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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...

Sound and Fury

Kingston clubbing ain’t dead … it just needs a kick in the ass.

As a music critic for the Journal , I have spent many a night out on the town. I like to think this time has given me a deeper insight into what is lacking in Kingston night life. What Kingston lacks in diversity, it more than makes up for with the mediocrity of the corporate Hub clubs.Continue...

Dance Xposed

The Queen's Dancing Club jazzes up a Thursday night.Continue...

Silent Bob speaks on Jersey Girl

It has been 10 years since a shaggy, trench coat-clad New Jersey filmmaker in his early 20s, playing a mute drug dealer in his independent directorial debut, stood in front of the counter at Quick Stop Variety and mused, “You know, there’s a million fine-looking women in the world, dude. But they don’t all bring you lasagna at work. Most of them just cheat on you.” What a difference a decade makes.Continue...

Culture Shock tackles local and global issues

The 2004 version of Culture Shock : An Anti-Racist Review had a lot to live up to, but it seems to have done the job. With a slimmed down selection of written content and a heavy emphasis on innovative layout and design, Culture Shock is a very visual counterpart to campus publications such as Outwrite ! and The Queen’s Feminist Review . The extra-large postcard format of Culture Shock is friendly to themes of travel, displacement and, of course, culture.Continue...

Jack Kerouac wins the battle

A drunken man stumbled past our table, told us he loved us and mounted the stage. Commandeering the microphone, he slowly seemed to fade, and as he spoke he gradually collapsed to the floor. Adam Bell, lead singer of the Radical Dudez, was dead.Continue...

Damn them! Damn the writers all to hell!

A thousand monkeys working on a thousand typewriters for an hour or so could have done a better re-write of the classic film, Planet of the Apes.

William Broyles, who wrote the recent Fed-Ex-commercial-disguised-as-film CastAway, fails again, this time with his attempt to re-write Rod Serling’s original Planet of the Apes script. The relatively sparse dialogue in director Tim Burton’s treatment is so riddled with cliches that the entire movie comes across as a spoof.Continue...

Record Time

These days, finding an R&B album that hasn’t been loaded with samples is harder than finding something on the Top 10 chart worth shelling out $20 for. Between Puff Daddy and Shaggy, every familiar song from the past two decades has been trussed with beats and refashioned as a slick urban chorus.Continue...

Flood is coming

Looking for a great band with a good message? Your prayers have just been answered. Christian rockers Flood, consisting of Matt Baetz on lead guitar, Lee Casement on bass and mandolin, and Derek McGihon on lead vocals and guitar, have been producing quality sounds and inspiring lyrics for the masses since their formation in April, 1997.Continue...

London Calling

Living in central London, working at a publishing company, attending curry buffets, and dealing with neurotic British friends—you might think my name is Bridget Jones.

It’s not (see above). But the diary entries that follow attempt to reflect the thoughts of a twenty-something London, Ontario currently living in London, England.Continue...

The Igloo: kepler

This is the first installment of a regular feature that will profile independent Canadian bands, and attempt to address their attitudes toward playing music in Canada. The Igloo will appear bimonthly in the A&E section.Continue...

Swimmers need lessons

Daniel MacIvor is one of Canada’s most respected playwrights, and with credits including an acting role on CBC’s Twitch City and a nomination for a Governor General’s Award, his popularity is steadily rising. Part of what makes MacIvor’s plays notable is his ability to weave wit and sensitivity into unnerving and complex patterns—a talent which makes plays like Never Swim Alone difficult to produce.Continue...

MacIvor play makes a splash

For PlayerKing Productions, the brain child of two twenty-something Kingstonians, Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor’s Never Swim Alone is no ordinary play. “This play is absolutely perfect for the three of us,” says Jacob James.

Will Taylor and James, PlayerKing’s artistic directors and two of the show’s stars, have known each other since nursery school. They met third actor Marnie McCourty at Theatre Five drama class when they were 12.Continue...

Finally a Lopez with real talent

“I feel like a classical guitarist,” Canadian guitar-virtuoso Oscar Lopez told his Kingston audience during his opening numbers at the Grand Theatre on July 9.Continue...

Record Time

The formula for Konkurrent records’ In The Fishtank series is simple: find one or two respected indie bands, commission them for a spontaneous recording session over a couple of days, and release the results on CD.

Voila—simple music, captured with the initial creative impulse intact.Continue...

Ample bosom, flat plot

Any doubts about Angelina Jolie’s ability to play Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft are dispelled in the very first scenes of the film.

Jolie jumps, kicks, and leaps with a gravity-defying panache that could only be found, well, in a video game. Along with the strap-on pistols, the practical-yet- flirty-braid and the more-than-ample bosom, Jolie has the physique to be an action hero and then some.Continue...

Diesel fuels Furious

Several recent Hollywood films have attempted to refuel the endangered sub-genre of the cool car flick.

After the disappointingly predictable Gone in Sixty Seconds blew through theatres last summer with all the unbridled power and white trash aplomb of a ’68 Mustang on cinder blocks, the future looked grim for speed junkies and their onscreen heroes.Continue...

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