272 Rue Bernard West
H2V 1T4 Montreal, Canada
One of the easiest ways to get a taste of the prolific and eclectic Montreal independent arts scene is to visit one of the six local show bar/watering holes who house The Distroboto-- a unique experiment in cultural distribution. Be sure to bring a handful of "Twonies" (Canadian two dollar coins) as the Distroboto sells local art, and all for two bucks. Distrobotos are funky re-purposed cigarette vending machines, and the selection is pretty amazing; there are mini CDs, mico-zines, even paintings by well known young Montreal painters. Everything is the size of an old King-Sized pack of cigarettes; do they even make those anymore? There are also Distribotos at three city run "Maison de la Cultures" (gallery/cultural spaces inside city libraries), but in our opinion the best way to get the full experience is to jump right in. Go to Café Romolo for a Café au Lait and some daytime Distroboto art, or have a few beers and art at the Casa del Popolo
. Even though they only cost two dollars, they make great gifts for any friends you have back home who are into art and culture, and provide hours of enjoyment.