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1% Shopping, 99% Love

Occupy Christmas. I could come up with a whole slew of definitions for how these two words fit together. For example, how we shouldn’t be so fixated on consumerism, how we’re digging ourselves even deeper holes with holiday debt, and so on. But, I choose to see this all a little differently. Looking over the past year, it’s pretty clear that social networking has played an enormous role in bringing people together. All over the globe there have…

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Shopping the Streets

It’s clear that Nuit Blanche sur Tableau Noir is no small affair, walking up the stairs at Mont Royal metro this weekend. Greeted by hoards of festivalgoers and the resonating sound of reggae drums carrying underground, its nearly impossible to resist the allure of what Tableau Noir’s festivities have to offer right outside the metro doors on Avenue Mont Royal. Saturday, Rover set out to attend as many Tableau Noir events as possible. From dance…

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Let Yrself Be Teleprtd

There’s definitely a different-but-good vibe to be sensed off of Majenta, Detroit-born electro-funk artist Jimmy Edgar’s fourth studio album, that was released by Hotflush back in May. Edgar’s live show at Pop Montreal Wednesday night, however, proved that there’s even more to feel than meets the ear. The songs of Majenta are often quick and at times hyper-sexualized, yet they are also thoughtful. In other words, they’re undeniably danceable, bu…

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Remember to Breathe

In today’s world of mega corporations and super-sized “success,” it’s fair to say that art is thrown on the back burner. If you’re not convinced of this, we have the recent demise of art-oriented papers The Hour and the Mirror. This, of course, comes as a surprise in our city, which is considered more creatively healthy than most other metropolises in the country, not to mention the western world. I’ve been fortunate enough to…

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Another Kind of Crowd Sourcing

In today’s world of mega corporations and super-sized success, it’s fair to say that art is thrown on the back burner. If you’re not convinced, we have the recent demise of art-oriented papers The Hour and the Mirror. This comes as a surprise in our city, which is more creatively healthy than most other metropolises in the country, not to mention the western world. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a stable community, where those ar…

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Hair Bows and Seedy Motels

Along with the main courses of great art and performances over the next few months during festival season, there’s always a fresh dégustation of new and underrated talent at smaller showcases throughout the city. In the shadow of the Fringe Fest, now in full swing (in its second week and set to wrap up on June 24th), just this kind of talent was put in the spotlight last night at the official Indie Montreal opening showcase at Divan Orange…

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We Are Young … and Fashionable

With the Festival Mode & Design Montreal in full swing and Fashion Week in September, it’s fair to say that Montreal is a fashion-forward city. In other words, we be serious about our fashion. But the real show is actually off the runway. On a casual walk down St. Laurent or Ste. Catherine, it’s easy to spot an endless variety of eclectic styles without even looking in any store windows. Keeping that in mind, Rover took to the streets…

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More than Just a Weed Thing

Montreal hip-hop duo OG Hindu Kush are slowly growing an empire, with top spots as battlers in Canada’s renowned Toronto-based rap battleground King of the Dot, recent collabs with legend-status hip-hop artist Royce da 5’9 and Montreal’s own YouTube stars Epic Meal Time, as well as a fan base now spanning the globe, not to mention a clothing line of their own. These are more than just two more hometown boys. Rover had a chance to sit down with L…

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Twelve days of Occupy

A little over a year ago, a 26 year old street seller in Tunisia set himself on fire. The breadwinner for a family of six siblings, Mohammed Bouazizi worked so his sisters could go to university. Harassed daily by police and the municipality, on December 17th he had reached his limit. With his produce and scales confiscated yet again, he stood outside the governor’s office shouting, “how do you expect me to make a living?” Then he doused himself…

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To Vote or Not to Vote: A Young Person’s Question

I set out recently to talk to young people my age in order to answer a question that rolls around every four years or so:  Are the youth interested in the upcoming election this time? Will we see a hike in participation from the 18-35 demographic in the wake of the student protests? Or, are the young still consistently and increasingly apathetic — will the pattern of decline continue? What does this mean for the future of our province when…

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Love is in the times

It’s no surprise that The Theatre Elusive’s Frankie-nominated Love in The Time of Time Machines swept the awards at this year’s New York Frigid Fest. Taking Best of Fest and Audience Choice, the show, written by Toronto’s David Tichauer and Ned Petrie and directed by Chris Gibbs, was in town this week as part of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. In 60 minutes, this show takes you on a ride back and forth through time (no big deal), while…

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Rover Turns Five

In the early hours of the morning five years ago today, Rover’s first post appeared in cyberspace under Mélanie Grondin’s byline. Since then, more than 300 writers have contributed 1968 posts. Are you sitting down? That’s over a million words. The site was designed by Julia Hennock, myself, and a self-taught IT wonderboy Cameron Knight, who at the time was living in my basement, bartering long hours hunched over his Mac in return for gruel and t…

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Yana Kesala creates her way through loss

After winning the Spirit of the Fringe award in 2012 with The Ukrainian Dentist’s Daughter, Seattle-based actress and playwright Yana Kesala was guaranteed a spot in this year’s fest – and with this came the need to produce new material. Having recently lost a good friend, she suddenly found herself lost between facing the pain that came with the death, and evading the situation entirely.Realizing there was no way around dealing with her loss th…

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Side effects of dating may include diarrhea

I went into Gerard Harris’ Verbal Diarrhoea at the Montreal Fringe Festival on Sunday not really knowing what to expect. His one man, hour-long set at Mainline Theatre promised lots of rambling, and stories of love lost, jumbled up, complicated and sometimes worked out; in short, a history of a messy human heart. Being a young 20-something with love issues of my own, I was excited to see what Harris could sputter out at me with a comedic twist –…

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Music that is … Ooh, Belle!

Despite the recent release(s) of their attention-grabbing, self-titled debut album, the lofty, experimental folk tunes of American imports The Barr Brothers have been floating around Montreal for some time now, enchanting the laid-back confines of the Plateau’s many low-key venues for the past half-decade. In 2010, the foursome self-released their debut album and started handing it out at shows – a year later, the modest indie stars of the 514 h…

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