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Band brings the party

Four girls, a guy and a dance party—Kingston’s own Pelt has been playing their high-energy rock show within the mellow local music scene for the past few years. Enjoying their odd-band-out status as a brash and lively act, they’re best known around town for rocking their hearts out on stage.Continue...

(Un)covering gender roles

For many, the ideas of “musical theatre” and “complex scrutiny of traditional female roles” don’t really fit together.Continue...

A touch of soul

Soul Jazz Orchestra and the Tangible Ears play their jazzy hearts out at The Grad Club as part of an OPIRG benefit concert last Saturday.Continue...

Fest films hail from coast to coast

What began as a few film nights nine years ago has evolved into the second-largest queer film fest in the province.

reelout, Kingston’s queer film festival, is preparing to launch its ninth annual edition of the festival, starting this Thursday. The festival has garnered attention for its cutting-edge films showcasing upcoming filmmakers and for its celebrations, with galas bookending two-weeks of merrymaking.Continue...

Long-distance art project

Today I Lost My Bagpuss Bracelet, the art installation on display at The Artel, is ostensibly about travel and separation, but you won’t find many postcard-worthy images of places visited and sights seen. Instead, the space confronts you with a mosaic of people, objects and pop culture, drawn and painted in anything from pencil to watercolour, building on an exhibit the artists shared at the Union Gallery in the fall.Continue...

Band of brothers clocks in

Getting a steady job usually marks the end of adolescence. But for the Barmitzvah Brothers, who hit the scene in their teens and are now grown up and leaving teenhood behind, their musical career has found them singing stories of the faces behind some strange occupations.Continue...

Sex and sexuality

As a generation largely preoccupied with both the understanding and fluidity of gender there’s no lack of commentary to be found on the status and crisis of masculinity in today’s fractured world.

In the midst of these cultural offerings, it becomes hard to locate the truly unique perspectives among those simply reinforcing a distinct gender binary.Continue...

Checking the facts

Fake wood-panel decor, cheap breakfasts and some of Canada’s best indie bands are all on the menu at Ace’s Top Card this year.Continue...

The Journal presents the best films of 2007

Though award-hopeful films are still ruling the box-office, the honour they’re contending for may fall victim to the writers’ picket lines as the Golden Globes, and perhaps even the Oscar ceremonies, are replaced by press conferences.Continue...

Baby Eagle flies, Cons prepare third album

Steve Lambke has trouble with names. Despite this self-professed challenge, he has made one for himself in the world of Canadian music as a vocalist and guitarist for the Constantines. And he’s making headlines again with his solo side-project, an acoustic endeavor that seamlessly skates between blues, folk and rock influences, under the moniker of Baby Eagle.Continue...

Rock and Roll Report Card

All too often, it seems being a fan of indie music means accepting the synths and dissonance that have come to define the genre. Sometimes the computer-generated squeaks and grainy sounds can sate a listener’s expectations, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting some good old-fashioned atchy pop tunes once in a while.

Duo Georgie James understands this basic need and fills their debut album Places with hooks and jangly guitar riffs that insist on being danced to.Continue...

Looking at cinema through a personal lens

For most of us, movie-going is a solitary experience—even in a theatre filled with people, going to the movies somehow lacks the social and critical perspectives that are central to concerts, art receptions and other cultural rendezvous.

Wendy Huot saw that as something worth changing in Kingston.Continue...

Agnes show sounds good

New technologies are constantly changing modern human interactions not only with each other but with sound. In an increasingly digital age, we communicate using many different technologies on a daily basis. E-mail, MSN, text messaging and phone calls all involve different forms of dialogue that’s honed to be appropriate to the medium which carries the message.

Conversation Pieces displays the work of five contemporary Canadian artists, each using new media to explore issues of communication and sound.Continue...

Phonemes make sound with meaning

Finding a suitable name for a musical endeavour can be complicated. They’re often provocative, catchy, sublime, humourous or culturally obscure—perhaps all at once.Continue...

Window gallery brings art into everyday

Who: Jocelyn Purdie, MA ’08. Medium: Presently focusing on curatorial work, in the past she has worked with multimedia, textiles and installation.Continue...

Juno wears its heart on its sleeve

It’s fitting that the film Juno takes its title from the name of its 16-year-old main character Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), as the two have much in common. Both initially present themselves with a hard veneer of irony and quirkiness before allowing the sweetness that’s hidden underneath to show.Continue...

Luyas work hard for a living

When you search the Internet for The Luyas, a three-piece Montreal-based band, you’ll find their official website listed under the title “i am a sad website working hard for a living.” Though the bandmates themselves don’t seem to be all that sad, they can certainly relate to the feeling.Continue...

Peace, love and long hair

Big, brash and so full of volume that it risks splitting its ends, Hair has been a musical phenomenon since it revolutionized Broadway in the late ’60s—even when it’s in desperate need of a slight trim.Continue...

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