ARCMTL, which created and operates this website, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving independent arts and culture from Montreal and elsewhere. Come celebrate this important local institution’s 20th anniversary! There will be a gala show on Thursday, December 5, details to come soon — but in the meantime, check out these two exhibits of material from the archives!
This exhibit is of a selection of prints and poster art selected from ARCMTL archives, ranging from the 1960s to today !
There is also an exhibit of zines from ARCMTL archives at the Concordia Webster Library on until December 17.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
LOGOS and Montreal counter-culture When one considers the earliest days of Montreal’s counter-culture and underground arts and activist scenes, it’s hard to exaggerate the importance and influence of LOGOS magazine. It was our city’s own contribution to the independent press that was emerging across North America, such as the Village Voice and the Georgia Straight. This entirely new publishing milieu gave a voice to the mid 1960s generation of youthContinue Reading >
This is a transcript of a conversation with John Heward and Louis Rastelli in the summer of 2016 at Café Résonance on Park Avenue in Montreal. RIP John Heward, 1934-2018, Montreal. JH: I’m from here, from the so-called Golden Mile, Redpath Street. They were row houses built in the 1920’s, and when we were there in the beginning, there were still a lot of large houses, just around Sherbrooke. ItContinue Reading >
Francois Dallegret is a Montrealer by adoption who made a name for himself as a designer and architect in the mid 1960s in part through his design work for Expo 67. He also organized the infamous Super Party, the “underground” opening party for Expo 67 that featured such wild acts as Tiny Tim and Lothar and the Hand People. His involvement in the arts and music scene also included designingContinue Reading >