We eventually ended up on Rue Saint-Paul, the main drag in Old Montreal. Unsure of where to eat lunch, we somehow ended up in what is, apparently, the most happening crepe joint in Old Montreal, as evidenced by the massive line when we left. Having had quite a few crepes in my travels, I think I can safely say that the apple, brie, and Canadian maple syrup crepe I had from Chez Suzette is the best crepe I've ever had.
After catching the train and driving to the theatre in L'Assomption, we arrived to find an unheard-of scenario: all of our equipment had already been set up by the theatre crew. Normally, we arrive at the venue and then are in charge of setting up our own gear (i.e. drums, guitars/amps, percussion, etc.); this venue, however, did all of it for us. WHAT?! Having all of our equipment set up meant more free time for us, which, naturally, meant a trip to the neat coffee shop a few doors down.
We played to a sold-out house, filled with rowdy and supportive Québécois. Not only did they call us back for a second encore (which I've found to be incredibly rare in the theatre world), but I've also never seen an audience enjoy "La Bastringue" more. Usually audiences watch that tune with a blank face; many in this audience, however, clapped and sang along the whole time, because there's not much cooler than hearing a band from an English-speaking province cover a French folk tune. And as if that wasn't enough, never before has an audience cheered so wildly when I've gone down into the splits. Way cool.
It could not have been a more perfect final day to this fall's epic, three-month tour.
Back on the road for our Christmas show in just 10 days!
A quick update on tour stats.
States performed in since July 2008 (35 total): AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MS, MI, MN, MS, MO, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WV, WI, WY
Countries performed in since July 2008: Canada (Alberta, Ontario, & Quebec), Mexico, Costa Rica, Denmark, Holland, Italy, France