For this edition of My City we're off to Canada to the creative and bustling city of Montreal. To help us through the cobblestoned paths of this historic city we have music producer, and Montreal native, Maher Daniel.
After securing his first residency at Stereo Nightclub in his hometown of Montreal, and opening for well known artists including Sasha and Richie Hawtin, Maher Daniel's career started to boom. He stayed at number one for two and a half months on the techno charts with his remix of Tone Depths "Rumble Fish", and has now produced his own original music to worldwide success.
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Where’s the best place for a first date?
I think the best place for a first date is Boroco. This is a small and cozy restaurant situated in the old port of Montreal. The food is incredible, the staff is amazing and you can really get comfy with your date.
Where’s your preferred place to chill and clear your head?
At the top of Mont Royal there is a look out point which looks over the whole city, its really great and refreshing to take it easy up and there and just think to yourself and clear your head. If you're lucky, the raccoons come out and you get to feed them.
Where serves the best breakfast?
Oooo that's a tricky one, haha there are some many great breakfast spots in Montreal, it really depends what you are in the mood for. Staple breakfast is Beauty's on Mont royal and St Urbain, classic dinner style with the best bagel lox in the hood.
Where’s your favourite place to have a quiet drink?
Big and Japan is one of my favourite spots to get a quiet drink. It's nestled on St Laurent blvd behind a red door with a Japanese symbol on it. If you know it's there you are welcomed to a extremely great selection of Japanese and Chinese whiskey's and scotches. They also serve up some small tapas style dishes that are brilliant.
Where’s your favourite place to have a messier night?
I have two. Stereo Bar - it's my home, always been my home, and where I first started dj-ing. Then I would have to say Salon Daome. Both extremely different in their own ways but both have served up some extremely messy evenings.
How would you describe your city’s style?
Montreal is a laid back European influenced city. We have a lot of students and young kids, but the general public love to have fun and go out for drinks and dinners. It's a vibrant city with a lot of history behind its nightlife and more.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
Hahah i don't really have a favourite place to shop I'm not big on shopping really, i do go out every once in a while to get a few key pieces, but I'm not one who really likes to run around and spend hours shopping. There are some extremely great shops around the city, and a lot of shopping malls, so there is plenty to go around for the avid shoppers.
What song sums up your city?
Haha this is a good one i would have to say Arcade Fire - Keep The Car running, cuz it gets so damn cold in the winter time and walking into a car that's parked outside is like walking into a ice box.