Montreal Underground Origins
Image from davinci no. 1 vol. 3, copyright Suzy Lake, Allan Bealy

Image from davinci no. 1 vol. 3, copyright Suzy Lake, Allan Bealy

Montreal Underground Origins

Montreal Underground Origins shines a light for current and future generations on the early days of what is now considered a thriving city of the arts. It was conceived and produced by the non-profit arts promotion and preservation organization, Archive Montreal (ARCMTL) in 2014.

Check out our image blog to peruse excerpts and full scans of vintage photos, magazines and varied publications from the era. Our blog features a growing number of articles, interviews and discussion transcripts exploring various aspects of the 1960s – 1970s Montreal underground arts and activist scene. Links to other websites, organizations or online resources to discover more about this era appear as a sidebar to the right of all posts on our blog.

Comments and discussion from the public are welcome! Anyone can post comments under each blog post on the site.

If you have any material or memories of your own to add, please email archivemontreal@archivemontreal.org .

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