“Rich Aucoin should start a religion, he’s got himself a few believers,” said a thirty-something single mom walking out of the ceiling-sweated Divan Orange on a cool September night.
On Friday, August 24, the comedy showcase that took place in its Plateau venue taught me to expect the unexpected. Sadly, the venue has just shut its doors. But don’t worry, the comedy lives on.
Murderess was formed in the summer of 2008 by roommates who shared a passion for the metal genre, and while members have come and gone, the core of the band remains the same.
On a humid August evening, crowds filled Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve to watch the contemporary dance piece “Recycled Instances (Did you remember to foget me?)” as part of Zone Homa, a month long multidisciplinary arts festival taking place in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood and celebrating talent from across the city. I entered that show like the rest of the crowd: unsure and expectant.
Attracting millions of tourists and hundreds of musical talents, the Montreal International Jazz Festival kicks off the summer in a big way. But while the rest of us enjoy the show, the organizers at L’Equipe Spectra, the events company behind the festival, are working ‘round the clock to keep things running smooth as Jazz.
The Montreal 60 Second Film Festival says movies can be one minute long and be made in a month. M60 says people will do it for free and with no prospect of prizes at the end. And they’ve been doing it very well for five years straight.
Dan Bingham and Ali Hassan are Canadian comedy heavyweights, both of whom are participating in this year’s Zoofest and Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. We sat down at Café Neve to discuss their upcoming shows, but soon found out that if you put two comics who happen to be friends together in the same room, all interview logic flies out the window. Here are our version of the events.
The brainchild of Al Lafrance and running since 2010, Bloody Underrated is a Montreal-based blog that showcases lesser-known but extremely talented local performers. Last Saturday they held a Fundraiser at the Mainline Theatre.
This year Lorne Svark’s show A Multidisciplinary Approach to Evil earned some guffaws and ruffled a few feathers. We spoke with the writer/director about his first Fringe experience.
Two years ago Amy Blackmore took over as the director of Fringe. We spoke with her about what’s in store for the festival in the next few years.