76 - Roots of Grass: An (Incomplete) History of Alternative Media in Quebec

The rabble podcast network offers an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general. All opinions belong to the podcaster; however, podcasters are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new podcasters -- contact us for details.

Please chip in to support rabble's election 2019 coverage. Support rabble.ca today for as little as $1 per month!

To mark Media Democracy Day 2008, McGill graduate student and CKUT 90.3FM radio host Anna Leventhal presented her talk, Roots of Grass. In it, she reflects on her experience curating the exhibit Quebec Alternative. Working from the collection of McGill Communications professor Mark Raboy, Leventhal built an exhibit examining the burgeoning Quebec independent and community media movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. In her talk, Leventhal delves into how we look back on the media of the past, and how we continue to build upon it today.

Produced by Tim McSorley

Music used under non-commercial license from Magnatunes.com: Steam Train, by John Williams;Snake Bite Suite, by Heavy Mellow;Sun Break, by John Williams; Tunnel, by Ehren Starks;Rapaz Maneo, by Kammen & Swan; Going to the Circus, by Jeff Wahl; Prelude to No. 16, by Jan Hanford 

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.