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In Griffintown


Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
12:00 to 2:00PM


G. Scott MacLeod and Catherine Charlebois

In collaboration with the Centre d'histoire de Montréal

"What strikes me about these interviews is the joy with which the Mercier speak about their families, homes, schools, churches, vacations, first loves, friends, jobs, and sport teams. I never sense anger when they talk about the wrecking balls that demolished entire sections of their community." -G. Scott MacLeod

How can Montrealers’s voices and histories be heard in all their diversity? How can history be removed from the academic setting to become dynamic and accessible to a wider public? An integral part of COHDS’s approach, these concerns are also fundamental to the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. It led to successful collaborations between the two organizations, notably in March 2012 with the final exhibition of Histoires de vie Montréal.

We invite you this time to the exhibition In Griffintown created by G. Scott MacLeod, multidisciplinary artist and COHDS affiliate. For this special workshop, COHDS is brought to the museum, as the Centre d’histoire de Montréal opens its doors. You could visit the exhibition and hear G. Scott MacLeod and Catherine Charlebois tackle the creation process from their respective standpoints as creators, artists, and museologists. The discussion will take place in the same exhibition space, on the 3rd floor.

In Griffintown that takes visitors into the neighbourhood of Griffintown, as depicted through the lives and memories of the Mercier family. This francophone family has always lived in what is often considered an Irish, anglophone part of town. Their life stories will take us down the streets of an industrial sector that has undergone quite the metamorphosis.

Sitting below downtown and along the Lachine Canal, Griffintown is one of the oldest industrial and working-class neighbourhoods in Montreal. Today, many vestiges from its not-too-distant past linger in the shadow of new condo towers, stylish restaurants and trendy boutiques. This neighbourhood’s past remains vivid in the hearts of those who have lived there.



G. Scott MacLeod is a multimedia artist in the truest sense of the term. A critically acclaimed painter and photographer whose work is in many permanent collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada, he is also a performing songwriter and recording artist. Engaging his lifelong interest in history, with support from the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker Assistance Program and a Main Film Grant, in 2009 MacLeod added filmmaker to his list of endeavors with the release of After the war with Hannelore- A Berliner War Child’s Testimony from 1945 to 1989. The 22-minute documentary had several high-profile screenings, including at Les rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and Berlin’s Arnsenal 2 Institut für Film und Videokunst and One World Berlin Film Festival. The Water of Life, is a six part planned collaboration on Canadian history with celebrated Irish storyteller Mike Burns. Based in Montreal, MacLeod holds a BFA and MA from Concordia University.

Catherine Charlebois est responsable des expositions et des collections au Centre d’histoire de Montréal à titre de muséologue. Depuis 2009, elle y a coordonné plusieurs expositions où l’histoire orale occupe une place prépondérante. Ces divers projets l’ont amenée à se spécialiser dans la mise en exposition de témoignages dans les musées d’histoire. Elle est coauteure, avec Paul-André Linteau, du livre Quartiers disparus Red Light, Faubourg à m’lasse, Goose Village, tiré de l’exposition du même nom. Précédemment à son travail au Centre d’histoire de Montréal, elle a œuvré à titre de coordonnatrice des programmes éducatifs au Musée McCord et comme conservatrice au Museum Village (Monroe, NY). Elle détient un baccalauréat spécialisé en Histoire de l’Université de Montréal et une maîtrise en muséologie du Cooperstown Graduate Program (Cooperstown, NY).

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