Louise Desjardins was a revelation for me. She invited Elise Moser and I to her apartment. Among the tea and biscuits she recited vivid and lucid poetry, tales whose haunting simplicity kept us captivated and keening.
Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska is what American art-house cinema would look like if it was directed by Frank Capra. It is a perfect blend of aesthetic refinement and classic Hollywood sentiment which elevates its rural setting while grounding its characters with heart.
There is probably no better time to relax and read than over the holidays. Books are great gifts both to give and receive. But walking into…
If this sounds harsh, though, I only mean it to be in order to show how these stories eventually proved me wrong. Deeth’s endings are surprisingly satisfying.
This was simply the most exciting work I have seen in years. With extreme vulnerability, Jacqueline Van de Gear hurtles herself upon Nicolas Patry without defenses and without limits. He ignores her then succumbs, and finally is destroyed by her impossible and uncompromising love.
It was a cold November day when Elise Moser and I met Deanna Smith in the park off St Laurent in Little Italy, around the corner from her place. The sun cast long bright shadows, perfect for an afternoon of poetry. But we froze our little mitts off so went to Marché Milano and pretended to buy pasta for an hour. Actually, we didn’t have to pretend.
One of the glories of the Christmas season is the annual intimate Tudor Hall concert at Ogilvy’s performed by the amazing Lyric Theatre Singers. Why amazing? The 35 strong vocalists actually pay to be a part of this group. This dedication shows through in the élan vital that permeates their renderings. Here’s a sampler of what the 21 female (13 soprano, 8 alto) and 14 male (5 tenor, 5 baritone, 4 bass) delivered on their three-day run and what you’ll hear this Sunday.
When DC Comics re-launched their entire line-up of back in September 2011 for their New 52! campaign, one of the highlights was their line of Dark titles. Part of this dark little corner of DC included an Arthurian fantasy featuring Jack Kirby’s The Demon; the re-vamping of I, Vampire, an obscure 1980s serial which originally appeared in the horror anthology House of Mystery; and a new team book entitled Justice League Dark, which united host of characters from DC’s mature Vertigo branch into a more mainstream, action-adventure series, exploring the supernatural side of the DC universe.
T’was the 12 plays of Christmas and my true muse gave to me: 5 golden rings, 7 swans a swimming, but, darn it, no partridge. The 5 rings were the delightful Christmas Shorts presented by Brave New Productions at the Theatre Ste-Catherine. The 7 swans are Urban Tales, dark monologues from Urbi et Orbi ongoing at the Centaur theatre.
Although I have long been aware of the popular Paul series by Michel Rabagliati, Paul Joins the Scouts is my first reading experience. Graphic novels are not the first things I reach for, but I was interested in exploring the genre. The series, which Rabagliati began in his thirties, is semi-autobiographical. In his own biography the author explains that he has been a life-long fan of comics and began to create his own after working many years as a graphic designer.
This won’t work without a confession: Growing up, I was proud to be Muslim for so many reasons. People seemed to be converting to Islam every day. The fact that most of the conversions took place in prison, and that Mike Tyson became Malik Tayson after biting another human’s ear off of his head, were just details. But boy, did I ever pray for Santa Clause to convert to Islam. I mean he already had the beard. Miracles do happen Inshallah.
The Point is a neighbourhood of contrasts and history, where street names sound like they belong in Liverpool and kids run around speaking a French that wouldn’t be out of place in Les Plouffe circa 1953. I myself lived there for 5 years in the early 90s and discovered that even when everyone and their brother won’t talk to you, the kids always will. Elise Moser and I headed down there to meet Hamilton native Montreal convert Alice Zorn.
Novelist Will Aitken, my fellow Queer Film Classics book series author (Death in Venice, on Visconti’s adaptation of the Mann novella), offered his own beautifully intimate account of his process on this very site. Aitken wrestled with the problem of writing non-fiction and the strange durational qualities of basing remarks in fact, as well as his initial skepticism about revisiting a film that he had initially disliked and then mostly forgotten. My own process of writing on Paris Is Burning was precisely the opposite.
Haiti was in the spotlight this year at the 36th annual Salon du livre de Montréal. For the first time in its history, the six-day fair…
Entering Naomi Fontaine’s world is like a plunge into the icy waters of northern Quebec. Your first instinct is to get out; it’s too painful and…