 people marched the streets of Montreal, banging on pots, in what was Quebec’s largest act of civil disobedience ever.



Here is another Listen Bird with the same saying (he finally spells “speciale” properly in french, hee hee. He forget the extra E in the first bird above). I found this on Notre Dame Ouest and Rue de l’inspecteur.

“Ecoutez nous” means “listen to us.” SO SAYS THE LISTEN BIRD!

I only found this LB because I had rented out another Bixi bike (you can get a 24 hour rental for $7, and this was literally the final hour of my rental plus I had to get from Notre Dame and Atwater all the way into Vieux Montreal). Fuck the metro, Bixi Bike to the rescue! The great thing about exploring cities by bikes is you see things you wouldn’t normally see. Sometimes walking is too slow, and taxis are too fast.

This guy was at Van Horne and Avenue du Parc on an entire parking lot that was abandoned and in ruin. This abandoned house was next to the parking lot.

Does this say “Listen Knife Barf?”

This amazing find was on Rue Saint-Jacques and Avenue Laporte. It takes up the space of the entire first floor of the building! He must’ve used a ladder or something to do this one.

Everybody wants some where.

POUTINE MACHINE! hahah! I found this guy in an alleyway near Mont-Royal and Christophe-Colombe.

This was on an abandoned garage near Saint-Viateur and de Gaspé.

In the alley ways near St. Laurent and Mont-Royal.



4 responses

  1. Ixel

    “On s’en calisse” actually means “we don’t give a fuck”.

    September 5, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    • yeah, that’s why i said, “We couldn’t give a fuck about the special law” right there in the post.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

  2. mel

    we love the “listen bird” in my family. the kids and I try to spot the news ones all the time. I too would love to photograph ’em, but we are often spotting them from the car.

    September 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

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