This year started like no other as Montreallers enjoyed mild weather and were looking forward to a summer full of the city’s trademark vibrant festivals.
Little did we know then that the COVID-19 epidemic would drastically change our daily lives.
But despite the tragedy that affected many homes, there were some bright spots in the middle of a very difficult time.
Above all, Montrealers worked hard to maintain their enthusiasm and spread the positive,
Quebec solidarity was swept away by the waves, and people rallied under the slogan “va wa wa been alar.”
Despite the darkness of the first wave, people were pulled together to make significant changes to control the spread of the virus.
One of the most obvious changes of 2020 came in the form of wearing masks in all public interiors.
From bright patterns, to home or themed, masks have become an ubiquitous image of anti-infective measures.
Although it was a stressful and heartbreaking year for many, Quebecans continued to try to share art and culture, now through the online media.
From free music shows to virtual festivals and performances, artists have helped inspire others.
Montrealers made efforts to support local businesses, and mourned the loving demons when they closed for good.
In the summer, from a socially distant picnic in the parks to the afternoon, people at Splash Pad enjoy moments of joy and community.
Although museums were closed during the second wave, Montreal’s institutions, including the newly reopened and refurbished Biodome, will still be there when life returns to normal.