Montreal Bloggers

There are three sorts of Bloggers in Montreal: people who write about the city; people who focus on issues, like ecology or allergies; and writers who live in the city but talk about other things.

This column focuses on several independent writers who are conducting a series of experiments with their blogs.

Beverly Akerman alternates political commentary with reviews of books and television shows. My all-time favourite column is also one of her most recent, in which she compares the political careers of André Boisclair and Philippe Couillard. You’ve got to read it at:

Billy Shield has created a graphic novel called Paradox Island to comment on all the inconsistencies he notices. He’s a busy television journalist so he doesn’t update it, but the issues he’s done so far are worth reading at

Heather Grace Stewart is a poet who writes about family life, politics and her muse at

Julie Barlow and Jean Benoît Nadeau, the authors of the Story of French and the Story of Spanish, are adding lots of humour to their blog, which is otherwise a serious compendium of their work. Check out for a fun read.

Marijke: nurse turned writer has created an attention-grabbing health news site at Most posts provide healthy lifestyle hints, but others ask compelling questions about society.

Mary Soderstrom has been writing about ecology, society and community in a series of essays she calls Recreating Eden. Her blog is up at

Robert Frank is creating a Montreal-area news service with community articles by various journals around town at


Tracey Arial

Unapologetically Canadian Tracey Arial promotes creative entrepreneurship as an author, cooperative business leader, gardener, family historian and podcaster.

  • Hey Tracey,
    Our blog is a CONSTANT ongoing experiment! (But aren’t they all?). Thanks for mentioning us.

  • Thank you for including my blog to your list. When I started my blog 6 (!) years ago, I had no idea where it would take me.

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts this month (and later).

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