FRINGE 2016: Joyce N'Sana at #CJLOFringeTunes

There’s nothing like finding a treasure in your own backyard.

Joyce N’Sana was this year’s resident World artist at CJLO and though I heard her name and praise often, I never got around to listening to her music let alone see any of her performances.

Luckily this past Friday she was performing at the Montreal Fringe Festival as a part of the "CJLO Presents" music series and I was available to go check her out.

FRINGE 2016: Love and Pasties, Miss S.

"Miss Sugarpuss must die", we were warned a fair few fringes ago as the play by the same name packed houses and won the 2010 Centaur award for best English-language theatre. Six years later, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, the "real world" alias of Miss Sugarpuss, is making good on her threat.

Love and Pasties, Miss S. is what Gauthier-Frankel is calling a killing off of her alter-ego, a strange funeral for one of the Fringe's grande dames.

FRINGE 2016: A David Lynch Wet Dream

Simone de Beauvoir said surrealism is often more real than realism, and this certainly rings true in regards to A David Lynch Wet Dream. Promoted as a dark non-narrative, after seeing it for myself I’m reminded that there is no such thing as a non-narrative, only that the viewer dictates what’s happening instead of the screenwriter.

FRINGE 2016: Jon Bennett - AUSSIE RULES (Playing With Men)

2hoot Production’s Jon Bennett is no stranger to the international Fringe festival circuit. The five-time Just For Laughs award nominee is a consistent crowd favourite for works that include "Fire in the meth lab" and "Pretending things are a cock." Shows as such are seemingly tailored for the “anything goes” of alternative theatre.

FRINGE 2016: Extreme States

As part of a special Montreal Fringe edition of Creator's Chorus that first aired June 15th 2016, co-hosts Jess Glavina and Annick MF together discussed issues, the challenges, and the narratives that surround mental health through the lense of the independent theatre.

Guiding you along for this special review that you will read is some contextual and important information regarding this sensitive yet important topic. Included below is an excerpt of the audio from that episode, and a few notes from our author as well.

Lust For Youth / Dernier Sex / Xarah Dion / The Marquis @ La Sala Rossa


REVIEW: CJLO - 1690AM, CHOQ.ca, No Exist, Suoni Per Il Popolo, and CKUT 90.3FM present: Lust For Youth / Dernier Sex / Xarah Dion / The Marquis - Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ La Sala Rossa

From the shimmering synths and slick production on Lust for Youth’s latest release “Compassion”, the band’s trajectory over the past 5 years represents an unassuming sonic evolution. What started as the lo-fi darkwave solo project of Hannes Norrvide, gradually morphed in to 3 piece pop band, through an organic process of collaboration.

FRINGE 2016: Checkout 606

The Plateau is full of oddities - offbeat, extraordinary, or just plain strange. To people who don't understand Montreal or have never been here before; I tell them its the french Portland in 30 or so blocks - keeping it weird. Still, nothing could have prepared me for The Fringe Festival's Checkout 606.

FRINGE 2016: Captain Aurora II: A Superhero Musical Sequel

I need to start this review off by being honest about myself in a few ways. The last thing I want to be as a journalist is biased but that's not always possible, so let's put a few cards on the table:

1. I love super hero anything and everything. I don't care how well or poorly it's been done, I'll love it because it's super heroes.

2. I generally dislike musical theatre, especially if it takes itself too seriously.

FRINGE 2016: Part I by Project X

Jess's thoughts on Part I

In the late nineteenth century in Paris, French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot fixed his interest upon the disorder 'hysteria' - seeking to taxonomize what had been neglected for centuries as an incomprehensible jumble of symptoms, described by one historian as “a dramatic medical metaphor for everything that men found mysterious or unmanageable in the opposite sex.”1 Charcot set up shop in the Salpêtrière Hospital, a long time asylum for the most vulnerable members of the Parisian underclass.


What can you say about a show that takes your breath away? Wherever I start, I promise that this all comes from the heart.

Bizarro Obscure was a rare gem. It was exceptional. Sydney Hayduk (Janis) and Christy Taronno (Jujube) are two incredibly talented triple threats who bring us on a journey of self discovery, self confidence, and self acceptance.

FRINGE 2016: The No Bull$#!% History of Invention

I don't know about you, but I love learning new things. The world is such a vast, fascinating place that there is no end to what we can know. The No Bull$#!% History of Invention is a great chance to learn a few things about (big surprise) the history of invention that may have been gaps in your overall knowledge of strange human behaviour. What's great about this history lesson though, is how honest the teacher is. He doesn't shy away from hard truths about who was really responsible for what, and who were actually sociopaths.

FRINGE 2016: Sexpectations

Going into to SEXPECTATIONS, we'll admit to having a certain degree of SEXPECTATION. Having seen Maxine Segalowitz (aka Moxy Scallywagperform numerous times -- whether it be dancing in Festival Bouge D'Ici; her frenzied presence in Mainline Theatre's Rocky Horror Picture Show (2015); or her sassy comedic stylings in last year's fringe hit Is This Prententious? (by Team Greco), she's set her personal bar pretty high. Spoiler alert: She does not disappoint. 

FRINGE 2016: Falling Awake

I would be lying if I said that I didn't tear up at the end of Falling Awake. I would be lying if I said that I struggled not to break down crying on the walk home afterwards, as the events of the last hour sank in.

FRINGE 2016: The McSorley & Chung Magic Hour

The mark of a good magic show is wondering to yourself how on earth these tricks were done.

My uncle used to do magic tricks for my sister and I when I was younger. I remember truly believing it was magic when I was a kid. And then as I grew up, I started learning how some of them were done. I would watch really closely and try to figure out how to recreate them. I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means and I'm certainly no magician myself.

But I will say this about McSorley and Chung: I have no idea how they performed most of the tricks in their show.

FRINGE 2016: Bedrock Burlesque

Revisiting nostalgia at its finest with an all-grown-up lens 

By Danilo Bulatovic

Although The Flintstones were admittedly well before my time, there was something intangible about the “first animated prime time television series in America” that resonated with me since childhood. As a show concept it’s so wacky, that it could only be conceived with no predecessors.