“Waking up isn’t always easy,” acknowledges Gabriel, a young writer who has been attending the event for almost three years. “But I have no regrets! I feel like I’m part of the city’s energy.”
Louis-Félix Binette recalls the birth of the CreativeMornings/Montréal chapter he co-founded and hosts.
“I meet with friends at a downtown café. We were thrilled with the idea and also wanted Montrealers to discover our local creative talent. And I don’t mean ‘creative’ in terms of promotion, but of a different mindset— folks from varied backgrounds who can’t be found anywhere else.”
Freedom of thought
Louis-Félix explains that they had invited Alexandre Taillefer to speak on Education, Nicolas Cournoyer, the creator of Igloofest, on Moments and Sylvain Carle, who is deeply involved with start-ups, on Innovation.
The excitement starts the Monday beforehand for Mia Webster, an expert in business relations and rights management, who never misses a CreativeMorning. “You only find out the topic and venue when you book a place,” she says.
In fact, the Montréal team has expanded the CreativeMorning concept by being equally creative in site selection.
“We used the Rialto Theatre and the Cinémathèque Québécoise,” says Mia, “as well as lesser known locales, such as Place des Arts’ Salon Urbain, Livart, the Village au Pied-du-Courant and the Matahari Loft.”
CreativeMornings/Montréal now has some 30 volunteers who make sure they put together a unique event. “We have created a real community,” says Louis-Félix Binette.
“These are young people driven by the search for meaning, by the desire to inspire others build a better living environment in Montréal.”