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September 2012 Archives

Compose your emotions

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Composers may hope to express a certain feeling with their music. And many people say listening to music can make them feel happy or sad. 

But what -- in essence-- is the sound of emotions? 

Concordia Master of Studio Arts student Erin Gee is trying to answer that question. She's working on a project to create a composition made from the sound of human emotions. 

The sound of a feeling is captured by a very small needle that reads the electrical currents in the subject's nerve. 

Listen to the sound of Erin's anxiety, and hear her interview with Jeanette.
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The controversial history of La Petite Danseuse

la petite danseuse 004.jpgThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has brought a famous sculpture by Degas, La petite danseuse, to Montreal as a prelude to a major exhibition on the Impressionists to begin in October.

The iconic sculpture is was originally made of wax with real hair and real cloth for the tutu and ballet slippers.

The Impressionists exhibition is on a world tour, but the Degas statue is coming to Montreal exclusively. 

Today, we see La petite danseuse as an object of beauty.

But it hasn't always been that way, explains Nathalie Bondil, director of the MMFA.  

Listen to Nathalie Bondil explain why the sculpture was once seen as "shocking" and "ugly":

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Montreal's new linear park

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An urban park can be a green oasis in the city, a leafy escape from the concrete and traffic. (Think of Mont Royal or Parc Lafontaine.)

But an urban park can also be a place that embraces the city and takes inspiration from the history around it.

Montreal's newest park, Le Belvédère du Chemin qui Marche puts the surrounding city and the river on display. 

It's is a linear, raised park that may draw some comparisons to The High Line in New York City. 

Listen to Jeanette's interview the park's designer, Patricia Lussier. (Pictured. Photo by Jeanette Kelly.)
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Remembering Melvin Charney

Artist, architect and teacher Melvin Charney passed away this week at the age of 77.
Even if you feel like you don't know much about architecture or urban design, if you have spent much time in Montreal you have almost certainly come into contact with the work of Melvin Charney.
He designed the sculpture in Place Emilie-Gamelin, outside the Berri-UQAM metro. (pictured)

Charney also designed the sculpture garden at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa.
phyllis_5.jpgPhyllis Lambert (pictured, left, photo by Carrie Haber) was a friend and colleague of Charney's.
She is the designer of the Segal Centre and  founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
In fact, it was Phyllis Lambert who commissioned Charney to design the sculpture garden at the CAA.
Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly spoke with Phyllis Lambert about Melvin Charney's enduring influence on the urban design of the city. Listen to the interview:
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Opera gets sexy

barihunk.jpgBarihunk (baritone + hunk = barihunk) Etienne Dupuis has hired two personal trainers, months before he takes on the starring role in the Opéra de Montreal production of Dead Man Walking

Opera singers are facing more and more pressure to have a beautiful voice and a beautiful body. 

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Etienne.

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Your Say: Does this make opera more accessible in an image-based society, or does it degrade the art form? Comment on our Facebook page.

Suburban Scene

Rock band Metric playing in an arcade. A Patrick Watson concert in a church. 

Sounds like something that would happen in Montreal's hipster enclave of the Mile End, but we're talking about Laval here. 

Julien Aidelbaum has been instrumental in cultivating an suburban music scene on Montreal's North shore. 

He's been organizing gigs since he was a teenager, and now at 21, he's the alt-music guy at Scène 1425, the promotional arm of Laval concert hall Salle André-Mathieu

"I lived there [in Laval] when I was in high school and there wasn't that much to do," explains Aidelbaum. 

"You could feel the young crowd wanting to have more closer to them."

"We're convinced there are enough people and that not everyone from Laval takes their car or takes the metro down to Montreal to check out bands," he says. 

Making the case for bands to come play in the suburbs is "not easy, but it's getting easier."

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Julien Aidelbaum.
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4-5-0 Foodies

Montreal doesn't have the monopoly on good eating. Here's our guide to off-island dining.
Foodie Date Night bloggers Aaron and Carolynne live on the south shore in Chateauguay.
foodiedatenight.jpgHere are their suggestions:

11382 Rang De La Fresnière
St-Benoît De Mirabel

3003 Boul. Sainte Adele
Sainte Adele

77B boulevard St-Jean- Baptiste

90 boulevard St-Jean-Baptiste

Lynne Faubert is a cookbook author and blogs on French Foodie.

lynnejeans.jpgHere are her North-shore suggestions:
652 Rue de la Place Publique 
244 boul. Sainte-Rose
192, boulevard Sainte-Rose
205 boulevard Sainte-Rose, 
236, Chemin de la Grande-Côte
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For the first time ever, a horror film festival was art of this year's Comicon festival. 

At this time of the year many of us are feeling a little "TIFF-envy" (That bit of jealousy that Toronto has a internationally recognized film festival and Montreal doesn't.)

But Steve Villeneuve, the organizer of Horrorfest, says we should really concentrate on genre films to make our mark on the international film festival circuit. 

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Looking like a leader

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For the first time ever, Quebecers have elected a female premier.

Pauline Marois joins four other female provincial and territorial leaders in Canada.

Another party leader, Françoise David, the president and co-spokesperson of Quebec Solidaire is also going to the National Assembly.

But even as more women are elected, female politicians still face incredible scrutiny when it comes to the way they dress and how they look.

It's like stepping into a minefield, says Lise Ravary, a Journal de Montreal and Huffington Post Quebec columnist and former editor of womens magazines like Châtelaine, Elle Canada and Elle Québec.

"Whenever I bring this up, people turn to me and say shut up about this. This is so superficial," says Ravary.

"This is not superficial," she insists. "This is the age of image."

So do our female politicians have the look of a leader?

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(Photo Credit: Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) 


The queen of Montreal fashion fêtes 25 years in the business

marie sainte pierre 020.jpgMarie Saint Pierre started 25 years ago with a small collection of jackets and a big desire to create couture-quality clothing in Montreal.

Since then, her creations have been on the covers of fashion magazines and in stores around the world.

She is known for layering techniques and fluid lines, and often works with stretch fabrics.

As she is marking her the milestone of a quarter century in the fashion industry, Marie Sainte Pierre graciously welcomed Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly to her atelier.

Marie Saint Pierre was generous with her time, and thoughful in her responses.

In this feature interview, she talks about how early exposure to art helped shape her aesthetic, even as a child.

And she examines the direction she is taking with her creativity now, designing interiors and furniture.

Listen to Marie Saint Pierre's feature interview with Jeanette Kelly:  

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(Photo credit: Tanya Birkbeck)

The Editor's Eye

dresstokill.jpgEver wonder what goes through the mind of magazine editors at during fashion week?

Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly talked to Stéphane Le Duc, Editor in Chief of Dress to Kill magazine at Montreal Fashion Week.

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The Evolution of Men's Fashion


Men's fashion has come a long way in recent years. 

This year at the 23rd edition of Montreal Fashion Week, a round-table discussion was held to talk about changing attitudes regarding men and style. 
"I remember, not too long ago, for me as a kid, guys wearing bright colours was unheard of," said Olympic diver Alexandre Despatie.
"I think it's a great turn because now there's so much variety in the clothing, the colour, the styles, the facial hair, the hair styles. And they are all acceptable."
Despatie says he did some shopping at Paul Smith while in London for the Olympics-- not a surprise given the generous use of colour in many of the British designer's creations.
Athletes like Despatie have a big effect on men's changing view on dressing up, says blogger Daniel Trepanier.
Trepanier is originally from small-town Ontario but he now writes The Style Blogger from his home base in New York.  
"Guy are certanily a lot more image conscious now than they've ever been," explained Trepanier.
"Look at the athletes. They are all becoming style icons. You are seeing these masculine guys... they are also well-dressed and well put-together."
Listen to Jeanette Kelly speak to three of the panelists:
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(Photo: Variations in men's fashion at Montreal Fashion Week. Credit: Jeanette Kelly.)

This election campaign's least talked-about issue

The economy, corruption and questions of national unity have dominated headlines during this election campaign. But culture? Barely a mention.

Caroline Roy of Influence Communication has been monitoring coverage during this election. She observes that only one per cent of TV, radio, print and Web the coverage has been about culture.

"Its one of the least-covered themes in the media," says Roy. "In fact, we can't find another theme that got less coverage."

Questions of culture "absent from the debate"

Sébastien Barangé writes a blog about arts and business for Les Affaires. He bemoans the lack of coverage about culture in a recent entry, "Une election sans culture". (An Election Without Culture)

Barangé points out that in the televised debates, Québec Solidaire's Françoise David was the only party leader to mention culture in her opening remarks.

The political leaders "know they won't win or lose the election based on culture," explains Barangé.

He says some leaders may be taking the arts and cultural community for granted. Many prominent artists usually vote for the Parti Quebecois even though the party, in Barangés opinion, hasn't proposed many ambitious projects for this election.

But it many not be just the fault of leaders, he says. The PQ does have some proposals specific to culture, but  "the day Pauline Marois decided to present that in front of Cinema Beaubien in Rosemont, the journalists only asked questions about the referendum and Quebec citizenship. No questions about arts and culture. That's sad."

"We talked a lot about arts and culture during the two past federal elections," says Barangé.

In fact, some argue that cuts to funding of arts programs in Quebec cost Stephen Harper a majority in the 2008 federal election.

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Other priorities

Coalition Avenir Québec candidate Claire Samson says culture is the "center of what Quebec identity is all about".

But Samson, who says she will be the next Minister of Culture if the CAQ wins the election, has a theory on why hardly anyone is talking about culture right now.

"I think in this particular election, the national preoccupations and priorities of quebecers have taken a lot of place."

She says issues like health, education, corruption, economy, and debt are major concerns for Quebecers. "I think it is normal that the media puts so much attention on these issues."

"It is sad," says incumbent Culture Minister, Liberal Christine St-Pierre of the lack discussion on arts and culture. "Maybe its because we did very good things in the past and other parties didn't find it interesting to challenge us."

Where the parties stand on culture

Liberal Party of Quebec

Listen to incumbent Culture Minister Christine St-Pierre:

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Coalition Avenir Québec

Listen to Claire Samson, candidate in Iberville

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Québec Solidaire

Listen to president Françoise David, candidate in Gouin

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Option Nationale

Listen to Simon-Pierre Bélanger, candidate in Viau

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Parti Québecois

Listen to Yves-Francois Blanchet, candidate in Drummond

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Eve Gravel celebrates 10 years

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She showed her first collection at the age of 22, and has been going strong ever since. 

At this fall's Montreal Fashion Week, Quebec designer Eve Gravel is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her line. 

Listen to her conversation with Jeanette, as she reminisces about her first fashion show, and tells how she got Norah Jones to wear her designs. 
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