Arts Archive: 2009

A multimedia extravaganza

Each year the IDIS 410 Contemporary Cultural Performance in Practice class claims a space and puts on a multimedia performance. Last year they were on a boat and this year the class will transform the very traditional Grant Hall.
The performance, ! AUTO POWER OFF !, combines visual art, music, art and film in a multi-media show complete with installations, projections and whatever else you can imagine.Continue...

These are a few of our favourite bands

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Constantines, one decade later

Very few Canadian bands enjoy longevity. Canada’s size, population and the persistent competition to the south are just some of the obstacles that indie bands in our country face. Not to mention those harsh Canadian winters, which make touring especially difficult.
So when an independent band reaches its 10th anniversary, it’s worth celebrating.Continue...

Artist in Profile

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Hustle and flow

When he isn’t touring as the lead guitarist of Broken Social Scene, Andrew Whiteman devotes his creativity to his band Apostle of Hustle. After spending time with Apostle’s latest album Easy Speaks, it was no surprise that Andrew Whiteman was an intense intellectual.Continue...

Monumentally instrumental

After chatting with Kingston-based folk band Monuments and Statues for a whole three minutes and 27 seconds, they invited me to become a member of their band. Perhaps it was wrong of me to casually mention that I dabble with the ukulele, but after spending a few minutes with the group, they’re the type I know I—and most other people—wouldn’t mind
playing with.Continue...

To market, to market

After having the pleasure of reading Christina Rossetti’s Victorian poem “Goblin Market” for two English classes during my time at Queen’s, the chance to see a dramatic interpretation of the familiar piece was a welcome change of pace.Continue...

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Tell me a story

“Everyone of them is somebody’s child.” The man on the screen tells us that his grandmother used to tell him this refrain when he, himself, was a child. As an adult, he seems to have accepted this mantra into his life. The man behind the camera, Peter Kingstone, hopes we will as well.Continue...

Digging for the sky

It’s a terrifying prospect to interview a band for your first Journal article. That terror is only heightened when that band has received critical acclaim for their 10 CDs, been likened to R.E.M. and have been touring across Canada.

Skydiggers founding member Josh Finlayson is the exact opposite of a cocky rock star. When I talked to him, he described his career as very humbling and said he yearns to keep working and all the while a dog barks in the background.Continue...

A sobering surprise

As a fourth-year student, I’ve been to my fair share of Queen’s Players shows. However, I’ve never been to a Queen’s Players show sober—I doubt many people have. Although it may sound awful, being sober at a Players show is a surprisingly enlightening experience.Continue...

Yo, is this The Wizard of Oz?

Most people who know me are blatantly aware that I love to complain. There’s nothing I love more than a well-timed jab at others expense or bringing someone down a peg. That being said, I wish I could continue this article by filling it with the occasional pun or hilarious critique about how the liquor was the best part of my evening with at the Queen’s Players show Miley…why so Cyrus??—but I can’t.Continue...

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Brooker Comes Alive!

Transformation and change is evident in the world around us, so it’s no surprise that it appears in the work of Canadian artist Bertram Brooker in the It’s Alive! Bertram Brooker and Vitalism exhibition on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Bertram Brooker (1888-1955) was a Canadian artist whose work displays a fascinating transformation from straightforward, natural images early in his career to more whimsical and skewed works later on.Continue...

Beautiful monsters

I have a confession. I’m 20 years old and I’m still afraid of monsters.

Yes, the under-your-bed, peeking-out-of-your-closet, slithering-down-the-drainpipe kind.Continue...

Party time

When your band is splashed on the cover of the hottest alt-weekly magazine, you don’t really need campus newspapers to like you anymore. That much was evident when I spoke to vocalist and frontwoman Becky Ninkovic of You say Party! We Say Die! on Monday.Continue...

Lovely bones

We all know cable on a small budget isn’t the greatest. The one stand-by people tend to gravitate towards is the nightly ritual of the sometimes gory, always provocative, super-suspenseful mystery that is Crime Scene Investigation.Continue...

What’s love got to do with it?

To call actress, musician and comedian Charlyne Yi awkward would be an understatement. You may vaguely recognize Yi from her stoner-girl performance in Knocked Up—she’s the type of girl that often gets overlooked, which makes her latest flick refreshing to watch.Continue...

Think tank

Think about life—think about emanating energy, breathing in and out and rocking out to the cartoons jingles of the 1990s. For those of us left still clinging onto the era that raised us, Montreal-based band Think About Life is an apt upgrade to the power-pop dance tunes of our pre-teen dances.Continue...

The French connection

Montreal-based band Malajube has been making its way onto the charts and into the hearts of people all over Canada. Now they’re reaching out internationally to find fans everywhere.

The francophone indie-rock band was formed around 2002 and released their first album, Le Compte Complet, in 2004.Continue...

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