Today, there are still traces of this type of activity, but it is centrre more discreet. Description[ edit ] Montreal Pool Room at its new location across the street after its expropriation by the city of Montreal. Proulx claims that today, it has shrunk to centre on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Laurent, the area's historical heart.
There is no official red-light district, although the definition of the boundaries has varied according to both the source and the time period. Gambling, illicit taverns, and prostitution have marked the history of this area, cehtre related to prohibition in the United States and Montreal's status as a port city. The term Red Light recalls the old lantern on the doors of brothels.
The variety shows that took place in the neighbourhood launched the careers of several foreign artists and was equally the starting point for many local artists. The Montreal Pool Room fast-food restaurant is also located there.
The neighbourhood has historically been home to cabarets and illegal businesses as early as the midth century, but especially between and early s.