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Yelp Helps! Yelp Aide! Montreal



With more than 350 attendees and a dozen exceptional local non-profits, this first edition of Yelp Helps!  was a sunny success this weekend in Montreal. A game of Yelp-O had guests circulating throughout a beautiful four story bistro to find every single non-profit, make some art or play a game with each one, in order to win a Yelp Kazoo and rock out with the live music written especially for the event. As Carmel B put it, "If this is what's to be expected of Yelp's presence in Montreal, then the island's in for a big treat."

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Guests noshed steak and salmon tartar, cantaloupe gazpacho shots, duck confit, and mountains of desserts by the in house French pastry chef, and choose from a menu of drinks including homemade fresh French lemonade and Maker's Mark, Jim Beam and Ginger, sangria, all lovingly shaken, stirred and served by the owners (and kickass Yelpers) behind Deux Gamins. For Laura D "The drinks (Cooler Moscow Mule) and food (beef and salmon tartare) were wonderful, the booths were informative and ready (and willing) to answer my gazillion questions. I walked away knowing more about the different organizations here in Montreal and have started the process to volunteer some time at at least one of them."

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The event was deemed a "HUGE success" by participating non-profits including
Team in Training, World Wildlife Fund, Santropol Roulant, Festival Fringe, Bouge D'ici, the Yellow Door, Friends for Mental Health, Head and Hands, Apathy is Boring, and beloved partners Pop Montréal and the Canadian Liver Foundation. It even resulted in the creation of some spectacular collaborative wall art led by internationally celebrated Montreal art collective En Masse, and the Zumba flash mob dance scene led by Dancing 4 Causes that capped off the afternoon, briefly taking one of Montreal's only cobblestone pedestrian walkway.

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Check out more amazing photos from the event by Cindy Lopez for MidnightPoutine.com

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Avec plus de 350 invités et une douzaine d’organismes à but non lucratifs locaux, cette première édition de Yelp Aide a été un succès Montréalais ensoleillé. Un jeu de Yelp-O a fait circuler les invités au travers du joli bistro de 4 étages pour trouver chacun des OBNL, jouer à des jeux, créer une œuvre d’art et rencontrer des Yelpeurs afin de gagner un kazoo Yelp pour accompagner la musique écrite spécialement pour l’événement. Tout le monde, nouveau Yelpeur Gary M inclus ont pu « manger, boire gratuitement et rencontrer des gens super!  Que demander de mieux! »

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Les invités ont dégusté des tartares de bœuf et de saumon, du gaspacho au cantaloup, des piments farcis au fromage de chèvre et des montagnes de desserts préparés par le pâtissier français de la maison. Le menu de boissons ne manquait pas de variétés non plus avec des limonades au Marker’s Mark, du gingembre et Jim Beam, des bières locales de Cheval Blanc et de la sangria, toutes préparées avec amour par les deux propriétaires (et Yelpeurs) extraordinaire des Deux Gamins. Alia H a certainement apprécié : « les bouchés et desserts des Deux Gamins était vraiment très bons et la sangria très rafraichissante. »

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L’événement a été déclaré un « Grand Succès » de la part des OBNL participants incluant le World Wildlife Fund, Santropol Roulant, Festival Fringe, Bouge D'ici, Yellow Door, Friends for Mental Health, Head and Hands, Apathy is Boring, Team in Training, et nos partenaires Pop Montréal et le Canadian Liver Foundation. Le résultat final inclue aussi une œuvre d’art murale collaborative guidée par le collectif artistique international En Masse, et une dance « flash mob » Zumba qui a pris place dans l’une des seules ruelles pédestres de Montréal.

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