5 December, 2020
TENZIER | X | 2010

TENZIER celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall. The magazine Hors Champ and the film platform Zoom Out have joined us to highlight this important milestone by revisiting some of the founding moments of the project. Our dossier of sort includes interviews, previously unreleased archives, and other documents from 2010. Although the textual material is in French, those without a knowledge of the language can still enjoy the following audio and video files: TNZR001, TNZR005, and Visa de censure No X (1967-1975). Keep playing it loud!!








13 May, 2019
“Play Free!” A conversation on the histories of Montreal’s improvised music scenes.

Join us for a discussion on the challenges and thrills of researching, archiving, and writing the histories of local improvised music scenes that thrive on the margins of mainstream culture.

John Gilmore is a writer, translator, and former journalist for print and radio. He is the author of several books, including Swinging in Paradise, a social history of Montreal’s jazz community from the ragtime era to 1970. He is currently researching the history of the local free improv scene.

Eric Fillion is a musician, historian, and founder of the Tenzier archival record label. His research explores the social and symbolic importance of music, within countercultures and in Canadian international relations. He is the author of JAZZ LIBRE et la révolution québécoise.

Doors 13h; Workshop 13h15

For more details: Suoni Per Il Popolo.

12 April, 2019
Jazz libre du Québec in sound and image with Guy Thouin’s HeArt Ensemble.

Between 1967 and 1975, Jazz libre du Québec laid the foundations upon which Montreal established its reputation as a dynamic hub for improvised music. This event will pay homage to the group while celebrating its cultural mediation efforts and community-building role. HeArt Ensemble (Guy Thouin, cofounder of Jazz libre du Québec, and Félix-Antoine Hamel) and its accomplices (Claude Maheu, Nicolas Caloia, Bryan Highbloom, and Craig Pedersen) will revisit the album Jazz libre du Québec released in the late 1960s.

A documentary on Montreal’s free improv scene, Ce soir on improvise : nouvelle musique au Québec (Michel Di Torre et Raymond Gervais, 1974), will be shown before the concert. Michel Di Torre will be in attendance.

This event follows the publication of Eric Fillion’s JAZZ LIBRE et la révolution québécoise by M Éditeur (May 2019).

19 June, 2019
Doors 20h & Projection/Music 20h30
$10 / $13

For more details: Suoni Per Il Popolo.

6 Decembre, 2018
Eric Fillion (Tenzier) and Yuan Stevens will be “speaking near-by” at Dazibao on Thursday, December 13. Join this conversation organized as part of an exhibit dealing with the question of transmission.

For more details: Speaking near-by.

24 June, 2018
It’s Québec’s national holiday! Enjoy 20% off on all Tenzier releases and get a free tote bag with every order placed between now and Canada Day (July 1st).

Buy Québec

23 February, 2018
TNZR056: Guy Thouin, Rien ô tout ou linéaire un … official release date … April 10, 2018. If you can, join us for the launch as we will also be celebrating Guy Thouin’s birthday (more details here: tnzr).

11 December, 2017
Tenzier tote bags have arrived for your end-of-the-year record buying expeditions. Get yours through the online store.

27 November, 2017
Save the date! Tenzier will be at the Marché des artisans with its releases as well as a wide selection of records and books (canadiana and other experimental/free musics). Help us raise money for future projects!

Follow this link for all the details: Marché des artisans Bellechasse & Stable 2017

13 September, 2017
There you go! Tenzier’s new release is now available for pre-order!
Official release date ➜ 25/10/17

Follow this link for all the details: Cham-pang, Tant pis 81-82

*** Use coupon code PRE-TNZR055 when pre-ordering and save also 30% on Tenzier’s latest release (TNZR054: Yves Bouliane) if purchasing both LPs at the same time (code expires in one month). ***

16 May, 2017
It is with great pleasure that Tenzier participated in the coming together of a Bernard Gagnon Fonds; a project, which materialized thanks to McGill University’s Marvin Duchow Music Library!

Bernard Gagnon Fonds

Finding Aid

14 November, 2016
We finally gave our website a long overdue makeover. We made its design responsive and added functionalities to switch between languages (French and English). We hope you will find it easier to navigate through the site and browse its content.

Also, note that we updated our Canadiana section by adding new ultra-rare records. Act quick before someone else grabs those LPs and box-sets you have been looking for.

Lastly, we thought we would launch the new site with an end-of-year sale. Head over to the Online Store for discounts on all Tenzier releases.


31 August, 2016
Tenzier invites you to a workshop organized by Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery.

Free jazz “is not a form of collective hysteria,” explain the members of Jazz libre at the beginning of the 1970s. As a musical genre it is “a sort of joyous and aggressive cry of liberty, a cry of relief, an explosion of life, an audacious and sound force of affirmation.” However, collective improvisation in music (both free jazz and non-idiomatic improvisation) is always ephemeral, in effect, elusive, as it unfolds within the moment and is generally deployed at the margins of mainstream culture. Such is the case of Jazz libre’s practice of marrying politics and music, aligned as they were to the leftist sovereignty movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The same is true of the work produced by the young improvisers who founded the Atelier de musique expérimentale [Experimental Music Workshop] in 1973. What place do these groups occupy within institutional archives? Need their spontaneous compositions be inscribed in our collective memory? What challenges do improvised acts (aesthetic and/or political) present the archivist and historian? This seminar seeks to address these questions through a return to the 1970s, recruiting a vast range of archival documents (posters, correspondences, flyers, unedited recordings, newsletters, video recordings, etc.) drawn from the files of Tenzier, a non-profit cultural organization, and Concordia University’s special collections (Fonds Jean Préfontaine and Véhicule Art).

Tuesday, September 13, 2:30 – 4:30 pm (limited to ten participants): Local Records.


14 November, 2015
Don’t miss the world premiere of Sur les traces d’Arthur, a documentary film directed by Saël Lacroix, at this year’s edition of RIDM. You will hear the Jazz libre du Québec during its days at “l’Amorce” (1973-1974). Tenzier is pleased to have contributed archival recordings to the project’s soundtrack. Nicknamed Arthur, André Montpetit was one of Quebec’s most celebrated visual artists, having left his mark in the comic, poster, and graphic art scenes of the 1960s and 1970s.

Sur les traces d’Arthur: Arthur.

14 September, 2015
Tenzier’s fifth album, Yves Bouliane’s Champ (10 opérations), will be released officially on October 2nd, 2015. The album with be offered in limited quantities with the audio cassette À propos (de); a musical homage prepared by Alexandre St-Onge and Jean-Sébastien Truchy (in collaboration with the Montreal-based label Los Discos Enfantasmes).

LP 180 gr. (246 copies) 15$
LP 180 gr. + Audio Cassette (54 copies) 20$

More details here: TNZR054.


24 October, 2014
The Cinémathèque québécoise and Tenzier partnered to present to you a retrospective of Jean-Pierre Boyer’s experimental – L’intégrale Boyer (1972-1975) – and documentary – Mémoire d’octobre (1979) and Luttopie (2002) – video works. The three-day event will conclude with a performance that will see Boyer and video artist Sabrina Ratté improvise with Montreal composers Roger Tellier-Craig and Jean-Sébastien Truchy. On November 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014.

For more details: Rétrospective Jean-Pierre Boyer : vidéaste du paléolithique et docutopiste


4 June, 2013
Tenzier, Vidéographe, and Suoni Per Il Popoli present:
Electronic Quebec: Sonic and Visual Explorations at Vidéographe, 1971-1974.

Fluxus artist Nam June Paik’s use of prepared television sets in his 1963 installation “Exposition of Music – Electronic Television” is one of video art’s heroic moments. From its very beginning, this new art form embraced its ties to experimental music in its efforts to subvert the role of television in favour of a radically free expression. The commercialization of the Portapak (Sony’s first portable camera) in the mid-1960s, as well as the establishment of a network of artist-run centers and production studios, contributed to video art’s widespread acceptance within avant-garde art circles in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Founded in 1971, Vidéographe played a determinant role in the production and dissemination of video in Quebec. This screening proposes a reassessment of Vidéographe’s early years by programming six videos that explore the relationship between video art and experimental music.

This event will take place at Vidéographe (4550 Garnier street) on Friday, 21 June at 19:00. This is a free event.

More details available here: Electronic Quebec


10 November, 2012
Tenzier and Daïmon present Studio d’écoute 1: free jazz et vidéo.

  1. Presentation: Eric Fillion (Tenzier)
  2. Performance: Guy Thouin and Bryan Highbloom (Nouveau jazz libre du Québec)
  3. Video Program (Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec):
    – Y’a du dehors dedans
     by Pierre Monat (n. & b., 22 min., 1973)
    – Ce soir on improvise : nouvelle musique au Québec by Raymond Gervais & Michel Di Torre (n. & b., 55 min. 50 sec., 1974)

21 November, 8 PM @ Daïmon (78 Hanson Street, Gatineau, QC)