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In the read

I first read After Dark after an insomniac binge of espresso and energy drinks on an oddly chilly summer’s night. IContinue...

Illusion in the everyday

Upon entering the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, I felt as if I had waltzed into a miniature version of the Toronto Science Centre.Continue...

Ten years of reeling out

Eleven years ago an overwhelming number of people crammed into in the back of the now-defunct Kingston gay bar 477 to watch seven short films that explored queer themes and issues.Continue...

Passion versus propriety

The waltz of the suburbs—house-car-job, kids-cash-death—verges unwaveringly on a eulogy to lives barely-lived.Continue...

Whisky and Kings bring time warp to Clark

There’s nothing like a heartfelt song to induce waves of nostalgia.Continue...

The writer is in

Who: Helen Humphreys, Kingston-based writer and Queen’s English department’s writer-in-residence.Continue...

Gentleman’s manners

Maybe you haven’t heard of him, but chances are Gentleman Reg has worked with artists you know and love.Continue...

Through the valley of the shadow of Doubt

Our petty lives can be reduced to stitching together a disparate set of perceptual swatches.Continue...

Slim storms brightly

I pictured Slim Twig standing casually, wearing slippers and sweats, in a cozy kitchen as we chatted over the phone.Continue...

Hyper machines

These days even the most fluorescent- and neon-clad of indie adolescents would have a devil of a time denying that the Midland musical associates Born Ruffians are indeed the cats pyjamas, as it were.Continue...

A fond farewell to Fisher

The more Alfred Fisher talks about his art, the more I realize how irrelevant it is to categorize it, to place it under the banner of “avant-garde” simply because it’s challenging.Continue...

Rockers keep on talking

The Zeroes (above) rocked out at The Grad Club Friday night while Nich Worby (top left) and Entire Cities (bottom left) charmed a more demure crowd the following evening.Continue...

Tales for the city

Ale House is a strange venue choice for a band whose latest album invokes images of rock stars far too cool for a place where the most fake-tanned and underdressed occupants of Kingston spend their evenings.Continue...

Call for A.R.T.S.

Despite dismally cold weather and an ill-timed fire alarm interruption during the main speaker’s set, the Anti-Racist Thoughts Showcase (A.R.T.S.) carried on.Continue...

Cruise’s Oscar mission: impossible

Dear Ms. Holmes,
Just between us girls, sometimes I wonder why you jumped onto the one-wheel-short-of-functional Tom Cruise bandwagon. I would imagine the man is quite the charmer and when it comes to oral hygiene he is, indeed, peerless. But don’t his abysmal attempts at Oscar-snatching grow tiresome and just a little pathetic after awhile? I hope the one dimension that he has repeatedly brought to the big screen lately doesn’t also infest all aspects of his personal life—I wouldn’t wish such boredom
on anyone.Continue...

Evil never looked so good

Much is left ambiguous in Queen’s Musical Theatre’s production of Jekyll & Hyde—is that rust or blood dripping off of the beams in the show’s massive, tiered set? Who is responsible for the demise of Edward Hyde? But what’s clear from the get go is the audience is witnessing something special.
QMT pulls out all the stops in this production as it celebrates its 40th anniversary and return to The Grand Theatre. The new space is larger and more professional looking than previous venues for QMT—qualities mirrored by the show itself. The 25-person cast is bigger than in previous years, the score trickier and the choreography more intense.Continue...

Country kids in the indie city

While chatting on the phone to David Missio and Simon Boer of the indie alt-country rock collective Entire Cities, I rekindled my not-too-distant youth and felt like a teenage girl all over again.Continue...

Rock & Roll Report Card

The wise men who travelled to Bethlehem trekked thousands of miles guided solely by a star; they trusted it would lead them to something magnificent.Continue...

Nothing to Hyde

Every January in Kingston, a small group of students—unified by their love of musical theatre, a grueling work schedule and a high-octane publicity blitz—gather nightly in Macgillivray-Brown Hall or the drafty corridors of the JDUC.Continue...

Threads of theatre

He has also worked with the Queen’s drama department, Theatre Kingston, The Critical Stage Theatre Company, Chaos Theory Theatre, Domino Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse and others.Continue...

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