Fringe Arts

  • Weekly Spins

    Party Punk, Ambient Electronics, and Doomey Post Rock

    Armed with fuzz, percussion and super-literal lyrics, Nashville duo Jeff The Brotherhood crank out high-octane garage rock with no filler. With their first major release they show a bigger audience what those in their scene already know.

  • I’ll Talk, You’ll Fill That Notebook

    Sex, Shock and Killing Yourself Off With Frankie Barnet

    When I first interviewed Jack Allen, he mentioned Frankie Barnet. He said that she had submitted a story to The Void that was “so provocative it challenged my understanding of what is ‘acceptable.’”

  • Carte Blanche: My Osheaga Saga

    An In-Depth Trip Inside the Biggest Osheaga Yet

    How does one reporter remain completely objective in the midst of a three-day ordeal involving tens of thousands of people, nearly 100 musical and artistic performances, a myriad of mind-altering substances, record temperatures, and a seemingly endless physical and auditory assault? I dropped objectivity and adopted a more participatory philosophy: If you’re already wet, you might as well go swimming.

  • Frame to Frame

    Fantasia’s Highs and Lows

    Amidst the big names like Kevin Smith and Guillermo Del Toro and the usual gore-infested outlandish genre films that pump the adrenaline of Fantasia fans, it’s easy to understand why first time director Filip Tegstedt would feel a little nervous before his debut feature premiered for the very first time to a public audience.

  • A Sea of Stripes

    Pinkarnaval’s Tribute to Jean Paul Gaultier

    Montrealers and tourists alike filled the sidewalks of St. Catherine last Saturday evening in anticipation of the Pinkarnaval parade, a tribute to one of the most creative fashion designers, Jean Paul Gaultier.

  • Fringe Foodie

    A Not-So-Secret Garden

    The café was eclectically decorated and aesthetically interesting. The waiter seemed to have no problem with my friends and me sitting with coffees and laptops discussing work for an hour before ordering anything to eat.

  • Frame to Frame

    The Bizarre and the Beautiful

    Hate him or love him, we’re pretty blessed to have someone like Werner Herzog running across the globe and pointing his camera at the bizarre wonders of our world.

  • To Serve The Song Above All Else

    Maps & Atlases Move in a New Direction

    It’s pretty common that bands known for technical ability will push the limits of their playing with each new release, but Chicago’s Maps & Atlases latest work strives to flex both creative muscles and the ones in their fingers.

  • Fantasia Film Festival: From Indie to Big Ticket

    This Year’s Contenders are Nothing to Shake a Katana at

    From soft-porn romances to action-packed samurai bloodbaths, gruesome black comedies and plain old piss-your-pants horror flicks, Fantasia provides an impeccable range of genre films for even the most unflappable consumer. And your inner indie geek is sure to be satisfied by the dozens of little celluloid gems that have yet to be discovered.

  • It Took Me Years to Write, Will You Take a Look?

    Alex Manley on Hiding Within Your Writing

    A creative writing workshop is usually a writer’s first encounter with a critical audience. It can, at times, be painful to endure (it can feel like a trial, really), but it can also be illuminating because it can be difficult to understand what elements make a short story effective on one’s own.