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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,, 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.

FLUCT + Ylang Ylang & Cosi e Cosi + Nothinge + Ssurfacing + Kazuki Koga @ La Vitrola


REVIEW: CJLO - 1690AM,, No Exist, Suoni Per Il Popolo, and CKUT 90.3FM present: FLUCT + Ylang Ylang & Così e Così + Nothinge + Ssurfacing + Kazuki Koga - Friday, June 10, 2016 @ La Vitrola

FRINGE 2016: Does Not Play Well With Others

Does Not Play Well With Others is a play about puppets, dysfunctional adults and disappointment. The show was written and performed by Adam Francis Proulx and Kira Hall, who star as two puppeteers whose children’s television series has been hit by a bizarre scandal. This show will melt your heart with its adorable puppets, but leave you feeling empty on the inside because of the dark issues it boldly addresses.