Arts

Bicycles, clowns and cubicles

Take a story about a bicycle, a cryptic dance number, some awkward office humour and an enigmatic clown show, and then you’ve got this year’s Vogt B.Continue...

A world of betrayal, torture and murder

This year, Forest Whitaker has earned a great deal of well deserved attention for his performance in The Last King of Scotland , now in wide release. Whitaker, for better or worse, has long been typecast as a gentle-giant figure, with his intimidating size subjugated by his trademark hound-dog expression and kind demeanour.Continue...

A week at America’s first gay Bible camp

You’d have to be either an idiot or an amnesiac to want to relive being a teenager, which makes Camp Out predictably uncomfortable viewing with a twist—it’s a documentary about a week at America’s first gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered Christian Bible camp.Continue...

Bicycles offer bubblegum joyride

Despite sub-zero temperatures outside, Toronto-via-Brantford bubblegum pop-rock sweethearts The Bicycles played their first show in the Limestone City last Saturday night, quickly heating things up
upon taking the stage at the Artel.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

2006 was apparently the year that hosts of artists, long since assumed dead and certainly well past their period of relevance, decided to resurface and treat the world to their elderly musings ...Continue...

Laviolette’s label more like a home

Richard Laviolette moved to Guelph from Tara, a small town in Bruce County, with the intention of becoming a teacher. He studied history at the University of Guelph before dropping out to dedicate all his time to music. Laviolette claims that dropping out of school was a “natural transition” for him.Continue...

Fucked Up rewrite punk rock rulebook

Fucked Up are like that neighbourhood kid everyone always knew was talented but never thought would make it. Hailing from Toronto, Fucked Up announced their arrival in 2001 with a series of intense live shows. After a few lineup changes, Fucked Up quickly recorded a demo tape and then dropped the No Pasaran seven-inch in 2002. A steady barrage of singles followed, including Police in 2003 and Looking for Gold, one of the most sought after modern punk releases, in 2004. It was clear that Fucked Up had the goods, but would they ever get it together and put out a full length?Continue...

Apostle reaches to Kingston believers

Apostle of Hustle begin their takeover of The Grad Club tomorrow night and continue with gigs on the following two Saturdays. The band will play two sets each night, and they’re doing the same thing each Friday night at The Rivoli in Toronto.Continue...

A faint hope for a deserving movie to win

With the Golden Globes airing last week and the Oscar nominations announced today, we’ve entered that strange time of year known as award season, when celebrities are given trophies they don’t deserve and mediocrity seems to triumph over greatness. Yet it’s impossible to extinguish the faint hope that this will be the year for a deserving movie to be recognized. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to throw in my two cents on the cinema of 2006 in that classic critical format: the top 10 list.Continue...

reel exposure for maturing festival

This Friday night, if you’re caught up in the tedium of ticket purchasing at the Capitol 7 Theatre, take a moment to observe the environment around you. If you can see past the dozens of preteen girls lined up to see Justin Timberlake’s abs in Alpha Dog and the weary Bond aficionados on their twelfth dose of Casino Royale, you’ll notice a slightly different crowd.Continue...

A room with a point of view

Perspective is the buzzword at SHIFT, the current exhibit at the Union Gallery featuring BFA ’07
students Nathalie Lawrence, Jessica McCann and Talie Shalmon. McCann’s work focuses on public space—she is particularly interested in “re-examination of urban space, where I grew up in Toronto.” Her paintings “Alley Rain” and “Scribbles and a Chevy” depict subdued and grey city scenes, complete with graffiti on building walls.Continue...

QMT cast makes it out of the Woods

A hopeful spectator might enter Into the Woods looking for something similar to Wicked , the musical based on Gregory Maguire’s cynical satire of The Wizard of Oz ’s Wicked Witch of the West.Continue...

A focus on furious filming

Over one weekend, students from all faculties and programs create a five-minute film, from brainstorming script ideas to editing their footage together.Continue...

Red, white and blacklisted all over

Reviewing a documentary focussed on the country girl-group the Dixie Chicks, I proved to be no exception to the rule. Not a particularly rabid fan of the mainstream country music scene, nor of seemingly self-important, navel-gazing documentaries, my skepticism was great. However, as it turned out, that skepticism was completely unwarranted. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing is an absorbing and intelligent social commentary that uses the Dixie Chicks as a case study in documenting the state of American society.Continue...

Robertson’s one-man museum

Then + Then Again is a difficult exhibit to take in upon entering the exhibition space at the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre.

The collection is an archive of Kingston-based artist and Queen’s University art professor Clive Robertson’s work since the mid-60’s, making it, perhaps, more suited for a museum space than
a gallery.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

“If you’ve got the ’90s on your side, then you’re alright,” sing The Sweet Homewreckers—and if you do have the ’90s on your side, you can spend a fulfilling 37 minutes playing spot-the-influence with this
Peterborough student band’s debut album, coming up with something like Beulah covering Thrush Hermit with some early Pavement added for flavour.Continue...

Local artist separates desire and necessity

Chaotic in its energy, vivid in its colours, and overwhelming in its visual breadth, Jeremy Mulder’s
Wants and Needs is an optical feast—a visceral and reactive exhibit with a kaleidoscopic perception.Continue...

Children is a head rush

There must be something in the water in Mexico these days, aside from whatever it is that gives tourists dysentery. Three of the past year’s most interesting films were directed by Mexican artists: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s devastating ensemble drama Babel , Guillermo del Toro’s frightening adult fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth and Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men .Continue...

Limestone Cowboys find their niche

In all chance meetings, the relationships that follow are equally subject to odd twists of fate. In the case of Derek Zwiep, Dave Richardson and Steve McCann, it was a hazy, winding chain of events that culminated in the creation of Queen’s very own quasi-joke band, The Cowboys.Continue...

Sandro Perri plays himself

The Toronto-based musician recently released an album of his past work under the pseudonym Polmo Polpo, reinterpreted in a different style as Sandro Perri. Sandro Perri plays Polmo Polpo was released on Constellation Records last September, and showcases his past electronic meanderings in a new, acoustic light.Continue...

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