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music: September 2011 Archives

Art: What's the Point?

There's a lot of nervousness in the arts community this fall. In June's federal budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he wants to find a way to eliminate the deficit by 2014-2015.

That means the government has to find a way to save about 4 billion dollars a year, and many people who work in the arts are afraid they'll be on the chopping block.

McGill University is holding a public round table discussion about this issue, asking the question: "Faced with government cutbacks and media cynicism, what real and identifiable benefits do the arts contribute to the public good?"

Professor Paul Yachnin is moderating the discussion. He is McGill's Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies. Margie Gillis will be speaking on the panel. She is one of Quebec's best known contemporary dancers and choreographers.

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Arcade Fire's homecoming

arcade fire metropolis 002.jpgWhat a year it's been for Arcade Fire! They've won two Grammys, a British Music Award, a Juno and now,  the Polaris Prize.

The band is back in Montreal and just played two homecoming concerts.

Pierre spoke with band member Richard Reed Parry.

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Creating a look

Grimes aka Clarie Boucher is relative newcomer to the Montreal music scene. But her quirky, atmospheric pop is making an impression. And so is her fashion aesthetic.

Montreal designer Renata Morales used to do ready to wear collections but now she's moved into providing stage costumes for bands and artists, including Arcade Fire and Grimes

They came to talk about how music fashion co-exist, and what it takes to create the image of a pop or rock star.

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