Special activities

The Expo Extra! exhibition area will be hosting activities, conferences and exchanges around Expo 67 starting in October 2017.

Fall 2017 Programming

Other conferences will be announced in 2018

Bang! Expo 67, Musical Explosion!

Lecture by Louis Rastelli from ARCMTL

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 13:30

Duration: 90 minutes
At the Centre d'histoire de Montral

Regular admission fees apply(includesaccess to allexhibitions in the museum).

Reservations at 514 872-3207

Over the course of six months in 1967, Expo 67 hosted hundreds of different musicians, bands, singers and orchestras, ranging from biggest international stars to the newest young Montreal rock and pop bands. Louis Rastelli, director of the local non-profit arts and cultural archive Arcmtl, will showcase the massive explosion of music that was heard that summer 50 years ago at Expo 67, highlighting some of the most important concerts, events, composers and musicians involved, and explaining the huge impact this had on Quebecs own musical milieu.

The art, design, films and architecture of Expo 67 were well known for being very avant-garde in style, showing off the latest trends and technologies. The same can be said for music: some of the most avant-garde and innovative composers, musicians and bands in the world played shows at Expo and provided futuristic music to accompany experimental films, exhibits and installations in various pavilions.

Indoor and outdoor stages all over Expo 67, as well as at Place des Arts downtown, hosted popular musical acts every day. Nearly every possible style of music was included, from jazz to rock to rhythm& blues and opera, at a time when popular music itself was undergoing huge changes. Come and hear all about the incredible music that came to Expo and Montreal in the summer of '67!

Louis Rastelli

Louis Rastelli is a co-founder and current Director of ARCMTL, a non-profit organization in Montreal that both preserves local culture at its archive centre and promotes it through various projects, festivals and exhibits. He also hosts ARCMTLs weekly radio show, Montreal Sound Ark, on CKUT 90.3 FM on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm, playing only Montreal music from the past several decades. He has coordinated various projects marking the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 in 2017 and visited Terre des Hommes many times as a child in the 1970s.


ARCMTL is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 with a mandate to simultaneously promote and preserve local independent culture.

Its the only organization in Montreal tasked with preserving the local underground or independent arts milieu cultural artifacts that are by nature very ephemeral and which arent normally on the radar of institutional archives or libraries. Its collections comprise thousands of publications, artworks, audio-visual and ephemeral material dating from the 1950s to today. The archive centre is available for consultation on appointment by researchers, students and people interested in Montreal history and culture. Archive Montreal also lends material for use in exhibits and projects organized by other organizations and regularly assists projects such as anthologies, compilations, documentary film and others in finding rare material as well as rightsholders.