Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Spoon Man

The Spoon Man by susanvg
The Spoon Man, a photo by susanvg on Flickr.
This man has been sitting outside Ogilvy's department store in Montreal for many years. He plays the spoons - a traditional percussion "instrument" in Quebec. People originally used kitchen spoons; now you can find wooden spoons that are attached at the top. At one time the store tried to get rid of Mr Spoonman as you can see in this article from 2004, but people rallied to his support and he is now quite a fixture.

At this time of year, he faces the Ogilvy's Christmas window - a long-standing tradition. It is full of animated Steiff animals - a whimsical scene. You can learn more about the history of the window here.

Ogilvy's Window 1

and more here.

Ogilvy's Window 2
This doesn't do it justice - as you cannot see the movement here. But here is a link to YouTube video that shows them in action along with Spoonman.


  1. I’d like to see and hear the Spoonman’s live performance in person. He is charming and looks enjoying himself in your photo. Christmas window is fun to look at. Thank you for the YouTube video. Stay warm and have happy days ahead, Susan.


  2. It is fun! I like its unique instrument “spoon”!. The Spoon man makes me tap out beat too! Thank you for the link.

  3. Don't know which I'd like more - the window or the Spoonman's performance!

  4. The guy is noise pollution and talentless. These guys have some talent