Arts

A Canadian in Nashville

“My hobby outside of music is to read about the world and try to understand the world, try to figure
out what’s going on,” says Luke Doucet.Continue...

B.A. Johnston: still broke, still trying

B.A. Johnston musters about unexpected transmission repairs, blood-encrusted Greyhound riding criminals and infuriating chirping squirrels.Continue...

Festival reloads community

Look no further than our own campus for the cure. Giving social change a new voice in Kingston this weekend is the Dub Poets Collective, a Toronto-based poets’ initiative, whose festival Reloading
the Can[n]on will be the main feature of various campus hotspots this weekend.Continue...

Are you triply gifted?

New CBC series, Triple Sensation, gives young and talented performers the chance to win a $150,000 scholarship to a performing arts school of their choice.Continue...

Rock & Roll Report Card

What compels an artist to create? A brilliant idea? Belief that the public can relate to their experience? Perhaps it’s an ungodly yearning to record an ill-timed Celine Dion tune. Whatever the muse for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, let’s hope that it’s securely contained somewhere.Continue...

Theatre Kingston tackles Ibsen play

What happens when you celebrate the centenary of playwright Henrik Ibsen’s death? Scholars publish
commemorative volumes, a few Norwegians get drunk and Theatre Kingston puts on Ibsen’s The
Master Builder.Continue...

Mockumentary king explores new style

It’s 1984. A documentary filmmaker is interviewing Nigel Tufnel, the guitarist from a popular
British heavy metal band. He notices something odd about the dials on the band’s guitar amps
and requests an explanation from Nigel, who smiles and responds “Oh, these ones go to 11 … it’s one
louder, innit?” And with that simple exchange, a comedy legend was born.Continue...

All in good Time

The folk songstress and Queen’s graduate is in downtown Halifax, picking up a friend from the airport. If she sounds distracted, she warns, it’s because she is.Continue...

The ‘harmony of opposites’

Sometimes still life provides the best depiction of movement and often the range of human expression is best shown by an inanimate painting or photo. This irony comes to the fore at the Union Gallery in Kate Shocrylas and Melanie Laurenco’s exhibit The Spaces Between .Continue...

Charity vs. commerce

The Queen’s drama department has produced an uncommon success. With their latest fall major, the drama department has chosen to delve into the extensive text of Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan . Brecht began writing the play in the 1920s, but didn’t complete the final script until 1941. Loaded with premonition, philosophical inquiry, and occasional verbosity, Brecht’s script demands an epic setting— a requirement that is blatantly ignored in this production.Continue...

River gives the best of their time

Since his descent on Toronto in 2002, Jon Rae Fletcher and his band, The River, have converted heaps of wayward souls to their infectious, raucous brand of rock ’n roll. In the process, they have established themselves as one of the premier live ensembles in the country.Continue...

Alchemical brew of words, music and skill

In the performances of Barbara Adler and Brendan McLeod, poetry meets music in a dark alley and laughs. The poets and performers brought their comic, yet moving styles to the dimly lit Sleepless Goat
on Monday night as part of their tour through Canada, the U.S. and the UK.

It’s a route they’ve followed many times before as poets and members of their folk-rock spoken word band, The Fugitives. Balancing compelling performance with crafted content, Adler and McLeod have each made their mark in the Canadian and international spoken word scenes one gig, one poetry slam and one festival at a time.Continue...

Swing ‘old enough to be cool’

Members of the Queen’s Swing Club will have the rare opportunity to dance with the stars this weekend, as World Swing Dance Champions Nathalie Gomes and Youval Hod visit Kingston for a special workshop hosted by the club. The champion dancers arrive in Kingston just after making a guest appearance on So You Think You Can Dance?. Continue...

Film weaves between dreams and reality

Once upon a time, films made by music video directors were easily dismissed. Emerging from a world of glorified commercials, these self-styled filmmakers’ technically ambitious work often lacked any resonance beyond pure spectacle.Continue...

Another sold-out Players run

There are a number of things that might define Queen’s University in the eyes of its students. Limestone is certainly a front-runner, and some might bravely identify academic excellence, but one thing consistently draws the Lululemon’d, puffy-vested masses out of their homes in droves: Queen’s Players.Continue...

The great gig in the sky

Unlike some other people on this list, Jeff Buckley is quite definitely dead—what’s more mysterious is
why. The idiosyncratic crooner was recording a follow-up to 1994’s critically-acclaimed Grace in 1997 when he drowned during a swim in the Wolf River Marina. An autopsy confirmed that there were no illegal drugs in Buckley’s system and the Buckley estate insists that alcohol was not involved either.Continue...

Political comedy fails to rock the vote

Just in time for the approaching U.S. state senator elections comes a movie about the politics of the south. With a former Hollywood actor-turned “The Governator” in California, and a growing media and tech-based culture, Man of the Year asks the question, could a celebrity comedian become president of the United States?Continue...

Uncut convert to Modern Currencies

While many bands take the opportunity to hone new material on the road, it’s far less common for a short tour to define an album so fundamentally.

Uncut hit the road in the fall of last year to open a handful of dates for Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü). Brief as the shared tour was, the experience was “pretty illuminating,” according to Ian Worang, one of Uncut’s two singer/guitarists, who spoke to the Journal by phone from his day job in Toronto.Continue...

Mirror in the sky

Refreshing for its intelligence and modesty; exhausting because it’s thrilling, but difficult to follow his line of thought through his complicated answers to my questions; and perplexing because such a high level of self-examination and intelligence still didn’t prevent him from telling a NOW Magazine critic who didn’t like his latest album to “Eat a dick!”Continue...

World class mash-ups

Like the generations before him who became musicians after seeing a guitar virtuoso in performance,
D.R. One’s passion for deejaying started at a hip hop show when he was an impressionable 13-year-old. D.R. One started practising his craft after he purchased his first turntable set more than a decade ago. He learned different methods of deejaying by watching videos of other deejays, such as DJ Dusty of Ottawa, and imitating their techniques.Continue...

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