My wife is about to give birth soon so it’s been a busy time… but here’s a quick story and link for you. The first name of the neighbourhood was « Faubourg Québec » which was one of the first suburbs of Ville Marie just outside the fort walls of what is now known as « Old Montreal ». It was later named Sainte-Marie (in 1840 according to the city of Montreal website) and part of it (where now stands the CBC building on René Levesque) was nicknamed « Faubourg de M’lasse ». Sainte-Marie of today seems to have moved east of Papineau as the Gay Village (north of the CBC building) has created a whole new neighbourhood on its own but it was probably once considered the same area. I am probably way too concerned about boundaries as my wife said to be me today « I consider our neighbourhood to be whatever is in walking distance ». I can’t argue with her but then if I wasn’t so obsessed with boundaries, there wouldn’t be a blog.
Anyhow, check out this TV archive story from 1963, ironically from the CBC itself (the ones that helped expropriate the land in order to create a building and a parking lot in the first place). There are some neat historical facts in this interview that I have not found in litterature yet.
p.s. I noticed on a walk with Elliot that the old « Faubourg Québec » just east of old fort walls (and west of the Molson building) is now being billed as « Old Montreal » by condo developers. I am not 100% certain about this but I would wager that the cliff that separates Old Montreal from Faubourg Québec is the wall itself.