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P234/ B2 · Subseries · 1963, [ca. 1973]-2022
Part of Sur Rodney (Sur) fonds

The subseries illustrates the art scene around Sur Rodney (Sur), focussing especially on artists from the New York East Village, but including some international artists as well. It gives an insight in the artistic career of various artists, as there are, among others, Andreas Senser, Gracie Mansion, Geoffrey Hendricks, and photographer Timothy Greathouse. The sub-series covers subjects like Black Contemporary Art, performance art, Queer Art, and the problematic of Aids. The sub-series includes the documentary "I'll be your Mirror", screened at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian film festival and featuring photographer Nan Goldin and the lower east side of Manhattan during the 1980s and HIV/AIDS. It also includes an Acker Award box from 2014, containing original art works and mementos contributed by the awardees.

The subseries consists of, but is not limited to, newspaper articles, exhibition catalogs, magazines, and other publications, correspondence, a poster, and an Acker Awards box.

P234/ B1 · Subseries · [1960], 1972-2022
Part of Sur Rodney (Sur) fonds

The subseries illustrates Sur Rodney (Sur)’s career as an artist and his involvement in the art scene, from the beginning of his career in the 1960s to today. It documents Sur Rodney (Sur)’s various actions and implications not only as an artist, but also as spokesperson for artists from marginalized groups and especially those living with HIV/AIDS.
The subseries includes material on various of Sur Rodney’s projects, such as, among others, the video production The Scary truth About Cockroaches & Landlords, various exhibitions, Sur Rodney (Sur)’s contributions to numerous publications, his participation in various panels and talks, especially his presentation at the CCA Panel : Art Minus Hype : American Art in the 1980’s (1997), and the television shows Sur Rodney (Sur) Show (1980) and All New Sur Rodney (Sur) Show (1981), both moderated by Sur Rodney (Sur). In these shows Sur Rodney (Sur) presented artists from the Manhattan's Lower East Side art scene.
The subseries also includes interviews with Sur Rodney (Sur).

The subseries contains, but is not limited to, scripts, notebooks, calendars, a scrapbook, photographs, flyers, newspaper articles, magazines and other publications, moving images, a press kit, posters, and a sound recording.

Artist files
F036/E1 · Subseries · 1973-2015, 2020
Part of articule fonds

The subseries provides information on artists who are members of articule or who participated in events organized by the gallery. Artist files document not only the artist’s participation at articule, but also projects not related to the gallery. They also include biographical information about the artists.

The subseries contains agreements, artist books, art works, 2 calendars, correspondence, brochures, CVs, exhibition contracts, financial records, flyers, booklets, exhibition catalogs, photographs, newspaper articles, notebooks, posters, collector’s cards, invitation cards, portfolios, postcards, project descriptions, publications, and other documents

P112/G5 · Subseries · 1936-2018
Part of Brian McKenna fonds

The subseries provides information on documentaries Brian McKenna worked on or produced for The Fifth Estate.
The subseries contains research materials, monographs, notes, scripts, drafts of documentaries and correspondence, court records, work copies of videos, a sound recording, and other documents.

The subseries includes the following documentaries:

In January 1988 McKenna travelled to Yugoslavia to investigate the claims of six peasant children that they were experiencing apparitions of the Virgin Mary every day at 6:45 pm, and the impact on their small Serbian village.

Arnold Expedition Reenactment

This film documents attempts to save the small white whales from massive pollution of their St. Lawrence River habitat.


Bourrassa and Lévesque

Car Rackets
This investigation into corruption and cover-up in the auto industry was produced by McKenna in his first season at The Fifth Estate.

The Cardinal
Profile of Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger as he travelled to the Thai-Cambodian border to draw attention to the terrible plight of refugees fleeing the killing fields.


Children of the Lost
The story of two Argentine doctors attempting to heal the trauma in children whose parents were killed or disappeared during the so-called dirty war.

With researcher and associate producer Oleh Rumak, McKenna investigated how top Slovak officials from the Nazi Collaborationist government ended up in Canada. The film, code-named Slovaks II has not been shown to the public.

A Cruel Place
The film documents the state-sponsored terrorism during the Civil War in El Salvador.

Death Squad

Death in Tripoli
Film on the violent and mysterious death of Canadian Christopher Halens, a young Southam journalist in Libya.

Empress of Ireland
Documentary on the Empress of Ireland, a Titanic -size steamship which sank in the St. Lawrence River

Fallen Star
The history of the final days of the century-old newspaper, The Montreal Star.

Gypsies (never produced)


The Hooded Men
In 1982, when Argentina returned to democracy, McKenna took newspaper publisher Jacobo Timmerman back to the jail on the outskirts of Buenos Aires where he had been held and tortured.

Iran Drug Film

A Journey Back
Investigation on Nazi collaborators hiding in Canada, focusing on the story of New York off-Broadway producer Jack Garfein, brought back to his hometown in Slovakia for the first time and then to the Auschwitz and Birkenhau death camps to discover his past. In the film Garfein confronts the gauleiter who had killed his family.

Lévesque in New York
Quebec’s newly elected and first separatist premier’s trip to New York to try to reassure nervous investors.

Examination of the stress that creates among police the highest rate of alcoholism, divorce and suicide of any profession, seen through the eyes of a Montréal police officer.

Making of a Saint

Marathon Man Jerome Drayton


The Money Pit
Investigation of attempts made to find buried treasure in the mysterious and secret man-made passages of Nova Scotia’s Oak Island

Murder of Hilda Murrer
Investigation of the murder of this eccentric English country woman whose death may have been linked to secrets surrounding the sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano during the Falklands war.

Noah's Ark
Astronaut James Irwin was leading an expedition of Christian fundamentalist Americans in search of the remains of Noah’s Ark at Turkey’s Mount Ararat, to prove that the Bible and Creation story are literally true.

The Old Man and the C
A profile of Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and his claims for the healing properties of Vitamin C.

Olympic Connection
In his first season at The Fifth Estate, McKenna did investigations of corruption during the construction for the 1976 Montréal
Olympic Games

Olympic Tower

Panzers on the Prairies
Story of German Army building tanks in Alberta

Papa Plouffe
A profile of a character in Roger Lemelin’s Les Plouffe series (CBC).

Peroff Mounties

Pipe Major

The Plot

Political Corruption

The Power and the Glory
Inquiry into the politics surrounding the building of the James Bay Hydroelectric Project.

A documentary looking at referendums, including the 1948 vote that brought Newfoundland into Canadian Confederation and leading up to the 1980 referendum on Québec independence and sovereignty association and the “Yvette” women’s movement, as well as the slick methods used in California referendums.

René Lévesque

Richard Blass
In his first season at The Fifth Estate, McKenna started with a film about a mobster named Richard Blass.

Robert F. Kennedy

The Rocket at 50
In his first season at The Fifth Estate McKenna made a feature on hockey star Maurice “The Rocket” Richard as he turned 50.

Rosie Douglas
A look at mobster Rosie Douglas.

Secret Cargo
Documentary on allegations that Pakistan was attempting to smuggle and import through Canada and the United States key components for the construction of an Islamic atomic bomb.

Secret Test
Film on the CIA-sponsored brainwashing experiments in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s on unsuspecting psychiatric patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital / Allen Memorial Psychiatric Institute in Montréal.

Shooting the Messenger
Film on the torture and murder of Latin American journalists and the occasional foreign correspondent.

State of Siege
Inquiry into communist and fascist terrorism in Italy including the infamous Red Brigade.

Sunshine Soldiers



Who Shot JFK?
In 1978, McKenna wrote and directed the first national television documentary challenging the conclusions of the official report into the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963, Dallas and After. It was followed by three more documentaries on new evidence: In 1979, Crossfire reported the conclusion of a Congressional Committee that Kennedy was probably killed as the result of a conspiracy. The Coffin was Empty (198?) is a testimony that medical evidence was tampered with during and after the autopsy of Kennedy. McKenna produced Who Shot JFK?, a program summarizing the evidence, on the 20th anniversary of the assassination.

P112/G6 · Subseries · 1944, 1950, 1956, 1963-2018
Part of Brian McKenna fonds

The subseries provides information on documentaries Brian McKenna worked on or produced as an independent producer.

The subseries contains interviews, research material, monographs, notes, publications, photographs, scripts, drafts of documentaries, correspondence, court records, financial records, posters, sound recordings, videos and other documents.

The subseries relates to the following documentaries :

  • Addiction for Sale
  • Battlefield Quebec (Plains of Abraham)
  • Big Sugar
    Documentary on the political history of the sugar industry
  • The Bribe or the Bullet
    Documentary on the impact of narcotics trafficking on Mexico
  • Chiefs
  • Famine and Shipwreck
  • La fin de la Nouvelle-France
  • Fire and Ice: The Rocket Richard Riot
  • Jean Drapeau
  • Korea : The Unfinished War
  • Little Viper
  • Migraine
  • Newfoundland at Armageddon
  • Nuclear War
  • Secret World of Gold
  • Theatre Schmeatre
  • Tycoon
  • The Valour and the Horror
    Directed and co-written with his brother Terence McKenna, The Valour and the Horror summarizes a three- year inquiry into three
    Second World War battles. The films were honoured with five Gemini Awards.
  • War of 1812
  • The War Reporters
    A Lauron Productions (Toronto) documentary on abuses suffered by journalists in Argentina, among them Jacobo Timmerman, as
    well as the danger and distress they face while covering war and revolution.
  • A Web of War
    A series of documentary films on the Second World War : The War at Sea (2 hours), a critical examination of Canadian naval
    leadership, A Web of War (1 h), an emotional tribute to the women of the Warsaw uprising, and the Polish division fighting under
    Canadian command,
  • A Battle Lost, story of how Nazi U-Boats blockaded the St. Lawrence River during WWII.
P234/ B3 · Subseries · 1976-2009, 2018
Part of Sur Rodney (Sur) fonds

The subseries illustrates the North-American and more precisely the New York East Village art scene around Sur Rodney (Sur) from the 1970s to 2009. It gives an insight in the life of various artists by the means of personal correspondence exchanged with Sur Rodney (Sur). The sub-series includes a scrap-book containing letters, photographs and drawings send to Sur Rodney (Sur) by artist Pauline Graham Leathem. The sub-series includes as well extensive correspondence with Ronald Heydon, photographer John Brill and artist Lorraine O'Grady. It also contains correspondence with artists Jordan Arseneault, Ann Fensterstock, Arnaud Gosselin, Angel Borrero, Carlo Pittore, Elspeth Duncan, Phyllis Wright, Al Hansen, Ruth Kligman, Adrian Piper, Ray Johnson, and others. Some of these artists were active, like Sur Rodney (Sur), with Visual Aids, an organization working on AIDS awareness through art projects, while supporting artists living with AIDS and archiving their work.

The subseries consists of, but is not limited to, correspondence, newspaper clippings, drafts, and a scrapbook.

Event files
F036/E2 · Subseries · 1977-2018
Part of articule fonds

The subseries documents events organized by Articule, such as exhibitions, performances, conferences, workshops, video screenings, poetry readings, and fundraising activities, from the gallery’s beginnings in 1977 to 2018.

The subseries contains agreements, artist books, artworks, biographies, brochures, buttons, catalogs, contracts, correspondence, CVs, financial records, flyers, a guest book, invitations, newspaper articles, notes, leaflets, photographs, plans, greeting cards, information cards, postcards, posters, printing plates, templates, press releases, project descriptions, programs, publications, statements, T-shirts, visitor logs, and other material.

F036/B3 · Subseries · 1982-2017
Part of articule fonds

The subseries provides information on Articule’s funding, including grants, and the organization of fundraising events, from 1982 to 2017. The subseries also provides information on funding programs offered by various organi¬zations.

The subseries includes grant applications, contact lists, CVs, budgets, reference documentation, communiqués, correspondence, drafts, notes, lists of artists and sold works, promotional material, a publication, questionnaires, over 300 photographs, a strategic plan, and reports.

Granny Power (2014)
F038/A37 · Subseries · 2005-2017
Part of Magnus Isacsson fonds

Subseries provides information about the film Granny Power.

Subseries contains correspondence, research documents and notes, licensing agreements, fundraising documentation, flyers, brochures and programs of various film festivals, clippings, project summary, DVD jacket, photographs, mailing list, greeting cards and other documents.

Human Resources
F036/A5 · Subseries · 1982-2016
Part of articule fonds

The subseries provides information on the management of personnel at Articule from 1982 to 2016. It informs about different job positions, recruitment, and internships as well as working conditions at the gallery, but also about staff members themselves.

The subseries contains a notice of assessment, a greeting card, salary declarations, job descriptions, contracts, job postings, correspondence, subvention requests, a photograph, and other documents.

CBC documentaries
P112/G4 · Subseries · 1915-1919, 1963-1995, 1999-2016
Part of Brian McKenna fonds

The subseries provides information on documentaries Brian McKenna produced for the CBC. It includes research material, publications, work video, correspondence, notes, objects and other records related to the following documentaries:

And Then You Die
CBC-docudrama on the Montréal underworld, inspired by the true story of Irish gangsters in the West end of Montréal using Hell’s Angels as mercenaries to build a cocaine empire. It was broadcast internationally and won a pair of Gemini awards.


The Great War

His Worship, Jean Drapeau

The Killing Ground
A two-hour film on the 59,000 Canadians who died in the First World War. For this production, McKenna teamed up with his youngest brother Terence. The film won the Anik award for best CBC documentary in 1988.

Trudeau Memoirs

History and constitution
F034/A1 · Subseries · 1942 ; 1964-2003 ; 2012 ; 2016
Part of Black Theater Workshop fonds

This sub-series documents the historical development of the Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), from its beginnings in 1965 as the Trinidad & Tobago Association (TTA) Drama group, through its incorporation as the BTW in 1972, to today. It also contains material pertaining to the Negro Theatre Guild, formed by members of the Montreal Black community in the early 1940s.

The sub-series contains, among other documents, letters patent, programs, newspaper clippings, a constitution, historical outlines, photographs, notes, play scripts, letterheads, logos, poster, studies, a newsletter, membership lists, briefs, mission statements, and correspondence.

P182/B2 · Subseries · 1922, 1940, 1984-1997, 2000-2015
Part of Mark Abley fonds

The sub-series provides information on non fiction books written by Mark Abley from 1986 to 2014, starting with Abley’s first book, Beyond Forget : Rediscovering the Prairies, which was published in 1986. Other books are Spoken Here : Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003), The Prodigal Tongue, published in 2008, and Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott (2013). The sub-series also includes material related to essays published in anthologies and draft proposals of unpublished books.

The sub-series includes a biography, book excerpts, business cards, agreements, mock-up covers, comments, a directory, drafts, essays, an invitation, publicity material, newspaper articles, notes, correspondence, periodicals, permissions, a poem, proposals, research material, reviews, sales reports, a score, a speech, and a work plan.

Facilities Management
F036/A3 · Subseries · 1979-2015
Part of articule fonds

The sub-series provides information on various locations of Articule’s gallery space from its beginnings in 1979 to 2015. In 1979, Articule first rented a space at 1012, de la Montagne Street, Montreal. Since then, the organization moved several times. In 1982, the gallery moved to 4060, boulevard St-Laurent, where it stayed many years. From 1988 to 1991, it shared the building with six other artistic enterprises, forming together the “Société du 5 avril” in 1990. In 1992, the gallery moved to 15, Mont-Royal West. Since 2006, articule is situated in the Mile End neighbourhood.

The sub-series contains floorplans, meeting notes, photographs of exhibition spaces, correspondence, lease agreements, drafts, and insurance policies.

P182/B1 · Subseries · 1979-2015
Part of Mark Abley fonds

The sub-series provides information on Abley’s poetry writings from his early days as a student in Oxford, to 2015. It includes unpublished works by Mark Abley, material about or by other Canadian poets, as well as material related to Abley’s published poetry collections, Blue Sand, Blue Moon, Glasburyon, The Silver Palace Restaurant, and The Tongues of Earth. The series also covers the poetry workshop groups that Abley was part of.

The sub-series contains a class paper, drafts, comments, contracts, correspondence, a grant application, magazines, manuscripts, newspapers, notes, poems, research material, reviews, and a report.

P128/E1 · Subseries · 1973-2015
Part of La Centrale fonds

The subseries provides information on events organized by the gallery, as well as on participating artists. Events are not limited to exhibitions and performances, but also include conferences, workshops and fundraising activities like street sales and auctions. Artist files document not only the artist’s participation at La Centrale, but also include biographical information and documentation about projects that occurred outside the Gallery.

The subseries contains correspondence, brochures, CVs, flyers, résumés, exhibition contracts, artist’s statements, photographs, newspaper articles, posters, invitation cards, publications, moving images, sound recordings, objects, and other documents.

Meetings and committees
F036/A2 · Subseries · 1979-2015
Part of articule fonds

The subseries provides information about committees involved in the administration of Articule, from the gallery’s beginnings in 1979 to 2015.

The subseries includes meeting minutes of the General Assembly, the Board of Directors, and various committees, as well as documents discussed during these meetings (calendars, contracts, forms, press releases, reports, budgets), notes, a strategic plan, photographs taken during a General Assembly, and a proposal.

P182/A2 · Subseries · 1978-2010, 2014, 2015
Part of Mark Abley fonds

The sub-series provides information on a variety of subjects, such as racism, bilingualism, poverty, and English literature and writers, illustrating his career as journalist, especially for The Gazette, where he wrote, among others, the Watchword column.

The sub-series contains, but is not limited to, newspaper articles by Mark Abley and other writers, book reviews, drafts, and various publications.