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The 2024 Best of MTL issue is here!

Our May letter from the editor.

cult mtl best of mtl readers poll issue 2024

The Best of MTL is here!


And the city has spoken.

Over the past four months, Cult MTL readers and other citizens who are invested in civic pride voted for their favourite Montreal things in the annual Best of MTL poll.

In an old city that sometimes seems as flawed as it is vibrant, where chatter from older generations steeped in nostalgia and overflowing with cynicism can be as loud as the power of the arts community and the spirit of the youth movements that keep government and industry in check, it’s essential to be critical, yes, but never lose sight of the joie de vivre that makes this place magical. We like to think that this poll serves as a cheering section, a reminder, a connection to the things that make this city great, and something to celebrate.

Here at Cult MTL, we’re grateful for all our readers and all the voters who took the time to think about everything they love in this city to fill out this poll. As always, it’s our mandate to salute the artists, promoters, organizers, reporters, restaurateurs and retailers who keep Montreal’s heart beating. 

The Best of MTL poll is open and democratic, with no editorial influence or interference. Ballot-stuffing is automatically weeded out by our survey software, and while we are always glad to see so many people make an event of voting via social media campaigns (and love seeing third-party get-out-the-vote tweets), we remain neutral during the polling period.

Cult MTL has been running the Best of MTL readers poll since 2013, but it bears mentioning that the survey follows in the tradition established by the city’s defunct but fondly remembered alt-weekly newspaper the Mirror. Respect.

Our website will feature all the individual categories in this poll over the course of the year, showcasing every winner in all the Top 5s.

We thank everyone who voted and promoted the poll. Participation continues to grow every year, making the 2024 results more representative of the city than ever.

(Anglos, if you’re wondering why you don’t recognize some names in these lists, it’s because the other 70% of the population is now voting in a bilingual poll. Francos, désolé, les résultats sont unilingues.)

To all the winners: congratulations. 

We’re proud to bring you the Best of MTL.

The 2024 Best of MTL issue is here!

Best of MTL cover artwork by Whatisadam.

To view the readers poll results, please click here.