Fantasia 2019: Week 1 Review

The 23rd edition of the Fantasia Film Festival has taken over Concordia University's downtown campus until August 1st. Defining itself as a premiere genre film festival, there is truly something for everyone. When I attend Fantasia, I always create a master list of all the films that I want to see. This year it took close to two hours to create, as the festival's list of films stretches more than 130 titles from all across the globe. I tend to gravitate towards the films in Documentaries From the Edge and Camera Lucida. There is a method to the madness in making a master list - doing so allows me to track my free days with the screenings of the day.


'77 Montreal 2019: What To Expect

This Friday, I will be returning to the third edition of ‘77 Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year’s lineup is catered to punk rockers with all tastes, whether it’s pop-punk, hardcore or ska. There will be newcomers and legends, local and international. And if you ever need to kill time between bands, you can check out the punk rock flea market, the vintage poster and record fair, and for the punk parents, there’s the Kids Zone


CJLO @ JFL: DAVE MERHEJE

On Monday, June 22nd award-winning comedian Dave Merheje performed an amazing solo show at the Katacombes as part of OFF-JFL & Zoofest. Merheje’s performance came after several nights of performing in The Ethnic Show - running until July 25th. Merheje and his opening act Ali Hassan left the Katacombes reeling with some of the best stand up Just For Laughs has to offer!

Canadian comedians Hassan and Merheje received the warmest welcome from their Montreal crowd, filled with friends and loved ones. It was deeply moving to witness so many fans come to celebrate these beloved comedians. 


CJLO @ JFL: DAN SODER - SON OF GARY

Monday July 22nd was the first of four performances at Café Cleopatra for Dan Soder’s Son of Gary show at the Just For Laughs festival and it’s subject matter is exactly what you want from a comedy show located in a strip club. Opening for Dan was fellow New York comic Anthony Devito, featured in The Ethnic Show, who started the show off with a bang, giving the audience a treat of two headliners for the price of one.


CJLO @ JFL: THE NASTY SHOW

Expectations are always set high for Just For Laughs’ infamous The Nasty Show, with audience members wondering how far the comedians will truly go.


CJLO @ JFL: TRANNA WINTOUR PRESENTS: DEAR ALANIS

On Saturday July 20th, comedienne, singer, producer, and writer Tranna Wintour captivated Cafe Cleopatra with her stunning covers of Alanis Morissette songs. With piano and backing vocals by musical director Les Friesen, Wintour’s Dear Alanis: A So-Called Musical Comedy was a deeply moving emotional journey into Alanis Morissette’s complex inner workings.


Metal Monday Album Review: Texas Hippie Coalition - High in the Saddle

I can't remember the last time I wrote a review of a record. It's not really my thing. Why make the exception for Texas Hippie Coalition's High in the Saddle, the sixth album from the Denison, TX red dirt metal rebels? THC is, by far, the most arguably lowbrow  of my favorites, and possibly the most stupidly awesome, or most awesomely stupid band that I've ever heard, and I've seen Hellyeah live. Why a review now, of a new record that isn't necessarily the band's strongest to date? After listening to it, I just couldn't help myself.

CJLO x SXSW 2019: Electronic Music Recap

It has been a few months since the CJLO music directors flew down to Austin, Texas for the world renowned South-By-Southwest. As the station’s Electronic Music Director, my goal was to attend a variety of interesting shows related to electronic music; after getting a chance to gather my thoughts around the event as a whole, I've been able to identify three main themes.


1. Brostep 


Pouzza Fest 2019

Above: HVAL at Theatre Sainte Catherine. Photo Credit: Chris the Frog


CJLO's Heavy Montreal 2019 Preview

Heavy Montreal is on the horizon and the fine folks at CJLO will be covering it for yet another year. In addition to doing a live broadcast from the grounds, we thought we'd clue you in to what you should check out while you're out there under the baking hot sun dressed in all black. So here's what some of our DJs are excited for!

 


 


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