montreal wanderers


Lizabeth Bennett
Toronto, Canada
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

We love what you’re doing. You’ve covered a lot already, in such a short amount of time. What would you say is your favourite era of architecture? Or which city’s architecture are you most inspired by?

I honestly have a hard time pin pointing what my favourite “era” or architecture would be. At risk of sounding too cliche, I really have fallen in love with the huge variety I have witnessed from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, city to city. I would say in hugely general terms, and as a non-expert in architecture, that I am a big fan of a lot of the architecture from the early 20th century. It all is so different as you travel, and I find it oozes the hope presumably had by many of the architects for what they believed to be possible heading into the modern era. I personally feel like we just don’t have enough of that optimism anymore. 

It is really hard for me to choose which city I’ve been most inspired by, architecturally speaking. If pressed, I would say Barcelona and the Modernista (or Catalan Modernism I think is the other name) architecture which is prevalent in Eixample. The use of space, light, geometry, the environment, and ultimately the long term planning put into those buildings is nothing short of astounding. Not to mention all of the references found all over the work of those architects to nature, and other architecture that came before it. They are absolutely masterpieces. 

Tumblr: @allstreets
Website: @isosphotography
Facebook: @allstreetsblog



Fred Tougas
Montreal, Canada
Leica M6 | Hasselblad 500CM

You seem to explore the depths of foreign lands without hesitation. How do you get past that alien feeling in a foreign country, to actually go deeper than an average tourists would? 

When travelling, there’s only one thing you should really be doing and it’s to undertake a deep cultural exploration to satisfy your curiosity, pioneering your way if need be. It’s the reason why you’re there. Sometimes, I even feel more hesitant when I’m at home. When exploring, I become so sensitive to everything in my surroundings, this alien feeling fuels my curiosity and my inspiration instead of scaring me. I feel this urgent need of documenting everything I see by telling a story. If it draws me off the beaten path, it’s even better. Being a photographer gives you the perfect reason to explore deeper and deeper.

Tell us about your love for 35mm film, and why it is special to you.

Even though I learned with digital, I will always seem to choose film. My approach to photography itself changes completely. With a roll of 36 or even 12 frames, there is no way you want to miss one shot. There is no room for shooting frenzies and trial and error. Therefore, I will think and compose my images differently, with better precision. The mechanical feeling of analog is unique. It acts like an extension of my body and mind and I feel much closer to my subjects. Ultimately, I get to spend less time sorting and processing images, and more time shooting. And that’s what it’s all about.

Tumblr: @fredtougas 
Instagram: @tougs


Dickie Boon played for various amateur teams in the Montreal area until in 1905 after objections from his parents about being professional he decided to retire early. He is widely considered to be the originator of the poke-check and was known for his strong defensive game. Dickie Boon won two Stanley Cups as captain of Montreal HC in 1902 and 1903. He stayed close to the sport however and in 1910 Boon was instrumental in creating the NHA, the main predecessor to today’s NHL.  


Sara Hini
Montreal, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel T3

What are you experiences with hitchhiking and backpacking along roads? What type of people do you meet? Where do you Wander?

I hitchhiked for the first time 2 summers ago. After working outdoors in Northern Alberta for 3 months, me and my very good friend Raf decided to just hit the road hitchhiking with no specific plans and see what would happen. We decided to say yes to (almost!) all opportunities that would come along the way. No need to say this was just awesome. One day we had been waiting for hours under a bridge in British-Columbia and we figured that we needed a sign to write the name of the next city we wanted to go. We looked around and found an old cardboard sign in the bush which had written on it : Hot Springs. It was literally and figuratively a sign! We pulled up the sign and boom, not even a minute after, a group of friends pick us up. We ended up going to some crazy magical hidden hot springs that mostly just locals knew about. And this is just one example amongst so much.

It’s the beauty of hitchhiking or more globally just backpacking with no specific plans. You never know were you are going to end up or who you are going to meet. And along the way you just keep bumping into the most beautiful souls that genuinely want to help you in you trip. Of course, it does not always work out the way we want, we get lost and have nowhere to sleep sometimes, but in my humble opinion that’s the greastest way to deeply learn about ourself.

Tumblr: @whilst-i-wander
Website: @sarahini
Instagram: @sara_hini


Joseph Barss, first head coach of the University of Michigan men’s hockey team. (1922-1927). He played professional hockey for the Montreal Wanders of the NHA (precursor to NHL).

In April 1915, Barss enlisted with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force. He was a machine gunner sargeant with the P.P.C.L.I and suffered permanent lung damage and a severe abdominal injury from schrapnel in Sanctuary Wood during the first day of the Battle of Mt. Sorrel in Belgium.

After a long hospital stay in Belgium, Barss was sent to Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax just weeks before the Halifax Explosion. He was not injured though, and helped tend to the wounded.

After coaching the Wolverines, he became chief of surgery at Hines Veteran Hospital in Illinois.

We didn’t throw [Toronto Blueshirts owner] Eddie Livingstone out. Perish the thought. That would have been illegal and unfair. Also, it wouldn’t have been sporting. We just resigned, and wished him a fine future with his National Association franchise.

— Montreal Wanderers owner Sam Lichtenhein, as told to sports journalist Elmer Ferguson[7]

Art Ross

Art Ross would definitely have to be considered one of the more influential figures in hockey on and off the ice. His pro playing career started with the Kenora Thistles who, after noticing him excelling in amateur and senior league play hired Ross for a salary of $1,000 for just two games in a challenge for the Stanley Cup. Art Ross played defense but in a more offensively focused way becoming one of the first defenders to rush the puck up the ice into the offensive zone instead of making outlet passes or just firing it the entire length. It proved an effective strategy and changed the way the position was played from then on. Ross played for quite a number of teams in different leagues (not uncommon at the time) but is most remembered for his time with the Montreal Wanderers of the NHA with whom he won one of his two Stanley Cups. In 1947 The Art Ross Trophy was donated to the NHL to be awarded to the leagues leading scorer in the regular season and is still presented after every season today.

1907 Montreal Wanderers

1907 Montreal Wanderers

The Montreal Wanderers were originally an amateur Canadian hockey team that played in several leagues before joining the NHL in 1917. Prior to 1926 the Stanley Cup was competed for by teams outside of the NHL. As each league folded the NHL gained…

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