by Kevin Gould
2016 – 2015
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Chris DeWolf looks at two great old neon signs in different parts of Montreal.
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When I was a kid, my dad travelled a lot all over small-town Ontario so we often ended up eating at Chinese restaurants, because there’s always a Chinese restaurant and a tavern, and I was underage. The meals always came with hot mustard, soy sauce & plum sauce, in plastic packets from Wing’s. When I saw THE_ACTUAL_WING’S when I moved to Montreal, I felt like I had discovered a mythical wellspring of awesomeness.
I love seeing old photos of St Catherine from the 40’s and 50’s with all of those huge neon signs. It’s a shame more of them didn’t survive.
Speaking of those neon signs on Ste Catherine, does anyone know if any by-laws or whatnot are preventing any new ones from going up. I ask because it came to my attention that the Fameux is allowed to keep its signage despite new rules on the plateau.
The Plateau has bylaws governing the size of signs but I don’t think it has anything to do with the type. Some older signs have been grandfathered so long as they maintain the existing business (I would argue that Nouvelle Palais in Mile End has changed their menu far enough away from “repas typique Québécoises” that they shouldn’t be grandfathered, but maybe I’m just mad that they don’t have poutine anymore).
man those old signs are beautiful. I wish there were more. the new backlit signs and the sort of fake artisinal ones are much less cool. I wish the plateau would spend there time and energy on more productive matters
On a semi-related note, if you’re in Ville Saint-Laurent, look at the new frontage for Decarie Hotdog. The building’s been entirely redone and the hotdog place and its neighbour have really nice classic signs, imo.
Does anyone know why the city forbade Navarino to put its sign backup (on Parc near St-Viateur)? Is it a safety issue? Apparently, it’s now part of http://signs.concordia.ca/new-navarino-cafe.html
I figured it was an OLF violation but I guess it was just too big. Apparently the rules vary from borough to borough, too. I tried to look it up on the VdeM site but the by-laws section for the Plateau is password protected.
Is anyone here old enough to remember the Shell sign atop the University Tower building? Two or three storeys of rotating neon awesomeness. Must’ve been quite something to behold at night.
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