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May 2011 Archives

Culture Club -- May 28, 2011

culturepierrerebecca.jpgRebecca Makonnen introduces us to advertising executive turned artist Jean Sirois AKA SIRO, who's first-ever exhibition is on right now at "Loft" in Old Montreal.

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mask.jpgThe Masq'alors international mask festival is taking place in the town of Saint-Camille (population 500) in the Eastern Townships.

You can get more information on their Web site or Facebook page.

Listen to Pierre's interview with founder Ildegund Genzig.

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Five years as a UNESCO City of Design

marie josee 001.jpgThere's a lot going on in the design world these days in Montreal. The Montreal Interior Design Show is on right now. And next weekend is the Design Montreal Open House, an event where architects and designers open their workspace up to the public.

And coming up on June 6, it will be five years since Montreal was designated a UNESCO City of Design.

A good time, we thought, to catch up up with Montreal's Director of Design, Marie-Josée Lacroix.

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Opera's next generation

bla bla and opera 002.jpgOpera de Montreal's production of La Boheme is underway.

We want to introduce you to two young up-and-comers who are involved in the production.

Pierre Rancourt and Jérémie Pelletier are both members of the Opera de Montreal's "Atelier Lyrique". Pierre is a baritone, and Jérémie is a pianist and vocal coach.

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Culture Club + Guest DJ -- May 21, 2011

maher.jpgRebecca Makonnen tells us about a new magazine project called, appropriately, Nouveau Projet.

And The Culture Club's "Guest DJ" Maher Daniel gives us the inside scoop on Montreal's electronic music scene. Maher Daniel is playing at the season opener of Piknic Electronik on Sunday, May 22.

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Culture Club - May 14, 2011

Thumbnail image for culturepierrerebecca.jpgRebecca Makonnen reviews two concerts: a "digital cabaret" called Le Fidelcho, and a Montreal Symphony Orchestra concert featuring pianist Alain Lefèvre.

Both have an element of the unexpected, including a launch of a new perfume. Curious? Listen in...

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A day in the life in St-Henri

In 1962 16 filmmakers spent one day in the Montreal neighbourhood of St-Henri.

They captured a snapshot of the lives of some of the people who lived there.

The result was a National Film Board documentary called, "À St Henri le 5 septembre".

Now, 16 filmmakers from a new generation have revisited St-Henri to caputre a portrait of life there nearly 50 years later.

Shannon Walsh directed the new film, "À St-Henri, le 26 août".

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Swing, swing, swing!

If you've been in downtown Montreal lately, you may have noticed an urban playground. 

It's a public art installation called 21 Balençoires/21 Swings. The swings are located in the Quartier des Spectacles along the boulevard in the middle of the two lanes of traffic on de Maisonneuve, near Place des Arts.

It's a special installation to inaugurate the Promenade des Artistes. The swings have been up for a few weeks now, and they've been a real hit!
Mouna Andraos amd Mélissa Mongiat are the designers behind the project. Check out their many fascinating projects around the world on their Web site

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(Photo of swing on courtesy of Olivier Blouin.)

Denis Gagnon's New Boutique

pierredenis intv.jpgSome people are calling 2011 the year of Denis Gagnon.

It marks a decade since he began designing his clothing line. This year, his work was showcased at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal. He has exciting collaborations with Aldo shoes and the beauty brand Lancome.

And this week, Denis Gagnon held the grand opening of his new boutique in Old Montreal.

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The Culture Club -- May 7, 2011

cultureclub-thumb-190x126-80381.jpgRebecca Makonnen goes on an adventure to the Indiana Jones exhibition at the Montreal Science Centre. And Jeanette Kelly reviews Conte crépusculaire, a performance art and music show by Pierre Lapointe and David Almejd.

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Sherbrooke's Fashion Blogger

5a6fashion blogger 002.jpgBloggers are popping up all over the world -- London, Paris, New York -- and these days, they are seen in the front rows of fashion shows, next to the editors of major magazines like Vogue and Elle.

Of course, we also have a crop of local bloggers who are more and more visible during Montreal's fashion weeks. But a love of fashion isn't limited to the big cities.

Meet Gaelle Leroyer, who's documenting the flourishing fashion scene in Sherbrooke. Find her blog here.


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Here are some of Gaelle's favourite fashion blogs: