Interviews

(Interview) Image + Nation Film Festival Programming Director Kat Setzer Discusses its 33rd Edition

"At The Movies recently had a chance to talk to Kat Setzer, programming director of the Image + Nation film festival. The festival's 33rd edition is going virtual this year and takes place from Nov. 19 to Dec. 6. Remi and Kat also talked about Image + Nation's virtual Halloween horror film festival, which ran from from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. Image + Nation promotes a diversity of LGBTQ+ voices showcasing the evolution of queer cinema. More information can be found at image-nation.org.  

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Hate It Too talks Lampshading and performing during COVID-19

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Let’s jump into the pearls of local underrated punk, and discover what stands behind a band with the edgy name “Hate It Too”. Cédric, Marc-Antoine and Jean-Philippe are amazing conversationalists and told us all about their 2020 album release, habits and online show. Check out the full interview here!


Hate It Too is:
Marc-Antoine Dionne, guitar & vocals

Cédric Michaud, guitar & vocals

Jean-Philippe Gagnon, drums

Stéphane Simard, bass


Lizzy & the Fanatics Invite Us into their ‘Perfect World’ on New EP

After playing in and around Montreal for the past three years, Lizzy & the Fanatics released their new EP Perfect World, a bilingual dreamy indie-pop EP, on the first day of summer 2020. The release date was appropriate, as the six songs on the EP conjure the nostalgia of summers past, when everything felt possible. While a quartet on the stage, Lizzy & the Fanatics is the brainchild of Lysanne Picard (Lizzy). CJLO interviewed Picard about the new EP, feel-good pop songs in these hectic times, and making playlists for her friends.


Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur 2020

Summer is finally here, which normally indicates the start of festival season.
However, in light of COVID-19 there have been some changes and cancelations, such as this year's Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS) rolling out a digital rendez-vous rather than an in-person event.
 

Michael Haze Brings “Mosh Pit Sad Music” on his MICKEY EP

At only 21 years-old, Michael Haze has already had quite a novel path. He was introduced to music through his church choir at a young age, and learned to play multiple instruments throughout his youth. Haze grew up everywhere, and living in countries across the globe created a rich backdrop for his music. Now based in Montreal, Haze’s debut EP MICKEY is an ode to R&B and an introduction to the artist’s music and life.


(A recollection of) An interview with Johannes Persson of Cult of Luna

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Technology sure is something isn't it? Revolutionizing our lives in ways we couldn't even dream possible a scant few years ago. Its praises can't be held in high enough esteem... that is, until it fails and we scream at the sky as to why we relied so heavily on it.


Game Genie Sokolov Finds their True Identity on Trans // Mission

Between synthwave, synthpop, and vaporwave, the music of Montreal artist Game Genie Sokolov changes as they evolve in their search for sound and identity.  On their third and latest album Trans // Mission, Game Genie Sokolov abandons their previous video game aesthetic to show off the full breadth of their talent, with various strains of electronic music permeating throughout the record’s 12 tracks.  For Ambient April, CJLO caught up with the artist about the new album, instrumental music, and getting out of their comfort zone.


Q&A Interview with Sara-Claudia Ligondé

September 25th, 2019 marked the premiere of Being Black in Canada, a documentary film project that was part of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF). As stated on the website, the festival was created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and is currently the largest Canadian film festival entirely dedicated to black realities from all four corners of the world. The project featured fifteen short films centered around telling black stories from the perspective of young black Canadian filmmakers based in Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax.


Five Questions with... CRABE

Five Questions with… is a new CJLO Magazine feature where people from all realms we want to know more about are asked… well, five questions!  The feature’s inaugural interview is with Montreal “normal punk” duo CRABE, who released their seventh album Notre-Dame de la vie intérieure earlier this month on Pantoum Records.  Their latest opus sees the duo, consisting of Martin Höek and Gabriel Lapierre, continue to avoid easy classification and managing to keep a wildly positive and sincere energy about them for 12 years and counting.  CJLO ha


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