2020 in photos: CBC Montreal's favourite photos of the year

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This year began like any other, as Montrealers enjoyed the mild weather and looked forward to a summer full of the city's trademark vibrant festivals.

Little did we know then that the COVID-19 pandemic would drastically change the way we live our daily lives.

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Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC

But despite tragedy that affected many households, there were some bright spots in the midst of a very difficult time.

Most of all, Montrealers worked hard to keep up their spirits and spread positivity,

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Charles Contant/CBC

Quebec was swept by a wave of solidarity as people banded together under the slogan "ça va bien aller."

Despite the darkness of the first wave, people pulled together to make significant changes, in order to limit the spread of the virus.

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Sylvain Roy Roussel/CBC

One of the most visible changes of 2020 came in the form of masks being donned in all public indoor places.

From bright patterns, to homemade or themed, masks became a ubiquitous image of pandemic prevention measures.

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Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada

And while it was a stressful and deeply heartbreaking year for many, Quebecers persisted in trying to share arts and culture, now through online media.

From free concerts, to virtual festivals and performances, artists helped buoy the spirits of others.

Montrealers made efforts to support local businesses and mourned beloved haunts when they shuttered for good.

In the summer, people still found moments of joy and community, from socially distant picnics in parks to afternoons at the splash pad.

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Charles Contant/CBC

While museums are shuttered during the second wave, Montreal's institutions, including the newly reopened and renovated Biodome, will still be there when life returns to normal.

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Ivanoh Demers/CBC