This is New Year’s resolutions time of the year, and if you’re like me, the only one you’ve made is a promise to make sure that in 2006 you drink more alcohol than you did in 2005. If you’ve also decided to be even lazier this year, and you live up in Mile End, then you may just be able to accomplish all three at once with the introduction of a new neighbourhood hangout, Boa bar.
The pretty poster boy for this valuable venture is none other than Gazette music journo, party-rocking DJ, and well over six feet o’ friendly T’Cha Dunlevy. Hour caught up with Pshaw (who was sporting some opening-week bags under the eyes) at the newly opened spot on 5301 St-Laurent, and we figure you should make a resolution to check it out.
Hour First off, why "Boa"?
T’Cha Dunlevy It’s a Portuguese word meaning nice, pretty, good.
Hour Oh, it’s not a phallic thing?
Dunlevy Only if you want it to be.
Hour Who, besides yourself, is involved in this bar?
Dunlevy My brother Joaquin, veteran bartender and manager who has poured his way through an array of Montreal landmarks, and Peter Pinheiro, owner of Blizzarts and the design wiz behind both bars.
Hour How did the idea come about?
Dunlevy About a year and a half ago, Joaquin and I started talking about opening a place. We grew up in Mile End, and watched the neighbourhood change from laid-back cultural melting pot to unassuming hipster haven. We still love it, and wanted to create a space that we would want to hang out in, that reflected the area. Peter’s a good friend and we’ve known him since Blizzarts opened in ’98. When we all sat down, we immediately began talking about making a pub – an unpretentious drinking spot, meeting point and hangout. We knew music would be key, but within the context of the pub.
Hour What’s the idea behind the "modern tavern"?
Dunlevy The simplicity and "rassembleur" aspect of a tavern with a modern aesthetic and DJs. It’s common in London where pub culture and DJ culture are both huge.
Hour This term won’t get abbreved into "mod-tav" will it?
Dunlevy Not if you shut up about it right now.
Hour Why have a rotation of DJs instead of a set of specific nights?
Dunlevy We don’t want a promoter-driven venue, with specific crowds on specific nights. We want it to be about coming out for a drink and "Hey, the music’s really good."
Hour Who is currently on Boa’s speed dial?
Dunlevy Veteran funk and soul guru Andy Williams, indie/ambient hip-hop producer Sixtoo, and MP3 fiend Dr. Octoboobies, who shamelessly mixes up everything from Prince to Aphex Twin, by way of Beyoncé. Oh, and the offer is open to a certain smart aleck Hour music columnist to come down and show his skills.
Hour Oh yeah? How about Wednesday?
Dunlevy Sounds good.
Hour Since I just used this column to promote myself, will I ever be seeing you writing in The Gazette about this hot new bar called Boa?
Dunlevy Front page news, baby.
Boldfaced: I’ve been hearing good things about Kamikaze Baby, a group launching their CD on Jan. 7 at the Kola Note, so perhaps you should go and hear their good things for yourself… How about The Besnard Lakes and Land Of Talk at Petit Café Campus on Jan. 12? What? Don’t like amazing local music? Shame on you.