Arts

The Hip “live between us” in 2 days

The Tragically Hip are coming home.

After becoming one of the most popular bands in the history of Canadian music, Kingston’s favourite sons are returning to the place where it all began.Continue...

Weakerthans should have been stronger

It would be very difficult, almost inconceivable, for The Weakerthans to play a bad show. Their songs are too well-crafted, their playing is too proficient and their unity onstage is always intact—they are simply too good.Continue...

The Dudez and Kerouac are back

I've always thought the best interview would be to be able to just sit and pick the brain of Jack Kerouac. Recently, I got to do the next best thing...sort of. I interviewed Queen’s own Jack Kerouac Knapsack Band.Continue...

Wolfe Island music fest makes everyone happy

The summer music festival can be a troubling entity. It can reflect summer’s finest moments: relaxing with friends, soaking in the sunshine, hacking a little sack and listening to some great music. Lately, however, it seems as if the summer music fest has become little more than a self-promotional tool for commercial radio stations and beer companies, not to mention a cash grab for opportunistic food and drink vendors.Continue...

Nature imitating man

Edgy, raw, brilliantly ironic and satirical, artist Eric Edson’s exhibition fable is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes overwhelming world of contemporary art. On display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre until Aug. 29, fable is an exploration of the narrative function of nature as it exists and is transformed by culture. Individually the works are interesting, but together, the collection creates a profound and enlightening statement of the human impact on nature.Continue...

Dead musical kills audiences

Severed limbs, rusty chainsaws, gratuitous blood and choreographed dance numbers? That’s right, Evil Dead 1&2: The Musical has arrived, and musical theatre will never be the same.Continue...

Enter the great . . . Bidini

It’s not enough for Dave Bidini to be one of Canada’s greatest musicians, he wants to be one of its finest authors too.

His band, The Rheostatics, have firmly established themselves as one of the most important Canadian bands of all time. Despite lacking much commercial success, the band has reached musical and cultural iconic status as purveyors of unique, and distinctly Canadian, art-rock for nearly two decades.Continue...

Good Show Hunting

Usual throng of post-show smokers huddled outside: check. Personal sobriety intact: check. This, although unusual, was not the root of the queer, unsettled feeling in the pit of my stomach. At last I pinpointed the cause of my lassitude: I was in mourning. I had just witnessed the death rattle of the career of Matthew Good—formerly one of Canada’s brightest musical hopes, now doomed to the downward spiral of stifling mediocrity and eventual obscurity. And for the exorbitant cost of a $23 ticket, mediocrity just doesn’t cut it.Continue...

Players not up to their usual par

Call it a sociological experiment. An aspiring reporter attempts to breach the drunken notoriety of a Queen’s Players show . . . sans alcohol. Could such a feat be accomplished? Would I still laugh at the dirty jokes? Would I finally be able to dance atop the flimsy chairs without tumbling to an embarrassing and painful end?Continue...

Plaskett, our true patriot love

Joel Plaskett was back at the Grad Club singing his redemption song to those who didn’t get the full effect of his Emergency’s show back in November. Despite being ill at last fall’s gig, Joel still rocked the house. Once again, Plaskett delivered his usual country-tinged rock ‘n’ roll to a sold-out crowd that packed the Grad Club.Continue...

Student chases Canadian Idol fame

Elena Juatco may be lovely, talented and a heavy contender for the Top Ten finalists of this year’s Canadian Idol—but she admits there’s one thing she just can’t do. Well, nobody’s perfect, and Juatco has a pretty loaded resume as it is.Continue...

Trailer Park Boys score big

The Trailer Park Boys are back, and they’re greasier than ever.

The always hard-done-by Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, along with the rest of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park gang have returned, and this time they’re poised for superstardom. In just three short seasons, the controversial mockumentary has grown from relative obscurity into a cult phenomenon, and now appears ready to make the leap into the mainstream.Continue...

Godot worth the wait

It’s a story of hopelessness and despair, a story of perspective, and of unending disappointment in an unforgiving world. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, a Single Thread Theatre Company production, was at once wonderful and horrid—just as it was meant to be. Punctuated by comic interplay between the characters and morose talk of suicide, from the beginning the play is both funny and sad.Continue...

Cuff the Duke give their all

Cuff the Duke are all heart.

While the Flames and Canucks were battling it out on-screen in the Grad Club’s TV room, across the hall, Cuff the Duke were putting on a playoff-like performance of their own.Continue...

Culture Show hits the mark

With dazzling and original pageantry, “Extravaganza Extraordinaire: The 15th Annual Culture Show” seasoned Duncan McArthur Auditorium with a zesty international flavour this past Saturday evening.

Organized each spring by the African and Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) the Culture Show allows the various ethnic and cultural groups at Queen’s to give their peers a taste of their own individual backgrounds. Festooned in multi-coloured paper chains and tissue-paper flowers, the auditorium’s decor paralleled the jovial spirit of the evening’s events.Continue...

Springtime starts with Soundclash show

Tonight’s launch is ostensibly Bedouin’s last show as Queen’s students, and it’s also an exclusive chance to get a hold of their latest album, Sounding A Mosaic , before it hits stores nationwide a month from now.Continue...

Kurt Cobain 1967 - 1994

On the bus to school that morning, I listened to the same tape I always did; on one side was Nirvana’s Nevermind album, and on the other was Incesticide . It wasn’t until I saw one of my female classmates crying in the hallway during lunchtime that I realized something was amiss.Continue...

The Best and Worst of 2003/2004

Journal A & E Editors shell out their best and worst of 2003/2004.Continue...

The Hip go through an Evolution

The Tragically Hip have completed their 11th studio album and are anticipating its release and their upcoming tour this summer.

Johnny Fay, the Hip’s modest yet enthusiastic drummer, sat down with the Journal to chat about the new album.Continue...

Sarah Harmer has her grand homecoming

Last Friday night at the Grand Theatre, one woman touched all four corners of the room. Queen’s alumnus Sarah Harmer returned to Kingston last week for two sold-out performances.Continue...

Pages