History at the Marché des Possibles, 2016 edition


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The Marché des Possibles, Mile End’s summer gathering place, is back for a third year! The market is produced by POP Montréal in collaboration with the Arrondissement du Plateau Mont-RoyalMile End Memories will be there with an information table, a history presentation, and of course walking tours of the neighborhood.

The market takes place each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 17 June to 7 August 2016, in the space next to the Saint-Louis Arena – on Saint-Dominique Street near Bernard.

Our information table will be the meeting place for the tours, which will last about two hours and loop back towards the market. At the end of these trips through time, you’ll be able to continue the discussion at the market’s Biergarten.


Saturday 2 July: The Spirit of Mile End

Walking tour led by Yves Desjardins and Joshua Wolfe

St. Michael Archangel / Saint-Michel-Archange

photo : Justin Bur 2010

If you wanted to take your friends from afar on a tour of the neighborhood, there’s a good chance you’d go for a walk on Saint-Viateur and Bernard Streets. That’s what we’ll do on this tour – for behind the effervescent street life of today we can make out the shadows of the past: great ambitions, big changes, decline and renewal.

In English and French: Saturday 2 July 2016, 2 pm to 4 pm
Meeting point:
 Marché des Possibles, at our table near the southeast corner of Saint-Dominique and Bernard Streets
No reservations needed
Voluntary contribution


Friday 8 July: History of the Area around the Marché des Possibles

Talk by Justin Bur

Mile End station, 1914 (Canadian Pacific archives A1265)

Now it’s the Marché des Possibles, beside the Saint-Louis Arena, but earlier? Discover the birthplace of the Patro Le Prévost, the identity of the builder of the Kabane 77 structure, the growth and decline of Mile End station, and the rest of this eclectic neighborhood!

  • Friday 8 July 20168:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • At the Marché des possibles, southeast corner of Saint-Dominique and Bernard Streets
  • Talk in French, discussion in French and English
  • No reservations; free

Saturdays 16 July, 6 August: From Factories to Artists’ Studios

The metamorphosis of eastern Mile End

Walking tour led by Alice Miquet

Carrière & Frère, av. Laurier Est The North End, 1913, Archives de la Ville de Montréal

Carrière & Frère, av. Laurier Est
The North End, 1913, Archives de la Ville de Montréal

East of Saint-Laurent Boulevard, massive concrete factory buildings were built between 1965 and 1975. In their shadow can be found the ghosts of even earlier industrialization, which spurred the urbanization of Mile End. Today, a concentration of artists unique in Canada springs forth from the concrete.

This tour will offer keys to understanding a varied urban landscape where many structures – including the forecourt of an old station, a public bath, and a monastery – stand next to the megastructures.

  • In French: Saturdays 16 July and 6 August 20162 pm to 4 pm
  • Meeting point: Marché des Possibles, at our table near the southeast corner of Saint-Dominique and Bernard Streets
  • No reservations needed
  • Voluntary contribution

Saturday 30 July: In Search of Forgotten Mile End

Walking tour led by Yves Desjardins

La gare du Mile End, vue du toit du Patro Le Prévost, rue Saint-Dominique, 1921. (Archives du Patro Le Prevost)

La gare du Mile End, vue du toit du Patro Le Prévost, rue Saint-Dominique, 1921. (Archives du Patro Le Prevost)

Le quartier d’aujourd’hui est modelé depuis plus d’un siècle par de nombreuses communautés. Comment les paroisses catholiques canadiennes-françaises et irlandaise, les temples protestants et les synagogues juives cohabitaient-ils ? Quelles sont les traces de leur présence ? Quels fantômes du passé influencent toujours la physionomie contemporaine du Mile End ?

  • In French: Saturday 30 July 2016, 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Meeting point: Marché des Possibles, at our table near the southeast corner of Saint-Dominique and Bernard Streets
  • No reservations needed
  • Voluntary contribution