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Message from the Point History Society and the PSC Community Theatre:

Joe Beef Market takes place this Saturday, September 11 th 2010, at the Joe Beef Park, located on Centre Street, at the corner of Richmond in Point St. Charles, from 10am until 4pm.

This event is a joint effort between the PSC Community Theatre and the Point History Society with the objective of bringing local History alive and having some fun doing it ! It is a real family event !

Some of the activities planned for this year include:

  • Historical skits by the PSC Community Theatre, with actors dressed in period costumes, and highlighting both Joe Beef and Thomas C. Keefer. Each year we honour an individual that has a street named after him/her in the Point and this year it is Thomas Keefer. (A small part of Atwater St. in the Point was recently changed to Thomas Keefer Street)
  • A number of Artisan Booths selling very interesting & unique goods
  • Joe Beef will be serving Free Soup from noon until 1pm
  • Some Irish music by Belfast-Andi
  • Information booths from Parks Canada & the Montreal Fire Museum
  • And much more…..

And this year, for the first time, we will also have an afternoon of free entertainment with a variety of singers; dancers, and other talent acts from both the Point – and other parts of the city.

There be lots of stuff to see and do, so if you have an opportunity, do drop by the Joe Beef Market this Saturday.


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Check out this wonderful article published in the Gazette, Griffintown is Waiting.  The Gazette also provides a list of interesting places in the neighbourhood that you can visit: Landmarks tell as story of a neighbourhood.

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Picture yourself living in the working class Irish neighbourhood of Pointe-St-Charles in 1871, and the closest elementary school is over a 30 minute walk away in Griffintown. What to do? In 1871, over 272 citizens petitioned the Protestant School board to build a school that would accommodate over 500 children from the Point. Plenty of discussions and petitioning ensued, and five years later, Point St. Charles school was opened on Favard Street at the corner of Ste-Madeline . The school was renamed Riverside school in 1886.

Postcard. Collection BANQ.

Riverside school was enlarged in 1894 and 1907, to accommodate a growing population. Although the school was the centre of the community, the school had to be closed several times because of fire in 1927 and 1949.

Insurance plan of the area, 1940. Collection BANQ.

Due to dwindling enrolments in the 1970s, the school was closed in 1978, just two years after its centenary. Local citizens from the Pointe-St-Charles Intervention Group (PSCIG), wanted to save the building and turn it into cooperative housing in the early 1980s. In October 1982, the PSCIG was outbid by the City of Montreal for the building and land. The building was demolished, and transformed into Parc des Cheminots.

Parc des Cheminots, Google Streetview.


City bid imperils Point homes plan. (1982, October 7). The Montreal Gazette. p. A3. Retrieved from: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19821007&printsec=frontpage.

Damaged School Reopens Shortly; Six Buildings Under Construction. (1949, December 22). The Montreal Gazette. p.13. Retrieved from http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19491222&printsec=frontpage

Macleod, R. & Poutanen, M. A.(2004). A meeting of the people: school boards and Protestant communities in Quebec, 1801-1998. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Protestant board shuts more schools. (1978, March 16). The Montreal Gazette. p.2. Retrieved from March 16, 1978. Montreal Gazette. p.2.Retrieved from: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19780316&printsec=frontpage.

Riverside School Not All Destroyed. (1927, March 2). The Montreal Gazette. p.4. Retrieved from http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19270302&printsec=frontpage.


I welcome any comments about this blog post, especially if anyone has memories of Riverside School.

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Tomorrow, February 27th 2010, is Nuit Blanche in Montreal.  This year it is coming to Griffintown, There are plenty of things to do at the City Gas Works building and the Darling Foundry!  Learn about the history of the neighbourhood, go on a walking tour, participate in a “silent disco”, music, film, art installations, and plenty more! For more information visit:

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There is a wonderful website showcasing the oral history of Verdun. This website is best described by it’s creator, Nicole Périat.

Few things affect us more than the human voice. Voices speak for themselves. They don’t need interpretation. They teach us how to listen. They teach us how to love.

In the winter of 2007 I began to listen to a group of seniors tell their stories about growing up in Verdun, Quebec. These seniors represent a dying community of English-speakers whose families settled in Verdun prior to and after the First World War. The culture that evolved was an oral one with a distinct lexicon and accent. But voice, like anything else, changes over time.

With this website we hope to share some of these stories and continue to collect more, as we piece together an oral history map of Verdun, Quebec

To explore more about Verdun’s anglophone oral history visit: www.verdunmemories.org

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Transportation is the theme of the annual exhibition of the St-Henri Historical Society. You can visit the exhibit, “Des chevaux à l’échangeur Turcot”.

Location: 521, place Saint-Henri. Montréal, Québec. H4C 2S1.
Dates and Time: Saturday and Sundays, 1 PM to 5 PM, until Easter 2010.
More Info: http://www.saint-henri.com/

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What is Jane’s Walk?

Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves.  There are several walking tours in Montreal this weekend, including three in the Sud-Ouest.

Tour 1: Petite-Bourgogne: Verte Bourgougne/Green Burgundy.

Stroll to neighbouring private, civic and community gardens and meeting with their instigators. Tour is in French and English.

  • Tour Guide: Jacques Charette.
  • Date/Time/Place: Saturday, May 2, 2009. 11:00am. Meet at Metro Georges-Vanier.
  • Duration:Walk: 1:30 hrs, approx. 1.5 km.
  • Reserve your place online!

Tour 2:Pointe-St-Charles : Un lieu comme il n’y en a pas deux

Nous suivrons le canal de Lachine un moment pour voir la diversité des impressionnants immeubles de la période industrielle qui le bordent.  Nous visiterons ensuite la rue du Centre, artère principale, qui se remet doucement de la fermeture des industries qui a provoqué l’exode des 2/3 de la population à l’ouverture de la voie navigable du Saint-Laurent.

  • Tour Guides: Luc Latraverse, Phillip Seebold, Nathacha Alexandroff
  • Date/Time/Place: Saturday, May 2, 2009. 1:00pm. Meet at Charlevoix Metro Station.
  • Duration:Walk: 2 hrs.
  • Reserve in advance online.
Tour 3:  Pointe-St-Charles: Les ateliers du CN, un nouveau souffle

Un jour, un homme a dit : « c’est ici » et l’on construisit un pont. Puis il fallut construire des trains, cela se fit de père en fils pour le Grand Trunc, puis le CN.  Nous verrons ce petit bijou bien caché qu’est la Maison Saint-Gabriel. Enfin, nous nous jetterons un œil sur ces ateliers géants qui ont nourri bien des familles et le futur de ce petit bout du monde.

  • Tour Guides: Luc Latraverse, Phillip Seebold, Nathacha Alexandroff
  • Date/Time/Place: Sunday, May 3, 2009. 1:00pm. Meet at Charlevoix.
  • Duration:Walk: 2 hrs, approx. 2 km
  • Reserve in advance online.

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