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CJLO x SXSW 2019: SLAX x SW : Direct to Damnably

When I arrived on the scene, the stench of vomit was already emanating from the alleyways.


The Darker Side of Metal: Part 2 – Sexism

We here at CJLO love heavy metal, despite its many flaws. It’s not just a few bad apples spoiling the genre. Some cases are evidence of cultural intolerance infiltrating the scene, getting worse as the music becomes more extreme. This two-part series will examine the problematic nature of metal. We’re only scratching the surface here, the subject matter can fill books and multiple documentaries. But only by acknowledging the problem, can we change it for the better.


The Darker Side of Metal: Racism

We here at CJLO love heavy metal, despite its many flaws. It’s not just a few bad apples spoiling the genre. Some cases are evidence of cultural intolerance infiltrating the scene, getting worse as the music becomes more extreme. This two-part series will examine the problematic nature of metal. We’re only scratching the surface here, the subject matter can fill books and multiple documentaries. But only by acknowledging the problem, can we change it for the better.


Exploring Assimilation's West Coast Brew of Power-Hungry Old-School Death Metal

While contemporary heavy groups are busy hugging trees and familiarizing themselves with legal botany, Assimilation occupy themselves with cultivating relentlessly crushing death metal. Often operating with beers in hand, the quartet finds an odd but fitting balance between crushing sonics and laid back attitudes. Here's a look into what makes them tick.


Men I Trust and the Need to Be Independent

If there’s a band that embodies the DIY spirit, Montreal trio Men I Trust could certainly claim it.  For example, until this year, the group would even ship their merch to fans while traveling between tour stops.


CJLO is Going to South by South West!

CJLO is going to South by Southwest! From March 14-17, four of our music directors will be in Austin, TX, to attend an incredibly wide variety of concerts and events. Here's what they're expecting from the 2019 SXSW experience.

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Zach Carriere, a.k.a. Zakary Slax, is CJLO's Head Music Director, and hosts Slax Trax, every Tuesday from 5 to 6 PM.


Metal March

It's March again here at CJLO and you know what that means. That's right, it's time for #CJLOMetalMarch, where we celebrate all of the loud music genres and subgenres that bring us together.
 
What do we have in store for this month? For the fourth year in a row, we have a lot planned for both our programming and for events within the city of Montreal.
 

Jonathan Personne Explores the End of the World on Debut Album

Photo: Dominic Berthiaume

When listening to Histoire naturelle, the excellent debut album by Jonathan Personne, alias of Corridor singer and guitarist Jonathan Robert, one gets a sense that the breezy project was composed in a matter of days, such is the cohesiveness of the project.


Jason Bajada Reflects on 10 Years of Loveshit

Graphic: Valery Lemay

For most up-and-coming artists, there’s a balancing act between channeling their influences and developing their own unique identity.  When looking back on his third and breakthrough album, Loveshit, 10 years on from its original release, Montreal singer/songwriter Jason Bajada credits the album’s success with striking this balance for the first time on record.


LGBTQ+ Representation in 2018

2018 has been a strong year for LGBTQ+ representation on screen. Many films have focused on the issues the community is facing that have historically not been covered through the lens of film and television.


Live Out Your Hunger Games Dreams at Dodgebow Archery

Do you miss those days when you walked into gym class and the teacher told you dodge ball was what you’d be playing? Have you ever watched The Hunger Games and all of a sudden wished you could shoot a bow and arrow like Katniss Everdeen? Ever thought of combining these two sports?


The Force Academy: Montreal’s Star Wars Themed Activity Centre

 

As a child of the 80’s, let’s just say that I grew up surrounded by Star Wars products, be it school notebooks, shirts, coloring books, posters, trading cards and stickers, SW-related TV specials (yes, I saw the Ewok Adventure’s initial airing), or of course, the toys. I’ve always found the franchise wonderful, as it attracts diehard fans of all ages.


CJLO Best of 2018

This incredibly long year is coming to an end. If you read any music publications, you've probably noticed it's list season. A season full of controversy, hot takes, safe choices. Just in time for last minute Christmas gifts, here is what the wonderful people at CJLO liked the most this year.


Lesser Evil Throw Caution to the Wind on Debut EP

Photo: Caroline Désilets

When thinking of uses for a RV, it’s natural to picture families on vacation travelling across the country to visit various national parks and tourist destinations. That’s not what Montreal’s Lesser Evil had in mind, however. Instead, the duo recorded their self-titled debut EP in a RV secluded in the woods, without any electricity, running water, or the most precious of resources in today’s world, Wi-Fi.


Helena Deland's Homecoming

Photo: Colin Medley

“I hope that show becomes my most important memory of 2018,” says Montreal’s Helena Deland with a laugh.  Deland is referring to her headline performance at this year’s edition of M for Montreal, the four-day festival spotlighting rising local talent for industry folk and music fans alike.  The show is the culmination of a whirlwind year of gigs for the singer-songwriter, including a U.S tour in the spring (including a performance at Austin, Texas’ venerable SXSW festival) and European one last month.


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