SINCE 2001

GRANDE Print Art Fair and Montreal’s first annual Printed Art Festival

ARCMTL, the non-profit arts promotion and preservation organization behind Distroboto, is proud to present the first annual GRANDE Print Art Fair, a gathering of more than 50 artists and organizations selling printed art, meeting the public and showcasing the incredible vitality of this artistic community in Montreal. Held on Saturday May 7, 2016 from 11am – 6 pm on the ground floor at 5445 de Gaspé, GRANDE caps off the ten days of exhibits and events taking place during Montreal’s first annual Printed Art Festival (Festival des Arts Imprimés de Montréal).
For its first edition, the Montreal Printed Art Festival (FAIMTL) is pleased to present free events and exhibits celebrating printed art over 10 days, featuring local and international artists. The city’s rich and dynamic print art scene will finally have an annual showcase where the wider public can discover its impressive vitality and its well-deserved international reputation.

View the web page for the GRANDE Print Art Fair, or join the Facebook event!
DISTROBOTO machines are former cigarette machines which no longer sell cigarettes, but instead, sell art in the form of miniature books, crafts, comics, music, film, animation and more, all for only $2.00 each! Any artist or creative person can submit work to sell through Distroboto (and you don’t have to be from Montreal to take part!)

Visit one of our regular machines in person anytime!




How to sell your work in Distroboto

To participate, send a sample of the work you want to sell to the address below, and we’ll check it for size and suitability. We’ll phone or email you a few weeks later to let you know whether you should send us a full batch. Items cannot be larger than 4″ x 3-3/8″ x 5/8″. All work is sold on consignment for $2 per item, with artists receiving $1.75 per item once they are sold.

For more information about the Distroboto project, contact:

Arcmtl, C.P. 55052
CSP Fairmount
Montréal, Québec

Email: distroboto@archivemontreal.org

The Distroboto mandate

The mandate of the Distroboto project is to provide an opportunity to new and emerging artists of all disciplines – visual arts, film, animation, music, literature and poetry, crafts etc. – to gain wider exposure by making examples of their work easily accessible to the public.

The low $2 price of the work sold through the Distroboto machines as well as the original way in which it is sold encourages the public to discover a whole world of local art that they might not have otherwise encountered.

The fact that the project is administered by a non-profit arts organization allows nearly all sales revenues to go directly to the artists, who are responsible for the cost of producing the work sold.

Since the first Distroboto machine was launched in January, 2001, more than 750 local artists have sold more than 50 000 items through these machines.

Distroboto is operated by ARCMTL (Archive Montreal), a non-profit corporation, and is made possible in part through the support of Accès Culture and the program Soutien à la consolidation des organismes artistiques de la relève et soutien à la relève de Montréaldu Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.



Arcmtl (Archive Montreal) is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 with the mandate of simultaneously promoting and preserving independent culture in Montreal and elsewhere.

Its preservation activities involve the ongoing acquisition of independently produced local cultural artifacts and publications — from books, zines, records, CDs to more ephemeral material such as promotional posters, flyers etc.

Its promotional activities include Expozine, Montreal’s largest annual small press fair. Since 2002, Expozine has grown to include nearly 300 different exhibitors who showcase their work in both English and French.

The organization also regularly mounts exhibits of works by the participants to its projects or of works drawn from its archives, and puts on various events, galas and concerts throughout the year.