Montréal Underground Origins Blog
March, 2015

Montreal Sound Ark


Montreal Underground Origins is being undertaken by Archive Montreal, a non-profit organization that since 1998 has actively collected and preserved artifacts from the city’s past independent or “underground” arts scenes as well as promoted the contemporary milieu. It has accumulated over the years several thousand audio recordings from Montreal artists, bands, musicians, poets and more, in just about every format there is, ranging from reel to reel tapes, acetates, DAT

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Live from Earth: Prince Arthur, 1970, Montreal’s Haight-Ashbury ? Prince Arthur St. east of St-Laurent heading towards Carré Saint-Louis was one of the most popular parts of town for the counter-culture crowd of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Even today’s Fodor’s travel guide to Montreal refers to this past : In the 1960s rue Prince-Arthur was the Haight-Ashbury of Montréal, full of shops selling leather vests, tie-dyed T-shirts, recycled

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