Concert Review: La Luz @ L'Escogriffe, June 4th, 2018

Ever have one of those nights where you have two bands from two very different genres, play at the same time, at different venues? Well, imagine a concert where, on the same night and at one single venue, you could mosh to some garage punk AND sway and bop to some retro rock. Seems impossible? If this is your ideal Monday night, this past June 4th, L’Escogriffe put on a fantastic dual concert that satisfied musical flip-floppers like myself. Math punk rock band Gym Shorts from Rhode Island and retro doo-wop rock band La Luz from Seattle showcased some sick riffs and mellow ballads. More importantly, the night was full of talented and badass women.


FRINGE 2018: What the Hell Happened to my Patio Furniture?!

What the Hell Happened to My Patio Furniture?! is improviser and storyteller Joshua Budman’s first Fringe show! After years of performing improv and volunteering at the festival, Budman created a hilarious and incredibly charming one-person show about the real life disappearance of his patio furniture from his 16th floor apartment.


Concert Review: The Slyde

June 7th brought us the welcoming prog band The Slyde their first time back in Montreal in 5 years.
 
The show began by myself waiting outside for almost an hour, eagerly waiting to see this glorious band live. I managed to do some sight seeing around Place Des Arts to see what action was happening around the Grand Prix weekend, and never have I seen montreal so packed, especially in the metro:  The city felt alive with a cool vibe. 
 

FRINGE 2018: Slaying in Suburbia

Project AlienCat’s student-made Slaying in Suburbia: An Interactive Murder Mystery is an exciting, satirical drama you’ll never forget! Venture off into a sunny, early 2000’s family-friendly PTA barbeque to discover the darkest secrets of these suburban families. Slaying in Suburbia is unlike any Fringe show I’ve ever seen and it was so much fun to experience!


Metal Review : Ritual Master, Nightbringers, and Momokai

On a very hot Saturday in June, the metal gods embraced us with local band Ritual Master: a band along side many others, like Ashbreather, who are emerging from the outskirts of Montreal. 
 

FRINGE 2018: Apocalipsync: Humanity Is a Drag

The end has come! Society as we know it has fallen apart, due to infighting from the queer left, as Peaches Lepage explains in the opening exposition. Our last hope rests on three “I-Will-Survivors,” who all have different ideas on how to overcome their current predicament: Dot Dot Dot wholeheartedly believes in the power of sustainability and that society can be restored through composting, veganism and yoga. Anaconda LaSabrosa is a self-described anarchist and wishes to destroy any remnants of the old world. Uma Gahd, on the other hand, is not taking the apocalypse well and wants to return to the way things were, when she had six gazillion followers on Instagram.


Concert Review: Vic Mensa @ MURAL Festival, June 7th

Excitement about Vic Mensa’s concert turned into a disappointment for many fans when his show on June 7th was cancelled. However, this cancellation came with a silver lining. MURAL Festival announced that Vic Mensa would join Playboi Carti and Pusha T as a surprise guest. At first, this sounded like a gift from the universe, until you realized that suddenly you were going to the festival.


Movie Review : A Quiet Place

Directed by John Krasinski
 

FRINGE 2018: Glam Gam's Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story

Glam Gam Productions has done it again with their latest Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival masterpiece, Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story. Our city’s most talented artists have teamed up for an amazing, sex-positive spectacle that will leave you all hot and bothered and passionate about queer theory!

40 years ago on a steamy summer night, the wholesome family musical Grease was released, perpetuating gender stereotypes and reinforcing the idea that women should change themselves to gain men’s love. Glam Gam’s queer parody explores themes of polyamory, homosexuality, gender fluidity, consent and more in the sexiest ways possible.


Qui voir aux Francos: CJLO's (Free!) Guide to the Festival

The 30th edition of the Francofolies de Montréal festival—now called the Francos de Montréal—is upon us. From June 8th to June 17th, the Quartier des Spectacles will be filled with the cream of the crop of Quebec’s Francophone music scene and artists from the international Francophonie. As an Anglophone, puzzlement may be the reaction to most if not all of the acts on the bill at this year’s Francos. Have no fear though, because CJLO has got you covered on the most worthwhile shows to catch during the festival. The best part? All the below recommendations are free to see!

Paupière (Friday, June 8 @ 8 PM, corner of de Maisonneuve and Clark)


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