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John Gilmore

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John Gilmore was born in Montreal, trained as a journalist in the UK, and worked as a newsroom editor at The Montreal Gazette, The Canadian Press news agency, and Radio Canada International. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. His early work as a writer was in journalism and non-fiction. He researched and wrote two books on the history of jazz in Montreal. Gilmore's research materials for the books, including oral history recordings, became the founding collection in Concordia University’s research archive of Quebec jazz and nightlife. He is an affiliate at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, at Concordia, and recently conducted a new round of oral history interviews with Quebec musicians.
John also writes and translates fiction. His poetic narrative, Head of a Man, was published in the UK, and his translation of Quebec film-maker Bernard Émond's novel, 20h17, rue Darling, was published by Guernica in 2014. John is currently working on a mixed-genre book about the prehistoric Cycladic figurines.
Meanwhile, John continues to work as a freelance editor. He has also worked as a music programmer for CBC Radio and as a teacher of English as a Second Language.
He divides his time between Canada and Europe.

Fonds John Gilmore, Concordia University Archives.

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Head of a Man. Reality Street (UK), 2011
Swinging in Paradise: The Story of Jazz in Montreal. 2nd edition: Ellipse Editions, 2011, 1st edition: Véhicule Press, 1988
Une histoire du jazz à Montréal (Translation of Swinging in Paradise). Preface by Gilles Archambault, Lux Éditeur, 2009
Who's Who of Jazz in Montreal: Ragtime to 1970. Véhicule Press, 1989.
8:17 pm, rue Darling (Translation of the novel by Bernard Émond). Guernica Editions, 2014
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Available for readings, and for talks about Montreal jazz history.

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