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May 2012 Archives

Are all the artists red?

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A number of Quebec artists have publicly voiced their support for the student strike. 
 
Over the weekend, Arcade Fire made headlines by wearing the iconic red square during a Saturday Night Live performance.
 
Last week in Cannes, filmmaker Xavier Dolan and the cast of his flim Laurence Anyways also donned the red square.

But columnist Sophie Durocher wonders, Les artistes sont-ils tous rouges? Are all the artists red? 

Sophie writes for the Journal de Montreal and Clin d'oeil. She's also a well-known Quebec television host. 
 
Listen to her conversation with Jeanette Kelly, host of Cinq à Six.
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Matt & Nat bags a deal with Apple

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If you log on to the Apple Web site this fall, looking for an iPad or MacBook, you will also find a line of  bags designed  for carrying Apple products. 

Matt & Nat is the Montreal company that makes the bags. 

Matt & Nat bags are eco-friendly and vegan. Leather and animal products are never used, and the lining is made from recycled water bottles. 

But in a marketplace where "ecofriendly" and "ethical" clothing is becoming commonplace, how does Matt & Nat stand out? 

It may have something to do with the philosophy of the company's founder, Inder Bedi. 

We met him at the Matt & Nat showroom on Chabanel Street, in Montreal's garment district. Listen to his interview with Jeanette:
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(Pictured: A bag made by Matt & Nat to be sold in by Apple in Europe. Source: Matt & Nat Web site.)

Is modern motherhood a new form of oppression?

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Just in time for Mother's Day, the question of how to be a mother is making big headlines. 

The most recent issue of Time magazine is eliciting some strong reactions. It shows a beautiful, blonde 26-year-old mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son. The bright red caption reads: Are you mom enough? 

The magazine explores the new "trend" of attachment parenting. This approach to bringing up baby includes natural birth, baby wearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping and and for some, extends to hand washing cloth diapers and making their own baby food. 

On the other end of the spectrum is French feminist Elisabeth Badinter. 
In her new book, The Conflict, Badinter argues that putting baby first in every way could result in a frustrated mother who is denied her own desires and ambitions. 

Womens' decisions to step out of the workforce to raise children, she argues, is setting back the feminist movement to the era of our grandmothers. 

Alice Petersen is a writer. Her collection of short stories All the Voices Cry just came out last week. It's published by Oasis. She is the mother of two girls, nine and two years old. 

Alexandria Haber is  a playwright and the mother of four kids, ranging in age from eight to 18. 

And Saraline Grenier is a mommy blogger. He blog is called New Feminist Mom. She's is the single mom of three-year-old Eliot.

They joined Jeanette in the Cinq à Six studio to ponder the question: Is modern motherhood a new form of oppression? 
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(Photo: Left to right, Saraline Grenier with her son Eliot, Alice Petersen, Alexandria Haber. Photo by Tanya Birkbeck.)

Montreal's First Digital Art Biennial

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A biennial is an important event in the contemporary art world. 

It's a bi-annual exhibition that attempts to capture and express the state of contemporary art at a given moment. 

You've probably heard of the Venice Biennale or the Sao Paulo biennial -- some of the most famous and important international art gatherings in the world.

Now, there's a new biennial starting in Montreal: the International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN). 

Alain Thibault is the artistic director of the BIAN.  

Matthew Biederman is one of the artists participating. His video installation "Event Horizon" is on until May 27 at the Cinémathèque Québécoise. 

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(Photo: Matthew Biederman)

Quebec City biennial examines man's relationship with machines

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It features the work of 80 artist in at more than 30 locations, including the main exhibition area at the Espace 400e, as well as at some sites outside of the city like Lévis and Wendake.  

The theme of this year's edition is Machines: The shapes of movement. 

Listen to an interview with curator Nicole Gingras, followed by an interview with Manif d'art's Patrick Fournier about an international exhibition by Manif d'art taking place right now in Mexico
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Quebec's Religious Heritage

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Did you know there are an estimated 600 places of worship in Montreal?

It seems there is a church every few blocks, but as fewer and fewer Quebecers are filling the pews, we must find other uses for these historic buildings. 

One controversial way to re-use of churches is to convert them into condominiums. 

CBC reporter Catherine Cullen took a tour of a condominium owned by Jean-Jacques Berjot and his family.
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For a more historical view, we turned to Clarence Epstein. He is the author of a new book Montreal City of Spires.

Jeanette followed along with her microphone as Clarence Epstein lead a walking tour of churches in downtown Montreal. 
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