Mile End is a popular home for many artists, musicians, designers, writers, and filmmakers such as Arcade Fire, Adam Gollner, Bran Van 3000, Ariane Moffatt, Grimes, Sean Michaels and Plants and Animals. Many art galleries, designers’ workshops, boutiques and cafés are littered all around the neighbourhood. The comic book company Drawn & Quarterly was founded in the Mile End in 1989, and in 2007 opened up a flagship store on Bernard that is now regarded as the literary hub of the neighbourhood. The Anglican church (south of St.Viateur on Park Ave.) in 1993, was transformed into the Mile End Library. This opened the door for a community artistic movement that first hosted exhibitions from Images de Femmes in 1994–present, and later a variety of other exhibits. In 1998 the Mile End art gallery and co-op Ame Art were formed with the assistance of the Park YMCA. The computer graphics software house Discreet Logic made a mark on the area by renovating part of an old clothing factory in the early 1990s. In 1997, this space became the new Montreal studios of computer game developer Ubisoft. Since the mid-90’s with the increase of the neighborhood’s upscale popularity, rents have sharply increased forcing much of the artist community and poorer residents of the Mile End further away from to more affordable areas such as Park Extention, which borders to the north.
To explore an interactive map of schools in this neighborhood, check out this map by the Fraser Institute which locates and provides the school rankings.