September 8, 1952 – CBC Television launches in a night that The Globe and Mail reviewed as “cluttered but promising.” Broadcasting from a studio in Toronto, a nervous and excited team of journalists and entertainers offers the first evening’s entertainment. Canadians laugh at a three-puppet sketch featuring the eccentric character Uncle Chichimus. […]

Today in Canadian Art History: CBC Television Debuts [includes video]

Peeling Rambutan is the third poetry collection from Montreal-based poet Gillian Sze. Following Sze’s previous collections, Fish Bones (2009) and The Anatomy of Clay (2011), the beautifully-bound Peeling Rambutan “meditates upon the rifts between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children and the struggle of overlapping values which sometimes arises when we view the complexity of […]

Peeling Rambutan: New Poetry from Montreal’s Gillian Sze (Review)

January 14, 1790 – The first opera performed in Canada took the stage when Joseph Quesnel premiered Colas et Colinette ou le Bailli Dupe in Montreal. It was “likely the first operatic work with original music written in Canada, and may be the first in North America.” [Canada Channel]

Today in Canadian Art History: January 14, 1790 – The ...

Edmonton-raised, Montreal-based Auresia is all about putting her unique twist on the classic reggae sound. New release Risin! represents her sophomore album and serves up reggae infused pop with a distinct English, French and Spanish flavour. Of Ukrainian descent, the singer and multi-instrumentalist draws upon her Alberta upbringing while delivering […]

URBAN/Intersection: Auresia’s Alberta Reggae Vibe

The 2013 Polaris Music Prize longlist was released this morning in Montreal with past winners and nominees Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), members of Radio Radio, Ruby Kato Attwood of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and Owen Pallett on stage to make the announcement as well as a performance from Les soeurs Boulay. The 2013 Polaris Prize […]

The Polaris Music Prize 2013 Longlist Announced

For the guys in the Hillbilly Rockets, music isn’t just what they do; it’s how they live. “Life without music is boring,” says Jim, guitarist. “Yeah,” adds frontman/guitarist Hugo. “Without it, Jim would probably be dead by now, and I’d be a Buddhist monk.” He’s not joking about the monk […]

Hillbilly Rockets are Ready for Takeoff

  What do Stephen King, Radiohead, David Lynch, Kurt Vonnegut and Dr. Dre all have in common? Answer: they are all inspirations for the ghostly music of Montreal’s The Comedy, a fairly new yet incredibly together band including Pasquale D’Alessio on guitar and vocals, Mitchell Brown on guitar, Tom Fellows […]

Montreal’s The Comedy Rock CMW This Month

The other day I put forward a question on Twitter, “What is the most difficult thing to capture about the human experience in your writing?” For an artist, drawing realistic hands can be difficult to pull off. The amount of detail and character that can be found in the human […]

The Writer’s Block Issue 2: Writing Humanity

Comedy is difficult. Not only is it up to the comedian to put themselves onstage, bare their soul and struggle to make an audience laugh, but what one person finds funny may fall flat with another. Watching comedians as they hone their craft and their act can be exciting for […]

Watch Them Sweat – Comedians Hone their Skills at a ...

When it comes to arts and culture funding in Canada, it’s often a question of the ‘chicken or the egg’ variety – does the arts sector need government funding to grow or should the government encourage the industry to stand on its own two legs first for fear of ‘weakening’ […]

Fashion Design Non-Eligible For Government Grants

The 15th Annual Fantasia International Film Festival draws to a close this weekend. After a month of special presentations, premiere openings and the gathering of hordes of genre film lovers, the Festival is closing its doors for another year. Begun in 1996, the festival originally focused on Asian films, which […]

Fantasia Festival Winds down without del Toro

By the time the first notes of Private Idaho began bouncing along through the humid darkening skies of downtown Montreal, Place des Festivals was already filled to the brim for the free closing concert of the International Festival de Jazz. A steady stream of concert goers with  an eye for a […]

The B-52s close the 32nd Festival International de Jazz

For the original article hosted at, click HERE. Battle rap has long been ingrained within the hip-hop culture. Ever since Kool Moe Dee ethered Chief Rocker Busy Bee – just shy of two decades prior to the adoption of the “ether” terminology – the craft has seen a steady […]


When Mike Holmes first came up with True Story the idea was to create a collaborative comic strip. After the autobiographical strip This American Drive came to an end, the Halifax based cartoon artist was looking for new material, but the idea of organizing a comic strip where readers are […]

True Story – Illustration and Real Life collide

So much of the art we see is a fully finished product, something that’s been whittled and shaped through many iterations. It’s most obvious when we think of the editing that goes into writing, or the production behind recorded music, but it happens visually as well. In some ways, the […]

Works in progress

A large white tent at the corner of the Quartiers des Festivals was the place to be in the Montreal arts community this past weekend. The Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC) hosted their fourth fair for contemporary art on paper under a great white tent, showcasing works by over […]

Gorging on art at Montreal’s Papier 11

A colleague, New York City avant-garde cellist and composer, recently posted an inspired youtube video on his facebook page of renowned American composer, saxophonist and flautist Henry Threadgill.  In a class lecture for the School for Improvisational Music, Threadgill passionately declares, “Music is made in an atmosphere, not just any atmosphere, […]

Classical Music Explorations North of the 49th

Montreal’s Osheaga is continuing to deserve the claims made that it’s one of Canada’s top music festivals with today’s announcement of this year’s lineup. The impressive list, which will undoubtedly have Canadians heading to Montreal from all over the country, includes Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie, Crystal Castles, The […]

Osheaga 2011 Lineup Includes Elvis Costello, The Flaming Lips, Eminem, ...

Quill & Quire reported yesterday that Toronto and Montreal were two of the more than 50 cities where British band Radiohead gave away free copies of its one-off publication, The Universal Sigh, as part of the launch promoting the band’s digital-first album, The King of Limbs. Fans (mostly male, in their 20s and 30s) […]

Radiohead’s The Universal Sigh Newspaper Handed Out in Toronto and ...