Co-working spaces are becoming increasingly popular all over the world, as this recent Globe & Mail article explains. Montreal has certainly been one of the pioneers in this growing trend, with the opening of its first co-working space in 2007, Station C, and more popping up since.
Co-working spaces are a great way for freelancers or small firms to have access to office space or office equipment with less administrative hassle, or a place to hold meetings or events. I have attended events in a couple of these spaces over the years, most notably at Notman House, the heritage building on Sherbrooke street near Saint-Laurent. Notman House is a beautiful old run-down building and, like other co-working spaces, a lot of geeks hold hackfests there and some IT orgs like to hold meetings there because, well, it is usually free as in beer (or at least more affordable than the alternatives).