Taxi Drivers: Montreal Storytellers

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I’ve always felt that taxi rides are more than a simple car drive. More than often, these taxi rides become a communion of sorts, where aspirations, concerns and hopes are revealed. Discussions often turn into stories, political banter or profound sport analysis. With a little bit of introspection, one might even be tempted to grasp the social significance of this institution in the growth of our modern society.

I particularly value the cultural diversity, from one taxi ride to the other. It is always quite interesting to learn of people’s life experiences, to grasp their appreciation of the distinct culture in Quebec and to understand the often difficult transition of coming to North America.

For those of you who are fluent in French, i invite you to have a listen to a short recording of a great discussion i had in February of 2014. In the recording, the taxi driver talks about Che Guevara, René Levesque and Nelson Mandela. I also discover Blek le Roc, an Italian comic book character appreciated in Algeria in the 1960, who happened to be a North American trapper from 1774. Talk about multiethnic!

Before social media and the considerable evolution of tele-communication, life was lived at a slower pace. We owe respect to the cafés, barber shops and taxi drivers. Those were, and still are, the places we’ve always felt comfortable to converse with others and to grow, one discussion at a time.

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