During the interactive afternoon organized by the Afro-Canadian Museum (Afromusée) and ARCMTL, Charles Burke will share his memories of this era of Montreal nightlife, offering participants a unique insight into the city’s cultural history and the importance of these venues to the Afro-descendant communities. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Montreal’s nightlife from the 1950s to the 1980s and to meet an important figure in the city’s cultural history.
Members of the ARCMTL team and the Afromusée will be on hand to present documentary and audio-visual material, as well as an interactive web map to discover the history of the cultural sites of these communities.
Who is Charles Burke?
Charles Burke was the manager of the famous Black Bottom nightclub in Montreal from its inception in the 1950s until its closure in the 1980s. The Black Bottom was an important gathering place for Montreal’s Afro-descendant communities, offering live music, dancing, the city’s first Soul Food kitchen and many legendary performances.
As manager of the club, Charles Burke witnessed memorable moments in Montreal’s nightlife history, hosting concerts by such great artists as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk.
No reservations required.