ARCMTL was proud to be a part of the 54th annual conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections this past May. Sadly, due to the pandemic, it couldn’t take place in Montreal physically as planned, but a number of presentations and discussions featuring Montreal archives, museums, record labels and more, are available online here, such as this round-table discussion that Arcmtl participated in; these presentations on Félix Leclerc and Patsy Gallant, as well as the keynote presentation byMusée des Ondes Berliner, which recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Montréal (and Canada) on CKUT radio.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Arcmtl will be bringing back the Grande printed art fair in some form this summer. We also are planning for our art book fair and conference Volume 3 for October, as well as Expozine in the fall.

In the meantime, we’ll be putting more content from our vast archives of Montreal ephemera online on our blog here as well as on our website devoted to Montreal’s 1960s – 1970s . Check out our classic interviews like this one with legendary music journalist Juan Rodriguez, or with this avid concert-goer Allan Youster.

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Postcards from Montreal mid 20th century

ARCMTL is well-known for its collections of so-called “ephemeral” material, ie, publications, leaflets, posters or other material with a short useful life. The following selection of postcards from Montreal were produced around the middle of the 20th century, up to the 1970s. The captions for each are the same as those that were printed on the back of the postcards. Note that there are no credits for photography or artists

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Distroboto 16 years of music

In March 2017, we celebrated Distroboto’s Sweet Sixteen with a concert at Casa del Popolo, where the project was born in January 2001. L’expérience Distroboto est étroitement liée à la culture indépendante montréalaise et a été un succès dès ses débuts. Seize ans plus tard, les machines ont vendu plus de 100 000 œuvres réalisées par plus de 1200 artistes locaux et internationaux ! Pour souligner cet important anniversaire, durant

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Volume 1 MTL Art and the Book 2018

Volume 1 MTL : Art and the Book, October 15 – 21 2018. Volume 1 MTL was the first edition of ARCMTL’s newest project: a week dedicated to art publishing and artists’ books. Workshops, conferences, discussions, presentations and a fair bringing together more than 50 publishers and creators were held in Montreal in October 2018. Here’s an overview of the various activities that made Volume 1 MTL a great success!

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