What a great day this year's Goal MTL was! What better time than a sunny Sunday to fill up Montreal's Molson Stadium with all of the cities best in food, beverage and media. Crowds came out to watch their friends and local celebrities battle it out on the field, an annual event that happens in Montreal hosted by the Burgundy Lion Group. Teams compete to win The Lion Cup, while others enjoy the sun. Entrance into the event is free, but all proceeds from raffles, food, beverage and other charitable initiatives go 100% to helping local little burgundy charities, Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre and Montreal Community Cares Foundation, and this we love!! The music and vibe was perfect. They also played the France VS. Iceland game on the big screens of the stadium, so in-between supporting your peeps you could watch the pros play. Some of the food and beverage on the scene was Brit and Chips, Burgundy Lion Bar, Imadake, Leche Desserts, Jamieson, Romeo Gin, Houstons and others.
All in all, the tournament helped raise 40,000$ thanks to the media support and charitable donations from all the participating bars and restaurants. The teams were Burgundy Lion Group, Vigilant Global, Evenko, Molson, Drinkerie\Lili & Oli, Labatt, Pabst, Rouge Bar, Imadake, Le Confessional/Somwhr Bar, Stash, Fiorellino, Thursdays, Sticky Media, Houstons, Bombardier, New Saint Laurent, Lord William, Chez Dallaire, Irish Embassy, Loic, Honey Martin, Arcotekk-Cbranche, Mile Public House, Knox Bar, Vans Canada, L'Orignal and of course of Media All Star Team!.... and the winning team in all of that was Knox, a newb on the Goal Field this year and of course one of my favourite spots! Congrats guys!
Our Media All-Star team was comprised of; Charles and François Hamelin (Olympians – speedskating), Kevin Gallagher (CTV), Andie Bennett (CBC), Bilal Butt (CHOM), Conor McKenna (TSN 690), Jay Farrar (TSN 690), Simon Tsakilis (TSN 690), Sean Campbell (TSN 690), Shaun McMahon (The Best 925), Phil Branch (Énergie), Andy Mailly-Pressoir (V/Journal Métro), Jeremy Filosa (98,5/Rogers Sportsnet), Arcadio Marcuzzi (98,5 / Metro), Bic and JoJo Flores (DJs), Drea Wheeler (fitness expert), Lolitta Dandoy (Fashion Is Everywhere), Samantha Cutler (ME!) as well as other celebrities. Our amazing coaches were Lloyd Barker (Montreal Gazette, former Impact and Jamaican National team player), Noel Butler (TSN 690) and Mustapha Terki (MEG Montreal).
This was my second year participating in the event, and it continues to get better and better! If you are in the city next summer stay on the look out for the next edition of Goal MTL. You won't be disappointed. Events like this are why Montreal feels like a family! Thanks BL!