ARCMTL is working on a book and online exhibit about the New Penelope Café and its era, 1965 – 1970.
For just a few years in the late 1960s, the New Penelope Café became a legend in the history of Montreal music and nightlife. It was the first independent concert venue in Montreal to feature important names in 1960s rock, blues, folk and jazz, from Muddy Waters and Frank Zappa to Joni Mitchell and Jesse Winchester. It was also a well-loved hangout in the Carré Saint-Louis/ Milton-Parc area where the city’s counterculture and arts scene emerged.
We’re looking for anyone who remembers the era, or who may have related material such as old posters, flyers, audio or video recordings, ticket stubs and other ephemera. Please contact us if you or someone you know may be able to help! We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expozine 2020 programming is available as a series of videos on this Youtube playlist, as well as in this new Virtual Fair section of our website available here.