January 25, 2021

In Photos 2020: Favorite Photos of the CBC Montreal Year

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.

This snowman is decorated in true Montreal style. (Jean-Claude Taliana / CBC)

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,

This oat with the Le Petit Prince on De Rouen Street in Mercier-Hochellaka-Mycenaev dates back to the Covit-19 era. (Charles Content / CBC)

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.

Gabriella Cucinelli, an early childhood educator in Quebec City, wanted to bring a message of hope to the province. So he helped start and spread the #cavabienaller movement. (Sylvain Roy Russell / CBC)

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.

Prime Minister Fran பிரான்ois Legalt began wearing masks to his daily news conferences, often pointing out who created them. At this Montreal event, he wore a Montreal Canadians mask. (Ivano Demers / Radio-Canada)

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.

In the summer, young and old Montrealists looked for ways to beat the heat. (Charles Content / CBC)

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.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Blonde poses in the renovated reception hall of the biotech. The architects wanted the hall to be neutral so that people could clear the color, sounds and smells as soon as they entered one of the ecosystems. (Ivano Demers / CBC)

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