Metal Monday: Home for the Horrordays!

All this holly jolly jingle belling got you feeling down? Is braving the hordes of seasonal shopping zombies making you wanna kick someone in the ring-ting-ting-a-lings? Let me help you find some emotional catharsis during your winter holidays by catching up on some of 2013's most essential horror film releases.

Metal Monday: Thrash Metal Needs Old Tones

Like many fans of heavy metal in the past decade or so, I was happy to see thrash metal enjoy a resurgence in popularity. There was a dark age that lasted for a number of years after the style's original decline in the early '90s, but the next decade saw a slow revival. Lots of bands reunited, new and talented thrash bands formed, and the audiences returned. However, I do have a pet peeve concerning many of the newer releases of thrash metal acts. Namely, I believe that new thrash releases all too often make use of the modern tones associated with metalcore styles when they ideally should not.

CJLO Weekly Feature: Metal Monday

Welcome to the CJLO Magazine's newest weekly feature called "Metal Monday", brought to you by the metal music team at CJLO. This week, our metal music director Andrew Wixq discusses an underappreciated modern metal band.


Image + Nation Festival 2013

The leaves have turned to compost, the wind is getting stronger, and the nights are dropping below the zero point - that must mean it is almost time for Image + Nation, Canada's longest running LGBTQ film festival. If you are like most people I know just now, you probably have a million and one things to be thinking about and doing, so I thought I would help you out by posting my top 5 festival picks! You can thank me later!!

The Montreal World Film Festival

When all of the big summer festivals are finishing their runs, there is still one more cultural festival in Montreal specifically for film lovers. The 37th edition of The Montreal World Film Festival, which ran from August 22nd to September 2nd, saw an influx of tourists enter the city just as many students and adults returned from their relaxing summer vacations. I had a privileged chance to sit down with Communication Director Henry Welsh to discuss the festival and the films that were presented.

The Walking Dead: My Day at the Montreal Zombie Walk

The Montreal Zombie Walk took place this year on October 19th. This annual event has been happening worldwide since 2005 from Toronto to Paris and even Buenos Aires! The whole point of the zombie walk is to meet up in the middle of the city in your best zombie costume and stay in character as you walk around and get your photo taken by hundreds of photographers.

Montreal 2013 ComicCon

Montreal’s ComicCon is an annual convention held this year on September 13th to the 15th, and has been running since 2006. The Montreal ComicCon (short for comic convention) is a showcase of comic books, anime, sci-fi and horror related media. One can buy all sorts of books, toys, cards and even rare collectibles at the convention. Other amazing aspects of the convention are the celebrity panels and movie screenings, leading to a fun filled weekend of ComicCon madness!

#cjlogoespop --- The Belldog does a POP Montreal top five

(The elusive belldog in her natural environment.)

POP Montreal --- it was a thing! Here are the things I did:

FIVE! -- Ukrainia

FOUR! -- Tony Visconti

THREE! -- Pierre Perpall


ONE! -- Colin Stetson Tim Hecker BOBO



#CJLOgoesPOP! POP Montreal 2013 - Day 2

CJLO Magazine's editor-at-large Stephanie Dee writes about day two of POP Montreal. Check out the hashtag #cjlogoespop, and follow @Tweegirl on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute commentary, video, and photos taken during the festival.

I begrudgingly worked all day, day-dreaming about all the art exhibits and artist talks I wanted to attend but couldn't, and when the daily grind was finally over I headed on up to Quarters POP at 5:30 pm for the Media Mixer. 

#CJLOgoesPOP! POP Montreal 2013 - Day 1

After five days of music, film, symposia, and crazy parties, CJLO Magazine's editor-at-large Stephanie Dee reports back on day one of POP Montreal. Check out the hashtag #cjlogoespop, and follow @Tweegirl on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute commentary, video, and photos taken during the festival. 

#cjlogoespop --- Tony Visconti Sez What?

Tony Visconti did a Q&A at the SAT on Saturday and said a bunch of stuff about people*. Here are some pullquotes; it's up to you to figure out who he's talking about!

(*also useful advice derived from a long career in music production and within the recording industry, but w/e)


1. "The first thing ______ said to me was 'I thought you were dead.'"

2. "But, he's a nice boy [despite not acknowledging Visconti's producer credit for 25 years]."

Polaris Music Prize 2013 <<< Winner


Congratulations to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, winner of the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for their album 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!


The short list of nominees:


Godspeed You! Black Emperor'Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (music review)

CJLO Photo Diary <<< Hillside Music Festival 2013

Hillside Music Festival 2013 - "Memories from an all too short summer"

A CJLO photo diary by Robert Portnoff. Tune in to Brave New Jams every Saturday at 10:00 PM EST to hear music for people who like to kick back and Not Fade Away.