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Blackout - The Concordia Computer Riots


The Concordia Computer Riots

Expected to ship: 2023-02-07


In February 1969, hundreds of students occupied a computer centre at what is now Montréal’s Concordia University to protest the mismanagement of a racism complaint lodged by Caribbean students against their biology professor. When an agreement to end the occupation fell through, riot police were called in, resulting in widespread damage, a mysterious fire, and nearly a hundred arrests. Created and devised by some of Montréal’s most prolific artists, Blackout re-examines the events that led to the occupation and protests, asking how race relations have changed in Québec and Canada.


Blackout is a work that isn’t afraid to be political, or to take sides, or to make difficult calls.”

- Tara McGowan-Ross, BroadwayWorld

“It is an education, an ambitious portrait of fury and a really fun, triumphant work of art.”

- Sarah Deshaies, Cult MTL