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Independent, provocative, now! The CJLO Magazine is the resource for features, reviews, and interviews. Established in 2004, and run by dedicated CJLO volunteers, the magazine covers the latest and best in local and international music, art, theatre, film, festivals, and more!


Metal March Has Arrrived

Well, well, well… if it isn’t March. You have some nerve showing your ugly mug here.

In all seriousness, I know March hasn’t been the best month over the past year. It marks the anniversary of a pandemic which has changed all our lives and, frankly doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. So… happy birthday, Pandemic …I guess?


(Interview) Playwright Lydie Dubuisson on the value of embracing change

We recently spoke with Lydie Dubuisson, playwright and newly appointed artistic associate at Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) to discuss the impact and intention of her play Sanctuary.


(Interview) Plein(S) Écran(s) film festival General Director Catherine Légaré-Pelletier discusses this year's festival

Remi interviews Catherine Légaré-Pelletier about this year's edition of the Plein(S) Écran(s) film festival and the future of short feature films in the streaming platform age. More information about this year’s festival (taking place from January 13th-24th) can be found here.

Remi and Danny host At The Movies, which can be heard every Tuesday morning from 8:00 - 9:00AM. Tune in for discussions about movies, soundtracks, and iconic film scores. At The Movies also covers film festivals that are located in Montreal.


Plein(s) Ecran(s), a showcase of Court métrage

The festival Plein(s) Ecran(s) takes place from January 13th to January 24th and focuses on 66 short feature films, 6 of which are categorized within the Programme Jeunesse section. Selections from Quebec and France are entered into an awards competition as part of the festival. As well, there will be the return of the Plein(s) Écran(s) podcast, available on most podcast platforms, which provides interviews with some of the directors. Here are some of the short features that I got to see during the run of the festival.   
 

TV Freaks bring raw, vivacious energy to their fourth album People

“For me, (punk) is doing what you want to do unabashedly,” TV Freaks frontman Dave O’Connor said in a 2014 interview with The Silhouette. It is this same attitude that has carried the Hamilton band through a decade of feverish and brazen garage punk records.


Recapping the 2020 Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (Virtual Edition)

One of the last film festivals that I cover every year, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) happens to be the one that I look forward to the most. There are some cinephiles that don’t connect with documentaries, however, for me they are a source of entertainment and enlightenment on topics that shape our social space today. Running from Nov. 12 to Dec. 2, this year’s 23rd edition of the festival offered different thematic weeks all throughout and highlighted some great films to put on my best of year list.


CJLO Best of 2020 Picks

So... 2020 was a thing.


Allison is CJLO's Program Director and hosts Transistor Sister, every Tuesday @ 6 p.m. 

Best Albums of 2020


(Interview) Director Darius Marder on His New Film Sound of Metal

Remi talks to director Darius Marder about his new film Sound of Metal. Riz Ahmed stars in the film as Ruben, a drummer in a metal band who loses his hearing and learns how to live with his new condition. Remi also chats about what it's like to collaborate with director Derek Cianfrance, the integral role of sound design in the film, and working with Riz Ahmed. One of the year's best films, Sound of Metal is currently out on VOD services here in Canada, and on Amazon Prime in the United States.


Looking Closer at Montreal's Homeless with I Might Be Dead by Tomorrow

I Might Be Dead by Tomorrow (Tant que j’ai du respir dans le corps) from Canadian director Steve Patry is an urgent documentary set in Montreal about homelessness and the frontline workers that look out for this marginalized group. Through this unfiltered lens Patry follows the lives of several people who live or used to live on the street, while giving them a voice through this documentary.


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