30 x 40 ins - acrylic on canvas. June 21, 2008, the first day of a long, hot summer. Downtown Montreal in this season has a vibrancy all its own. What strikes me first is the sunrise, the FIVE ROSES sign, the Champlain Bridge, the Museum of Architecture & Beaux Arts, the Grey Nuns Convent, the continuous summer festivals, graffitti on St. Catherine street, the parades, Place des Arts, McGill, UQAM, Concordia universities, Mont Royal etc, all in the vicinity of where I live.