Little Stories

Raconter Montréal podcast

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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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