Montreal – An Eastern Circumnavigation Video

This is a time-lapse video of a car trip I made around the eastern half of Île de Montréal in December of 2009.

The music track is “Comme des Enfants” by Cœur de Pirate  from her 2008 self-titled debut album. It and her recently released sophomore album “Blonde” are available on iTunes.

This video was shot with Canon 5D mark II using a 28mm f/1.8 lens and a MacGyvered/ghetto rig that involved my Induro tripod, Manfrotto head and using my laptop bag as a mounting weight. Here’s a picture of the setup:

Montreal Circumnavigation Camera Rig

Montreal Circumnavigation Camera Rig

You can trace my route around Montreal on this Google Map:

Map of route

Some of the geographic highlights:

A & O – Start and End points of the journey dominated by the large yellow house on the North-East corner of Gouin & Saint-Laurent

D – Gouin Est & 28e Av features a float-plane parking lot on the north side

F – Is the Rue Bureau Cul-de-Sac at the eastern tip of Montreal

J – Caserne Letourneux – a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-style building at the corner of Notre-Dame and Letourneux

K & L – Passing under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and heading into the Ville-Marie Expressway Tunnel

N – Schwartz’s – home of the world’s greatest sandwich

“After the Show” – NoFX fans search for shoes


I have never understood the urge that overcomes punk fans to throw their shoes on stage.

NoFX themselves commented on this phenomenon (and arguable cemented the practice) by titling one of their albums “So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes”. So, perhaps, the amount of shoe carnage is exacerbated at a NoFX concert.

I know many soles are lost to crowd surfing, but in the relatively steady barrage of object launched at the stage during a NoFX set (you always hurt the ones you love) shoes figure prominently from quarters far beyond the surf.

I am the first to admit that I am a punk fan who is probably less punk than every other punk fan, so this is not a guantlet I am throwing down. I’d just love hear some good reasons for turning ones shoes into projectiles when there is a very good chance you won’t get them back and you’ll be left to walk the Koolhaus and Lower Jarvis without protection.

“The Decline” – Punk legends NoFX performed their 20 min opus as their encore


On a technical note, getting proper exposure in extremely high contrast lighting situations such as a concert is very difficult with camera phone.

I managed to achieve this one by letting the stage light on the far- left shine directy into the lens. It caused only a bit of flare and closed-down the exposure enough to prevent the band members from being blown-out.