ARCMTL and AFROMUSÉE present a new monthly series of presentations on the history and evolution of the Afro-Montreal culture and nightlife.
November 15, 5 – 8 p.m., Afromusée, 533 Ontario E. (corner Berri, Berri-UQAM Métro):
CKUT Radio with Howard ”Stretch” Carr and Butcher T., in discussion with Rito Joseph and Louis Rastelli.
When CKUT it hit the FM airwaves some 35 years ago, it quickly became an important voice for Montreal’s diverse Black communities. This was thanks to numerous radio shows that promoted concerts, festivals and events important to the community. Some of these shows have been on the air ever since!
Howard “Stretch” Carr has been a pillar of the Caribbean community in Montreal for over four decades. He will be joined by special guest DJ Butcher T. to talk about their experiences in the 70s and 80s, leading up to legendary radio shows, Stretch’s West Indian Rhythms and Butcher T.’s Noontime Cuts.
The discussion will explore their time performing in Montreal nightclubs in the 70s and 80s, being part of the city’s first block parties, reggae festivals and much more…
The New Penelope and its era – Call for memories!
The local non-profit archive ARCMTL is working on a book and online exhibit about the New Penelope and its era, 1965 – 1970.
For just a few years in the mid-to-late 1960s, the New Penelope became a legend in the history of Montreal music and nightlife. It was the first independent concert venue in Montreal to feature important names in 1960s rock, blues, folk and jazz, from Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters to Frank Zappa and Jesse Winchester. All through 2023, we’re looking for anyone who remembers the era, or who may have related material such as old posters, flyers, audio or video recordings, ticket stubs and other ephemera. Please contact us if you or someone you know may be able to help! We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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 — or go to our searchable collection of vintage Montreal magazines on the archive.org website. 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.
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 email@example.com to let us know.
HOME MOVIE DAY MONTREAL 2023 October 21, 2023 from 16:00-21:00 At the Cinémathèque Québecoise, 335 Boul. de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K1 Free entry Home Movie Days are organized around the world to promote the cultural and historical legacy of amateur films from the past century. This year, Home Movie Day is a partnership between the Fragments Fugaces project, ARCMTL and the Cinémathèque Québecoise. The event will present aContinue Reading >
Ethel Bruneau : Miss Swing Interview conducted with Ethel Bruneau, April 15, 2021 by telephone during a confinement period of the pandemic. Ethel Bruneau was a Canadian dance legend who performed and taught in Montreal from 1953 to 2019. Born in 1936 in New York City to a Barbadian father and Jamaican mother, Bruneau sadly passed away in July of 2023 at age 87. From 1953 to the 1980s, BruneauContinue Reading >
The New Penelope Café and its era! Call for memories! Open for just a few years in the late 1960s, the New Penelope Café is legendary in the history of Montreal music and nightlife. It was the first independent concert venue in Montreal to feature important names in 1960s rock, blues, folk and jazz, from Muddy Waters and Frank Zappa to Joni Mitchell and Jesse Winchester. It was also aContinue Reading >