Our friends over at Spacing Magazine have officially launched their foray into a whole new blogging environment, Spacing Montréal. Covering the urban environment five hours down the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, Spacing’s new blog looks at many of the same public space issues in Montreal (in a refreshing mix of both official languages) that the newly-rebranded Spacing Toronto examines here.
It may be worth noting the many parallels between Toronto and Montreal that make it a natural first step for Spacing: they have the world’s tallest inclined tower, we have (for a few more days, at least) the world’s tallest free-standing glowstick. They have the Big Owe, we have the SkyDome. They had the Olympics, we had the…uh, wait a second, let’s try that again. They had the World’s Fair, we had the…uh, hmm. At least we still have the Jays.
Asked if the new Montreal-focused blog was a prelude to a future extra-Toronto edition of Spacing Magazine proper, publisher Matt Blackett said that Spacing had no such plans. “We know the financial realities of a start-up in Montreal would be huge. A blog is a better answer and we can reach many more people.” Chalk one more up for Toronto.
As if launching one new blog and redesigning and rebranding another wasn’t enough work for one week, they also relaunched Spacing Votes to provide local commentary on the upcoming provincial election. Columnists include well-known Toronto writer John Lorinc, outspoken transit activist Steve Munro, and Harry Potter superfan James Bow among many other familiar names.
What’s next for Spacing? Blackett says that the next issue is due in early November with a green theme and a still-secret cover story. Now might be a good time to get that subscription.
Graphic courtesy of Spacing Toronto.