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June 2011 Archives

The Culture Club -- Festival Edition

cultureclub-thumb-190x126-80381.jpgJeanette Kelly and Rebecca Makonnen share their picks for the summer festival season.

Jeanette recommends Montréal Complètement Cirque (July 7-24), The Festival d'été de Québec (July 7-17) and the Shigawake Music Festival (Aug 11-14).

Rebecca recommends Woodstock en Beauce (June 29-July 3) and Le Festival de Lanaudière (July 9-Aug 7).

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Stanley's Summer Reads

Stanley-en-studio.jpgCinq à Six book columnist Stanley Péan shares his suggestions for your summer reading pleasure.

Le charme discret du café filtre by Amélie Panneton
Le sablier des solitudes by Jean-Simon Desrocher
Mr Clarinet by Nick Stone

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Can paper magazines survive?

MAGAZINES 001.jpgThese are trying times for magazines. In the last few years, we've had a recession, and the launch of the tablet; a device that threatens to send paper magazines the way of the dinosaur.

In 2009, for the first time ever, we saw more English-language magazines close than start up, meaning a net loss in the number of English magazines. Just this week, Montreal-based Nightlife magazine announced it is cutting its publication from 10 issues a year to four, in order to focus on its digital platforms.

Here at Cinq à Six, we're wondering, can the magazine as we know it survive?

Weighing in are two people who are passionate about magazines, Jennifer Varkonyi is the publisher of Maisonneuve and Philippe Lemarre is the founder and publisher of Urbania.

Both magazines were among the top award winners at the National Magazine Awards announced earlier this month.  

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Art à la table

Next time you go out for a fancy dinner, take a good look at your plate. No, not the food. The plate.

It may pass by unnoticed by many, but tableware is part of the experience when you have a meal. And more and more top restaurants are looking for something special.

Top chefs in Montreal and around the world are turning to ceramic artist Pascale Girardin.

You can sample food served on her platters at places like Brasserie T! , Fushi, Juni, Les 400 Coups, and XO Le Restaurant in the Hotel le St-James in Montreal, and Fin restaurant at The Mirage in Las Vegas. She's also done large-scale installations at The West Edmonton Mall, College St-Jean-Vianney, and department store Les Printemps in Paris

Listen to her conversation with Pierre:

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The Culture Club -- June 18, 2011

gaulthiercostume.jpgJeanette Kelly and Rebecca Makonnen give us the inside scoop into the opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal.

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Diatribes of a Dying Tribe

Thumbnail image for narcicyst.jpgYassin Alsalman -- AKA The Narcicyst -- has made a name for himself as a hip hop artist singing about issues of politics and cultural identity.

Now, he has come out with a book about the role of hip hop as a voice for Arab youth.
It's called "The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe".

Listen to his interview with Pierre.

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SOS Richelieu

CBC is dedicating two days of programming to the clean-up of the flooding in the Richelieu valley.

Here on Cinq a Six, we wanted to find out how the flooding has affected artists in the region.

Martine Lorrain is the director of artists's cooperative ArtO in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

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Culture Club -- June 11, 2011

cultureclub-thumb-190x126-80381.jpgRebecca Makonnen has her picks for Les Francofolies des Montréal festival.

And Jeanette Kelly tells us about the controversy caused by Quebec dancer and coreographer Dave St-Pierre during his European tour.

Audiences in France and Germany loved his show Un peu de tendresse bordel de merdre! (A little tenderness for crying out loud!) but London critics were unimpressed by the in-your-face nudity. (Check out reviews from The TelegraphThe Guardian and The Independant to see for yourself.)

Jeanette went to his new show in Montreal. Find out what she thought:

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Jean Paul Gaultier

Legendary French designer Jean Paul Gaultier is in Montreal for the opening of an exhibition featuring his work at the Musee des Beaux Arts.

It's called "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" and it runs June 17 to October 2, 2011.

Suhaila Niazi Khan is a personal shopper at Holt Renfrew and a huge fan of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Listen to her interview with Pierre:

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You can see the video of the song we played at the beginning of the show, "Boys and Girls," by clicking here. It's by French DJ Martin Solveig and Canadian singer Dragonette. The video features a cameo appearance of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Photo credit for image of Jean Paul Gaultier on the CBC Montreal main page: Roberto Alamo.  

Circus artist Anna Kichtchenko

Anna Kichtchenko is a graduate of the National Circus School. She's performing in Pomme Grenade, one of two year-end shows on now at La TOHU.

She will also be performing in a show called Omaterra this summer in Sherbrooke, July 5 to August 27.  

You can find more great video's of Anna doing performances with hula hoop and tissu loop on her Web site.

Listern to her conversation with Pierre.

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An architectural vision


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Gilles Saucier is partner in the award-winning firm Saucier + Perrotte in Montreal.

As Montreal celebrates five years as a UNESCO city of design, Saucier says some progress has been made, but he bemoans the proliferation of uninspired architectural buildings in the city.

He makes a call to arms for the city to embrace good design and invest in quality buildings instead of awarding contracts based on who submits the lowest bid. 

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Note: The illustration pictures a forthcoming sports centre in Ville St-Laurent designed by Saucier + Perrotte. Image used with permission.

Culture Club -- June 4, 2011

AGIR.jpgRebecca Makonnen tells us about AGIR, an exhibition featuring the artwork of women in prison at the Eastern Bloc Gallery until June 16.

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