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Love Local: Support the local businesses and culture that make Montreal great

We’re pledging to make Time Out a platform that supports Montreal's local campaigns, culture and independent businesses.

By JP Karwacki

Hey Montreal,

It's been a crazy year so far.

Back in March, Time Out Montreal changed its name to Time In Montreal and launched a #LoveLocal campaign, lending our voice to campaigns and independent businesses that are fighting to keep local food, drink, culture and entertainment in our city alive.

We're tweaking that a little bit to reflect to upcoming holidays.

🎁 This holiday season, we ask that you shop local. 🎁

Throughout November and December, Time Out Montreal is supporting and celebrating local businesses in cities worldwide, using our platform to promote local makers and venues:

🛍️ We’re putting together gift guides that give back to your city—local merchants and makers, gift certificates, merch, you name it—and we’ll do our best to give you some great deals too.

🛒 We're declaring that Black Friday (November 27) should be Independents Day, to hijack one of the year’s biggest spending days and turn it into a day to buy exclusively from independent businesses.

Time Out's editors have been seeking out the best of city life since 1968. While Time Out Montreal may be in its infancy (we've only been around since January 2019!), it knows that a city is nothing without its restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, theatres, music venues, nightclubs, cinemas, art galleries and a galaxy of local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, think, create, cut loose and fall in love.

If we don’t take actions like this, countless places like those listed above will close their doors and disappear.

In Montreal, we began by pledging to support the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, an emergency economic relief fund created to support restaurant employees who are facing economic hardship. They still need your help, but we want to also suggest you consider donating time and/or money to organizations like the food bank Moisson Montréal, or the homeless support systems of Dans La Rue and the Old Mission Brewery

Those are just suggestions, but the main message is: Give back where you can, and if you don't know where to start, we'll give you suggestions.

Follow Time Out Montreal on Facebook and Twitter (Instagram incoming!) to hear about amazing people doing amazing things that you can and should support.

JP Karwacki


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