Arts

Barber sets up shop

Queen’s alum Matt Barber’s soulful blend of rock, blues and mellow acoustic exudes the type of unwitting sexiness that most of us try and fail to achieve. Hitting the road to promote his latest release, The Story of Your Life , Barber will play the Grad Club tonight.

The up-and-coming crooner paused for a tête-à-tête with the Journal to discuss the trials and tribulations of being young, cool and a rock starContinue...

Kean’s Soo Good

Kean Soo graduated from Queen’s in 2002 with a degree in electrical engineering, and as the best laid plans of mice and men often go, he is now a promising comic book artist and graphic novelist, who stands poised at the edge of real success.Continue...

A real Sum-body to play Frosh

Frosh will be treated to some music from Sum’s upcoming album tonight in the Miller Hall parking lot.

Tonight Canada’s most popular punk export, Sum 41, will be playing this year’s annual Frosh Week concert. The Ajax phenomenon are currently doing a College/University tour, Queen’s being their second stop.Continue...

A Trew-ly worthy cause

East Coast rockers The Trews are among the acts slated for the Across the Causeway benefit on Sept. 12. Originally hailing from Nova Scotia but now based out of Niagara Falls, The Trews have been enjoying increasing popularity over the past year, thanks to singles like “Not Ready to Go,” videos like “Tired of Waiting,” and rave reviews of their live performances. Guitarist John-Angus MacDonald took a moment with the Journal to chat about the upcoming charity benefit.Continue...

Save room for Sadies

Frequently touted as the hardest working band in Canada, The Sadies, comprised of Good, his brother Dallas also on vocals and guitar, Sean Dean on upright bass, and Mike Belitsky on drums, can rarely be found at rest.

Their latest record, Favourite Colours is their fifth in six years, during which time they have also recorded with Andre Williams, Jon Langford, and Neko Case, not to mention touring the country extensively.Continue...

What we like about Hugh ...

All-around entertainer Hugh Dillon has been around the block a few times. The former frontman of The Headstones is now exploring the acting world while simultaneously maintaining a music career, thanks to his current project, The Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir. With The Choir hitting the stage at the Across the Causeway benefit this Sunday, Hugh paused for a moment with the Journal to reflect upon his past, present and future.Continue...

Let the Good times roll

Vancouver-based Matthew Good, once solely the frontman of the Matthew Good Band, has since chosen to strike out on his own. The proudly-Canadian performer joins the bill of Sunday’s Across the Causeway benefit, and spent some time chatting with the Journal this past week.Continue...

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...

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