Archive Montreal


ARCMTL is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 with a mandate to simultaneously promote and preserve independent culture.

ARCMTL was named one of the finalists for the 2015 Grand prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal for its track record of excellence and originality in the field of arts promotion since 1998.

It’s the only organization in Montreal tasked with preserving the local “underground” or independent arts milieu— cultural artifacts that are by nature very ephemeral and which aren’t normally on the radar of institutional archives or libraries. Its collections comprise thousands of publications, artworks, audio-visual and ephemeral material dating from the 1950s to today. The archive centre is available for consultation on appointment by researchers, students and people interested in Montreal history and culture. Archive Montreal also lends material for use in exhibits and projects organized by other organizations and regularly assists projects such as anthologies, compilations, documentary film and others in finding rare material as well as rightsholders.

Centre d’archives – Archive centre

ARCMTL also actively promotes the city’s current artists through its Distroboto art vending machine network. These are former cigarette vending machines converted to instead sell all sorts of miniature publications, short films, music and arts and crafts. More than a dozen Distroboto machines promote art in Montreal, Quebec City and in Poitiers, France. They’re located in cafés, concert venues, library lobbies and art centres.

ARCMTL is also behind Montreal’s largest annual small press fair, Expozine, which has grown since 2002 to become one of the very largest of its kind in North America. It organizes other events and exhibits each year to promote new and emerging artists and help the public discover their works.

ARCMTL is also proud to be one of the founding organizations behind the annual Montreal Printed Art Festival in the spring of 2016, providing the city’s rich and dynamic printed art scene with an annual showcase where the wider public can discover its impressive vitality and its well-deserved international reputation. As part of this festival, ARCMTL organized the first annual GRANDE Print Art Fair, a gathering of more than 50 artists and organizations from Montreal’s printmaking and poster art community.

Archivist Brian Meagher and a researcher exploring Arcmtl’s unique collection of Voice of Montreal (later Vice Media) magazines.

Check out Archive Montreal’s radio show on CKUT 90.3 FM every Friday from 3 to 5 pm. to hear Montreal music and material culled from our vast archives! For more info check out the Montreal Sound Ark blog.

Archive Montreal’s preservation activities involve the ongoing acquisition of independently produced local cultural artifacts and publications — from books, zines, records, CDs, cassettes to more ephemeral material such as promotional posters, flyers, found footage, etc.

If you have material of this kind that you don’t need anymore, we’ll gladly take your old zines, books, posters, photos, cassettes, films, vinyl etc. for conservation in our archive !

Arcmtl director Louis Rastelli sorts through an acquisition of varied ephemera.

If you publish your own books or zines, print posters or other printed art, or put out local music, we could also add copies of your recent work to our collection.

You can email us at for more information on the archive, on how to consult it or to arrange a pick-up or drop-off of your stuff. You can also contact us by mail :

Arcmtl, C.P. 55052, CSP Fairmount, Montréal, QC H2T 3E2


Henri Bonaque, Catherine Cormier-Larose, Pascal-Angelo Fioramore, Naakita Feldman-Kiss, Jasmin Miville-Allard, Ashley Opheim.

Archives Committee:

Janice Kerfoot, Brian Meagher, Fréd Savard, Louis Rastelli, Catherine Henderson, Philippe Garneau.


Simon Bossé, Benoit Chaput, Julie Doucet, Geneviève Gosselin, Billy Mavreas, Louis Rastelli, Jamie Salomon.

Former project team members:

Carl Amabili, Andy Brown, Angela Carter, Yannick Desranleau, Ian Ferrier, Kevin Jones, Claudine Lamothe, Chloe Lum, Jeff Miller, André Racette, David Widgington.

Directors emeritus:
Claudia-Ève Beauchesne, Simon Bossé, Geneviève Boyer, Benoit Chaput, Julie Doucet, Laure Fouin, Emmanuelle Fournier, Geneviève Gosselin, Gilbert Gosselin, Graham Hall, Michelle Lacombe, Kevin Lo, Billy Mavreas, Jamie Salomon.