Arts Archive: 2008

Take me to the riot

Flinging roses and baring their oh-so-sensitive souls, Stars played their melodramatic pop to a packed Sydenham Street United Church crowd, hopped up on sugar courtesy of the Humane Society’s bakesale.Continue...

A few of our favourite things

1. Coldplay—Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)Continue...

Gabby, happy, sappy and all too Poppy

At a time when we’ve all got hundreds of papers to write, thousands of exams looming on the horizon and millions of grad school applications to turn in, the last thing we need is a film that rubs in one person’s happiness in our oxygen-and-endorphin-starved faces like Drano into a gushing wound.Continue...

Music, might and ships

The past is a teacher, a shaper of things to come.Continue...

Group breaking Gnu ground

Think the family next door is perfect?Continue...

Rock & Roll Report Card

This summer, the alternative band Tickle Me Pink released their debut album Madeline.Continue...

Breaking the Bond

Take a double-shot of gin, shake it with a good-versus-evil dichotomy, pour it over a rock-solid myth of British imperialism and you’ve got the biggest film franchise ever.Continue...

NQ to the XOK

I interrupted Neville Quinlan—the NQ of NQ Arbuckle—in the midst of a chilli lunch.Continue...

A Parc full of Plants and Animals

From an encounter with dolphins to a run-in with drug-sniffing dogs, Plants and Animals stayed true to their name during their first North American tour this fall.Continue...

Masterwork on wire

On August 7, 1974, with the help of a few accomplices, an optimistic, puckish young Frenchman named Phillipe Petit strung a tightrope wire across the 200-foot gap between the World Trade Centre buildings and spent 45 euphoric minutes “dialoguing with the sky”—almost half a kilometre above the ground—until forced to stop by the police who threatened that he would be plucked off the wire by helicopter.Continue...

In the blink of an eye

Mysterious in name, Snowblink seems to allude to intricate meanings as some sort of reflection of the band’s penchant for complex and eerie melodies.Continue...

In full colour

Even though Benjamin Nelson rides a very bright, very orange bicycle around the streets of Kingston you probably don’t know him or even his name.Continue...

The science of retrospect, the staging of histories

For a young company devoted to creating theatre that is both ecologically sound and thought-provoking, Chaos Theory Theatre Company’s decision to perform Vern Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift as their second ever production is particularly apt.Continue...

Attack in Kingston

Attack in Black are known for their literate and genre-crossing take on rock and roll.Continue...

Fornication and fiscal salvation

Man, are pornos ever great!Continue...

Knock on wood

When Woodhands front man Dan Werb informed me we would have to wait a few minutes for drummer Paul Banwatt to conference into our phone interview, I’ll admit I had a moment of anxiety about a potential awkward silence ahead.Continue...

Mixing media and experience

We each have a personal and collective history compiled in our memories made up of things like old novels, embarrassing baby clothing and dusty records playing songs of times past.Continue...

Rock & Roll Report Card

The artwork for the Cold War Kids’ latest album has a skeleton on the front.Continue...

Bubblegum and bikers

The Bicycles are coming your way and, to paraphrase Freddie Mercury, you should forget all your duties and be there Saturday night at The Grad Club.Continue...

Mr. Barber’s ghosts

When I walked into the Journal house to get cozy with indie-rock musician Matthew Barber, I brought two hot chocolates.Continue...

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