Montreal Underground Origins


Fifty Years Later: The Sir George Williams Affair

On Saturday, February 23, ARCMTL director Louis Rastelli will talk about the seminal Sir George Williams Affair and consider its pertinent lessons for today. It takes place at the Concordia University Webster Library, 1400 de Maisonneuve W. room LB-322. See the Facebook event here, and see some of what ARCMTL posted in recent years about the Computer Riots on this website here, montrealundergroundorigins.ca. The presentation is a partnership between ARCMTL, Spokenweb and the QAHN.

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) starting 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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