FANTASIA 2018: The First Week's Recap!

It feels great to be back covering the Fantasia Film Festival for the CJLO 1690 AM team. Normally, the first week of the festival requires a light viewing as I try to balance my schedule. I also try to make a master schedule, so that I can make the final push to see what I wanted to see in the final weeks of the festival. Everyone, including CJLO DJ’s, is in my ears telling me what I need to check out. I am very happy that I got time to make it to my final Thursday screening of Under The Silver Lake. Check out the first week’s recap below!

Playing Hard 


CJLO @ JFL: Hot Raw Fire: All You Can Eat

Hot Raw Fire: All You Can Eat was a smorgasbord of the sketch comedy troupe’s best skits! Paul Naimon, Jacob Greco, Lise Vigneault, Deirdre Trudeau and Danny Belair made their third and triumphant return to Off Just for Laughs this year with their exciting '


WIN HEAVY MONTREAL PASSES FROM CJLO!

Heavy Montreal is quickly approaching (July 28 & 29), and we at CJLO want to give you the chance to win some tickets.  "What do I have to do?" you ask. Well, simply listen to our metal shows Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday for your chance to win.  Here's a breakdown for those that need to schedule this into their week:

  • Hot Chaud - Sunday - (July 15) 11AM - 12PM


FANTASIA 2018: Remi's Top 3 Picks

With the summer heatwave in full blast, I can’t wait to beat the heat and see some films at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival

 

Under The Silver Lake


ComicCon 2018: Two Main Highlights for Avid Geeks

Montréal's 10th annual ComicCon ended on Sunday after a three-day celebration of geek culture. This being my first Comic-Con, I wasn't really sure of what to expect, but I was still pleasantly surprised. I attended a variety of events, but I'm going to talk about the two I enjoyed the most: BattleCOM and the DreakHacks Gaming Zone.


Fantasia Film Festival 2018 Raffle

It's that time of year again, when the Fantasia International Film Festival returns to haunt the halls of the downtown Concordia campus, and CJLO DJs spin live between films in the Hall theatre every day of the festival! Keep your ears peeled for Angelica from BVST, Andrew from Grade A Explosives, DJ Crushcast (Allison) from Femme AM, DJ Viger, a.k.a. Alex from Ashes To Ashes, Emeline from Nozin' Around, Alexandre from Transmission, and Lawrell from Fukubukuro, your 2018 CJLO Fantasia DJ lineup!


Concert Review: Iceage @ La Sala Rossa, June 25th 2018

I first heard about Denmark’s Iceage in an Iggy Pop interview with Australia’s Triple J in 2013. They had just released their critically acclaimed sophomore album You’re Nothing, and Iggy was praising them on their ability to “express negative energy.” This led me to downloading the album immediately, and I’ve been a fan since. With Plowing Into the Field of Love, their 2014 album, they displayed their growth in both musicality and lyricism. Their latest effort, Beyondless, supports Iggy Pop’s claim. It demonstrates further growth and maturity and proves that Iceage is a band with something to say, and that they are here to stay.


Concert Review: Insomnium @ Foufounes Électriques, June 20th 2018

June 20th brought us one of the most epic, memorable nights that rocked the Foufounes Électriques. Starting off with the night by wandering around Montreal, on a hot Wednesday afternoon, enjoying the sun and listening to soilwork and gojira, I heavily anticipated the show with high expectations of amazing musicianship and pure craft that is Winter's Gate by Insomnium.


Fringe Review: Sex, But I’m Canadian

Growing up, on Sunday car trips from Ottawa to Montreal to visit family, we would put on CBC and listen an iconic voice narrate the lives of a family and their every-day adventures together. This family was a part of my childhood, and it wasn’t until I was embarrassingly old that I learned that they were fictional and that the stories were all written by the creative genius with the distinguished voice.

In February of 2017, this beloved radio host lost his battle with cancer and I, along with countless other Canadians, was heartbroken. It wasn’t just the comfortingly familiar voice that we lost, but also the family that he brought to life. 


Fringe Review: I Think I’m Dead

I have known Al Lafrance for many years. We originally met when he worked at CJLO, and hosted the radio show Edge of the City right after Ears Wide Shut with myself and Joshua Nemeroff. I have followed Al’s career because he has always been funny and strange and open, both in mind and in practice, and is a generally entertaining person to be around. I have always thought highly of him, but after seeing I Think I’m Dead, I think Al Lafrance might actually be brilliant. 


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