Rover features an excerpt from Generation Rising, the Time of the Québec Student Spring, by editor and writer Shawn Katz (Fernwood Publishing, 2015).
Pommerat’s perfectly timely play remains an entertaining and well-honed critique of the humanity that is undermined by the increasingly marketized social relations of our era. In the place of honesty and authenticity in interactions, it says, capitalist self-interest and instrumentalism has triumphed – triumphed, principally, in making cynics of us all.
MUTEK’s 14th edition was opened in high style at the SAT with a tribute to the 20th anniversary of iconic German record label Kompakt, featuring powerhouse performances by some of the label’s – and of electronic and techno music’s – most foundational and influential figures.
Mexico’s celebrated Guadalajara International Film Festival, whose 28th edition wrapped up on Saturday, has announced a special showcase in next year’s festival dedicated exclusively to Québécois cinema.
With Robert Lepage, Rufus Wainwright and Philip Glass in the spotlight, Toronto’s Luminato certainly didn’t lack big names. Add Pilon Lemieux 4D Art into the mix, and the multidisciplinary artfest roster was top-heavy with Montreal’s brightest international lights. But make no mistake: it was no Montreal festival.
In the fourth of our visits to Rover’s Christmas archives, Shawn Katz considered other forms of gift-giving than the kind dictated by the malls and mega-companies.