Montreapolis: Inside the lives of 8 people making modern Montreal

CBC Montreal brings you Montreapolis — an eight-part podcast series hosted by Steve Rukavina, featuring candid conversations with people who are making modern Montreal.

Host Steve Rukavina delves deep into the lives and experiences of 8 people making modern Montreal

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)

Montreapolis won best national podcast at the RTDNA awards on Saturday in Toronto. Here's a look a closer look at the eight-part series and how to listen.


For Montreal's 375th year, CBC Montreal brings you Montreapolis —  a podcast series featuring people who are making modern Montreal. 

The series, hosted by journalist Steve Rukavina, presents candid conversations with Montrealers from across the city's ever-evolving landscape, each offering their unique perspective on life in today's Montreal.

Host Steve Rukavina chats with former head of the SPVM Major Crimes Unit André Bouchard. (Sara Dubreuil)

From chef Antonio Park's confession of his father's disapproval, to Tracey Deer's reflections on Indigenous belonging and social norms, to André Bouchard's musings on ethical boundaries within the police force, Rukavina delves deep into the lives and experiences of Montrealers who have helped make the city such a fascinating place.

How to listen

New episodes of Montreapolis will be available every Monday morning.

Subscribe in iTunes or on your favourite podcast app, listen on the CBC radio app for mobile, head over to cbc.ca/listen or find them all below.

Go to cbc.ca/montreal to find Steve Rukavina's profiles of each Montrealer featured in the series, which will accompany each podcast. You can also find the links to those stories right here.


Episode 1: The Chef

Internationally renowned chef Antonio Park can stand the heat.

After fire ravaged two of his restaurants, the South Korean/South American Montrealer is expanding his culinary empire. But that has a cost.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
Internationally renowned chef Antonio Park can stand the heat. After fire ravaged two of his restaurants, the South Korean/South American Montrealer is expanding his culinary empire. But that has a cost. 34:45

Episode 2: The Dreamer

Kahnawake-born filmmaker Tracey Deer brings the raw, funny and rarely explored experiences of women on the rez into the spotlight through her hit TV series, Mohawk Girls. 

Her place in her own community is now uncertain.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
Kahnawake-born filmmaker Tracey Deer brings the raw, funny and rarely explored experiences of women on the rez into the spotlight through her hit TV series, Mohawk Girls. Her place in her own community is now uncertain. 35:36

Episode 3: The Enforcer

From walking the beat in the 1970s to putting away Hells Angel Maurice "Mom" Boucher, retired head of the SPVM Major Crimes Unit André Bouchard casts a critical eye on shifts in Montreal's law enforcement culture.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
From walking the beat in the 1970s to putting away Hells Angel Maurice "Mom" Boucher, retired head of the SPVM Major Crimes Unit André Bouchard casts a critical eye on shifts in Montreal's law enforcement culture. 26:38

Episode 4: The Survivor

His two-year battle with an aggressive form of cancer inspired Jamaican-Canadian rapper, producer and performer Jonathan Emile to take on social issues through art and activism.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
His two-year battle with an aggressive form of cancer inspired Jamaican-Canadian rapper, producer and performer Jonathan Emile to take on social issues through art and activism. 31:22

Episode 5: The General Manager

Meg Hewings is the general manager of the city's first professional women's hockey team, Les Canadiennes, checking gender stereotypes in Montreal's iconic sport.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
Meg Hewings is the general manager of the city's first professional women's hockey team, Les Canadiennes, checking gender stereotypes in Montreal's iconic sport. 33:16

Episode 6: The Prodigy

Saint-Lambert's Daniel Clarke Bouchard has played Carnegie Hall, The Ellen Show, studies piano at The Juilliard School and takes advice from Oliver Jones. All this, and he's just recently turned 17.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
Saint-Lambert's Daniel Clarke Bouchard has played Carnegie Hall, The Ellen Show, studies piano at The Juilliard School and takes advice from Oliver Jones. All this, and he's just recently turned 17. 31:43

Episode 7: The Rabbi

As her temple's first female — and lesbian — rabbi, Lisa Grushcow's focus on inclusion, diversity, cross-cultural partnerships and modern motherhood challenges conservative religious traditions.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
As her temple's first female — and lesbian — rabbi, Lisa Grushcow's focus on inclusion, diversity, cross-cultural partnerships and modern motherhood challenges conservative religious traditions. 33:08

Episode 8: The Refugee

Award-winning novelist Kim Thúy has called Montreal home since making the harrowing journey from communist Vietnam by boat with her family in 1979.

(Illustration by Pat Hamou)
Award-winning novelist Kim Thúy has called Montreal home since making the harrowing journey from communist Vietnam by boat with her family in 1979. 32:36