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Metal March Has Arrrived

Well, well, well… if it isn’t March. You have some nerve showing your ugly mug here.

In all seriousness, I know March hasn’t been the best month over the past year. It marks the anniversary of a pandemic which has changed all our lives and, frankly doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. So… happy birthday, Pandemic …I guess?


Plein(s) Ecran(s), a showcase of Court métrage

The festival Plein(s) Ecran(s) takes place from January 13th to January 24th and focuses on 66 short feature films, 6 of which are categorized within the Programme Jeunesse section. Selections from Quebec and France are entered into an awards competition as part of the festival. As well, there will be the return of the Plein(s) Écran(s) podcast, available on most podcast platforms, which provides interviews with some of the directors. Here are some of the short features that I got to see during the run of the festival.   
 

CJLO Best of 2020 Picks

So... 2020 was a thing.


Allison is CJLO's Program Director and hosts Transistor Sister, every Tuesday @ 6 p.m. 

Best Albums of 2020


NOVEMBER Confronts the Beautiful and Ugly Parts of Life on ‘Bedroom Eyes’

After a summer collaboration with Japanese indie stars Frasco for Sapporo’s “Sapporo Duos” campaign and recent recognition from Exclaim!, singer-songwriter and producer NOVEMBER is keeping the momentum going with the release of his second EP, Bedroom Eyes, out on November 20th. NOVEMBER is the alias of Ottawa-born, Montreal-base


Uncovering Exorcist’s Mystery Horror Metal Album

Back in 1980s, a mystery album titled Nightmare Theatre (1985) dropped in record stores around North America and parts of Europe, shocking those who were lucky enough to grab a first pressing. The band responsible was Exorcist, but they certainly weren’t a “band” in any sense of the word. They didn’t play any shows, didn’t do any interviews, nor did they release any follow-up material.


Yves Jarvis returns in full bloom with latest album Sundry Rock Song Stock

Yves Jarvis is the stage name of Jean-Sébastien Audet – a singer originally from Calgary, Alberta. After moving to Montreal and performing under the stage name Un Blonde, the persona Yves Jarvis was borne in 2018. It was brought to life with The Same but by Different Means - his first album released under the new moniker. With this experimental album, Yves Jarvis began his dedicated journey to moving forward and being unafraid to explore mysterious waters.


Fantasia Festival 2020: Premier Genre Film Festival is what you need to beat the heat

There are many unanswered questions in these uncertain times. This was the case when the city of Montreal decided to postpone their summer festivals, forcing many festival organizers to return to the drawing board. This is to say that I am happy that the 24th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, the premier genre festival, will be taking place virtually, with the titles being accessible online. Even though I am going to miss the atmosphere of the Concordia theatre halls filled with the audience alongside the CJLO DJ’s, the meows, and the experience of Montreal’s downtown scene, the cinephile in me can’t wait for this year's Fantasia Film Festival happening from August 20th to September 2nd.

Flashback Friday: SXSW 2020 Preview

Photo Credit: SXSW

Due to COVID-19, SXSW was cancelled along with a multitude of festivals and shows. But that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what could have been.


Resonating Reconciliation Broadcast: July 1st, 2020

In honour of tomorrow’s Canada Day 153 celebration, CJLO will be airing documentaries from the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s Resonating Reconciliation, a project that engages community radio to help reconcile all Canadians with the history of Indian Residential Schools.


Night Lovell: The King of Canadian Underground Rap

 
This feature was brought to you in part of CJLO's "Hip Hop For Life" series - highlighting Canadian hip hop between June 7th - 14th.
 

Causal Chain : Bringing bass music and magic to Montreal

Nela Paki, a young Montreal DJ and producer who goes by the name Laced, has recently launched Causal Chain, an online platform for original emerging talent of our city’s underground electronic music scene.
 


Lea's Late Nite Quarantine Jams

If you’re looking for a playlist to listen to late at night, look no further than Lea’s Late Nite Quarantine playlist. If you’re not to sure about the playlist, check out this track-by-track breakdown.


"COME THRU" - Joji


Safe and Warm with the Wurli - A Playlist for the Soul

For those of us able to isolate, we may feel like it’s day in and day out  of scary stats on social media and the news. Sometimes, all we need to do is take a step away, maybe even relax and get in touch with the things that resonate with us. Personally, the electric piano is the musical equivalent of butter—  adding not just extra flavor to any mix, but a rich “hush child, everything is ok” assurance to any track. 


Heavy Fantasies: CJLO DJs Program Their Dream Metal Festival

Long before a pandemic shut down this city's many cultural events, it was announced that Heavy Montreal, the two day outdoor metal festival, would take a break in 2020. This had us thinking... what if we could program our fantasy lineup for an imaginary edition of Heavy Montreal? Check out what some of our metal DJs would love to see at Heavy MUnTreal, illustrated by Angelica of BVST!


Lineup by Andrew of Grade A Explosives — Sundays 4-6pm ET


Western Canadian Fuzz: A Primer on Everything Stoner from Vancouver

 

Beachside skateparks, laidback attitudes, astronomical rent prices, and year round red sun. If I asked you to name one city in the world where all of the aforementioned apply, I’d bet you a handful of nickels that California crawls its way into your head first. You normally wouldn’t be wrong, but in this specific case, we’re talking about our Sunshine State: Vancouver, British Columbia.


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