Host Émilie Bibeau is joined by specialists from Pointe-à-Callière in exploring some surprising historical facts about Montréal!
How did one go about finding love in 18th century Montréal? What did people eat in the early days of the colony? Do you know of any myths and legends specific to Montréal? And are you familiar with these three pioneers of New France? Listen in as the Museum’s archaeologists and guides—as well as public personalities—share a few well-guarded secrets about the city’s history.
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Raconter Montréal is a podcast series produced by Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex, in collaboration with Coyote Audio.
NEW EPISODES: DELVE INTO THE HISTORY OF NEW FRANCE WITH OUR GUESTS
For this 2nd season of Raconter Montréal, Pointe-à-Callière has invited a few public personalities to take a personal and contemporary look at little-known facts and figures from the days of New France. Joining host Émilie Bibeau, our guests comment on captivating accounts by our Museum’s specialists, forging links between history, archaeology, and present-day Montréal.
With commentator Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin, navigator Mylène Paquette, chef Colombe St-Pierre, and teacher and content creator Xavier Watso.
Production: Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex
Creator: Coyote Audio
Host: Émilie Bibeau
Director: Stéphanie Mignacca
Research and coordination: Stéphanie Gendron
Recording and mixing: Underground
FOOD IN NEW FRANCE - With Colombe St-Pierre
What did the early French colonists eat? Museum archaeologists’ discovery of seeds dating back over 300 years has provided some insight on this matter. Join Colombe St-Pierre in her re-discovery of these foods from the Québec terroir—like purslane and elder—which were eaten in the days of New France and that the chef now uses in her cuisine.
With Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Archaeology and History Project Manager at Pointe-à-Callière, and Colombe St-Pierre, chef-owner of Chez St-Pierre restaurant.
MEET THREE PIONEERS - With Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin
Madeleine de Verchères, Agathe de Saint-Père, and Isabelle Montour: three unrecognized women who nevertheless played an important role in the development of New France. For columnist and author Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin, the journey undertaken by these pioneers clearly illustrates that there are several battles yet to be fought.
With Frédéric Parent, interpreter-guide at Pointe-à-Callière, and Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin, columnist.
THE GREAT PEACE OF MONTRÉAL: A LESSON IN DIPLOMACY - With Xavier Watso
In 1701, Governor de Callière brought together 1,300 representatives of some thirty Indigenous nations from across North America, right here in Montréal. A diplomatic feat that helped end the incessant warfare among the territory’s various occupants. For Xavier Watso, an Abenaki TikToker with tens of thousands of followers, the fact that Indigenous traditions and languages were used during the negotiations should encourage us to think about their place in today’s world.
With Louise Pothier, Chief Archaeologist at Pointe-à-Callière, and Xavier Watso, teacher and Abenaki content creator.
PIERRE LE MOYNE D'IBERVILLE: NEW FRANCE PRIVATEER - With Mylène Paquette
Skillful and daring captain, adventurer, explorer, and businessman… Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville won several crucial battles for New France. Join Mylène Paquette in exploring key moments in the life of the renowned Canadian privateer, with whom she shares a thirst for adventure and a love of the sea!
With Christine Dufresne, Exhibitions-Multimedia Technology Director at Pointe-à-Callière, and Mylène Paquette, mariner.
SPECIAL EPISODE | THE FOUNDATIONS OF A MUSEUM
WITH LAURENT TURCOT AND FRANCINE LELIÈVRE
Historian Laurent Turcot and Pointe-à-Callière founder Francine Lelièvre take you behind the scenes at the Museum. Relive the great adventure of creating this leading Montréal institution!
With Francine Lelièvre, founder of Pointe-à-Callière, and Laurent Turcot, historian.
SAISON 1 | DÉCOUVREZ DES FAITS SURPRENANTS SUR L’HISTOIRE DE MONTRÉAL
Pointe-à-Callière’s specialists join actress Émilie Bibeau in exploring some surprising facts about Montréal past and present in the podcast series Raconter Montréal.
Une production de Pointe-à-Callière, cité d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal.
Création : Coyote audio
Animation : Émilie Bibeau
Chargée de projets : Eveline Trudel-Fugère
Réalisation : Simon C. Vaillancourt
L'AMOUR EN NOUVELLE-FRANCE
How did one go about finding love in Montréal some 300 years ago? Émilie Bibeau discusses the matter with Frédéric Parent, an interpreter-guide at Pointe-à-Callière, who reveals five surprising facts about romantic relationships in colonial times. The long crossing and the arrival of the Filles du roi, the truth about their origins, courtship, seductive soldiers and marriages of convenience, bride abductions, widowhood, and charivaris—fascinating subjects, made easy to understand.
MYTHES ET LÉGENDES
Montréal’s past is filled with mysterious stories that blend fact and fantasy. Émilie Bibeau takes a look at five such stories with Karima Ouazar, an interpreter-guide at Pointe-à-Callière. The ghost of the Museum; Mary Gallagher, the headless woman of Griffintown; the soaking wet shaman of Ahuntsic; the burnt-out haunted house; and the trial of slave Marie-Angélique... Tales built around actual facts, but that nevertheless leave a great deal open to the world of mystery and the fantastic!
LA RIVIÈRE DISPARUE
A river still flows beneath Old Montréal… join Émilie Bibeau as she visits it with Louise Pothier, Chief Archaeologist at Pointe-à-Callière, who reveals 5 little-known facts about this river that eventually became a collector sewer. From the days of Champlain’s first visit and the establishment of Fort Ville-Marie, to the time it was covered up to keep cholera in check, to the construction of a pumping station—Montréal’s least known river has always had secrets to share. This one-of-a-kind site, now called the Memory Collector, is a true gem, enjoyed by Montrealers and visitors alike.
LE PARLEMENT DE MONTRÉAL
What happened to the Parliament in Montréal? Émilie Bibeau joins Pointe-à-Callière’s François Gignac to find out. Together, they shed some light on this slice of Montréal history that still has secrets to reveal. They discuss the establishment of the Parliament of the United Province of Canada at Saint Anne’s Market and the fire that took place there 4 years later. Recent archaeological digs have yielded some incredible finds: over 350,000 artefacts, including the Parliament seal, burned books, tableware, and... automatic toilets! You’ll learn what the bar was used for and who may have lived at the parliament...
Archaeologist Hendrik van Gijseghem tells Émilie Bibeau about some astonishing finds from digs carried out in Old Montréal: the unexpected discovery of the first French cemetery in New France, remains of the Parliament’s library, the accidental unearthing of Fort Ville-Marie, the underground bridge, the archaeological reserve and its mysterious palisade... You’ll learn how these digs took place and why the remains are so well-preserved!
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