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Independent, provocative, now! The CJLO Magazine is the resource for features, reviews, and interviews. Established in 2004, and run by dedicated CJLO volunteers, the magazine covers the latest and best in local and international music, art, theatre, film, festivals, and more!


OSHEAGA 2016 - Three days, two nights, and over 100 bands!

As someone who's been to Osheaga five summers in a row, it's safe to say that, when it comes to this specific music festival, I've been there, done that. From the anticipation of arriving at Parc Jean-Drapeau on that first Friday, to the elation of running from show to show all weekend long, without forgetting the desperation of trying to get the hell off the island on that last Sunday night, I've seen it all – and then some. So, when I found out that I would be the lucky CJLO-er covering this year's festival, I was quite skeptical about how much fun I could still actually have during what would be my sixth weekend among a crowd of 135,000 boisterous attendees.


Eclipse 2016 - Circle of Light

How do I condense last weekend into under 1000 words? I guess I'll start at the beginning...


Sturgill Simpson @ Theatre Corona - August 4, 2016

Presented by Greenland and Evenko

The first time the name Sturgill Simpson crossed my radar was when the Good Doctor Stephen Weeds began championing him as the new honky tonk hero, and if there is one sure bet I've learned over the years it's that when the Good Doctor starts preaching about some new artist, it's best that you take the time and have a listen. Once again he was bang on and I was hooked immediately.


At the Movies Fantasia Recap - Week One!

Fantasia 2016

During the first week of Fantasia, the real world hindered my abilities to run the Fantasia marathon, best sprinted by Satty (Shibuya Crossing) and Angelica (BVST). I did participate in two screenings, though!


CJLOXJFL WRAP UP: Harmontown Live

On Saturday, July 30th I had the opportunity to watch Harmontown live at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Harmontown is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Harmon (the creator of Community and co-creator of Rick and Morty) and actor Jeff B. Davis. Saturday’s lineup for Harmontown also included Spencer Crittenden (Harmontown’s very own dungeon master), as well as two randomly selected audience members.


CJLOXJFL WRAP UP: Barry Crimmins Makes You Laugh & Cry

On Friday, July 29th, I had the pleasure of watching legendary political satirist, stand-up comedian and children’s rights and safety activist Barry Crimmins perform at Café Cleopatra for the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Crimmins’ life story was recently covered in Bobcat Goldthwait’s award-winning 2015 documentary, Call Me Lucky. Crimmins founded two comedy clubs in the 80s and has been a mentor to hundreds of comedians!


CJLOXJFL WRAP UP: Industry Standard is the Gold Standard of Podcasts

On Friday, July 29th, comedy manager and producer Barry Katz interviewed Howie Mandel on the Industry Standard podcast as part of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Industry Standard gives audiences a unique perspective into the entertainment business with funny and motivational interviews with Hollywood’s most successful professionals.


IleSoniq 2016! Machine Stops Top Picks

ÎleSoniq, Montreal's biggest EDM event, is just around the corner, so we've chosen for you our top five don't miss picks for your best weekend of partying possible. If you're staying home, follow @thinkbox1 on Twitter and @ÎleSoniq on Instagram for full in-progress coverage of the festival.

*Visit the ÎleSoniq website for the latest updates to the schedule.

1. Skrillex


The Machine Stops Meets Woulg: Interview with Greg Debicki

Festival season is in full swing, and just around the corner is the five-day psytrance and techno extravaganza known as Eclipse Festival. It takes place this year in Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, where all will be surrounded by beautiful scenery, but most of all, by beautiful music. I had the opportunity to talk to Montreal-based composer and new media artist Woulg last week about his music and his perception of the psychedelic scene. Initially I told him the interview was going to be twenty minutes long and we ended up talking for almost an entire hour.


CJLOXJFL THE COMMONWEALTH CONUNDRUM INTERVIEWS

On Tuesday, April 26th, The Commonwealth Conundrum held special broadcast live from Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival! Rebecca Munroe from The Commonwealth Conundrum (Tuesdays at 6pm) hosted the show with Patricia Petit Liang from Fatal Attraction (Mondays at 11am)! Together, they conducted amazing surprise interviews with some of JFL's most charming performers! #JFLMTL

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