Milk in a bag is a surprisingly economical way of getting your milk and keeping it fresh by having it in smaller portions.
Besides that, there's a great deal of good stuff up north. Besides the obvious that Americans always point out like health care (which also has its downs of course), better beer (stronger and better, so shut it), and generally a good quality of life wherever you are.
Being in the Toronto area you'd have access to virtually any big stuff that you could want, like concerts, conventions, etc. Lots of big events around there. Can be pricey to live right in the city but the outskirts generally are much cheaper, quieter and more relaxed anyway.
On the downside, you will have to adjust to the price of goods and services being slightly higher, though it's not as bad as it used to be with today's economy. However one shock to the system would be the massive amount of taxes you'll have to pay compared to down south. As an example I work a very nice paying IT job and pay approximately 34% of my gross income in taxes each year.
Other than that, life is good, our economy seems to be fairing much better than in the states, and people are generally great all around, with your average number of douches.
So, to all québécois shizzies: first of all, I'm looking forward to meeting you guys. And I'm also gonna have a ton of questions. Among others:
- What good music shops are there in Montreal? - What good online music gear stores are there in Canada? - Is there some kind of import tax when ordering from a US web store, or do you have special agreements like we've got in the EU, that will allow me to shamelessly exploit the US dollar's low value? - Is hockey as awesome as I think it is?
And if you've got any generic advice to give me, fire away, that's what this thread is for. I know I'm in for a bit of weather shock, at least, as I'm from the hottest part of France (as in, we've had snow roughly three times in the last 30 years) and will be immigrating in the middle of winter.
Man, it's still 3 and a half months away and I need to sell all of my stuff, but I'm totally psyched.
I haven't lived in Montreal in quite a few years but Steves Music is likely one of the largest music shops in the city. They also have an online store which is quite good and you can get the various stores across Canada to fight each other for a sale, which is always to your advantage. There is also (or at least used to be) a smaller local shop near Steves but the name alludes me. Archambault is also a pretty decent sized store that sells instruments, though they also have a couple floors of music/movies, etc. The one on St. Catherine's is I believe the biggest in the city. Someone may be able to correct me. Other than that there are some other smaller local shops around but I can't remember the names of them. There are a ton of them around though.
Besides Steves I've dealt with lamusic.ca, there service was excellent. Axemusic.com is another one as well as you can order from zzounds.com and musiciansfriend.com as well. However there is duty that needs to be paid when buying from the States unless its stated as a gift.
And yes, hockey is as awesome as it seems. You'll be in love the first NHL game you go to, you can't help but feel the crowd's energy (as long as they're winning of course).
I recently picked up a new MacBook and planned on using it as a mobile workstation for when I don't have access to my regular PC. Installed Cubase, Superior, all that stuff is good. However I didn't think about it at the time but the impulse loader I use (Voxengo Boogie) doesn't have a Mac VST version. In fact I can't find anything that has a free Mac version.
I've tried using Reverence within Cubase but it doesn't sound as clean as the other plugins I'm used to on my Windows PC.
Does anyone know of any free impulse loaders for Mac, or know what could be causing Reverence to make the cabinets sound completely different than the other plugins? I obviously have all reverb effects (I think) turned off, but this is really the first time I've used it so maybe there are hidden options I'm unaware of?