Little Stories

Raconter Montréal podcast

Émilie Bibeau hosts five new episodes with Pointe-à-Callière specialists discussing life in Montréal in the days of New France. Colombe St-Pierre, Mylène Paquette, Xavier Watso, and Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin then share their current views on these historical facts. In a very special episode, go behind the scenes at the Museum with its founder, Francine Lelièvre, and historian Laurent Turcot.

RACONTER MONTRÉAL: NEW EPISODES

Listen to history enthusiasts tell you the story of Montréal and of Pointe-à-Callière in these five new episodes, hosted by Émilie Bibeau.

With columnist Rose-Aimée Automne T. Morin, mariner Mylène Paquette, chef Colombe St-Pierre, and teacher Xavier Watso. From Pointe-à-Callière: Louise Pothier, Chief Archaeologist; Christine Dufresne, Exhibitions-Multimedia Technology Director; Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Archaeology and History Project Manager; Frédéric Parent, interpreter-guide.

Special episode with Francine Lelièvre, founder of Pointe-à-Callière, and historian Laurent Turcot.

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FOOD IN NEW FRANCE

What did Montréal’s early colonists eat? The discovery of over 300-year-old seeds has provided some insight on this matter. In this episode hosted by Émilie Bibeau, you will learn that Indigenous peoples had already taught the French how to eat several local plants, like purslane and elder. Chef Colombe St-Pierre uses these in her kitchen and shares her passion for showcasing local foods.

With Hendrik Van Gijseghem, Archaeology and History Project Manager at Pointe-à-Callière, and Colombe St-Pierre, chef-owner of Chez St-Pierre restaurant.

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MEET THREE PIONEERS

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. In this episode hosted by Émilie Bibeau, you will hear about their strength of character and ingenuity. 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.

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THE GREAT PEACE OF MONTRÉAL: A LESSON IN DIPLOMACY

In 1701, Governor de Callière brought together 1,300 representatives of some thirty Indigenous nations from across North America, right here in Montréal. In this episode hosted by Émilie Bibeau, you will learn how this achievement helped end the incessant warfare among the territory’s various occupants. For teacher Xavier Watso, the fact that Indigenous traditions and languages were used during the negotiations should encourage us to think about the place they occupy in today’s world.

With Louise Pothier, Chief Archaeologist at Pointe-à-Callière, and Xavier Watso, teacher.

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PIERRE LE MOYNE D'IBERVILLE: NEW FRANCE PRIVATEER

Skillful and daring captain, adventurer, explorer, and businessman… Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville was a larger-than-life figure. In this episode hosted by Émilie Bibeau, navigate through key moments in the life of this privateer, who won many crucial battles for New France. Then hear from mariner Mylène Paquette as she discusses the call of the sea and her thirst for adventure.

With Christine Dufresne, Exhibitions-Multimedia Technology Director at Pointe-à-Callière, and Mylène Paquette, mariner.

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FOUNDING A MUSEUM

Historian Laurent Turcot interviews Francine Lelièvre, the woman behind the idea for Pointe-à-Callière, as well as its construction, before serving as its Executive Director for 28 years! Listen in on this discussion between two history enthusiasts who take you on a tour behind the scenes of one of Montréal’s leading institutions.

With Francine Lelièvre, founder of Pointe-à-Callière, and Laurent Turcot, historian.

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CREDITS

This podcast is produced by Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex.

Production: Coyote Audio
Host: Émilie Bibeau
Director: Stéphanie Mignacca
Research and Coordination: Stéphanie Gendron
Recording and Mixing: Underground

Season 1

Pointe-à-Callière’s specialists join host Émilie Bibeau in exploring some surprising facts about Montréal past and present in the podcast series Raconter Montréal.

Through conversations with the Museum’s experts, you’ll learn more about astonishing or little-known aspects of the long-gone river, the Parliament of Montréal, love in New France, Montréal myths and legends, and unusual archaeological finds in Old Montréal.

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Episode 1 - 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.​

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Episode 2 - 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!

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Épisode 3 - 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.

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Episode 4 - 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...

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Episode 5 - Fouilles surprenantes

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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Credits

Raconter Montréal is a podcast series produced by Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal’s Archaeology and History Complex.

Project Manager: Eveline Trudel-Fugère, Pointe-à-Callière

Featuring Pointe-à-Callière specialists:
Frédéric Parent, interpreter-guide
Karima Ouazar, interpreter-guide
Louise Pothier, Chief Archaeologist
François Gignac, Conservation Technician
Hendrik van Gijseghem, Archaeology and History Project Manager

Host: Émilie Bibeau

Producer: Simon C. Vaillancourt

Creator: Coyote audio