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  • Viva Italia!

    MYICA’s Cibo Di Strada Fundraiser Flaunts Thriving Italian Culture in Montreal

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel Review (And Drinking Game)

    Last night I experienced Wes Anderson’s latest filmic endeavour The Grand Budapest Hotel, and even though I had only seen one trailer, and had no idea what to expect from the story, with Anderson at the helm, I also knew exactly what sort of a ride I might be in for. Such creative consistency should be lauded—or at least turned into a ridiculous drinking game.

  • F$%&in’ A!: Sold on Glengarry Glen Ross

    For all of its raw reputation and my high regard for it as a killer of a script, reading it was nothing like seeing it performed live, and last night’s production was a stunning way to experience it for the first time. They sold the hell out of it.

  • Bad Business

    The ABCs of the Segal Centre’s New Production ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

    The world of David Mamet’s classic Glengarry Glen Ross is one built on the power of words as weapons and glasses of hard whiskey. It’s a world where the single golden rule is ABC—Always Be Closing.

  • Let’s Talk About Sex

    Quebec’s Lack of Formal Sex Ed Leaves Students at Risk

    In 2005, the Quebec government made the decision to cut sexual education from its mandatory curriculum, making it the only province without some kind of formal sexual education in their school system. Nearly a decade later, young people in the province seem to be paying the price.

  • Be Very Afraid

    Youtheatre’s New Production Shines a Light on the Pathology of Obsession

    In a world filled up to the bloody brim with psychotic slasher films, increasingly graphic crime television, and the Internet’s leaked treasure trove of all things awful, the true definition of horror has been massacred. In light of these over-the-top depictions, what’s really scary is how far they can put us out of touch with reality.

  • Cutting Back

    Local Artist Launches Print Booklet to Protest Police Brutality

    Art and political statements have always been a natural combination, from protest songs and demonstration performances all the way to state-smashing literature.

  • Nuit Blanche: Art Imitating Life

    I want to meet the person who has somehow pulled off the perfect Nuit Blanche and shake their hand—it might be the closest I’ll ever get to meeting a real live unicorn.

  • Your Guide to Montreal’s Sleepless Night

    Once dusk settles over Montreal on Mar. 1, the dark night truly will rise: Nuit Blanche is the all-nighter city-wide festival that makes dreams come true. From films to art to parties of all kinds, this sleepless night will be one for the ages, and we’ve compiled a guide of some of our favourite events we’ll be hitting throughout the night. Stay up all nuit to truly embrace the night—if you can.

  • The Heaviest Branches of the Family Tree

    On the Role of Heredity in Mental Illness

    I was in my early twenties when I learned that my grandfather had committed suicide. I had never met him, but for as long as I can remember, I had just assumed his death was the work of a heart attack or old age. No one had ever spoken up to correct this with the more painful truth.

  • We All Scream For Poutine

    It’s officially Poutine Week here in Montreal, that special time of year (other than your own drunken birthday par-tay-tay) when it’s totally a-okay to get down and curdy without any judgment by others.

  • The Times They Are A-Changin’

    I don’t really care about the fact that Bob Dylan sold out. The folk crooner who once stood against the establishment as the voice of an entire protest generation made waves yesterday when he appeared in an ad for Chrysler during Super Bowl XLVIII. The times, they are a-changin’, people.

  • Another One Bites the Crust

    Inside Montreal’s Booming Restaurant Scene—and the Struggle of the Up-and-Comers

    What’s for dinner? If you’re walking the pizza- and poutine-paved streets of Montreal, there are endless answers to that question.

  • Make It a Double

    Concordia’s Own Michael Martini To Debut Two New Plays This Weekend

    This weekend, the MainLine Theatre is playing host to a theatrical double feature with deep Concordian roots.

  • Giving Bands a Hand

    New Local Music Company Seeks to Help Local Bands “Make It” Outside Montreal

    It was conceived as an idea in the summer of 2013, and this past Friday it turned into a reality.

  • Art Matters + Nuit Blanche Call For Submissions

    Art Matters, a student-run festival which celebrates the creative ingenuity of Concordia’s vivacious art scene, has teamed up with Nuit Blanche, and they are calling all Concordians for submissions.

  • There Will Be Brawl

    Concordia Graduates Turn Shakespearian Podcast into Literary Reality

    To brawl, or not to brawl? For Concordia graduates Daniel J. Rowe and Eric Jean, there is no question.

  • The Golden Age Isn’t Over

    Maybe I’m a little late to the party here, but I don’t think that this album has an expiration date, and I’m willing to back that statement up by reviewing it now.

  • Silent Night? We Wish: Five of the Worst Christmas Songs

    Five terrible Christmas songs that will make you grateful for Josh Groban.

  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Hot Drinks to Shake off Winter Chills

    Whether it’s your first or fifth winter here in Montreal, the transition to downright freezing is always a painful one this time of year. But don’t worry too much, there are tons of ways to win the cold war: onesie pajamas, brand new mittens, hibernation a la bears, and our personal favourite, hot drinks.