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Music, Hear This Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Show Preview

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra: Show Preview

Ever wanted to see a group that calls itself punk and ideologically syncs with punk but doesn't really make punk rock? If so, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra is your ticket. The long-running, shape-shifting Montreal outfit led by Efrim…
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Film, "Stories We Tell": Documenting Family Secrets

"Stories We Tell": Documenting Family Secrets

Where fact-fiction hybrid documentaries are concerned, the game of wondering what's really "true" can too easily degenerate into mere indulgence, leaving behind little more than just those quotation marks. Alternatively, more rarely, it can be a blessed riddle. In Stories…
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Music, Hear This TNGHT: Show Preview

TNGHT: Show Preview

With the launch of TNGHT, young beatsmiths Hudson Mohawke and Lunice forged the Glasgow-Montreal connection you've always longed for. The rising electronic musicians first became acquainted through MySpace circa 2008, but it wasn't until around 2012 that they began teaming…
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Film, "Starbuck": Sperm Bank Crisis

"Starbuck": Sperm Bank Crisis

Not to suggest a Moby Dick spinoff, nor a Kara Thrace-intensive Battlestar Galactica prequel, nor some sort of coffee-mermaid-monster epic, the title of Ken Scott's French Canadian crowd-pleaser likens its protagonist to a Holstein bull famous for his widely disseminated…
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Music, Hear This Martyn: Show Preview

Martyn: Show Preview

Icee Hot has come a long way since it first began as a monthly workout in the cramped basement at 222 Hyde. Yet even though it now regularly hosts huge parties in the city's larger venues, one thing has remained…
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Music, Hear This No Joy: Show Preview

No Joy: Show Preview

What do you picture when you think of a song called "Hawaii"? Is it piña coladas on the beach, the pleasant strums of a ukulele, or warm water and ample sunlight plucked from your chillest daydreams? Well, No Joy won't…
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Film, "Monsieur Lazhar": Algerian Instructor Teaches About Loss

"Monsieur Lazhar": Algerian Instructor Teaches About Loss

A blanket of white covers Montreal inside and out in Monsieur Lazhar, the understated, affecting Canadian drama recently nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. The schoolyard where Alice (Sophie Nelisse) and Simon (Emilien Neron) exchange their usual morning jabs…
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Calendar, Night&Day Through the Roof

Through the Roof

“Vertical.” That’s all we could say for hours after seeing Cirque du Soleil for the first time. “So … vertical.” We were dumbfounded because the troupe born on the streets of Montreal does, well, dumbfounding things in that tall spiky…
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Music, BeatBox Poirier: Show Preview

Poirier: Show Preview

Montreal's Poirier is a man from often-cold climes who creates blisteringly hot dance music. The tropical bass ambassador's tracks blend bubbly electronic rhythms with Afro-Caribbean percussion and Jamaican-style toasts. Like Diplo, Poirier hypes the crowd with sets that leapfrog from…
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Music, Hear This Dirty Beaches: Show Preview

Dirty Beaches: Show Preview

Dirty Beaches are soaked in the gloriously cryptic and forlorn. This faded, '50s-indebted pop is assembled and performed by Alex Zhang Hungtai, a single soul who spends Beaches shows tinkering with loops, a guitar, a mic, and other instruments. (These…
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Music, Hear This Suuns: Show Preview

Suuns: Show Preview

Take special note of the extra "U" in Suuns' name. That letter inverts the vibrancy and heat you might initially associate with a band named after giant globes of burning gases. Instead, this Montreal four-piece crafts subterranean electronica-based post-punk that's…
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Music, BeatBox Clubs preview: Poirier

Clubs preview: Poirier

During Carnaval in the Caribbean, it's impossible to ignore the frantic outdoor parades and blasting soca and dancehall sound systems. Montreal global bass producer Poirier has taken that vibe and melded it with explosive tropical-electro productions on a series of…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Bracing Dip

A Bracing Dip

There's no shortage of textures in the albums of Montreal's the Besnard Lakes. Seven-minute jams plunge into inky atmospheres and orchestral flourishes give way to chunky rock. Frontman and producer Jace Lasek helmed March's The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring…
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Music, Inspired by Leonard Cohen, Tegan and Sara remain obsessed with affection

Inspired by Leonard Cohen, Tegan and Sara remain obsessed with affection

It's Feb. 15, and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara is discussing how a single lady from Canada with a day off in New York spent love's official holiday. Instead of sulking and pouting, she and some unattached friends made…
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Calendar, Night&Day Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

The press notes for Pink Mountaintops' third album suggest that Outside Love was inspired by "weddings in Montreal, winter, Pink Floyd's The Final Cut, Christmas albums, that one Exile song and that one Echo and the Bunnymen song, the Bermuda…
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Music, J. Tillman slips out from under Fleet Foxes’ radar

J. Tillman slips out from under Fleet Foxes’ radar

You'd certainly be forgiven for not knowing that Seattle singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Tillman – who records under the moniker J. Tillman – has released five albums since 2005. His sixth album, the forthcoming Year in the Kingdom, has generated…
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Music, BeatBox Ghislain Poirier and Daedelus

Ghislain Poirier and Daedelus

Renowned electronica label Ninja Tune stays ahead of the intelligent dance music game with bills like this one, which teams up two of its artists — L.A. electronic beat composer Daedelus and Montreal DJ and producer Ghislain Poirier. As heard…
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Music, BeatBox Tiga


By the time Canadian DJ and producer Tiga broke globally in 2001 (with a bedroom-produced cover of Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night"), he'd spent the past decade launching Montreal clubs, record stores, and labels. With that one retromodern single, however,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quebec Mon Amour

Quebec Mon Amour

Director Léa Pool’s suburbia abounds with absentee parents, cruel children, ominous neighborhood characters, and incipient tragedy. Don’t be too afraid, though, for we’re on the kinder, gentler outskirts of Montreal, not in Lynch Land. Mommy Is at the Hairdresser’s, Pool’s…
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Music, Lazer bass emerges for the digitalized dancefloor

Lazer bass emerges for the digitalized dancefloor

New York critic Sasha Frere-Jones did the music world — notably the West Coast scene — a great favor. This spring, on his New Yorker blog, he off-handedly coined the term "lazer bass" to describe production duo Megasoid's noisy, synth-heavy…
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