Cinq à Six
with Jeanette Kelly
Friday June 14, 2013
So why is Natasha Thomas giving up on her business?
Thomas says Montreal is NOT the fashion capital we would like to think it is, saying it's "ridiculous" trying to make it financially in this city.
Thomas says there's no way she could afford to buy the clothes she creates, and she says a lot of fashionable Montrealers -- despite good intentions -- also lack the funds to encourage emerging talent.
It's been so hard to make ends meet, "I actually stopped shopping all together since I started this company," says the 31-year-old designer.
Thomas hasn't ruled out going back to designing. But first, she's going to get a job so she can finally afford a new pair of jeans.
Listen to her interview with Jeanette Kelly.
What do you think? Do you buy locally to encourage home-grown talent? Let us know on our Facebook page or tweet Jeanette on twitter @kellyculture. We use #5a6 to talk about the show.
(Photo: By Thomas.)
Friday June 7, 2013
Cinq à Six producer Tanya Birkbeck and intern Emily Murphy woke up at the crack of dawn to arrive in Sherbrooke for their morning coffee at Auguste - perhaps it was their second, but no doubt it was much better than the first!
A market, a microbrewerie, a fine arts museum, and two restaurants - just a few of the stops and topics covered by Danny, the sensory guide.
We love to get your feedback - Where should we go next? What is your favourite restaurant? How about a microbrewerie? Let us know!
Categories: Food, Photography , Visual Art, music
Thursday June 6, 2013
Their book, A Guide to Creative Montreal, features 10 different tours neighbourhoods in Montreal. They not only provide directions and historical context, but also beautiful photos so that you know what it is you are looking for.
So, lift your eyes up off the coble stone and look around! Maybe you are from Montreal or just visiting, whatever the case may be, this is a great way to explore the city!
Click below to listen to Jeanette's conversation with writer Jerome Delgado and photographer Denis Farley!
Categories: Culture Club, Theatre, Urban Design, Visual Art
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Throughout the summers of Québec, hardly a weekend goes by without a festival to attend... the Grand Prix, Montreal Fringe, a travel and outdoor festival in Québec city, and a dance festival in Trois Rivières, to name a few.
Antoine Robitaille of Le Devoir cautions that the Plains of Abrama are becoming a permanent Woodstock!
Is it possible to have gone overboard with our enthusiam for festivals? And furthermore, are festivals really an effective way to boost tourism?
Listen below to Jeanette's conversation with Antoine and let us know what you think - is Québec in danger of festival fever? Do you travel to other cities for the festivals or special events?
Categories: Cultural Institutions, Culture Club
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Despite sporting his death-metal T-shirt, his artwork bridges the gaps between the nostalgia for his childhood storybook characters, his teen angst, and the classical Flemish-Baroque style.
He is currently completing his MFA at Concordia. It was through the art auction at Concordia that Renata Morales, our guest DJ from last week's episode, first encountered him.
Click below to listen to this web-only interview!
Categories: Visual Art
Tuesday June 4, 2013
Smells: salty cheese, maple, citrusy meats, salt, and sweet pastries.
Sights: too many to count!
Touch: crisp spring air, bubbly traditional soda pop, hard wood stools.
Taste: Québec cheese and cured meats at le Marché de la Gare, beer from Siboire, and trout tartare, crisps, white wine, espresso, lobster salad, fried fish, blood sausage, maple delight - all from Auguste, of course!
Hear: you'll have to tune in on Saturday to find out Danny's suggestion. Hint: he's keeping it local!
If you can't listen in on Saturday, come back here to find the excerpts from the show!
Monday June 3, 2013
To celebrate the PHI Centre's 1 year anniversary we had Renata Morales join us as a guest DJ. She is the curator of the PHI Centre's 8 Day Week, an occasion of shopping till midnight, dramatic and visual art, and music.
Morales is a textile and visual artist born in Mexico City. Her designs have been seen on Canadian musicians Arcade Fire and Grimes and she has worked with Denis Villeneuve, designing the costumes for his Oscar nominated film.
Click to listen to Morales Soundcloud for the 8 Day Week.
Take a listen to Renata and Jeanette's conversation!
Categories: Design, Visual Art, music
Monday June 3, 2013
This week the PHI Centre in Montreal's Old Port celebrated their one year anniversary! Cinq à Six host, Jeanette Kelly, visited the centre and spoke with founder, director, and benefactor, Phoebe Greenberg.
The PHI Centre, complete with concert venue, recording centre, theatre, and gallery space, has been bringing artists of all types together under one roof.
Greenberg says they have learned a lot over the past year. She is thrilled with the amount of collaboration they have been able to facilitate in their space as a result of their focus on the interdisciplinary nature of art today.
Listen below for the complete interview!
Categories: Visual Art, music
Friday May 31, 2013
Montreal is currently playing host to MUTEK, the international festival of digital creativity and electronic music. Coming from a background of classical piano, Cinq à Six intern Emily Murphy decided to explore the world of electronic music.
Two types of electronic are recognized: synthesized sound and found sound. She met with 5 artists performing at the festival and found out what electronic meant to them.
Check out our Facebook for additional information and pictures!
Monday May 27, 2013
SIDIM 2013 (Montreal International Design Show) showcased the latest innovations and design trends that are shaping the homes, offices, institutions and minds of tomorrow.
Cindy Couture, the Editorial and Brand Director of Index Design, took us to her top three must-see stops at the design show.
Our first stop was with Marianne-Coquelicot Mercier, the owner and designer behind Tangible Studio. Working with post-consumer textile waste, she is transforming felt and the way we use it to create beautiful and warm space dividers and wall hangings. Her patterns and methods draw the link between the natural and manufactured world.
Our second stop brought us to Vincent Purino, the Sales and Marketing Manager at AquaOvo. Their innovative filtration system that mimics nature and their stunning design of clean lines has landed their flagship product, the Ovopur, in the Musée des Beaux Arts.
We finished our evening off with Lysanne Pepin, owner and creator of all that is Espace Pepin. Her passion and eye for design brings the city house and country cottage together in a shop that feels just like home.
View our photo album on Facebook and listen below to take the tour yourself.