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Making peace, one strum at a time

Though there are many would-be solutions to the Israel-Palestine conflict, so far none have included ukuleles.

None, that is, until Paul Moore started Ukuleles For Peace.Continue...

DeMaes grow places

If bands could go through puberty, Montreal’s the Darling DeMaes would be pimply-faced and squeaky-voiced.

The band’s lead singer and guitarist, Erik Virtanen, moved to Montreal from Vancouver Island last year. He started playing music at open mic nights around the city, and through that met a Quebecer named Buz. Elysia Torneria, who sings and plays the glockenspiel, came to some of their early shows and eventually joined the band, who are playing at the Artel tonight.Continue...

Art as outreach

Low-key and indistinct from the outside, 173 Princess St. is a large, beautiful space, a former video rental store and is currently the home to an unusual art exhibit this week called Art On The Street, courtesy of the Street Health Centre. An outreach centre that provides medical and psychological care for people with addictions and living on the street, Kingston’s Street Health Centre is a place of refuge for Kingston residents facing tough times.Continue...

Polaroids and parody; Barbeau finds art

Our lives are completely conventional. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It simply means that we are forced to make ourselves at home in a place that we did not create. From the very start we are subjected to norms, marketing campaigns, the Internet and Barbara Walters. And if you ask me, this isn’t a recipe for quietism. It simply means we need to continually work at negotiating our identities, never stopping to assert, “Finally, this is the real me.” For instance, I used to like unicorns. Now I like Lululemon.Continue...

Student plays dramatize the domestic

The domestic is a setting rife with familiarity. It’s accessible to its audience, common, homespun—in other words, dull and overused.Continue...

Film blows whistle on internal battle

In a growing crop of movies that cater to the woefully short attention span of today’s public by assaulting your senses with music, video, photography and tired plot gimmicks, it’s encouraging to find a movie that stands confident in the power of its script and its actors. Michael Clayton, George Clooney’s latest venture into acting is if nothing else, unabashedly confident.Continue...

Turning art on its head

Oh, inverted world of contemporary art. Breaking down traditional Western binaries is tough work, but armed with clever artistry, entertaining and meaningful results can ensue. Despite the daunting task of reversing age-old symbols and dichotomies such as savage/civilized, good/evil and Christian/heathen, World Upside Down, the newest exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, produces thought-provoking works that create a space for dialogue and suggest a collapsing of restrictive viewsContinue...

Population pushes musical boundaries

The Most Serene Republic may not have the most serene views on suburbia, family values or what it means to be an indie band, but they do have a rockin’ new record which they will be promoting during their concert tomorrow night at the Ale House.Continue...

Spiral Beach launch waves of chaos

Picture a barn: rural, nondescript, lost in the cold of another Kingston winter. The image conjures up thoughts of perpetual nose-dripping and outfit malfunctions, or perhaps the rekindling of an age-old grudge against Jack Frost.Continue...

Bands hook up to play Artel dance party

The boys of the Vancouver-based instrumental hip-hop outfit no luck club (NLC) have been keeping busy. The boys of the Vancouver-based instrumental hip-hop outfit no luck club (NLC) have been keeping busy. After releasing two albums, Happiness in 2003 and Prosperity in 2006, the band is focusing their time on playing festivals and gigs across Canada and the U.S., all the while undertaking two ambitious side projects—a musical and the soundtrack for a video game.Continue...

Wolfe Island goes coastal

A few steps away from the Wolfe Island ferry, the Island Grill has wood paneling, beer logos and photo collages of local bar regulars—all the makings of a dad’s basement, complete with a conspicuously septic smell.

For the three laid-back bands playing this past Sunday—Blue Heeler, the Superfantastics and Nich Worby—the location couldn’t have been more ideal—particularly for Blue Heeler’s Dick Morello, who used to summer on Wolfe Island.Continue...

Marathon for the artistically inclined

A marathon for the artistically inclined, 24 Hour Comics Day is a global event that unites and challenges comic book artists to create a 24-page comic in 24 hours. From its beginnings in the U.S., the event has spread around the world and made its way into the heart of the Kingston community.Continue...

Charting new territory

The Torngat mountains lie along the northern tip of Labrador and are best described as unpredictable.Continue...

Rock & Roll Report Card

Much in the vein of the band’s Britrock counterparts Keane and Coldplay, British indie quartet Athlete choose swooping, stretched out melodies and ambient riffs over fast-paced, catchy rock anthems. However this arrangement only works so well for a band who, despite beautiful harmonies, coast into a monotonous no-man’s land of placidity for sections of their new album Beyond The Neighbourhood.Continue...

Love, loss and long toes

When I reached Elliott Brood’s lead singer, Mark Sasso, on his cell phone, the band was in their tour van on their way to a show in Montreal. Though Sasso held the phone, the raucous interview was a whole-band affair, with Casey Laforet and Stephen Pitkins calling out interruptions and additions each time Sasso spoke.Continue...

Cleaning and greening through art

Walk into Lisa Figg and Anna Elmberg Wright’s show currently on exhibit at the Union Gallery and you’ll be instantly greeted by a thoughtfully uncomfortable aesthetic. The show, titled REfuse_reFUSE, is an expression of both artists’ interests in the environment and the effects of human activity on the natural world.Continue...

Cardiff goes green with technology

Unlike most musicians, Craig Cardiff won’t only be hawking plastic-wrapped, jewel-cased editions of his new album Goodnight (Go Home) on his upcoming 60-date tour.

Instead, the Waterloo native wants fans to bring in USB keys to buy a digital download of the album for $10.Continue...

Former Rheostatic carves musical territory

When iconic indie act The Rheostatics called it quits after 27 years of warming Canadian rock fans’ hearts, it was a sensible but bittersweet break-up. Fortunately, out of The Rheostatics’ shadow grew bassist Tim Vesley’s new band the Violet Archers.Continue...

Director takes on the Devil

On the evening of April 6, 1994, over the rolling hills of Kigali, President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda, a Hutu, was killed when his plane was shot down in the city’s skies. His government scattered, his fellow Hutus were enraged and the events that followed were inhuman; the next 100 days of bloodshed were among the most tragic in modern history. In Rwanda, ethnic tension between the Tutsis—the privileged minority under colonialism—and the majority Hutus has existed since the initial Belgian occupation of the country in the early 20th century.Continue...

Cyborg Hybrids brings two worlds together

Visual artist KC Adams’ portraits are glamorous, subversive photographs that speak out on many levels, re-envisioning and playing with common perceptions of aboriginal people.Continue...

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