Here Are 5 Montreal Influencers That Are Making The City Proud!
Montreal is definitely winning these days and thanks to our dedicated Montreal influencers, we’re slowly but surely getting recognition from all over the world!
Social media platforms brought many entrepreneurs, taste makers and powerful souls to the spotlight. Those go-getters in return made sure to push our city forward in their various projects.
Being an influencer is more than a number of followers or how many likes you get per picture. The term gets thrown here and there these days and it’s getting out of control at times.
Perhaps, for us, an influencer is someone who has a voice to make things move and make the crowd take action! They educate their audience and they make significant moves to make their field/industry move forward.
Today we will make you discover 5 Montreal influencers that are making this city a better place either through their projects or their global influence!
Ps: the order in which they appear is not a ranking system.
Meet 5 Montreal Influencers
1. Nalie Agustin
Inspiring, courageous, powerful and tenacious are a few words that first came to our mind but none of them are strong enough to describe Ms. Nalie Agustin.
Her story and what she stands fore are both inspirational. After she got diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Agustin reinvented her life journey.
Indeed. Nalie educates her audience and provides useful tips to people affected by cancer. Her platform called “The Nalie Show” became a sort of therapeutic experience where people can share their challenges and grow in the process.
Her compassion and desire to make a change around the world brought her to collab with French Montana and tell her story across America and around the world.
She also managed to take this journey to a new level with her own talk show coming soon at Theatre St-James!
Follow Nalie’s journey and learn how to break obstacles like never before!
2. Steve Daniel
Steve Daniel is building a social media empire in front of our eyes and only time will tell how far this young entrepreneur will go!
Indeed, as the founder of MTL Promos, he managed to bring the best out of the city’s foodie culture, sight seeing spaces and local businesses. Thanks to his initiative, there are over 60 000 people from all over the world that discovers Montreal on a monthly basis.
Mr. Daniel is also a keynote speaker that teaches young entrepreneurs how to dominate social media and expand their influence.
Now focusing more on his personal projects, Steve Daniel is currently reinventing the social media game through his partnership with a platform called Swishlinks.
A perfect mix between Linked In, Instagram & Facebook, this new social media originally developed in Chicago is making its debut in Montreal!
When this will go worldwide (and it definitely will), the world will turn their head where it actually started from: Montreal!
Follow Steve’s journey, an inspiring entrepreneur that lives and breaths Montreal.
3. Olivier Primeau
Give a man some lemons, he’ll give you lemonade but give Olivier Primeau a piece of land and he’ll give you a Beachclub!
Easier said than done but Mr. #BeachdayEveryday took the challenge and turned the Beachclub into one of the most sought after “Go To Place” in North America.
Beyond bringing a new club experience to the world, he brought some of the biggest names to his venue. Artists like Akon, Sean Paul & even Flloyd Mayweather had their #BeachdayEveryday moment at one point.
While BeachClub recently made it to its own tv reality show, Oli Primeau reminds us why he’s one of the best at giving Montreal the taste of being a ”cool entrepreneur”.
Follow Oli’s journey because with him, the party never stops!
4- Thierry Lindor
Thierry Lindor is the living example of what it is to have the “midas touch“. From his real estate empire and now his platform called “Influence MTL“, everything Thierry touches turn to gold!
With Influence MTL, he managed to bring together various entrepreneurs in Montreal to celebrate the entrepreneur spirit and grow. He made it his mission to provide a platform where ideas and community engagement can collide.
He recently brought Gary Vee in Montreal for the very first time to help inspire the young entrepreneurs in the city.
We’re looking forward to see what this young mogul got next!
5. Samantha Kris
Samantha Kris is the little voice in your head that tells you ”you can do it” when giving up seems like the only option.
Ms. Kris is a connector. She’s building bridges between entrepreneurs with one thing in mind : G-R-O-W-T-H.
As a business coach & author she helps upcoming entrepreneurs to put the pieces together and chase their dreams with passion and dedication. In the process, she became the voice of those who at one point or another say ”no”.
”no” to a regular job, ”no” to insecurity and ”yes” to your dreams. She also built a facebook group called ”Bossing Up”. In the group you’ll see entrepreneurs share tips, provide ressources & give themselves that virtual ”tap on the shoulder” whenever someone in the group succeeds.
Join The Group Here!
She’s also launching a book by the same name pretty soon in which she breaks down what ”Bossing Up” truly means and how to apply her keys to success.
Follow Samantha’s journey to be inspired and fearless!
What Do You Think?
Did you know some of those Montreal influencers? Do you have an influencer that should’ve made the list?
Let us know in the comment section now!
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais: An Unlikely Journey For An Unlikely Unique Success Story
A Change Is Coming…Finally?
I grew up in the 90’s and although we can only realize it now but seeing people like Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais striving in a space where not a lot of us do is what was missing this whole time.
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The thing about representation is that you won’t know you need it until you need it. As most of us were just looking at society, we didn’t see ourselves but also normalized it.
I think Isabelle saw something that we couldn’t see in ourselves. The truth is not at the extreme it’s right in the middle. The intersection between being different but also a part of the ecosystem was what she saw.
Representation is not about doing what’s right because it’s right but more so because it needs to be done.
Starting her career in the public sector wasn’t a thrill anymore. Then she did some soul searching and probably came to the conclusion we all come to at some point in our existence:
Life Is A Joke
For her it was literal though. She figured out that humor and the business around it was her calling so what was the first step? Becoming a comedian herself and teach a thing or two to Dave Chappelle?
What about producing your own show with up and coming artists? Well, for Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais the start of this new chapter was simple as getting a non-paid internship.
Just For Laughs became her new home and with that started her mission to be at the forefront of what the landscape in comedy was to become.
Through thick and thin, work and dedication, intuition and know-how, she pulled through and the big way too!
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais became the director of ZooFest. With her pulse on the scene, she fought and pushed for upcoming talents that are more than just tanned.
We’re seeing more BIPOCs getting a chance on stage and I would like to believe that this is just the beginning.
Speaking of ZooFest, if you want to see for yourself how this festival has grown in diversity and get a good kick out of it. You still have the opportunity to do so tomorrow as the last day of the celebration
With french performers like Lenny M’Bunga, AZ, Marine Ella, Meryem Benoua, Ayoub Marceau & Hugo.
Live podcasting will also be a part of the last run of the show. In the corner of Jeanne-Mance & Maisonneuve, you can can get a good view, a good potential date, you get to see greatness in all shapes, size or color AND of course a good laugh!
Lobster Season Has Arrived And The Homard Gaspésien Is Still The Best You Can Find On The Planet
The Homard Gaspésien Is What Your Plate Been Missing
2 weeks ago our good people at L’association Des Pêcheurs De Gaspésie sent us the email we’ve been waiting for all year long: The Homard Gaspésien Is Back!
Not only that but for this season, we were blessed not only with 1 but 2 dozens of lobsters from the region. I know what you’re thinking right now? Why would one person do with all those lobsters?
I will answer this question in a bit but while I have your attention, let me tell you all that I’ve learned about the Homard Gaspésien.
First, this is probably one of the few lobsters in the world that you can trace where it was fished at.
Indeed, they add a little tag to their claw that traces the lobsters from Gaspésie to your home so by then you know the authenticity of lobsters at all time.
Gaspésie is also one of the main resource provider in Canada when it comes to lobsters and all kind of seafood. (and yes my taste buds do appreciate the fishermen that went out and got them).
Back to the business. Once I got the email, I felt the need to do something special this year. I wanted something challenging and something where I could share my love for those lobsters.
Then I thought about my good people at Never Was Average and how they usually go about things. They bring people together in a meaningful way.
That’s when ”Meeting Of The Minds” came to me. I like to conversate with my fellow creatives, exchange ideas and compliment them on their artistry.
With the help of Never Was Average we were able to thank those same creatives for their contributions with a special dinner over lobsters and bubbles. Sophia Traiteurs Cathering came through with her magic touch and prepared us a seafood bowl in cajun style.
Since we like to give our audience a glimpse into our creative process, we made it a point to document this entire experience. Those moments that were shared and lived got captured and frozen in time by our collaborator Carl Apollo.
This experience reminded me of two things: We should always take the time to build and celebrate each other more and of course doing it over lobsters is a plus.
As the lobster season is closing on us. Treat yourself and grab your loved ones for an experience you won’t regret.
Renzel Dashington Creates The Line Between Social Commentary & Comedy And We Love It!
Renzel Dashington’s Rise In The Comedy World Is A True Testament Of How Thunder Can Strike Twice
Renzel Dashington to me is a case study in itself when you really think about it. Most men get to be recognized for one specific claim to fame if ever. If you’re lucky enough, you go on to transition in something else in your field and for the most part that’s it.
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Renzel did the unheard, unseen, unbelievable and unorthodox all at the same time. First of all, he started off as a manager for arguably the most iconic and successful black singer this city has ever seen: Corneille.
I know some naysayers might hit me with ”Ouais mais Seul Au Monde was a long a time ago?!”. Technically yes but just like Michael Jordan. Some guys have accomplished things that have never been replicated since and therefore you have to respect it.
That’s where it gets interesting if you ask me. Usually the typical story arch for the manager is this: he gets his or her client to the promise land, they get rich and then usually the artist severs ties due to ”creative differences” or simply for trying something new.
After 20 years of career, a major twist came In Renzel Dashington‘s story. The manager became yet again a sort of manager since he was more behind the scenes when he first founded Bad Boys Du Rire. It was a movement, it told the comedy scene in Quebec that black and brown people had something to say too.
In The process, Bad Boys Du Rire went on to sell over 20 000 tickets, 200 shows and 10 000 minutes were spent on stage by artists that the market initially rejected. I respect people who are able to spot those gaps and make the most out it.
Then a global pandemic hits and something made the artist in him come out of its shell once and for all!
Maybe that’s why in the midst of George Flloyd’s death and the BLM movement, Renzel’s offering was different and needed. On one hand he would let you know what’s going on in society and on the other he would crack jokes about racism, racists, Covid measures and all those different things that were still sensitive and too serious at the time.
It was a relief from your day to day. You knew he would talk about it, make fun of it and you would have a good time. Renzel Dashington was transparent, honest, held no punches and even sparked some interesting debates or rivalry like whatever he got going on with Richard Martineau and Sophie Durocher these days.
Nonetheless it was only right that the comedian give us an official outlet to experiment live his new format that he introduced us to. His one man show ”Yo Les Bailles Sont F*cked Up” is exactly that.
Renzel being Renzel joking on stage about things, topics and people Renzel and the rest of world actually care about. Following the good response he had in Europe with 27 shows back to back shows in 14 days from his material, it was only right that we get some hometown love.
Taking place May 26th at Ausgang Plaza, the one man show is a must if you’re truly a fan of stand up comedy that tackles the real, the crazy, the good, the bad and of course the fucked up.
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