Un art vivant, mais éphémère
Every piece tells a story
Charting one’s way through course prerequisites
Human rights activitsts: the next generation
Ici et là
Here and there
Detail of the Monsieur Hotdog sign, now on permanent display at Concordia. The small restaurant near campus closed in 2007.
Signs of the times
Landmarks of Montreal end up
as art at Concordia
Five signs from beloved local enterprises donated to the cause
PHO TO: COUR TES Y OF MAT T SOAR
a project that began nearly by happenstance
has caught the imagination of heritage buffs and
regular Montrealers alike. Around 2007, Matt
Soar, an associate professor in the department of
communication studies at Concordia University,
had become aware of a number of old signs from
local Montreal landmarks that were sitting in
storage around the city in various states of
decay. Each sign had “an incredible story to it,”
says Dr. Soar.
Collaborating with Concordia archivist
Nancy Marrelli, the two came up with the idea
of repairing the signs and displaying them as
art installations in the newly renovated building housing the communications studies and
After they managed to secure a small internal
grant, the Montreal Signs Project was launched.
By then, they’d had five signs donated, including
those from the well-known Warshaw Supermar-
ket, the Monkland Tavern and Ben’s Restaurant,
famous for its smoked meat and celebrity visitors.