FILM & VIDEO
Explore the latest media coverage of the province's English arts community
Montreal-based audiovisual duo DF released their first EP, abcdf, on Sept. 23.
Montreal Duo Releases Audio-Visual EP
Mixed-media artist Jessica Bebenek's installation is her interpretation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land through textiles
Montreal Jessica Bebenek is exhibited at Toronto's Nuit B...
Globe and Mail interview choreographer Marie Chouinard on her latest work.
Montreal choreographer Marie Chouinard on bringing a surr...
Montrealer and Concordia graduate Jesse Noah Klein has already made one movie but he considers We’re Still Together his actual debut, a tiny-budget, somewhat guerrilla-shot indie that played festivals worldwide.
The Montreal-made We’re Still Together is a cinematic out...
Over the last decade Montreal-based singer songwriter Li’l Andy has earned a reputation as Canada’s foremost practitioner of country music for the thinking man.
Li'l Andy dubbed “Montreal’s greatest country songwriter ...
Lemay talks about her uncommon career path that led her to being Ubisoft's Senior Writer for videogames and special guest at this year's ThunderCon.
The art of video game writing
Montreal-based artist Lunice Fermin Pierre II, a child of Filipino and Hatian immigrants, draws heavy influences from African American artists and explores the new wave of experimentation between several genres.
Blending Opera, film score and rap
McGill professor and Montreal-based cellist Matt Haimovitz is bridging that timeline by asking six composers to explore these classic pieces in overtures.
Montreal-based cellist organizes exploration of Bach's su...
The Montreal-based filmmaker is on a lifelong mission: to let Indigenous people tell their own stories.
Alanis Obomsawin on her 50th film, and why she won't stop
Montreal-born musician Mas Ysa (Thomas Arsenault) released his latest offering with Untitled EP, and the five-song record has arrived with a companion film featuring Lena Dunham.
Mas Ysa Gets Lena Dunham for 'Untitled' Short Film
79-year old pianist John Maloney talks to Standard-Freeholder about his impressive musical career of playing for princes, prime ministers and ambassadors in Montreal.
Cornwall retiree, pianist John Maloney's keys to the stars
Montreal singer-songwriter Nikki Yanofsky is a "huge talent" who has "definitely put her dues in" as part of the Montreal music scene .
Montreal singer-songwriter Nikki Yanofsky is a "huge talent"
Read this Chestnut Hill article about Montreal-born award-winning musician Suzie Brown.
Singer / Songwriter Suzie Brown next for Pastorius
Montreal-based artist Suzanne Gardner uses her art to inspire others and educate the world about diabetes.
Artist Suzanne Gardener robbed of her sight but not her v...
Montreal-based band Dany Laj and the Looks talk with the Montreal Gazette about their latest album, their sound, and the pros of being a musician in Montreal.
Dany Laj and the Looks sink their hooks into power pop
Leonard Cohen, Leif Vollebekk, and Lisa LeBlanc’s albums are still in the running to be named the big winner at the Polaris Music Prize Gala in Toronto on September 18.
Three Montrealers Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize
Takahara got her break in the Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal.
The solitude of being Takahara
Montreal Choreographer Marie Chouinard is the director of Venice's prestigious art biennale.
Dance takes on social issues in Venice
Read this Timmins Press interview with Montreal singer Ria Reece about her passion for music and her realization to not deny who she truly is.
Montreal-based singer Ria Reece is finally pursuing her d...
Formally known as Sugar Sammy, polyglot Côte-des-Neiges comedian Samir Khullar talks about his inspiration for his jokes drawn from the diversity of Quebec culture and separatism.
Montreal-based comedian Samir Khullar draws inspiration f...
Read a Cyprus Mail interview with Montreal-raised singer-songwriter Katerine Duska.
A minute with Katerine Duska singer-songwriter
Jean Beaudin is a Governor-General's Award laureate. He is a prolific Québécois film and TV director and interpreter of Quebec literature, born in Montreal in 1939.
Governor-General’s Award laureates
Award-winning Montreal-based playwright and theatre artist Burcu Emeç talks to the QDF about her play in the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival.
Fringe buzzing with Burcu Emeç's tldr;smh
Melineige Beauregard of Montreal has won this year’s Master Sand Sculpting Competition at Hampton Beach
Montreal sculptor Melineige Beauregard takes top honors a...
Montreal-based country musician Sarah Harmer returns from hiatus and is back in the studio!
Whatever happened to Sarah Hammer?
Check out this interview with Dorval's own Cathy Burns from the Lyric Theatre Singers.
A Conversation with Cathy Burns of the Lyric Theatre Singers
6 of the 13 featured dance makers are Montreal based. Moreover, the recipient of the Biennale’s 2017 Silver Lion Award for “dance innovation” is Montrealer Dana Michel.
Montreal dancers do proud at Venice Biennale
Montreal's Durga Chew-Bose is a buzzed-about writer who has quickly achieved a standing as one of the most original essayists working today.
Writers to Watch: Durga Chew-Bose from N.D.G.
See Stéphanie Leclerc-Murray's artist profile, exploring clothing and its by-products as a multidisciplinary practice.
Artist Residency: Stéphanie Leclerc-Murray
Rising Montreal artist Daina Ashbee presents Pour, a singular, stark show about the pain and transcendence of menstruation.
Daina Ashbee's period piece
Marie Brassard, who was recently awarded the Order of Arts and Letters of Quebec, is now directing a series of collages of the intense, Faulkner-esque writings of Quebecoise writer Nelly Arcan.
Marie Brassard directs a new play captures the spirit of ...
Nancy Saunders, an Inuit artist based in Montreal with roots in Kuujjuaq Quebec, has been selected to create an original artistic piece for the Canadian Museum of Nature's new Canada Goose Arctic Gallery.
Anamorphosis: Towering artwork by Inuit artist Nancy Saun...
Read an interview with Montreal choreographer and self-proclaimed bastard Frédérick Gravel about his new rock, dance & drama mash-up.
Rock ‘n roll choreographer Frédérick Gravel brings a litt...
Montreal-based sound artist Adam Basanta won his first British prize in the prestigious international competition run by York art magazine Aesthetica.
Montreal Sound Artist Adam Basanta Wins Aesthetica Art Pr...
Montreal-based filmmaker Matthew Rankin is featured in 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Short in length; long in talent: Canadian talent comes to...
Musician Elizabeth Powell returns to Montreal after six years with a new album, 'Life After Youth'.
Life After Youth marks Elizabeth Powell's return to makin...
As Montreal celebrates its 375th anniversary, Our Montreal host Sonali Karnick caught up with the singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright to talk about his plans for Canada's big birthday.
Rufus Wainwright on his family, being a Montrealer and pr...
Previous ELAN member Louise Penny and renowned international authour is named the Keynote Speaker of Morrin Centre's Annual Literary Feast.
Louise Penny confirmed as Keynote Speaker for 2017 Litera...
English-speaking Artists Alanis Obomsawin and Oliver Jones are honored with the Ordre de Montréal.
Mayor of Montréal presents city's highest distinction to ...
Kaie Kellough is a Montreal poet and sound artist whose debut novel, Accordéon, is on the shortlist for the the 2017 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.
Montreal's Kaie Kellough is shortlisted for the 2017 Amaz...
Montreal's own musical director and musician Richard Baker is marking the scene in Los Angeles with his band The Blue Bayou Band.
The Music Of Ronstadt At The Bank Theatre
The She-Devils, Montreal's own Kyle Jukka and Audrey Ann Boucher, debut their latest music video "Hey Boy" just before their international summer tour.
She-Devils Debut "Hey Boy" Video
Montreal artist Hajra Waheed has built another world by using small fragments and glimpses into a life remembered and documented (Canadian Art).
Hajra Waheed Traces Rising Tide in Venice
Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne and Win Butler are being recognized by Quebec's government for their roles as cultural ambassadors for the province. (CBC)
Arcade Fire's Régine Chassagne, Win Butler to receive Que...
Montreal Artist L'OR captures the "energy of [Chicago's] growth" in a painting series to be displayed in Chicago's Gold Coast art exhibit.
Gold Coast art exhibit will feature Chicago River scenes ...
One of Montreal's young rising artists, Haitian-born Manuel Mathieu returns to his adopted home after a series of solo shows around the world.
Meet Montreal Artist Manuel Mathieu
Huron-Wenday theatre artist and filmmakers Yves Sioui Durand received the Governor General Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Aware for his work with Ondinnok, the indigenous francophone theatre company he helped set up 32 years ago.
Ondinnok keeps hope alive with Aboriginal Spring of Art
Montreal's Leif Vollebekk releases new album Twin Solitude with a new (and improved?) sound.
New Album Marks Stylistic transition for Montreal's Leif ...
Hudson's Lorina Mapa's memoir and graphic novel Duran, Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me is getting attention from media and literary groups in Ontario.
Hudson resident's new book will steal your heart
Montreal-based actor and playwright and choreographer Jon Lachlan Stewart releases bilingual version of his play Big Shot at Théâtre Prospero.
Theatre: Jon Lachlan Stewart reloads Big Shot at Prospero
Award-winning Montreal filmmakers and spouses Bobbi Jo and Robbie Hart premiere their latest film at Cinéma du Parc, "Rebels on Pointe", a documentary following dancers from Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
'Rebels on Pointe:' Unique documentary looks at lives of ...
When ranking the best of the best in jazz music history, child prodigy and Little Burgundy native Oliver Jones is definitely a contender.
The Legendary Oliver Jones: The Humble Roots of a Jazz Icon
Check out this article about Mainline Theatre being nominated for the Grand Prize for the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montreal.
When the 'underground' appears in the spotlight
Cult Montreal gets a rare inside peak at the studio of Montreal artist Stikki Peaches.
Inside Stikki Peaches’ studio
Printmaker and installation artist Dominique Pétrin was commissioned to design a room in the hotel, which – located in the West Bank city of Bethlehem – is meant to draw attention and promote dialogue about Palestine.
Montreal artist designs 'room with no view' in Banksy's n...
Directed by Mike Payette, Angélique explores the history of Marie-Josephe Angélique, a black slave who was accused, and eventually convicted of burning down Montreal's Old Port.
Black Theatre Workshop, Tableau D'Hôte reignite Angélique...
Named after the lead character in a 1970s bestselling feminist Quebec sci-fi novel, bookstore collective L'Euguélionne creates a space for a multiplicity of thoughts and perspectives that go beyond the feminist classics.
First new feminist bookstore in a generation opens in Mon...
With over 25 million views on YouTube, Sina Ghiassi interviews over 80 hip hop artists per year, asking unorthodox and interesting questions that go beyond the usual interview.
Montreal YouTuber sits down with hip hop heroes
The Luyas' ambitious new album is sonically diverse and steeped in darkness, with addictive melodies and irresistible tones.
REVIEW: The Luyas’ “Human Voicing”
Longtime Concordia dance faculty member Philip Szporer breaks down contemporary dance, talks about dance/film collaboration and dance inspiration.
A time to talk about dance
Kayla Cerone's self-published zine, Feminist Propaganda, provides a platform for women, non-binary and guenderqueer people to share their stories of trauma, sexual assault and abuse.
Breaking Down Barriers and Creating a Safe Space in Print
Margie Gillis revisits, transforms and reinterprets select choreographies from her 40 year career, while sharing her dance and teaching philosophies in her new piece, The Legacy Project/Projet Héritage.
Dance legend Margie Gillis on her Legacy Project
The Centaur Theatre is producing an English-language version of François Archambault's play, Tu te souviendras de moi, a theatre piece exploring Alzheimer's and the 1980 Quebec Referendum.
Memories personal and political fade in You Will Remember Me
Frontman Joe Matte talks about the bands new album, Blue Ceilings, and adventures on the road from Australia to Gaspé.
Montreal band Franklin Electric enjoys the power of the ride
Taking inspiration from her Jamaican heritage, Montreal-based artist Olivia Mc Gilchrist's uses virtual reality to deepen the study of post-colonial identity and encourage viewers of her project to exercise empathy.
Outside the Box: Breaking the Colonial Gaze with Virtual ...
Montreal choreographer Helen Simard's film-like piece IDIOT is the 2nd in a series of dance shows inspired by Iggy Pop, and the live rock experience.
This Iggy Pop dance show is loud and proud
The House on Selkirk Avenue finds its heroine Kate looking back nearly 30 years to the unresolved end of a relationship she an aspiring classical musician, during the 1970s anglo exodus in Montreal.
Montreal author Irena Karafilly goes home again
In Practices of Everyday Life, ordinary kitchen utensils, the transformation of food and the act of cooking itself are turned into sounds and music by Montreal composer Navid Navab.
Montreal's Navid Navab gives cooking a sonic makeover
For the occasion of her 90th birthday, the life-long architect depicts her life and career, from her early days as a sculptor to her work as a photographer, preservationist, and patron.
Phyllis Lambert looks back on her 75 years in architecture
Tim Kingsbury first solo album, Yeah You, and I, takes a different direction than Arcade Fire records, with loops, hooks, mischief and humour
Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury sets out as Sam Patch
Montreal-based visual artist Zahraa Sbaiti dons a hijab with a Fleur-de-lys in her self portrait "My Crown", bringing two identities together that are often pitted against one another.
Zahraa Sbaiti: Reconciling Muslim and Quebecois Identity ...
Montreal-based independent synth-pop soul singer Caila Thompson-Hannant, better known as Mozart’s Sister, explores 90's rave pop, romanticism and positivity on her new record.
Field of Love is a Valentine from Mozart’s Sister
Quebec born Vanessa Labrie and Kathleen Glynn are shining a spotlight on Québec theatre in the United Kingdom through their theatre group, Trip & Guts.
Quebec theatre in the land of Shakespeare
The non-profit Montreal gallery exhibited works featuring a multitude of narratives from artists of various disciplines focusing on the themes of resilience, identity, displacement, and surveillance.
An exploration of resilience: Never Apart's vernissage ce...
Co-organized by rapper Webster, Le Festival Contre le Racisme de Québec features music, films and panel discussions that encourage audiences to think about ways to make Quebec society more inclusive.
Anti-racism festival in Quebec City aims to broaden the m...
With echoes of Velvet Underground, Ryan Adams, David Byrne and Roy Orbison, Darcy's first solo album will be released on February 17, 2017.
Ought frontman Tim Darcy gets personal on solo debut Satu...
Founded by Annie Yao and Nathalie Darbyson in 2016, Tiny Arms Productions focuses on writing roles for women from diverse cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.
Emerging Film Production Company Breaks Away from Typical...
Rapper and Concordia jazz student, Max Miller, aka Milla Thyme, fuses a mix of soul, hip hop, and jazz into his music, and brings to light important social issues with his lyrics.
Hip-hop culture with Milla Thyme
The Festival pays homage to those Canadian films — features and documentaries — it considers among the best of the past twelve months including a screening of Québec My Country Mon Pays and a discussion with director John Walker.
Bill Young: The Hudson Festival of Canadian Film a not-to...
The Montreal Gazette interviews Giller Prize finalist O'Neill about writing a historical novel through a contemporary, feminist lens.
Heather O'Neill strolls down dark streets of 1930s Montre...
Directed by Jacob Tierney, Michael Frayn’s 1982 hit follows a third-rate theatre troupe trying to put on a fourth-rate crowd-pleaser, with increasingly catastrophic results.
Theatre review: When Noises Off hits the right tone, it's...
Montreal-based Mohawk new media artist Skawennati presents Tomorrow People, two movies created inside a digital environment, including a feminist sci-fi retelling of the Iroquois creation story.
Native sci-fi rises
Montreal-singer Hanorah tackles tough subject matter through her lyrics and her powerful, emotional and empathetic performances.
Working Through Sexual Violence With Music
Based in Hudson, Daniel Shelton's work will be showcased at a year-long exhibit at the Musée québecois de culture populaire in Trois-Rivières, alongside several other Quebecers.
Quebec creator of popular comic strip Ben celebrated in n...
Montreal-based filmmaker Zaynê Akyol profiled members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party who left home to train and defend towns, choosing action over victimhood.
Female guerrilla fighters battle ISIS in documentary 'Gul...
Originally envisioned as the first in a series of efforts to help inspire artists, Kid Koala plays triple-duty as producer, performer and lyricist (a collaboration with Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini) on his new album, transporting listeners to the depths of space.
Review: Kid Koala - Music to Draw To: Satellite
Teacher, actor and director Winston Sutton is this year’s recipient of Black Theatre Workshop's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award for his work as a cultural leader and mentor, and contribution to theatre in Canada.
Dawson College drama teacher to be honoured for contribut...
Caroline Dhavernas regularly moves back and forth between the English and French-language film and TV worlds and the Montreal actress wouldn’t have it any other way.
The double of life of Caroline Dhavernas, star of Mary Ki...
Montreal animator Theodore Ushev has been toiling away at his craft for over 15 years and has 16 films to his credit received his first Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short.
NFB animated short Blind Vaysha among Canucks up for Oscars
Hudson-born singer and physicist Tim Blais offers bizarre and brilliant renditions of pop songs for scientists, enthusiasts and students alike.
String theory + a capella = A Montrealer's formula for on...
Gallery Projet Pangée displays work from Futuristic Future, Lauren Pelc-McArthur's exhibit displaying palpable works in acrylic textures and neon colours, offering a unique take on humanity’s future technological presence.
Interpreting reality in a digital age
Toronto/Montreal synth-pop powerhouse Austra released their latest album Future Politics, on Donald Trump's inauguration day, in an attempt — according to singer and lead songwriter Katie Stelmanis — “to replace the coming dystopia.”
Austra on dystopian visions and forward-thinking beats
Started in 2000, Art Matters is the result of efforts by 10 student curators to organize unique, multidisciplinary exhibitions throughout Montreal and bridge the gap between participants and installations.
Curating the Art Matters Festival: A Look at What Goes In...
Nantali Indongo, member of Nomadic Massive and host of CBC Montreal's Cinq à Six, will be the master of ceremonies at an event dedicated to champions of social change. "Shift Disturbers", or Montrealer speakers and storytellers who have helped transform their communities, will have six minutes to share their experiences with nothing more than six photos as a visual aid.
CBC Montreal celebrates shift disturbers
The multidisciplinary show at Montreal, Arts Interculturels (MAI) spotlights Indigenous artists' perspectives, presenting works ranging from film to contemporary powwow and responding to Montreal and Canada's upcoming anniversary celebrations.
Montreal's 'Welcome to Indian Country' looks to the past ...
Inspired by the Smithsonian Institution exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture," the feature-length documentary tells the profound, essential and, until now, missing story of the Indigenous musicians who shaped rock music.
Montreal-based producers get their shot at Sundance Festi...
Founded by Ashley Opheim, independent publishing company Metatron distributes short staple bound paperbacks to independent bookstores in Montreal and Toronto, with a focus on nurturing young writers and validating their experiences.
Metatron brings emerging writers together
The 20th edition of the Wildside festival is a two-week binge of theatre hits from the Fringe and beyond, including Empire of the Sun, Self-Exile and Backdoor Queens. This edition also marks the last time the festival will be co-curated by Roy Surette and Johanna Nutter.
Centaur Theatre's Wildside festival celebrates two decade...
Actor, director and choreographer Jonnathan Patterson making a splash on Montreal's theatre scene.
Choreographer Jonathan Patterson making all the right moves
Co-curated by Montreal based photographer and co-founder of The Coven artist collective, Laurence Philomène, "What Does Our Future Hold," brought together 50 artists, including illustrators, photographers and textile artists of different backgrounds, to create an inclusive 73 card tarot deck.
What will 2017 bring? Consult an 'alternative, feminist, ...
Montreal Mohawk Burlesque artist, Lauren Jiles, aka Lou Lou la Duchess de Rière, co-produced Indecent for the Indigenous, a night of burlesque, boylesque (male dancers) and First Nations dance as a fundraiser for the Sioux of Standing Rock.
Enchanting through burlesque to raise funds for Standing ...
Aislin - the nom de plume of editorial cartoonist Terry Mosher - helped shape the collective consciousness of English-speaking Montrealers, starting with his political cartoons about René Lévesque and Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the 1970s.
Montreal Gazette's Aislin celebrates 50 years of cartoons
Common Aliens: Diaspora in Time, is the second edition of a curatorial project presented by Atelier Céladon exploring time and temporality in relation to bodies that have historically been rendered unmappable. The multidisciplinary project included the contributions of over forty organizers, activists, and artists spanning a four-day series at Studio XX and a DJ night at 820plaza.
Border-crossing and body-mapping : Atelier Céladon’s Comm...
Montreal-based designer uses clothing design as a platform to provoke positive social change with his gender-free brand.
Pedram Karimi finds social awakening in fashion
Kama La Mackerel's new open mic offers a safe space for queer and trans Canadians to perform
How one Montreal artist is creating stage magic for LGBTQ...
The Chaperone is an animated documentary short about the Grade 6 Pointe St-Charles school teacher of the dad of the film’s director, Fraser Munden, who took on an entire biker gang while he was chaperoning a teen dance in the 1970s.
The Chaperone pays homage to 1970s Point St-Charles teacher
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) will host an extensive exhibition honouring the work and legacy of Leonard Cohen next year. entitled Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose (which translates as A Crack in Everything) Jean Leloup, Ariane Moffatt and Lou Doillon will each contribute new interpretations of classic Cohen songs to the exhibition.
Leonard Cohen Exhibition to Open in Montreal
Local outreach organization Prevention NDG is striving to provide an outlet to youth and artists in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce through its Urban Arts program.
The Steps to Making a Mural Hip-Hop and Street Art: A Ne...
The latest work by dance duo Tentacle Tribe, Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon explores the relationship between dance and mathematics.
More of the Same Strange Forever: Fractals of You by Tent...
Street artist Miss Teri presents her upcoming solo exhibit, Rococorrosive, demystifying the process of making art and revealing the hazards of the artistic process.
Meet Miss Teri, the classical street artist
A new documentary directed by seasoned Montreal filmmaker Robbie Hart explores Patsy Gallant's career as a disco pop star in French and English in Quebec.
Patsy Gallant looks back at 'road map of my life' in docu...
11-year-old dancer Samantha Rivard takes on three roles in the Ballet Ouest production of the Nutcracker.
Young Pointe-Claire dancer takes on trio of challenges in...
Award winning app Notetracks, created by Kam Lal, allow users to upload audio from sources such as Dropbox and iTunes, and leave colour-coded comments, lyrics, symbols and drawings, then share with collaborators or teachers.
Montreal DJ spins his passion into music-markup app
The Quebec Writers Federation and Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec put on its second annual book fair with 65 local writers participating, and a sale with 35 publishers offering a full range of their titles.
Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair builds on a big first impression
The medical writer turned-essayist-and travel blogger draws her inspiration from all things Montreal: our language foibles, drawn out winters, our bars and museums and more hidden gems.
Meet Sarah Lolley, CBC/QWF's 2017 writer-in-residence
Liam Durcan wins the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for his novel The Measure of Darkness and Kelly Norah Drukker, wins both the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Concordia University First Book Prize.
Underdog Liam Durcan wins QWF fiction award
The Art of Inclusion at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art showcases artwork by 10 young Muslims in Quebec.
Muslim youth showcase identity through art at Montreal Mu...
Based in Sherbrooke, Algonquin Métis water engineer, musician and artist Diana Frost, collaborated with Red Deer artist Ryan Jason Allen Willert to create the first of six First Nations colouring books, each featuring different elders, artists and nations.
Colouring book celebrates Blackfoot culture and art
Infinithéâtre presents Québec's newest discoveries in an annual, popular series of free public play readings where the audience can voice their opinion and directly influence Montréal's cultural landscape through lively talkback discussions following each reading.
New Discoveries to Take the Stage in Infinithéâtre's THE ...
Montreal-based indigenous artist Rebecca Belmore wins $50,000 Gershon Iskowitz Prize and a solo-exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario within two years.
Rebecca Belmore, 'consistently provocative' visual artist...
Roger Sinha receives the $10,000 Cultural Diversity Prize and Daina Ashbee receives two awards, including the $10,000 Prix du CALQ for Best Choreographic Work.
Édouard Lock's steps to greatness honoured by Prix de la ...
Montreal-based Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger will present her unique view of the familiar urban landscape in two upcoming solo exhibitions, one of which will take place in the newly renovated cafeteria at the Old Brewery Mission.
Visual artist Denise Buisman Pilger exhibits at the Old M...
Family is a central theme on Martha’s new album, Goodnight City, dedicated to her sons, and her mother Kate McGarrigle. With a mix of breezy folk, piano ballads and beats, the album is intimate yet outward looking, with musical and lyrical contributions from tUnE yArDs, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, Michael Ondaatje and more.
Homebody: Martha Wainwright finds her place on new disc G...
Expozine, Montreal’s annual gathering of small presses, zine makers, artists and all manner of underground literary self-starters, is a true tonic for anyone who has ever despaired of print media’s chances against the ever-growing forces demanding that we spend our lives staring at screens.
Montreal's Expozine and Black Rose Books swim against the...
A member of the Abenaki Nation, Alanis Obomsawin is the first indigenous film maker to win the 2016 Prix Albert-Tessier, Quebec’s highest award for cinema. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Obomsawin has made close to 50 films, and at the age of 84 is premiering her new film We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice at RIDM.
There's no stopping legendary documentarian Alanis Obomsawin
Since 2013, Metatron has printed 23 English-language poetry and fiction titles for a digitally aware audience. Editor and founder Ashley Opheim embraces new art by creating an avenue that legitimizes young authors by publishing their work in good-looking, pocket-sized books.
This Montreal publisher emphasizes print, art and community
Porte Parole, in collaboration with Toronto's Crow's Theatre presents a powerful documentary theatre piece about the relationship between the Alberta oilsands and the sustainability of Canada's freshwater supply.
Theatre: The Watershed has its moment at the Centaur
Installation and performance artist Vicky Sabourin turns the most unlikely of spaces into venues for her form of strange, otherworldly storytelling.
There’s Magic in the Wilderness
The Kabir Centre presents the 6th South Asian Film Festival with three days of free screenings of films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives.
Concordia to Host South Asian Film Festival This Weekend
The non-profit organization and oldest folk-music coffeehouse in Canada launches a 3-day mini folk festival.
Montreal folkie institution Yellow Door Coffeehouse turns 50
Aquil Virani shares his artwork with the community by turning public space into mini art galleries and giving his old work away for free.
Artist Leaves Original Works in Montreal Bus Stops
The brainchild of Studio XX, the intermedia art festival explores feminism and online privacy .
HTMlles Kicks off 12th Edition this Week
The Segal Centre presents the largest production in its history, a musical telling the true story of a teenage boy who took the Catholic School Board to court so he could bring his boyfriend to Prom.
The real-life story of Marc Hall makes its Canadian music...
A new Montreal exhibit featuring Marigold Santos, Anna Torma and Claire Labonté attempts to bridge the gap between traditionally "feminine" crafts and the world of contemporary art, offering a critical look at the era in which we live.
Traditionally 'feminine' crafts meet contemporary art at ...
The 7th annual Films from the Autism Spectrum gala showcases films created and acted by individuals on the autism spectrum at the Rialto Theatre.
Spectrum gala puts filmmakers with autism in the spotlight
Quebec director Nadia Ross, a boundary-pushing theatre artist known for creating stage work that is intimate and immediate, is the latest winner of the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize.
Nadia Ross, boundary-pushing theatre artist, wins $100K S...
An interview and live performance with Montreal singer-songwriter, Kroy.
Montreal’s Kroy gets cathartic on her debut album Scaveng...
Thien won the prestigious award for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which follows the lives of Chinese refugees in Vancouver whose lives are thrown in to tumult following the Tienanmen Square demonstrations and the Cultural Revolution.
Montrealer Madeleine Thien thrust into spotlight with Gov...
Imago theatre produces new work by women and femmes that unpacks some of their lived experiences that theatre is oftentimes hesitant to address.
A living herstory: The Daily sits down with Imago Theatre...
Chlorine is this impossibly tender, laugh-out-loud funny, devastatingly sad, awkward, odd, incredibly interesting, and incredibly real story between Nathan a teenage boy coming of age and his neighbour Sarah who is paralyzed and unable to communicate with anything other than the blinking of her eyes and the help of a word board.
Chlorine: When silence communicates life’s imperfect beauty
Most of us think of classical symphonies when we think of Brahms, but this Furey presents Brahms ditties that sound like pop songs that might have been penned by Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson.
Lewis Furey brings Brahms back to life
Sokalo Remix highlights the proximity of the musical and dance traditions of Québec and Ireland, in fusion with modern creativity in expression.
TODD MACLEAN: Sokalo Remix at Kings Playhouse a concert f...
The 4th edition of the Au Contraire Film Festival explores mental illness, with a different theme for each night of the festival including therapy, and the turmoil of addiction in a family.
Film as a tool to combat mental illness
For his sombre new album, You Want It Darker, Cohen sought the sounds of his youth – and found them in a Montreal synagogue.
Leonard Cohen’s Montreal: refuge and escape
Visual artist L.K. Glickman and her photographer son Jonah Migicovsky collaborate on an exhibit in the Kirkland Public Library gallery space, entitled "Abandoned, Re-Imagined".
Mother and son combine talents for abandoned-building exh...
Situated between the margins of theatre, dance, sculpture, video, and performance art, Montreal-based performance collective Wives examine the mass appeal of action movies from a feminist perspective and survey what kind of excitement can be had without the threat of violence, rape, or torture.
Montreal-based performance collective brings feminist len...
The searing one-woman performance piece by Leslie Baker, F— You! You F—ing Perv! is a fierce, sometimes grotesquely comic, scream of rage from the guts of a survivor of child abuse.
La Licorne stages anglo Fringe hit that doesn't shy away ...
An interview with Kim Nguyen about shooting his film Two Lovers and a Bear in Apex, a remote community in Nunavut.
Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen on his northern odyssey
An interview with singer-songwriter Matt Holubowski about his new album inspired by Two Solitudes, and his experience as a bilingual artist in Quebec.
Brendan Kelly's Q&A: Matt Holubowski talks about La Voix ...
Kathryn Gabinet-Kroo, Dorothy Grostern, Shirley Katz, Michèle Lavoie, Marilyn Rubenstein, Sue Rusk and Celina Segal present their works as a group for the first time since the closure of the Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts.
Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts reunion: 9 1/2 years ...
Montreal dancer Peter Trosztmer and composer Zach Settel combine live performance, surround sound and 360-degree images of water, with each gesture causing projected images and sounds to move and sway.
Aqua Khoria dance unfolds under a dome at the SAT, with w...
Video mapping festival promotes a forward thinking art form that reinvents spaces by blending architecture, audiovisual arts and computer technology.
Montreal's 1st video-mapping festival kicks off in Mile End
Artist Julie Favreau's multidisciplinary piece She Century: Tracer Son Portrait blurs the lines of performance art, exploring motion, choreography and interaction with still art.
Julie Favreau: Navigating personal space
New Waves dance series presents emerging dance artists to an industry audience.
Tangente Dance Collective Showcases Concordia Students
Having just directed Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival, Peter Hinton is again diving down the rabbit hole, this time into the crazy sub-atomic world of quantum physics and string theory.
Constellations is a quantum love story that flits between...
Local artist and art teacher Debbie Mosher Roy takespictures of Eastern Townships wildlife for her latest project, an adult colouring book featuring moose, bears, deer and turtles from her very own backyard
Colour the Eastern Townships with wildlife colouring book
If the festival bubble is really bursting, it's still in tact around POP Montreal. With a mix of thoughtful curation, local talent, counter-culture icons and multidisciplinary events all happening in tandem, the festival is still going strong.
8 ways POP Montreal has stayed strong through 15 festivals
The 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival kicks off with a feminist art show,facilitating a conversation about art and social issues and offering a means of communication between creators, the public and their communities.
Vernissage Provides a Space for Black Feminist Art
Daina Ashbee is the first choreographer in memory to tackle that periodic phase of the female body known as menstruation
Daina Ashbee's Pour depicts monthly cycle of pain and blood
McGill's Indiginous Awareness Week brings Indiginous authors to the forefront with a panel aired live on CBC Montreal’s website.
Turtle Island Reads: celebrating indigenous stories and a...
24 year-old Montreal based Hatian-Canadian producer and Hip-Hop artist, Kaytranada, wins one of Canada's biggest music prizes.
Kaytranada wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize for his album 99.9%
Filipina/Canadian artist Marigold Santos' recent exhibition MIRROR/MOTHER takes inspiration from the terrifying tales of mythical monsters she connected with as a child.
Marigold Santos' Hybrid Selves
A review of Thanya Iyer's album launch show for her new album "Do You Dream?"
Of music and family: Thany Iyer's album launch awes Café ...
Established last November, The Glee Club, is made up of about a dozen people who have mental health issues. All are clients of the mental health support services department of the Agence Ometz or Cummings Centre community organizations.
Finding their voices through the healing power of music
Is it possible to be both an observant Jew and a great artist? That’s the question at the heart of Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel My Name is Asher Lev, which comes to the Segal this week in Aaron Posner’s award-winning adaptation.
Art and faith fight it out on the canvas in My Name is As...
A CultMTL interview with choreographer Andrew Tay
Andrew Tay makes his mark on Montreal’s dance scene
Quebecoise director Anne Émond goes to the Toronto film festival with her film about one of Quebec’s most loved and most hated public figures: bad-girl writer Nelly Arcan.
Anne Émond’s biopic of Nelly Arcan is a mix of make-belie...
Representatives of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) announced the upcoming travelling exhibit that celebrates the role of walking as a way of life and survival for the Crees of Quebec.
New Exhibit Showcases Importance of Walking in Cree Culture
Madeleine Thien, Mona Awad, Catherine Leroux and Kerry Lee Powell are all in the running for arguably the most prestigious literary accolade in Canada.
Giller Prize Long List Boasts Four Montreal Connections
Djanet Sear's epic tragicomedy, which played at the Centaur Theatre in a co-production between the Centaur, Black Theatre Workshop and the National Arts Centre has received 12 Montreal English Theatre (META) nominations.
The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God leads the...
A photographer enlists the help of volunteers to create viral images about ocean plastics pollution.
Artist Benjamin Von Wong in Pointe-Claire with 10K plasti...
Photographer Brendan Birkett creates mock postcards depicting a darker side of Montreal.
Postcards from the edge: This collectable series parodies...
A group of Montreal artists are working to show marginalized groups in a non-stereotypical way, first with their comic and soon with a video game.
Montreal zombie apocolypse comic rips up stereotypes
Montreal’s Patrick Watson talks about his work on the original soundtrack to French filmmaker Alexandre Aja’s supernatural drama The 9th Life of Louis Drax.
Patrick Watson’s work on The 9th Life of Louis Drax was ‘...
The word ‘pioneer’ is a term that’s thrown around loosely way too often when talking about music but it’s the word that perfectly describes Montreal multicultural hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive.
Hip-hop pioneers Nomadic Massive reflect multicultural Mo...
Montreal filmmaker Garry Beitel's newest film project "In Pursuit of Peace" follows the work of four Canadian peacekeepers.
Local Filmmaker follows the Stories of International Peac...
Montreal artist Dave Todaro speaks about making public and higly visible art, as well as his "En Masse Pour Les Masses" initiative, which facilitates at-risk high school students to paint murals and graffiti in Montreal and Quebec.
Montreal Artist brings Graffiti Murals to Schools
This September The Segal Centre for Performing Arts will present a production of "My Name Is Asher Lev," a popular off-Broadway show that tells the story of a young Hasidic man who loves to paint, despite his family's disapproval. The play makes its Montreal premiere for three weeks only, from September 11 through October 2.
Play about Young Hasidic Artist to Premiere in Montreal
Quebec writer Elise Gravel may have grown up in Montreal, but her work as an author and illustrator of children's pictures books has brought her national and international acclaim.
Quebec author breaks into English market
NDG resident Nadia Neiazy brings opera to a diverse audience with the third installment of "Opera in the Park," which brings classical opera and music to a free and public outdoor concert series.
NDG Resident Bring Opera to the Park
Montreal artist Dayna MacLeod brings her new project the "Uterine Concert Hall" to Montreal's The Darling Foundry. The performance involves MacLeod playing curated DJ sets into her uterus.
New Montreal Concert Hall in Unusual Venue
Alice Zorn's second novel Five Roses draws on the rich history of Montreal, from Pointe-Saint-Charles to the St. Lawrence to the Lachine Canal.
Montreal Writer Publishes Second Novel
Cult MTL covers free concerts in the city's North end, featuring local musicians Gotta Acoustik, The Pickin’ Party Bluegrass Band, Gabriel Godbout-Castonguay, and more!
Montreal's Summer Concerts
Centre Clark held a retrospective for Montreal artist Mathieu Lefèvre; combining a showcase of the late artist's work with a memorial.
Mathieu Lefèvre Retrospective
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival launches another year of international films, proving that it has a permanent place in the busy festival season of the city.
Montreal's International Film Festival Turns 20
Montreal's parks will host a variety of free outdoor concerts this summer, featuring everything from jazz, blues, country, and 1960s Latino-pop, to Montreal’s Metropolitan Orchestra.
Free Outdoor Concerts Across the City
Quebec City's festival d’été de Québec features a mix of provincial francophone and anglophone talent with international superstars. Read an Ontarian's take on a Quebecois festival! X
Quebec City Festival Features Diverse Talent
Undergraduate Concordia student Catherine Canac-Marquis has won the $7,000 prize, for her 2015-2016 photograph "Glory Fades ."
Concordia Student Wins 2016 Aimia AGO Photography Prize S...
Cult MTL rounds-up some of the best local talent performing at this summer's Just for Laughs festival (July 13–Aug 1), such as Eman El Husseini, Brad MacDonald, Emery Fine, Al Lafrance, Mark Little, Asaf Gerchak, D.J. Mausner, Nancy Webb, James Watts, and Iain MacNeil.
Montreal Comics at Just for Laughs Festival
AAQ is a summer festival that brings day-trippers to explore new regions of the province for family-friendly art, music, activities, and beautiful scenery.
Arts Alive! Quebec brings Art to Communities Across the P...
Gabrielle Shonk speaks about growing up in English and French, and premieres the video for her song "Habit," off of her upcoming album.
Quebec City Singer Records Bilingually
Montreal's Laurel Sprengelmeyer, known as Little Scream, discusses the inspirations behind her latest album Cult Following, which features Montreal's Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.
Little Scream Releases Cult Following
Montreal comedian Fares Mekideche uses humor and food in his bilingual Couscous Comedy Show to combat Islamophobia.
Montreal Show Serves Couscous & Comedy
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is opening the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace in conjunction with Montreal's approaching 375th anniversary.
New Montreal Pavilion for International Arts & Education
A Yiddish performance of Broadway classic "The Producers," translated by locals Raizel Candib and Aaron Gonshor, was a success in Montreal, wowing audiences at the Segal Centre.
A Yiddish Production of the Producers
Montreal artist Starchild Stela creates "pastel-bubblegum-cutesy" work that highlights feminism, non-binary gender identity, social justice work, and more.
Starchild Stela's Feminist Art
Montreal's POP Montreal heads into their fifteenth year of bringing international music to the city.
POP Montreal Announces Festival Line-up
POP Montreal catches up with aboriginal musicians Daybi and Beatrice Deer to talk music, inspiration and community.
Daybi & Beatrice Deer
The second film in the Bon Cop Bad Cop franchise will move away from the English/French jokes and focus more on the relationship of the infamous duo.
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Moves in New Direction
Montreal artist Christopher Boyne spent 23 days aboard a cargo ship as part of a residency program run by Vancouver's Access Gallery.
Studio on a Ship?
Pearl depicts the life and work of Nobel and Pulitzer winning novelist Pearl S. Buck to life through contemporary dance.
Dance Show Brings Novelist to Life
The infamous street-artist Roadsworth, once fined $100,00 for his public political art, returns to the city as part of the Mural Festival to complete a piece in partnership with Amnesty International.
Canadian Art interviews @GothShakira, a Montreal-based internet artist who uses memes and Instagram to deliver feminist and sociopolitical art.
GothShakira Talks Feminist Instagram
Jessica Rae's fringe show Messy Bitch uses puppetry and satire to create a compelling play that represents "proud messy bitches everywhere!"
Fringe Show Gets Messy
A handy overview of some of Fringe's most buzzworthy shows, such as "Self-Exile," "Naked Ladies," "Bizarro Obscure," and more!
CULT MTL Reviews Fringe Highlights
Bloomsday Montreal brings together fans and experts on the Irish writer from June 12th to 16th for walking tours, discussion panels, film screenings, and more in a celebration of Montreal's Irish Heritage.
Montreal Festival Celebrates James Joyce
The Arts Alive! Festival takes place across Quebec, bringing together artists, locals, and visitors to celebrate English-Language arts and communities.
Arts Alive! Quebec kicks off 2nd season
Montreal's Fringe Festival delivers another season of exciting shows, blending established and emerging playwrights through their lottery-based selction process.
2016 Fringe Festival Kicks off
Suoni per il Popolo presented an evening of aboriginal music and film screenings last week in Montreal, with Willy Mitchell & Willie Thrasher.
Willy Mitchell & Willie Thrasher in Montreal
Newly formed collective Making Space launches a series of workshops and public conversations about diversity and space in Montreal's alternative and independent music scenes.
Montreal Musicians Talk About Inclusion
Listen to a recording of Making Space: Reflecting on the limits of Our Scenes, the first in a series of discussions around inclusivity and diversity in Montreal music and arts communities.
First in New Panel Series Discusses Racism in Montreal In...
Multimedia artist Hajra Waheed has been shortlisted for the prestigous Sobey award for her work exploring her personal archives.
Montreal Artist Shortlisted for Sobey
Montreal dancer-choreographer Dana Michel explores representations of dancers of colour and considers the formation of her cultural identity in her new piece "Mercurial George."
Dana Michel's "Mercurial George"
The indie nature of Montreal's Fringe festival allows artists the freedom to explore taboo topics like sexuality.
Fringe Festivals About Freedom of Expression
Montreal Gazette chooses its top ten 2016 Fringe Festival shows, including emerging artists and veteran performers.
Montreal Gazette's Fringe Top Ten
Montreal rock band Wolf Parade ends a multi-year hiatus with five shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.
Wolf Parade Ends Hiatus
Montreal plays host to "Intersessions" DJ Workshops for women and non-binary folks, to encourage a more diverse DJ scene.
Intersessions DJ Workshops
Synja fuses lush strings and pop melodies on their new album Lang Amma, a response to their Icelandic great-grandmother.
Synja Talk Back to their Great-Grandmother
Beloved Montreal rock band Land of Talk return for a series of shows after a five year hiatus.
Land of Talk Play First Shows in 5 Years
The Segal Centre offers a choice between the witty Bad Jews and the soft and bubbly I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, both showing simultaneously.
Segal Centre Offers Diverse Theatre Productions
Little Scream's second studio album, Cult Following, is inspired by her experiences in a cult community in Brazil.
Little Scream talks Cults and her new album
Allegra McKenzie of Wakefield, Quebec has been shortlisted for the $5000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.
Quebec Writer a Finalist for Bronwen Wallace Award
The "Spring Soft Market" centers around building community and sharing the art of marginalized folks that engage a "cute" aesthetic.
A Community-Oriented Spring Soft Market
Already a successful producer, Kaytranada releases a solo album, which includes the single "Lite Spots".
Montreal Producer Kaytranada releases album
Jef Elise Barbara on doing activist work for the organization "Taking What We Need" and their new album Sexe Machin / Sex Machine.
New album for Jef Elise Barbara
The Montreal West-End Operatic Society's 77th annual production is the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Gondoliers.
Montreal West-End Operatic Society's Annual Operetta
A record 60,000 people attended the events and workshops at the 18th annual Blue Metropolis literary festival in Montreal.
Sixty Thousand People attend Blue Metropolis
The tenth annual OFFTA festival offers experimental, multidisciplinary performances of theatre, movement and dance.
Tenth Annual OFFTA Festival
Conundrum Press marks their 20th anniversary with a book celebrating 20 of the artists published by the press over the years.
Conundrum Press Celebrates 20 years
Emerging playwright Calla Wright's Blood Harmonic is loosely based on Shakespeare's King Lear.
Blood Harmonic Explores Sibling Rivalry
Montreal Sketchfest expands to a third venue, offering shows and workshops by local and international sketch comedy groups.
Montreal Sketchfest Expands
Montreal's Thin Blue Line launches their new album News From What We Once Thought, featuring the single "Tungsten Fields" at Bar le Ritz PDB.
Thin Blue Line's "Tungsten Fields"
At "The Launch", 10 of Montreal's English-language theatre companies unite to release their upcoming artistic seasons. At "The Launch", 10 of Montreal's English-language theatre companies unite to release their upcoming artistic seasons.
"The Launch" unites Ten English-language Theatre Companies
The Segal Centre presents Bad Jews, a drama about a group of cousins who begin to question their faith.
Bad Jews explores family and faith
Porchfest is back in NDG for a second year of local music which raises funds for Head and Hands' after school music program.
Second Annual NDG Porchfest
The Segal Centre presents the Montreal premiere of the wildly popular musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Segal Centre
Montreal's Plants and Animals release their 70's inspired folk-rock fourth LP.
Plants and Animals' Waltzed in From the Rumbling
Wake Island talks coming out, being an international band and paring down to an electronic duo.
Wake Island Goes Electronic
Eric Simon's Montreal New Wave revisits underground bands in Montreal, this time in the 80's new wave scene.
Montreal New Wave a follow up to MTL Punk: The First Wave
"Authors for Indies" day encourages people to support their local independent bookstores and meet local authors.
Authors for Indies is "Record Store Day" for Bookstores
Geordie Productions' Dean Patrick Fleming ends his stint as Artistic Director with a triumphant return to Beethoven Lives Upstairs.
Dean Patrick Fleming's Last Geordie Production
Concordia's Cinema Politica expands their offerings to an online video streaming site that offers political documentaries.
Cinema Politica Launches Video-on-Demand Service
Novelist Heather O'Neil describes the art of having books translated for a Quebecois audience, where many of her books are set.
Heather O'Neil talks translation
Montreal author Dimitri Nasrallah's Niko has been translated and released by a Montreal publishing house.
Dimitri Nasrallah's novel Niko released in French
Montreal's Moonface pairs up with Helsinki's Siinai for a new album, My Best Human Face.
Moonface Celebrates with My Best Human Face
Longtime Montreal favourites Plants & Animals spent nine seasons crafting their thoughtful new album.
Plants & Animals' Waltzed in From the Rumbling
Jack Jedwab's new book examines how anxiety and fear play into myths around terrorism and identity.
Jack Jedwab's Counterterrorism and Identities: Canadian ...
Montreal trio Motel Raphaël release their second album System, with a new dance-inspired sound.
Motel Raphaël Release Second Album
Anne-Marie Woods' She Said/He Said explores stereotypes, black identity, and how they affect relationships.
She Said/He Said's Poetic Exploration of Identity
Montreal's Drawn and Quarterly has several books in the running for the 2016 Eisner Awards, which recognize the best in comics and graphic novels.
Drawn and Quarterly books nominated for Eisner Awards
Bowser and Blue, writers of The Schwartz's Musical, explore The Gayety Theatre in their new production.
Last Night at the Gayety brings back 1940s Montreal
Montreal artist centre Studio XX celebrates 20 years of experimentation with feminist art and media.
Studio XX Celebrates 20 Years
MU organizes public murals across Montreal to beautify the environment in lower income neighbourhoods.
MU brightens up Montreal's Streets
SUUNS talks to Cult MTL about being an international touring band, and their new release Hold/Still.
SUUNS' Hold/Still is Dark, Abstract Rock
Concordia Design and Computation Arts students collaborate on an interdisciplinary exhibit "Spectrum".
"Spectrum" of Arts On Display at Concordia
Montreal writer Jacob Wren talks Occupy Wall Street, activism, and his new novel Rich and Poor.
Jacob Wren asks "Can one person change anything?"
Montreal photographer's portraits are imprinted with 90's nostalgia in his new exhibit with artist Eve Thomas.
A Portrait of Photographer Richmond Lam
The Cole Foundation provides production funding for theatre companies which encourage intercultural dialogue between Montreal communities. The Cole Foundation provides production funding for theatre companies which encourage intercultural dialogue between Montreal communities.
Intercultural Conversation Encouraged by Cole Foundation ...
Monique Polak's latest book for children aged 9-12 Passover examines the origins and traditions of the Jewish holiday.
Orca Books Publishes Passover by Monique Polak
Jessica Moore is on the long list for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her French to English translation of Maylis de Kerangal's Réparer les vivants.
Montreal Translator Jessica Moore nominated for Man Booke...
Montreal animation artist Alisi Telengut is on her way to Cannes Film Festival for her short Nutag – Homeland.
Concordia Graduate on her way to Cannes
Busy Arcade Fire/Bell Orchestre member Sarah Neufeld talks to Cult Mtl about her many projects, including her most recent release, The Ridge.
Sarah Neufeld releases sophomore record The Ridge
Author and music writer Sean Michaels brings Montreal authors and musicians together for a collaborative, cross-discipline event.
Sean Michaels Combines Musicians & Writers for McGill Event
Concordia journalism students explore the nighttime world of Montreal's graffiti artists. Concordia journalism students explore the nighttime world of Montreal's graffiti artists.
Montreal Street Artists Work After Dark
Montreal designers showcase their latest collections at the third annual Fashion Preview event, this year with the theme "Nordic".
Designer Showcase Fashion Preview Strikes a Nordic Theme
Karen Tam has been nominated for the Contemporary Art Award by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec for her large scale installations.
Karen Tam nominated for MNBA Award
The Fridge Door Gallery, a student-run art initiative at McGill, presents an exhibition entitled Perspectives / Perceptions.
McGill student gallery asks "What is art?"
Geordie Productions ends its 35th year, and Dean Patrick Fleming's turn as Artistic Director with a revival of "Beethoven Lives Upstairs".
Geordie relaunches "Beethoven Lives Upstairs"
Quebec-based artists Xavier Dolan, Braids, Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson among the winners at this year's Juno Awards.
2016 Juno Awards honour Quebec artists
The Montreal Gazette visits the bright and colourful home and studio of Quebec visual artist Claire Desjardins.
Claire Desjardins finds her happy place
The R&B artist was nominated for best Soul/R&B recording for his new album Butchy’s Son, in tribute to his late father.
Pierrefonds musician Patrick Lehman nominated for a Juno
Women-run Montreal blog Girls on Games aims to increase the diversity of voices in the gaming community.
Girls on Games blog breaks gaming stereotypes
Montreal DJ Tiga reflects on 25 years in the business with the release of his new album No Fantasy Required.
"Techno Legend" Tiga releases new album
Montreal indie rock band Half Moon Run are gaining recognition steadily both at home and abroad, playing larger shows and festivals.
Half Moon Run continue their run of success
FilmMakers Aisling Chin-Yee, Kaveh Nabatian and Caroline Monnet open up about their experiences of race and film on CBC Montreal's Real Talk on Race.
Quebec filmmakers share their stories around race
The trailblazing artist and art therapist is honoUred in an art exhibition at the Centre d’Apprentissage Parallèle de Montréal. Image: Yvon Lamy
Marie Revaï`s works live on
Brittany Kennell, who grew up in Beaconsfield and is a current contestant on The Voice in the US, sang the national anthems at a Habs game. Image: Graham Hughes
Beaconsfield singer fulfills hockey dream
Montreal street artist Futur Lasor Now speaks to Cult MTL about his new exhibition of political works, "Futur Politics Now. "
Futur Lasor Now makes art political
"Memento," part of Concordia`s Art Matters Festival, presents five visual artists' takes on memory. Image: Rojin Shafiei
Art Matters exhibition focuses on memory
Three Concordia Fine Arts students have formed Atelier Lost Cause, a silk screening studio in the Plateau. Image: Marcelline Selman
Silk screening trio finds their niche
Montreal singer and Leonard Cohen protegée NEeMA presented her eclectic fourth album Painting My Wall Gold at La Sala Rossa.
NEeMA launches new album at a packed Montreal show
The two multifaceted artists are the stand-up parents of a new comedy show, Baby Put ME in a Corner. Image: Chantal Lévesque/Métro
Sasha Manoli and Steve Patrick Adams give birth to laughs
The McCord Museum explores the complex history of Indigenous artifacts in its new permanent display "Wearing Our Identity".
McCord Museum launches permanent display of First People'...
Author Monique Polak reflects on her achievements and current projects in this cover feature.
Monique Polak on the cover of Montreal Review of Books
Quebec painter Claire Desjardins discusses the links between her emotions and their expressive rendering on canvas.
Claire Desjardins paints from inside out
The infamous Quebec rap group embraces both French and English on their new album Gesamtkunstwerk, impressing the Gazette's Brendan Kelly. Image: German Moreno
Dead Obies transcend language divisions
CBC Montreal's Homerun broadcasted live from Indigo Place recently, interviewing several artists including author Saleema Nawaz.
Saleema Nawaz live on CBC
Bilingual Montreal comedian Sugar Sammy speaks with CBC's Shad about his European dreams and upcoming move to Paris.
Beloved Montreal Comedian Moving to Europe
Montreal hip hop duo share their favourite things, from touring to social media to musical inspirations and processes.
Heartstreets share their #favourites
Montreal filmmaker Ezra Soiferman's new book of photos documents the final hockey game in the fabled Forum. Photo: Ezra Soiferman
Photos of the Forum's last hockey hurrah
Opera da Camera's "fun and vibrant" recent production made a fan of this McGill Daily reviewer.
Così fan tutte a hit from Opera da Camera
Bodywash speak to the Daily about their current single "Nothing At All," musical inspirations, and breaking out of the McGill scene. Image: Marina Djurdjevic
Bodywash enjoy success beyond McGill
Tableau d'Hôte Theatre mounts a production of this "bold" one-woman play about an elderly couple facing the reality of aging.
Aging and independence explored in Another Home Invasion
Montreal photographer Marisa Portolese produces "stunning, striking, captivating" images of strong women. Photo: Marie Brière de La Hosseraye
Photos capture women's power and vulnerability
Jessica Moore's translation of Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal has been nominated for the prestigious international award. Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian
Quebec translator's work nominated for Man Booker Prize
A group of students and artists have started n10.as, a station focused on Montreal artists and expats.
Montreal's own online radio
Montreal entity Pentagon Black has released a physical compilation showcasing Canada's rich underground music.
Pentagon Black's DIY community compilation
Montreal artist (and ELAN's President!) Bettina Forget sketches a series of moon craters named after women scientists.
Moon crater drawings pull women from the shadows
The 27-year-old musician and songwriter was compared to Gwen Stefani on the hit American TV show.
Beaconsfield's Brittany Kennell cracks The Voice
The Montreal choreographer and dancer addresses First Nations issues and her own Aboriginal ancestry, notably in her show Native Girl Syndrome. Photo: Sylvain Verstricht
Lara Kramer explores identity through dance
The Montreal artist was honoured for his work focusing on landscape. Two other laureates have strong Quebec connections. Photo: Julie Perron
Bill Vazan honoured with Governor General's Award
Bus Stops is a dark, acrobatic piece whose English translation has its premiere run at the Centaur Theatre. Photo: Andrée Lanthier
Bus Stops makes its English debut
The Centaur Theatre's On This Day, written and directed by Montrealers, is a locally-grown "slice-of-life comedy".
On This Day offers a "witty" take on chance and circumstance
As Artistic Director of Geordie Productions, Mike Payette will commit to highlighting diversity both onstage and off. Image: John Kenney
Mike Payette moves from BTW to Geordie Productions
Montreal-raised author Mona Awad has written a new novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, that sheds light on body image.
Mona Awad's new book tackles body image
Lachine's l'Entrepôt gallery will display the art of First Nations artist Eruoma Awashish, as well as hosting a dialogue with the artist featuring Professor Norman Cornett.
Eruoma Awashish on display and in dialogue
Based on the 2003 graphic novel by Montreal artist Chester Brown, this play debuted in Montreal at Théâtre La Chapelle. Photo: Sabrina Reeves
Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Stage Play debuts
The Binaries Between Us, a new theatre production by Studio Porte Bleue, explores the expectations and realities of online dating. Photo: Ocean Derouchie
Online dating onstage
Artist Jason Wasserman creates Montreal-centric, comic-like drawings in black and white.
Decompoz interviews Jason Wasserman of En Masse
The National Theatre School's production of Hamlet splits the protagonist role between three actors.
NTS impresses with a split Hamlet
Photographer Joel Barter has made a project of documenting empty buildings in the Eastern Townships. Photo: Kate McGillivray/CBC
Abandoned beauty in the Eastern Townships
Montreal musician Kid Koala has developed a multidisciplinary show based on his 2003 graphic novel of the same name.
Kid Koala wows Boston with Nufonia Must Fall
Montreal musician Athena Holmes is the special guest on the first episode of Quill, a new podcast by fellow musician and Montrealer Rebecca Woodmass.
Athena Holmes on brand-new podcast Quill
Several Montreal artists are featured in this New York exhibition exploring the absence of children and families in the art world. Photo: Dillon and Peregrin de Give’s piece By My Own Admission at EFA Project Space in New York. Photo: Ramsay de Give. X X X X X Photo: Dillon and Peregrin de Give’s piece By My Own Admission at EFA Project Space in New York. Photo: Ramsay de Give.
Children in the Art World
Having started out working in film, Montreal artist Marie-Helene Delorme makes experimental, yet organic music as Foxtrott. Photo: Kate Killet
Foxtrott builds a slow and steady rise
Meet Oh Hi, a new collective of musicians who aim to provide a sense of community and inclusivity for likeminded artists.
Montreal musicians band together to say Oh Hi
Mike Payette, an accomplished director and theatre artist, has great plans for Geordie Productions as its new Artistic Director.
Meet Geordie Productions' new AD
Montreal-based filmmaker Vincent Morisset created Neon Bible (with the Arcade Fire), a pioneering interactive website. He's now premiering a film at Sundance.
Vincent Morisset weaves work with the Web
Montreal psych band Besnard Lakes roped in local collaborators to create an immersive sonic world for their fifth album, A Coliseum Complex Museum.
Besnard Lakes expand their sound on new album
Toronto native Basia Bulat has settled in Montreal, where she frequently collaborates with musicians and friends. Her new album Good Advice has just been released on Secret City.
Basia Bulat moves up the 401
Montreal singer-songwriter Basia Bulat's new album Good Advice finds the artist taking sonic and thematic shifts away from her previous record. Photo: Anthony Seck
Basia Bulat shifts forward with Good Advice
The N'we Jinan project brings music educator David Hodges and his portable music studio to First Nations youth in Quebec communities. Photo: David Hodges
N'we Jinan brings music to isolated First Nations communi...
Through storytelling and secret messages left on doors in the Mile End, artist Patsy Van Roost infused a sense of magic into her neighbours' days.
Mile End fairy brings a community together
The Globe and Mail visits Montreal's Belgo Building, home to dozens of galleries, and speaks to ELAN's President Bettina Forget, whose Visual Voice Gallery is one of them.
Belgo Building a treasure trove of art
Montreal filmmaker Eisha Marjara is switching art forms, having written her first novel, Faerie. The book is informed by Marjara's own struggles with anorexia. Photo: Melanie Robert
Filmmaker's debut novel explores anorexia through a perso...
Montreal favourite Rufus Wainwright will take the stage for two special performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival this summer.
Rufus Wainwright to play the 2016 Montreal International ...
Montreal-born, Magog-based photographer Marianne McEwen has released a cookbook called Culinary Art, featuring light-infused close-ups of ingredients. Photo: Marianne McEwen
Photographer explores food up close and personal
The Secret Annex, up now at the Segal Centre, features a "fine cast" in this play exploring what Anne Frank's life would have been like had she survived the Holocaust. Photo: Andrée Lanthier
The Secret Annex explores Anne Frank's lost future
Montreal-based musician CFCF is nominated for the prestigious prize for his remix of Max Richter's "Berlin By Overnight".
Montreal's CFCF in the running for a Grammy
Montreal songwriter Jason Bajada takes inspiration from the theme of anxiety on his new album, Volcano. Photo: Richmond Lam
Jason Bajada releases a new album
With his Haunted Montreal enterprise, King leads walks highlighting the city's ghostly underbelly.
Donovan King reveals Montreal's haunted side
This space provides teens with chances to hone their musical talent, including workshops run by hip-hop collective Nomadic Massive. Photo: Anson McCuaig
No Bad Sound does good in NDG
Now based in Montreal, Saleema Nawaz talks with CBC Books about her decision to write about her hometown of Ottawa. Photo: Twitter @pinkmeringue
Saleema Nawaz on growing up in Ottawa
Voir finds Jason Bajada's new album, Volcano, a solid accomplishment, full of tension and emotion.
Bajada's Volcano: four stars from Voir
This song from Montreal favourite Plants and Animals appears on their fourth album, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, their first since 2012.
Plants and Animals - "Stay"
Montreal-based animation studio Cinesite has announced an investment in producing nine new animated films in the next five years.
Montreal's Cinesite promises nine new films
Police TV serial 19-2 has built loyal viewerships in French and English. Cult MTL interviews the folks behind the English hit.
19-2 delivers grit and drama in both official languages
Anita Rau Badami, the Montreal-based author of The Hero's Walk, shares 10 of the books that most influenced her own writing.
Anita Rau Badami's 10 must-reads
The Globe and Mail is impressed with The High Mountains of Portugal, the newest offering from Quebec-born writer Yann Martel. Photo: Matt Smith
Yann Martel's new novel gets top marks
Anya Borissova, who moved to Canada 20 years ago, tells the story of her grandmother's experiences in Russia through dance in Encore Agrippina. Photo: Kate McGillivray, CBC
Hatley dancer explores grandmother's story
Montreal indie-rock trio Nancy Pants are interviewed by Ben Rayner for the Toronto Star and named "Your New Favourite Thing". Photo: BEN KAYE PHOTO
Nancy Pants named "Your New Favourite Thing" by Toronto Star
Sugar Sammy is in the hot seat again, this time with his Ces gars-là co-star and collaborator Simon Olivier Fecteau. Photo: John Kenney
Ces gars-là starts Season 3
Montreal based poet Robyn Sarah catches up with Prism magazine about her recent Governor General's Award for My Shoes are Killing Me.
Robyn Sarah interviewed by Prism Magazine
Louis-Bernard St-Jean, Denise Buisman-Pilger and Jono Doiron are three emerging Montreal artists who will be taking part in Toronto's curated contemporary art fair the Artist Project. Photo: Denise Buisman-Pilger
Three Montreal Artists to Participate in the Artist Project
Cult MTL interviews Olivier Lamarche and Jimmy Blais of the brand new bilingual theatre company PlayShed.
New Bilingual Montreal Theatre Company PlayShed
SUUNS announce their third album Hold/Still and spring tour, as well as release the first video from the album for "Translate".
SUUNS announce new album
Montreal author Sigal Samuel speaks to author Ayelet Tsabari about religion, identity and the Mile End.
Sigal Samuel's The Mystics of Mile End
Quebec writer Celeste Parr has been nominated for Best Screenplay at the Jutra Awards, for the bilingual film Gurov & Anna.
Gurov & Anna nominated for Jutra Award
Ontario native Beatrice Keeler charms viewers and judges on Quebec reality tv show La Voix with her Franglais.
Beatrice Keeler on La Voix
National Theatre School graduate Mylene Mackay stars in André Turpin's psychological thriller Endorphine.
Mylene Mackay in Endorphine
Evelyne Brochu, the Montreal actress who stars as a WWII spy in CBC's X Company talks to the Gazette about the show's upcoming second season.
X Company's Evelyne Brochu on season two
Musician and Ethnomusicologist Craig Morrison's annual Roots of Rock and Roll concert features music from Louisiana and New Orleans for the 19th edition.
Concordia Professor hosts 19th annual Roots of Rock and R...
First time documentary film maker Laura Rietveld's Okpik's Dream is nominated for Best Documentary Program at the Canadian Screen Awards. Photo: Catbird Productions
Okpik's Dream nominated for Canadian Screen Awards
CBC chats with Longueuil resident Vincent Leclerc who appears in the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film The Revenant. Leclerc plays a French-Canadian fur trapper in the film, which stars Leonardo Dicaprio and was filmed in Alberta. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/Roy-Turner
Longueuil actor Vincent Leclerc appears in Oscar nominate...
Sprawling psychedelic indie rock band Besnard Lakes return with their fifth studio album A Coliseum Complex Museum. Photo: John Kenney/Montreal Gazette
Besnard Lakes to release new album A Coliseum Complex Museum
Mila Aung-Thwin, a Montreal documentary filmmaker and producer who runs the production company EyeSteelFilm is heading to Sundance Film Festival to sit on the documentary film jury. Photo: NFB
Title: Montreal documentary filmmaker on jury at Sundance...
Mark Bye talks to the Quebec Drama Federation about his role as artistic director of The Rural Arts Project in Huntington, QC.
The Rural Arts Project
Visual artist Marc Dmytryshyn stopped by Dans la Vallée to speak about an upcoming exhibition and his inspirations.
Marc Dmytryshyn shares his work with TVR9 Beloeil
Quebec artist Sheena Hoszko examines power structures, incarceration and immigration in her exhibit Central East Correctional Centre. Photo: Sheena Hoszko
Sheena Hoszko's installation Central East Correctional Ce...
Beloved indie-rock band Wolf Parade, on hiatus since 2010, announce their return with a new website and social media accounts. The group will be undergoing a small tour in spring, starting at New York's Bowery Ballroom.
The Return of Wolf Parade
Montreal artist Avy Loftus combats bullying and promotes positivity through her art project Peace, Love and Hope. Loftus holds workshops in Batik art where children produce art pieces which are compiled into large-scale quilts.
Avy Loftus Peace, Love and Hope
Bilingual feminist artist-run centre Studio XX is named a finalist for the 31st Grand Prix from the Conseil des arts de Montreal. Nominees of the Grand Prix are organizations which have made a powerful cultural impact in the past year.
Studio XX nominated for 31st Grand Prix
Working from both his studio and Galerie Mile-End, artist Aquil Virani challenges himself to create 100 pieces of art in just 7 days. The 25 year old artist plans to work in a variety of media from paint to illustration and graphic design. Virani previously embarked on a similar project for his 24th birthday, in which he created 24 pieces of art in just 24 hours. Photo: Aquil Virani
Aquil Virani - 100 pieces of art in 7 days
The Centaur Theatre presents its 19th annual Wildside Festival. The opening weekend featured a variety of diverse shows such as Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical, Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable and Happiness.
19th Annual Wildside Festival at Centaur Theatre
Montreal-based tech company Lightspeed has started a community hub/cultural space called Never Apart in its old office building. Photo: Christinne Muschi
Montreal tech startup contributes to culture
Montreal blues musician Dawn Tyler Watson has launched an indiegogo campaign to support her new album Jawbreaker. It has been fifteen years since Watson's first release, Ten Dollar Press, for which she received the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist.
Blues artist Dawn Tyler Watson to release new album
Drawn and Quarterly founder Chris Oliveros releases his new graphic novel The Envelope Manufacturer. Oliveros worked 25 years heading the publishing house D&Q before stepping down to work on his own material. Photo: Tedd Church/Montreal Gazette Files
Chris Oliveros' The Envelope Manufacturer
Concordia alumna and professor Sandra Paikowsky was named to the Order of Canada for her contributions to art history. Paikowsky co-founded the Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien in 1974, and continues to work on its editorial board.
Sandra Paikowsky awarded Order of Canada
Jessica Rae performs as part of the Bouge d'ici festival at the Mainline Theatre in Montreal. A multidisciplinary performer, Rae's dance career spans everything from competitive ballet, to burlesque, to puppetry. Image: Mary Elam
Jessica Rae combines dance, puppetry & social activism
Longtime front man of the Montreal band Stars, Torquil Campbell begins a stint as the title role in Crow's Theatre's The Rockefeller Project as part of Calgary's High Performance Rodeo Festival. Photo: Norman Wong
Stars' Torquil Campbell plays German con artist "Clark R...
Tap dancing Montreal rapper Xania talks to Cult Mtl about her new video "I'm Broke", from All Alone Together. Mixed by Couteau Papillon's Philippe Lachance, All Alone Together is Xania's second solo release.
Rapper Xania may be broke, but she has a new album
Quebec writers Ken Rivard, Bertrand Laverdure, Jon Paul Fiorentino and Guillaume Morissette are among artists nominated for the ReLit Awards. For more than a decade, the ReLit Awards have been awarded annually to a Canadian author whose work was published independently.
Quebec writers among artists nominated for 2015 ReLit Awards
Audrey Ann and Kyle Jukka's project She-Devils release their debut EP on January 15. With influences from electronic music, 50's pop and hip hop, the 4 song sampler will be supported by a short tour following the release. Photo: Sarah O'Driscoll
Montreal duo She-Devils release self-titled EP
Danny Belair and Alain Mercieca's comedy play series Dépfiles will be produced by CBC as a TV show. A fully bilingual series, Merceica speaks to Cult MTL about how the language of the show, which filps easily between French and English, reflects his lived reality of being in Montreal. Photo by Danny Belair
Dépfiles to be turned into CBC TV show.
The 2016 CBC Books Canada Reads longlist features 3 authors who call Montreal home.
Canada Reads picks Montreal books
In concert at Metropolis, Patrick Watson pulled several other Montreal musicians onstage for a night to remember. Photo: Allen McInnis
Patrick Watson gets help from his friends
This series featuring readings of new plays is part of Infinithéâtre's mandate to develop Quebec English-language playwrights. Photo: Angela Potvin
Infinithéâtre's Pipeline reviewed
Maica Armata of Maica Mia scores Sundance film 'Dark Knight' about the 2012 theatre shooting in Aurora, CO.
A new project for Maica Armata
Montreal filmmaker, cinematographer and former Concordia professor Martin Duckworth wins the $30,000 Prix Albert-Tessier recognizing his longtime career in cinema. Duckworth has worked as cinematographer on 100 films, and has directed 30. Image: Les productions pleiades
Martin Duckworth wins Prix du Quebec
Cult MTL has released its list of the top 30 Montreal songs of the year. Photo: Braids
Lots to choose from for best Montreal songs of 2015
Montreal ambient artist Tim Hecker will score the upcoming drama The Free World.
Tim Hecker tackles another score
Montrealer and Concordia alumna Anita Anand has won a Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Award for her collection Swing in the House and Other Stories, one of five literary awards given by the QWF to English-language writers in Quebec. Photo: Vehicule Press
Anita Anand wins QWF's 2015 Literary Award
Critic Byron Toben was impressed with this student production of the Shakespeare-inspired work. Images: Maxime Cote
The National Theatre School's Orlando reviewed
The ensemble's Christmas concert featured singalongs, classics, and lots of Christmas atmosphere. Image: courtesy of the Montreal Lyric Singers
Cameraderie and candlelight with Montreal Lyric Singers
Following a family festive tradition, Rufus and Martha Wainwright performed a holiday concert with some very special guests. Photo: Benoit Rousseau
Wrainwrights ring in the holidays
Community theatre group Dramatis Personae presented a quality evening of six one-act plays by five authors. Images: Malcolm McRae
Quick Exits impresses Westmount Mag
Stereogum reports that Montreal band Land of Talk may be working on new material for the first time since 2010.
Land of Talk starts back up
The Montreal Review of Books speaks with international bestselling author and Eastern Townshipper Louise Penny.
Louise Penny's success counters early critics
Montreal's Foxtrott has released a promising record of dark electro-pop on Bjork's record label.
Foxtrott releases promising debut
This Montreal group focuses on bringing new, cutting-edge compositions to a wide audience. Photo: Nicholas Hyatt
Innovations en concert makes the experimental accessible
Montreal writer and musician Nisha Coleman has released a memoir of her time as a busker on the streets of Paris.
Nisha Coleman's busking journey in book form
Beautiful City Theatre recently mounted a very special production of A Chorus Line at the Centaur Theatre. Photo Ang Collins
A one-night-only Chorus Line
Montreal playwright Rahul Varma speaks with the McGill Daily about his play State of Denial. Photo: Courtesy of Mateo Hernandez Casis
Rahul Varma on survival, denial, and identity
Montreal rap duo The Posterz tell the story of their evolution, share their influences, and name fellow artists to watch. Video by Zachary Goldberg, Nik Litzenberger, and Julian McKenzie
The Posterz on display
Despite the loss of its beloved director, the People's Gospel Choir of Montreal is still singing strong. Photo from video by Peter McCabe
People's Gospel Choir of Montreal sings through tough times
Interrupt This Program, co-created by Montrealer Nabil Mehchi, shines a light on underground arts scenes in Beirut, Port-au-Prince, and other troubled cities.
New CBC program focuses on art making a real difference
In the Segal Centre's Tribes, Montreal actor Jack Volpe plays the role of a deaf man from a hearing family - which closely mirrors his own life story.
Jack Volpe in a role that hits close to home
Montreal-based artist Meags Fitzgerald tells Montreal Review of Books about her autobiographical graphic novel Long Red Hair.
Meags Fitzgerald's coming out and coming of age
Montreal klezmer renegade Socalled and fellow musician Yves Lambert have collaborated on a redux of some of Lambert's older material. Photo: supplied by Musicor
Socalled and Yves Lambert's latest collaboration
On the verge of a temporary move to Paris, Sugar Sammy shares some of his favourite Montreal treasures. Photo: Tourisme Montreal, Eva Blue
Sugar Sammy' shares his Montreal haunts
This made-in-Montreal production of Sleeping Beauty that invites the audience to write their own ending.
A new take on Sleeping Beauty
Montreal animator Sheldon Cohen suffered a very unlikely heart attack that ended up bringing him out of semi-retirement. Video still: Allen McInnis
Near-death experience changes NFB animator's course
Montreal comic Rachid Badouri, well-known to French audiences, has been tapped to host one of the Just for Laughs festival's mainstay English shows - another example of the blurring of the two solitudes. Photo: Pierre Obdenrauf / Montreal Gazette
Rachid Badouri makes anglo inroads
The Montreal duo of filmmaker Ezra Soiferman and comic Mike Paterson offer up a new doc about Paterson's attempts to improve his health, notably through a medical marijuana prescription. Photo: Pierre Obdenrauf
Grass Fed looks at Mike Paterson's medical marijuana journey
The project of Montreal musician (and sound technician to many other Montreal musicians) Harris Shper has evolved into an 80s-inspired outfit on its upcoming debut album. Photo: Ralitsa Doncheva
How Sad releases Everything Happens
Montreal playwright and Artistic Director of Porte Parole Productions Annabel Soutar shares five objects that inspire her work.
Annabel Soutar shares 5 inspiring objects
Karneef has done time in several Montreal bands, and now his own group is set to release a second record with a little help from his friends.
Karneef launches Musique Impossible
Monique Polak is CBC/QWF's first Writer in Residence Photo: Studio Iris
Monique Polak is CBC/QWF's first Writer in Residence
An evening affair despite its name, Montreal's Brunch Club lets audiences enjoy high-concept comedy from comics who wouldn't otherwise stop in the city.
Brunch Club brings the laughs
On October 18, Quebec's English-language writing community gathered at the Corona Theatre to celebrate the year's best work from authors including Neil Smith and Anita Anand. Photo: John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette
QWF Awards shine spotlight on Quebec scribes
The new album from Montreal's Martha Wainwright and her half-sister Lucy Roche is full of lullabies Martha wrote for her own sons.
Lullabies from the Wainwright Sisters
Photojournalist Kate Hutchinson documents the regular characters of Montreal's Jeanne-Mance Park in her new book, launched on Nov 17.
Kate Hutchinson takes a walk in Jeanne-Mance Park
Exclaim! likes the new offering from Martha Wainwright and Lucy Roche, saying it reveals an interesting, creepy side to its lullabies.
Wainwright Sisters' Songs in the Dark review
Concordia University alumna Rhonda Mullins, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation, is interviewed about her multifaceted career path.
Rhonda Mullins: Translator with multiple talents
The renowned choreographer's new show, now in Trois-Rivières, finds her revisiting landmark pieces from her stellar career. Photo: François Gervais
Margie Gillis dances on in Florilège
Montreal-based dancer and choreographer José Navas will perform four solos in one show with Rites.
José Navas gives his Rites
World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, whose formative years as an architect took place in Montreal, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the National Academy Museum in New York City.
Moshe Safdie retrospective in NYC
Anna and Jane McGarrigle have compiled memories of their fascinating family into a new book, Mountain City Girls.
Mountain City Girls: McGarrigle clan memoir
Montreal blues guitarist Jordan Officer travelled to LA to prepare for his latest album, Blue Skies. Photo: Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette
Jordan Officer's west coast inspiration
Through his small press fair Expozine and organization Archive Montreal, Louis Rastelli plays a critical role in preserving the city's cultural history. Video by Allen McInnis
Louis Rastelli: Preserving artistic ephemera
Through his small press fair Expozine and organization Archive Montreal, Louis Rastelli plays a critical role in preserving the city's cultural history. Video by Allen McInnis
Louis Rastelli: Preserving artistic ephemera
One of Montreal's beloved Wainwright siblings, Martha, has a new musical project with her half-sister Lucy Roche Wainwright. Photo: Maplemusic
Another winning Wainwright project
Voir profiles Montreal playwright Annabel Soutar, whose company Porte Parole focuses on bilingual, politically engaged theatre.
Annabel Soutar: Theatre with a conscience
Branka Petrovic and Larissa Andrusyshyn are the two Quebecers longlisted for this year's CBC Poetry Prize, which will net the winner $6,000 plus other perks. Photo: CBC
Two QC poets on CBC's longlist
Montreal artist Meags Fitzgerald's "insightful" coming-of-age memoir addresses childhood, sexuality, and self-discovery in a distinctive visual style. Photo: Conundrum Press
Long Red Hair a "gratifying" read
For her new album 10,000, Montreal musician Emilie Kahn (and her harp Ogden) holed up in a Valcourt studio during a February snowstorm. Photo: Luke Orlando
Emilie & Ogden's snowstorm recording session
Devon Welsh of Montreal band Majical Cloudz made some healthy choices in order to write their second album. Photo: Sarah O'Driscoll
Majical Cloudz finds peace on second album
Montreal theatre maven Anna Fuerstenberg has directed the French-language premiere of her autobiographical play, Guérillas: Humour et Compassion (The Guerilla Caregiver).
Anna Fuerstenberg's life story hits the stage in French
Montreal band Young Galaxy talk about juggling their new album and two members' young family. Photo: Luke Orlando
Young Galaxy find harmony between family and music
The city's best theatrical productions are put in the spotlight this year's Montreal English Theatre Awards.
METAs showcase this year's theatre best
Montreal sculptor Susan Stromberg Stein has established a scholarship to help female students at Concordia develop their craft, along with a reading room. Photo: Susan Stromberg-Stein
Sculpting the next generation of Concordia artists
Quebec artist Marc Walter combines art with nature in Ottawa area woods. Photo: Ashley Fraser / Ottawa Citizen Style, Alistair Williamson, Marc Walter
Land artist Marc Walter's natural wonders
Montreal play Sacred Echoes pays tribute to attacks on Jews in Germany and Austria. Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images
A musical and visual Kristallnacht commemoration at Westm...
Quebecois director and filmmaker directs UK singer Adele's long awaited new single Hello. Photo: Youtube/Vevo
'Adele and I were on the same page' Xavier Dolan Says
Montreal filmmaker Stephen Campanelli directs Momentum after gaining success as Hollywood Steadicam operator. Photo: Tony Rivetti Jr.
N.D.G. native makes steady progression to film directing
Toronto's The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art hires Montreal curator Chantal Pontbriand. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art appoints first-ever CEO
Shelley Miller creates sculpture installation in Pointe-Claire to honour Congregation of Notre-Dame Nuns.
Art installation recognizes nuns' long history in Pointe-...
Montreal designer and architect awarded for her design work in theatre.
Montreal's Anick La Bissonnière wins $100,000 Siminovitch...
Montreal artist Peter Trosztmer presents #boxtape installation 141 Ann. Photo: Svetla Atanasova
The public is part of the art and the show at #boxtape
Originally produced by Infinitheatre, the play Unseamly was well reviewed in the New York Times. Photo: Russ Rowland
Unseamly moves from Montreal to New York
Montreal authors recognized by the Quebec Writers' Federation for their English-language fiction. Photo: John Kenney / Montreal Gazette
Heather O'Neill, Neil Smith among QWF literary award fina...
Montreal writer Christina Park explores family trauma and ancestry her debut novel The Homes We Build on Ashes. Photo: Frank Opolko / CBC
Christina Park explores Korean ancestry in first novel
Montreal playwright and actor Jeff Gandell presents Things Drugs Taught Me with Nisha Coleman at the Mainline Theatre.
High anxiety — and clever comedy — from Jeff Gandell and ...
MU's Adam Sajkowski and William Patrick talk to The Main MTL about their take on adding beauty to the city.
Montreal muralists MU reveal their latest project
The Montreal indie band is heating up this fall with Sun Leads Me On and a tour across Canada. Photo: CBC
Half Moon Run ready to tour with second album
The Main MTL gets a peek behind the scenes with Montreal indie folk band Folly and the Hunter. Photo: Charlotte Guirestante Ghomeshi
Inside Folly and the Hunter's jamspace
State of Denial plays at the Montreal Segal Centre and examines the Armenian Genocide and the longterm effects on survivors.
"State of Denial" opening this week at The Segal Centre
Montreal theatre Teesri Duniya Theatre presents State of Denial written by playwright Rahul Varma about the Armenian Genocide.
Interview with Rahul Varma : Writing The Armenian Genocide
Two talented young artists from Quebec - both former ELAN staff! - have been named 2015 Young Arts Entrepreneurs by the Michaelle Jean Foundation. Writer Crystal Chan and playwright Jesse Stong will receive funding over the next two years to start two very exciting projects that aim to help marginalized youth.
Two Young Arts Entrepreneurs set to make a difference ...
Rock Camp for Girls aims to create a welcoming and supportive environment for girls to hone their musicianship. With a Montreal summer camp and other programs during the school year, a new generation of young women is set to take the stage, La Presse+ reports.
Rock Camp for Girls empowers and inspires
The Hudson Village Theatre presents Montreal actor and playwright Julia Mackey in Jake's Gift.
Award-winning tribute to WWII veterans comes to Hudson
Authors Heather O'Neill and Samuel Archibald have been listed on the Giller Prize longlist. The Montrealers are both eligible for the shortlist prize of $10,000 which will be announced on October 5th. The final winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced on November 9th.
Heather O'Neill and Samuel Archibald named on Giller Priz...
Montreal writers Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman speak to The Gazette about their hit Yiddish web series YidLife Crisis. The irreverent 16 minute episodes have over 200,000 views on Youtube and has won the creators an award at T.O Webfest. Season 2 starts September 10th. Photo: Bryan Wilkat
Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman Present Season 2 of YidLife ...
Quebec Filmmaker Xavier Dolan is featured in Louis Vuitton's latest ad campaign for leather apparel. The 26-year old director of Mommy and Laurence Anyways is gaining recognition around the world and with American audiences, and is directing an English language film with actors Kathy Bates and Kit Harrington to be released in 2016. Photo: Louis Vuitton
Xavier Dolan new face of Louis Vuitton
Beloved Montreal Dance Company La La La Human Steps will be sadly closing its doors after 25 years. Founder and choreographer Edouard Lock explained to a press conference at the Phi Centre that the company was closing due to financial constraints. The company was founded in Montreal in 1980 and was an important player in the world of contemporary dance. Photo: Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette
La La La Human Steps closing its doors
Women in Comedy Montreal is launching the first year of LadyFest to celebrate the talent of female comics in the city. The festival was founded to highlight the roster of Anglo females in stand-up, improv and sketch comedy and features performances by locals, Eman, Tranna Wintour, Emma Wilkie, Natalie Willett and Tall Tall Lady. Photo: Kathy Slamen
LadyFest Launches its first year
Montreal rapper Jonathan Emile talks to the McGill Daily about working as a rapper in Montreal. The city's rap culture is not as big as some other North American metropolises, but it has a unique scene in that it is bilingual. Emile hope to release some music in French before 2020 to reflect his French-speaking roots on his Father's side. Photo: Sonia Larbi-Aissa
Jonathan Emile on Montreal's Rap Community
Change is in the air for the Montreal Theatre. September means the launch of a new season, and Geordie Productions Executive Director Dean Patrick Fleming is getting ready for a transition after this upcoming season. He speaks to the Montreal Gazette about his role in leading the Theatre. Photo: Geordie Productions
Geordie Productions Prepares for Transition in Leadership
Montreal's Quartiers Danses festival begins September 9. The interdisciplinary festival features performances from Kukai Dantza and choreographer Maxime Thomas’s Deux à deux as well as a flash mob at the Olympic Stadium to celebrate disability in dance on September 20.
Quartiers Danses Festival Combines Disciplines
Whether they know or not, Montrealers, especially those who live in the Plateau or Mile End are surrounded by mural artist Waxhead's work. The colourful and psychedelic creations were a hit at The Mural Festival in June, and now Waxhead is having an exhibition at Monastiraki on until September 6.
Street Artist Waxhead to show work at Monastiraki
Best-selling Quebecois author Louise Penny recently released the 11th mystery novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. The book, The Nature of the Beast was written as the author was caring for her husband who is suffering from dementia. Penny speaks with The Gazette about the book, its themes and how she stays balanced between writing and family.
Louise Penny publishes new novel The Nature of the Beast
Paul William Roberts, Quebec author of River In the Desert: Modern Travels in Ancient Egypt, invited the Montreal Gazette into his writer's retreat in Val-des-Lacs. The lakeside Laurentian village is the inspiring and secluded home to the author and his wife. Photo: Vincenzo d'Alto / Montreal Gazette
Quebec Author Shares his Living and Working Space
Arcade Fire's lastest member to embark on a solo project is Tim Kingsbury who performs as Sam Patch at Brasserie Beaubien with the Passovah Summer Festival on August 27. Kingsbury describes his sound as "pretty synthy, pretty guitary, kind of a mix of drum machines. It’s fairly upbeat and weird."
Former Arcade Fire member goes Solo as Sam Patch
Montreal musician Paul Cargnello was inspired as a child by the NDG's community event, Sunday in the Park he tells the Montreal Gazette. Now, NDG Arts Week is inspiring new generations to get involved in the arts. The festival is on until August 30 and features free events including music, food and workshops. Photo: Jeanette Kelly / CBC
Art Festival celebrates Culture in NDG Montreal
Montreal folk singer-songwriter Katie Moore chats with the Montreal Gazette about the release of her third album Fooled by the Fun, released late August. Describing the themes of her album Moore says, "Each song is different, but some of them are about accepting your actions and dealing with your guilt”. Photo: John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette, Marie-France Coallier / Montreal Gazette files
Katie Moore drops new album Fooled by the Fun
Montreal's Chinatown has been given a new pop of colour with the addition of a new mural on the corner of St-Laurent and Rene Levesque. The mural, titled May an Old Song Open a New World, was created by Bryan Beyung and Gene Pendon, two Montreal artists of Asian descent.
New Mural Refreshes Montreal’s Chinatown
Montreal artist Coeur de Pirate is releasing her third album Roses, on August 28. This time, she has recorded her piano indie-pop songs in both English and French, matching the languages of her eclectic group of fans from Quebec to English-speaking Canada to the United States and Europe.
Coeur de Pirate releases Bilingual Album
Montreal's Darling Foundry is turning the traditional exhibit space inside out with an exterior art installation. The installation, Mirador, came to life with the help of crowdfunding and can now be viewed at the gallery's Place Publique space.
Darling Foundry Presents Outdoor Exhibit
Montreal artist Maskull Lasserre was asked by British artist Banksy to take part in Dismaland, the street artists' distopian conception of a theme park. Lasserre speaks to CBC about the process of communicating with the enigmatic Bansky. Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters
Quebec Artist Helps to Create Banksy's Dismaland
24-year-old Noah Bick of NDG chats with the Montreal Gazette about founding the Passovah Summer Festival. The festival is going into its fourth year with the goal of promoting artists with a Montreal connection whether they are current residents or once were. The proceeds will go to local charities Rock Camp for Girls Montreal and the Mile End Mission.
Passovah Summer Festival Begins its Fourth Year Running
As the summer comes to an end, Montreal anglo theatre companies are getting closer to the start of their new seasons. The Montreal Gazette give the lowdown on local favourites and what productions are in store for the following months. Photo: Hera Bell
Montreal Anglo Theatre Companies Commence New Season
Cult MTL visited the Phi Centre's current exhibit Sensory Stories:An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences. The interactive show uses new technology like the Oculus Rift and other Virtual Reality tools to explore new ways for the viewer to interact with artwork. Photo: Andrea Cloutier
Phi Centre Presents Virtual Art
Beaconsfield artist, Bernie Kelly Goulem is presenting Sunday in the Park at her home this September, to present her art work in her living space. The artist’s 19th century home has been one of the 82 year old artist's major projects, which she wants to share alongside her art, before she sells her home.
Bernie Kelly Goulem Combines Gallery Space with Home
Kirkland high school student Mathieu Handfield speaks to the Montreal Gazette about winning the Teen Mister Candance award in Orlando, FL. The talented young dancer has already accomplished a great deal in his young dance career and also has dreams of becoming a surgeon. Photo: John Kenney / Montreal Gazette
West Island Teen Wins Dance Award
“Things have changed here since the Expos left,” said Andrew Farrar, a 37-year-old former Expos fan and hip-hop artist who goes by the name Annakin Slayd. “I would say right now, it’s considered a given that a team is coming back.” Photo: Vincent Ethier / MLB Photos, via Getty Images
Montreal Hip Hop Artists Weigh in on Expos Team Spirit
Montreal's dance community is getting a new centre, Espace Danse in the heart of downtown. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Agora de la Danse, Tangente and Ecole de Danse contemporaine de Montreal have received government support and teamed up with architects Lapointe Magne et associés, to build the biggest dance centre in all of Quebec. The opening is scheduled for June 2016. Photo: Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette
New Building Espace Danse to be Biggest Dance Centre in Q...
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Patrick Krief performs a new song for The Boot in his living room. The song is about "false promise in a dissolved love affair,” says the artist. Several other Montreal musicians take part, including singer-songwriter Maia Davies of the band Ladies of the Canyon.
Krief - "Heaven Into Rust"
Despite some structural shortcomings in the play itself, the team behind Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre's adaptation of The Dybbuk keeps things lively and engaging. This Montreal Gazette review highlights the performance of actor Shauna D and music by local klezmer renegade Socalled. Photo: Andrée Lanthier
The Gazette reviews The Dybbuk
Overture with the Arts is a Montreal nonprofit supporting affordable arts education. Its first festival took place Aug 15-16. Director Akilah Newton tells Global about the events as part of the fest, leading into a performance from Milan Boronell, a volunteer and performer at the festival.
Overture with the Arts’ first festival
David Albert-Toth, of Montreal company Parts+Labour_Danse, was honoured with the Audience Choice Award at dance: made in canada/fait au canada for the What You See Is What You Get series in Toronto. The piece is a deeply personal exploration of identity and loss.
Parts+Labour_Danse honoured in Toronto
Montreal musician Foxtrott has released a second single from her forthcoming album A Taller Us on Bjork's label, One Little Indian. "Shaky Hands" is a sneaky, groovy piece of electronic pop that promises interesting things from this new artist.
Foxtrott - "Shaky Hands"
The Dybbuk, which goes up this week at the Segal Centre as a production of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre Company, is profiled in Le Devoir. Drawing heavily on Jewish folklore, the play features the music of Montreal klezmer renegade Socalled.
Segal Centre presents: The Dybbuk
The Dybbuk, which goes up this week at the Segal Centre as a production of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre Company, is profiled in Le Devoir. Drawing heavily on Jewish folklore, the play also features the music of renegade Montreal rapper Socalled.
Folklore and romance mix together in The Dybbuk
HoarKor made a splash at this year's Under Pressure street art festival. The mysterious duo (Hoar and Kor) spoke with Cult MTL prior to the festival about their meeting at Concordia University, their current and upcoming projects, and the support they've received from Under Pressure.
HoarKor makes a mark on street art
As CBC reports, Partage Montreal is a subscription service making visual art more accessible for curious potential collectors ($360 for 6 pieces, collected at events throughout the year). Several Montreal artists, including Marigold Santos and Sobey Prize winner Nadia Myre, are participating.
Partage Montreal subscription service bridges art and ...
Puelo Deir has rubbed shoulders with Hollywood stars, co-founded Montreal's Divers/Cité festival, and written smash-hit plays. His newest, Léo: une course contre la honte, will open this fall. Deir is interviewed in the Montreal Gazette about the autobiographical ties between this new work and his involvement in the city’s gay community.
Another hit play in the making for Puelo Deir
Montreal dancer-choreographer David Albert-Toth takes his newest work la chute to Toronto. The piece is an exploration of identity and loss, inspired by the deaths of Albert-Toth's father and grandfather, as the Canadian Jewish News reports.
David Albert-Toth explores loss and identity in la chute
Voir speaks with several organizers and participants in the Under Pressure festival. Now in its 20th edition, the fest still takes over the streets of Montreal to celebrate murals, graffiti, and other forms of street art, without forgetting its roots in the community.
Under Pressure exceeds expectations
Montreal-based Kara-Lis Coverdale is a church organist by day, and an accomplished composer of electronic music by night. The Guardian interviews her for this piece, calling her "one of North America’s most exciting young composers" and finding out how her day job, family, and background in musicology influence her work. Photo: Scott Pilgrim
Kara-Lis Coverdale on music, meditation, and being "like ...
Interviewed backstage at Osheaga 2015 by the Montreal Gazette, Montreal band Franklin Electric reveals they're about to begin recording their second full-length. With 18 songs ready, the band will "experiment, play around with arrangements" and hope to have the new product ready for early winter.
Franklin Electric get ready for album #2
Just over a year following the release of her debut full-length album, In Flames, Kandle Osborne (better known simply as Kandle) is evaluating its successes and shortcomings while starting work on a second record. La bible urbaine sits down with her in her Villeray apartment to talk about her shows, her career, and her approach to the future.
Kandle Osborne takes stock
Legendary producer Pierre Marchand has tracked such Québécois luminaries as Coeur de Pirate, Rufus Wainwright and Arcade Fire. He opens the doors of his studio in Montreal's Little Italy neighbourhood to The Main for a tour and interview.
Peek into producer Pierre Marchand's studio
Montreal band Stars is back in their hometown to perform at Osheaga. The band is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Set Yourself on Fire, written in Montreal. “We name-drop Pont Champlain on Your Ex-Lover Is Dead — it doesn’t get more Montreal than that. It was all recorded on Mont-Royal and Mentana. We thought playing the album would be an amazing thing to bring to the city where we wrote and made it.” Photo: Dario Ayala
Stars Celebrate Anniversary of Set Yourself on Fire on St...
Montreal based genre film festival Fantasia is a favourite for film lovers in the city. The festival brings in a diverse set of films from around the world, but the work of local filmmakers can also be found there this summer. The Main catalogues this year's top Canadian films.
Canadian Films light up Fantasia Film Fest
Montreal-based upstarts Moss Lime's first EP, July First (Fixture Records), caught the attention of Telephone Explosion records, which is set to release their forthcoming long-player. In the meantime, the band has taken the reins to direct their first video, for the slinky standout "Ice Cream Sandwiches".
Moss Lime – "Ice Cream Sandwiches"
Osheaga is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. The Montreal festival in Parc Jean Drapeau started from humble beginnings, but has turned into a must-see for festival die-hards. The creators never could have dreamed how successful it would become, now bringing in huge International bands and 40,000 fans from around the world. Photo: Dario Ayala
Osheaga Celebrates 10th Birthday this Summer
Young Montreal filmmakers François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissel grew up on films from the Fantasia film festival. Their film Turbo Kid, which they describe as "bugs bunny for adults" is being presented at the festival this year. The trio began screening their short films at the festival but this is their first feature length film. Photo: Dario Ayala
Montreal Filmmakers Present Turbo Kid at Fantasia
Young Montreal filmmakers François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissel grew up on films from the Fantasia film festival. Their film Turbo Kid, which they describe as "bugs bunny for adults" is being presented at the festival this year. The trio began screening their short films at the festival but this is their first feature length film. Photo: Dario Ayala
Montreal Filmmakers Present Turbo Kid at Fantasia
Read an excerpt from lawyer Catherine McKenzie's latest novel, Smoke.
Catherine McKenzie: Novelist by night releases Smoke
Yassin Alsalman a.k.a The Narcicyst was born in Dubai after his parents left Iraq, and raised in Montreal. The Narcicyst speaks with al-Araby blog about the ways in which hip hop helped him form his identity as a second generation immigrant and helped him contribute to social and political commentary.
The Narcicyst on identity and music
Video: Dave Sidaway Montreal was buzzing downtown when Canadian artist and novelist Douglas Coupland took his process to Ste-Catherine street to take 3D portraits of volunteers for his crowd sourced sculptural project using 3D printing. The artist is creating 1200 3D busts of Canadians over the next few months.
Coupland creates 3D portraits in Downtown Montreal
Video: John Mahoney Favourite Montreal rock band of the 1980s, The Nils is surprising fans with a comeback. With the death of the late lead singer and guitarist Alex Soria, even the band did not think they would perform together again. Soria`s brother Carlos talks to the Montreal Gazette about the reunion. The band performs in a Montreal backyard in this short clip.
Montreal rock band The Nils reunites
Photo: Aϊsha Cariotte Vertus CBC Montreal speaks to local female hip hop artists about the challenges of trying to build a successful career in Quebec. The new documentary "Mic Drop: Where the Ladies at in Hip Hop?" explores the question of gender in hip hop within the Montreal scene.
Montreal Artists Produce Documentary about Women in Hip Hop
Photo: Pierre Obendrauf As soon as winter ends in Montreal, summer in the city is known for it's loud and disruptive construction work. But artist Carlito Dalceggio and his assistants are turning the construction site at Place-des-Arts into a beautiful visual spectacle. His mural “l’extase des violins ivres” will be present at the site for the next year brightening up the atmosphere.
Carlito Dalceggio adds colour to chaos
In this piece on disability and the arts, The Globe and Mail profiles Luca Patuelli, a breakdancer from Montreal. Patuelli uses crutches and performs around the world in b-boy competitions and special events. The author wonders if traditional forms of artistic excellence exclude diverse bodies.
Dance and diverse bodies: Talking with Luca Patuelli
Executive Director of Hudson Theatre, Matthew Tiffin speaks to the Montreal Gazette about the theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie. According to Tiffin, the production contributes to a Tennessee Williams renaissance that is taking place in the theatre world.
Hudson Theatre presents The Glass Menagerie
Montreal band, The Dears are back with a new single off their next LP due out in September. In the four years since the band released their last album, the band was not sure if they would continue to make music, singer Murray Lightburn tells Noisey. As soon as they began the process, though, they found themselves transported back to their early years and created a nostalgic record.
The Dears release new track after 4 year hiatus
Photo: John Londono Montreal artist Iris emerged on the Montreal music scene last fall with the release of her electro-pop hit I'll Wait For You. The song was a favourite among Cult MTL readers and landed her on the publication's list of Top 30 Montreal Songs of 2014. Audiences will have the chance to see Iris live in the city on Saturday July 18 where she will be performing at Cult MTL’s annual BBQ.
Montreal artist Iris performs at Cult MTL annual BBQ
Photo: ShazamFest The Eastern Townships are celebrating their 10th year of ShazamFest. The festival has an eclectic mix of performers and activities including circus arts, skateboarding, music and food. The festival takes place on festival founder Ziv Przytyk's organic farm in Barnston West only 1.5 hours drive from Montreal.
ShazamFest Celebrates 10th year in Eastern Townships
Montreal artist collective, A'shop, is bringing their style to PEI. The Hochelaga-Maisonneuve based group tells CBC about their process as they bring a mural to life for PEI's first mural festival. The collective has also created many recognizable murals in Montreal including the Our Lady of Grace mural in NDG.
A`shop brings Montreal style to Mural Fest in PEI
Photo: Pierre Obendrauf Infinithéâtre’s artistic director, Guy Sprung started The Unit to support the large cohort of English-language playwrights who would like a period of focused critical feedback to get their drafts stage-ready. “The Unit came from a discussion I had with playwright Alex Haber where we were lamenting the fact that there are a lot of great first drafts kicking around which never get the development they deserve.”
Infinithéâtre presents The Unit in support of English-lan...
Video: Phil Carpenter From July 14 to August 4, Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival will be in full swing. The festival organizers are especially excited about this year's outlandish selection of films that are being shown on the big screen this year. The film fest is known for it's genre films and has taken place in Montreal since its inception in 1996.
Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival begins th...
Montreal based band, H'Sao, originally from Chad, performs at this year’s Nuits D'Afrique festival. The three brothers who formed their band in the 1990s chat with CBC Montreal about the music and culture in Chad and reaching out to an international audience.
H’Sao bring their music to the Nuits D'Afrique festival
Caroline Vu author of That Summer in Provincetown mixes stories from her family history with fiction in her latest novel. The story, like her own life journey begins in Vietnam, then Connecticut and finally Montreal. Vu speaks to the Montreal Gazette about her book and her life growing up in a Vietnamese family who immigrated to North America in the 1970s.
Caroline Vu authors That Summer in Provincetown
The GIF (graphic interchange format) is Montreal artist James Kerr a.k.a Scorpion Dagger's medium of choice. The movable images popularized online that have made Kerr a hit on the internet are now coming off screen as Montreal publishing house Anteism, has brought the artist on board. The result is Do You Like Relaxing, a book that pairs paper with a mobile app.
James Kerr brings web art to paper with Do You Like Relaxing
Music festival POP Montreal has announced their 2015 lineup of musicians including local band the Barr Brothers. The hometown favourites will be following up their performance at Place-des-Festivals for Montreal's Jazz Fest on Sept. 17 at Église St-Jean-Baptiste. The lineup also includes Montreal bands SUUNS, Jerusalem in My Heart, Coeur de pirate and Will Butler.
Barr Brothers to perform as headliners at POP Montreal
The Gazette's Ian McGillis recommends local fare for the discerning vacationer who wants engaging, well-written ways to escape the summer heat. Renowned Eastern Townships author Louise Penny and John Farrow, the nom de plume of Trevor Ferguson, are two of McGillis's recommendations. Photo: Frederic Hore
Quebec authors prove beach reading doesn't have to be bor...
Montreal singer songwriter Patrick Watson talks to NPR's World Cafe show about his latest album Love Songs For Robots. The LP is a follow up to the Polaris prize winning Adventures in your own Backyard. Watson chats with the show about his latest album which is inspired by science fiction themes but still resembles his signature indie pop-folk sound.
Patrick Watson releases new LP Love Songs For Robots
Kandle, singer-songwriter from Victoria is releasing her debut album In Flames. The musician's musical heritage runs deep as the daughter of well-known Canadian band 54-40's lead singer. Kandle tells The Main, that she came to Montreal to develop her own reputation outside of her family and find her creative voice and she has felt unbelievably supported by the Montreal arts community.
Kandle releases debut album In Flames
Amanada Mabro and Sebastian Freeman make up the newly formed duo 30 Frames. The former Montrealers launch their self-titled debut album on July 11. The electro rock artists talk to the Montreal Gazette about the unlikely pairing and how they reconcile extreme vulnerability of being on stage with the joys of performing.
30 Frames launch debut album
As Osheaga celebrates its 10 year anniversary, Susan Moss's photographs documenting the festival will be displayed at Galeries Yves Laroche. Moss's work capturing live musical performances on film, as well as the audiences who attend them, has a special place in many Montreal music lovers hearts.
Susan Moss retrospective celebrates live music photography
Montreal author, Mary Soderstrom dives into the mind of a musician in her new book, River Music. She speaks to the Montreal Gazette about her path as an artist and the parallels between writing and music. Her inspiration came from the struggles and joys of motherhood and trying to make a living as an artist.
Mary Soderstorm publishes River Music
Visual Voice Gallery and Lab owner, Bettina Forget presents Moon Mission - a visual art workshop on CBC Radio's All in a Weekend. The unique workshop which will merge science and art beginning with a lecture about lunar maps and astrology. Next, participants are asked to take what they have learned about the Moon and put that knowledge into the creative process to produce an art piece.
Visual Voice presents Moon Mission - a visual art workshop
Montreal rapper Socalled performs Curried Soul 2.0 with Jeff Douglas and Carol Off live on "q". The soundtrack to CBC's As it Happens was remixed and recorded by Socalled in 2013. The musician also took the opportunity to chat with Talia Schlanger about his latest collaborations and his sources of inspiration.
Socalled performs Curried Soul 2.0 on “q”
Montreal fiction writer Anna Leventhal blogs for the Quebec Writer's Federation about the art of translation. Her 2014 short story collection, Sweet Affliction was translated into French as Douce détresse in 2015. Leventhal talks about the specificity of translating a story set in Montreal, where slang from France would be comically inappropriate.
Anna Leventhal on fiction translation in a Montreal context
London's magCulture Journal features Montreal comic and magazine shop Drawn & Quarterly. The journal speaks to retail director John Grimmer about the history of the Drawn and Quarterly shop, and its role within the Montreal community. "We are located in Montreal’s Mile End and so we serve as a community bookshop, catering to an extremely well-read clientele but we’re also a tourist hot-spot. People from around the world want to come and see the publishing house’s flagshi...
Drawn & Quarterly featured in magCulture Journal
Photo: Valerie Baron Montrealers know it’s summer time when it’s time for Shakespeare-in-the-Park. Repercussion Theatre is presenting, The Twelfth Night in parks throughout Montreal and its surrounding regions July 2-26. The production which features Montreal actors, Mike Payette, Rachel Matombo and Emelia Hellman, will add a modern twist to the classic, incorporating social media interaction between the characters and the audience....
Repercussion Theatre Presents The Twelfth Night
Video: Peter Mccabe Raised in St-Hyacinthe, Elliot Maginot moved to Montreal when he was 18 to make music. The atmospheric synth pop sound on his album Young/Old/Everything.in.Between was influenced by everything from folk music to Sigur Rós and Pink Floyd. The musician, who is performing as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, chats with the Montreal Gazette about how he got to where he is and his ambitions for the future.
Elliot Maginot combines multi-generational influences in ...
Montreal singer-songwriter Emma Frank speaks to Cult MTL about her initiation into a new generation's Jazz scene. She performed on June 27 as part of the Montreal International Jazz Fest. Frank's music has been influenced by the sounds of many different artists, including several Montreal musicians who she was inspired by when she first moved to the city from Massachusetts to attend McGill University.
Emma Frank Helps Shape New Jazz Scene
Montreal band Pat Jordach speaks to Cult MTL about the process of writing their latest album Steps. “When you’re making that kind of music, it’s really satisfying the first time around and the second time around it doesn’t have a lot of staying power. Once I started making the arrangements a little more challenging and a little more worldly, there was strangeness to those sounds that was more exciting to me, and that comes across. “
Pat Jordach releases new album Steps by reworking abandon...
Photo: Gulfer Montreal’s Gulfer, a four-man band who live and work in the Plateau, talks to Cult MTL about their unique mix of sounds and influences. The band members are also co-founders of Montreal's first and only IDM and Math rock label Stack Your Roster. The label formed in an effort to bring their music off the internet and make their tracks physically available on mix tapes, CD's and eventually vinyl.
Math Rock Label Stack Your Roster founded by Local Musicians
Photo: Christopher Honeywell The Montreal trio, Seoul have been on the Montreal music scene since they formed in 2013. The band is now launching their debut LP, I Become a Shade on June 26 in their signature ambient pop style. The band members speak to Cult MTL about the inspirations for their new record.
Seoul Releases Debut LP I Become a Shade
Montreal is honouring the Quebec Rock n' Roll scene of the 1950s and 1960s at the Quebec Museum of Rock n' Roll history located on Ontario Street. CBC Arts reporter Jeanette Kelly chats with museum founder Patrice Caron about the rich history of rock music in the province.
Quebec Rock n’ Roll history celebrated at local Museum
Photo: Graham Hughes The 25th edition of Montreal Fringe went out with a bang with the 2015 Frankie Awards and the celebration of the Fringe's Silver Anniversary Party. The Awards were held at the Rialto Theatre, where many local players were honoured for their role in the festival. The Montreal Gazette was there to report on the festival's finale and the Frankie Award Winners.
2015 Frankie Awards Celebrate Montreal Fringe
Photo: Joseph Ste Marie Montreal theatre company Kaleidoscope Theatre presented Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical close out the Montreal Fringe Fringe Festival. The production, directed by Trevor Barrette and featuring 12 cast members and 3 musician, mixes musical and superhero genres in a delightful and eccentric way. The audience favourite was sold out for several shows.
Montreal theatre audiences delighted by Captain Aurora: A...
Montreal will be celebrating the 25th First People's Festival from July 29 to August 5. The festival celebrates aboriginal culture from around the world, and will feature performances by many local First Nations artists including Moe Clark. All the activities will take place at Place des Festivals and will include traditional craft, dance, song and food.
25th First People's Festival Held in Montreal
Montreal writer Anita Anand talks to the Montreal Gazette about her love for Margaret Laurence’s writing, being an introvert and her collection of short stories, Swing in the House. "Full of sparely drawn yet complex characters, and situations that are equal parts poignant and absurd, these stories repeatedly demonstrate a rare knack for tackling heavy subjects — race and racism, identity, infidelity, mental illness — without heavy-handedness."
Montreal's Anita Anand launches Collection of Short Stories
CBC has listed Montreal writer Andy Sinclair's Breathing Lessons, as recommended reading on their Canada-wide Pride Reads book list. The book, which was published through Vehicule Press, tells the story of a young gay man balancing the freedom and openness of his generation with the challenges of looking for intimacy in a sometimes impersonal world.
Andy Sinclair’s Breathing Lessons on CBC’s Pride Reads List
Beginning June 19, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary art is presenting an exhibit in honour of Montreal sculptor David Altmejd. The sculptor has had over 15 years of contemporary artistic practice, exhibiting all over the world and is most known for his oversized coconuts and crystal covered werewolves.
Museum of Contemporary Art honours Montreal sculptor Davi...
Tranna Wintour holds the title of the only transgender comedian in Montreal. She chats with Cult MTL about comedy, fashion, her life as a trans woman, and her namesake, Anna Wintour. Wintour's act Trantasy, combines elements of cabaret, comedy and musical. Catch her show during the Fringe Festival on June 16 at 6pm.
Tranna Wintour Presents Trantasy
Antoine Tavaglione a.k.a TAVA is blowing up on the pop art scene. His signature screaming heart image is now recognizable across the globe. The Montrealer has already teamed up with Nike, Just for Laughs and Amazon. He talks to The Main about starting out as an artist and how he blends marketing, business, art and social commentary into his work.
Montreal Artist TAVA partners with big brands around the ...
The sister team Tasseomancy, made up of Sari and Romy Lightman released Palm Wine Revisited on June 2, their first album since their debut in 2008. The duo, half of which resides in Montreal (Sari recently moved from Toronto), recently opened for Jennifer Castle at PBD Le Ritz. Cult MTL has the scoop.
Tasseomancy release Palm Wine Revisited
Photo: June Kenney The 2015 Polaris Music Prize long list was revealed on Tuesday and boasted the names of several Montreal favourites such as Barr Brothers, Braids, Toronto transplant Cold Specks, Louis-Jean Cormier, Pierre Kwenders, Jean Leloup, Milk and Bone, Elizabeth Shepherd, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld and Patrick Watson. The short list of 10 finalists for the prize will be announced on July 16.
Montreal Favourites named on Polaris Prize long list.
Photo: Richard Lynn Studham Montreal Artist Richard Lynn Studham will have his work exhibited at the Durham Cathedral's Galilee Chapel Gallery in conjunction with The Magna Carta's anniversary. "It just coincided with the Magna Carta. When I submitted the work, the committee said this is ideal work, it would go with the Magna Carta" Studham explains. The Great Charter Magna Carta, issued June 15, 1215 is currently touring Canada and is on display at the Can...
Richard Lynn Studham work displayed to celebrate anniver...
Tim Fletcher formerly of The Stills and Mikey Hepner, formerly of Priestess have joined forces to form Beat Cops along with Patrick Bennett and Max Hébert. The Montreal dream team of musicians has a sound that Fletcher says cannot be labelled: "we’re just a rock band and we don’t really have a style. It’s just a mashing of all influences.” They drop their album, Mean Streets June 16 at Turbo Haus.
The Beat Cops Launch Mean Streets
Photo: Maxime Côté The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz has been well received by the public and critics alike during its Montreal premiere at the Segal Centre. The musical has been reworked since its modest showing 30 years ago in Philadelphia. Mordechai Richler’s post-war Montreal will inspire nostalgia, but the characters struggle to find success and happiness in tough world is classic. The show has been extended to July 5.
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Delights Audiences
Video: Pierre Obendrauf Quebec writer Monique Polak’s latest novel Learning the Ropes was inspired by her hometown of Montreal's circus arts scene. For research, she observed the practices at Montreal's National Circus School. The book explores the challenges of competition and how the young protagonist balances working towards her dream with the struggles of young adulthoodPour son dernier roman, l’auteure québécoise Monique Polak s’est inspir&...
Monique Polak publishes Learning the Ropes inspired by Mo...
Photo: Peter Mccabe Montreal Folk on the Canal has grown in the eight years since its inception at Terrasse St-Ambroise. This year, the fest on June 17 to June 21 will host audiences in a new locale, Esplanade du Centenaire. Festival co-founder Matt Large explains that the festival was drawing such large crowds that they needed a bigger space. Montreal Folk on the Canal's lineup includes many Montreal bands and artists such as Bud Rice and The Echo Hunters.
Montreal Folk on the Canal continues to be successful
Jon Malanos talks to the Montreal Gazette about his show Above the Law, his Quebec roots and how he got into comedy. The 28-year-old compares the comedic scene in Toronto and Montreal, the differences between the two cities, and how the specifics of being an English-speaking Montrealer in Toronto made him embrace his identity as a Quebecer.
Jon Malanos on being a Montrealer in Toronto and his come...
The Union United Church on Delisle street will be opening doors to its congregation for the first time in four years after renovations. Jazz legend Oliver Jones will be a performing as part of a 'Thanksgiving' ceremony at 1pm on June 14 to celebrate the homecoming. The performance is open to all and will be played on a grand piano donated to the church by Jones himself.
Jazz Legend Oliver Jones to perform for re-opening of Uni...
Montreal's Mordechai Richler’s 1959 novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz will be shown as a musical this month at the Segal Centre beginning on June 7. The show has been re-vamped since it's first run in Philadelphia in the 1980s where it received lukewarm reviews. Director Austin Pendleton says the reworked version will do the novel justice, “Just the sheer drive of the leading character, and the juiciness of the milieu, and the sheer velocity of the...
The Segal Centre presents a re-vamped version of The Appr...
The Montreal Gazette explores author Mordechai Richler's Montreal, to see what has changed and what has stayed the same since the author described his local haunts. Much of the Mile End is preserved as it was in Richler's time. Bill Brownstein chats with the owner's of Wilensky's and St-Viateur Bagel, which remain Montrealer’s favourites today.
Mordechai Richler's Mile End is Alive and Well
Kyoka Tsukamoto performs « My Dearest Sister », an original piano piece from Tsukamoto's film Creation and Sacrifice. The film, set in modern Tokyo, illustrates a reunion between sisters that leads to one sister finding her confidence and strength as a pianist.
Kyoko Tsukamoto performs song from Creation and Sacrifice
Photo: Tristan Brand Montreal actress Alison Louder has been a community favourite for years, voted into the Top 5 Montreal Actresses in Cult MTL and the Mirror time and time again. The actress is also enjoying success south of the border, on television shows Being Human and Helix. She splits her time between Montreal and Toronto but keeps roots in Montreal, and a role on the board of directors of the Plateau's MainLine Th...
Actress Alison Louder enjoys success in the states but ke...
Montreal musician and producer Erik West Millette says music and trains have always been a part of his family heritage. His album West Trainz, is a culmination from years of being inspired by his train travels all over the world. He will be debuting his album in the Montreal International Jazz Festival from June 26 to July 5.
Mile End musician Erik West Millette's latest album an od...
Photo: Sonia Primerano Matthew Chaim is still a young hip-hop artist, but as The Main MTL finds out in this interview, his approach has already taken a 180-degree turn. From punch-line-heavy rhymes under the name Scoops, Chaim has honed a more emotional and lyrical style under his birth name.
Matthew Chaim evolves a flow
Photo: Dario Ayala, Montreal Gazette Suoni per il Popolo is going on two decades celebrating all things experimental in jazz, classical, metal and other musical genres. Based out of three core Mile End venues, the festival's programming approach remains accessible and collaborative, as the Gazette learns from its organizers.
Suoni per il Popolo: Music and collaboration in focus
Cult MTL spoke with musician Jasamine White-Gluz of Montreal group No Joy, who have found a following across the pond for their shoegaze-influenced rock. The band's new album, More Faithful, is the result of careful musical arrangements and songwriting - but also an impromptu recording session in Costa Rica.
No Joy's new record goes international
Elaine Kalman Naves, Montreal author of the Book of Faith speaks to the Montreal Review of Books about her first work of fiction. She discusses the construction of her characters, the themes of the holocaust in her writing and the influence of Mordechai Richler and Barbara Pym on her writing.
Elaine Kalman Naves publishes first work of fiction
Photo: courtesy CBC Centred on a 40-something journalist with terminal cancer, the Radio-Canada hit Nouvelle adresse will be remade for English airwaves as This Life. Torri Higginson will play a Montreal-based scribe at an English paper whose life is turned upside down by her diagnosis. The series will be set and shot in Montreal, and will feature songs by Mile End musicians.
This Life remakes Radio-Canada's Nouvelle adresse
Montreal-born pop singer and songwriter Andy Kim had great success with his hits in the 1960s and 1970s. Now he's back with a new album, It's Decided. Kim hit it off with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, and the result is an unlikely but magical collaboration. Kim spoke to the Globe and Mail about his songwriting process and working with Drew.
Andy Kim teams up with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew o...
Steve Cameron's Hill Tales: Still Searching tells the story of the sometimes violent history of Irish communities in southwest Quebec in the early 1800s. His research revealed interesting links between families through the St. James Anglican Church Cemetery in Saint-Jacques-de-Leeds. He has also been involved in conservation work in the area preserving heritage of the early Irish in Quebec.
Steve Cameron's Hill Tales: Still Searching reveals forgo...
Photo: Christinne Muschi Mordechai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz was made into a musical 30 years ago, and scored by the reknown Alan Menken, who is the winner of eight Oscars, 11 Grammys and a Tony. Although the musical was only shown a few times in Philadelphia in the 1980s, Menken insists it contains some of his best work, and hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves. Montreal audiences will finally get to experience the musical, coming to the Segal Ce...
Duddy Kravitz to appear on stage in musical version of Mo...
Sean Michaels of Montreal was awarded the 2014 Giller Prize for his novel, Us Conductors. The author who is loved by Montrealers, is now enjoying recognition from a wider Canadian audience. Michaels splits his time between fiction and music writing, and chats with Cult MTL about trying the joys and challenges of maintaining balance while travelling for award ceremonies and events and still finding time to write.
Sean Michaels awarded 2014 Giller Prize for Us Conductors
A new artistic centre in Old Montreal puts Aboriginal artists from remote communities, and their creative work, at the forefront. The Ashukan Cultural Centre, run by owner Nadine St-Louis will serve as a gallery, shop, and training centre, as CBC reports. One of its goals is to reclaim and celebrate cultural practices that have been systematically targeted by unfair laws, while connecting artists with one another.
Ashukan Cultural Centre: New hub for Aboriginal creation
Working with esteemed producer Howie Beck on their third album, Montreal indie pop group Folly and the Hunter found wisdom in their collaborator's motto: "when in doubt, dumb it down". The result is a more peppy, punchier record than their first two outings, as the Montreal Gazette finds.
Folly and the Hunter finds beauty in simplicity
#ThanksBeToRay, presented by Studio Porte-Bleue is a quirky and satirical exploration of the idea of technology as religion. The unique piece is interactive and unpredictable and places the audience inside the bizarre fictional world. Cult Montreal speaks with Studio Porte Bleue’s artistic director and playwright Colin Lalonde about the inception of the popular production.
Studio Porte-Bleue presents #ThanksBeToRay
To celebrate the 25th birthday of the beloved Montreal comic press, Drawn and Quarterly, the publishers are releasing a gigantic 776 page collection of gems. The beautiful 4.6lb book features the work of Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, Lemony Snicket, Jillian Tamaki, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, and Art Spiegelman. A comic lover's dream!
Drawn and Quarterly releases hardcover comic collection t...
Nick Diamonds, front man of The Unicorns and Islands is releasing his a solo album, City of Quartz. The artist has gained more listeners with his recent work composing the soundtrack of popular podcast, Serial. A.V Club premiers a track from his latest, which blends the unique style fans know and love with a catchy pop sound.
Nick Diamonds Premiers New Solo Album City of Quartz
The 10th edition of Montreal Sketchfest is happening in the city from May 21 to May 30. The Women in Comedy panel will bring light to the under representation of women in the comedy world while celebrating the successes of Montreal's strong and vibrant female sketch and improv scene.
Montreal Sketchfest celebrates women in comedy
Photo: Katya Konioukhova Singer-songwriter Ms. Holmes of Montreal, is releasing a new album, Ten, 10 years after she got her start as a Canada-wide performer. Her many influences include "pop, jazz, blues and rock chords and rhythms," which she blends together with her brand of soulful pop music. She was recently named Montreal’s top 5 solo acts in Cult MTL’s annual readers poll.
Ms. Holmes releases multi-influence album Ten
Photo: Orange O'Clock Orange O'Clock, a trio of musicians hailing from Sherbrooke, QC have been named as the winners of CBC's 2015 Searchlight competition. The band, which cites Montreal's Arcade Fire as a major influence, has been a hit on the music festival circuit in the province since they first formed in 2010. Check out the band performing Can't Fight the Feeling from the their EP The Singles.
Orange O’Clock of Sherbrooke wins CBC Searchlight Competi...
Montreal author Mike Steeves presents his debut novel, Giving Up. Cult Montreal speaks to Steeves about his stylistic influences, his preference to hold back on specifics when describing the details of his characters' lives, and how we define success.
Mike Steeves on success and sacrifice and Giving Up
Montreal poet Gillian Sze was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for Peeling Rambutan (2014) and is currently working on her doctorate at the Université de Montréal. She speaks with Prism about the inspirations and imagery she found in family stories and her Chinese heritage.
Gillian Sze goes to her roots for Peeling Rambutan
Photo: Landon Speers Montreal band, Braids, speaks with the Montreal Gazette, about their latest single Miniskirt off the band's current album, Deep in the Iris. Vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, explains the cathartic writing process and why the lyrics are especially meaningful. Joni Mitchell's stark honesty in 1971's Blue was among her influences.
Braids sound off on their latest single, Miniskirt
Rolling Stone chronicles the arrival of Leonard Cohen's latest Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour with links to previously unreleased Cohen tracks. The Montreal legend turned 80 last Fall and will be embarking on his first tour since the Old Ideas World Tour in 2013.
Leonard Cohen releases Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Gr...
The Montreal Gazette has the scoop on Josh Dolgin aka Socalled's new album, Peoplewatching. Dolgin returns to his hip-hop roots on this LP, but still carries an eclectic mix of "soul to French chanson, jazz, disco, dance hall reggae and ’70s TV themes" as influences.
Socalled’s latest album Peoplewatching returns to rap roots
Photo: John Londoño The Barr Brothers will be performing a free outdoor show for the Montreal Jazz Festival on June 30th. The band fronted by brothers Andrew and Brad Barr, Sarah Pagé and Andrés Vial will be performing pieces from their latest album Sleeping Operator. Baron Mag has the scoop.
The Barr Brothers Perform at Montreal Jazz Fest
Susan Doherty-Hannaford will transport you back to 1930s Montreal with her first novel, A Secret Music. Peek into Montreal as another world, with both familiar and unfamiliar elements. Doherty-Hannford's narrative explores themes of music and mental illness, and the interconnections between the two.
Susan Doherty-Hannaford publishes debut novel A Secret Music
Photo: Annik MH De Carufel Le Devoir Executive and Artistic Director of the Montreal Fringe Festival, Amy Blackmore speaks to Le Devoir about the eccentric and bilingual programming of the festival. The ever evolving festival continues to focus on freedom of expression, promoting a diverse mix of performers who are chosen by lottery with 100% of profits going to the artists themselves.
Montreal Fringe Festival draws mix of English and French ...
Quill and Quire interviews Meags Fitzgerald, comic artist hailing from Montreal. Her first graphic novel, Photobooth: A biography was recently nominated for the Doug Wright Spotlight Award and is resonating with audiences internationally. Look out for her upcoming graphic memoir, Long Red Hair.
Meags Fitzgerald on her debut graphic novel Photobooth: A...
Montreal's independent graphic press Drawn and Quarterly celebrates its 25th anniversary, and goes through a transition with founder Chris Olivieros stepping down to pursue his own creative cartooning. The Globe and Mail's Mark Medley shares D+Q's inspiring history, humble beginnings, and role within North American comic arts.
Drawn and Quarterly turns 25
Photo: NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images The New York Daily News reviews the latest from Montreal native Leonard Cohen. The album is ripe with Canadian and American influences - including a French inflection: "Tipping its fedora to Cohen’s hometown of Montreal "La Manic" is a beloved Quebec romantic chanson, written by poet Georges Dor."
Leonard Cohen reviewed in the New York Daily News
The Montreal Gazette reviews two theatre productions, 33 Variations at Théâtre Paradoxe and Next to Normal at Centaur Theatre. Both pieces deal with finding joy within struggles that come with illness. 33 Variations tells the story of a musicologist suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, and Next to Normal details a suburban mother's journey dealing with mental illness.
Montreal plays tackle tough topics with hopeful spirit
Photo: Nathalie St-Pierre Hamburg-born, Montreal artist Angela Grauerholz was awarded the fifth annual Scotiabank Photography Award, the CBC reports. "For decades, Angela Grauerholz has been consistently building a body of work that evokes place, memory and archives, time past and present," said photographer Edward Burtynsky, co-founder of the award. X X X X Hamburg-born, Montreal artist Angela Grauerholz was awarded the fifth annual Scotiabank Pho...
Angela Grauerholz nabs the Scotiabank Photography Award
Canadian-born actress Meaghan Rath is a star on the rise - being offered two female lead roles in NBC's People are Talking and Fox's The Guide to Surviving Life. She was in first position for the Fox show, so People are Talking will need to cast a new actress to play the role.
Double good luck for Meaghan Rath in Hollywood
Montreal Caribbean Fashion week was launched this month with shows May 7-9. The show was presented by PLAYMAS Montreal cultural organization and showcased the work of over 30 established designers. The CBC was there to check out the stylish and star-studded exposition.
Montreal Caribbean Fashion week puts spotlight on local d...
Photo: Julia C. Vona Award-winning Montreal writer Heather O'Neill speaks to Shad on CBC’s "q" about her new collection of short stories, Daydreams of Angels. She also discusses a common thread in all her work: the ways current expectations of girls can be harmful and how she believes we must expand from the often limiting ways we are raising young women.
Heather O’Neill stops by CBC’s q
"We embody her poetry," veteran dancer Margie Gillis says of her newest work based on Emily Dickinson's oeuvre. Bulletins from Immortality recently had a run at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. La Presse spoke with her about her desire to continue creating even after a successful 40-year career.
Margie Gillis in La Presse
Photo: Tim Ferguson / ENCOSION The Globe and Mail urges readers not to pass on the new collaborative record from saxophonist Colin Stetson and violinist Sarah Neufeld. The Montreal duo (Neufeld also plays in Arcade Fire) isn't an easy listen, but it is rewarding, spanning genres and challenging expectations.
Stetson and Neufeld: A challenging but rewarding combo
Photo: Arnaud Maggs "Montreal was still the forbidden city to me..." Anna Pottier became Montreal-based poet Irving Layton's last wife at the age of 23. Her memoir Good as Gone: My Life with Irving Layton documents the couple's final years together before Layton's death. An excerpt recently appeared in the Montreal Gazette.
Anna Pottier – Good as Gone: My Life with Irving Layton
Photo: Chih-Chien Wang Robert Houle recently won a Governor General's Award for his work inspired by his Anishnaabe Saulteaux culture and his time in residential schools. Chih-Chien Wang's new exhibit at the Darling Foundry focuses on storytelling through video work. Both demand a response from the viewer, says the Montreal Gazette.
Gazette spotlights two artists who mine the past
Photo courtesy of Mongrel Media Jacob Tierney, director of the 2009 breakout hit film The Trotsky, has directed a new feature about to hit theatres. Preggoland tells the tale of a thirty-something woman who reaps rewards when she's mistakenly identified as pregnant. The Gazette speaks with Tierney about the film.
Jacob Tierney goes to Preggoland
The Gazette speaks with David McGimpsey, a Montreal-based poet whose new collection Asbestos Heights was recently published by Coach House Books. McGimpsey waxes poetic on everything from the Expos to his position as CJAD's Poet Laureate.
David McGimpsey launches Asbestos Heights
Photo: CTV Montreal/Christine Long Montreal's NDG neighbourhood was home to the first-ever edition of Porchfest, where musicians took over willing residents' front porches for some down-home outdoor performances. Musician Rob Lutes, one of the participants, finds the fest a natural fit for his music. CTV has more.
First-ever Porchfest puts musicians on NDG stoops
Photo: Howl! Facebook The Howl! Arts Festival, organized by Montreal's Howl! arts collective, gathered an array of artists for a week-long series of concerts, exhibitions, and more. As Noisey writes, the artistic offerings were diverse, but they had in common a desire to challenge the status quo.
Howl! Arts Festival makes a sound
Jake Byrne of Lemon Hound interviews Metatron Press's Managing Editor Ashley Opheim about the origins of the new Montreal print media publisher. Metratron was inspired by the roster of emerging contemporary writers in Montreal whose work was not being represented in the mainstream Canadian publishing world.
Metatron and the world of emerging contemporary Montreal ...
Photo: N'we Jinan The first artist signed to the new N'we Jinan record label is Mariame, a Montreal-based singer who has been touring Quebec's Cree communities since she was 13. Her first album Bloom is about to be released on the new label, which got its start from David Hodges's school tours of the same name.
Mariame: "Cree Rihanna" poised for a big break
Photo: Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE Montreal quartet Heat, whose rock music marries classic influences with a modern sensibility, search for a certain kind of "nonchalance" in the music they make – a "mix of coolness and strength with vulnerability", in the words of Heat founder Susil Sharma. The band is about to reissue its 2014 EP, Rooms.
Montreal band Heat chase a specific sound
Photo: Annik MH De Carufel – Le Devoir Le Devoir sits down with Montreal rapper Socalled to talk about his new album, Peoplewatching. While the record features a whole suite of local guest artists, it also finds Socalled (a.k.a. Josh Dolgin) getting into some personal territory in his lyrics.
Socalled goes Peoplewatching on new album
Alden Penner, member of dearly departed Montreal indie rock trio the Unicorns, is set to collaborate with American actor Michael Cera. Penner's new EP drops on June 29, featuring a remix of a song by Penner, Cera, and Felix Tymoshenko. Cera will also play in Penner's touring band.
Alden Penner to collaborate with Michael Cera
Photo: Ulysse Lemerise, collaboration spéciale Montreal musician Patrick Watson released his new record, Love Songs for Robots, with two shows at Theatre Fairmount. La Presse says the new material sounds more electro and prog-rock than Watson's previous output. Simpler arrangements allow his songcraft and the voices of Watson and his backing choir come to the fore.
Review: Patrick Watson's record release show
Triplex Nervosa is Montreal playwright Marianne Ackerman's tale of a Mile End musician who buys a triplex and, with it, a whole suite of troubles. La Presse lauds the production's representation of Montreal, encouraging bilingual Montrealers to take a chance on the comedy currently playing at the Centaur Theatre.
La Presse praises Triplex Nervosa's portrait of Montreal
Photo: Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette Canada's official International Dance Day (April 29) ambassador is Montreal b-boy Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli, who walks – and dances – with crutches due to arthrogyprosis and scoliosis. The Montreal Gazette sat down with Patuelli to find out about his career and passion for accessibility and inclusivity in dance.
Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli named International Dance Day am...
Montreal dance blog Local Gestures sat down for a very interesting discussion with Montreal-based dancer and choreographer Sasha Kleinplatz. Her new work L'échauffement features students in UQAM's contemporary dance program, and focuses on the particular types of communication and exhaustion that occur during a pre-performance warmup.
Sasha Kleinplatz premieres new work at UQAM
Renowned Montreal sculptor Linda Covit was commissioned to create a sculpture for the new McGill University Health Centre. The result is Havre, a large piece that creates a sense of peace and security: what Covit calls "a sculptural embrace". She discusses the piece and its development with CBC's Jeanette Kelly.
Linda Covit's sculpture provides a safe harbour at MUHC
Photo: Landon Speers Montreal electronic experimenters Braids are about to release their third album, Deep in the Iris, on Arbutus Records. They go in-depth with Noisey about strengthening their relationships as friends and collaborators, which was their priority during the writing and recording process.
Braids bring friendships to the forefront
Montreal playwright Marianne Ackerman has crafted a homemade story: an artist buys a Mile End triplex to stabilize her finances, but finds herself pitted against the previous owner and her stubborn tenants. Ackerman speaks with Montreal Rampage about the play's origins and upcoming premiere at Centaur Theatre.
Triplex Nervosa: Marianne Ackerman's made-in-Montreal tale
Photo: Kendall Stephenson The Main sits down with Jane Penny, lead singer and keyboardist of Montreal electro-poppers TOPS. Penny and her bandmates have been hard at work, touring and already thinking about the follow-up to their second album, Picture You Staring, which was released on Arbutus Records in 2014.
TOPS: Interview with Jane Penny
CBC's Jeanette Kelly reports on the third feature film from Montreal director Wiebke von Carolsfeld, currently shooting in NDG. The Saver is a local story, based on a novel set in Montreal by Montreal-born author Edeet Ravel. The film's bright young star is Imajyn Cardinal, a Cree actor from Calgary poised for a breakout.
The Saver: Behind the scenes in NDG
Photo: Caroline Desilets As the Montreal Gazette reports, country duo Sin and Swoon – also known as Mile End residents Mike O'Brien and Michelle Tompkins – found romance playing Everly Brothers covers together. Their musical and personal relationship has led to their first album, Did I Turn the Oven Off?
Falling for Sin and Swoon
Quebec TV is set up for a good year at the 2015 Banff World Media Festival. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the Festival's awards, the Rockies, have nominated Mohawk Girls for best sitcom and 19-2 for best serial drama.
Mohawk Girls and 19-2 up for Banff Rockie Awards
The son of Bon Cop Bad Cop director Kevin Tierney, Jacob Tierney has built an impressive CV in his own right. He's about to mount his first-ever stage production as director. Cult MTL talks with Tierney about the production (Tom Stoppard's Travesties) and his many other projects.
Jacob Tierney directs his first theatre production
Montreal painter Abe Pinchuk was struck by the story of his neighbour in Côte-St-Luc, who survived a Nazi concentration camp to land in Canada in 1948. With his neighbour's blessing, Pinchuk set out to paint his story, resulting in 77835 Defied the Nazi Final Solution.
Abe Pinchuk paints a powerful story of survival
Montreal-based illustrator and animator Paloma Dawkins stepped outside her artistic comfort zone to incorporate gaming into her repertoire. The result is Gardenarium, a psychedelic frolic through a colourful world of plants soundtracked by Montreal musician Ylang Ylang. Cult MTL has the scoop.
Gardenarium’s psychedelic gaming journey
Margie Gillis continues her creative approach to dance and choreography with her newest work, inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry. Gillis talks to Ici Radio-Canada to explain in more detail how Dickinson's work inspired Gillis and actress Elizabeth Parrish to create their own multidisciplinary interpretation.
Margie Gillis's multidisciplinary Bulletins from Immortality
Photo: Robert Skinner, La Presse While art trends have come and gone, Montreal painter Marion Wagschal has worked since 1971 in a realist style. The results are on view at the Musée des beaux-arts, whose contemporary Canadian art curator says Wagschal puts "all her being" into her art. La Presse has more on Wagschal's evolution in this interview with the artist.
Marion Wagschal's realist oeuvre on display at the Musée ...
Nomadic Massive’s hip-hop music powerfully addresses issues like immigration, race, and police brutality. Member Nantali Indongo speaks with Stefan Christoff of CKUT and Free City Radio about the band members' influences, experiences, and their wide-ranging activities, from workshops to informative talks to political and community work.
Nantali Indongo of Nomadic Massive on the wide-ranging po...
Montreal-based filmmaker Arshad Khan grew up with a fundamentalist Muslim father who did not welcome his son's homosexuality. As the Gazette reports, Khan is crowdfunding for a film, Abu, that will use documentation of his personal experience to address homophobia and gay visibility in South Asian and Muslim culture.
Arshad Khan explores homophobia in film that's "too perso...
Photo: Julia C. Vona Montreal writer Heather O'Neill is taking a different path following her two highly successful novels, Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. Her new work is a collection of short stories that explore themes of adolescence and morality against a nearly fantastical version of Montreal.
Heather O'Neill releases first short story collection
For Montreal singer-songwriter Daniel Isaiah, it all starts with a melody; lyrics come later. His latest LP, Come Into Gone, features lyrics that recount both fictional and real-life experiences - including a freakily accurate tarot card reading. Isaiah recruited collaborators from Plants and Animals, Sea Oleena, and more to appear on the record.
Daniel Isaiah converts experience to melody
Photo: Jeremy Dabrowski Airick Woodhead, the Montreal-based musician behind Doldrums, has spent much of the last few years on the road. He talks with Cult MTL to describe the experiences that inspired his dystopian new record, as well as his method of crafting songs - which, appropriately enough, he likens to a roadmap.
Doldrums' sample-based roadmap
Heart Streets are a Montreal duo composed of two best friends with a longtime love of old-school hip hop. With performances in Paris and Brussels under their hats, the rapper-singer team are hard at work on their first album, as Noisey reports.
Writing for Ville-Marie Online, reviewer Deborah Rankin calls Centaur Theatre's The Envelope a "good offering" that points out the foibles of the Canadian film industry, with laughs thrown in for good measure. This newest work from Montreal playwright Vittorio Rossi is a world premiere.
The Envelope explores the foibles of Canadian film
Renowned dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis grew up with the poetry of Emily Dickinson. With the help of actor Elizabeth Parrish, Gillis recently embarked on a project to convert Dickinson's poetry into the language of dance.
Margie Gillis turns poems into movement
Photo: Olivier Jean, La Presse Up-and-coming artist Chloe Wise is a denizen of the digital generation, fluent in the language of internet-based identity and consumption. She uses these tools to explore our contemporary relationship to luxury, food, and materialism, and the results are gaining international attention.
Chloe Wise: Artist explores consumption in all its senses
Photo: Annik MH De Carufel Le Devoir features Montreal painter Marion Wagschal, whose long career has yielded an impressive body of work that's only just being recognized for its importance. But this recognition arrives in grand style, with a solo retrospective at the Musée des beaux-arts.
Marion Wagschal's recognition a long time coming
Two prominent Montreal musical entities are joining forces for a collaborative album. The five musicians in Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart have forged a strong bond through joint tours and are close friends, so a musical collaboration seemed like a natural thing to do, as they tell Voir.
Chemistry sparks joint album for Suuns and Jerusalem in M...
Photo: Lisa Sproull Café Résonance on Parc Ave. in Montreal is bustling with live music, literary readings, and other events. The force behind this creative hub is Les Sympathiques, a group of musicians who want to provide resources and inspiration to like-minded artists from across the city's many scenes.
Meet the musicians behind Mile End's new hub
Photo: Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press Montreal-based novelist Sean Michaels, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize for his debut novel Us Conductors, is on another shortlist - this time for the Amazon.ca 2015 First Novel Award. Fellow Montrealer Guillaume Morissette is also on the shortlist for New Tab.
Sean Michaels in the running for another award
Photo: Studio IrisIn this interview with The Orca Blog, Montreal-based writer Monique Polak reveals her very disciplined writing routine (three pages every morning) and where she gets her story ideas (she admits to being "snoopy"). Polak's next young adult novel, Learning the Ropes, comes out in May.
Monique Polak talks discipline and curiosity
Montreal-based poet David McGimpsey has a wicked sense of humour, which is on display in this interview with CBC's Canada Writes to kick off National Poetry Month (hint: he really hearts Beyoncé). McGimpsey's newest poetry collection, Asbestos Heights, will be released on May 24.
David McGimpsey waxes poetic for Canada Writes
Photo: Nantali Indongo/CBC Velibor Božović came to Canada from Bosnia and worked for eight years as an engineer at Bombardier. Now, he has won a $60,500 contemporary art fellowship from the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Foundation. CBC's Jeanette Kelly finds out more about his life and work, including an exhibition about his time as a conscripted soldier in the Bosnian army.
Meet Velibor Božović, Bronfman Fellowship laureate
Photo: Eva Vermandel Montreal-based post-rock titans Godspeed You! Black Emperor release their new album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, via Constellation Records on March 31. The Guardian calls Asunder a "resolute and defiant" contribution from the band, evoking thoughts about community and togetherness in both musical and political terms.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Di...
Montreal-based game developers Minority Media have announced a new game, Time Machine. The new project presents a change in the company’s usual subject matter; it will be based in exploration and science fiction, immersing the player in the world of a scientist in the year 2070.
Minority Media explores virtual reality with Time Machine
Photo: Guillaume Briand Jack Udashkin, who is currently the Director of Montreal's Théâtre La Chapelle, recently announced his retirement. Udashkin's 40-year career in the arts has led him on a rich journey including stops at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation.
Jack Udashkin retires from long arts career
Photo: via YouTube Montreal's rich visual arts scene was in the spotlight last week, with three of the eight 2015 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts going to Montreal-based artists and curators. As CBC reports, the laureates included Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose work Pulse Room is pictured here.
Three Montreal visual artists receive Governor General's ...
Photo: Tam Alan Truong / McGill Chamber Orchestra As this Gazette article specifies, the McGill Chamber Orchestra is a professional outfit unaffiliated with the university, while Opera McGill is comprised of McGill music students. The two recently joined forces for a Puccini double bill, which saw the students rising to the pros' level.
McGill double bill: Chamber Orchestra and Opera tackle Pu...
Forty-some years after its first French appearance, Michel Tremblay's 1972 play Hosanna is finally up and running in English at the MainLine Theatre. The Gazette has high praise for the production, calling it "splendid" across the board.
High praise for Hosanna
A beloved Montreal institution, The Word bookstore celebrated a milestone this weekend with its 40th year in operation. CBC's Jeanette Kelly interviewed The Word's co-founder, Adrian King-Edwards, about the bookstore's modest beginnings. Photo: The Word
The Word bookstore turns 40
Artist Sarah Hatton, based in Chelsea, QC, was a beekeeper until her colonies tragically collapsed in 2013. This experience inspired her to pay homage to the hardworking insects in a series of creative artworks. Hatton arranges dead bees in geometric patterns found in nature and agriculture. The project has drawn international attention to the problem of hive collapse caused by pesticides.
Sarah Hatton's beautiful Bee Works explore colony decline
The Just for Laughs festival has announced Mike Ward as the new host of its most popular series, the Nasty Show. Ward, a bilingual funnyman raised in Quebec City, will fill the shoes of longtime veteran Bobby Slayton. Photo: Marie-France Coallier / Montreal Gazette
Mike Ward dubbed new Nasty Show host at JFL
One of Montreal's most beloved and renowned artistic offspring, Leonard Cohen, won the 2015 Juno Award for Album of the Year for his most recent release Popular Problems. Cohen, 80, beat out much younger competitors Nickelback and Bobby Bazini, among others.
Leonard Cohen wins Album of the Year Juno
Celebrated Montreal writer Mordecai Richler, who passed away in 2001, has long been in line for an honour from his city. The moment finally arrived this past weekend, as the Mile End Library was renamed in Richler's honour. Photo: Paul Chiasson - La Presse canadienne
Mordecai Richler's name to live on in library
Following her starring turn in Jeff Barnaby's critically acclaimed 2013 film Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is set to make her own film recounting the story of an aboriginal girl who runs away from her group home. Photo: Jan Thijs - Seville Following her starring turn in Jeff Barnaby's critically acclaimed 2013 film Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is set to make her own film recounting the story of an aboriginal girl who run...
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs turns her lens to missing & mur...
Tamara Weber-Fillion cut her teeth busking in Montreal's metro system and competing on TVA's reality show La Voix. After five years of preparation, her debut album has just been released. Weber-Fillion composes in English, which she says "just flows" when she writes.
Tamara Weber-Fillion: former busker releases a record
La Presse was on hand for the performance of Tim Brady's piece "100 Very Good Reasons Why...", which brought 112 guitarists to Complexe Desjardins on a Saturday afternoon. The verdict: "Expérience passionnante, somme toute."
Tim Brady's very good "100 Very Good Reasons Why..."
Will Butler, who is a member of infamous Montreal band Arcade Fire, is beginning to make a name for his own music as well. Having won an Oscar for the soundtrack to the film Her, which he composed with Owen Pallett, Butler will release his own solo record, Policy, which showcases a variety of styles and genres. Photo: fournie par l'artiste
Will Butler makes a name for himself with Policy
The Gazette reports that an English version of Radio-Canada's successful TV drama, Nouvelle adresse, is on its way - great news for those who wish they saw more stories set in Montreal on their small screens. The new version is set to air on CBC in fall 2015.
Nouvelle adresse gets a new address on English TV
Lakeshore Light Opera (known to its fans and members as LLO), based on the West Island, is an amateur company that produces productions like The Pirates of Penzance. Its participants find a sense of belonging and community away from their day jobs, as CBC's Jeanette Kelly found out.
Lakeshore Light Opera provides musical community
A Montreal-produced webseries about Live Action Role Players, or LARPs for short, hit 1 million views recently after being featured on a US website. They speak with CBC about the surprising relatability of LARPing and their plans for the series.
LARPs: The Series hits 1 million views
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Michael Feuerstack is a little-known but hugely talented "national treasure," according to Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels. In this Globe and Mail piece, Michaels delves into the mysteries of Feuerstack's expert songcraft. Photo: Anneke Hymmen
Michael Feuerstack gets his due
Tara Baswani, who has travelled the world singing with Cirque du Soleil, was outraged upon reading of the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in India. She wrote a song in just ten minutes to channel her frustration, which turned out to be the first of a whole album.
Tara Baswani channels anger into music
The Montreal Review of Books calls Beginning with the Mirror, Peter Dubé's recent collection of poetry, a "spellbinding" work that "dances with desire." The poet doesn't shy away from depicting sex, regret, and death, even infusing a bit of the supernatural into his scenes.
Montreal poet Peter Dubé crafts "spellbinding" collection
Photo: Pierre Laporte Photography Hatton, who grew up in both Barbados and Chelsea, QC, is gaining international attention for "Bee Works," a mixed media piece that draws attention to the Colony Collapse Disorder, the phenomenon of bees abandoning their hives. Her work mixes advocacy with art in a striking way. Sarah Hatton, is featured in MACO People Barbados bringing attention to her work and its message.
Sarah Hatton blends art and advocacy to bring attention t...
Canada House in London, England has undergone an extensive facelift, including an upgrade of its collection of Canadian art. Montreal artists Karen elaine spencer and Nadia Myre created a carpet inspired by Gilles Vigneault's "Mon Pays" that will be on display. They speak with CBC about the critical message of the piece.
Montreal artists' work displayed in Canada House
Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, 82, a member of the Abenaki nation, has produced a number of insightful documentaries over the course of her career. The Ottawa Citizen interviews Obomsawin about her work, her art, and her hopes for the future of First Nations in Canada.
Alanis Obomsawin: "I know that the films can change attit...
The Toronto Star interviews the stars of television comedy Ces gars-là, comedic bad boy Sugar Sammy and fellow funnyman Simon-Olivier Fecteau. The paper praises the show's portrayal of contemporary Quebec, calling it a "Seinfeldian stew" that's "one of the most innovative shows on Quebec television".
Behind the "Seinfeldian stew" of Ces gars-là
With his new play The Nisei and the Narnauks, produced by Persephone Productions, Paul van Dyck explores the dark history of oppression of Japanese-Canadians during World War II, touching on Haida Gwaii creation stories as well. Photo: courtesy of Persephone Productions With his new play The Nisei and the Narnauks, produced by Persephone Productions, Paul van Dyck explores the dark history of oppression of Japanese-Canadians during World War II, touching on Haida Gwaii creation...
Persephone Productions explores a dark moment in Canadian...
LaSalle native Jonathan Emile once used his music as a means to help himself cope with cancer. Now, the rapper and singer is using his talent to help others; his song Heaven Help Dem is a "prayer for peace" in the wake of instances of police brutality. Photo: Pierre Obendrauf, Montreal Gazette
Jonathan Emile counters police violence with songs of peace
Montreal-reared actor Meaghan Rath has seen role after role land on her plate in recent months. With her career taking off, she is now based in Los Angeles, but she calls herself "a Montrealer at heart". Photo: Philippe Bosse - Syfy
Meaghan Rath pursues her career Stateside
Montreal theatre company Promito Playback is buildling a bridge with Crossing the Main. The participatory production seeks to spark dialogue between and among French- and English-speaking audiences, with the goal of increasing harmony and understanding.
Promito Playback bridges the two solitudes
Photo: Jeremy Mimnagh Oliver Koomsatira, the West Island native behind the hip-hop project All-Ever, goes into detail about a wide range of topics in this interview – from his beginnings as a rapper, to his thoughts on exposure and spreading the word in today’s shifting music industry, to recovering from mistakes during performances.
All-Ever chats with Exposed Vocals
Montrealer, beatmaker, street dancer and DJ Shash'U has released a debut EP after over 12 years as a producer. He spoke with Cult MTL about his gear, his career, and his influences across dance and music.
Shash'U's beats are poised for takeoff
Amanda Kellock has been named the new Artistic Director of Montreal's Repercussion Theatre, which produces traveling productions of Shakespeare-in-the-Park each summer.
Amanda Kellock named Artistic Director of Repercussion Th...
On his latest release, Unreal, Montreal-based musician James Irwin has shifted his focus from earnest acoustic fare to something darker and more electronic, with fictional narratives.
James Irwin explores electronic sounds
Montreal-based animator Torill Kove has been honoured with the third Oscar nomination of her career, for her short film Me and My Moulton.
Montreal animator scores Oscar nomination
British Columbia transplant Scott Andrew Carter is making a name for himself (and his long hair) in Montreal's comedy circles, reports the Gazette. Photo: Dario Ayala, The Gazette
Scott Andrew Carter: An up-and-coming comic takes Montreal
Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre, winner of the 2014 Sobey Art Award, discusses the approaches and stories behind her evocative work. Photo: Nadia Myre, Across the Ocean, 2014. Installation view on Gorée Island, Senegal. Courtesy Musée Dapper, Paris. Photo: Aurélie Leveau.
Nadia Myre on sculpture, sound, and process
Sitting down with The Main Mtl, comedian and beloved enfant terrible Sugar Sammy explains his views on bilingualism and shares his favourite spots in the city.
Sugar Sammy gives his hometown picks
Local Gestures reviews Yellow Towel, a challenging and critically acclaimed work by Montreal-based dancer Dana Michel.
Dana Michel's Yellow Towel reviewed
This Montreal band has had a successful 2014, touring Quebec and Europe and playing bigger hometown shows. The Gazette talks to songwriter Jon Matte about “one of the best years of (his) life”. Photo: Henry-François Gelot
Filmmakers Giuliano Bossa and Melanie Parent have made their 2013 documentary on Montreal's music scene available for free viewing.
Watch Montreal Underground in full
M for Montreal programmer Mikey Rishwain Bernard talks to Les InRocks about the Montreal music scene and how he knows when a local band has something special.
M for Montreal programmer Mikey Rishwain Bernard talks to...
As CBC reports, a new limited-edition coin commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint features the work of Cree artist Tim Whiskeychan, who lives in Waskaganish, Quebec.
Tim Whiskeychan crafts image for $5 coin
Cult MTL profiles a Montreal production of Bunny Bunny, a play about Gilda Radner starring Rosaruby Kagan in a “rich and detailed” performance.
Rosaruby Kagan incarnates Gilda Radner
Photo: Tristan Brand Montreal tunesmith Paul Cargnello is back with his tenth full-length record, as reported by the Montreal Gazette—and the first in English after 5 French-language records.
Paul Cargnello readies album number 10
Photo: Tim Brady Montreal-based composer Tim Brady is rounding up 100 guitarists for a composition honouring the 100th anniversary of Les Paul’s birth. Le Devoir speaks with Brady about the project.
Tim Brady’s ambitious 100-guitar chorus
Will Butler, multi-instrumentalist in the Arcade Fire, is readying a solo album for release on March 10 through Merge Records, as Voir reports.
Arcade Fire’s Will Butler readying solo release
Montrealer Bill Garrett, interviewed here by the Gazette, has worn a number of folk music hats as a musician, radio host, producer, and record label co-runner. photo: Dave Sidaway - Montreal Gazette
Bill Garrett finds his own musical path
Photo: David Boily, La Presse Montreal band Heat are gaining steam, having been noticed around town and at CMJ in New York. La Presse speaks with the band members on their formation, plans, and the Mile End music scene they come from.
Heat catch fire
Photo: Allen McInnis - Montreal Gazette Fennario: The Good Fight is much more than a bio-pic about Montreal playwright David Fennario, says the Gazette. It also broaches themes of pacifism and politics as they relate to Fennario’s work.
Fennario doc much more than a biopic
Nadia Myre, a Quebec-based Algonquin multimedia artist, has been awarded the prestigious $50,000 Sobey Art Award for her work. As Canadian Art reports, Myre’s work “addresses identity, language, longing and loss” through various media including traditional beadwork and other crafts.
Nadia Myre wins the Sobey Art Award
2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize laureate Sean Michaels added a feather to his cap when his novel Us Conductors received the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction at the 2014 Quebec Writers Federation Awards.
Sean Michaels’s second big win
Though it was filmed during the writing process for David Fennario’s recent play Motherhouse, the new documentary Fennario: The Good Fight paints a broader picture of the Montreal playwright’s life story, CBC reports.
Fennario: The Good Fight spotlights Montreal playwright
Australian filmmaker Timothy George Kelly set his lens on some of Montreal’s underground musicians, including Sean Nicholas Savage and Grimes. He speaks with Cult MTL about A City is an Island, the resulting documentary.
New doc explores Montreal’s underground music scenes
In its second season, airing on OMNI and APTN starting late November, the series Mohawk Girls presents an entertaining, realistic look at the lives of young women in Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve outside Montreal.
Mohawk Girls looks at life on the rez
Have We Forgotten Yet? is a festival of play readings realized by six independent Montreal theatre companies. As CBC reports, the festival examines the effects of war, sometimes through very personal stories.
Six theatre companies band together to remember
Montreal author, blogger, and music critic Sean Michaels has won the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel Us Conductors, a fictionalized account of the inventor of the theremin.
Sean Michaels wins the 2014 Giller
Alain Merceica’s Depflies shows a fact of many Montrealers’ everyday lives – those folks who always seem to be hanging around the depanneur. The online series is in the running to become a half-hour TV show thanks to the CBC’s ComedyCoup contest.
Depflies hopes for a home on TV
Sugar Sammy has become the face of Quebec and Montreal, with his multilingual, multicultural comedy hitting home for audiences across the province. The Gazette hears what the homegrown star is up to.
Sugar Sammy’s stardom continues
French outlet Libération Next Musique publishes a praiseful article on Montreal foursome Ought ahead of their set at the Pitchfork Paris music festival.
Ought’s musical imperative translates in France
CBC’s Canada Writes poses its Magic 8 questionnaire – with eight questions submitted from other authors – to Montreal-based writer Claire Holden Rothman, whose novel My October was in the running for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award.
Claire Holden Rothman answers writers’ questions
Summed up in Voir, the list of META laureates shows the excellence and talent at work in the city’s English-language theatre milieu. The Segal Centre production of Top Girls was one of the top honourees.
Montreal English Theatre Awards shine a light on anglo scene
Reviewing the Segal Centre’s production of Belles-Soeurs: The Musical, Jean Siag of La Presse finds it “just as charming in English as in French.”
La Presse lauds the Segal’s Belles-Soeurs
Donovan King, founder of the Montreal Infringement Festival, has a second calling leading ghost tours with Haunted Montreal. He talks with Cult MTL about the spirits and stories he’s encountered along the way.
Haunted Montreal sets one foot in the spirit world
Interviewed for The Fader, TOPS singer/keyboardist Jane Penny explains the band’s approach to making music in Montreal’s changing urban landscape, in a scene where people come and go.
TOPS stays steady in a changing Montreal
McGill’s TVM interviews violinist Ari Swan about her move from the States to Montreal, her studies in music education, defying stereotypes, and collaborating with colleagues in the city’s music scene.
Ari Swan: Violinist and composer defies expectations
Montreal band The Ripcordz have been going strong for over three decades and over a dozen albums. Their latest, Made in Montreal, takes inspiration from the city’s history, as band member Paul Gott tells the Gazette.
The Ripcordz still ripping after 34 years
Cult MTL talks with Lisa Iwanicky Moore, half of the core duo behind Montreal band Blood and Glass, about the band’s fluctuating membership and theatrical performances.
Blood and Glass keeps things fresh
La Fabrique Culturelle recruited Thérèse Fortin, who has played the main role in the French-language original version of the play, to sit down with her English-language counterpart Astrid Van Wieren, who took on the role in the Segal Centre’s recent musical production.
Belles-Soeurs: Germaine Lauzon, meet Germaine Lauzon
Ian McGillis gives Laurence Miall’s novel Blind Spot a positive review in the Gazette, noting that its flawed anti-hero protagonist provides “a breath of fresh air.”
Laurence Miall’s Blind Spot worth a look
Montreal writer Arjun Basu, known for his 140-character Twitter stories, talks with CBC’s Shelagh Rogers about his long-form debut, Waiting for the Man, longlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Arjun Basu: Long- and short-form wordsmith
Bronwyn Chester was a Montreal writer who chronicled the life and times of the city’s trees. Following her passing from cancer in 2012, friends and colleagues gathered highlights of her work into a book, Island of Trees. Key collaborators on the project spoke to the Gazette about Chester’s curiosity and passion for her work.
Island of Trees: Remembering Bronwyn Chester
Montreal-based filmmaker Eric Scott isn’t one to shy away from, in his words, “starting conversations” about controversial topics. He talks to the Gazette about his next film, which focuses on Poles seeking restitution for land taken from them during WWII.
Eric Scott turns his lens on Poland’s post-war restitution
Montreal high school English lit teacher John St. Godard spends the day in front of a room of students; as a comic by night, he takes the stage in front of audiences ready to laugh. The Gazette asks St. Godard about his self-described “hobby.”
John St. Godard: Teacher by day, comic by night
René-Richard Cyr, director of the Segal Centre production of “Belles-soeurs: The Musical”, explains the process behind turning Michel Tremblay’s famous Quebec theatre touchstone into an English-language musical production.
Belles-Sœurs : Quebec classic gets a musical spin
In her book The Village Effect, Montreal writer and psychologist Susan Pinker takes up the thorny question of interpersonal relations in the digital age. She speaks with the Gazette about the book and her own experiences with its themes.
Susan Pinker explores The Village Effect
Montreal-based folk quartet the Barr Brothers have released a second album, Sleeping Operator. Andrew and Brad Barr talk to Voir about the record – which was culled from a group of 40 songs.
The Barr Brothers’ ambitious Sleeping Operator
Terry Mosher, known to readers of the Montreal Gazette as the political cartoonist Aislin, sits down with CTV’s Mutsumi Takahashi to talk about his long career and his 47th collection of art, The Wrecking Ball.
Aislin’s (Terry Mosher) 47th cartoon collection
Montreal-based author Mireille Silcoff wrote her new novel Chez l’arabe while dealing with a rare chronic condition. In this piece for CBC Books, Silcoff describes how illness shaped her daily life and writing process.
Mireille Silcoff on her unusual writing process for Chez ...
Animator JC Little, also known as The Animated Woman, drew a live sketch of a panel discussion co-organized by ELAN and POP Montreal on the topic of “The Montreal Formula: How to Survive as an Artist in Montreal.” It illustrates the observations of moderator Albert Nerenberg and fellow panelists Murray Lightburn (of the Dears) and Krista Muir (a.k.a Lederhosen Lucil).
JC Little’s Montreal Formula sketchnote
Montreal band The Unicorns, who left a big mark on indie rock with their 2004 album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, reunited for a performance at the 2014 edition of POP Montreal. The Gazette talks to the band to get the story.
After 10 years, Unicorns unite for a night
La Presse reports that the fictional town of Three Pines, in which Louise Penny sets her internationally-acclaimed mystery novels about Inspector Armand Gamache, is the subject of a new exhibit in Frelighsburg featuring the work of 21 artists.
Louise Penny’s fictional town gets exhibition in Frelighs...
Montreal writer Kathleen Winter’s new short story collection, The Freedom in American Songs, tackles many different forms, durations, and types of human connection. Cult MTL says Winter’s work succeeds in “richly portraying the significance of both intimate and casual encounters.”
Kathleen Winter: A story collection about human connection
This in-depth interview with Montreal writer, musician, and photographer Mark Lavorato goes into detail about how the city itself, and the work of other authors, inspired his most recent novel, Serafim and Claire.
How Montreal influences multifaceted writer Mark Lavorato
For its 10th edition, the Montreal International Black Film Festival scored a coup by landing director Spike Lee for an international premiere of his new film. But it’s not all about star power; as the Gazette reports, the festival has a rooted presence and support in the local community.
Montreal International Black Film Festival turns 10
On the eve of Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday and the release of his new record Popular Problems, Ian MacGillis interviewed many writers and artists, including several from Quebec, to find out just what it is about Cohen that’s spawned his deep legacy in Montreal and worldwide.
Reflecting on Leonard Cohen, “Montreal’s best-loved son”
For her latest project, Montreal-based photographer Linda Rutenberg travelled to the Gaspé Peninsula over several winters, proving it’s just as visually striking in the off-season as it is in the summer. La Presse profiles Rutenberg and discusses the Gaspé project as well as her past work.
Linda Rutenberg turns her lens on the Gaspé in winter
Four Quebec writers have been nominated for the prestigious and lucrative Giller Prize. Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night), Claire Holden Rothman (My October), Arjun Basu (Waiting for the Man), and Sean Michaels (Us Conductors) could win the $100,000 award.
Four Quebec authors nominated for the Giller Prize
Beyond the Mountain, a Montreal-based theatre company, recently mounted a production that renders the plot of Quentin Tarantino’s famous 1994 film Pulp Fiction in the language of Shakespeare. Here’s a taste, courtesy of the Montreal Gazette.
Bard Fiction : Shakespeare and Tarantino together at last
POP Montreal is a festival success story, having expanded its audience, activities, and scope over its 13-year existence. The Gazette speaks with founder Dan Seligman about its past, present, and future.
POP Montreal comes into its own
Oliver Jones might be one of Little Burgundy’s most well-known exports, and the neighbourhood now bears a beautiful mural to mark the jazz musician’s 80th birthday. Global News speaks with Jones at the unveiling of the artwork.
Oliver Jones gets a birthday mural in Little Burgundy
The Segal Centre’s recent production of The Graduate was a musical based on the famous seduction story told in the 1963 film of the same name. La Presse says it is lighter on the social critique than the film, but delivers on humour.
La Presse reviews the Segal’s brand-new Graduate
Signed to Montreal-based Arbutus Records, the label that made Grimes famous, Montreal synth-pop-rock band TOPS is poised to follow in the footsteps of its labelmates and peers in the international music industry.
TOPS: Montreal buzz band bridges global and local
Claire Holden Rothman gives the Gazette a peek into her writing process and setup in this story and video. Rothman was recently longlisted for the Giller Prize for her most recent novel, My October.
Claire Holden Rothman: Inside the ritual of writing
Carolyn Fe performed for the Global Morning News crew and gave them the scoop on a new Laval location for the House of Jazz, an established institution in the jazz scene where house bands are given steady work and a chance to develop an audience.
Carolyn Fe brings the blues to Global Morning News
Mohawk Girls, billed as “Sex and the City with a twist”, will be back for a second season on APTN. CTV Montreal went on set to speak with the actors and team, including ELAN board member Tracey Deer.
Mohawk Girls back for a second season
Reviewing a recent Arcade Fire show near Boston, La Presse assures readers that despite becoming one of the biggest bands on today’s rock circuit, the Montreal group can still put on a riveting performance.
Arcade Fire haven’t lost their live spark
Denis Sampson came to Montreal from his native Ireland to pursue graduate studies at McGill. His journeys in life and literature form the observations found in his new book, A Migrant Heart.
Denis Sampson: A winding road to A Migrant Heart
Montreal-based folk-rock band Lakes of Canada recently stopped by the Global TV studios, where they performed a rousing song and answered some questions about their recent activities (and their notable facial hair).
Lakes of Canada stop by Global TV
Montreal artist Gene Pendon recently created a mural to recognize the strength of Innu women in Northern Quebec, who fight to protect and pass on their traditions and heritage. The project was completed as part of Montreal’s First Peoples Festival, as APTN reports.
Gene Pendon creates mural homage at First Peoples Festival
Montreal-based folk-pop band Motel Raphaël, the brainchild of three friends who all grew up in Quebec, are receiving international praise for their performance at Osheaga. La Presse speaks to the band’s songwriting trio about their influences and burgeoning success.
Motel Raphaël turning heads across the pond
Leonard Cohen, one of Montreal’s best-known and most-loved artistic exports, is still going strong. His new album Popular Problems will be released on September 23, two days after he passes the 8-decade mark.
Leonard Cohen announces new album
Saint Jude du Village is a French-language adaptation of Montrealer Puelo Deir’s Fringe hit Holy Tranity! Deir and actor Simon Thierren recently sat down with BT Montreal to talk about the experiences behind the show’s story and how the new version came to be.
“Coming-of-rage” story Saint Jude du Village
Drowned in Sound interviews Montreal band The Barr Brothers about the unusual instruments they perform with, and the stories behind them.
Gearing up with the Barr Brothers
In this editorial in the Adirondack Almanack, Marsha Stanley writes about the inspiring and surprising experience of hosting Montreal-based painter Holly Friesen for an artistic residency, and encourages others in the region to do the same for other artists.
Holly Friesen’s “accidental” Adirondack residency
Developed by Montreal-based modern dance troupe Travail Rouge, along with spoken-word artist Ian Ferrier, For Body and Light has been having a strong run of performances from New York to Victoria. This Edmonton Sun review calls it “a hypnotic, mood-inducing work”.
For Body and Light makes waves around Canada and US
There’s a new electronic music festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau this year, and a Montreal-born act is set to help ring it in. The Gazette speaks with Adventure Club about their upcoming appearance at ÎleSoniq.
Adventure Club goes to ÎleSoniq
Hudson-based writer and humourist Lorne Elliott is back with a new novel, The Goat in the Tree, which centres on a tale that’s never told. mRb says, “Elliott has a gift for crafting a scene.”
Story and mystery at the heart of Lorne Elliott’s new novel
Before his 2011 passing, Montreal filmmaker John Dunning approached Gazette journalist Bill Brownstein for some objective perspective while writing his memoirs. Brownstein discusses the experience with CBC’s Sonali Karnick.
Bill Brownstein and John Dunning’s memoir collaboration
Mireille Silcoff had a strong career going in Toronto when a genetic condition began to drain her energy. The Gazette speaks to Silcoff about how writing “one of the most impressive literary debuts in years” helped her during the ordeal.
Mireille Silcoff: Drawing stories from a health crisis
The Globe and Mail recently reviewed Montreal author Jacob Wren’s novel Polyamorous Love Song, calling it “dream-like” and praising its unorthodox structure and approach.
Jacob Wren’s “convention-busting novel” reviewed in the G...
Matrix says Montreal-based writer Christopher DiRaddo has built bridges between genres with his first novel.The Geography of Pluto addresses concerns shared by many groups of people while retaining the complexity of its gay protagonist’s story—and the richness of its Montreal setting.
DiRaddo’s Geography of Pluto builds bridges
Caila Thompson-Hannant, the Montreal-based brains behind electro-pop act Mozart’s Sister, takes DIY Mag on a track-by-track tour of her debut full-length album Being.
Mozart’s Sister: The new album, track by track
The Posterz are a fast-rising Montreal hip-hop three-piece who want nothing less than to take the world by storm. The Main spends some time with the group in this piece.
The Posterz: Poised for success
Montreal-based filmmaker Jeff Barnaby received the APTN Prize for his film Rhymes for Young Ghouls at the recent Montreal First Peoples Festival. The film has achieved plenty of success on the festival circuit.
Jeff Barnaby honoured at Montreal First Peoples Festival
Montreal-based musician and writer Rae Spoon teams up with Ivan E. Coyote to write Gender Failure, a book based on a touring collaboration between the two artists. Spoon and Coyote recount their experiences as trans artists “with gentle humour and poignancy.”
Gender Failure reviewed in mRb
Kaytranada, a young producer who hails from Longueuil, has signed to the well-known British label XL Recordings. But he hasn’t forgotten his roots in Quebec – he still collaborates with local hip-hop artists and collectives, and looks forward to coming home after his international tour.
Kaytranada signs to XL
Montreal-based musician and bandleader Rafael, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has made music his life. His current band Energía Dominicana features a permanent roster of collaborators.
Rafael and Energía Dominicana: Made-in-Montreal Latin rhy...
Standup comedian DeAnne Smith and burlesque performer Holly Gauthier-Frankel (aka Miss Sugarpuss) recently teamed up for a show full of, as they told the Montreal Gazette, hahas and tatas. They talk about the history of vaudeville in Montreal and why they wouldn’t leave the city for supposedly greener pastures.
Burlesque and big laughs at the Wiggle Room
Montreal comic Kate Conner is a mom of four, a rarity on the comedy circuit. She explains to the Rover how she learned to navigate the ups and downs of performing after coming to comedy at age 36.
Kate Conner: Late-blooming comic draws laughs from mother...
Mike Ward, a fully bilingual Quebecer, explains to La Presse how his Just for Laughs gala Les anglos will mix comics working in Canada’s two official languages.
Mike Ward laughs in both languages
Alacair Ensemble, whose members are based between Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto, makes hip hop that emerges from its own idealized country called Bas-Canada – and that’s only one facet of their independence.
Alacair Ensemble: hip hop from an alternative nation
The Gazette accorde une élogieuse critique au Nouveau Quatuor à cordes Orford à la suite de leur performance du Journal Quatuar à corde No. 2 du compositeur montréalais Tim Brady.
Le Nouveau Quatuor à cordes Orford présente une compositi...
Richard King, a McGill professor of sound recording who has won a cool dozen Grammy awards, is profiled by La Presse as one of four “Montreal masters” who stand out on the international level in their respective fields.
Richard King among the “Montreal Masters”
Multilingual, multicultural hip hop collective Nomadic Massive gave an energetic performance at Cabaret du Mile End as part of the Nuits d’Afrique festival.
Nomadic Massive lights up the crowd at Cabaret du Mile End
According to the Gazette’s Ian McGillis, Anna Leventhal, who moved to Montreal from Winnipeg in her late teens, conveys the city’s unique elements very well in her debut story collection, Sweet Affliction.
Anna Leventhal révèle la vie quotidienne montréalaise
Artistic Director of Repercussion Theatre, Paul Hopkins, speaks with CTV Montreal about its summer tour of Quebec, which will take the play Harry the King to a number of parks around the province.
Repercussion Theatre on CTV Montreal
In this interview, the Gazette learns that Maya Malkin, Clara Legault and Emily Skahan are more than bandmates in one of Montreal’s hottest indie-folk bands: they are roommates, friends, confidantes and co-workers.
Motel Raphaël: Friends band together
As Variety reports, Montreal-reared actor Jay Baruchel will star in “Man Seeking Woman,” a comedy penned by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich.
Jay Baruchel gets a new show
Musicworks offers a rich and detailed profile of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh. The Montreal-based musician and co-owner of famed recording studio Hotel2Tango has built a career spanning punk, politics, and multimedia experimentation.
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh: A “musician’s musician”
Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story highlights the culture and stories of a small Inuit settlement forcibly disbanded in the 1960s. Filmmaker Louise Abbott and the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association (COTA) collaborated on the project.
Nunaaluk in the documentary spotlight
Vic Vogel has been part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival from its earliest days. Cult MTL interviews the local scene stalwart about his colourful career.
Local jazz vet Vic Vogel takes the festival stage
Repercussion Theatre is known for its summer tours of Shakespeare-in-the-Park productions. The Gazette recently interviewed actor Joel Miller and artistic director Paul Hopkins about this year’s offering, Harry the King.
Repercussion Theatre takes a walk in the park with Harry ...
Jon Paul Fiorentino, editor of Matrix Magazine and teacher at Concordia University, says his writing is “is an attempt to justify the ways of losers to other people.” He explains his approach to the Gazette in this interview.
Jon Paul Fiorentino: writing for the underdogs
This episode of Between the Pages, hosted by Dimitri Nasrallah, examines Montreal in literature and literature in Montreal. With guests Heather O'Neill and Christopher DiRaddo, as well as Gregory McCormick of the Blue Metropolis festival.
Between the Pages looks at Montreal's literary landscape
Le Festival Infringement de Montréal amorce sa 11ième année, sans budget, mais sans pour autant cesser de repousser les limites théâtrales et en faisant preuve de détermination. The Gazette s’entretient avec le directeur du festival, Donovan King.
Infringement Festival goes against the grain
Montreal punk band Sonic Avenues releases its new record, Mistakes, this week. The group talks with the Gazette about touring in Europe and balancing day jobs with musical pursuits.
Sonic Avenues make Mistakes
Four Montreal musicians from divergent scenes have banded together to make a country record, cheekily titled Countréal. They spoke with the Gazette about how this all came about.
Skinny Bros, Chris Velan and Sarah MK explore “Countréal”
Concordia grad Ashley Opheim and five other artists started Metatron to release the work of local writers in attractive, small-run packages. Opheim explains the project to Cult MTL.
Metatron: Upstart Montreal publishers put poetry on the map
USA Out of Vietnam, the new band of Montreal music veteran Jonathan Cummins, mixes “drones, distortion and percussive thunder” with “an unshakable melodic foundation,” says the Gazette.
USA Out of Vietnam melds distortion and melody
Montrealer Johanna Nutter had a smash hit with her 2009 play My Pregnant Brother, in which she presented the story of her transgender brother becoming pregnant. In a new play, My Playwright Sister, Nutter’s brother tells the story from his point of view.
My Playwright Sister: The other side of My Pregnant Brother
Montreal band Motel Raphaël is about to take its indie-folk-pop to the next level with its new album, Cable TV. Voir speaks with the band members about their blossoming success and the city they call home.
Motel Raphaël makes the big jump
Montreal’s Sunfields laboured over their new album, Habitat, which was partly recorded at guitarist Jason Kent’s home.
Sunfields’ homemade Habitat
The Montreal Fringe is full of unusual offerings, including IREDEA, a science-fiction-inspired production that pairs robots and humans onstage. CBC investigates in this interview.
IREDEA: Sci-fi dance rock mashup hits the Fringe
Renowned Montreal dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis will perform with a small Ottawa dance company that helps young women face challenge and adversity in their lives. The Ottawa Citizen speaks with Gillis about the performance.
Margie Gillis in Ottawa
An interview with Phyllis Lambert, Montreal architecture visionary and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, on the occasion of receiving the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Interview with Golden Lion laureate Phyllis Lambert
CBC’s The National steps into the portable studio of David Hodges’s N’we Jinan Tour, which visits Cree communities in Quebec encouraging youth to make their voices heard through music.
Behind the scenes on the N’we Jinan Tour
Red Mass frontman Roy Vucino’s musician CV includes a long list of notable Montreal bands. CJLO dives into the history of his current band and its fluctuating membership.
A History of Red Mass
In this panel discussion, CBC’s Paul Kennedy speaks with three Montreal-based authors about their recent works focusing on the city’s history.
Forum: Historic Montreal in fact and fiction
Montreal’s Carolyn Fe Blues Collective recently used their music to spread goodwill by raising $300,000 to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Their third album comes out May 28.
Carolyn Fe’s uplifting blues
Montreal-based writer Guillaume Morissette’s “inventive” novel New Tab dives into the theme of finding intimacy in a digital world.
Guillaume Morissette explores digital desire in New Tab
Comedian Mike Ward was raised in Quebec City and is perfectly bilingual. He’s more well-known among francophone audiences, but the Gazette writes that his star is rising on the anglophone side too.
Mike Ward delivers the bilingual laughs
Jason Rockman grew up listening to Montreal station CHOM as a kid. Now, after fronting the metal band Slaves on Dope, he’s on CHOM’s airwaves every weeknight.
Jason Rockman: Metal frontman behind the radio microphone
Impose Magazine hung out with rising Montreal band Ought in Brooklyn one weekend, and got to learn quite a bit about their origins and inspirations.
Ought spends a day in Brooklyn
The Montreal Gazette’s Bernard Perusse has glowing words for the new album from Montreal bluegrass fivesome Notre Dame de Grass.
Notre Dame de Grass “an instant classic”
The Globe and Mail gives Montreal writer Heather O’Neill’s new book, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, a very positive review.
Heather O’Neill becomes a “fully formed artist” with new ...
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Montreal-based multimedia project Jerusalem in My Heart sets out to challenge himself and his audience with immersive performances featuring visuals and music.
Jerusalem in My Heart breaks new boundaries
Rooted in Montreal's vibrant music scene, The Franklin Electric are taking their place alongside other rising Montreal bands like Half Moon Run and Leif Vollebekk.
The Franklin Electric creating a buzz
Montreal musician David Bryant (of Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and New Yorker Kevin Doria crafted Hiss Tracts’ new record over six years of collaboration.
Hiss Tracts’ “haunted transmissions”
Montreal native Chris Burns takes a grounded, genuine approach to his diverse musical activities, as this Gazette profile shows.
Chris Burns: spotlight on a Montreal music mainstay
Montreal-based sculptor Susan Stromberg gathers inspiration from nature, nighttime, and music, among other places—and the results have been snapped up by governor generals and major institutions.
Susan Stromberg’s sculpture inspired by nature
Dazed Digital has compiled a list of “ten of the best al-tlit reads from Canada,” at least four of which are based in Montreal.
Montreal alt-lit writers make Dazed Digital’s list
Beloved multilingual comedian Sugar Sammy has won his second Olivier de l’année award for humourist of the year.
Sugar Sammy wins again at Les Olivier
Montreal artist Meags Fitzgerald releases her inventive graphic novel Photobooth: A Biography this week. The book weaves together history, personal narrative, and research.
Meags Fitzgerald’s photobooth love letter
In their new film Uvanga, filmmakers Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu tell a story inspired by the everyday life of Igloolik, a village in Quebec’s north.
Uvanga: inspired by Igloolik’s everyday life
Paul van den Boom is crowdfunding for a new project, using hitchhiking as a metaphor for what this Gazette article calls “career anxiety” and “employment angst.”
Montreal filmmaker turns his lens on employment
Montreal writer Christopher DiRaddo has released The Geography of Pluto, a book rooted in DiRaddo’s connections to Montreal’s LGBT community and his love of the city itself.
Christopher DiRaddo garners high praise for debut novel
Violinist, composer, remixer, and Arcade Fire collaborator Owen Pallett moved to Montreal last year. In this interview with Voir, he talks about his love for the city and his new album, In Conflict.
Owen Pallett sings Montreal’s praises
Montreal-based artist Adad Hannah used a family photograph as the inspiration for Three Generations, his latest exhibit using the technique of tableau vivant.
Adad Hannah draws inspiration from family history
Montreal post-punk band Ought’s restless and optimistic energy is gaining them a lot of attention, including a Best New Music stamp from Pitchfork. The Gazette recently spoke with the band.
Ought releases a hope-infused album
Independent Montreal-based record label Fixture Records has released a wide range of music – including Dirty Beaches, Freelove Fenner, and Jef Barbara – and it doesn’t plan to slow down.
Fixture Records stays strong
La Presse speaks with Blue Metropolis Festival founder and author Linda Leith about the challenges of building community among English writers in Montreal.
Linda Leith builds literary bridges
The amateur theatre troupe based in Quebec City has produced a quality production, says Life in Quebec.
Quebec Art Company impresses with Lend me a Tenor
Legendary jazz pianist Oliver Jones, who grew up in Little Burgundy, has been named an honorary citizen by the City of Montreal, joining such luminaries as Kent Nagano and Dany Laferrière.
A Montreal honour for Oliver Jones
Montreal poet Mike Spry speaks with the Gazette about his new collection, Bourbon & Eventide, and why he loves his chosen city.
Mike Spry launches Bourbon & Eventide
It’s no secret that Montreal is hopping with musicians. See where they circulate at a new exhibition, featuring 25 musicians’ photos and videos of their everyday routines.
Mapping musicians’ everyday lives
Long-running Montreal ska institution the Planet Smashers are celebrating their 20th anniversary. They revealed the secrets to their longevity to the Gazette.
Planet Smashers still partying after 20 years
Montreal author Anna Leventhal has released a collection of short stories, praised by Cult MTL as “fearless” in its portraits of the city and its characters.
Anna Leventhal’s “fearless” Sweet Afflictions
As the Gazette reports, two Montreal-based screenwriters are talking to Tinseltown – or at least to director Robert Emmerich has acquired the rights to a script by James A. Woods and Nicholas Wright.
Hollywood calling Montreal screenwriters
Montreal music blogger and writer Sean Michaels has released Us Conductors, his first novel, inspired by the creator of the theremin. He gives the Gazette a demonstration of the instrument.
Sean Michaels merges words and music in new book
Cult MTL says readers will be intrigued and challenged by the questions lurking in Montreal author Jacob Wren’s revent novel.
Jacob Wren’s Polyamorous Love Song asks tough questions a...
Montreal musician Efrim Menuck, of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion, sits down with Self-Titled for a thoughtful interview.
Efrim Menuck on Montreal, musicianship, and fatherhood
Daniel Clarke Bouchard stopped by Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show last week to chat and perform. As La Presse reports, Bouchard already has quite an impressive CV at 14.
Daniel Clarke Bouchard wows Ellen
Neema’s chance meeting with Leonard Cohen on the streets of Montreal grew into a mentorship many musicians would covet: songwriting advice from one of the greats.
Neema flourishes with Leonard Cohen’s advice
Now based in Montreal, the husband-and-wife duo behind Thus Owls talk to Cult MTL about their strong roots, both in Sweden and in Montreal’s music scene.
Thus Owls’ strong bicultural roots
Montreal author, researcher, and professor Miranda Campbell is nominated for the Donner Prize for her book Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy. The prize honours excellence and innovation in public policy writing by Canadian authors.
Miranda Campbell up for Donner Prize
Canadian Art visited Montreal-based visual artist Adad Hannah’s exhibition “Unfixed” in Prince George, BC., and delivered a very positive verdict.
Adad Hannah exhibits in BC
The Gazette interviews Rafaël Ouellet, director of the upcoming feature Gurov & Anna, which tells a very Québécois story in a script by Montreal screenwriter Celeste Parr.
English film a first for Rafaël Ouellet
La Presse gives Montreal band Thus Owls’ brand new record, Turning Rocks, a four-star rating.
Thus Owls reviewed in La Presse
Montreal writer Arjun Basu speaks with the Gazette about social media, modern communication, and his new novel, Waiting for the Man.
Arjun Basu: “We’re all open books now”
CBC offers a glimpse into David Hodges’s tour of Cree communities in northern Quebec, with each community composing a song of its own.
David Hodges on the road with N’we Jinan
Two Montreal shows – Geordie’s version of the Iliad and a school play featuring a cast of 125 youngsters – are reviving ages-old stories, as CTV Montreal reports.
Ancient stories come to life in Montreal
Montreal quartet Ought describe how the city’s music community and the 2012 protests have influenced their unique sound.
Ought moves to Montreal’s rhythm
Several Juno awards were handed out to Quebec musicians this past weekend. The lucky winners included McGill Jazz alumni Christine Jensen and Mike Rud, plus Montreal bands Arcade Fire and Esmerine.
Quebec talent cleans up at the Junos
La Presse identifies a new sound emerging from Montreal’s up-and-coming bands, including Le Trouble, Solids, Heat, and Half Moon Run.
Is there such a thing as Mtlpop?
Montreal writer David McGimpsey offers some touching observations on Montreal-born author Jonah Keri’s new book about the Expos’ legacy.
A walk down the Expos memory lane
J2K, a youth drop-in centre in Montreal, recently gave CTV Montreal a rundown of its MusikAddict program, which uses musical improvisation to help youth develop self-esteem.
MusikAddict gets a visit from CTV
Karim Terouz arrived in Montreal from Cairo in 2008, and searched high and low in the city’s music scene for the perfect band. The result, the Rising Few, is a musical mosaic that reflects Montreal’s diversity.
The Rising Few’s musical mosaic
The weekly comedy night, which takes place at Montreal’s Blue Dog Motel every Monday, celebrates its 100 showiversary with a special lineup and an interview in Cult MTL.
100 shows for There’s Something Funny Going On
The Gazette interviews Patrick O'Connor, director of the documentary Freights, which follows graffiti artists whose preferred canvases are found on the railroad.
Patrick O'Connor talks graffiti with the Gazette
This documentary focusing on Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood impressed the Gazette when it screened at FIFA (Festival International du Film sur l’Art).
Van Horne & Waverly in the Gazette
Montreal Gazette theatre critic Pat Donnelly calls the Segal Centre’s recent production of Glengarry Glen Ross an “ably directed” show featuring “top-notch talent”.
Glengarry Glen Ross at the Segal
Not-for-profit group Archive Montreal is turning 15 and holding a birthday bash at Sala Rossa to mark the occasion – and to refurbish its Distroboto zine vending machines.
Archive Montreal turns 15
In his newest documentary, Montreal director Patrick O’Connor turns his camera on a particular graffiti subculture: artists who paint on train cars.
Freights looks at graffiti on the railroad
The distinctive black-and-white murals of arts collective En Masse graces surfaces all over Montreal and Quebec. For its fifth birthday, En Masse is taking over Station 16 Gallery with an exhibition of new work.
En Masse celebrates five years
Montreal sculptor Glen Lemesurier paid a visit to CIBL 101.5 FM to talk about the documentary Van Horne & Waverly, which focuses in part on his studio in that artist-heavy corner of Mile End.
Glen Lemesurier talks sculpture on CIBL
Montreal author Elaine Kalman Naves stumbled on a scandal involving the Notman family while conducting research for a different project. She speaks with the Montreal Review of Books about the resulting book, Portrait of a Scandal.
Elaine Kalman Naves uncovers a scandalous story
The Gazette spotlights Derek Seguin, who’s part of a growing group of Quebec comics working in both English and French.
Derek Seguin brings bilingualism to the comedy stage
Montreal-based dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis stopped by CBC to chat about La Petite Scène, a dance initiative that features eight short dance performances.
Margie Gillis at CBC
Beatmaker High Klassified wears his Laval roots proudly on his sleeve. The Gazette talks with him about his sounds, his image, and his career plans.
High Klassified brings beats from Laval
Groenland’s orchestral pop music is taking them far, from industry shows in LA to sold-out appearances in Montreal. The Gazette speaks with the Montreal band about their success.
Groenland on the rise
Filmed and produced by Montreal production company Beanduck, LARPs is a webseries of short episodes that laughs with Live-Action Role Play aficionados, not at them. Cult MTL recently spoke with director Julian Stamboulieh about the series.
LARPing series goes live
A Montreal production team took home the Oscar for Best Short Subject Documentary at the ceremony last weekend. The Lady in Number 6 tells the story of the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor.
Montreal team wins Oscar for best short doc
Montreal trio Each Other are turning heads with their unexpected pop gems full of left turns and math hooks.
Each Other’s unorthodox pop
The Gazette sits down with Jeff Barnaby, director of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and its star Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs to talk about defying stereotypical portrayals of aboriginal stories on film.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls challenges stereotypes
An English adaptation of the musical Belles Soeurs will premiere at the Seagal Centre in fall 2014. The Gazette has all the details.
Belles Soeurs translation hits the stage
Montreal playwright David Fennario’s latest work, Motherhouse, explores his mother’s wartime job at the Defense Industries Limited factory in Verdun.
Motherhouse tells a story close to home
Pop Montreal and the PHI Centre recently put five local bands with five local filmmakers to craft five musical short films. Cult MTL interviews Ryan McKenna, one of the filmmakers tapped for the project.
5 x PHI: Ryan McKenna interview
Montreal’s Sean Michaels, who writes the beloved music blog Said the Gramophone, tells Cult MTL about his upcoming novel, to be released in April 2014.
Sean Michaels makes the jump from blogger to novelist
Sugar Sammy brings his comedic flair to TV in Ces gars-là, also starring Simon Olivier Fecteau. Brendan Kelly of the Gazette writes that the show includes a surprising amount of English dialogue.
Sugar Sammy’s new show pushes the boundaries
Annakin Slayd, a Montreal hip-hop artist, has created an anthem to inspire the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team.
Montreal musician cheers on Team Canada
LARPing – Live Action Role Playing –is the focus of a new webseries created and filmed in Montreal. The creators hope to show viewers what their hobby is all about.
LARPing the focus of Montreal-filmed webseries
Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, a longtime Quebec resident and member of the Abenaki Nation, has a new documentary on the festival circuit. Hi-Ho Mistahey! is up for best feature-length documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Another accolade for Alanis Obomsawin
The Gazette interviews Montreal magician and comedian David Acer, well-known across North America for his expertise in sleight-of-hand.
David Acer’s comedy magic
For his latest solo album, Exegesis, Montreal musician Alden Penner (Unicorns, Clues) turned to poets Alden Newlan and Mahmoud Darwish for inspiration.
Alden Penner’s poetic inspiration
Montrealer Sam Roberts and his band are back with a new album, Lo-Fantasy. He talks about the demanding recording and production process with the Gazette.
Sam Roberts returns with Lo-Fantasy
Anne Carson, a celebrated poet and former Montreal resident who teaches at McGill, has been nominated for a new and lucrative poetry prize, the Folio.
Poet Anne Carson nominated for Folio prize
Roy Vucino of Montreal band (and RAEVers) Red Mass unites with Duchess Says to form PyPy, a new group that’s going for fun and experimentation.
PyPy set themselves free
NDG-reared actor-writer-director Pat Kiely is back on home turf with a new dramatic comedy, Three Night Stand. He speaks with the Gazette about the film’s genesis.
Pat Kiely’s Three Night Stand
Brooklyn-based musician and 2014 Juno nominee Darcy James Argue has glowing praise for his fellow McGill Jazz alumni and Juno nominees, including Montrealers Christine Jensen and Mike Rud.
Darcy James Argue’s praise for McGill Jazz alumni
The English adaptation of Radio-Canada’s Montreal-centred police drama, 19-2, garnered impressive ratings for its debut on Bravo! and CTV.
19-2 breaks through in English Canada
Montreal-based jazz pianist and vocalist Steve Amirault is working as the resident performer at a hotel in Fukoka, Japan, until March 30. He speaks to the Ottawa Citizen about the experience.
Steve Amirault: Jazz in Japan
Montreal-based animators Thoroughbread Pictures speak with Cult MTL about their film The Chaperone 3D, whichscored second place for Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Thoroughbread Pictures off to the races
Sixteen Montreal artists contribute their visual musings on life and death to the show Memento Mori, at Station 16 gallery, curated by local street artist Omen.
Memento Mori at Station 16
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Jennifer Gasoi has won a Grammy for Best Children's Album. Gasoi credits Montreal with inspiring her music: "Living in Montreal, it's a real melting pot of cultures so I've integrated a lot of that into the music."
Grammy gold for Jennifer Gasoi
Born-and-raised Montrealer Adam Blanchay is leaving a mark on the Great White Way as part of JFL Theatricals, co-producing several successful musicals on New York City’s famous theatre strip.
Adam Blanshay: A Montrealer on Broadway
POP Montreal teamed with the PHI Centre for a project that paired five local bands with five local filmmakers. POP’s Creative Director, Dan Seligman, talks about the project in this interview. The questions from Phi Centre // The Answers from Dan Seligman from Centre Phi | Phi Centre on Vimeo.
Dan Seligman at PHI Centre
Lots of films are made in Quebec, but few—especially English films—are unabashedly set in the province. The Gazette talks to the bilingual team behind Whitewash, a black comedy that’s also a bit of a black sheep in Quebec cinema.
Whitewash shows its Quebec connections
Cult MTL takes us inside Montreal artist Sarah Pupo’s vision for her exhibition at Articule, combining animation, watercolour, and projections into one “big experiment.”
Sarah Pupo transforms Articule
Montreal native Jesse Camacho, nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his role in comedy series Less than Kind, seems surprised at his success, writes the Gazette.
Jesse Camacho a humble star
Gazette critic Pat Donnelly finds Teesri Duniya’s new production of Bhopal to be much improved. Its story about an explosion at an Indian factory has renewed relevance following the Lac Mégantic disaster.
Bhopal conveys an “urgent message”
The Gazette talks with Thee Silver Mt. Zion’s Efrim Manuel Menuck about the group’s expansive music and its strong roots in Montreal.
Thee Silver Mt . Zion Memorial Orchestra : Musique pour M...
Montreal up-and-comers Maica Mia will release their new album, des era, at Sala Rossa this week. The Gazette talks to the duo about their abstract, cinematic brand of post-rock.
Maica Mia unleashes a new album
Despite variations in sound quality, La Presse enjoyed its outing to see influential Montreal post-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
La Presse reviews Godspeed
Several Montreal-based artists were celebrating when the 2014 Oscar nominations were announced. Arcade Fire’s Will Butler was nominated for his work on the soundtrack to Her, and visual effects expert Chris Lawrence was named for his contributions to Gravity. A Montreal team was also nominated for its documentary about the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor.
Oscars: Several Montrealers on the list of nominees
Montreal health policy consultant David Levine has embarked on a new set of challenges in “a whole new world”—the art world. He speaks with the Gazette about his new calling as a sculptor.
La deuxième carrière de David Levine Le consultant en po...
Montreal pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert offers a varied repertoire, including Scandinavian, Canadian and Québecois pieces with well-known classical favourites. He plays Prévost on January 25.
Derek Yaple-Schobert promises a varied program
Kandle, the singer-songwriter behind one of 2014’s much-awaited albums, tells VOIR that she intends to show her listeners what she’s capable of. She makes her home base in Montreal, which she calls a “Disneyland for musicians.”
Kandle gives music her all
Montreal’s Arcade Fire will headline the Coachella music festival in California in April 2014, joining the likes of OutKast, Muse, and Beck.
Arcade Fire to headline Coachella
The Montreal Gazette takes a tour of the Phi Centre, a Montreal multimedia venue run by arts patron and DHC/ART Foundation head Phoebe Greenberg.
Phoebe Greenberg’s Phi Centre: A hotbed of culture
Maisonneuve speaks with Montreal-based poet Jason Camlot about the loss of his father and the rituals of mourning that inspired his new collection, What the World Said (Mansfield Press, 2013).
Poet Jason Camlot on mourning and creation
Montreal-based classical pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert will bring his talents to Prévost on January 25. QuébecSpot Média tells attendees to expect a memorable musical voyage.
Derek Yaple-Schobert to play Prévost
According to the American review site Three Lights in the Attic, JC Little’s recent e-book, The Last Snowman, comes alive with vivid colour and innovative visuals to tell a touching story.
JC Little’s The Last Snowman a magic tale
The creation of Montreal theatre artist Sarah Segal-Lazar, Talk, Mackerel invites its audience to join a birthday party for the main character. The Charlebois Post calls the piece “rewarding” and its music “incredible.”
Talk, Mackerel a party with “an emotional punch”
Crime novelist Louise Penny has been named to the Order of Canada “for her contributions to Canadian culture as an author shining a spotlight on the Eastern Townships of Quebec.” Penny was also recently shortlisted for a prestigious Edgar award, handed out by the Mystery Writers of America. She shared her love of Quebec in an interview on CBC.
Louise Penny adds Order of Canada, Edgars nomination to h...
Kandle might be the daughter of 54-40 frontman Neil Osborne, but since moving to Montreal she’s made a name for herself on her own terms, playing festivals and opening for Coeur de Pirate. She speaks with La Presse about her new album and plans for 2014.
Kandle thrives in Montreal
Montreal breakdancer Luca Lazylegz Patuelli overcame a condition affecting his joint movement and muscle development to become an impressive breakdancer. He showed off his moves for Ellen DeGeneres and received a great surprise in return.
Luca Lazylegz Patuelli shows his moves on Ellen
VOIR recently spoke with Montreal musician Rae Spoon and director Chelsea McMullan about My Prairie Home, McMullan’s NFB-produced documentary exploring Spoon’s coming of age in Alberta.
My Prairie Home in VOIR
Montreal’s Krista Muir and her alter-ego Lederhosen Lucil get some attention from VOIR in this profile, highlighting their new album Guten Tag Gemini and Lederhosen Lucil’s music video about the dangers of biking (called “Chicken on Clark”).
Krista Muir and Lederhosen Lucil’s Gemini gift
Alternative rockers Moist fell in love with Montreal while on tour in the 1990s and eventually made it their home. After a long absence, the Gazette reports, they plan to reunite for a tour and new album.
Lederhosen Lucil, the alter-ego of Montreal musician Krista Muir, gives an entertaining description of the collaborative process behind the duo’s new album Guten Tag Gemini. The article also features a video of Lucil’s keyboard-pop stylings.
Lederhosen Lucil charms the Gazette
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Jennifer Gasoi has added a Grammy nomination to her already-impressive list of accomplishments. Her album Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well is up for Best Children’s Album.
Jennifer Gasoi nominated for a Grammy
My Prairie Home, the NFB-produced documentary about Montreal-based transgender musician Rae Spoon, will show at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition.
Rae Spoon documentary headed to Sundance
Trilingual musician Elisapie, whose Travelling Love won the Félix award for Anglophone Album of the Year, sits down with MusiMax for a chat.
Elisapie on MusiMax
Praising the arrangements and production on Montrealer Mark Berube’s new record, La Presse gives it a rating of 3.5 stars.
La Presse gives Mark Berube’s album good marks
The Montreal Gazette was largely impressed with Montreal director Alison Darcy’s production of Othello at the Segal Centre, calling it a “worthy rendition of a tragic tale.”
Alison Darcy gives directorial depth to Othello
When it comes to juggling family and touring, what’s a musician to do? For two members of Montreal band Thee Silver Mt. Zion, the answer was to take their young son on the road. Cult MTL interviews filmmaker Helene Klodawsky, who turns her camera on the band in her new documentary.
Helene Klodawsky’s new documentary follows musician-paren...
Montreal-based director Emily Kai Bock was asked to direct the new video for “Afterlife,” from Arcade Fire’s recent album Reflektor. Here, Kai Bock explains the creative process to The Creators Project.
Emily Kai Bock teams with Arcade Fire
Montreal’s Folly and the Hunter met with Cult MTL to talk about the steady spread of their music, from touring Europe to placements on American TV.
Folly and the Hunter: growing slow and steady
On Tuesday November 19, the Quebec Writers’ Federation bestowed its annual Literary Awards on Adam Leith Gollner, Saleema Nawaz, and several other wordsmiths. The Montreal Gazette lists the winners.
QWF Awards celebrate Quebec’s English writing community
Sixteen local artists were given the task of painting the namesake saints of some of Montreal’s most beloved streets. The resulting project, City of Saints, is profiled in Cult MTL. Click here to see the paintings online.
Artists paint the patron saints of Montreal’s streets
Montreal-based pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert recently visited Petersburg, Alaska, where he performed and gave talks to music lovers of all ages. He stopped by local radio station KFSK for an interview.
Derek Yaple-Schobert en Alaska
Montreal-based band Freelove Fenner has released its first long-player, containing sharp lines and strong melodies. The album’s songs may short, but as the Montreal Gazette found out in this interview, the band crafts them with care.
Freelove Fenner’s first full-length
According to La Presse’s Alain Brunet, Montreal singer/songwriter Patrick Watson wrapped up the first part of his career in grand orchestral fashion at Saint-Jean Baptiste Church.
La Presse impressed by Patrick Watson’s symphonic turn
According to Blouin ArtInfo, Montreal painter Janet Werner makes effective use of the tools of her trade to create complex depictions of female subjects.
Review: Janet Werner’s unusual portraits
From her birthplace of New Hampshire to her Quebec home, from folksinging to filmmaking, Alanis Obomsawin’s life journey is rich with stories and accolades. She speaks with the Montreal Gazette about her newest documentary, on the Cree community of Attawapiskat in Ontario.
Alanis Obomsawin still going strong
La Presse interviews Montreal band Half Moon Run about their achievements in 2013 – which include opening for Mumford & Sons and selling out local shows at the National and Metropolis.
Half Moon Run’s spectacular year
Dancer and choregrapher Margie Gillis, born and raised in Quebec, is 40 years into her impressive career and active as ever. The Globe and Mail recently sat down with Gillis to talk about her craft.
Margie Gillis celebrates a 40-year career
Z’Isle, a new comic project from Lateef Martin and Dan Buller, imagines Montreal as a wasteland overrun with the undead. Cult MTL talks to the creators about their post-apocalyptic vision and engaging readers’ imaginations.
Zombies take Montreal in new comic
Montreal author Mary Soderstrom’s new short story collection, Desire Lines, was inspired in part by the Champs des possibles in the Mile End. The Gazette asked for Soderstrom’s thoughts on urban inspirations and writing about love.
Mary Soderstrom: Stories inspired by Montreal
With influences spanning eras (from baroque to modern) and oceans (from China to the West), Andrew Lui’s paintings are full of “physicality” and “exuberant lines” in the words of the Gazette. Lui owns the gallery Han Art in Westmount.
Painter Andrew Lui fuses traditions and cultures
Longueuil’s Kaytranada has found himself touring and collaborating on the international level thanks to his strong collection of beats, remixes, and DJ sets on Soundcloud. He talked to the Gazette recently.
Kaytranada’s Soundcloud success
Montreal’s Lara Kramer, a First Nations dancer and choreographer, wanted to get out of her comfort zone with her newest work, NGS (“Native Girl Syndrome”). VOIR, partnering with Tangente, features an interview and video peeking into Kramer’s process.
Lara Kramer pushes her boundaries
Montreal's Arcade Fire have a second #1 album on their hands with Reflektor. The band’s fourth album sold 140 000 copies in its first week, knocking Katy Perry's Prism from the top spot.
Arcade Fire burn up the Billboard chart
Montreal singer-songwriter Mark Berube has evolved his setup and sound on his newest album, Russian Dolls. The Montreal Gazette caught up with him to talk pop music and band dynamics.
Mark Berube’s “richly layered” Russian Dolls
The work of landscape painter Michael Smith, based in Montreal, will be exhibited at a gallery in London, Ontario until Nov. 23, as reported in the London Free Press.
Michael Smith’s landscapes in London, ON
Ian Kelly’s fourth album All These Lines showcases an arena-ready, expansive sound. Metro talks to the Montrealer about bridging musical moods and languages (Kelly’s father is francophone and his mother is anglophone, but he sings in English).
Ian Kelly’s arena dreams
According to the Montreal Gazette, Centaur Theatre’s production of Seeds –written by Montrealer Annabel Soutar – is a “must-must-see.”
Seeds a success
Montreal’s anglo rap scene gets some time in VOIR’s spotlight with this list of artists to watch, which places promising talent (Heart Streets, Ceas Rock) alongside internationally acclaimed stars (Loe Pesci).
VOIR spotlights anglophone rap
Montreal-based musician Rae Spoon recently gave a stunning performance in their hometown of Calgary – “downright cathartic,” in fact, according to music magazine Beatroute.
Rae Spoon: captivating in Calgary
American music website Pitchfork calls Arcade Fire’s new album a “triumph,” giving it a rating of 9.2 out of 10, along with a ‘Best New Music’ designation.
Pitchfork loves Reflektor
Montreal writer Veena Gokhale has crafted a collection of short stories that highlight the diverse social fabric of Bombay (Mumbai). Gokhale spoke with CBC about the collection, titled Bombay Wali.
Veena Gokhale explores Bombay’s diversity
Just before the release of their hotly anticipated fourth album, Reflektor, two members of Montreal-based band Arcade Fire sat down with the paper to talk about the creative process, inspiration, and evolution behind the record.
Arcade Fire talks to Le Devoir
Montreal-based playwright Annabel Soutar’s Seeds is taking the Centaur stage with the tale of a Saskatchewan farmer who stands up to Monsanto. The Gazette recently spoke with Soutar and actor Eric Peterson about what and who was involved in this new incarnation—including Quebec-raised director Chris Abraham, winner of the prestigious Siminovitch award.
Annabel Soutar’s Seeds: Montreal meets Saskatchewan
As a performer, pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert has some impressive trademarks, playing without sheet music and introducing each piece to the audience verbally. Equally impressive, he rebuilt his camp in Abitibi himself after it burned down in a forest fire.
Pianist Derek Yaple-Schobert on practice, performance, an...
Montrealer Omari Newton’s new play, The Lamentable Tragedy of Sal Capone, explores tensions between youth of colour and police. As he explains to Cult MTL, it also provides a showcase for hip hop culture and the ethnic diversity of modern Montreal.
Omari Newton’s “love letter to hip hop”
Sabrina Ratté, a video artist based in Montreal, recently created a dreamy video for fellow Montrealer Tim Hecker’s track “Black Refractions.” She spoke with The Creators Project about the making of the piece.
Artist Sabrina Ratté collaborates with Tim Hecker
Melissa Auf der Maur, who was born and has spent much of her life in Montreal, speaks with Bloody Underrated about two film projects she’ll be presenting during the upcoming Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.
Melissa Auf der Maur: from music to film
Montreal filmmaker Jeff Barnaby has a film festival success on his hands with Rhymes for Young Ghouls, a genre-bending psychodrama that paints a nuanced picture of Mi’kmaq culture. Cult MTL chats with Barnaby about his film, which recently shared the title of Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls finds film fest success
Montreal’s Imago Theatre impressed the Rover with its production of If We Were Birds at the Centaur Theatre. The play gracefully tackles the difficult subject of violence towards women in times of war.
If We Were Birds amazes the Rover
US music magazine Spin sits down for an in-depth interview with electronic musician Tim Hecker at his studio in Old Montreal. According to the mag, Hecker is “one of the most important musicians of our generation.”
Tim Hecker talks to Spin
Playwright Michael Mackenzie speaks with La Presse about Instructions pour un éventuel gouvernement socialiste qui souhaiterait abolir la fête de Noël . Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui will premiere this new French translation of Mackenzie’s play inspired by the financial industry’s 2008 debacle.
Michael Mackenzie in translation
Having made a splash with music videos for her friends on Montreal-based label Arbutus Records (think Grimes, Doldrums, and Majical Cloudz), director Emily Kai Bock takes Vice on a mini-tour of her physical and artistic community.
Emily Kai Bock’s tour of Montreal
Montreal author Shelagh Plunkett stopped by CBC’s All in a Weekend to talk about her memoir The Water Here is Never Blue, recently nominated for the 2013 Quebec Writers’ Federation awards.
Shelagh Plunkett on CBC
Montreal-based playwright Steve Galluccio follows the success of Mambo Italiano with another smash hit, The St. Leonard Chronicles. Here, he speaks to the Gazette about his new work.
Steve Galluccio’s sellout success
The Montreal Gazette interviews Montreal-based author Shelagh Plunkett about her recent memoir The Water Here is Never Blue, which delves into family memories and the questions surrounding her father’s job (he may have been a spy).
More than a mystery: Shelagh Plunkett interviewed in the ...
Christine Jensen finds her name gaining recognition in the jazz world, both at home and in the United States. Younger sister of trumpeter Ingrid, the Montreal saxophonist has found her own way as a composer and bandleader.
Christine Jensen finds her own path to success
Mia Anderson of Pontneuf, QC - winner of the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize - speaks with CBC’s Jeanette Kelly about her life and work.
An interview with Montreal Poetry Prize winner Mia Anderson
His idols being David Bowie and Boy George, Jef Barbara, a native of Cote-des-Neiges, has always had an interest in presenting an androgynous persona. He speaks to the Gazette about his new album, "Soft to the Touch," his artistic practice and his newfound interest in the fashion world.
Jef Barbara's bilingual glam
Since 2006, the GAMIQ awards (Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendante du Québec) have highlighted the best independent releases of the year. This year's nominations have been announced, and things look good for English artists: Suuns, Purity Ring, Blue Hawaii, Leif Vollebekk, Kid Koala, We Are Wolves are among those who received GAMIQ nods.
Suuns, Leif Vollebekk, Kid Koala among GAMIQ awards nominees
On May 31, 2014, Corey Hart - who was born, and partly raised, in Montreal - will celebrate his birthday on the stage at Centre Bell for the final show of his career. Hart, a very popular singer in the 1980s, will perform his biggest hits, notably "Sunglasses at Night" and "Never Surrender." In an interview with the Gazette, he says he wants to move on from singing, and is currently working on an autobiography.
Corey Hart says farewell
Montreal DJ Eric San, better known as Kid Koala, has been busy; he worked on the soundtrack of the recent Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby, and his most recent album 12-Bit Blues was nominated for this year's Polaris music prize. During this interview with CBC's Jeanette Kelly, San talks about his rebellious musical roots and the origins of his adopted name.
Kid Koala goes to Hollywood
The popular CBC host of Q, Jian Ghomeshi, recorded an episode of his show live at the Pop Montreal festival. Along for the ride at Montreal's Olympia were musicians Patrick Watson and BRAIDS, comedian Sugar Sammy, and mystery novelist Louise Penny.
Q Live at Pop Montreal
Motel Raphaël was originally formed two years ago by a Montreal-based trio of singer/guitarists (Clara Legault, Emily Skahan et Maya Malkin). Now, it's a seven-piece ensemble featuring drums, trumpet, and vibraphone. They talk to the Gazette about the band's recent additions and their songwriting processes.
Motel Raphaël on the rise
The 2013 Polairs Prize has been awarded to Montreal-based band Godspeed You! Black Emperor for its most recent album, "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" Other Montreal-based nominees included Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, and Young Galaxy. Rolling Stone magazine reports on the band's win.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! wins the Polaris P...
After releasing four LPs in English, Jason Bajada has just come out with "Le résultat de mes bêtises" (The results of my nonsense), an album written front-to-back in French. In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal-based singer-songwriter - himself the result of a French father and English mother - explains that it felt like the right time to explore some new linguistic and artistic territory.
New record, new territory for the bilingual Jason Bajada
At this year's POP Montreal festival, Montrealer and leader of The Dears Murray A. Lighburn will present a pop opera titled "MASS:LIGHT", a notable departure from his previous musical involvements. The opera will also be released as a solo album and Lighburn is thinking it could become a film as well.
Murray Lightburn's POP opera
Dimitrios Koussioulas and the team behind CityTV's "Only in Montreal" visited the set of "Mohawk Girls," a dramatic comedy that's filmed in Kahnawake. Koussioulas couldn't hide his enthusiasm for the series as he met the actors and interviewed Tracey Deer, the creator of the series, as well as several actresses and members of the catering team.
Only in Montreal goes to Kahnawake
Mia Anderson, who lives in Portneuf, QC, has been announced as the winner of the $20,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Her poem "The Antenna" was judged the winner of this award which has quickly gained attention on the global literary scene. This year, about 2,000 poets from 70 countries submitted their work for consideration.
Mia Anderson wins the Montreal International Poetry Prize
Earlier this year, Montreal group Esmerine released "Dalmak," inspired by a residency in Turkey during a European tour. The album was partly recorded in Turkey with local musicians, and Cult MTL finds the album to be one of the group's most impressive works. In conversation with Cult MTL, Esmerine's Rebecca Foon talks about influences and inspirations for the record.
Esmerine's new album bears a Turkish influence
Exclaim! magazine has much praise for the live show of Alex Zhang Hungtai, better known as Dirty Beaches. In performance Sept. 11 in Toronto, he offered an electrifying performance, "at once both chaotic and meticulously rehearsed."
Dirty Beaches comes "highly recommended"
The pianist David Ryshpan has been active on the city's jazz scene for a decade. He also writes a blog and hosts a show on the airwaves of CKUT, McGill's community radio station. He just added another role to his repertoire as the creative director and curator of the Brazilian and Lusophone music festival LuzArts, which will take place in Montreal at the end of September. Cult MTL had an animated discussion with the man of many hats.
The many hats of David Ryshpan
Now Toronto has a very interesting interview with the author/musician/songwriter Rae Spoon, adopted Montrealer (via Alberta) who recently released their album My Prairie Home. In their songs, Spoon explores their roots and their experience searching for their identity while growing up in a very religious family.
Rae Spoon opens up to Now Magazine
On Monday, Sept. 9, a large crowd of Arcade Fire fans flooded to Salsathèque in Montreal as word spread online that the band would play a surprise show that evening. The music website Stereogum was there to give its readers the inside scoop.
Report from Arcade Fire's surprise show
The Loop shares a video of CTV's interview with Montreal-based author Shelagh Plunkett, whose recently released memoir The Water Here is Never Blue focuses on the mysteries surrounding her unusual upbringing. Her father's job took her family to countries as far away as Guyana and Indonesia, but as she tells CTV, she and her family came to question whether he really had been a civil engineer after all.
Shelagh Plunkett recalls her unusual adolescence
After a one-year absence, Montreal musical duo Elsiane, composed of singer/songwriter Elsieanne Caplette, Stephane Sotto and their musicians, gave a captivating concert at the Cabaret Mile End. The raptured audience enjoyed an exceptional performance.
Elsiane captivates at the Cabaret du Mile End
"The End of Pinky," an animated short film in 3D produced by the NFB and directed by Claire Blanchet, is an adaptation of the short story of the same name by Heather O'Neill. The Montreal writer drew on memories of her hometown to create a story that unfolds in the city's storied Red Light District. The film had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11.
The End of Pinky: Heather O'Neill's homegrown tale
Louise Penny's string of successes adds another chapter: her newest novel, How the Light Gets In, has made its debut in the top spot on the New York Times's Bestseller List. Interviewed by the CBC about the honour, she could barely contain her excitement.
Louise Penny atop the NY Times Bestsellers List
German director Wim Wenders is currently shooting a movie in Quebec starring James Franco, Marie-Josée Croze, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and young Montreal actor Robert Naylor. A longtime fan of singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, Wenders asked him to compose the music for “Everything Will Be Fine.”
A Wim Wenders/Patrick Watson Collaboration
The National Post enlisted Montreal writer and poet Jon Paul Fiorentino to gather bookstore recommendations from four up-and-coming Montreal-based writers (Darren Bifford, Julie Mannell, Laura Broadbent and Mike Spry). The results are entertaining and surprisingly touching.
Four Montreal writers choose their favourite bookstores
Montreal-based filmmaker Anne Kmetyko presented two very different short films at this year's Festival des films du monde. The first, "Graveurs d'images," explores the world of tattoo artists and took a long time to complete. The other, "Truths and Liar," took the Charbonneau Commission as its inspiration and was finished within three months. She spoke with the Gazette about her work and process.
Anne Kmetyko: Two films at the FFM
Simon Vermeulen, the producer of "Der Untermensch," didn't set out with the intention of making a short film about the persecution of gays during the Third Reich. However, as he met director Kays Mejri and the process unfolded, things began to change. The resulting product has already met with excitement at the Toronto International Film Festival as it's been nominated for Best Canadian Short Film.
Der Untermensch tackles tough subjects through dance
Montreal musician JF Robitaille has released his second album, Rival Hearts. The poetic richness of his words has spawned comparisons to such luminaries as Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Robitaille, who says he always wanted to be a writer, describes his musical style as European folk.
The lyricism of JF Robitaille
Lousie Penny, who lives in Sutton, is the author of a series of police novels based on the life of one Inspector Gamache, whose adventures unfold in the fictitious Quebec village of Three Pines. Her novels have been met with great success in Canada and the US. Penny spoke with the Gazette recently about her most recent novel, How the Light Gets In, and about her lingering doubts and worries amid a career in full bloom.
Louise Penny confronts her success
Born in India and a resident of Montreal since 1966, Cheryl Braganza creates brightly coloured paintings that speak to her life and experiences. She made an appearance on Global Montreal to promote her upcoming exhibition at Espace Hypérion Galerie d'art "Les Alcôves" in Quebec City from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, 2013. The exhibition is titled « Du silence à l’expression ».
Cheryl Braganza exhibits in Quebec City
Jay Baruchel will write and produce a comedy series for the American network ABC focusing on a Hollywood star who makes the unusual choice to move back home to be close to Mom. The Montreal-based screenwriter and actor counts Goon and Million Dollar Baby among his past projects.
God, Guns, and Automobiles: you might say they're the holy trinity of American society. In any case, they're subject of a book of photos and texts published by Ben Philippi, a born and bred Montrealer. Working with Zone 3, a production company also based in Montreal, Philippi recently developed a documentary series on this same theme that was picked up by the History Channel.
Ben Philippi explores American gun culture
Electro-art-rockers Braids, Montrealers by adoption, are getting a lot of attention for their recently released second album, Flourish//Perish. Jon Caramanica of the New York Times caught their performance at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and found it full of expression and surprise.
New York Times: Braids is "kinetic and exciting"
Tim Rideout recently had the golden opportunity to work with Jorane and Éloi Painchaud to compose the epic music for the much-anticipated film Louis Cyr. L'Acadie Nouvelle interviews the Fredericton native, McGill jazz alumnus and adopted Montrealer on his experience and the doors it's opened.
Louis Cyr opens doors for Tim Rideout
In his blog, the Gazette's Mark Lepage gives a very positive review of Montreal band AroarA's first album, "In the Pines", praising its feverish and atmospherique music.
AroarA's new album reviewed
Don Oldenburg of USA Today awards four stars out of four to Louise Penny's newest police novel, How the Light Gets In. There's a double-dose of Quebec connection here: the title of Penny's book is inspired by the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's song "Anthem". The novel focuses on a recurring character of Penny's, inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec.
Glowing review for Louise Penny
Passersby will soon be able to enjoy the work of internationally-acclaimed street artist Labrona on the concrete structure in front of the Jarry metro station. Another mural, created by Rupert Bottenberg et Dan Buller, will appear on an exterior wall of the Lion d’Or, depicting the famous Montreal cabaret singer Alys Robi.
Murals in Montreal
To the surprise of many, writes Nathalie Petrowski in La Presse, Montrealer John Zeppetelli was named Director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. All the previous Directors have been francophones. Zeppetelli’s mission: to reinvent the museum he’s taking over.
John Zeppetelli Heads the MAC
Maureen Corrigan has a lot of praise (and maybe reveals a bit too much!) about "How the Light Gets In," the newest episode in Louise Penny's series of adventures based on the character Inspector Armand Gamache. According to Corrigan, it's a "magnificent mystery novel that appeals not only to the head, but also to the heart and soul."
Le Washington Post adore le polar de Louise Penny
Victor Quijada's Montreal-based dance troupe Rubberbandance performed its show "Gravity Center" in Chatham, NewYork. The Albany Times Union gives here a very positive review of the show, applauding the five dancers' spectacular unity and cohesion.
Connected tribe in state of conflict
In an interview with Littlecity, Montreal songwriter-singer-performer Krystale discusses "Machine," her first album. She also touches on her love of jazz, her relationship with writing, the thrill of performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and her unique electro-jazz-soul blend. Photos and a video are included in the blog post.
Krystale and the thrill of electro-jazz-soul
Toronto's Now Magazine gives a very positive review of Sarah Neufeld's solo album"Hero Brother". According to the reviewer, the album is a gorgeous collection of experimental instrumental songs
Now Magazine loves Sarah Neufeld
Young Galaxy's fourth album, Ultramarine, was released last March and found itself on the shortlist for the Polaris Prize, awarded each year by critics to the best Canadian album. A deluxe version of the album will be released in September. The Montreal-based group will tour western Canada and the United States this fall, as well. Brooklyn Vegan has the full list of dates as well as videos and audio for your discovery.
Young Galaxy gets busy
Flourish//Perish, the new album from Montreal's Braids, was written and recorded in a small garage studio, the band's three members huddled around the glow of a laptop (one member left the band during the process). Recently, Braids opened up to the Montreal Gazette about the increasing role of technology in their work, as well as changes in their sound and lineup.
Braids open up about shifts in sound and process
Born in Calgary and living in Montreal, Rae Spoon has had an unusual and challenging life, having grown up transgender in a very conservative and religious family. Their album, "My Prairie Home" - the soundtrack for the eponymous documentary that the NFB will present this fall - is a reflection of Spoon's professional and personal life.
Rae Spoon gets personal on new album
The Wall Street Journal has published an enthusiastic review of The Book of Immortality, Montreal author Adam Leith Gollner's newest work. The book explores the theme of life after death through meetings and conversations with various colourful characters.
Adam Leith Gollner: Life after death?
Having played with such prominent groups as Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, Sarah Neufeld is branching out in her own right with the release of her solo album, Hero Brother. In conversation with the Montreal Gazette, she speaks about her musical upbringing, her work with Arcade Fire, and the inspirations behind her new album.
Sarah Neufeld's new beginning
Dancer and choreographer Margie Gilles, whose celebrated career began 40 years ago, treated herself by collaborating with Tedd Robinson to create “Cavatinas and Counterpoints.” The performance, comprised of choreographies for one and two dancers on music by Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin and Debussy played by pianist Jean Desmarais, will be presented for the first time at the Orford Festival on August 16.
Margie Gillis: The Joys of Creating
Emma Beko and Gabrielle Godon have known each other since their elementary school days at Académie Michèle-Provost. Now 21 years old, they met with the Gazette and spoke about the beginnings of their hip hop project Heart Streets, their writing process, and their upcoming projects.
Heart Streets: A dynamic duo
The Montreal Gazette offers a short video of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, together with Jane and Anna McGarrigle, singing "À la claire Fontaine" during the inauguration of Place Kate-McGarrigle on August 7, 2013.
A place in honour of Kate McGarrigle
The New Orford String Quartet, formed by members of both the Montreal and Toronto symphony orchestras, literally wowed the Orford Festival audience when brilliantly performing Airat Ichmouratov’s latest composition, “Temps et foi” (Time and Faith)
Wowed at the Orford Festival
New Brow art, inspired by elements of low-brow culture (think tattoos and comic books), gets its due in Tanem Davidson's documentary film "New Brow." Read Cult MTL's interview with with Jono Doiron, an artist who recently organized a screening of the documentary and an accompanying art exposition.
New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art
Sarah Neufeld and modern dance
Freestanding Productions, a Montreal theatre company, recently presented the solo show "My Pregnant Brother" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Theatre review site West End Wilma was impressed by the play, which was written and performed by Johanna Nutter. Click on the link below to read Wilma's words of praise.
My Pregnant Brother in Edinburgh
While Aracde Fire fans are excitedly looking forward to the Montreal band's next album in October, member Richard Reed Parry has formed another musical group, Quiet River of Dust, with other giants of the Canadian indie scene, including Laurel Sprengelmeyer (a.k.a. Little Scream), Stefan Schneider (Bell Orchestre) and Dallas Good (The Sadies). On CBC Radio, Reed Parry talks about this new group, as well as Arcade Fire's success.
Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry forms a new band and cel...
Under the auspices of the Fantasia Festival, Montreal band Title 66 presents Clive Barker's "The History of the Devil". Directed by Jeremy Michael Segal - only 22 years old! - the 3-hour long courtroom drama is performed by 8 actors playing 34 characters. The purpose of the trial: determine whether Lucifer is guilty or not of crimes against humanity - an ambitious goal for an ambitious production.
Putting Satan on trial
For the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare-in-the-Park, Repercussion Theatre offers a very well-done production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The show, at once romantic, fantastic and amusing, charms every performance's public. Read Bloody Underrated's review of the production.
Shakespeare-in-the-Park: a magical production
Montreal band Alligator Baby, after launching their first LP "The Cool Side of the Pillow", just performed at Hamilton's Pearl Company, crowning a successful south Ontario tour that included Toronto and during which they played alongside bands such as The Fox and the Moon, Erika Werry and the Alphabet.
Alligator Baby completes successful Ontario tour
Quebec writer and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay just launched her latest book, called "Read Me a Story" in which she reconnects with a very popular character; the young Stella. Gay has won on two occasions the Governor General's Prize for children's litterature in English.
For Kids: Stella and Sam, together again
Montreal experimental music group Blue Hawaii has announced it will split as its two members, Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alexander Crown, go their separate ways: Crown is moving to Europe, while Standell-Preston will tour with her other, fast-rising band; Braids. However, this is not the first time that the duo splits, so let's keep an eye out for future collaborations in the years to come...
Blue Hawaii: Untogether again
In the movie "This is the End", Jay Baruchel plays an actor (also named Jay Baruchel...) who hates Hollywood, even as he lives there for his job. Baruchel was basically playing himself in that movie, as the 31-year old Montrealer entertains a strong distaste for L.A. and Hollywood, and is much more comfortable in his native NDG. The Montreal Gazette paints an enthusiastic portrayal of the colourful artist.
Home is where Jay Baruchel's heart lies
In the Summer 2013 edition of the Montreal Review of Books, author Ami Sands Brodoff both interviews Montrealer Saleema Nawaz and reviews her critically-acclaimed novel Bone and Bread. Her verdict: Bone and Bread is "an enveloping, heartfelt debut novel" in which "[the] language is dense, layered, blooming with images and raw visceral power; the miracle is that it rarely feels strained."
Saleema Nawaz on the cover of the Montreal Review of Books
In 2006, four poets - including Montrealers Susan Gillis and Mary di Michele - met and decided to collaborate on a series of renku, a form of japanese poetry. They named their group "Yoko's Dogs". Abby Paige offers a very receptive review of their work and most recent collection, "Whisk," in the Montreal Review of Books.
Yoko's dog and renku - Mary di Michele
In 2006, four poets - including Montrealers Susan Gillis and Mary di Michele - met and decided to collaborate on a series of renku, a form of japanese poetry. They named their group "Yoko's Dogs". Abby Paige offers a very receptive review of their work and most recent collection, "Whisk," in the Montreal Review of Books.
Yoko's dog and renku - Susan Gillis
Montreal actor Cas Anvar is well-known back home as the founder of Repercussion Theatre, which celebrates its 25th year of Shakespeare-in-the-Park. Having played a part in numerous Hollywood productions since 2003 (including Academy Awards Best Picture flick "Argo"), Anvar is now set to play the role of Dodi Fayed in a biopic on Princesse Diana, played by Naomi Watts.
Cas Anvar: from Shakespeare to Lady Di
Arcade Fire's numerous fans already know that the band will release their 4th album on October 29th. What they didn't know is that star saxophone player and Montrealer-by-adoption Colin Stetson will collaborate with them for the album. His own CD, "New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light", was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.
Colin Stetson set to collaborate with Arcade Fire
In an interview with the Charlebois Post, Montrealer Rosaruby Kagan discusses the story behind her solo play "Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner: A Sort of Love Story". Adapted from the book of the same name recounting the friendship between writer Alan Zweibel and comedian Gilda Radner, which was tragically cut short when Gilda died of ovarian cancer aged only 43, "Bunny Bunny" is a story of friendship and resilience.
Rosaruby Kagan pays tribute to Gilda Radner
Rolling Stone Magazine gives a very positive review of Half Moon Run's "Dark Eyes", praising its harmonies, guitar arrangements, as well as the subtle instrumental work that can be found in the CD.
Rolling Stone likes Half Moon Run
In the Montreal Gazette's critique Pat Donelly's own words; "Repercussion Theatre has outdone itself with its 25th anniversary production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is the best Shakespeare-in-the-park production the company has ever staged." This year's production is set to please crowds all summer with its great performers, gorgeous set and great directorial touch.
Review: Repercussion Theatre’s best Shakespeare-in-the-Pa...
The Rover's Anna Fuerstenberg gives a rave review of Repercussion Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare-in-the-Park, with a positive analysis of every actor's performance and final ethusiastic remarks for director Amanda Kellock.
Perchance to dream
For their latest EP, Montreal duo AroarA drew inspiration from "In the Pines", a book of poetry by Alice Notley. Interviewed by the CBC, Andrew Whiteman and Ariel Engle discuss the challenge that is the transformation of Notley's poems in songs that truly are theirs.
Giving a musical voice to someone else's words
In this short video, Cas Anvar, founder of Repercussion Theatre, talks about his theatre company's beginnings as they launched Shakespeare-in-the-Park 25 years ago. To celebrate, this year, Repercussion Theatre is presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream".
Cas Anvar and Shakespeare-in-the-Park
Accompanying Montreal's International Jazz Festival, the "dialogic" sessions organized by professor Norman Cornet were held for a 16th year. The guest of honour for this year's last meeting was jazz legend Oliver Jones, who charmed the public as he discussed his long and succesful career.
Oliver Jones meets his fans
Montrealer and hockey maniac Jay Baruchel announces that he and his partner Jesse Chabot are currently writing the screenplay for a sequel to “Goon”, his very popular 2011 movie on our national sport. The shooting is scheduled to begin next summer.
A Sequel to Goon
Now in its 9th year, "Piss in the Pool," co-produced by Wants&Needs Dance and Studio 303, has become an institution in the Montreal dance scene. The show brings together a handful of emerging choreographers that present their creations in a somewhat unconventional space - the Bain St. Michel. Rebecca Galloway from The Rover reviews this year's production.
Diving into Dance
Radio-Canada's Zone Doc is broadcasting a new documentary series by Jon Kalina, called "Citoyen ou étranger?". The doc follows an extended family of Somali immigrants, the Ahmed family, navigating their way through six different countries.
Citizen or stranger?
This year, Repercussion Theatre presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in honour of Shakespeare-in-the-Park's 25th anniversary. In a televised interview, theatrical director Amanda Kellock discusses the challenges and the joys that are so intimately linked with the production of such a classic.
The work behind Shakespeare-in-the-Park
According to Huffington Post’s Myriam Lefevre, the Montreal-based experimental folk-country group The Barr Brothers, playing tunes from their 2011 eponymous album as well as new material, “prodigiously” connected with the public when it performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival this past month.
The Barr Brothers Wow the Public
Even after more than 200 concerts and fans all over North America, Montrealers are slow to discover The Barr Brothers. A bit surprising, writes La Presse’s critic Alain de Repentigny, as the group’s music is “authentic, organic, and unifying”. But there was a large crowd when the quartet perfumed outside at the Montreal International Jazz festival.
The Barr Brothers : To Be Discovered
Pianist, singer-songwriter Elizabeth Shepherd was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Toronto and France, and now lives in Montreal. La Presse’s Alexandre Vigneault asks her three questions, which enables her to talk about the music she enjoys, her education, her love for the French language, her identity as a musician, and the project she’s now working on.
Three Questions for Elizabeth Shepherd
For the 25th Anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park, Repercussion Theatre is presenting the immortal A Midsummer Night's Dream from July 4 until August 4 in parks and communities around Montreal . In this interview for CBC's All in a Weekend, Repercussion Theatre director Paul Hopkins and actor Alain Goulem, who plays Bottom, talk about the history of Shakespeare in the Park and the importance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream... in the park
Jazz singer and pianist Elizabeth Shepherd, who will perform at Montreal International Jazz Festival, greets Le Devoir in her charming Verdun apartment, and talks about her approach to musical composition, her style, and her daily existence as an artist and a mom.
A day in the life of Elizabeth Shepherd
After being bestowed the prize for best short film at the Aljazeera Documentary Film Festival, Montreal documentary filmmaker Jason Lee has received the same honour at the Palm Spring ShortFest for his film "Letters From Pyongyang." The movie follows Lee and his father as they make their way to North Korea, seeking a long-lost family member.
Jason Lee honoured - again
Three and a half years after Kate McGarrigle's death at the age of 63, her children celebrate their mother with a number of activities and performances. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Rufus and Martha Wainwright talk about their careers, their personal lives and, of course, their celebrated mother.
Through Music, Kate McGarrigle's Family Carries On
The Montreal Baroque Festival and Pop Montreal presented at the Théâtre St-James the show "Le Pop d'Époque," from the groupe "Party Like It's 1699" that brought together today's pop music and 18th century culture. A highlight of the show: digital solists.
Wants&Needs’ Sasha Kleinplatz and Andrew Tay have invited 7 choreographers and one contortionist to create a short work for the upcoming “Piss in the Pool” show, which will be staged at the Bain St-Michel. Geneviève Ferron, Benjamin Kamino, Andréane Leclerc, and Helen Simard talk about their appropriation of the environment and their artistic vision.
Dancing in the Pool
Mark Lepage reviews the double album "Sing me the Songs," an hommage to the work of Kate McGarrigle. Three charity concerts (in London, Toronto and New York) were recorded, showcasing a large array of musicians including Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Norah Jones and Robert Charlebois. A beautiful hommage to a grand artist.
Celebrating Kate McGarrigle
On the eve of two solo shows he will perform for the International Jazz Festival and after his participation in the hommage to Claude Léveillé in the FrancoFolies, legendary jazz musician Oliver Jones talks about his youth in Montreal, his friendship with Oscar Peterson, and his long and extraordinary musical career.
A Jazz legend's childhood
In his early twenties, Montrealer Jeff Gandell suffered from unimaginable trauma: he started going bald. The catastrophy was all the greater for Jeff who was convinced that his luxurious mane was directly corelated to his success with the ladies, and his future career as a writer. Years later, Jeff's comedy show "The Balding" chronicles the hair-raising misadventure that were - obviously - a direct result of this hair loss.
Montrealer Jay Baruchel and his colleagues have received Telefilm's Golden Box Office prize for "goon," a comedy on violence and hockey. Baruchel, who usually works in Hollywood, hopes that his movie's success will work toward slowing down the brain drain of movie talents from Canada to the United States.
Goon's success may help stem Canada's talent 'brain drain...
Actor, screenwriter and producer Jay Baruchel and his collaborators have received the Telefilm's Golden Box Office prize - a prize given annually to a Canadian English-language film of the past year that made the most money at the domestic box office. Interviewed by the CBC, Baruchel discusses his movie "Goon," a humourous (and provocative) incursion into the world of hockey.
Jay Baruchel's "Goon" wins award
Mickey Boston Kovacks and Regimental Oneton launch their first CD, "Enter the 26 Tentacles," a first collaboration between the two Montrealers. Eclectic by way of its themes and musical approaches, this album stands out for its desire to break rap conventions - especially its macho culture.
Mickey Boston Kovacks: working with the many splendours o...
Regimental Oneton and Mickey Boston Kovacks launch their first CD, "Enter the 26 Tentacles," a first collaboration between the two Montrealers. Eclectic by way of its themes and musical approaches, this album stands out for its desire to break rap conventions - especially its macho culture.
Rap is a many-splendoured thing for local MCs: Regimental...
The singers in the Lyric Theatre Montreal presented in the Oscar Peterson concert hall the show Hallelujah Broadway, a technicolour mosaic of songs from a diverse array of musicals, including "The Phantom of the Opera," the "Wizard of Oz," and "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Living in Paris."
Technicolour Broadway in Montreal
La Presse's Alain Brunet reviews Montrealer Dirty Beaches' album "Drifters/Love is the Devil". If at first the music - strange ambiances and improbable chants - is difficult to connect with, it is because it demands an effort from the listener's part. Once tamed, the music is incredibly rewarding.
Dirty Beaches: music that is rewarding
Angel's Share, directed by Amanda Kellock and starring Chip Chuipka and Stephanie Buxton, is presented at this year's Montreal Fringe. A Scottish tale and a production well worth seeing.
Scottish angels in a play masterfully directed by Amanda ...
Angel's Share, directed by Amanda Kellock and starring Chip Chuipka and Stephanie Buxton, is presented at this year's Montreal Fringe. A Scottish tale and a production well worth seeing.
Angel's Share, directed by Amanda Kellock and starring Chip Chuipka and Stephanie Buxton, is presented at this year's Montreal Fringe. A Scottish tale and a production well worth seeing.
Chip Chuipka is a Scottish Angel
Krin Haglund is finally performing her first, superb solo show at this year's Fringe. Called "Le rendez-vous galant," the show is drawn from a real story that happened to Krin: one day, her date stood her up... Interviewed by Le Devoir, the circus acrobat talks about her personal journey as well as her performance, filled to the brim with colourful accessories and situations.
Chagrin d'amour ne dure pas pour Krin Haglund
The master of klezmer hip-hop Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, presents his latest musical in Yiddish. “Tales from Odessa,” based on stories from Russian writer Isaak Babel, features one Benya Krik, the king of the gangsters in that Soviet town back in the 20s. Dolgin expresses his fascination for criminals.
Montrealer Josh Dolgin - more commonly known as Socalled - presents "Tales from Odessa" at the Segal Center, a musical based on short stories written in the early 20th century by Isaac Babel. Interviewed by Cult MTL, Socalled discusses his show, his love of Babel's books and his fascination for gangsters.
Socalled brings gangsters to the Segal
BRAIDS' recently launched double single - In Kind and Amends - signposts a complete change of direction for the groupe, as it leaves aside accoustic guitars in favour of computers and electronic sounds. The band's members explain what brought about this change, and their high hopes for this new musical path.
BRAIDS: electronic evolution
Seb Black is interviewed for the music channel Musique Plus's show Top Musique on his work (in French).
Seb Black interviewed for Top Musique
She worked with Cirque Éloize and Les 7 doigts de la main, as well as with the Cirque du Soleil and the eccentric artists over at La Clique. We saw her perform last year at Complètement Cirque. Montreal circus-artist Krin Haglund is now performing at the Fringe festival in her first solo show: The Rendez-Vous Galant.
Waiting for Krin
The members of The Barr Brothers meet La Presse’s Émilie Côté and talk about the forming of the group, their trials and tribulations on the road, and the taping of their second album, to be released in early 2014.
The Barr Brothers : a Portrait
While his career debut was chaotic, the Montreal-born composer, singer, producer and pianist Chilly Gonzalez has seen his career take-off since in the past few years. Freshly signed to Canadian label Arts & Crafts, he has collaborated with Daft Punk, Drake and Feist - and that's not counting successful albums such as "Solo Piano II".
The fall and rise of Chilly Gonzales
Legendary gay activist Puelo Deir was inspired by his own past when creating "Holy Tranity!" The musical and drama, starring Québécois Jérôme Gagnon, takes place within the Montreal's gay nightclubs... in the eighties, as AIDS wrecked lives. The show is entertaining, sexy and completely nuts.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is producing a new and original musical, "Tales from Odessa," adapted from Isaac Babel's short story collection of the same name by Socalled. The story is that of Benya Krik, fearsome leader of the Jewish mafia in Old World Ukraine...
Old and new collide in Yiddish adaptation of Tales from O...
Montreal’s Phi Center invited Renata Morales to share her love for some local artists’ work with the public. A lover of visual arts, parallel music, and underground culture, Morales wows the Center’s visitors.
Renata Morales’ 8 Days at the Phi
Listen to Quebec Drama Federation's Cassandra Rose and Fringe Festival's Amy Blackmore and Alain Lafrance on No More Radio's Edge of the Cityi podcast.
Marginals and thespians in Montreal
Joe Becker, currently completing his MFA at Concordia, is interviewed for CBC's Cinq à Six about his artistic style (Death Metal Flemish Baroque), the childhood stories and adolescent angst that inspire him, and his current exhibition at the PHI Centre's Gallery space.
Joe Becker: Flemish-Baroque with a Twist
APTN is promoting its new series "Mohawk Girl," a comedy starring four twenty-something women living in Kahnawake. The show, directed by Tracey Deer, born and bred in Kahnawake, brings together an enthusiastic team. "Mohawk Girls" aims to destroy stereotypes about life on the rez.
Sex and the City... on the Rez
The 23rd edition of the Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival, held June 3rd - 23rd, offers a total of 700 shows. Where to go? The "Fringe for All" evening has allowed Fringe artists to indtroduce their performances with only 2 minutes of stage time. Quite a few - musicians, dancers, actors - look very promising.
Fringe for All: time to plan which shows to see
Morales, a textile and visual artist transplanted from Mexico to Montreal, is the curator of PHI Centre's 8 Day Week. She has collaborated with artists as varied as Arcade Fire, Grimes and Denis Villeneuve, and is interviewed here for CBC's "Cinq à Six" on the activity-full 8 Day Week.
Renata Morales' eight-day week
Braids will launch “Flourish/Perish,” its 2nd album next August. Until then, fans of the Albertan trio will be able to listen to their EP “In Kind/Amends,” which will be launched on June 11, the day they will perform at Montreal’s Casa del Popolo. You can listen to “In Kind” here.
A second album for BRAIDS
To mark the PHI Centre's first anniversary, CBC's Cinq à Six interviews Phoebe Greeneberg - founder and director of the centre - about the last fulfilling and interdisciplinary year.
PHI Centre turns 1
Electro R&B artist Akua talks about the shooting of her latest music video for her single Gravity. Shot in Florida, Gravity sees Akua transformed into a mermaid, realistic fishtail and all - and not that conventional bikini-clad mermaid type we all got used to see.
AKUA turns into a mermaid for her new music video "Gravity"
The Montreal Gazette meets Amy Blackmore, Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival director, and her spokesperson Johanna Nutter. The result is a dynamic portrait of the folly inherent to the planning of a festival that strives to be democratic and to reflect the complex personality of Montreal.
Fringe by name, fringe by nature
Melissa Bull was just unveiled as the winner of CBC Canada Writes' Hyperlocal story contest, where stories must have as a theme a Canadian neighbourhood in upheaval. Her short text, "In the Shadow of the Canada Malting Silos," weaves back and forth between the Saint-Henri neighbourhood today and in the mid-1990s.
Melissa Bull unveiled as winner of Hyperlocal story contest
Montrealer Tchae Measroch is a foley artist for Ubisoft - one of a handful of specialized sound effect technicians creating sounds and noises essential to storytelling within games such as Assassin's Creed 4. He uses a vast array of unusual and unexpected objects as instruments... an overall fasnitating insight into an art too few know.
Who makes those noises in movies, games?
Fringe Festival Director Amy Blackmore is in the Global News studio to promote the exceptional roster of un-censored artists at this year's Fringe, while acrobat and performer Krin casually drinks a glass of mimosa with her foot. Fringe Festival starts next Monday, June 3rd.
A toast to Fringe
The PHI Centre for Contemproary Art launched its "Semaines de 8 jours" series with a banquet celebrating the first edition's curator, desginer and painter Renata Morales.
Golden moment for Morales
The British webmagazine Drowned in Sound offers an incredibly enthusiastic review of Majical Cloudz' album Impersonator, praising singer Devon Welsh's voice as well as the rich sound, sound arrangements and hypnotic atmosphere that permeate the album.
Majical Cloudz gaining popularity across the pond
The Montreal daily Métro visits Seb Black in his quarters on Emery Street, as he’s launching his first album. Often compared to Tom Waits because of his husky voice, Black says that, when writing a song, lyrics are more important to him than the music. “If the lyrics aren’t good,” he says, “I don’t care about the song.”
Life According to Seb Black
Cameron School of Dance director Shena Cameron-Prihoda is a guest on No More Radio's "Dirty Feet." She is interviewed on how the school has been run and what kind of impact it had on the cultural community of Montreal's south shore since it was founded 75 years ago by her grandmother.
Cameron School of Dance director celebrates 75 years
In an interview with Filmmaker Magazine, Montrealer and documentarist Bill Stone discusses his film "The Triumph of the Wall," that follows the (completely demented) efforts of a man attempting to build a wall yet never achieving his goal.
Five Questions with Bill Stone
Sasha Kleinplatz, a University of Concordia graduate, is interviewed about her contemporary dance company Wants&Needs and the exceptional dance scene in Montreal.
Why Montreal Loves Dance: Q&A with Sasha Kleinplatz
Tracey Deer is currently filming a seven-part series on life for women on "the Rez" in Kahnawake, produced by Montreal-based Rezolution Pictures and written by Montrealer Cynthia Knight. The series, "Mohawk Girls," is a dramatic comedy about four Mohawk women living in Kahnawake and dealing with the universal struggles of love, relationships, change, and fitting in. The series is set to air next year on OMNI and the APTN.
Tracey Deer filming "Mohawk Girls" in Kahnawake
La Presse’s Émilie Côté reviews Montreal singer-songwriter Seb Black’s “Emery Street.” Though Black has been around for a while, we have the impression that he just came out of nowhere, but his debut album is inhabited by an old musical soul and carried by a scorched voice à la Tom Waits.
An Odd and Fascinating Character, An Eclectic and Unclass...
Forget the Box interviews Seb Black about the creation of the Emery Street jam space, studio and label, and the release of his début album. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere, and that atmosphere will be legendary.”
The Style of Emery Street Records
After two decades and eight albums, Montreal singer-songwriter Michael Feuerstack drops his alias Snailhouse and launches a first CD under his own named, titled « Tambourine Death Bed ». Very talented musicians, such as Colin Stetson, Mathieu Charbonneau, and Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara play on the album.
Snailhouse Is No More, Long Live Michael Feuerstack!
The Montreal-based group Plumes is touring Western Canada for the first time, and the Winnipeg Free Press uses the opportunity to try and understand this group that defies all categorization.
Montreal-based Plumes crossing genres on first tour acros...
Like so many members of cultural communities, Parker Mah and Bethany Or wrestle with questions of whether they’re Canadian, Québécois, Chinese or some combination of all three. Being Chinese in Quebec explore "the pull of tradition versus the desire to adapt to the dominant culture," following Mah and Or on a road trip across Quebec to connect with fellow member of the Chinese community.
Review: Being Chinese in Quebec — A Road Movie
Episode 70 of No More Radio's Edge of the City includes feature interviews with members of Uncalled For, One Man Band Festival founder Jon Cohen and performer Xania, that just launched her latest album. You can hear Xania at the -16:58 mark.
Edge of the City #70: Xania
Episode 70 of No More Radio's Edge of the City includes feature interviews with members of Uncalled For, One Man Band Festival founder Jon Cohen and performer Xania, that just launched her latest album. The members of Uncalled For can be heard at the -1:16:50 mark.
Edge of the City #70: This was Uncalled For
"Devon Welsh 'wanted to make music that was as simple as possible' when he started writing songs. The desire 'to keep that space inside our music' has become a defining characteristic of Majical Cloudz, whose second full-length album — and first for the highly regarded Matador label — is released on Tuesday, May 21."
Majical Cloudz: The promise of a perfect storm
CULT Montreal interviews One-Man Band Festival founder Jon Cohen on how the modern one-man and one-woman bands are completely redefined by modern technology.
Not your granddad's one-man band
Episode 70 of No More Radio's Edge of the City includes feature interviews with members of Uncalled For and with One Man Band Festival founder Jon Cohen, who can be heard at the -27:44 mark.
Edge of the City #70: Jon Cohen
“The Season,” Montrealer Socalled/Josh Dolgin’s first musical, follows the trials and tribulations of a teddy bear-like extra-terrestrial who lands in a Quebec forest, a surreal tale about the universal immigrant, the outcast trying to find its place in the world.
Socalled’s The Season: a surreal musical
Dawn Taylor Watson, the "Montreal Queen of Blues" and the guitarist Paul Deslauriers launch their CD "Southland". On top of that, Watson and Deslauriers headlined a May 22 Montreal charity benefit for the Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Society of Canada.
Dawn Tyler Watson headlines all-star Blues for Life conce...
"Twenty years ago, directors Malcolm Guy and William Ging Wee Dere made Moving the Mountain, a documentary exploring the history of the Chinese in Canada (...) Their new film, Being Chinese in Quebec, shifts focus to the new generation of Chinese in this province."
Navigating Identity in Quebec
For the past two years, choreographer Amy Blackmore has been the Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival's director - a multidisciplinary event, both accessible and unpredictable. Blackmore enthusiastically talks about her beginnings at the festival as a volunteer, and of the circumstances that have brought her to the helm of the ship.
Josh Dolgin, a.k.a. Socalled, blends the "rigorously musical and literate" with the "playful and flexible" in his hip-hop/klezmer infused forays into musical theatre. Tales from Odessa, based on a Isaak Babel short stories of Jewish gangsters in young Soviet Union, opens June 16 at the Segal Centre.
Socalled makes a Yiddish musical, surprises no one
Jon Cohen talks to Midnight Poutine about the founding of Montreal's One Man Band Festival and the lessons learned from going solo.
Jon Cohen interviewed on the founding and future of the O...
"Tibonom, the new book by Montreal multidisciplinary artist and local gallery/boutique Monastiraki proprietor Billy Mavreas, is a refreshing examination of just how much can be said without using words."
Billy Mavreas launches wordless graphic novel, speaks vol...
One year after his videoclip Hope in Dirt City - filmed entirely in Montreal - made the rounds, Cadence Weapon is working hard in the metropolis, hell bent on releasing a new album full of what he calls "super rap," a style not unlike his first CD Breaking Kayfabe.
Cadence Weapon Starts Work on New "Super Rap" LP
"In this, his latest novel in the Geoffrey Chadwick series set in Montreal, Edward O. Phillips tackles the double-barreled bane of getting old and of dealing with the grief of losing a loved one."
Geoffrey Chadwick's most recent adventures
The Montreal Review of Books considers the restlessness and dislocation at the heart of Susan Gillis's latest collection of poems, The Rapids -- a contemplation of the St. Lawrence River and nature's stark, humbling power.
Susan Gillis' poetry: restlessness and dislocation
The Gazette's Brendan Kelly thinks Vicious Circles at MainLine Theatre is "sheer genius," raving about playwright Ben Kalman's success in capturing the bitter animosities and toxic relationships that drove the Sex Pistols.
Sid Vicious briefly back from the dead
Kramer’s adaptation could hardly be in better hands. Sidemart Theatrical Grocery, under the stewardship of Andrew Shaver, has proven itself to be one of the most consistently inventive ensemble companies around, and Shaver’s dazzlingly physical direction keeps Baruchel on his toes.
La Presse’s Nathalie Petrowski had a good time at the Segal Centre watching « Sherlock Holmes », a Greg Kramer play with movie star and Anglo-Montrealer Jay Baruchel in the lead role, a big production that is half action comedy, half dark tale, against the backdrop of Victorian hypocrisy.
Sherlock Holmes—From Hollywood to Montreal
As the cast recording of The Season reaches stores, Socalled talks to the Gazette about his love/shame relationship with the musical theatre canon.
Musicals are in Season for Socalled
Sherlock Holmes at the Segal Centre is "a fine ensemble production, one of true mystery, magic and fun-filled melodrama."
Steam Punk Sherlock
NFB filmmaker Claire Blanchet has adapted Heather O'Neill's short story The End of Pinky for the screen. “It conjures so many images in your mind,” she said. “I had the most vivid experience when I read the story for the first time, and it really immediately was a universe that I could see and feel and hear."
Heather O'Neill's short story transformed for film
"Jay Baruchel’s Sherlock Holmes is part mad scientist, part Oscar Wilde character. Witty and quirky."
Jay Baruchel’s stage debut as Sherlock Holmes makes for a...
Sherlock Holmes "comes to life with Baruchel’s virtuoso performance and Kramer’s witty, deeply intelligent writing."
Baruchel's Baker Street gumshoe stands out
"Director Andrew Shaver has cooked up a stylish, sardonic staging where all tears in the fabric of the fiction are permissible (...) and meta-theatricality abounds."
Jay Baruchel as Sherlock: Hollywood meets Holmes
Hollywood star and Montrealer Jay Baruchel is surrounded by an excellent cast in Greg Kramer's "Sherlock Holmes," an irreverent parody of Arthur Conan Doyle's work. The Montreal Gazette gives a rave review of this dynamic and entertaining production held at the Segal Centre.
Sherlock Holmes: The case of the splendid staging
Vicious Circles at MainLine Theatre explores "one of rock ’n’ roll history’s most iconic love stories, and as depraved and depressing as it is, (...) it’s entertaining voyeurism."
Vicious Circles: Sex Pistols, death and voyeurism and the...
Now more than ever, Fringe is committed to the promotion of both English and French - and even Frenglish - in the 23rd edition of the St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.
The Gazette looks ahead to this summer's Fringe Festival
Jonathan Cummings looks back at SXSW's still-growing enthusiasm for all things Montreal, by way of introducing a feature portrait of Arbutus Records, respected incubator of such acts as Grimes, Blue Hawaii, Doldrums, Sean Nicholas Savage, and d'Eon.
Arbutus Records repping Quebec-based artists at South by ...
Colin Stetson performs new music from 'New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light' live in studio for WNYC's Soundcheck.
Colin Stetson on the radio
The Belgo Report reviews Electrostatic Bell Choir, a début solo exhibit by Darsha Hewitt at Skol Gallery. Despite contending with a buzzing vernissage crowd, the reviewer lauds the "magical appeal of Hewitt’s 'interest in demystifying the invisible systems' that shoot and hum and whir unawares throughout our homes." Read the review here.
Visual and Auditive exhibition by Darsha Hewitt
Thirty-one year old Montreal native and Hollywood star Jay Baruchel, a Canadiens fan and still resident of his beloved NDG, Jay Baruchel is in town to play Sherlock Holmes at the Segal Centre. Written by Greg Kramer who died the very first day of repetitions, the play is directed by Andrew Shaver.
From Hollywood to Victorian London
Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Canada’s oldest new-play development centre, celebrates "50 years in the making."
Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal celebrates "50 years in th...
Baruchel discusses the tragic passing of playwright and Greg Kramer as rehearsals began (Kramer was to have played the role of Inspector Lestrade) and his collaboration with director Andrew Shaver, whom he describes as "One of the best directors I’ve ever worked for in any capacity."
The Gazette interviews film star Jay Baruchel about his f...
Filmmaker Patricia Chica discusses going beyond expectations, reinventing her narrative style, and exploring a fantasy world in her new short Ceramic Tango.
Ceramic Tango: fantasy with a cause
A snappy little interview with Colin Stetson that touches of the 'thread of hope' arcing through his New Warfare Trilogy and, well, the whole history of human civilization.
An interview with Colin Stetson
CultMTL previews XRAY's upcoming High Spirits exhibition at Greenlight Gallery, replete with "blinged-out ghosts, castaway pirates and Ouija board-inspired pieces rendered in XRAY’s cartoonish style and vibrant colour palette."
XRAY feeds your inner child
The Montreal Gazette talks to Ron Di Lauro and members of the Italian community about reviving the Sons of Italy Band (disbanded in 1939) in time to commemorate the internment of Italian Canadians during the Second World War.
Sons of Italy enter a new generation
TORO Magazine reviews fresh releases from Colin Stetson, Valleys, and Michael Feuerstack.
New in music: Colin Stetson, Valleys, and Michael Feuerstack
VivaVoce (Montreal) recently joined forces with soprano Shannon Mercer (Toronto) and the Pallade Musica quartet (Montreal) for an evening of Monteverdi cantatas at Redpath Hall.
Review of VivaVoce Monteverdi concert
Montreal's own Rubberbandance takes 'Gravity of Center' to London.
Rubberbandance in London
Le Printemps de Bourges festival (central France, south of Paris) programmed an evening of Anglo-Montrealer acts this week, including Half Moon Run, Plants and Animals, and Mac DeMarco. La Presse's Alain de Repentigny takes this opportunity to reflect on Montreal's caché as a 'musical el El Dorado,' with comments by Half Moon Run's Dylan Phillips and Halifax-based Rich Aucoin.
From Montreal to Bourges
Exclaim! rates Colin Stetson's 'New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light' as a perfect 10 out of 10: "a masterpiece that organically and coherently blends Stetson's avant-garde playing and dark, complex themes with accessible and compelling compositions that bring a ray of hope."
A masterpiece from Colin Stetson
Imago Theatre presents the English-language premiere of Carole Fréchette's 'Thinking of Yu' at Centaur Theatre (translated by John Murrell). The Gazette describes it as a "slow-cooking, introspective piece that questions the nature, purpose and impact of political rebellion."
Theatre review: Thinking of Yu muses on a rebel’s cause
Musician and author Rae Spoon chimes in on 5 à 6's 'How I started writing' series, in advance of the 'Writing Queer' panel at Blue Metropolis festival last week.
How I started writing: Rae Spoon
On his blog 500khz, journalist Jean-Étienne Sheehy offers a raving review of ex-Snailhouse singer-songwriter Michael Feuerstack’s CD, calling it a “memorable album” that “transcends folk music.”
Michael Feuerstack's "Tambourine Death Bed"
The Charlebois Post interviews Keir Cutler about his years on the Fringe Festival circuit, Shakespeare authorship 'crackpot' pride, and the shows he'll be touring this summer.
To be or not to be... Keir Cutler
The Rover reviews 'Bombay Wali and Other Stories' (Guernica Press) -- a collection of short stories by one-time Bombay journalist Veena Gokhale, primarily set in contemporary India with detours to Japan and Nepal.
Veena Gokhale: a promising author
'Letters From Pyongyang' by Montrealer Jason Lee has won the Aljazeera Golden Award for Best Short Documentary at the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha, Qatar. The 28-minute short follows Lee and his father as they try to find relatives in North Korea.
Jason Lee wins a top prize at the Aljazeera International...
This week's episode of No More Radio's 'Edge of the City' podcast includes a conversation with multidisciplinary artist Risa Dickens about her upcoming exhibition at Eastern Bloc that blends embroidery, nesting dolls, QR codes and live performance. Plus, Saxsyndrum's Nick Schofield drops by to share an unreleased track and Kyra Shaughnessy discusses her recently launched 'Waiting for Light' album.
Risa Dickens, Nick Shofield & Kyra Shaugnessy on Edge of ...
Reversing Falls talks to the Gazette about the slow-burning determination that produced their anticipated full-length début, on the heels of critically acclaimed EPs Recoder (2010) and Little Goodbye/Doom Beach (2011).
Reversing Falls go against the rapids
Eloi Desjardins recently interviewed Milutin Gubash about his current retrospective (Darling Foundary until June 15, 2013). "In Union" is the final in a series of six solo exhibitions surveying ten years of Milutin Gubash's work.
An interview with artist Milutin Gubash
Dfdanse raves about the generosity, physical commitment, and space left for vulnerability in Sasha Kleinplatz's Chorus II.
"Chorus II": a raving review
The Belgo Report blog reviews Karilee Fuglem's current exhibition at Pierre-François Ouellette Gallery. "Everything held together (pour l'instant)" transports the artist's studio into the gallery, exposing works in progress, inspirations, trials and errors, prompting questions about the relationship between creation and exhibition spaces.
The Belgo Report blog reviews Karilee Fuglem's current ex...
Anthony Burnham (painting), Peter Flemming (“folk machinery artist”) and Nadia Myre (multidisciplinary) are among Quebec's long-list nominees for this year's Sobey Art Award. The prestigious $50,000 prize is granted annually to a Canadian artist under 40.
Sobey Art Award long list revealed
In addition to hosting the monthly Résonance Reading Series, Klara du Plessis's writing explores 'visual stanzas' that combine photography, collage and projection. The Rover interviews du Plessis about the ritual of writing, over-brewed pots of coffee, and the uncertainty of 'like' and 'kind of'.
Interview with Klara Du Plessis
Danscussions' Stephanie Fromentin reflects on animal instincts and the physicality of full-hearted endeavours in this review of "Chorus II" by wants & needs danse choreographer Sacha Kleinplatz.
Review of "Chorus II"
Scottish Dance Theatre tour Victor Ouijada
Scottish Dance Theatre tour Victor Ouijada
This is how graceful dudes dance
According to San Franciscan music magazine The Bay Bridged, Montreal band Blue Hawaii wowed the crowd with its energetic performance during its show at The Independent venue with the Edmonton band Purity Ring.
Blue Hawaii in San Francisco
Daisy and the Wonder Weeds set for world premiere in Pier...
Band in a Box est une série web qui demandent à des musiciens de parler de la création d’un de leur vidéos. Deux des membres du groupe montréalais Reversing Falls décrivent leur vidéo « Curse This Place », le tout sous l’enseigne de l’autodérision.
Behind-the-scenes peek at the making of "Curse This Place"
Theatre review: Head à Tête as fresh as ever
Temps Libre: an album filled with hope, inspired by the p...
A Female Perspective
"I’m a Quebecer and a musician first; being anglo is besi...
CBC TV to air special episode of Parc Avenue Tonight
Constantinople-Sinha collaboration explores cultural fusion
"Head à Tête" at the Centaur
Lost at sea, adrift on grief
‘Gigantic’ task for Geordie Productions
Pritchard’s straight line from upbringing to art
CAFe CAFe offers a love-letter to Montreal by way of Calgary
To go or not to go to TO?
Meet Montreal’s ambassador to the Pulitzer Remix project
n his column in the weekly “Voir,” Simon Jodoin offers an overview of Montreal’s anglo artistic scene, and the hurdles that its participants face. In an effort to overcome some of these difficulties, the English-Language Arts Network launches the website “Made au Quebec,” a virtual window on the work of Montreal’s English-speaking artists.
Made au Québec: a window on the anglo artistic world
People from Montreal’s music scene talk about the linguistic tensions in the city, and their impact on the broadcasting of anglo music here and elsewhere. Montreal has retained its reputation of music Mecca, and a good spirit of camaraderie exists between Franco and Anglo musicians, but the situation remains difficult.
The Montreal Anglo Music Scene: Resilience
n an article of the weekly “Voir” on Montreal’s English theatre scene, people from the milieu—such as Harry Standjofski, Amy Blackmore, and Patrick Goddard—talk about the precarious state of this scene, how difficult it is for anglo actors to make a living in Montreal, and the possible emergence of a bilingual theatre. Read the article on Voir's website.
The Precarious State of Anglo Theatre in Montreal
Montreal band TOPS brings catchy tunes to Greylock
Local filmmaker brings feminism back to forefront
Chorus II on Dirty Feet podcast
Sugar Sammy, as well as Guillaume Wagner, has been nominated in the main categories for the upcoming Gala Les Oliviers, which each year honours the comedians of the Quebec scene. Sugar Sammy is finalist for the Oliver of the year, best writer, and best comedy show.
The More the Merrier
How Oscar Peterson's neighbourly advice sent Canadian pia...
Comedian Sugar Sammy has been nominated for three awards at the Gala Les Olivier (the annual awards show honouring Quebec comedy): writing, show of the year, and the Olivier of the year. Two of his shows are featured, “You’re Gonna Rire” (bilingual) and “En français SVP!”
Sugar Sammy and Les Oliviers
The McGill Daily reviews the latest from Montreal graphic novelist Sherwin Tjia: "Serial Villain," a risqué series of illustrated short stories parodying the tropes of B-movie film noir narratives.
The McGill Daily reviews the latest from Montreal graphic...
Theatre Wakefield celebrates 10 years with largest produc...
A few days before the launch of The Besnard Lakes’ 4th album, singer-guitar player Jace Lasek talks about the creative process that surrounded this latest effort by the Montreal-based psychedelic rock band. Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO “is the most optimistic album of our career.”
The Besnard Lakes : an Optimistic CD
Puelo Deir, creator of Holy Tranity!
Local writer Sherwin Tija’s Serial Villain
Montreal pop group Stars happy with work they're putting ...
The Besnard Lakes: Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Besnard Lakes finely craft sumptuous sounds on Until in E...
A Trip Down the Rabbit Hole with Suuns Drummer Liam O’Neill
How I started writing: Dimitri Nasrallah
Annual art exhibit at Ogilvy's
The Besnard Lakes: Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Album review: Besnard Lakes, ‘Until in Excess, Impercepti...
The Lilian Rodriguez Gallery presents The Body and the Landscape, a contemporary photography exhibition featuring the work of women linked with Concordia University, including American Tema Stauffer, Korean-born Canadian artist Jinyoung Kim, and Montrealer Jessica Auer.
Contemporary photographic at Concordia
The Besnard Lakes’ 4th album, titled Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO represents a turning point in the Montreal-based group’s artistic evolution, in the sense that it’s much sunnier than the other CDs. What caused this new approach?
A conversation with The Besnard Lakes
With her exhibition “Beautiful Creatures”, Montreal artist Kim Waldron shows, mostly with photos, the food industry from A to Z in its most precise and crude aspects. Neither maudlin nor alarmist, Waldron’s work remains engaged and thought-provoking.
Death in our Plates: Beautiful Creatures
Dance works probe the mundane
Divine Fits on Jimmy Kimmel
Behind the Bone and Bread Buzz
Elisapie wants to turn over a new page
Kalmunity Vibe Collective turns 10
After Zeroes QC and an interminable tour on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011, the Montreal-based indie rock band releases a 2nd CD, Images du future, and hits the road once again.
Indie rock quartet Suuns releases 2nd disc
Interview with The Besnard Lakes
Bloody Underrated reviews Margie Gillis's The Light Between
The Comedy's new album available online
Saleema Nawaz: Blood ties, bones and bagels
Montreal guitarist Mike Rud has been drawing from the pages of Quebec literature’s great authors for inspiration on his latest record, including Gabrielle Roy, Heather O’Neill and Mordecai Richler.
Mike Rud hits the books for new album, Notes on Montreal
Une rencontre avec Margie Gillis
A-Trak Gears Up for “April Fools” Tour
Saleema Nawaz’s Bone & Bread launches
Suuns performing at Canadian Music Week
A spellbinding tribute to Leonard Cohen
Daisy and the Wonder Weeds: a new musical
Montreal Serai: a resting place for cultural travellers
Watch: Kid Koala makes new music on vintage gear at the N...
Margie Gillis's "The Light Between"
Bone & Bread: Living up to the hype, and then some
Leif Vollebekk in conversation
Blue Hawaii, Majical Cloudz, Purity Ring: it’s a Grimes s...
Quebec’s modern dance pioneer Margie Gillis explores the realm of invisible forces in The Light Between, finding ways of expressing fear and rage. The conflict resolution workshops that she ran have inspired her latest choreography.
Fear and Rage and Dancing
Bring on the Burlesque
2 Readings, 12 Readers
AroarA: A modern lo-fi folk sound that your grandparents ...
Footprintz: Escape Yourself
Tough Critics On Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The Light Between hints at the pleasures of age
Arcade Fire in NYC Working on Fourth LP at James Murphy’s...
Winning conditions for anglo theatre
Oh There You Are. Interview with Laura Broadbent
Canadian Music Corner : Tokyo Police Club & Kid Koala
A man of action
Darsha Hewitt’s “Electrostatic Bell Choir” Turns Static E...
Montrealer Walter Scott on His Hilarious, Touching, and V...
Leif Vollebekk the perfectionist. Singer, guitarist and p...
Montreal’s Orkestar Kriminal Interpret Old Gangster Songs...
A new life for the play "Ludwig & Mae"
Montreal composer and contemporary guitar player Tim Brady is among the first to introduce electric guitar in chamber and symphonic music with his creation Spontaneous Sonata Project. Brady works on a variety of other projects, creating new sounds by combining jazz, chamber music, and New Music.
The Tireless Guitar Player
Review: Jerusalem in My Heart. Le National, Montreal, QC,...
Montrealers bend gender with Werewoman
Leopold Plotek @ McClure / "Campane"
David Armstrong Six at Parisian Laundry
Stephen Schofield @ Outremont / "Slyboot's Promise"
Constellation Records defies the star system
Duncan Wall didn't run away to the circus; it found him
The next American auteur?
Review: Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Martha Wainright, a member the Montreal McGarrigle/Wainwright dynasty, embraces her Quebecoise side by singing songs in French for the latest season of the Radio-Canada TV series Trauma. The result, a very personal record.
Martha Embraces her Quebecoise Side in her Very Own Way
Margie Gillis reaches for transformation at the Vancouver...
Dom Irrera's gangster act is ready to slay
David Fennario adds colour to Centaur Theatre season
David Fennario adds colour to Centaur Theatre season
David Fennario adds colour to Centaur Theatre season
David Fennario adds colour to Centaur Theatre season
From rags to gospel riches
Duncan Wall: A son of the circus
Chouinard & Quijada's new creation
Madeleine Thien: On transparency
Godspeed You! Black Emperor will perform at the La Route du Rock festival this summer in Saint-Malo. The montreal-based group will present its 5th album, strongly influence by the events of the 2012 student movement in Quebec.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Saint-Malo
Yanic Truesdale: a life in auditions
Sam Roberts to headline CBC Music festival. Toronto festi...
The Cliffhangers: Carlos and Jason Sanchez
Mahalia Reincarnated. The Mahalia Jackson Musical, Segal ...
Vesper magazine chooses its top 10 Montreal bands to see at SXSW. A great sampling of Montreal's musical talent with lots of videos to boot.
Montreal makes a splash at SXSW
The EZ Montreal Art Podcast: Lynne Cohen
Julie Mannell on the politics of fiction
Feminism is still relevant
The Mahalia Jackson Musical
We Are Wolves accepts the pack mentality
The Birth of Weijia. Mile End's newest literary quarterly.
‘The Ordinary Acrobat’: a daring young man’s circus obses...
Paul Cargnello: identity crisis
In ‘The Ordinary Acrobat,’ Duncan Wall explores the world...
Theatre Review: The folly of fate figures heavily in Inno...
Wording: The Moving Architects Welcomes Choreographer Joa...
In conversation with Elisapie
No Ordinary 'Acrobat': An Unconventional History Of The C...
Literary salons are feasts for the mind
Karen Cho explores the Canadian feminist movement
A passion for musicals, at any price. Hudson Music Club g...
The case against digital music recording
SIPA's short and sweet student theatre
Theatre Review: Mahalia Jackson's spirit moves Ranee Lee
Claire Moeder on Seripop. Seripop: Lifting the Veil
Jo-Anne Balcaen @ Monastiraki
Like Father, Like son. Trad, written by Mark Doherty, Cen...
How this documentary filmmaker embraced the ‘F’ word
Mies Julie in London
A festival that doesn't lack audacity
Edgy Women mixes feminism, art and sports
The New Immortals
Three Shortlisted For $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award
Three Shortlisted For $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award
Blue Hawaii, Untogether
A somber album
Blue Hawaii, Untogether
The Comics Next Door. Rover talks world domination with A...
The Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain gallery presents some of internationally renowned artist Adad Hannah’s latest installations, some of which have been presented in St-Petersburg, Mexico, San Antonio, and Seoul.
Works CoWorks Coming to Lifeming to Life
Absolute 'Jubilation' for Trevor Payne as concert raises ...
The Emerald City
Martha at Yoko Ono's Berlin birthday bash
A more somber side of Blue Hawaii
The Body and The Landscape, an eclectic exposition
The Body and The Landscape, an eclectic exposition
Plugged into the cultural life of Montreal
Large Emotions, Small Executions. José Navas, Miniatures,...
India to get taste of Sugar Sammy
Blue Hawaii latest breakout contender from fertile Montre...
Doldrums. Less Evil.
A passion for solo dance
The war in letters, libraries and hidden notebooks
Kevin Tierney on the Oscars
Five years of success, that's worth celebrating!
Gravity of Center is relentlessly ambitious
Helmut Lipsky's Melosphere at Centennial Theatre
Putting a face to the name
Carnival parts Haiti’s cloud
Montrealer salutes his grandfather in Oscar-nominated film
Kid Koala: Practicing doesn’t feel like hard work if you’...
Review: Doldrums: Lesser Evil
Centennial's Luce Couture wins major Arts award
Regarding Disability: A Film Festival + Ubisoft
Yan England heads to the Oscars with “Henry”
Reading Rawi Hage’s self-consciously political Carnival
Canadian painter Jeremy Price’s new solo show is unabashe...
Documentary : Being Chinese in Quebec
Documentary : Being Chinese in Quebec
Music Review: Rob Lutes – The Bravest Birds
Montreal Duo UN Revel in Subterranean Sounds
AIDS Wolf: One year later with Chloe Lum
Yan England: 2013 Academy Award Live Action Short Nominee
Between New York and Montreal
Canada Music Competition: Finals return to Sherbrooke
Little Boy Blue. Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Trus...
Plants and Animals: The End of That Is Only the Beginning
RocKeys duo premieres synergistic keyboard music in the R...
Tegan & Sara, David Sutcliffe, Serena Ryder
The weight of the past
With the help of disproportionate photos and objects that seem to be floating, Montreal artist Karen Kraven forces the visitors of her exhibition « As Above, So Below » to vacillate between what is real and what is intimidated.
What Is Real?
Madeleine Thien – Dogs at the Perimeter
A preview of Adad Hannah's exhibit at the Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain gallery.
Adad Hannah exhibit
Kindred spirits : The immersive world of Jason Botkin
RUBBERBANDance the night away
Straphanger by Taras Grescoe
Montreal bass-clarinettist Lori Freedman
Quebec Anglo Theatre Makes its Move: Three Hits in a Row
Burb Baby Burn
Grimes Speaks Out in Defense of Beyonce, ‘Gangnam Style,’...
The Besnard Lakes Come Roaring Back with New LP
A review of Studio 303's show, Marlon-Aude Lachaise + 2Fik + Elise Vanderborght (Danse/Inter).
Marlon-Aude Lachaise + 2Fik + Elise Vanderborght (Danse/I...
A profile of poet Jeffrey Mackie by Borderless North, an online and on-air magazine run by Mountain Lake PBS.
Jeffrey Mackie - Canadian Poet
Comedian Lorne Elliott brings laughs and music to Port Hope
Author Madeleine Thien’s Favourite Children’s Book
Josip Novakovich is wickedly funny, deeply harrowing and ...
Home Sweet Home
Montreal’s Blues community to honour late local Blues leg...
Paul Van Dyck adapts feminist pioneer Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko
Carnaval @ d’Este
Carnaval @ d’Este
Justine Skahan @ studio 427
Oliver Jones honoured with a stamp
POP Talks: UN
Howard Rosenstein’s man to ape evolution: Title role in K...
Holiday in Cambodia: Madeleine Thien
Interview! Sarah Neufeld
A review of Rob Lutes' The Bravest Birds CD.
Rob Lutes "The Bravest Birds"
The gripping tale of a Montreal adult entertainer who contracted HIV.
The disease that demolishes porn stars
The plucky little film festival in Wakefield, Que. that began four years ago in the upstairs of a local pub will screen some of the world’s top documentary films this year.
The little film festival that grew
Jason Botkin colours up
Tim Brady's Atacama: Symphony No 3 has won the Prix Opus (Quebec music award) for « Création de l'année » (Premiere/New Composition of the Year). The prize was announced on January 27, 2013. The piece, which is for 20 voices and 11 instruments, will be performed in Victoriaville by the VivaVoce and Bradyworks ensembles on May 16 at 8pm as the opening concert of the Festival international de Musique Actuelle. The composition will also be available...
Tim Brady's Atacama wins Prix Opus
The Selector of Souls by Shauna Singh Baldwin
Rob Lutes talks about the roads not taken, and leaving a job to take on music full time on CBC's All in a Weekend.
Rob Lutes' new album the Bravest Birds
In Conversation with Julie Tamiko Manning
Beyond the Horizons de Alex Jowett à la galerie Nicolas R...
Melanie Lambrick @ Visual Voice, « French School / École ...
Vues et voix : David Hodges interviewed on Notre Home
Josip Novakovich is among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize, a $95,000 award. The Croatian-born writer lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing at Concordia University. This year's winner will be announced on May 22.
Canada's Novakovich shortlisted for Man Booker internatio...
Montreal author Novakovich makes Man Booker Internatioanl...
Montreal writer a finalist for Man Booker International P...
Mediation of Sensations. A conversation with Chris Salter
Immersive animation: Philippe Blanchard
An interview with the dramatist and novelist, Kent Stetson, best known for his award-winning play The Harps of God, about the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914. Stetson is the inaugural Artist in Residence at The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill.
Four Burning Questions for IPLAI Artist in Residence Kent...
An interview of singer-songwriter Rob Lutes in advance of his sixth album, The Bravest Birds.
Rob Lutes's stream of consciousness
Edward Maloney: Virtually Montreal
The hidden world of monsters and imagination titled Lycanthrope is the latest exhibition by artist Jim Holyoak at Galerie Donald Browne from January 12th through to March 2nd, 2013. An interview with Holyoak by The Belgo Report.
Jim Holyoak – Monsters For Real at Galerie Donald Browne
CBC Music shines the spotlight on Rob Lutes' new album, The Bravest Birds.
Rob Lutes's The Bravest Birds: an exclusive first listen
Arcade Fire’s recording studio – yours for just £205,000
Intelligent, elegant, and eminently danceable Montreal band, Stars, are in Studio Q with their latest record "The North". Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan join Jian at the desk to talk about their record and its return to their early days.
Stars' Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan in Studio Q
Q&A with Labrona
Tracks: Mozart’s Sister: “Mozart’s Sister”
A review of Rob Lutes' The Bravest Birds CD by Bernard Perusse of the Montreal Gazette.
New music review: The Bravest Birds, Rob Lutes (Lucky Bear)
New light at Parisian Laundry
An interview with Bouge d'Ici dance festival founder Amy Blackmore.
Mainline gets its Bouge on
MTL artist Dayna McLeod’s Cougar for a Year fashion proje...
Author Christine Pountney finds salvation in her new best...
Les frères lumières
Interview: Paul Almond on starting the 'Up' series and wa...
Seripop: The Art of Failure
Orford artist remains on a thoughtful quest
O’Neill Theater Center Honors Christopher Plummer
Nikki shines in all-star Streisand tribute DVD
George Stamos and Erin Flynn on dance, art and teaching
George Stamos and Erin Flynn on dance, art and teaching
Nightlife.ca interviews playwright Joanne Sarazen about her play Nothing Never Happens in Norway.
Interview with playwright Joanne Sarazen
Brahja Waldman: The legacy of great souls
Montreal singer-songwriter Michael Daniel Murphy follows ...
Author Rawi Hage on Carnival
Anglo angst is creative fodder for Gazette columnist Josh...
Rawi Hage’s Carnival
Cohen refuses to get old: Legendary artist wows crowd wit...
DJ Kid Koala pays homage to the blues: Montreal DJ’s 12 B...
Book Reviews. The Independents: The Barista and I, A Mess...
A partial list of Canadian nominees for the Grammy Awards, including many Quebeckers.
Canadian nominees for the Grammy Awards
Book Launch for ‘The Deadly Snakes: Real Rock and Roll To...
Shane Murphy launches new album
What’s On: Jonas and the Massive Attraction
The 78-year-old singer-songwriter legend Leonard Cohen performed to an audience of 12,600 in his hometown of Montreal.
Leonard Cohen performs in Montreal
Teen vocalist Nikki Yanofsky advises bullied kids to “Bel...
The triumphant homecoming of Montreal rockers Jonas & The...
Profile on Mark Frutkin, With a Few Questions
An interview with co-founders of Montreal Improv, a theatre and school in 2010.
Funny thing happened at Montreal Improv school
Nikki Yanofsky’s favourite music venues
My Montreal: Jay Baruchel
The Fruit Hunters: seductive but overly reverent
Interview with Montreal documentary filmmaker Chang (Up the Yangtze) about his latest movie, The Fruit Hunters, a film which was inspired by a 2008 book of the same name by Montreal author Adam Gollner.
Yung Chang traces a worldwide obsession in The Fruit Hunters
Shane Murphy, one of the top club rockers to emerge from ...
The Fruit Hunters: seductive but overly reverent
Interview with Montreal documentary filmmaker Chang (Up the Yangtze) about his latest movie, The Fruit Hunters, a film which was inspired by a 2008 book of the same name by Montreal author Adam Gollner.
Yung Chang traces a worldwide obsession in The Fruit Hunters
The Fruit Hunters review: A passion for fruit
Festival founder Amy Blackmore discusses the creation of the Bouge d'Ici dance festival, now in its 4th year.
A Festival for the Emerging
The Fruit Hunters review: A passion for fruit
Aszure Barton tours Awaa in Ontario
Rufus Wainwright duets with rubber sandwich in London
Awáa + Busk by Aszure Barton & Artists
Baryshnikov protégé Aszure Barton and her dance company r...
The Luyas – Animator
Q&A with playwright Colleen Curran
The Luyas play new roles
Taras Grescoe on Straphanger
Carnival: All hail Hage
The story behind the story: Taras Grescoe
The Luyas on Q
The Luyas’ Animator: album stream and Q&A
Before Desdemona: Harlem Duet provides a conscious preque...
Before Desdemona: Harlem Duet provides a conscious preque...
Harlem Duet Soars at the Segal
Harlem Duet Soars at the Segal
An Interview with Rawi Hage
Johanna Nutter's 'My Pregnant Brother'
The Luyas: Animator
Rocker Kim Bingham headlines legendary Cleopatra’s for Si...
Four local painters up for big national prize
The Luyas’ Animator contrasts with Too Beautiful to Work
Aszure Barton’s Awáa floods with emotion and rhythmic heart
Black Theatre Workshop’s Artistic Director on their new p...
Black Theatre Workshop's Artistic Director on their new p...
Author Mark Frutkin Comes to Town
Kill, eat, die
Album Review: The Luyas - Animator
Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien
The Luyas : Animator
Album Review: The Luyas – Animator
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! - Don't Bend! Ascend!
Album Review: Kid Koala “12 Bit Blues”
Rawi Hage’s Carnival: Transcendental Masturbation
The Luyas – Animator
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – the full transcript
Martha Wainwright’s Come Home to Mama
Erín Moure: Poet & Translator
Rawi Hage, lover of misanthropes and other outsiders
Book Review: Carnival, by Rawi Hage
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Return with First New Album i...
Carnival by Rawi Hage
The Aesthetics of Transience
A Message for the Emperor de Mark Frutkin
Critique de Carnival de Rawi Hage
Rawi Hage’s ‘Carnival’ a display of literary derring-do
Chilly Gonzales in a Minor Key
Photo: Daniel Therrien Laval-des-Rapides-based hip hop artist Oliver Koomsatira, who uses the moniker All-Ever for his creative side, released his first album, The Midnight Birth, in 2012. The triple-plus threat (he's also an acrobat and actor) spoke with Courrier Laval about his influences and inspirations.
Oliver Koomsatira’s first hip-hop album as All-Ever
Shauna Singh Baldwin: ‘I’ve been a minority in three diff...
Grimes and the Gang
Montreal writer, composer and singer Amos Joannides is heading for Moncton to present live his new CD “I Want to See You Smile”, as well as the video of the French translation he made of his love song “Miss Lady”.
Amos Joannides in the Maritimes
Mover & shaker: Taras Grescoe
New theatre company puts on Shakespeare’s Richard III
David Byrne + Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on Career Suicide
David Byrne & Win Butler: ‘How Music Works’
Writing from experience: Hage’s new novel not just anothe...
Yannick B. Gélinas's documentary "From Montréal" examines the Anglo-Franco relations in the city's indie rock music scene.
From Montréal: Documentary places an accent on harmonious...
Colourblind casting: Metachroma Theatre
My Pregnant Brother
New music review: 12 Bit Blues, Kid Koala (Ninja Tune)
Paul Cargnello's new album
Inside Lara Roxx: The deadly price of porn fame
Theatre for Thought: Colors of the Future
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Aut...