Montreal Underground Origins Blog

MONTREAL SHOWS 1965 – 1975, Concert Posters, Photos and Ephemera Exhibit, September 16 – 20 2015, ART POP, 3450 St-Urbain. Vernissage: Wednesday Sept. 16. Hours: Sept. 16, 17-20h; Sept. 17-18, 11–20h; Sept. 19-20, 11-18h. SPECIAL GATHERING after exhibit Friday Sept. 18, 8 p.m., and Saturday September 19, 6:30 p.m. at site of former New Penelope Café on Sherbrooke west of Bleury. Click here for the Facebook event. Archive Montreal presents

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Montréal Insolite was a local guide to nightlife and the underground that may have only been published once or twice at the time. It belongs to a family of underground guides that seem to have only existed in the 1970s, encouraging tourists and locals to explore the new sex, drug and rock-and-roll post-60s hedonism. The guide is along the same lines as the Peoples’ Yellow Pages reproduced elsewhere on this

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SECOND PART: OUR TASTES… FOLLOW THE GUIDE… In the second part of this small guide you will find a list of places we recommend visiting. This list is far from complete because we would almost need to publish a mini phone directory to describe all the restaurants, hotels and nightclubs of Montreal. We apologize in advance to the owners of the locations we missed. For those who love to eat,

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BLUE METROPOLIS: MONTREAL 1975 / 2015, A different imaginary A round-table discussion organized by Arcmtl for its Montreal Underground Origins project, held on April 24, 2015 at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal. The discussion explored two Montreals: the city that local writers wrote about in 1975 and the entirely new city in 2015. Featuring the authors Endre Farkas, Anna Leventhal and Ralph Elawani and moderated by Bryan

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At our annual Expozine small press fair, specifically on November 16, 2014 a round-table discussion on the early days of the contemporary Montreal small press scene was held. The panel consisted of the founding members of Véhicule Press, Simon Dardick and Nancy Marrelli, and the founder of Montreal’s long-running independent bookstore The Word, Adrian King-Edwards. Véhicule Press began in 1973 on the premises of Véhicule Art Inc.—one of Canada’s first

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BLUE METROPOLIS literary festival 20h-21h, Friday, April 24, 10 Sherbrooke W. (corner St-Laurent), PETIT SALON, Free admission! MONTREAL 1975 / 2015, A DIFFERENT IMAGINARY Round-table discussion featuring Bryan Demchinsky, Endre Farkas, Anna Leventhal and Ralph Elawani. Click here for the Facebook event. Local small press promoters and archivists ARCMTL / Expozine present a reading and discussion exploring two Montreals: the city that local writers wrote about in 1975 and the

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Montreal Sound Ark

05.03.2015

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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Here is an issue of a 1974 Véhicule Press publication by various authors, Da Vinci, volume 1 number 3, edited by Allan Bealy. All contents copyright the authors, 1974. This issue features works by Keith Abbott, Michael Abbott, Suzy Lake, Tim Mancusi, Allan Shute, Stephen Bobb, Joan Thornton, Allan Bealy, Klaus Groh, Comet Nirvanno, Frank Ferguson. The title appears to have only appeared a few times and is notable for

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MONTREAL UNDERGROUND ORIGINS, Round table discussion : The early days of Montreal’s independent press : exploring the 1970s small press scene With the founding members of Véhicule Press, Simon Dardick and Nancy Marrelli, and the founder of Montreal’s long-running independent bookstore The Word, Adrian King-Edwards. — Sunday November 16 from 3pm to 4pm, in Expozine‘s reading room, 5035 Saint-Dominique, . Archive Montreal, the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving

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The Computer Riots were a seminal event in Montreal’s development and stand as one of the important racial protests of the era. A brand-new NFB documentary, Ninth Floor, looks at the event in part by showing unseen footage of the dramatic events themselves, recently found in the University’s archives. Here from Black History Canada is an overview to introduce the Sir George University student newspaper The Georgian from January 31,

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Before the mid-1960s era of rapid change, the early 1960s in Montreal were in many ways a late phase in an era that began with WWII. Nightlife remained rife with questionable characters to this day, but the experiences related here were from a whole other world. This anonymous interview with a lifelong Montrealer was first published in Montreal’s Fish Piss Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2000. R: So this was

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