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June 2012 Archives

The Montreal X Factor

Is it possible to identify that je ne sais quoi that has made this city a hub of creative musical energy? 

From jazz to folk, rock to punk, Montreal musicians have garnered international reputation and accolades for years. 

To what can we account this extraordinary rise of contemporary music in this city? 

The Montreal X Factor is a panel discussion, hosted by Jeanette Kelly and sponsored by Geurnica Editions. It was recorded live, earlier this season, during the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Listen to the panel: 

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Note: Because of copyright laws, we are obliged to remove the music from the audio we post on the Web. Here are the songs we played during the taping of the broadcast:

A track by Afuken

(Photo by Miguel Legault. Courtesy of Piknic Electronik.)

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Ads put car company under pressure

FRESHPAINT.jpgChevrolet recently used images of graffiti in marketing for their Sonic model of cars.

Sterling Downey, the founder of the Fresh Paint Gallery and the Under Pressure Graffiti festival says the images in the ads were taken from a mural that was created for the festival.

Now, he wants Chevrolet to compensate the artists.

But how can the law protect a form of art that is itself often illegal?

Listen to Jeanette's conversation with Sterling Downey:


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Corporations often draw on images from subcultures to sell their products, especially when a younger demographic is the target audience.

But there can be pitfalls in this strategy, says Justin Kingsley of the advertising agency, Sid Lee.

Listen to his conversation with Jeanette:

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We contacted Chevrolet and the ad agency the company works with. They did not provide a comment at the time of our broadcast.

There is an exhibit on right now at the Fresh Paint Gallery about this situation. For more photos, see our Facebook page.

(Photo credit: Kallee Lins) 

Adam Cohen takes the Culture Quiz

adam_cohen.jpgMusician Adam Cohen came by the studio to take the Cinq à Six Culture Quiz. 
Listen to his conversation with Jeanette to discover why he's not reading books (and what he's reading instead), what he doesn't leave home without when he travels, and what songs get stuck in his head. 
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Cartooning Calamities!

Aislin.jpgCartooning Calamities! is an exhibition on at The McCord Museum until January 2013

The exhibition shows works by 16 editorial cartoonists. 

The "calamities" is a reference to the popular belief that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world or an apocalyptic catostrophe. 

The exhibition covers almost 150 years of current events as seen through the eyes of the cartoonists. 

Jeanette takes a tour with Terry Mosher, aka Aislin

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(Image by Terry Mosher, aka Aislin, courtesy of the McCord Museum)

Culture minister Christine St-Pierre

c-st-pierre.jpgQuebec's culture minister Christine St-Pierre raised the ire of artists accross the province recently. 

 It all started when singer and storyteller Fred Pellerin refused to accept the Order of Quebec.  

Pellerin said he was honoured, but didn't feel right accepting the award when Quebec was in a social crisis. Pellerin wears the red square of the student movement. 

Christine St-Pierre responded by saying he has the right to wear it, but "we know what the red square says, it says violence, it says intimidation, it says preventing people from going to school". 

At the same time, many artists in the Francofolies festival were wearing red squares and incorporating protest into their shows. 

Listen to Jeanette's conversation with Christine St-Pierre.
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Chef Michele Forgione's street food

sausagesandwich.JPGThe restaurant owners' association isn't welcoming food trucks. 

But Chef Michele Forgione sure is. He's the owner of Osteria Venti, an Italian restaurant in Old Montreal. 

Michele likes the idea of street food so much, he already has an idea what he'd like to serve!

Listen to him describe the Italian sausage sandwiches he has plans to sell in a food truck -- if and when the trucks become legal. 
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Street Food Renaissance

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You may have enjoyed a pretzel on the streets of New York, a hot dog from a stand in Toronto, or a crepe from a mobile creperie in Paris. 

But street food in the province of Quebec has been rather slim pickings.

This seems to be changing. Food trucks are finding ways around restrictive laws. 
And the Cty of Montreal announced it will hold public consultations on legalizing street food. 

Three Montreal food bloggers came into studio to brainstorm about what Montreal's street food culture could be like. 

Dustin Gilman is the author of two blogs: Food Guy Montreal and Street Food Montreal. Clarah Germain is the author the blog Miss Clarah. Marcella De Vincenzo is the author of Eatalian Girl. (That's Dustin, Clarah and Marcella from left to right in the photo.)

Listen to their conversation with Jeanette. Warning: The content may make you hungry!

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New Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou

creeculture.jpgIt's a weekend of celebration in Oujé-Bougoumou, a Cree community 750 miles north of Montreal. 

A beautiful new Cree Cultural Institute is holding it's grand opening celebrations June 7-9. 

This cultural centre has been a long time coming. Elders and community members have been working to make it a reality for more than a decade. 

Listen to Jeanette's conversation with Director of Programs, Sarah Pashagumskum.
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The concept of the building is modelled after traditional Cree dwellings. It was designed by architect Douglas Cardinal. Cardinal also designed the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, the First Nations University of Canada in Regina Saskatchewan, and many other buildings destined for use by First Nations people.

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The cultural centre comes at the right time, according to Matthew Iserhoof. 

He is one half of the Cree rock band CerAmony. (Pakesso Mukash is the other partner in the band.)

Iserhoof says with Jean Charest's Plan Nordthere is an increasing amount of pressure on the traditional culture and way of life of the Cree people. 

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Better than reality TV

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Measha Brueggergosman was the first ever winner of the Montreal International Music Competition in 2002.

And on the 10th anniversary, the winner is once again a Canadian. 

Bass Baritone Philippe Sly walked away with over $70,000 in prize money. 

If you have ever watched an Idol-type reality TV music competition -- this competition is similar, but is the real thing! 

People who have trained much of their lives in music are competing for the top prize. 

It's quite a show! 

Robert Rowat, the manager of the Classical Music community for the CBC music Web site and Kelly Rice, a CBC music producer, give us the scoop from the dramatic competition. 
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(Photo: Philippe Sly, from his personal Web site.)

Montreal's urban beach to be a "window to the water"

Montrealers and tourists will soon have a new way to connect with nature. 

An urban beach will open June 14 at the Old Port. 

Clock Tower Beach is the work of landscape architect Claude Cormier

Cormier took inspiration from Paris Plages, as well as from another of his own designs, Sugar Beach in Toronto

Listen to his conversation with Jeanette:
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Beyond Pop Art: Tom Wesselman

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the exhibition Beyond Pop Art: Tom Wesselman until October 7, 2012. 

Wesselman was a friend of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist. But he was a family man, a workaholic, and not someone who craved celebrity status. 

Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly spoke to his widow Claire Wesselman at the museum. 

Mrs. Wessleman spent the years following her husband's death in 2004 trying to get just this kind of exhibition organized. 

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