Fringe Arts

  • Ribboned for Your Pleasure

    Literary Publication Ribbon Pig Debuts First Issue

    The question of whether or not physical publications will continue to exist with the rise of the Internet is one that has been asked a million times over.

  • The Psychobilly & The Sitar

    King Khan’s Homecoming with Tandoori Knights

    It’s Thanksgiving weekend when I call King Khan, and when he picks up he’s making a dinner of butter chicken and dal for his friends in Memphis. They’re all going down to Jay Reatard’s grave before it gets dark to pay their respects. This fall’s Tandoori tour has brought Khan—real name Arish Khan—and his quartet up and down …

  • Fringe Food

    Conferences, Concerts and Croque-Croissants

    It’s amazing where the 80 can land you. That’s the 80 du Parc bus, one of the most enduring routes on our fair island, chugging hundreds of times daily up and down the eight kilometre stretch linking downtown’s Place-des-Arts with the Métropolitain highway.

  • Stories His Mother Never Told Him

    WireTap’s Jonathan Goldstein Reads at Concordia

    Ever heard of Autumn Break? Seeing with sound? Hearing with smell? Poe’s The Raven accompanied by banjo?

  • Art & Life at the Edge of a Continent

    Shary Boyle Visits the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op

    It’s Friday lunch time. Students are sitting on the floor and on the stairs in the conference room of the VA Building, expecting to see Shary Boyle’s provocative and highly crafted sculptures, paintings and drawings. Instead, she surprised them with the topic of her talk: her three weeks’ residency at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op last spring.

  • A Pixelated Infatuation

    Data Romance Make Waves With Digitized Bliss

    Data Romance has had quite a year. It started with scoring the soundtrack to Life Cycles, a film about the evolution of the bicycle. By the beginning of the summer, they were releasing their debut EP. The Vancouver duo has since been playing around the continent, showcasing their heavy electronics and blissed-out vocal hybrid sound to an ever-growing audience.

  • Print’s Not Dead

    Local Small Press Fair Expozine Hits Decade Mark

    In the age of Internet domination, where we’re told almost daily that the printed word as we know it will soon be obsolete, Montreal’s infamous small-press festival, Expozine, is celebrating a decade in the biz and showing no signs of slowing down.

  • Addicted to Humour

    Local Comic Morgan O’Shea on Style—and Substances

    I introduced myself to O’Shea a few days earlier, at an open mic at The Works, a hole-in-the-wall Montreal comedy club. That night, he won over the audience with dirty jokes about eating pussy and a dating service for the suicidal. He was voted best of open mic by the audience—news to him, because he’d left right after his set.

  • Sailing Full Speed Ahead

    Doldrums Brings New Sounds to the Scene

    I first saw Airick Woodhead play the launch party for the literary zine Room 22 at the Griffintown house, bike shop, and venue that is The Friendship Cove. The short, blonde-headed Doldrums loomed over his instruments much like a scientist does over his precious laboratory equipment while performing a fragile experiment.

  • You Know We Made It Up

    C T Z N S H P Dive into their Latest Project

    Sometimes it takes a little change to remember why you started playing music in the first place. The songwriting duo of Jesse LeGallais and Scott Delaney have been playing together for over ten years, recently embarking on a new musical journey as C T Z N S H P, a reductive take on indie sounds of past projects.