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La Gachette – Montréal (French Punk Rock)

I present you a very interesting Punk Rock song called “Montréal”, performed by the group La Gachette and it is their first video since their inception. Sure there are many videos of them on Youtube but they are merely pub filming with poor sound. Talking about sound La Gachette is pure Punk but to many it is not completely true, that is because you have to learn Quebec’s Punk Rock distinctive sound just like Quebec is distinctive itself from the rest. Nowhere else in the world you ear this type of Punk Rock music and that French or not.

The lead singer of this group is Erik, the person with the French beret seen on the first still photo of the video above. On a daily basis we use to see each other because we both worked in the construction business, last news I had of him he was still in that business. I wish him the best so he can live a better life with his family, these people are hard working people earning every penny with sweat and pain, not easy after a day of hard labour to present a show on a Friday night for people to enjoy their weekend.

You can listen to more songs from La Gachette on their website: La Gachette

Montmorency Falls – Chute Montmorency

I was looking at my Youtube channel and noticed one of my videos is overwhelmingly viewed for the nature of the content, it’s a boring video of a snow storm where you see me and my kids shovel snow and it has over 7,900 views and counting. What I do not understand is why another video I made has hardly any views and is by far more informative compared to the snow storm video.

Well, I guess it’s time for a self promotional move, here’s the video of the Montmorency Falls, known in French as Chute Montmorency. Situated near the city of Quebec this beautiful 30 meter water fall is a must see, if you are near Quebec or in the province of Quebec, for example you are visiting Montreal and have a few hours to spare it can be done all in one morning, the video kind of proves it as I come from Montreal, so it’s not far and worth the time. Enjoy the video!

Hankook Ventus V12 EVO Simply Awesome

Here in Quebec we have a law that forbids using summer or all season tires in winter from December 15 to March 15 or a fine is expected if caught not complying. I totally understand the law since I never found all season tires adequate for Quebec winters therefore imagine summer tires, drivable but dangerous to one self and others.

I haven’t installed my summer tires even if the ides of March has long past and the reason is simple, Quebec is notorious for potholes due to the heavy unthaw and freeze cycles and the patching process is not that fast, indeed because of the numerous potholes to patch. I usually put my summer tires on in mid April where the chance of snow fall is near none and the potholes are repaired in great majority. But I can’t wait to put back the summer tires because last year I installed probably the best sports tire I ever owned, surpassing all previously owned such as Pirelli, Bridgestone, Michelin and Good-Year but the latter isn’t hard to beat since they simply can’t do proper UHP tires.

The tire I am praising is the Hankook Ventus V12 EVO K110, these tires are so smooth and hard at the same time it’s hard to believe the combination. They are smooth because they swallow well the imperfection of the roads more than all tires I owned before. Here in Quebec the roads are closer to 16th century trail than asphalt roads so testing summer tire quietness and imperfection absorption is easy to determine. In wet weather they are not the supreme tires but until now no surprise because they let go gradually so very predictable under wet traction and while under lateral force. And for me that is very important because I am the type to take corners very heavily rain or dry and I need a tire that gradually loses traction and not suddenly. I also have to mention the Ventus V12 EVO K110 are not screamers, they don’t have tendencies to screech especially while cornering and that is a plus, we don’t want people or the police to turn their heads do we. ;)

However while the tire are soft enough amazingly they give out a nice hard feeling because they have a strong sidewall making my ~1636 Kilogram (3606Lbs) SUV act like a go-gart because rolling is near zero. The feeling on the steering wheel is also very intuitive, a plus. We already put over ~7000 kilometers (~4350 miles) and the wear is barely noticeable. And not only that, last summer when we took our vacation we drove from Montreal to Florida and back overloaded and where in many occasions we hit very nasty potholes (especially around Philadelphia region) and where I was sure they would have blown off so solid the bangs were, I mean really hard hits the type you are SURE they would blow, but no, they remained solid along the way.

And it comes to a surprise since last year I blew one of my winter tires in similar pothole while being alone in the vehicle, thus less heavy by far. And it was a day were temperate wasn’t low so extreme low temperature wasn’t a factor. So if my supposedly amazing and expensive winter tire (Bridgestone Blizzak ws70) with bigger sidewall and supposedly more rugged constructed blew under a less stressful condition, I have to ask how on earth my supposedly fragile summer tires (Hankook Ventus V12) took way more brunt yet they made the journey without a problem. I can deduct that some companies over price their tires and claims and proves that Hankook gives you a good product for the price you pay.

I just can’t stop thinking of the vacation, every now and then we hit the fenders so much we were heavy, even a slight up and down wobble made the tire touch the fenders and sometime all at once when hitting a pothole, in other words the tire often were squeezed. My wife and I were nervous all along the travel road and scared to get stranded and unable to find similar tires or even continue with a spare tire, which I am sure we were not going to make it because so heavy we were traveling. That’s how bad it was, yet the tires being punished from above and below, squeezed and all resisted wear and tear and not to mention the extreme heat of the Floridian tarmac where we saw many cars and trucks blew their tires for no apparent reason other than high temperature.

In all, the Hankook Ventus V12 proved to be good enough under the most demanding circumstances and they got a new client that will buy again or do what I am doing now, spread the word. And it’s not only the overall good nature of the tire I praise, it’s the fact they are some of the cheapest tires you will ever find in the Ultra High Performance category. And do I have to mention they look awesome? CX817MB_Saturn_Vue_01

The Hankook Ventus V12 are on 20″ CX817MB by CX Wheels.

And a little bragging here, ins’t my Saturn Vue one of the best looking Vue ever? Stealthy looking with no stickers or other stupidities. Just a pair of Euro style back lights and wheels makes it just plain awesome compared to most Vue’s out there where people think more is better. ;)