Not that I live in Montreal, but 34 murders in a city of 3.5 million is a good chunk below the national average. We get close to that many here in Calgary for a city with about 1/3 the population of Montreal.
Actually the 34 is just or the island of Montreal which has 1.9 million. Even then its still below the national avg.
Yeah not to sound like a POS, but Montrealers are 10 times nicer to Bostonians then Bostonians are to Montrealers. From my own experience anyways. Here you will not get bumped, spat on or beer poured on you. Just some friendly heckling. Nothing to worry about unless you act like a dick.