FRINGE 2016: Falling Awake

I would be lying if I said that I didn't tear up at the end of Falling Awake. I would be lying if I said that I struggled not to break down crying on the walk home afterwards, as the events of the last hour sank in.

FRINGE 2016: The McSorley & Chung Magic Hour

The mark of a good magic show is wondering to yourself how on earth these tricks were done.

My uncle used to do magic tricks for my sister and I when I was younger. I remember truly believing it was magic when I was a kid. And then as I grew up, I started learning how some of them were done. I would watch really closely and try to figure out how to recreate them. I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means and I'm certainly no magician myself.

But I will say this about McSorley and Chung: I have no idea how they performed most of the tricks in their show.

FRINGE 2016: Bedrock Burlesque

Revisiting nostalgia at its finest with an all-grown-up lens 

By Danilo Bulatovic

Although The Flintstones were admittedly well before my time, there was something intangible about the “first animated prime time television series in America” that resonated with me since childhood. As a show concept it’s so wacky, that it could only be conceived with no predecessors. 

FRINGE 2016: Atomic City is The Bomb!

Directed by Sara Rodriguez and starring the talented Jeff Gandell and Mariana Vial, Atomic City is an explosive romantic dramady (that's drama and comedy, folks) set in 1944 and is performed in the intimate confines of the OFF B: Freestanding Room. 

FRINGE 2016: Caravonica

It's so easy to be turned off by the word clown. Just imagining it can carry collective emotions of childhood fears and whatnot. But there's no need to fear Caravonica.

In fact, I don't think it's possible to be afraid of someone so hilarious, creative and talented. Of all of the theatre and various other performance art I've seen, nothing I've encountered can quite compare to the weird brainchild that Caravonica crafted. Saying it was unique, captivating, and incredibly silly barely scratched the surface of how much fun this show was.

FRINGE 2016: Macumba Digita

They say that Montreal has two seasons - Winter and Construction. I disagree. There's three of them, Winter, Construction, and Festival.

Unfortunately, Construction and Festival occur in a brutal overlap that will make even the most patient traveler explode into loud and colorful expletives while sitting in a sweltering car or back of a traffic-confined bus. 

Pouzza Fest 6 >> Brave New Jams Photo Diary 2016!

Brave New Jams is back again with a brand new ocular journey across time and space, back to three wonderful days in May 2016, where a diverse group of artists performed to crowds of punk rock lovers at multiple venues across the city during the sixth edition of Pouzza Fest in downtown Montreal.


Less Than Jake at the Quartier des Spectacles

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2016 >> Rock Punk Metal Preview

 [image: Suoni Per Il Popolo]

The fine folks of "la ville aux cent clochers" are gearing up to celebrate 16 years of unexpected music with Suoni Per Il Popolo! The Montreal community-based festival starts this Thursday, June 2nd, and presents a wide variety of local and international musicians that span multiple styles including post-rock, experimental, drone, jazz, classical, and good ol' rock 'n' roll. The fest continues through until Sunday, June 19th.

Out-Machine'd >> A Review of NB2

It's always good to subject yourself to new experiences, right? Especially in the world of electronic music, "I don't like it" is a forbidden phrase. The negative opinion on close-mindedness in music is exactly what got me interested in attending NB2 - An event that carries the torch from the early 2000s heyday of industrial music. Grandbaby of the C.O.M.A Festival that took place from 2004 to 2007, the event is two nights of all different genres of music that would be considered underground, or fall under the industrial umbrella in today's electronic music culture. The other big plus?


As I'm sure many of you electronically inclined individuals out there know, MUTEK is coming up. For those of you who don't know what MUTEK is, or know it's an electronic festival and want more details, here's a brief synopsis of why many of us get so hyped each year.

CJLO's Metal Shows Get a Brand New Look! Part 1

CJLO is home to six "official" metal shows, and a few others (including mine), that mostly play metal but appear as red and not black on the CJLO on air schedule. Shows like mine understand the benefit of seeming like any ordinary ol' rock show, while playing some of the heaviest music. By making ourselves seem accessible and harmless, we fulfill every parental fear by luring virgin ears to the devil's music.

#CJLOGoesMoog: Day Four

Today was a short day for me, thanks Air Canada for booking me on an early flight.

Despite my brief amount of time, I managed to see some great stuff!

#CJLOGoesMoog: Day Three

A conversation with Ben Frost and Tim Hecker. Photo taken by author.

Today was a day to celebrate musical diversities of Moogfest 2016. Well, after a quick trip to the Moogfest Record Fair, presented by All Day Records, Merge, and some delicious food from one of the countless food trucks surrounding the downtown core.

#CJLOGoesMoog: Day Two

Today began bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and ready to talk radio at the panel on Radical Radio. I was especially excited for this discussion, not only because I am a self-professed radio nerd, but one of the speakers was a college radio alumni of mine, Anna Friz, from back in the day at CITR 101.9fm in Vancouver. Along with co-presenter Jeff Kolar, they discussed the cross-disciplinary aspects of radio, as art, communications, and current transmission practice, highlighting the beauty found in the instability and somewhat randomness of the signal.

#CJLOGoesMoog: Day One

I spent part of the day getting acclimatized to Durham, North Carolina, figuring out the lay of the land, so to speak.

First stop was to the Carolina Theatre to get all of my press stuff sorted. While there I got to interact with the WiFi Whisperer, by Kyle McDonald. This art installation explores the social nature of WiFi, monitoring and manipulating visitors' data and activity, and leaking more then they might realize. Whoa…