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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...


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.


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!


Montreal Comiccon: Dizzying Games and Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

Montreal Comiccon has come and gone, but we've got more recaps right here in the CJLO Magazine for those who missed it. Philiam from Turn on the Darkness takes us through day two of the conference, with quick game reviews and funny anecdotes from the Star Trek 50th anniversary panel. Main photo by Brian 'Döc' Holidæ from Geektastiq Cypha.


Montreal Comiccon: Day 3

Final day.

No convention is complete without dressing up in cosplay for at least one of the days. Today was my day. I'm used to dressing up for all three, but due to constraints this year, I had no time to make my costumes, so I went with a quick and simple solution: Sans the skeleton from Undertale. With my make-up on and hoodie zipped, I boarded the 105 and made my way to the Palais de Congres for the last time this weekend.

 

The first panel I got in to see was the Z'isle conference, hosted by Lateef Martin- who readers will remember from Day 2's panel on Diversity and Sexuality- and Isabelle Duguay.


Montreal Comiccon: Day 2

There was a consensus in the apartment: the Saturday schedule was a little full.

Unfortunately, due to conflicting start/end times for the Saturday panels and events, it meant missing out on a lot of things I had wanted to see, including:

Mythes et prejuges sur le cosplay, Q and A with Kate Mulgrew, International cosplay with Yaya and Kamui, Anime You Might Have Missed, Illuminez votre costume, Q and A with John Barrowman (which was delayed/cancelled in the end), the Cosplay RPG Battle and Internet Native Horror: Creepypasta.

I still got to see some good panels, though.


Montreal Comiccon: Cosplay Confession and Indie Games!

The Montreal Comiccon pop-culture, comic, and gaming fan convention is in full swing at Palais des congrès, and the folks at CJLO - 1690AM are excited to bring our readers daily recaps and photos of this amazing three-day event! Here's a quick recap of day one, brought to you by Philiam from Turn on the Darkness. Main photo by Brian 'Döc' Holidæ from Geektastiq Cypha.


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