Exploring the economic and creative growth potential of Montréal’s nightlife economy, looking back at our city’s history as a party town, and speaking with experts and advocates from all over the world about where to go from COVID-19, it was chalk full of content that puts our present moment into context.

If you missed it, here’s a compilation of what to read, watch and listen to as we reimagine, experiment and adapt our cities to ensure culture and nightlife survive the pandemic.

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  • C2 IGTV: Will Straw gives us a history lesson about Montréal’s night time economy through the ages.
  • Go back in time with this classic National Film Board documentary Montreal by Night. Even in 1947, this city was known for its nightlife…
  • Show Girls (1999) is a NFB documentary that celebrates Montréal’s swinging Black jazz scene with rare footage from the 1920s to the 1960s, when the city was wide open and well known as a party destination.
  • Check out this short film about the legendary Montréal discotheque Lime Light, which drew celebrity crowds from NYC every weekend and had 6AM last calls in its heyday.
  • C2 IGTV: Andreina Seijas The Harvard University researcher talks about who runs the night, how different cities are experimenting with space and hours of operation during COVID-19, as well as the studies going on behind the scenes.
  • In 1949, the curfew in Berlin was abolished once and for all by a man named Heinz Zellermayer. «STADT OHNE MORGEN» is a short documentary exploring how this decision has enabled Berlin’s nightlife to grow into a diverse club culture and what it means to have this freedom in a city that is rapidly changing.
  • For context, Motherboard looked at the importance of a safe and vibrant nightlife scene, too.
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  • C2 Takeover party: LOST HEROES aka Christian Pronovost – A veteran of the underground music scene and member of the MTL 24/24 Night Council, Christian Pronovost‘s reputation is well established. For over 30 years, Christian (@lost_heroes) has been known for his cutting-edge programming, perfect mixes and ability to reinvent himself and remain relevant despite the passing of trends and time. No other local Montréal DJ can boast about sharing a stage with Grace Jones, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, King Britt, François K, Joe Claussell and Frankie Knuckles. We will join him in a secret location for a special mix showcasing local music productions of yesterday and today. Put on your dancing shoes and pour yourself a drink in the living room: it’s time to learn from the turntable master!
  • C2 Takeover x MTL 24/24 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – Immerse yourself in the musical influence of Montréal’s nightlife scene with this playlist, courtesy of MTL 24/24. Dancing us through our city’s party history to the present day challenges of COVID-19, this musical journey left one heck of a playlist in its wake. Enjoy!