La Société du 5 avril

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La Société du 5 avril

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April 5, 1990-February 28, 1997

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The Société du 5 avril was founded April 5, 1990 when seven artistic enterprises, all tenants of the building at 4060 St. Laurent Blvd., were threated with eviction by the building's owners who had decided to sell their spaces as part of a condominium development. The hastily formed group included Articule, DARE-dare, Dazibao, La Centrale, Main Film, Skol and Vox Populi and was incorporated on June 6, 1990 under the name Société du 5 avril. Its purpose was to develop a centre for non-profit groups. The Société's mandate was to purchase, adapt and manage a centre for self-managed organizations in the visual and media arts. It aimed to provide greater visibility for its members as well as adequate permanent spaces; the Société would also allow its members the benefits of purchasing their supplies in bulk.

The members were forced to vacate their premises at 4060 St. Laurent before May 1, 1991, and the Société quickly ordered an initial pre-feasibility study which recommended a temporary relocation. DARE-dare, Dazibao, La Centrale and Skol moved to rented quarters at 279 Sherbrooke St. West; the other three organizations moved elsewhere. Next, the Société undertook a feasibility study regarding acquisition and development of a permanent building. The first phase of the study, a presentation on the parameters of the project, was completed in October 1993. The second stage began with a study of the technical aspects of the project. Meanwhile, the Société du 5 avril chose the building which best suited the members' needs. It was a former foundry situated at 735-745 Ottawa Street in the up-and-coming Faubourg des Récollets adjacent to Montreal's Old Quarter. An architect's report on the building concluded the second phase of the feasibility study; the three-volume document was deposited in the spring of 1995.

However, the Ottawa Street project was not realized. After some reconsideration, several members of the Société moved to spaces in the building at 460 St. Catherine Street West. The Société du 5 avril officially wrapped up its operations on February 28, 1997.

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Created by the Records Management and Archives Department 2010-09. Input by Concordia University Libraries 2015-07-21.

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