View from the Venue - Solids

On this episode of View From the Venue, I sat down for a chat at Bar L'Absynth with Montreal's own alternative rock act Solids, whose live show just so happens to live up to their name. These days they're tearing it up on the east coast on a short tour in Newfoundland. The duo talk playing in basements, cross-format music releases and the benefits of being a two man band. Check out their EP, Generic Dogs.

Behind the Scenes: Funding Drive

The purpose of any funding drive is to raise funds, but I went into organizing this year’s event focused on making strong ties to the community first. Starting something that hasn’t been done before means creating a strong foundation for future years. Whether it was finding major sponsors for the drive or local businesses to partner up with for the Friends Card program, there was pavement to pound.

Film Review - Goon

Hockey fans rejoice! A modern day Canadian hockey tale has come to cinemas and it will get your blood pumping and make you wonder if there is a hockey game playing tonight. I had the pleasure of attending the premiere in Montreal and got a chance to talk to the stars about their very Canadian oriented project. Director Michael Dowse was quite excited about premiering the film at the Amc Forum; it was a perfect fit for the night’s hockey theme.

Robert Glasper @ Theatre du Gesu on February 24th

The Montréal en Lumière Festival kicked off on February 16th and continues till the 26th with an extensive list of amazing events and shows that really lighten up this city and clear up our grey winter skies.

Phife Dawg @ Club Soda on February 19th

Montreal get ready! February 19th is "Baby Phife’s Return."

Trust Abby: Book Reviews

Every month I’m going to post mini blurbs/summaries about books I’ve recently read AND I’m going to tell you why you should read them too, all in the most interesting, non-preachy, non-educative way possible. Also, since this we are a music station, not only will you be learning about some amazing literature but you’ll gain music knowledge too. How? Each novel gets its very own soundtrack! So take a look and listen. I recommend you listen to the soundtracks as you read the reviews.

Best of 2011

Happy New Years! There's a fresh, exciting year ahead of us, but we here at CJLO want to take this chance to look back at 2011 and all the wonderful things it's offered. Our DJs and volunteers have taken the time to gather lists of their favourite music related things from this past year. The lists are as diverse as the musical selection we offer. Check them out and you might find something new and interesting.

SoDisrespectful (Toni Menage & Monifah) @ Jello Martini Lounge on Aug. 26th and 27th


Two dynamic voices have combined their talents and are coming to Montréal for two nights at Jello Martini Lounge, on August 26th and 27th. SoDisrespectful is the latest project from Toni Menage and gold and platinum selling artist Monifah. This high-energy duo, straight from New York City, will definitely put their own spin on neo-soul favorites and funk classics as well as top 40 hits and R&B tracks.

Fantasia Film Festival 2011

I must admit to you all that is, in fact, my first time attending the Fantasia Film Festival, but so far it's been a truly wonderful experience. At every screening, the people of the city are literally lining up the block to see these wonderful films. The atmosphere is busy and hustling. Everyone seems to know someone at this festival and it makes me a little nervous.

Bound for Beijing

*Editor's Note: This article marks the begining of a weekly travel blog by Natasha P, a CJLO correspondent currently on exchange in Beijing, that will cover her experiences training in Beijing Opera and living in China.*

8 months of training, 4 performances, 6 hours of paperwork, 14 hours in transit and now I find myself sitting in a hotel room on the other side of the world looking out over Beijing.