Fringe Arts

  • The beginning of an end for Isis

    It’s the final curtain call for Boston-bred and LA-based post-metal outfit Isis. After 13 years and five full-length releases—as well as a myriad number of EPs and live albums—the Ipecac Record recording artists’ appearance at Club Soda on June 23 will be their last show ever.

  • Arcade Fire fails to bring the heat

    Local band falls short of impressing fans

    I fell in love with Arcade Fire with the release of their groundbreaking album Funeral and had my devotion reignited with Neon Bible. I don’t believe there is much chance or much point in trying to accomplish what previous albums did. According to the interviews given upon the release of this new single, it seems the band agrees with me.

  • Can’t stop, won’t stop

    Sean Nicholas Savage conquers and represents Montreal at the North by Northeast Festival

    Two weeks ago, somewhere between the Greater Toronto area and Montreal, a high-priority freight train whizzed from Lower to Upper Canada carrying some unexpected cargo. As the train rushed towards Montreal, local songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage sat between two containers on a small plank, dodging CN Rail officials and writing his new album, Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration due out on Arbutus Records this summer.

  • A literary first aid kit

    Palimpsest magazine mixing up the magazine format with multimedia

    In a dying print culture, magazines like GQ and Wired have attempted to make their mags more multimedia–with barcodes that can be scanned by cell phones to have stories sent to your inbox or holographic displays of Robert Downey Jr. or the Enterprise appearing in your laptop’s built-in webcam.

  • Designing poetry

    Four Minutes To Midnight takes your words and makes them art

    What do the words “radical typographic experimentation” mean to you? Nothing? Then you need to get yourself a copy of Four Minutes To Midnight (23:56).

  • Anglo writers on Montreal survival tactics

    Every year, hundreds of young anglophone writers are lured to Montreal by English and creative writing programs and by the promise of living in a city with a vibrant and diverse cultural life. And every year, hundreds of students graduate from those English programs and move back to cities like Toronto, where they seek out work as writers, playwrights and graphic novelists. For many, the challenges of trying to make a living as an Anglo writer in Quebec seem too great. Blue Metropolis’s Reading The World From Montreal panel will feature four English-speaking writers discussing the difficulties of being an Anglo writer in Quebec.

  • Living on the edge of appropriateness

    Local zine publishes photographs that shock, amuse and offend

    Who wants to wait to be discovered when self-discovery is right at your fingertips? Daniel Pelissier sure doesn’t. “I’m not going to wait for someone to ask me to publish my photos, I’ll just do it myself and have fun with it,” said Pelissier, co-founder of Young Healers, a local photography zine that opts for a DIY esthetic. The zine publishes photographs of emerging artists Pelissier deems worthy of attention.

  • It’s all true

    Jeff Miller makes the jump from zine to paperback

    “When I was making the zine, I never let the impermanence of the medium change the way I wrote,” said Jeff Miller of the 15 years he spent writing his Ghost Pine zine. “I would always make sure that it was not just good enough, but as good as it possibly could be, which I think is one of the only ways to grow as a writer.”

  • Andrew Piper predicts the future of the printed word

    Books have survived the gramophone, radio, television and the audio-book. But will they survive the iPad?

  • No objectivity in war reporting

    Where does censorship start? Does it begin with the government cracking down on what’s allowed to be reported on? At the editor or publisher’s desk? Or does it begin and end with the journalists themselves?