FRINGE 2015: Doggy Dans Gravel

June 12th. Friday night. Still soaking wet from the pouring rain outside. I speed through the streets to arrive at the doors of La Chapelle in sight.

7:37. Great. I’m already late for the premiere performance of Doggy dans gravel (aka Doggy). I try to mumble some sort of excuse to the lady at the door. She signals me to stop making a scene and just enter the room.

I hurry. I sit on the stairs right next to the theatre benches as quietly as I can be...

FRINGE 2015: Captain Aurora is a smashing success

Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical hits exactly the right chord as this highly professional and fully fleshed-out musical comedy sings and dances its way into the Fringe history hall of fame.

The play tells the story of a banker-by-day/superhero-by-night lead who struggles to find purpose in an increasingly routine life. When her life is shaken up by political plot, alien invasion and the threat of exposure, Captain Aurora will have to rise to the challenge, regardless of the sacrifices she may unwillingly make on the way.

FRINGE 2015: Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche will leave you wanting more

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche is, at a glance, an absurd, apocalyptic, queer comedy of manners. The show is largely character driven and its five leading ladies hit the right combination of pep and pluck as egg-worshipping, 50s-era closet lesbians.

The play takes place during the 1956 annual quiche breakfast of The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. The five executives of the society are preparing for the tasting of the quiches when an air raid siren goes off. On lockdown in the bunker, the so-called widow and ladysisters must come to terms with themselves and face each other in this winking, tongue-in-cheek comedy.

FRINGE 2015: “The Shiner” dishes out bittersweet comedy

The Shiner is a relatively simple one-woman show that succeeds in its heartfelt and poignant storytelling.

Focusing on stories originating in the school system, the show will resonate with anyone who has spent significant time observing and engaging with young minds.

Performed by local sketch comedian and spiritual animator Katie Leggitt, The Shiner weaves together different narratives that reflect on the experience of educators and students alike.

Funny and at times bittersweet, Leggitt smoothly transitions from precocious school girl to gruff physical educator to earnest animator.

FRINGE 2015: Legitimate Investment Opportunity

Directed by Paul Naiman and written by Jacob Greco (and company), Legitimate Investment Opportunity, or LIO, is a sweaty, delusional and inspirational “octo-annual assembly presentation summit conference meeting” that you’ll never forget!

The show was performed inside of the intimate confines of the Theatre Ste. Catherine, with long thin rows of seats for anyone who’s looking to make a sane, sound investment! And don’t worry about whether or not you’ll have trouble hearing the performers, they’ll be yelling frantically at you for the entire night.

FRINGE 2015: Icepick-moé l’coeur

On June 9th, we spoke to Ghislain St-Germain Forcier and Emmanuelle Brousseau at the lovely Bela Vista, a family-owned Portuguese bakery located at the corner of Papineau and Beaubien.

Ghislain is 24-year-old French Literature student at L’Univesité de Montréal. Emmanuelle is 21, and studies Production at L’École Nationale de Théâtre/National Theatre School of Canada (NTS). Together they wrote “Icepick-moé l’coeur” (Icepick), a drama about two ex-lovers that can’t quite seem to let each other go. Emmanuelle is the director of the play.

Read more to see our conversation, translated into English from the original French-language interview.

FRINGE 2015: A Nightmare for Oberon

A Nightmare for Oberon asks the question “what happens when Shakespeare's women collide?”

Written by Toronto-born Concordia student Julie Foster, the script is the strongest part of the production. The worlds of Faerie Queen Titania, Hamlet's Ophelia, and the Lady Macbeth collide in a magical forest, and through the lens of Shakespeare we are presented arguments around gender, sexuality and femininity.

FRINGE 2015: APigeon at Le Divan Orange

Montreal’s own Annie Sama (alias APigeon) brought her tour to an end at Le Divan Orange on Saturday June 6th, in support of her 2014 debut album “APigeon is Born”.

The electricity was tangible in the air as patrons milled into the venue on a deceptively long spring evening, as the very last of the sun absorbed by the window faded into darkness. Perhaps it was a shared subconscious anticipation for the summer, or the volatile cosmic combination of Mercury in retrograde and a Sagittarius moon that made APigeon's innovative sound particularly potent that evening.

FRINGE 2015: Je pense donc je suis

On June 8th, we went back stage with Jade Ghalila, director of "Je pense donc je suis”, a few minutes after the Générale devant Public* at La Maison des Amis du Plateau Mont-Royal, a community oriented, non-profit organization. Here is the conversation, translated into English from the original French-language interview.

*Fun fact: Générale devant Public means the dress rehearsal in front of a live theatre audience.

Frantz: How’s the stress level?


Welcome to that time of the year where the sun shines bright and a wild, creative, euphoric, and unpredictable three-week party takes in full stride. #FringeBuzz is beginning to take the city by storm and we’re here to keep you company!

CJLO has been blazing with extensive coverage of this year’s St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival as they celebrate their 25th Silver Anniversary. Whether you are new to the Fringe or you have been a patron of this one-of-a-kind summer experience, we got you covered.

Learn what we have in store just for you in this pocket-size silver-plated starter kit.


I mean, you know who Tranna Wintour is right?

The readers of CULT MTL voted Tranna among the hottest and best dressed Montrealers with a killer Instagram account to boot. She is also performing at The Wiggle Room as a part of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, so if you don’t know who Tranna Wintour is, now is a good time to find out!

What is Pouzza Fest, Really?

Pouzza Fest is just a baby in the musical festival world. It has been around a mere five years, but in that short time it has skyrocketed in popularity. This three-day festival showcases punk bands from just about everywhere. This brings us to Pouzza's goal and ultimate message: Punk is still alive, and whoever said it was dead is stupid. Okay maybe that isn't necessarily a quote from their organizer Hugo Lecurie, or even something anyone has said, or necessarily their mission statement. Nonetheless, the festival proves that PUNK is not just a passing trend. It is a lifestyle, an attitude... but sometimes punk still has this really bad rep. 

Hozier, Ballet and the Death of an Artist

Dance is one of the lesser consumed cultural products, and ballet especially is still seen as a niche market. While it's true that ballet is not for everyone, it hardly tries to be (so much so in fact that often certain types of bodies are actively excluded from it). Ballet and pop culture mixes are rare, and this is no accident, as ballet projects an image of being above popular culture. This is why the other day I was surprised, yet excited when I stumbled upon this video.


Pouzza Fest 2015 - Seeing Pouzza Through Fresh Eyes

Photo: Simone & Annette

Simone Grenier was born in Quebec but has spent most of her life living in Corsica, a French island located on the Mediterranean Sea. Her parents made one hell of a good decision. Although the island is owned by France, it is closer in region to Northern Italy. A few years ago, Grenier decided at the young age of 18 to move back to the city she barely remembered—Montreal. This summer will be her last here, and she wanted to share with us her personal Pouzza festival experience. She is fan of punk, her favourite band is Guerilla Poubelle and in this write up/farewell she compares the differences and similarities within the North American and European music scenes.

Pouzza Fest 2015 >> Photos

The fifth edition of Pouzza Fest, Montreal's punk music festival, kicked off the summer festival season. Or should I say, slammed and surfed over the Victoria Day weekend. Taking place at several locations spread out through downtown Montreal and the red light district. Headlining the festival was Municipal Waste, and this year the outdoor stage featured more bands than ever, with such notables as The Bruce Lee Band and The Planet Smashers.