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Book release of "Goose Village": A chronicle of displaced lives and lost heritage

Concordia professor Marisa Portolese presents a powerful publication on a lost neighbourhood
November 10, 2023

Goose Village unveils the lost history of a Montreal neighborhood by urban development in the 1960s.

Montreal artist and Associate Concordia professor of photography, Marisa Portolese, presents "Goose Village," a powerful publication unveiling the lost history of a vibrant neighbourhood decimated by urban development in the 1960s. Released on November 4, 2023, this first edition chronicles the once-thriving Goose Village in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montreal, and the lives of its displaced inhabitants.

Spanning four years of production and research, the publication delves into the narrative of Goose Village. This multidisciplinary endeavour combines oral history interviews, portraiture, urban landscapes, and a forensic gaze into thousands of historical images housed at Les Archives de la Ville de Montréal. The result is a heartrending exposé of how short-sighted urban planning decisions devastated a close-knit community, forever altering the cultural and social fabric.

The Goose Village publication, co-authored by Vincent Bonin and Marisa Portolese, serves both as a moving memorial and a call to acknowledge this historical injustice. Published in both English and French, this meticulously researched 229-page softcover book showcases a wealth of historical documentation and personal anecdotes, enabling readers to understand a forgotten era in Montreal's history.

The Book Launch in the presence of the artist will be held on November 4th 2023, 6 to 8 p.m. at Le Port de Tête - 269 Mont-Royal Est.

For more information visit and for questions, interviews or other, please contact Marisa Portolese at

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