Éva Circé-Côté, heroin, modern

Photo: J. A. Dumas BAnQ
Éva Circé-Côté: details of the editorial team of the Pioneer of October, 1901

Éva Circé-Côté was a poet and a playwright recognized. It was also the first librarian of the City of Montreal as well as a journalist of the left, extremely prolific, writing over 1800 chronicles the course of his life.

At a time when women were not always listened to, she wrote, often using the names of a man, posting sometimes several articles in the same journal under various pseudonyms and on various subjects such as politics, the economy, the working class, the music or the cinema. It took a great tolerance towards prostitution, was opposed to the bigotry which had dominated Québec in the first half of the Twentieth century, defended the proletariat and the equal pay for women.

Éva Circé-Côté (1871-1949) has marked his time before being forgotten. Fortunately, the historian Andrée Lévesque has written a fascinating book about this woman in 2010 (Éditions du remue-ménage). And now here is an exhibition mounted by the commissioner, Danae Michaud-Mastoras, takes in the displays at the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grace. Entitled Fight, it’s live !!!, this exhibition includes paintings of youth, matches… A personality to celebrate.

To fight is to live !!! To the shock of ideas springs forth light.

Commissioner : Danae Michaud-Mastoras. In collaboration with the Archives Password-Memory and the Museum of printing in Quebec. Until 28 January.