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Tuesday, September 8, 1964. That was the day The Beatles performed two shows at the Montréal Forum on St. Catherine Street, before 21,000 audience members. The event is a memorable one that has gone down in Québec history: the music of The Beatles would accompany the emancipation of an entire generation and the transformation of Québec society of the 1960s, at the dawn of the Quiet Revolution. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of this historic event, Pointe-à-Callière is preparing an exhibition on the mythical British group’s only visit to Montréal.
During the month of December, young and old alike are invited to come meet Melchior, Black Peter, Babushka, and Santa Claus at Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. While visiting the archaeological remains, children will meet these four Christmas characters who will explain how the holidays are celebrated in their homelands.
There is only one month left to come view and admire The Etruscans – An Ancient Italian Civilization, a world exclusive presentation at Pointe-à-Callière, allowing visitors to explore and appreciate this people that played an important role in the evolution of humanity and Mediterranean cultures, and that even today remains one of the most fascinating civilizations of its era—the 9th to the 1st centuries BCE. Presented in the all-new exhibition spaces in the Mariners’ House, the exhibition is one of the 20 special events organized by Pointe-à-Callière in 2012 to mark its 20th anniversary.
The five songs that best evoke Montréal, as chosen by web users, are Je reviendrai à Montréal by Robert Charlebois; Le blues de la Métropole by Beau Dommage; Montréal by Ariane Moffat; Demain matin, Montréal m’attend, written by Michel Tremblay to music by François Dompierre, and performed by Louise Forestier; and J’ai souvenir encore by Claude Dubois. These songs were the top picks of web users who visited the Museum’s website and Facebook page to make their choices. Since the beginning of the year, with the help of web users, Pointe-à-Callière has been able to compile five “Montréal Faves: Your Top Picks” lists. This public opinion survey was one of the 20 events the Museum is holding in 2012 as part of its 20th anniversary celebration.
Pointe-à-Callière has won the gold medal in the Multimedia category for its Yours Truly, Montréal website at the International Audiovisual Festival on Museums and Heritage (FIAMP 2012). The competition recognizing the finest museum productions in various categories was held as part of the International Committee for Audiovisual and New Technologies of Image and Sound (AVICOM) conference, held in Montréal from October 9 to 12 this year.