Arts

Domino opens the Drawer

A brown metal breadbox, a wall covered in cherries and various other signs of a 1970s farmer’s kitchen adorn the stage for Domino Theatre’s production of The Drawer Boy . This touching story of three men connected by stories of the past and their desire to understand the present speaks to those of all ages.Continue...

Swimmers sink at Elixir show

Like a mother disappointed in the child she loves, I have to admit that the Great Lake Swimmers show on August 25 at Elixir was not good. Though, if I had to lay blame anywhere for this night’s debacle—and as reviews go that’s pretty much the point—I would lay a substantial amount on the opening band, Akron.Continue...

Music festival gets bigger and better

The Wolfe Island Music Festival just keeps getting bigger and better.

In only a few short years, the community fundraiser has grown from a quaint celebration of local artists to one of the province’s top-notch summer music festivals. Sarah McDermott started the festival in 1998 with help from her friend Virginia Clark, both of whom are Wolfe Island residents. Clark, who also manages The Grad Club, took over for McDermott three years agoContinue...

Filmgoers delight in Kingston’s events

For students who are cinematically inclined, Kingston offers a wide variety of outlets to keep even the most discriminating filmgoer entertained. Whether you’re looking to get involved in movie production or just renting a hard-to-find film, Kingston is an open community for avid film buffs and casual viewers alike.Continue...

A ‘fine’ art scene

Both on campus and off, there are traditional and alternative spaces to view historic and contemporary art, so you’re sure to find something appealing in one of the spaces listed below. Enjoy the experience.Continue...

Kingston: small town, big live music scene

With only about 116,000 full-time residents in the entire township, Kingston can look pretty dismal for a devoted concertgoer. It may seem as though it’s bypassed for the teeming metropolises of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and for big-name, big-label acts like Our Lady Peace and—ugh—Hilary Duff, it’s the truth.Continue...

Rich theatre possibilities on and off campus

Whether you are a performer, dramaturge, backstage hand, or a lover of anything dramatic, you are certainly in for a treat this coming school year. Queen’s University and Kingston are rich in community and semi-professional theatre, with a splash of alternative and progressive theatre that captivates and enlightens participants and audiences alike.Continue...

Against Me! finds support in K-Town

When one mentions political punk music, the names that usually come to mind include The Clash, The Subhumans, Propagandhi, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, among others. An intensely political four-piece from Gainesville, Florida, Against Me! has been spreading its message of activism and anti-capitalism through frantic, folk-influenced punk anthems with larynx-shredding vocals and lyrics that place them akin to the poetic nature of Bob Dylan in the world of punk.Continue...

BFA Exhibition lacks innovation

When critics and viewers look at student shows and are disappointed, they often justify their reaction by a lack of intrigue. Phrases like ‘just a student’ and ‘still learning’ get bandied about with a shrug of the shoulder, as if to say the lacking elements are acceptable at this point in their careers.

But it’s not, and each person who utters comments like this are overlooking something very important: art students are already artists, and some students even feel affronted when they aren’t considered practicing artists.Continue...

Going Barefoot in the park

This summer, Rachel Slaven will absorb a lot of abuse from her wicked stepfamily, while Emma Hunter will spend a lot of time being devoured by a big bad wolf. And, oddly enough, both are very excited about the prospect: Hunter enthusiastically called it “the best thing that could happen.”Continue...

Hopping on the Bus at Schwieg show

Experiencing an absolute silence—one so still that a pin drop would echo off the rear walls—is unusual in a crowded bar. But then, this particular evening was not your usual night out. Though the Elixir frequently plays host to bands, this show was unique: it was the first of two fundraising concerts for the Justin Schwieg Foundation, dedicated to the former Queen’s football player’s memory.Continue...

Last 5’s innovative plot line stands out

In theatre, it always proves to be interesting when writers play with structure. New and innovative plot ideas seem to often be the focus of new writers. Less occasionally, playwrights look to form to add novelty to piece.Continue...

Cameras take a shot of Elixir

A wise man once wrote, “Nobody cares about Electroclash,” and after witnessing Dandi Wind open for the Hidden Cameras on April 14, I can soundly say that I concur.Continue...

Gael alumni prep for post-Olympic life

After the experience of a lifetime at this summer’s Olympic Games in Athens, Oskar Johansson and Bernard Luttmer are coming back down to earth. The Queen’s alumni were in Kingston last week after a well-deserved break in the Greek Isles, and they took some time to talk to the Journal about their Greek Odyssey and what comes next.Continue...

A killer zombie flick

Oh, zombie movies. What other genre provides both informed social satire and graphic cannibalistic disemboweling? Ever since George Romero let zombies loose in the mall in the original Dawn of the Dead, filmmakers have been toying with the metaphor of zombie as the modern man; lurching around aimlessly in masses, concerned only with their selfish, primal desires—which are, for the most part, an unquenchable hunger for “brains, delicious brains.”Continue...

Campus Spotlight: Staged and Confused Productions

Staged and Confused is a production company started by second-year drama student, Michael Murphy. Murphy spoke with the Journal about the company and their future productions.Continue...

Roots Rocker to play Grad Club

Luke Doucet always seems to have a hand in multiple projects at any given time, and has for many years. This veteran has worked with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk and Blue Rodeo. He’s also done some producing work, is the front man of the rock band Veal, and also has a successful solo career. Luke took some time on an oh-so-rare day-off to talk to the Journal about his upcoming tour, which will be making a stop at The Grad Club tonight, and his new album, Outlaws [live + unreleased], due to be released this week.Continue...

Borcherdt builds his mystery

As his music may suggest, Brian Borcherdt craves mystery.Continue...

Festival shining Breit-ly

The raucous sounds of the blues saturated the airspace of the Baby Grand Wednesday night. The fourth annual Kingston Jazz Fest was in full swing. As noted by the festival’s coordinator Dave Coon, blues will be the focus of this year’s Jazz Fest, which made Kevin Breit and the Sisters Euclid an excellent choice as the festival’s first act after Sunday’s gala opening.Continue...

The Reel Review

The two strongest films at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival were not made in Hollywood, they were made in Asia.

Old Boy and Hero , made in Korea and China respectively, are intellectually challenging and emotionally rich pieces of filmmaking. They are also both crowd-pleasing movies, boasting grand production values and visually sumptuous images.Continue...

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