Jack Rabbits, Ski Resorts, and a Montreal Christmas

Wow it’s been a busy and crazy end to 2021, and I’ve not had time to write in a while, but I do have news to share! First, and foremost, the Rabbits of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) has been happening – many rabbits, big and small, have been placed around the city. I am excited to report that some have been found, including in a city about an hour or so north of Montreal: a world-famous ski resort called Mount Tremblant. A rabbit was apparently dropped at Café Johannsen right at the bottom of the ski hill, and it was found by a man who works at Tremblant.

This is the beautiful ski town called Tremblant, in Quebec.

But here’s where the story takes an unbelievable turn: the man who found the Rabbit tells me he has worked at Tremblant for 17 years and over those years, has found all kinds of things – money, jewellery, and even a TV – but this Rabbit art was the best thing he ever found (YAY!). He also tells me his daughter calls him Bunny Bun Bun, ‘cause he is always running around doing things. The Rabbit art was therefore meaningful to him.

The cafe where the art was found is itself is named Johannsen, after various famous man – Herman Smith-Johannsen – who started a very well known cross country ski program in Canada, and it was called the Jackrabbit program, so Herman was known as ‘Jackrabbit Johannsen’. And, this icing on the cake? The man who found the Rabbit art up in Tremblant did once meet Jackrabbit Johannsen (when Jackrabbit Johannsen was already over 100 years old -he lived to be 111!).

The wee rabbit (a Jackrabbit perhaps!) dropped at the Cafe

Is all this a great coincidence, or something more spiritual and awe-inspiring? You can believe what you want, but I see this as very, very special and I hope you do too.

Another view of Tremblant.

I do know that other people have found art in Montreal. Some was dropped on a commuter train back in mid-December, and closer to Christmas a colourful rabbit was in a trimmed tree in a busy downtown shopping centre. I can imagine a holiday shopper taking a break, and seeing the rabbit staring up…

So this is the last post of the year. This project is still going strong after several years and over 170 pieces of art dropped around the world. So much joy and happiness, and this is so very important these days, as the world does remain in the grips of pandemic. I also want to THANK YOU for reading and following along. Stay well, friends, and I look forward to many more adventures in 2022!

Rabbits of Montreal / Lapins de Montréal

Two things: 1) I have been very actively drawing Rabbits these days. I do not know why this is the case, but it is true. And sometimes you just have to go with it. 2) I love Quebec (Canada) – a truly amazing place, with incredible forests, lakes, towns and cities. It’s a beautiful part of a vast and wonderful Country. Someone I know very well travels to Quebec’s largest city (Montreal) regularly. So, I’ve decided to combine these things and send Rabbits to Montreal.

Get ready, citizens of Montreal! Keep your eye out in your Metro stations, in your restaurants, and on your park benches. Twenty or so rabbits are on their way! Not only am I simply thrilled to think about Rabbit-art all over the city, I also hope that it will bring lots of smiles to everyone, because November can be a bit of a dreary, dark month up in northern cites.

So, stay tuned, my friends – white-tailed, hoppy fur-balls are invading your city!

Trouvé à Montréal

Big news from a fabulous Canadian city*… the 58th piece of art was dropped in Montreal and it was found (or “trouvé“)!

This was a “thumbnail landscape” – a small winter scene with a wee cabin and trees. It was dropped by a secret agent on a bench in a fitness center in the downtown area:

The finder of this little piece was delighted, and she tweeted her discovery later in the day! …although it seems to have migrated from the bench to a nearby window sill (Yes, everyone, we have a twitter account)

And this little winter scene was posted up on a bulletin board in its new home:

Once again, it seems this very fun project has brought some joy into someone’s life, and that’s the whole purpose.

The world is a tough place with so many stressful things happening. I believe firmly that art can connect us, bring us happiness, and keep us grounded during difficult times.

Please be kind and spread joy whenever you can.

*another piece of art was found a while ago in a different and equally fabulous Canadian city – here’s the story!