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