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Can the Art of Eating Help Develop Our Taste for Creativity?

“Eating designer” Marije Vogelzang creates sensory food experiences that stoke more than just the appetite.

A scene from this year's C2 Montreal Commerce + Creativity, where one of the main themes was food and innovation. Image courtesy of C2 Montreal.

Last week, Montreal, a city known both for its haute French-fusion cuisine and the decadent, gravy-filled side-dish poutine, hosted a multi-media exploration of the taste bud. This year’s C2 Montreal conference, a yearly creative event run by Cirque du Soleil that’s been described by some as “TED Talks with trapezes,” prominently featured food as one of the main themes. Events ranged from a series of workshops held by Keurig that explored smart appliances and even smarter small-business solutions, to start-up founder and farmer Sean McDonald espousing the virtues of crickets (both for livestock and human consumption). There was also the C2 Lab: Food Challenges, which included eating memory-activating popsicles, as well as experiments with virtual reality, suspension nets, and fog boxes, and the unfortunately titled “In The Mouth”—a curious series of workshops that let participants eat their way “inside the mind of a chef with a mixed-up sense of taste” via edible and audible experiments.

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San Francisco’s Musical Traffic Light Pedestrian Orchestra

Montreal design firm Daily Tous les Jours creates a fanciful new installation to lighten up San Francisco’s Market Street.

If you happened to be on the streets of San Francisco last weekend, particular Market, you were certainly in for a (cardboard) treat.

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Montreal Has A Mermaid School

Canada has a place to celebrate “the happiness of your inner mermaid”

Image via AquaSirène.

“Whimsical sea fantasy" usually isn’t something that comes to mind when you think of Canada. However, all that changed as the country opened its first ever mermaid school dedicated to “the happiness of your inner mermaid” in Montreal. AquaSirène swims a strange path between cosplay and sport as students don fins for cardio and bond “through a shared fondness for mermaids.” As Montreal resident and part-time mermaid, Marielle Chartier-Hénault, explained to the CBC: "You become like another person. You are not yourself anymore — you're the mermaid and the mermaid can do anything... You can do the style you want. It's a magical creature."

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Bixi's Multi-city Bike Sharing

Montreal's Bixi bike sharing system has been really successful (in terms of volume of rides, at least). Compared to some of the other bike sharing...

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