Fringe Arts

Putting Data to Rest

Artist Audrey Samson Orchestrates a Symbolic Funeral for Your Digital Data

We’re constantly leaving our footprints in the digital world, whether by chatting online or posting a picture on our Instagram. Our data is saved for the use of big corporations and governments, but also piled up on our own computers for personal use.

  • Quebec’s History on the Move

    Moving Exhibition Comes to Concordia Exposing the Social Struggles and Movements of the Province

    For two weeks, the atrium of Concordia’s downtown library will be home to “Quebec on the Move,” an exhibit exploring various social movements in relation to Quebec’s English-speaking communities from 1960 to today.

  • Swans at Le National

    If You’re Hearing This, You’re Already Dead

    On Thursday night, I went to see Swans.

  • Ariel Pink Is Way More Than You Think

    He’s Not a Monster, He’s an Artist

    “We are afraid of monsters because they are ugly.”

    So goes one of Ariel Pink’s most lucid tweets. Of course, any sense of austerity is immediately blown off by a silly GIF, sitting directly under the statement, a quick clip of a lo-fi monster, awkwardly flailing about.

  • A Hip-Hop Artist Turned Concordia Professor

    Yassin Alsalman, a.k.a. The Narcicyst, Tries to Be a “Conduit for Free Thought” in Class

    I could hear the music getting louder as I approached the door—this was not my imagination. MF Doom’s Potholderz was playing full blast on the professor’s MacBook Pro. A short, young-looking man with a black beard, big round glasses and a toque that read “POUTINE” was bobbing his head to the music. So this was the famous “Narcicyst” my friends were raving about, the MC turned professor.

  • Bruins, Beers and Body Modifications

    Aussie Metalcore Band The Amity Affliction Talk Hockey, Tattoos and their Ridiculous Song Names on their North American Tour

    To survive being in a metal band requires serious endurance: no one knows this better than Ahren Stringer, 29-year-old bassist and vocalist for The Amity Affliction, who has simulated drowning, been lit on fire, and has remained on the open road doing nonstop touring over the last year, all in the name of the band.

  • Free Punk, a New Musical Genre

    Peregrine Falls To Introduce Free Punk To Montreal’s Music Scene

    Peregrine Falls is a Vancouver-based instrumental duo composed of drummer Kenton Loewen and guitarist Gordon Grdina. The musicians mix their musical backgrounds in jazz and heavy rock to create a rousing musical combination with an improvisational feel. Their unique sound is difficult to place in a single generic category, so the duo coined their own genre and called it “free punk”.

  • A Roar to Shake the World’s Foundations

    Art Exhibition Unground Explores the Excesses of Capitalist Consumerism

    Prepare to be immersed in a land which you had thought to be inconceivable: a world without capitalism. This exhibition will whisk you away from the conservative grounding most of us are long-familiar with.
    From Feb. 27 to March 15, Montrealers can take in Unground, a multi-dimensional, multi-channel video installation containing references to what the press release describes as “mineral understructures of the modern metropolis, financial meltdowns, thawing glaciers, archaic caves and volcanic, arctic wastelands at the border of the inhabitable world.”

  • Softening The Borders

    Multimedia Artist Explores How Boundaries Define the Human Experience

    Artist Vessna Perunovich has a lot of experience with borders. Having lived in Canada for the past 25 years, the artist fled her birthplace Yugoslavia, a country on the brink of civil war, during the 1980s. It’s fitting to say that the artist uses visual art and performance to explore her past and the world around her.

  • Eagle Tears : An Insider’s Look

    The revving of motorcycle engines during the 36th edition of the Harley Davidson show could not compete with the timeless rock sound of Montreal-based band Eagle Tears performing at the Bell Centre two Saturdays ago.

  • The End of the Tour

    In 2008, David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest and hailed as one of the most creative voices in American fiction, committed suicide in his southern California home. He was 46 and his death came as quite a blow to the literary world. Numerous vigils were held, a trust was established in his honor and a myriad of shocked, heartbroken writing emerged from his colleagues and friends.