The Golden Age of Montreal's Red Light District

At the beginning of the 20th century, when Prohibition swept across the United States and the majority of Canadian provinces, Montreal became the destination for individuals on the quest for fun. The legendary Red Light was the go-to spot for those seeking to procure pleasures of the legal, and illegal, kind.

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February 12, 2018

Jean-François Leclerc and Catherine Charlebois, from the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, kindly agreed to lift the veil on the history of the Red Light and introduce us to some of the strong personalities that left their mark on the district. For a few moments, you can relive the legendary nightlife of Montreal!

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