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October 2011 Archives

Perfume Artist

perfume 002.jpgClaude André Hebert has been passionate about perfume since he was a child.

Since 2007, he has been making his own line of perfume and selling them in boutiques in Montreal and Quebec City.

But now, he's expanding to Saudi Arabia. This fall, he opened a new boutique in the city of Medina.

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Scent Sculptor

The sense of smell has been largely overlooked in artistic expression. But there is an exhibition on right now in Montreal that incorporates scent.

At the Galerie d'art Gala, artist Michel Gautier has created a forest of trees made in paper from recycled cotton. They resemeble totem poles.

And some of the sculptures have a kind of perfume spray pump on the side, and when you squeeze it, it sprays out the scent of the Laurentian forest.

Michael Moisseeff has created fragrances for this exhibition.

He's been working closely with Michel Gautier for years.  Michael Moisseeff lived in the Quebec in the 70's but now lives in Paris.  

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Occupy Montreal

banner.JPGWe headed down to Square Victoria where a massive tent city is set up for Occupy Montreal.

We found that street art and music play a big part in the protest movement.

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Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Awards

It's literary award season.

The short lists are also out for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Awards, and of course, the Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Awards.

So how do these books stack up?

Greg McCormick is the Director of Programming for the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. Katia Grubisic is the coordinator of the Atwater Poetry Project and the editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. She's also the author of a book of poetry, What if red ran out.

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Farming on Film

guyedoinbigger.jpgDirector Guy Édoin's first feature film Marécages --  that's Wetlands in English -- is a gritty drama about life in rural Quebec. It was filmed on his family farm in St-Armand.

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It seems like a lot of films, theatre, and art reflect an urban existance. Young artistic people are often drawn to the city.

But what happens when art is made in the countryside. Can cutting edge work be done outside the city limits?

Robin Badger and Robert Chartier tackle that question. The husband and wife team create their pottery on 100 acre family farm in the mountains of the Eastern Townships.

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New pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art

eglise_14.jpgThe new Claire and Marc Bourgie pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens to the public on Friday, October 14.

It is the largest collection of Quebec and Canadian art under one roof.

Anne Grace is the curator of modern art at the museum.

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Chris "Zeke" Hand is a Montreal blogger, art enthusiast, and former art gallery owner.

As a member of the the Museum of Fine Arts, he had a chance see the new pavilion before the general public.

Listen to his review:

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Are bilingual films a good idea?

We've yet to see the box office results, but the critics have been rather harsh with Kevin Tierney's new bilingual film, French Immersion.  

The film is a comedy about five Anglophones learning French in a small town in rural Quebec. It opened in theatres on Friday.

Many film writers have accused the film of relying too much on tired sterotypes of both Quebecers and English Canadians.

Another bilingual film, Bon Cop, Bad Cop was a success with both the critics and the audience.

But now we are wondering if it was a bilingual "one hit wonder" rather than the start of a new genre.

Is it really possible to make bilingual films that appeal to both francophone Quebecers and anglophones in the rest of Canada?

Pierre speaks with Gavin Crawford, an actor from Alberta who is perhaps best known for his role on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He plays one of the lead roles in French Immersion.

And Manon Dumais is the cinema columnist for Voir.   

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Foodlab fuses food and art

Marc_Brétillot_2.jpgFoodlab is a new department at the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal.

Since the summer, Foodlab has been running a series of food-themed events, including a Rond de Soupe last weekend with pioneering "food designer" Marc Brétillot. (pictured)

A permanent incarnation of Foodlab is due at the end of October, with the opening of a new restaurant.

Frédéric Gauthier is the director of Foodlab. Listen to his conversation with Pierre.

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The art of food packaging

XavierMor.jpgJordan LeBel is a professor of food marketing at Concorida University.

But he's perhaps better known as "Dr. Chocolate". For more than a decade, he has been studying all aspects of the chocolate industry.

LeBel in Europe right now, on a five-week chocolate tour. He says North American food companies have a lot to learn about how packaging can enhance the experience of eating.

He sent us this picture of Xavier Mor chocolate he found in Spain that is packaged in foil, resembling the packaging used for phamaceutical products. We already knew chocolate was a form of medicine, now a chocolate company is giving us the packaging to match!

Listen to Pierre's interview with Dr. Chocolate.

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