As if having a Green Bay Packer on the show last week wasn't enough, this week The Starting Rotation is having a slew of guests talking to them.
First, Montreal actor Rob Naylor (from Arthur and 19-2) will be co-hosting with the team and talking with Lizanne Murphy from the Canadian Women's National Basketball team, who incidentally won gold at the PanAm games last week, and with kickboxer Emilio Greco Jr about his upcoming bout. All this along with the sports coverage you've come to expect from the highest rated sports radio show according to the readers of Cult MTL.
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Tune into a special Champions of the Local Scene tonight, where we will be talking 20 years of Under Pressure, Montreal's premiere graffiti and hip hop festival, hosted by Joana of Je Suis TBA! This will kick off at 5pm with a special recap of Under Pressure music over the years and a preview of this year's line-up which features legends like Kool Herc, Q-bert, Lord Finesse, Illa J, Bobbito Garcia and more! At 6pm, we will be joined by festival co-founder Sterling Downey and festival co-ordinator Melissa Proietti, to hear about the DIY history of this grassroots festival! We'll chat about Under Pressure's integral role in Montreal's graffiti arts scene, look back at some of the original 1996 line-up, and hear what is special about UP's 20th year- (August 5 - 9)! Tune in 5 - 7pm to get pumped for Under Pressure 2015!
Sadly when the time came to catch the premiere of Ant-Man at Fantasia, I had to miss out because of work. Thursday night was the official film premiere and the theatre was packed for the first showing, that was presented in a 3D Dolby Atmos theatre. The crowd was gleamed with excitement as they traded Marvel factoids that made me wish I brought the Marvel Encyclopedia from my coffee table. Everyone including myself is asking the question will the comedic actor of the Judd Apatow franchise of films pull it off. All eyes were on Paul Rudd to make everyone forget Seth Rogen started in The Green Hornet.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is hoping to turn over a new leaf as an ex cat burglar being released from prison into the real world. Let's just say his reintegration into the common workforce is a hysterical failure. With his back to the wall due to his family duties, he accepts a burglary job that Luis (Michael Peña) got tipped on by a friend of a friend, where there is a montage of each person involved in the tip in pure Wright brilliance. The heist ends up as a bust and Scott is now in possession of the Ant-Man suit, which he test drives. Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man, gets in contact with Scott and offers him a chance at redemption. Scott will have to stop Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from developing the same serum as Dr Pym created for Ant-Man. Cross wants to create an army known as Yellow Jackets that would be used for militarization, rather than for good. Scott and Hank get help from Hank's estranged daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly). So begins Scott's training, which includes running into other Marvel Characters all in order to stop Darren Cross aka Yellow Jacket.
Right away the screenwriter Edgar Wright's vision to make this a comedic superhero movie has success with the crowd, as he is no stranger to the comedic adaptations too graphic novels (Scott Pilgrim VS The World). Paul Rudd is at ease playing to his dramatic and comedic superhero strengths. This is what separates him from the goofy actors who try out for the superhero role, but don't succeed. Ant-Man fits well alongside Star-Lord (Guardians of Galaxy) in the Marvel universe, as a superhero who grows to be good over time. There will definitely be a sequel and I hope that Marvel solves their creative differences with Edgar Wright so that he has the possibility to direct the sequel. Remember a true Marvel fan stays till the credits stop rolling.
A man from Montreal was struck by lightning Monday around 6 p.m. and is now in critical condition.
CTV news reports he was standing under a tree at the time of the incident.
According to a witness who saw it from the balcony of his Rosemount apartment, as the man collapsed from the strike a woman ran out and began giving him chest compressions.
Paramedics arrived shortly after, and they say that the woman played a vital role in saving the victims life.
First Nations bands must submit their 2014-15 financial data to the Canadian government by Wednesday.
According to CBC News, a new law has made it so that First Nations bands must submit their audited financial statements for the past fiscal year- or risk losing federal funding for non-essential services in September.
Although 98 percent of bands complied with the First Nations Transparency Act last year, the federal government brought eight bands to court to force them to submit their financial reports.
Despite giving an extra 120 days to First Nations bands to post their financial data last year, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt claims that they will not have extra time this year.
An American hunter is accused of killing a famous lion.
In a report by the Toronto Star, Walter Palmer is allegedly being held responsible for shooting Cecil the Lion outside a national park in Zimbabwe.
A local conservationist group is stating that two local guides helped Palmer in hunting the lion, where he was lured out of the park with bait, shot down, skinned and beheaded.
Palmer is claiming he had no idea who he killed as he relied on the guides for assistance during his bow hunting trip.
The Minnesotan dentist is now under public scrutiny with hate comments pouring in on his clinic's Facebook page and local authorities may convict him with animal poaching.
He is due to share his testimony with the guides at a local court next week.
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Heavy Montreal (though c'mon, wasn't Heavy MTL kind of a cooler name?) is less than two weeks away, and we at CJLO are no slouches when it comes to doing stuff with the festival. In addition to giving away passes on air (which you can still win on Friday, July 31 on Beyond That Graveyard III from 9 - midnight and Grade A Explosives on Sunday, August 2 from 4 - 6PM), we've been doing interviews on site for the past two years and have always had an awesome time of doing so. Before I start let me say that a lot of this is lifted from the Heavy FAQ page located here: http://info.heavymontreal.com/. Let me also preface this by saying that I'm basing a lot of this on previous years, and it may be different this year, so be forewarned. I guess to paraphrase all great festival sites, “lineup is scheduled to change without notice.” This being said, for those whose first time attending will be this year, I thought I'd write a helpful article for what you should expect when you go, in a numbered list, since apparently that's how everything on the internet must be written now.
Bring a backpack with the essentials
This may seem obvious to those that have been to a previous outdoor concert, but bring things you may need with you. Heavy will let you bring in backpacks, so take full advantage of this fact. Make sure you pack things you may need, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, a beach towel or blanket to sit on, maybe a poncho or umbrella for if in case gets rainy, and definitely a water bottle, though you might want to bring it empty, as you may be asked to dump it before entering the festival. According to their FAQ, there will be places to fill it while you're on site so you can stay hydrated, which is super important to, you know, not pass out and have to be taken to away on a stretcher. You are also able to bring food for personal consumption, so pack a sandwich and fruits or chips or... whatever. This bring us to...
There will be food there, including some generic burgers, hot dogs, and, the Quebec staple, poutine. I think there was also a Subway stand last year too, if my memory is correct. These will set you back at minimum 7 bucks, but I propose something different for those that are looking to get a bit fancier. Food trucks have been steadily taking off here in Montreal, and a lot of them are delicious and worthwhile. Last year, festival goers were able to check out the food porn delights of Winnie Burger, Smoking BBQ, and my personal favorite (and home of the foie gras poutine), Au Pied De Cochon, so you may want to plan to bring a bit of extra cash. And if we're talking about planning...
Plan your schedule ahead of time
The schedule is currently up for you to look at (http://heavymontreal.com/lineup/schedule), so make sure you map out your days, and accept that you may not get to see all you want to see. I found the mobile app fairly helpful and it's available on both the Apple Store and Google Play stores. It lets you plan everything out, and gives you notifications before the bands you want to see jump on stage. There are also the schedules they hand out as soon as you arrive at the festival, so you can use those if you want to leave your phone at home. This gives you a great opportunity to...
See something new
A lot of people will be drawn by the headliners since they're headliners and people know them, but if you have some time between bands you want to see, try to catch something you aren't familiar with, or maybe show up a bit earlier than the bands you want to see and see a smaller band. These guys work hard to make new music for people to enjoy, and who knows, one day they could be headlining a festival, and you can say you were there when they were just starting out. My point is try to see as much stuff as you can. Of course this is in direct contrast with...
For the love of Satan, try to leave early
Most people are going to stay until the end of the night, and despite the fact that the roads around there are not normally traversed by a huge amount of people and Montreal's subway system is adequate, the sheer number of people flooding these two things at once causes massive delays and traffic. If you can duck out early, even if only during the last song, your chances of not being swamped by a mass of people is WAY higher, so keep that in mind. Speaking among being among crowds of people...
Remember the after parties
Heavy usually has after parties following each night of the festival that feature even more bands. Last year's Swashbuckle / Rainbowdragoneyes double bill at Katacombes was hilarious and insane, which by my standards means totally great. This year's celebration of 25 years of Fat Wreck Chords at Metropolis looks to be a bit more, shall we say, pricey, but is probably a great bet if you're a fan of punk. Make sure to keep checking the main site to see what other things might get announced. Speaking of related events...
For the nerds: Don't forget Grimposium
A group of us from CJLO attended last year's Grimposium, created and hosted by Concordia University' professor Vivek Venkatesh. Aside from being a super awesome dude in general, he also is into extreme metal of all varieties, and this year he's expanded the symposium on extreme music to include a book launches, panels on topics such as “Issues in Metal Journalism” and “The Future of Extreme Metal”, some film screenings, and shows featuring Gorguts and Between the Buried and Me. With all of this stuff there's really no excuse to not go and hang out with like minded metal people. And since you'll be interacting with others, remember to...
Be safe and be courteous to others
Though metal is thought of as being a place where weirdos cut themselves to sacrifice their blood to their dark lord or whatever, we within the community know that's only partially true. You will be around a lot of people so take care of yourself. Be wary of others who are super drunk and belligerent or generally being a dick. Also, if you are going to be out there... don't be that belligerent dick. People are trying to have fun and enjoy themselves, and you being an asshat doesn't help, so just don't. Also, the same metal etiquette rules that we all know still apply: if someone falls in a pit or whatever, help them up, and be mindful of where people are when you're swinging your arms around looking like an idiot.
Hopefully these tips will help you to have an awesome time moshing in the outdoors. Make sure you tell the interwebs what you like and don't like while at the fest through their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, if you see any folks in a CJLO shirt, feel free to say hi! Keep it loud, keep it heavy, and remember: metal rules.
Primus & the Chocolate Factory @ Metropolis July 15, 2015 - Presented by Greenland Productions & Evenko
Let me preface this review by stating that I'm not a casual Primus fan. In 1990, I took a chance and bought a used copy of Frizzle Fry after reading a small capsule review in Metal Maniacs magazine. As a recovering hair metal fan just getting into punk and alternative music, it took me a little while to warm up to this absolutely bizarre band that defies genre classification. However, the more I listened to it, the more I loved it. Then Sailing the Seas of Cheese came out in 1991 and I was upgraded to massive fan.
I've also seen them nine times over the years, and have never once been disappointed. Despite that, I've had a couple of unfortunate incidents while trying to see them and one that almost prevented from seeing them this time.
In 1993, a friend and I bought a bus/ticket package deal to go to Lollapalooza at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario where Primus were headlining. I was beyond excited to finally get to see them live. Unfortunately, as we waited for Primus to start, we came to horrifying conclusion that we'd have to leave to catch the bus back to Montreal. As we walked through the grounds, I could hear Primus starting up and playing "My Name is Mud" and I was pretty miserable. To make matters worse, the bus didn't actually leave for another hour, so I could of actually seen them except that we weren't allowed back into the park once we entered the parking lot. All was better when I finally saw them at Metropolis later that year, a concert I still consider one of favourites of all time.
This next one is embarrassing, and I'm wondering why I'm committing this to writing, but here goes… A few years back I bought tickets to see them in Burlington, Vermont, and on a Saturday evening a few months later, I was the Primus site and saw a picture of the Burlington gig poster, except that it had that day's date. My first irrational thought was that they must have made a mistake, but I then came to the quick realization that I had mixed up the date. It was too late in the evening to drive the two hours to the show, and to make matters worse, I had just booked a non-refundable hotel for the weekend afterwards. Not only had I wasted my money on two tickets, but I still had to go to Burlington the weekend afterwards to further remind myself of my stupid mistake (although all was better when I managed to get last minute tickets to see Weird Al, which was a fantastic show).
When I heard that they were coming back to town, I immediately asked for the CJLO Magazine writing assignment. Nothing was going prevent me from seeing this show… until a work emergency came up at the last minute that would force me to work that night. I swore that I was cursed to never see Primus again. Favours were pulled, and I managed to find someone to replace me for a few hours while I went to the show. Crisis was averted and I owe my co-worker a beer.
So finally, let's talk about this Primus show!
Primus are touring in support of their most recent release, Primus & the Chocolate Factory, where they channel the Residents and re-interpret the soundtrack to the original Gene Wilder movie from the '70s. I quite enjoy this latest album, and was looking forward to seeing them perform it in full. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the rest of show.
The lights went down, the curtain went up to reveal a bare-bones stage lit in blue, and the classic '90s (and in my opinion, the best) lineup of Primus walked out on stage: Tim Alexander (Herb the ginseng drummer), Larry Lalonde (Ler), and of course, Les Claypool. The distinctive opening guitar stabs of "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers" rang out and we were off.
The opening set was a fine mix of tracks across their entire discography. They played the "hits": "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver", "My Name is Mud", and "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver". They played some songs from more recent releases which was a nice surprise considering they have tended in the past to not play those with Tim on drums (since he wasn't on those albums). They also a played a deep cut in "The Heckler" ,which I don't think I've ever seen them play live. Technically, they played at least one song from every one of their albums ("The Heckler" was on both the live album Suck on This and was included as a hidden bonus track on Antipop).
The band was in fine form musically, and were quite funny with their stage banter. Les talked about walking around the Nuits d'Afrique festival and hunting down some poutine. There was also the old joke of Les introducing Larry Lalonde as a native Quebecois, and having him speak to the crowd in French, to which he responds with a shy "bonjour". My favourite moment was when the crowd started chanting "Primus Sucks!" (the old band slogan that the discourages now for whatever reason). Les responded with asking what that would be in French, to which the crowd responded by chanting "Primus Suce!" After a few chants, Les commented that it "it doesn't really have the same zip-a-dee-doo-dah does it?"
They finished up the set with "Jerry" and the curtain came down so that they could prepare for the second set. After a short break, the curtain came up and revealed an elaborate stage setup to suit the presentation of the Chocolate Factory album: a large inflatable mushroom, oversized lollipops, and large-scale candies that surrounded the drum kit.
Primus came out and proceeded to play the Chocolate Factory album from start to finish. The band were joined by the Fungi Ensemble: percussionist Mike Dillon and cellist Sam Bass, who helped flesh out the song arrangements.
The whole set was presented like musical theatre and was a treat to watch. The band dressed appropriately to the subject material, and Les changed into a Willy Wonka outfit and wig before "Pure Imagination". For the four Oompa Loompa songs (Oompa Augustus/Violet, Veruca/TV), two stage hands would walk in unison onto the stage with massive heads, bob in time with the music and then shamble off when the song was finished.
Clips from the original movie were shown on the screen, looped and manipulated in time with the music, creating a very interesting effect, especially during "Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride" (the freakiest scene in a children's movie ever!).
Musically, it was excellent, but that's par for the course with Primus. Les mostly stuck to hit mini stand-up bass, and Tim was playing as more of a percussionist than a rock drummer. Mike Dillon impressed in particular with his excellent work on the vibraphone and marimba, especially during his extended solo during "Golden Ticket". Also, for the first time that I can remember, Larry sang lead on the song "I Want it Now" and wasn't actually half bad!
Special mention to the people in the crowd who were trying to mosh during the Oompa Loompa songs. While I could tell that it wasn't a sellout, it was still a well-attended show, and everyone seemed to be enjoying it.
All in all, I really enjoyed the "Chocolate Factory" set and I'm actually hoping that Primus continue to explore this type of presentation with future projects.
For the encore, Primus played "Too Many Puppies", and were then joined on stage again by the Fungi Ensemble to play "Southbound Pachyderms". Les introduced the final song as the prettiest song they ever wrote and asked the crowd to hug the person to the left (which some people actually did!). They then finished the night with a rousing rendition of the notably non-pretty song "Here Comes the Bastards"
Show was over and I rushed back to work and ended up finishing at around 7AM. In a week where I ended up working 65 hours, going to a show was probably not something I should have done. In the end though, I have no regrets. Primus came back to town and put on one of the more memorable shows I've seen them do. Ten shows in, and they still haven't disappointed me, so here's hoping that there's an 11th.
Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
Last Salmon Man (Green Naugahyde)
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver (Tales From The Punchbowl)
The Heckler (Suck on This / Hidden track on Antipop)
Lee Van Cleef (Green Naugahyde)
Over the Falls (The Brown Album)
Frizzle Fry (Frizzle Fry)
My Name Is Mud (Pork Soda)
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
Set 2 - Primus & the Chocolate Factory:
Cheer Up Charlie
Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride
I Want It Now
Too Many Puppies (Frizzle Fry)
Southbound Pachyderm (Tales From The Punchbowl)
Here Come the Bastards (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
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by Patricia Petit Liang
Two expensive hepatitis C medications will be covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec’s public health plan in the near future.
According to CBC News, the drugs, specifically Harvoni and Holkira Pak, cost about $60,000 per person and have the potential to cure hepatitis C within 8 to 12 weeks.
For now, only the sickest people will be treated because the Quebec government cannot afford to cover the cost of the medications for all of the Quebecers who have hepatitis C.
The Turkish government is calling for a last-minute diplomatic talk with NATO as the conflict between the Islamic State militants and Kurdish rebels escalates.
In a report by BBC News, the move is in response to ongoing bombings from both parties near the Turkish-Syrian border - most notably, the suicide bombing leaving 34 civilians dead.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says it is time for Turkey to ask for help as they have their hands tied - in fixing their civil conflict, and in helping capture jihadi militants in the Middle East.
Ambassadors will meet in the Belgian captial of Brussels on Tuesday.
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Stories by Patricia Petit Liang, Catlin Spencer & Saturn de Los Angeles
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