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Fringe 2019: Edging with Mike at Le P’tit Impro

Edging With Mike is not quite what you would expect given the title. Upon entering the intimate space of Le P’tit Impro, you see a kind-looking, unassuming man behind a work station, diligently and patiently sharpening a knife. That is Mike. Mike likes to sharpen knives, and also likes to talk about the things he likes.


Fringe 2019: Ink at La Chapelle

Ink was a visual metaphor for the cyclical self-destructive relationship between an artist and their craft. It was a brilliant depiction of how one invests themselves in their work and how the result of doing so can cost so much. It was also a beautiful story of one man overcoming debatably self-imposed adversity, and learning how to create without suffering.

Heavy Metal Book Club: Brave Nu World by Tommy Udo

 
"Once again, it seems that reports of the death of rock and roll have been greatly exaggerated."
 

CJLO's To-Do List - Feb 15-17

Every weekend in Montreal is filled with plenty of opportunities to experience music, art, film, and theatre, as well as just a good time. At CJLO, we want to help you find the best events in town, and perhaps introduce you to some new artists or venues. So, here is a list of events happening this coming weekend, February 15-17, to get you excited and give you some ideas.


Upcoming Weekend Events

Every weekend in Montreal is filled with plenty of opportunities to experience music, art, film, and theatre, as well as just a good time. At CJLO, we want to help you find the best events in town, and perhaps introduce you to some new artists or venues. So, here is a list of events happening this coming weekend, February 8-10, to get you excited and give you some ideas. 

Friday February 8:

1. The Courcy Brothers @ Casa Del Popolo 

Time : 9pm

Location: Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent 

Lineup: Caroline Keating, The Courcy Brothers, Whitney K, & Special Guests 

Tickets available @ lepointdevente.com

 

2. 00:AM DJ’s @ Datcha

Time : 11pm 


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.


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.


METAL MONDAY: Beating the Ghost of a Dead Horse: Sex & Religion in a Post DTP World

I guess to some attentive people, Transcendence was an obvious sign of the end-times. The third album was in excess of the original intended four for Devin Townsend Project (making it the seventh down the line), and the notorious sonic tyrant decided to let the Project half in on the writing process, as if they were some kind of band. My pattern-assigning monkey brain is telling me even the title was a clue. Fortunately, I am not some attentive people, so I'm just figuring this out now for your amusement.


METAL MONDAY: Heavy Metal Book Club: “What Does This Button Do?” Bruce Dickinson, An Autobiography

*Find out how to win a copy of this book at the end of this review!*

I'm never one to turn away a good music-related auto/biography. Just as with music documentaries, most are surprising and sometimes, surprisingly edifying. Bruce Dickinson, of Iron Maiden fame, has entered the fray with his autobiography, and I'm pleased to say it ticks both boxes, despite being quite the strange creature.


METAL MONDAY: 5 Amazing Metal Bands I Saw in Australia

Back in December, I took a trip to the land down under. I loved almost everything about Australia—the intensely hot weather, the accent, the creative cursing inserted into casual conversation. The only downside was the beer being twice as expensive. I spent most of my time in Melbourne, a city with wide-ranging arts scene. In many ways, it was like the Montreal of Australia. During my time in Melbourne, I was able to check out a handful of shows, where I fell in love with Australian’s heavy scene. Here are my picks of the best Australian metal bands that I saw live.

King Parrot


Our Picks at This Year's Pitchfork Festival

Pitchfork’s eponymous festival hardly needs an introduction. Since its inception in 2006, the event has brought together acts that would entertain even the most discerning among the site’s readership. This year, the three-day festival held in Union Park, Chicago, will feature tremendous headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange, as well as PJ Harvey, Vince Staples and George Clinton & Parliament, to name a few. The festival promises to provide good times all around—and here are the bands we’re especially excited to see.

 


A Guide to Montreal Comiccon

So you're considering going to Montreal Comiccon… If you're a seasoned Comic-con adventurer you've probably been to the Montreal one, as well as Fan Expo in Toronto, or the NYC convention in the fall—maybe even San Diego Comic-Con, considered the BIG SHOW to most geeks. One thing that stands true through all these conventions is that they're always crowded. This is a guide on how to explore, shop and get the the best out of your Montreal Comiccon experience.


Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Having been the frontman of one of Seattle’s most well-known rock bands, frontman of the second band in history to perform live in Cuba, and named as one of the godfathers of the grunge genre, Chris Cornell was a rare, unique, and special act in the rock & roll/grunge scene. In 1984, Cornell had formed the band Soundgarden back in his hometown Seattle with his friend Kim Thayil, who took role as the guitarist, Hiro Yamamoto, who took role as the bassist (but was later replaced by current bassist Ben Shepherd), and Cornell himself taking the roles of drummer and vocalist.


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