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Shop Local: Quebec with iheartnorwegianwood

Jun 24, 2009

by Angie Johnson

We invited Angie from iheartnorwegianwood to curate this Shop Local guide and take us on a jaunt through Quebec in honor of St. Jean Baptiste Day. Meet some artists below and match them to their items at the bottom.

Although my Etsy shop, iheartnorwegianwood, takes up a large chunk of my time, my fiance Tyson, a.k.a. tysonbodnarchuk, and I also run a brick and mortar shop here in Montreal called Headquarters Galerie + Boutique, which sells independently made goods from all over the world. We just celebrated our three year anniversary, and Etsy has been a large part of our business from the beginning. The Shop Local feature has been a great way for us to find amazing hidden local talent of which we may never have otherwise heard!

As a Montrealer, one of our biggest summer celebrations is St. Jean Baptiste Day. The whole city takes a break and enjoys the parks, terraces, bars, music and restaurants. For Tyson and me, it means we get to have a day off from the store, take our two dogs for a long walk, then meet up with friends for some barbecue fun. In the photo above, we are just outside the gates of the St. Eustache Marche Aux Puces (Flea Market). Hunting for treasures is one of our favorite things to do in the summer, you never know what you’re going to find! To me, Montreal is always an exciting city, but during St. Jean Baptiste weekend, it’s practically vibrating with energy! Bonne St. Jean!

: “Here I am at Le Château Dufresne, my favorite landmark in Montreal: an old mansion built during La Belle Époque. I love Quebec because of its rich history. It fascinates me.

: “I cross these train tracks when I’m headed to my studio in Park Extension. I love how they feel like they don’t belong in Montreal, but in a small town — and a different era. Montreal is full of great time travel moments like that.

 “Taken in the park beside my apartment on Amherst Street in the Gay Village.  I’m completely in love with Montreal, it inspires me, challenges me and comforts me. It’s my home, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!”

laraffinerie: “I love Montreal for its public markets, European charm and joie de vivre!”

: “Being an architect, Place Ville Marie is one of my favorite spots, an architectural gem from the sixties.”

blackmarketbaby: “Me in my ‘backyard’ in my hometown of Acton Vale, in rural Quebec.”

blackeyedsuzie: “Standing in front of Paul Patates Diner, in the traditionally working-class, Irish neighbourhood of Point St. Charles, Montreal.  While not a famous landmark, Paul Patates makes yummy poutine (a Quebecois classic) and serves 24 flavours of soft ice cream, which is symbolic of the warm and vibrant diversity of this beautiful, bilingual city; there is no city in North America in which I’d rather live.  Joyeux Saint Jean-Baptiste!”

brazendesign: “Montreal is a food-lovers’ oasis and one of my favourite indulgences is a languid brunch with friends at L’Express, a classic Parisian bistro that exemplifies Quebec’s European charm and demand for quality artisanal creations made with love. Life moves slower and tastes sweeter here. Vive le Quebec!”

: “Besides the fact that my favorite piece of architecture in the world, the Habitat ’67, is in my backyard, I love Montreal for its cultural diversity, the open-mindedness of the people and numerous amazing festivals!”

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  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 10 years ago

    Hi! Great post! I've always wanted to go to Quebec to be in touch with it's amazing culture. Thanks!

  • neawear

    neawear said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean tout le monde!!! :)

  • tangente

    tangente said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean a tous les Quebecois :)

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 10 years ago

    oh, i think it's time for me to take a trip up north to montreal and quebec!!

  • rafya

    rafya said 10 years ago

    Great artists !!! looks like a great place ...

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    LOVE....such a pretty place

  • saralagace

    saralagace said 10 years ago


  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 10 years ago

    i was in montreal and quebec for a few days in the 1970s. i loved it and it remains on of my favorite travel memories! thank you for bringing me back there.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 10 years ago

    I want to live there!!!!! Wonderful artists...

  • jenniferladd

    jenniferladd said 10 years ago

    I love these features! Seeing new places, meeting new artists, discovering new fabulous Etsy finds! Wonderful! (And I so want to visit Quebec. I'm a French teacher, yet I've never been there. Terrible!)

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    No chance of getting bored there! Looks fun!

  • bananastrudel

    bananastrudel said 10 years ago

    There's fantastic cycling in Quebec. Thousands of kilometres of bike paths, incredible scenery, and poutine and smoked meat at the end of every long ride. What's not to love?

  • ptitebaloue

    ptitebaloue said 10 years ago

    Montréal Montréal Montréal... next year can I write about Quebec city? ;) I've seen stuff about Montréal several times in the Storque (and Etsy even visited it on their trip to Canada) but nothing about my beautiful city...

  • missmoustache

    missmoustache said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean à tous! I miss Montreal on this day the most!

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 10 years ago

    I just got back from Toronto and next Canada trip will be Montreal...Montreal is my to do list for this year!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 10 years ago

    It's been on my list of places I want to visit for quite a while. Thanks for giving me this peek into a beautiful place.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Nice article, nice pictures!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection:-)

  • dogties

    dogties said 10 years ago

    Looks like fun... Thanks for sharing. Great items too!

  • stitchface

    stitchface said 10 years ago

    I really loved this article- it's got me itching for a Quebec roadtrip!!

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 10 years ago

    Great article! I want to visit sooo bad! :)

  • vanessamoore

    vanessamoore said 10 years ago

    Montreal ROCK'S!!! :-)

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 10 years ago

    I definitely want to visit!

  • GillianGiggs

    GillianGiggs said 10 years ago

    Yay Angie! Wicked article! I was so pumped to see you here! I'll definitely be seeing you at folk fest this year! :)

  • carboniferous

    carboniferous said 10 years ago

    fantastique! c'est vraiment bon, mais je preferai s'il y aura des etsyians d'autres villes au quebec...nice spotlight ;)

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 10 years ago

    Great article and items!

  • TrackandFieldDesigns

    TrackandFieldDesigns said 10 years ago

    Oh my god I've got to go. NOW!

  • melaniefavreau

    melaniefavreau said 10 years ago

    Nice! Bonne St-Jean tout le monde! :D

  • JRoseAtelier

    JRoseAtelier said 10 years ago

    I love Quebec- especially Old Montreal & Quebec City! So many fabulous artisans in the province. Happy St. Jean Baptiste Day!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 10 years ago

    I love love love love Montreal, it's my very favorite city. Charming people, good food and it's so easy to get around. Fun, fun, fun. Hope to come visit again this summer!

  • LaRaffinerie

    LaRaffinerie said 10 years ago

    Very nice ! Thanks

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 10 years ago

    No wayyy!! That's so funny! I hung out there so often when I was younger! Ah...miss home a bit!

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 10 years ago

    Et bonne St-Jean à tous les québécois :-)

  • emmarts

    emmarts said 10 years ago

    Wonderful, thank you!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    Excellent artists!


    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 10 years ago

    Great Article. Thank you for sharing!

  • thebeautifulproject

    thebeautifulproject said 10 years ago

    I'm going to Montreal this summer and I love it there! What a fun post!

  • studioflowerpower

    studioflowerpower said 10 years ago

    thanks for including me; i am proud to be part of this!! p.s. i'm a displaced ontarian (been in montreal for 25 years)...Montreal rocks!!

  • karley

    karley said 10 years ago

    Awesome!! I've been in Montreal for 3 years now & love living in the city.

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 10 years ago

    One of the coolest shop locals EVER. What talent here. Thanks for sharing!

  • easelarts

    easelarts said 10 years ago

    It's been way too long since I was in Quebec and it isn't far. Great travel brochure because now I'm thinking of a nice weekend away in Montreal or Quebec City...

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 10 years ago

    I love Montreal! There's a great gallery of modern art and illustration up there that I make sure I see when I'm in the area. Love it!

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood said 10 years ago

    ptitebaloue - I actually did a search for "Quebec" not Montreal, and asked some non-montrealers to submit pics too, these are just the pics Etsy chose based on the photos submitted :) I like non-Montrealers too! Gill - See you soon sweetie!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 10 years ago

    Wow, this makes me miss Montreal so much - grew up there and hope to move back someday. Thanks for such a great article! Bonne St-Jean a tout le monde

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Makes me want to travel soon!!

  • BelleMereBelleFille

    BelleMereBelleFille said 10 years ago

    Nice maximum fringe necklace Iheartnorwegianwood! Nice post!

  • Haiikudesign

    Haiikudesign said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean from the west coast! & Great Post Angie!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 10 years ago

    Some of my best travel memories are from my trips to Montreal in the 90's. Sweet picks.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the article, enjoyed the pictures and putting faces to names. Great finds as well. Montreal is a lovely city was there for a baseball game.

  • blackeyedsuzie

    blackeyedsuzie said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for putting this together, Angie! Bonne St-Jean everyone!

  • edor

    edor said 10 years ago

    I definitely want to visit Quebec/Montreal some day...

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    What great pictures!!! And great items! How fun!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Montreal/Quebec. I have always wanted to visit the area. Now, I want to go even more.

  • wutangwow

    wutangwow said 10 years ago

    i will be waiting for you all with tea and cupcakes ^^

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 10 years ago

    it looks like a chilly new orleans- great artists- good food and groovy architecture for days. since its 100 degrees here today we might have to plan a vist. SOON!

  • OliveSomeday

    OliveSomeday said 10 years ago

    siiiiiiigh that field photograph is just like home to me

  • Radness

    Radness said 10 years ago

    Great to see such wonderful designers from parts I've never visited. That's what etsy is all about

  • OliveSomeday

    OliveSomeday said 10 years ago

    siiiiiiigh that field photograph is just like home to me

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 10 years ago

    Great artists !!!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 10 years ago

    oh this is great! wonderful stories and what rockin' photos of beautiful quebec! great work iheart & friends! yay montreal! (from your neighbours in ottawa!)

  • matersum

    matersum said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean! And a great selection of artists!

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 10 years ago

    montreal is one of my favorite cities. 24/7 fantasticness! hearts to you!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 10 years ago

    Fantastic photos. I'm heading to Montreal this August and I can't wait! See you then Black-eyed Suzie!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful tribute to a gorgeous city. I look forward to visting in the Winter!

  • noemiah

    noemiah said 10 years ago

    Thanks again for featuring my little shop!! Great pics everyone!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous! Now I must visit!

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 10 years ago

    Quebec is absolutely beautiful! When I visit I truly feel like I'm in Europe! Bonne St-Jean a tous les Quebecois!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Beautiful photos!! Wonderful artists! I need to visit Quebec one day.

  • coucousalut

    coucousalut said 10 years ago

    Yay Quebec! I'm so happy to be a part of this and so impressed with all of the amazing local talent!!

  • pattihaskins

    pattihaskins said 10 years ago

    I love Montreal. I fell in love with the city when as a kid my family went to Expo 67. I've been back only once since and everyday I wished I lived there. Specially on 100 degree Dallas days like today. My husband reps Godin guitars, their home office is in Montreal and I beg him to please get a job in the home office so we can move there. Eh, he's a Texan. We ain't moving.

  • LilithEvy

    LilithEvy said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean !!!

  • shoshanna2003

    shoshanna2003 said 10 years ago

    Bonne St-Jean de Terrebonne sur la rive-nord

  • rntn

    rntn said 10 years ago

    very beautiful

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    Loved reading this and looking at the great photos!

  • haramakilove

    haramakilove said 10 years ago

    yeah Brazen! great post.

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 10 years ago

    cool the custom bust looks awesome :)

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 10 years ago

    Plein de talents! Bravo et bonne St Jean!

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 10 years ago

    now I totally want to go to Montreal!

  • junedesigns

    junedesigns said 10 years ago

    Ouiiiii bonne St-Jean!

  • bomobob

    bomobob said 10 years ago

    Vive le Quebec creatif! :)

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 10 years ago

    I went to college about 2 hours from Montreal and used to go there alot, although haven't been there for years. I love Montreal - its a wonderful city!

  • xeptional

    xeptional said 10 years ago

    Montreal is a great city with amazing talent!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    very impressive :) ~ i keep seeing beautiful work and pictures by artists in Canada and it's making me think i have to make it there one day soon!

  • capitalcitycrafts

    capitalcitycrafts said 10 years ago

    looks like a wonderful trip! can't wait to go!!!

  • linesbydavis

    linesbydavis said 10 years ago

    great article, great seeing you at Ladyfest in Ottawa. Will see you again!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 10 years ago

    Great article. Sounds like a wonderful place!

  • SepiaLepus

    SepiaLepus said 10 years ago

    I sooooo want to live in Montreal and this just makes it worse! Someday...

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 10 years ago


  • galstudio

    galstudio said 10 years ago

    Reading this entry has made me realise how much I miss living in Montreal. ...

  • Rose442

    Rose442 said 10 years ago

    Life is good in Montreal! Great article!

  • Mizdragonfly

    Mizdragonfly said 10 years ago

    A Montreal, l'ambiance est magique! ;) Next visit: August 2, for 'le Festival de musique et arts' Osheaga! As for the St-Eustache Marché aux puces, you make it look so good Angie, I'm sure a trip there would also tickle my fancy! A suivre...

  • AkumuInk

    AkumuInk said 10 years ago

    Hope you all had a great St-Jean. Shop local ;)

  • Madamedgar

    Madamedgar said 10 years ago

    Ouais Québec-Montréal c'est tout bon ça!

  • minouette

    minouette said 10 years ago

    Ça me fait envie de retourner à Montréal. :)

  • SassysWackdOutGifts

    SassysWackdOutGifts said 10 years ago

    I love these pictures and my sister-in-law is canadian and visit family regular plus cousin husband is british brother-in-law is polish daughters best friend is russian I could keep going but I'm pretty much covered. have you seen How the russians sew?It very beautiful.

  • julieblanchette

    julieblanchette said 10 years ago

    Ah les beaux souvenirs... Merci et c'est au Québec que cela se passe!!! Le Québec, la province des Artisans!!! Bonne St-Jean à toi, à moi, à tous les Québecois aux quatre coins du monde! Gros bisous!!! Julie à Sydney en Australie... XOX

  • JulieWebb

    JulieWebb said 10 years ago

    Nice article Angie! Montreal is such a wonderful place to live and these photos really capture the diversity and vibrancy of this fine city. :)

  • Scallyrags

    Scallyrags said 10 years ago

    yeah for french Canadians!

  • tidalliving

    tidalliving said 10 years ago

    Okay, I'm inspired now... Next vacation va a Montréal. Seems like such a cool place. I really enjoyed some of your shots too! (^_^)

  • elysiumdesign

    elysiumdesign said 10 years ago

    I am so happy to be moving to Montreal soon! yahh!

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