Apps & eBooks
All Apps and eBooks to our films are available in the iTunes Store.
written by Nancy Marrelli
The area now called Little Burgundy was the birthplace of jazz in Montreal. Explore the textures of Montreal’s jazz era through an array of rare jazz artifacts, including swizzle sticks and menus from renowned Montreal nightclubs, flapper dresses of the 1920s, porter uniforms, old LP vinyl records, cocktail shakers, and sheet music. Each object tells a fascinating story!
BURGUNDY JAZZ APP
Burgundy Jazz explores Montreal’s incredible contribution to jazz music history through the legendary musicians of Little Burgundy – the primarily black neighbourhood that was a hub of musical creativity, private clubs and speakeasies from the Jazz Age 1920s to the Golden Era of Jazz in the 1940s and 50s. Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, the Sealey Brothers, Nelson Symonds, Charlie Biddle, and Louis Metcalf are among the greats who lived or played in "Burgundy".
Plug in your headphones and go exploring! With this iPhone app, you can visit the specific locations in the neighbhourhood that were key to the rise of Jazz. Four different walking tours bring you to nightclubs, community centres, and even Oscar Peterson’s birthplace. Rich three-dimensional soundscapes create an immersive sonic world recreating the voices and ambiance of the Golden Era of Jazz, and in some hotspots you can even manipulate the sound by interacting with your iPhone.
LOST RIVERS APP
Once upon a time, many rivers flowed over the island of Montreal. Why did they disappear? How? And could we see them again? Explore an ephemeral urban history with this iPhone app.
Connected to the documentary film of the same name, Lost Rivers is a playful but enlightening mobile application for urban dwellers to discover the lost rivers of Montreal, Tapping into locative media technologies and augmented reality, the application offers a new means of engaging with the urban environment through interaction with virtual landscapes of the hidden past and of the imagined future. Like a digital dowsing rod, the iPhone app allows users to locate the many ancient watercourses that still flow beneath the streets of the city. The app uses the device’s GPS system to reveal a “lost river” below a user’s feet in real time, and to trace out the paths of rivers, pre-diversion, over the contemporary city grid. The application interface links specific geographic “hot spots" loaded with fascinating historical lore, urban legends, 3-dimensional soundscapes, photos, and extracts from the documentary film.