Monday 17th October I am finally on my way to Montreal to meet artists and visit galleries for Cicatrix. I should arrive at the flat I am staying in Mile End, Montreal this evening. The area is reputed to be like Hackney used to be, full of artists studios occupying industrial spaces. In fact the name Mile End was inspired by the Mile End in London. Since the 1980s Mile End has been known as a creative hub, home to artists, musicians, writers, and filmmakers. It was formally Montreal’s garment district. I can’t wait to see it.