In honour of Montreal’s 375th, we have collaborated with eight of Montreal’s personalities, featured around some of our favourite Montreal spots, for a fun birthday celebration. See why photographer Neil Mota is one of our MTL muses.

Neil Mota and his sons Cash & Hendrix at the Montreal Forum.

1. How would you describe yourself?
Born and raised in Montreal. I am one of 4 brothers and have 3 sons of my own. This year it has been 20 years since I started my career in photography.

2. How does Montreal inspire you?
Montreal is an energetic city filled with passionate people. People in Montreal are very honest with their feelings and emotions making it a place where building lost lasting friendships is common.

3. What are your favourite spots in Montreal?
A few of my favourite spots in Montreal are the numerous soccer fields I spend time at with my boys. Grand Prix with my dad. Crossfit Pro1 with my son. Bremner in Old Montreal for dinner, Cafe Vito and Felice for coffee. I love walking around Old Montreal and running with my dog on the mountain with my better half. Saputo stadium for the Impact and Bell Center for the Habs.

4. Who is your MTL Muse?
A MTL Muse to me is someone who is passionate about what they do. I am inspired by people. Anyone with good values, gives back to the community, and makes the best of every situation is a MTL Muse.

5. If Montreal were your best friend, how would you wish her happy birthday?
What to give a friend who has seen and done it all? I would spend time with her and spread the word. This is a destination city and everyone should come here at least once to see and feel the energy of our gorgeous city.

6. How does Neil Mota inspire Le Château?
Neil Mota is an incredible photographer, truly bringing a profound emotion in each of his photographs. We are constantly inspired by the way he can capture a different angle of fashion through his work.

Thank you to Neil for being a part of our #MTLMUSE375 project. Be sure to follow Neil on his Instagram, Facebook, and website.

Did you know we are also hosting an Instagram contest? Post a selfie with the hashtag #MTLMUSE375 at your favourite Montreal location for your chance to win 1 of 3 $375 #LeChateau gift cards. See full contest rules here.