More A/V Multimedia on the History of Saint Laurent than you can shake a stick at



Peggy Curran over at the Gazette wrote a fluff and feelgood article about Project 55. Project 55 is an oral history project directed by Steven High somehow affiliated with Concordia University. On first blush it s pretty cool. They have the requisite mp3 file, and they have pdf files as well that help explain things.

But what I find most interesting is how it seems like every two or three years someone thinks it is going to be a fabulous idea to do some history of Saint Laurent and stick it up on the web. Governments are suckers for that sort of thing, falling over themselves to throw money at anyone who even writes teh words “history,” “Saint Laurent,” and “Internet.” in the same grant application.

Last year, ATSA did their FRAG on the Main. In 2004 they did a test of FRAG on the Main, that they must not have been terribly satisfied with as they then went and redid it..

Then if you want an earlier (abd audio-less version) I strongly reccommend Parks Canada’s version which went up in 1998 or so.

And finally, in a nice bit of timing there is an exhibit on right now of work by Bill Vazan at Vox which just so happens to have one piece of his called “Walking to the Vanishing Point June 13, 1970, Northward on Saint Laurent, Montreal.” Which is a series of pictures Mr. Vazan took at every street corner from Saint Laurent and de la Commune to Saint Laurent and Somerville.

[update May 13: I just discovered that there is another piece of art that deals with Saint Laurent and the 55 bus. It is called Fifty-Five, and it is by Kinga Araya, and currently it is being exhibited around the city as part of Rythmes Urbains.]

2 Comments so far

  1. ladyjaye (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

    Hey Zeke (it’s Sarah from Encore, hope you’re doing good).

    I’m a sucker for social history projects (yet, I’ve yet to visit the McCord Museum), so I’ll make sure to check those sites you linked to. :)

  2. Tully Kinch (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    Wow, that is a pretty thorough survey, maybe should be expanded into a project in iteself, i.e.: The History of the Histories of St. Laurent: An Tiresome Summary of How Grant Dollars Stick to Shit Like Flies. (Was that mean? Sorry).

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