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Making It Montreal • News


New contact info and resources

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There are no further events planned as part of the Making It Montreal project, but we will be keeping this website up with occasional updates.
PLEASE NOTE: Our contact information has changed -- please disregard the contact info on the "About" page on this site; here is how you can contact us:


Arcmtl, C.P. 55052,

221 Fairmount

Montréal, Québec CANADA H2T 2M0

For links to related projects and various resources available for Anglophone artists in Montreal, consult our links page, which we plan to update with new resources from time to time. Right now, it features a link to the Youth Employment Services (YES) Montreal, who are hosting their annual Artists' Conference this June 6, 2011.

You can also see virtual galleries of work by some of the visual artists who took part in the project or read transcripts of some of the discussions the project held on our blog.

Making It Montreal CONCERT!!!

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ANNOUNCING the Making It Montreal Concert!

(constellation records)
(Semprini Records)
(Arbutus Records)

Wednesday, October 27, 9 p.m., $5
Le Divan Orange, 4234 St. Laurent

A mini-CD sampler of the performers will be available for $2 each at the show (and later through Montreal's Distroboto vending machine network). 

HRSTA (pronounced her-shta) plays powerful yet often subtle music. It's the brainchild of singer and guitarist Mike Moya who, along with a revolving cast of musicians, has performed under that name since 2000. Moya was a founding member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, with whom he will resume touring with this winter, so don't miss out on what may be the last chance to see HRSTA for awhile!

Grimes is weird pop influenced by styles such as (to name a few) R&B, Industrial, goth, hip hop and Western medieval organum. She is noted for simple but strong percussion, vocal virtuosity, and addictive melodies... particularly unique, strangely beautiful, sometimes scary, frequently melancholic and catchy as hell.

Valleys forge delicate vignettes that chill the blood and stir the soul.  Soaked in a swirling ocean of electronic haze, stripped guitars, ghostly vocals, feedback and sparse percussion through a shimmering dream-pop cloudscape.

Making It Montreal: Music Discussion @ Pop Montreal Symposium, Friday Oct. 1, 1 p.m.

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Making It Montreal: Music Discussion at the Pop Montreal Symposium!

Montreal’s English-speaking music scene has been one of the best known in North America for over a decade, attracting many new talented and hopeful musicians to the city from far and wide. But why?

The answers will be explored in this fourth (and final) Making It Montreal live discussion. We'll be asking these four active members of the local music scene who moved to Montreal in adulthood to discuss the specific challenges and advantages of trying to “make it” here:

Moderated by Louis Rastelli (Distroboto / Expozine).

Friday, Oct. 1, 1 – 2:30 p.m. FREE admission!

175 Président-Kennedy Ave.

Making It Montreal is made possible through the assistance of Canadian Heritage's Cultural Development Fund. The Music Discussion is an ARCMTL/ Pop Montreal co-presentation.

Interview with Guy Rodgers of the Quebec English Language Arts Network

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Not to be missed!! Making it Montreal interviews Guy Rodgers, Executive Director of the Quebec English Language Arts Network on the topic of organisations and resources for Anglophone artists in Quebec.

Active in Quebec's cultural milieu for almost 30 years, Rodgers has an almost unparalleled perspective on the evolution of Anglophone arts in this province. He was instrumental in creating many of the arts organisations serving Anglophone artists, such as the Quebec Drama Federation, the Quebec Writers' Federation and ELAN, and is an accomplished artist in his own right, having focused on developing large multimedia museum shows and other installations since the 1990s.

In other news, the recently completed Making It Montreal's Exhibit Two was a great success. Click here for a report about it in the Montreal Gazette, and watch this space for more information on the next events in this series in the coming weeks.

Exhibit Two, until July 31 at Galérie V/ Shaika Café

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ANNOUNCING Exhibit Two of the Making It Montreal project, a view on English-speaking artists who chose to make Montreal home.

Until July 31 Galérie V/ Shaika Café
5526 Sherbrooke Street West (near corner Girouard; Vendome métro)

Featuring the artists:

Graham Hall
Naledi Jackson
Dan Buller
Nikol Mikus
Kirsten McCrea

All of these artists moved to Montreal from elsewhere in Canada in adulthood to pursue their careers. At the vernissage on Tuesday July 6, there was a round-table discussion regarding the arts community and resources available for English-speaking visual artists in Montreal-- a transcript of the discussion will soon be available in the blog section.

Samples of these artists' work are available in the gallery section of this website. This exhibit is made possible through the assistance of Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Development Fund.

Exhibit One up until the end of March, galleries online

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The first exhibit in the Making It Montreal series promoting the works of local  Anglophone artists who've moved here from elsewhere will be up until the end of March, check it out!

The exhibit is up at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent, corner St-Joseph, métro Mont-Royal) and is accessible daily from noon to 3 a.m. Most of the art is for sale, too, so don't hesitate to contact us (admin at makingitmontreal dot org) if you see anything you like!

You can also click here to see photos of the exhibit and here for galleries of other art by the same artists.

Making It Montreal exhibit vernissage, Tues. March 2 2010

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Tuesday March 2nd, 2010
"Making It Montreal" Group Exhibit vernissage
@ Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent, corner St-Joseph)
6:00-9:00 PM, Free Admission
Round-table discussion at 8 PM, followed by free DJ night

On Tuesday March 2nd, come celebrate the opening of the first "Making it Montreal" art exhibit at Casa del Popolo, featuring new works by some of Montreal's best emerging artists:

Kiarra Albina

Tyler Rauman

Aimée Van Drimmelen

Jesse Purcell

Harley Smart

Prints by some of the featured artists will be available for sale to the public at the vernissage, and the exhibit will remain open to the public throughout the month of March. See these and other works by the artists here.

Making It Montreal is a unique research and promotion project highlighting English-speaking artists who chose to make Montreal home.

All of these artists moved to Montreal from elsewhere in Canada in adulthood to pursue their careers. The round-table discussion will focus on the advantages and challenges facing English-speaking visual artists in Montreal, and will be moderated by Billy Mavreas (owner of Galerie Monastiraki.) This follows the in-depth discussion that took place on February 4 (see summary here.)

Making It Montreal" is organized by Arcmtl (best known for its Expozine small press fair and Distroboto network of cultural vending machines) and is made possible through the assistance of Canada Heritage's Cultural Development Fund.

Launch of Making It Montreal a huge success

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The Feb. 4 launch of the Making It Montreal project was a huge success!
Read our first blog post about it to find out more (and don't be shy to register and add your comments!)

Announcing the launch of Making it Montreal

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Thursday Feb 4th, 2010: "Making It Montreal" Launch at Le Divan Orange (4234 boul. St-Laurent). Featuring Lake of Stew & Tony Ezzy

Doors 8:30 PM. Roundtable Discussion 9:00 PM. Performances 10:00 PM

Free admission

On Thursday February 4th, 2010, please join us in celebrating the launch of "Making It Montreal," a unique research and promotion project highlighting English artists who chose to make Montreal home.

Featured artists performing at the "Making It Montreal" launch and participating in the roundtable discussion include:

Lake of Stew is a collective of songwriters and instrumentalists who make up an old-timey folk/roots string-band known for its raucous unplugged sets and spirited harmony singing.

Tony Ezzy is a multitalented musical funk philosopher keeping the old school alive from his Montreal HQ in the PQ. With each live show, the man's legend grows with his party time blends of funk, jazz, street beats and gospel styles and humorous lyrical proclamations.

Also taking part in the roundtable discussion:

Jesse Staniforth

Marc Bell

Amy Lockhart

Maya Merrick

The event will be followed by an art exhibit in March at Casa del Popolo and other events through 2010. Each event will help explore the perspectives of Anglophone artists of varied disciplines who moved to Montreal in adulthood: their decision to "make it" here and also how they're helping to "make" Montreal a more dynamic place.

A CKUT co-production made possible in part through the assistance of Canadian Heritage's Cultural Development Fund.