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Katherine Levac first rose to prominence on SNL Québec, and is now part of the cast of ICI ARTV’s ­Nouveau show. The Franco-Ontarian funnywoman shares her favourite spots in her adoptive city.

Katherine Levac

Photo: Karine Dufour

01 Le Gesù
This is my favourite place for shows, whether it’s going to see one or performing in one. It’s a great venue for almost any discipline – music, comedy, theatre. When I’m onstage at the Gesù, I like being able to see the ­faces in the audience and the crowd’s reactions. The space can hold up to 425 people, but it’s still very intimate.
1200, rue de Bleury, 514-861-4378,

02 Huis Clos
We started coming here with the SNL Québec gang after rehearsals for the show. We’re big fans of the quiz nights. Winning is a must; we’re extremely competitive! And the excellent cocktails are a real bonus.
7659, rue Saint-Denis, 514-419-8579,

03 Le Passé Composé
I tend to brunch early and dine really late, but between the two, I don’t go to restaurants because I’m working. So I really enjoy the brunches here. The panko-breaded French toast is out of this world. And I’m not even a fan of French toast!
950, rue Roy E., 514-524-6663,

04 Le Chien Fumant
This restaurant is open till 2 a.m., which is great for us stand-ups since we can kick back here after a show. I love their fish and seafood. The last time I went, I had some delicious Gaspé halibut and baby octopus with ­olives.
4710, rue de Lanaudière, 514-524-2444,

05 Cinéma Beaubien
At this movie theatre, right across from Parc Molson, you don’t have to shell out $15 for a small popcorn, and I like that. It’s also the place where my boyfriend and I went on our first date. (We saw Monsieur Lazhar.) These days, I live in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, but I cross the city fairly often to come here.
2396, rue Beaubien E., 514-721-6060,

06 Parc Molson
When I arrived in Montreal in 2011, I didn’t know any-one. So I would go skating alone on the illuminated paths at Parc Molson and think about my comedy routines and my writing. It’s proven to be a very creative spot for me, especially in winter.
rue d’Iberville and rue Beaubien E.



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