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Sakchin Bessette is the co-founder and creative director of Moment ­Factory, the studio behind iconic multimedia performances that range from Madonna’s Super Bowl show to Spain’s Sagrada Família basilica. He shares his favourite moments in the city.

Montreal tour - Sakchin Bessette

Photo: Moment Factory

01 Mamie Clafoutis

With age, I’m trying to bring more consciousness to my food choices, but this bakeshop is right near the office and makes great desserts, especially the lemon tarts. It’s not health food, but it is a pleasure high.
1291, av. Van Horne, 514-750-7245,

02 L’Émouleur

The work we do in our industry is often intangible, but I’m inspired by the physicality of things and traditional craftsmanship. This Japanese knife store is super-cool; the culture of generations of master knife makers opens up my imagination.
1081, av. Laurier O., 514-813-3135,

03 Bethlehem XXX

I go to this cozy, funky bar-restaurant – it has a kitschy Middle East vibe – with colleagues for a bite and drinks. Different chefs come in and prepare their own specialties, and I like their tequila either mixed or straight up.
6568, boul. Saint-Laurent, 438-382-9400

04 Cinéma Beaubien

I like the neighbourly, human energy when you go in. It’s one of the last real repertory theatres, and they present different types of films, mostly from Europe and Quebec. We took the kids here to see Xavier Dolan’s Mommy.
2396, rue Beaubien E., 514-721-6060,

05 Fleuve Saint-Laurent

I love surfing, and there’s a spot near Habitat 67 with an infinite river wave. I find it rejuvenating to go there after work. It’s like being in the countryside, ­completely connected to nature, but it’s only 10 minutes away.
Cité du Havre, à l’est d’Habitat 67

06 L’Arsenal

This gigantic former shipyard building was converted into an exhibition and gallery space, and it’s inspiring both physically and in terms of the curation. Pierre Trahan’s vision of private philanthropy and investment are really helping to fuel the contemporary art scene in Montreal.
2020, rue William, 514-931-9978,



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