Fringe Arts

  • Words Matter

    Paul Olioff on Writing that Keeps Him Reading

    For most of the interviews I’ve done so far I didn’t really know the people. But I’ve known Paul for four years now and this interview, to be honest, was more of a selfish thing—I just really wanted to know what interested him and why he read so many different things. His comments and critiques, like Long’s, are biting and usually astute. We talked about Long, books, Montreal and other things. For once, though, I asked the questions.

  • A Metra Hive of Slush and Villainy

    Get Lost in Metraville’s Footnotes & Alleyways

    The modern city is a confusing, dangerous and ultimately illogical place—and the modern Canadian city, doubly so.

  • What’s Up, Doc?

    Montreal Film Fest Marches to Its Own RIDM

    You think you’re a film nerd? Talk to Charlotte Selb. In the course of the year, she said, she’ll see about 900 films.

  • Songs in the Square

    Occupy Montreal Gets Musical

    Take it from me—playing a steel-stringed acoustic guitar when it’s cold outside really sucks.The skin on your hands dries out and becomes brittle. The knuckles on your right hand chafe pretty badly if you miss the strings with your pick.

  • Home Is Where the Beat Is

    Adam and the Amethysts Light Up Their Sound

    Fresh off what they lovingly call a “patchy string of fun Canadian tour dates,” local psychedelic pop-folk quartet Adam and the Amethysts will be returning home to celebrate the launch of their latest album, Flickering Flashlight.

  • Breaking All the Rules

    Kim Dorland’s Enter, Light Plays With Simplicity

    A baby deer is looking at me, hidden behind a tree. He stands on the left side of the painting while four adult deer seem to disappear, invaded by light. Standing in front of Kim Dorland’s Clearing, I ask myself whether the deer is waiting for something, or is he simply contemplating the human?

  • Weekly Spins

    The Heavy and The Heavier

    Chicago three-piece Russian Circles return with their unique brand of intense instrumental music, one that runs the gamut of borderline-black metal to shoegaze-y ambiance, incorporating grumbling bass, walls of heavily-distorted electric guitar and pounding drums that would be an apt soundtrack for one’s descent to the underworld.

  • Creatures Invade Loyola

    Vanier Library Gets Spooky with Local Art

    Concordia’s Vanier Library is currently exhibiting monstrous artworks fresh by Shawn Mackniak.

  • Screaming at a Wall

    The Strange Relationship Between Montreal and Its Graffiti

    Known worldwide as one of the main veins for the arts in North America, Montreal and its well-established graffiti subculture have endured a long and arduous history.

  • Reaching Out & Reaching In

    Lara Kramer Premieres of good moral character at the MAI

    Concordia grad Lara Kramer works to touch the unspoken parts of our relationships in of good moral character, her latest choreography, which examines the intimacy of domestic relationships with the themes of obsession, instability, isolation and violence…