In Griffintown

From September 24, 2015 to September 4, 2016

What strikes me about these interviews is the joy with which the Mercier speak about their families, homes, schools, churches, vacations, first loves, friends, jobs, and sport teams. I never sense anger when they talk about the wrecking balls that demolished entire sections of their community.

G. Scott MacLeod

In collaboration with the director and animator G. Scott MacLeod.

Griffintown: an original portrait

The Centre dhistoire de Montral present an exhibition that takes visitors into the neighbourhood of Griffintown, as depicted through the lives and memories of the Mercier family. This francophone family has always lived in what is often considered an Irish, anglophone part of town. Their life stories will take us down the streets of an industrial sector that has undergone quite the metamorphosis.

Sitting below downtown and along the Lachine Canal, Griffintown is one of the oldest industrial and working-class neighbourhoods in Montreal. Today, many vestiges from its not-too-distant past linger in the shadow of new condo towers, stylish restaurants and trendy boutiques. This neighbourhoods past remains vivid in the hearts of those who have lived there.

G. Scott MacLeod : a multi-disciplinary artist

In its trademark immersive style, the Centre dhistoire de Montral will provide visitors with an evocative yet sensitive experience. In the forefront is the work of G. Scott MacLeod, including the oral histories he collected as part of his documentary project, as well as his visual art.

Fascinated by the rich history of this neighbourhood, G. Scott MacLeod set out to meet long-time residents, the Mercier family. He was inspired by their family photos, their interviews, and the authentic memories of its members (Claude, Lise and Stefan). The artist, through deft hand-drawn animation, provides a window into this once-prosperous community and delivers a moving portrait of life In Griffintown. In addition to the documentary, G. Scott MacLeod has transformed all his research and documentation on Griffintown into a tour of the neighbourhoods signature sites.

Drawing by G. Scott MacLeod, Thomas OConnell's building, 1165-1169, rue Ottawa (coin Murray). Crayon sur Mylar, 2011.