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Hillside Music Festival 2016

For several years I've had the pleasure to attend the Hillside Music Festival, and this year's edition proved once again to be a highlight of the summer. Located on the scenic Guelph Lake Island, one would be hard-pressed to find a nicer location to kick back and listen to some tunes. Featuring The Milk Carton Kids, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and Buffy Sainte-Marie to name but a few artists, there was certainly something for all musical tastes. From folk to funk and some electronic heaviness thrown in for the young and the young at heart.


IleSoniq 2016 Photo Diary

Remember the first ÎleSoniq? Tiny stages, a little chaotic, and a lot of fun? Coming home from my third year of attending, the place is barely recognizable compared to what it used to be. But one thing still remains: it's still one hell of a lot of fun. Excellent lineup, excellent people, and even with Heavy Montreal going on at the same time, excellent planning. I took inspiration from the lineup of the festival, which always seems to be exploring new perspectives in dance music, and took a look at the festival through a different lens.


OSHEAGA 2016 - Three days, two nights, and over 100 bands!

As someone who's been to Osheaga five summers in a row, it's safe to say that, when it comes to this specific music festival, I've been there, done that. From the anticipation of arriving at Parc Jean-Drapeau on that first Friday, to the elation of running from show to show all weekend long, without forgetting the desperation of trying to get the hell off the island on that last Sunday night, I've seen it all – and then some. So, when I found out that I would be the lucky CJLO-er covering this year's festival, I was quite skeptical about how much fun I could still actually have during what would be my sixth weekend among a crowd of 135,000 boisterous attendees.


Eclipse 2016 - Circle of Light

How do I condense last weekend into under 1000 words? I guess I'll start at the beginning...


CJLOXJFL WRAP UP: Harmontown Live

On Saturday, July 30th I had the opportunity to watch Harmontown live at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Harmontown is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Harmon (the creator of Community and co-creator of Rick and Morty) and actor Jeff B. Davis. Saturday’s lineup for Harmontown also included Spencer Crittenden (Harmontown’s very own dungeon master), as well as two randomly selected audience members.


CJLOXJFL WRAP UP: Barry Crimmins Makes You Laugh & Cry

On Friday, July 29th, I had the pleasure of watching legendary political satirist, stand-up comedian and children’s rights and safety activist Barry Crimmins perform at Café Cleopatra for the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Crimmins’ life story was recently covered in Bobcat Goldthwait’s award-winning 2015 documentary, Call Me Lucky. Crimmins founded two comedy clubs in the 80s and has been a mentor to hundreds of comedians!


CJLOXJFL WRAP UP: Industry Standard is the Gold Standard of Podcasts

On Friday, July 29th, comedy manager and producer Barry Katz interviewed Howie Mandel on the Industry Standard podcast as part of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Industry Standard gives audiences a unique perspective into the entertainment business with funny and motivational interviews with Hollywood’s most successful professionals.


IleSoniq 2016! Machine Stops Top Picks

ÎleSoniq, Montreal's biggest EDM event, is just around the corner, so we've chosen for you our top five don't miss picks for your best weekend of partying possible. If you're staying home, follow @thinkbox1 on Twitter and @ÎleSoniq on Instagram for full in-progress coverage of the festival.

*Visit the ÎleSoniq website for the latest updates to the schedule.

1. Skrillex


OSHEAGA 2016! Aloof Future Top Picks

Now at its eleventh edition, it's safe to safe that Osheaga has truly become a flagship event in the North American festival circuit. With 40,000 music lovers in attendance each day, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has become as much an ideal venue for well-established outfits to stage a comeback as it is for emerging Montreal talent to represent their city on a global scene.


CJLOxJFL Midnight Surprise: A Sample of JFL’s Best Comedians!

On Thursday July 21st 2016, The Midnight Surprise began its annual run at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. The Midnight Surprise is a special midnight show “featuring a holy s#!t lineup of some of the funniest comedians at the festival”. The first Midnight Surprise show (on July 21st) was hosted by a random, mystery guest while Piff the Magic Dragon hosted the rest of the show from July 22nd to 24th, followed by NBA superstar Blake Griffin who is hosting from July 26th to 30th.


Pokémon Sun and Moon: A Journey into the Seventh Generation

CJLO's Lazy Sunday Series

It should never be taken critically from people outside the Pokémon fandom when fans start tearing apart the designs for newly revealed Pokémon. It happens quite literally every generation. It's part of the adjustment process. As time goes on, we slowly get used to the sentient trash bags, keys, snow cones, triangle dragons and multi-headed hot-mess barnacles. Maybe less so that last one. Nonetheless, every gen has its oddballs and it's smash hits. Expect Gen 7 to be no different. 


Three Must-See Shows at Nuits D'Afrique

Festival International Nuits d'Afrique has brought the world to Montreal music fans for three decades and is still going strong. The festival's rich history includes legendary performers, homegrown talent, fun workshops and family activities, and the most exciting outdoor celebrations of the summer at Quartier des spectacles. CBC journalist,musician, traveller, and CJLO "Grrls Groove" alumnus Emily Brass brings us her top-three must see performers at this year's festival!

 


Fantasia 2016: Live Long and Prosper!

My objective throughout this article is to describe and outline to you in great depth the fun-filled international film festival known as Fantasia. I shall go into great detail about what's involved in this festival and discuss why it would appeal to anyone and everyone. I will mention films I'd like to see while I am there, and why I want to see them. Afterwards I shall conclude with my personal opinion and insight on why I look forward to attend the event, and why I would recommend anyone to attend it.


Montreal Comiccon: The Penguin, Meeting Jessica Nigri, and Firely Banter

Here is DJ Philliam's final Montreal Comiccon recap! Thanks again to the fine folks at Comiccon and Palais des congrès for another great year! Main photo by Brian 'Döc' Holidæ from Geektastiq Cypha. Check out our Instagram @CJLO1690AM for more photos Montreal Comiccon cosplayers!

 


KickDrum Summer Marathon d'Été

Well our loyal CJLO listeners, we have some good news for you. Montreal has a brand new music festival to feast your ears on! KickDrum Summer Marathon d'Été is a dark horse in the running looking to (pun intended) kick the more "popular" international music festivals out of our venues and fill them back up again with the brightest homegrown indie acts this city has to offer. Even better, KickDrum aims to entertain and inspire you without emptying your wallet, because all shows are 11$  or less!


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