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A look back at Iceland Airwaves 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland - November 4-8, 2015

Participating in Iceland Airwaves as a Canadian is sort of like stumbling into a house party full of someone else's tight social circle—except everyone is excited and glad you came and there are one thousand other people who accidentally stumbled into the party too and now you're all friends. It is the kind of festival were almost every shop, café and hostel along the main downtown strip doubles as a venue throughout the week creating space for the "off-venue" no wrist-band-required shows—hugely accessible to people officially participating in the festival as well as people who do not purchase passes.

Kamelot + Dragonforce @ The Imperial Bell

Presented by KMI Entertainment and First Row Talent

I had the pleasure of attending a concert featuring Kamelot and Dragonforce at the Imperial Bell in Quebec City on Sunday, November 22.

RJD2 @ The Fairmount Theatre

Presented by I Love Neon, SJU, & M for Montreal

A Chat with Joey King

The World Film Festival is a Montreal festival that ran from August 27th till September 7th this year. On Saturday September 5th, Borealis, a dark comedy, premiered from director Sean Garrity and screenwriter Jonas Chernick. I had the privilege to interview Joey King, who plays Aurora in the film, and we discussed everything from her role in the film, to working with the independent minds of Zach Braff and James Franco. Joey also took the time to talk about some of her favorite iconic sounds from cinema.

POP Montreal 2015: Commander Clark @ Empire Exchange

Presented by POP Montreal and Oh Hi

Commander Clark doesn't play it cool. He first popped up on our radar during POP Montreal 2014 when he was invited up on stage to co-host Psi Factor and the Cougar's Str8 Talk interview with Ty Segall and Mikey Heppner. He gushed, he over-shared, he played a Ty Segall song on kazoo. So like, who was this guy with a comic book persona who wasn't afraid to dork out in front of a room full of strangers? Naturally, we had to find out.

POP Montreal 2015: The Sonics @ Théâtre Fairmount

Presented by POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black, and Vice

The question you hear most when you tell someone you've been to see a band who made their start in the '60s, as The Sonics did, is "but can they still rock?"

Yes, yes, emphatically yes.

POP Montreal 2015: Les Marinellis @ Théâtre Fairmount

POP You Did Me Wrong

It was day two of POP Montreal, and after consuming my fill of veggie dogs & beer at the Quartiers POP barbecue and taking a quick cat nap, I made my way to Théâtre Fairmount and got there just in time to catch Les Marinellis opening for Mikal Cronin. It was quite disappointing to discover the band playing to a virtually empty room. That big open space in front of the stage was probably the worst thing about POP Montreal this year, and this particular performance by the band was lacklustre as a result.

POP Montreal 2015: Three songwriting tips from Andy Kim!

"The Icon: Montreal's Andy Kim talks songwriting", presented by SOCAN