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Juan Rodriguez is Montreal’s most esteemed, even legendary, rock journalist. He began writing about the music he loves in the early 1960s while in high school, publishing one of the first local music fanzines, Pop-See-Cul, from 1966 to 1970. He has written countless articles about music ever since, for the Montreal Star, Montreal Gazette and many others. It was an honour to have him spend an afternoon at Archive Montreal

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The Peoples’ Yellow Pages, an unabashed guide to Montreal for those interested in alternative and underground lifestyles was published annually from the early to mid 1970s in Montreal. Louis Rastelli interviewed its editor, Garth Gilker, at his Café Santropol in October 2015. This Plateau Mont-Royal institution, begun shortly after Gilker ceased publishing the Peoples’ Yellow Pages, celebrated its 40th anniversary in the summer of 2016. Gilker, also known for his

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Ken Norris was one of the “Véhicule Poets”, an informal bunch of poets who hosted and participated in readings at the Véhicule Art gallery and performance space on Ste. Catherine St. in the early to mid 1970s. He has more than two dozen publications of poetry to his credit and has had work appear in countless anthologies. Born in New York, he now teaches creative writing and Canlit at the

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Allan Bealy grew up and studied art in Montreal. In 1975, he moved to New York. While in Montreal, he published Davinci, and later in New York City, Benzene, both of which were ‘downtown’ art and literary magazines. Davinci was published out of the Véhicule Art artist-run gallery and performance space in Montreal between 1972-1974. Davinci was also, briefly, an imprint for some artists’ publications. It ultimately served to create

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ARCMTL is proud to be a part of the Contre-Culture : Existences et persistances conference. Image: davinci Vol. 1 no. 3 autumn 1974, © Allan Bealy / © Suzy Lake   Montreal’s davinci magazine, Counter-Culture and the Visual Arts 1975 / 2015 Saturday, October 17 at Artexte ( 2 Sainte-Catherine E., suite 301 ) From 15h – 16h: One Hour, One Book: davinci magazine (Montréal 1973-75) by Louis Rastelli, Director,

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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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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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