The Mile End Cultural Scene of the 1990s



The Mile End Cultural Scene of the 1990s

Talk by Louis Rastelli

(photo Justin Bur, 2001)

During the 1990s, a new generation of independent musicians and artists moved into the lofts of Mile End’s old warehouses and garment factories. At the time, the neighbourhood was perfect for the artists’ life: living costs were low, and artists, poets and musicians crossed paths in the cafés, with the cross-fertilization helping to contribute a specific Montreal aesthetic. The vibe gained worldwide recognition thanks to the success of such groups as Godspeed you! Black emperor, The Dears, and Arcade Fire.

Our speaker, Louis Rastelli, knows this scene quite well – he was one of the players. He was also the co-founder and director of Arcmtl, a Montreal non-profit which is involved in both the promotion and preservation of local culture, through its archives and various projects, festivals and exhibitions, such as Expozine. He has been involved in the cultural world of Montreal and Plateau/Mile End for more than 30 years.

Presentation in French, bilingual question period
Mordecai-Richler Library, 5434 avenue du Parc
Sunday 18 February 2018, 2 pm
Free admission