Culture & Conversation

Joies et découvertes aux Francofolies

Près de un million de québécois visitent les Francofolies chaque année, profitant ainsi des plus de 250 spectacles dont 180 sont gratuits. Un bel éventail d’artistes représentant toute la diversité musicale. Le Rover a eu le privilège d’assister à quelques spectacles et on vous partage içi ces découvertes, ces expériences et quelques instants de magie.

Brothers in Crime: The Making of a Crime Fighting Hero

“In what business,” Sir Nigel Hawthorn asks, “do you not have to drive your chickens to the market?” All products, is the answer, to all markets. Books present a particular challenge. Everyone is baffled. There’s no end of product. The public hungers for more books across a growing variety of platforms. But where’s the market? Who sells what, how and to whom? And where?

La vie nocturne des Francofolies

Conçus pour permettre aux employés du Festival de s’amuser et d’échanger à la fin de leur journée, les partys du Shag – officiellement les “Partys du Shag Molson Dry” – sont ouverts à tous. Le Savoy du Métropolis où se tient l’évènement est un bar situé à l’étage de ce dernier, dont on y accède par la rue St-Dominique.

Une soirée magique qui se prépare

Dans la salle de répétition, des regards sont échangés rapidement, les sourires sont furtifs. Tout le monde s’active et personne ne se pose. Alors que des représentants des médias s’installent devant lui, la fébrilité ambiante gagne le principal intéressé : Roch Voisine se prépare pour le spectacle de clôture des Francofolies.

Lock Your Doors, Orlando

Following the real-life criminal exploits of a group of materialistic teenagers in the sunny hills of Los Angeles, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring continues the director’s exploration of decadence and liminality, offering a voyeur’s gaze into the lives of the fame obsessed. Alluring and titillating, it is also a poignant social critique.

The Sopranos’ French Canadian connection

In 2007, I had the honour of interviewing Quebec actor Philippe Bergeron about his appearance on the hit show The Sopranos. He spoke about what it was like to work with James Gandolfini, the brilliant actor who died yesterday at age 51. What follows is the article I wrote about Bergeron’s experiences working on the show.

25 artistes, 25 chansons, peu de surprises

Lundi soir avait lieu « l’Événement spécial Bell » réunissant pour les 25 ans des Francofolies autant d’artistes et de chansons. L’idée de réunir tous ces artistes était ambitieuse : le défi consistait à divertir le spectateur sans l’assommer. Mission accomplie, même si l’événement manquait d’âme.

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.

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5 Songs: Tom Waits

I’m a bit of a Tom Waits freak. And by a bit, I mean a lot (a lot of a Tom Waits freak…that doesn’t make much sense). I’ve found an excuse to mention him in at least two other Rover articles that didn’t really have anything to do with him.

Theatre of Intimacy

Written and performed by Lib Spry this is a new genre of theatre, one that I have not in all my many years of theatre experienced before. I will call it the Theatre of Intimacy. The Freestanding Room is a very small venue and Lib Spry makes use of every inch of it in her one woman show about being female and poor in this century.

And Hope To Die

Hart-Felt Productions Cross my Heart by Alexandra Haber and Ned Cox is just the kind of light romantic comedy for which the Fringe is best suited. It has a simple plot some really good dream sequences, and terrific finish. In classic rom com style the main characters begin as mortal enemies working for a drug company which has produced a love pill.