Red Bull Music Academy Radio: Northern Lights with a l l i e

Tune into Red Bull Music Academy Radio's Northern Lights, today at 6:00 pm Johnny Hockin talks to future-soul singer a l l i e about making DIY hip hop and r&b in Toronto, and we meet some of her collaborators as she takes us on a tour of the city’s underground.

Future soul vocalist a l l i e is not afraid of working hard. In this feature interview, she talks about the labour behind her latest record Nightshade, a DIY affair involving some of Toronto’s most talented underground musicians and producers. We also hear from two of these figures, Harrison and Birthday Boy, who drop by the studio to tell us about what it’s like to work with a l l i e, and how she retains such a strong vision in the studio.
a l l i e drops a playlist that maps out the city’s vibrant hip hop and r&b scenes, showcasing meteoric up-and-comers like Clairmont the Second and Charlotte Day Wilson alongside scene stalwarts like The Kount and 2nd Son. In a city that gets a lot of its reputation from one artist’s towering -- ahem -- Views, a l l i e shows us what Toronto looks like at street level.

To learn more about Northern Lights:

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• @RedBullRadio on FB
• @johnnyhockin on twitter


Produced by Jessica Ramirez-Jaschek



Written by Loren O’Brien-Egesborg

A 14-year-old Jehova’s Witness with cancer at the McGill University Health Centre is set to receive blood transfusions after a judge authorized the decision.

According to CTV News, minors over 14 years old can refuse certain treatments but the Health Centre sought a judge’s permission to overrule the minors decision.

If the patient did not receive the blood transfusion they could have suffered from neurological damage.



Written by Luca Caruso-Moro

Toronto police officers have received a hearing date for allegations of misconduct after woman with Down syndrome filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal, stating the officers mocked her for her condition.

According to CTV News, recorded evidence depicts two officers allegedly discriminating against the victim on Nov. 5th, 2016. The officers have since issued an apology, describing their actions as “a lapse in judgement.”

The hearing will take place on October 18.



Written by Shelby Thevenot

Canada’s national Inuit group, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, has given the first Cultural Repatriation Award to Chicago’s Field Museum and the Nunatsiavut government in Labrador.

According to CBC News the remains of 22 Inuit were removed from their graves in 1927 and brought to Chicago. After three years of negotiations they were returned to Nunatsiavut in 2011.

The following year the Field Museum signed a memorandum of understanding with Nunatsiavut to create research opportunities and collaborative exhibits involving shared learning.

The Inuit Cultural Repatriation Award will be presented next week.



Written By Ana Bilokin

Rescue efforts continue after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico this Tuesday, killing 286 people and leaving many more trapped under rubble and debris.

According to Reuters, the extensive damage of the homes is putting Mexico at risk of experiencing a housing shortage in the following weeks.


A Look at the FME

Spanning four days, Thursday through Sunday, the 15th edition of the Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FME) took place over the Labor Day weekend in Rouyn-Noranda.

The picturesque city was filled with bustle with many venues across the city sponsoring events, not to mention the many spontaneous concerts popping up around the festival area. Be it in alleyways or at a garage station parking lot, with the musicians lit by parked cars, surprises could be found around every corner. For those up late, The Wildtones, Deke Dickerson and Bloodshot Bill had you covered with their midnight rambles at Au Diable Rond. Pre-dawn parties were taken to the extreme, like the Saturday night electronica event at Petit Théåtre du Vieux Noranda with Montreal local DJ WYLN closing the hall just about when the sun rose Sunday morning, a bit after 5 a.m.

A Tribe Called Red headlined the first night of the festival with a tremendous outdoor concert at the Scène extérieure Desjardins. The trio of DJs were part of a strong aboriginal presence, highlighted by Makwa. Other highlights of the festival was Friday night with Montreal band Elephant Stone and New York’s A Place To Bury Strangers. Les Dales Hawerchuk felt the love Saturday night. Sunday night was death metal night, a great way to end any festival. Abitibi band Black Empire started the evening and, all the way from Sweden, Marduk finished the night.

Was the festival worth the seven hour drive and the really, really bad cold this reporter caught (which delayed this article immensely)? Oh ya!

1 (above). Late night rockabilly with Deke Dickerson (guitar) Nadeem Khan on bass and Bloodshot Bill on drums.

2. Thus Owls had musicians on stage and in the audience for their concert.

3. Pierre Kwenders gets the crowd involved at Scène extérieure Desjardins.

4. Cajun bluegrass band Canailles at Espace Lounge Hydro-Québec.

5. Zen Bamboo.

6. A car light illuminates the impromptu concert.

7. I Shot Samo at Scène Évolu-Son.

8. A crowded house for King Abid at Espace Lounge Hydro-Quebec.

9. Another guitar bites the dust during A Place To Bury Strangers.

10. Makwa participants pose for a group photograph.

11. Lots of atmosphere during Elephant Stone’s set.

12. Audeath (left in makeup) of Black Empire joins the audience awaiting Marduk’s set.

13. Crowd surfing during a Tribe Called Red.

14. Laurence Giroux-Do of Le Couleur at Scène Évolu-Son.

15. Can’t forget the drummers. Fredrik Widigs of Marduk.

16. Founded in Rennes, France in 2009. The Decline!

17. Philippe B performs at Agora des Arts.

18. Alexandre Picard of Lubik.

19. Guitar hero Hubert Jacob set up shop in an alley.

20. New York death metal band Incantation.

21. Mortuus lead singer of Marduk.

22. End of the show. Les Dales Hawerchuk.

FUNDrive Starts on Friday!

CJLO's annual FUNDrive begins with a BANG! 
Join us this Friday, September 22nd at Casa del Popolo for a stellar hip-hop show, featuring Hua Li, Adhoc and TshizimbaOr if you're predisposed to something a bit heavier, join us at Piranha Bar on Saturday, September 23rd for CJLO's Metal Showcase, featuring Special OpsCRNKSHFT and more!
Also, this week on a special Funding Drive edition of Grade A Explosives (4 - 6PM Sunday), Andrew will be "community radioing" at a peak level showcasing local Montreal and Quebec content. As such, he'll be talking to Montreal based The Great Russian Empire about being a two piece, their latest album, Low Ends, Montreal's scene, and how they rigged the US election... allegedly.
Tune in from 4 - 6PM.
For more information on our Raffle with over $10,000 in prizes, our many events between September 22nd and 30th, and how to get your hands on our new merch, visit our Funding Drive website located HERE


The Force Academy

Not located in a galaxy far far away (rather, just a short distance from the Lachine Canal), the Force Academy offers a unique experience where you'll be able to awaken the Jedi Knight or Sith Lord in you for a day.

If you are like me and are anxiously awaiting Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I could guarantee your time at The Force Academy suck you in the environment as participants are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character as the score of the films play, as you advance through the exercises.

The welcoming, knowledgeable, bilingual and well-trained in lightsaber combat staff will assist you in learning the choreography. You'll be surprised to learn that there are several different types of traditional lightsaber fighting styles!

There are only a few things in the Star Wars universe more iconic than the sound of the lightsaber powering on, which makes choosing from The Force Academy’s wide array of Lightsaber replicas rather challenging. Do you pick blue or green and fight on the side of the Jedi, or red and become a Sith Lord? The next thing you'll have the opportunity to choose from is the sound of the lightsaber either from the original trilogy, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One.

The Force Academy is ideal for work, birthday, or bachelor party events. To fully embrace the saber combat, I highly recommend going with a group of twenty or more! For more information, visit their website.

The Force Academy. 580 rue de Courcelle, Montréal.


Montreal International Black Film Festival


The 13th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival will be held from September 27 to October 1, 2017. It features 66 films from 25 countries; created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, Canada’s biggest black film festival returns for a breathtaking 13th year that promises to be inspiring, shocking, entertaining, moving, thought-provoking, and surprising. The program features international and North American films as well as Quebec premieres, an MIBFF Black Market space dedicated to the cinema 

If you want a more comprehensive overview, check out their press release HERE

2nd Annual Peace Walk


CJLO stands in support of Student Tasty Biryani Restaurant's 2nd annual Peace Walk on Sunday, September 17th!


Gathering point: 1550 maisonneuve west

Gathering time: 12.30 pm / Walk starts: 1:00 pm

Walk route: From Guy towards Sherbrooke, down on University, back on St. Catherine till starting point


Following are the basic objectives to be achieved:

1. To avoid the wastage of food and feed the homeless

2. Make a food basket, collect the extra food from restaurants, and deliver to the hungry

3. Promote better education, health, environment and the eradication of poverty

4. Promote the creation of a peace treaty amongst all countries and direct time, money and energy towards the positive development of the world


For more information head to their FACEBOOK EVENT HERE



Hosted by Jessica Ramirez-Jaschek

Produced by Jessica Ramirez-Jaschek



by Shelby Thevenot


Montreal police are looking at new information in connection with the death of Siasi Tullaugak, an Inuk woman, who was found dead at her apartment on August 28.

According to CBC News the death had originally been treated as a suicide. Tullaugak’s sister, said that the 27 year-old mother had not appeared suicidal, but that she had feared that her life was in danger.

The Executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, Nakuset, has praised the SPVM for taking another look into Tullaugaks death.  



by Loren O'Brien-Egesborg


Waterton Alberta is still under strict evacuation orders despite the rainfall it received over Wednesday night.

According to CTV News the Kenow fire has not gotten larger providing a better chance of survival for the animals living in the area.

Since the fire did not occur during nesting season, birds do have a higher chance at survival.



by Luca Caruso-Moro


Two attacks occurring near [nah-sih-REE-ah] Nasiriya, Iraq left an estimated 60 dead and 90 injured yesterday.

BBC News reports that a suicide bomber and gunmen are responsible for the first attack which occurred in a local restaurant. The second attack was caused by a car bomb going off at a nearby checkpoint.

Local rescuers worked quickly to help clear the affected areas of all remains and wreckage.



by Ana Bilokin


A fire at a religious boarding school in Kuala Lumpur killed 21 students and 2 teachers early Thursday morning.

According to BBC News, the victims may have been unable to escape due to metal grilles on the dormitory window.

The cause of the fire, which began in the sleeping quarters, is not yet confirmed however, police suspect the cause was a short circuit or lit mosquito coil.


Peter Tägtgren on Grade A Explosives

A fourth week of interviews on Grade A Explosives and this week is a pretty big one. Andrew sat down with half of Lindemann and Hypocrisy and PAIN lead singer / guitarist Peter Tägtgren before the PAIN / Orphaned Land show at Katacombes on Tuesday (September 12). They talked about his numerous musical projects, what the music industry is like now, and what the status of his projects are.
Tune in from 4 - 6PM this Sunday for this and more loud stuff!

"Brigsby Bear" Delights Lightly

Brigsby Bear is a comedy about a man in his thirties who learns that the only people he’s ever known, his loving parents, are actually two criminals who kidnapped him as a baby and brainwashed him into believing the outside world was (literally) toxic. His favorite TV show and the target of his obsessive fanboyism, the hilariously surreal lo-fi production Brigsby Bear, is really a propaganda tool created by his fake father, played by Mark Hammill (who is a joy, although not overburdened with things to do in the film).

Directed by Dave McCary, whose previous experience involves directing Saturday Night Live segments, and written by Kevin Costello and fellow SNL alum Kyle Mooney (who also stars), the film notably eschews the sophomoric humor and lowest-common-denominator laughs one might expect from such a team in favor of an unexpected sincerity and compassion for its characters.

The material (with themes like kidnapping, brainwashing, and alienation) is quite dark, but the film skates lightly above its subject matter, never delving into the heavy implications of its story, or realistically addressing what would be an extreme level of traumatization in the real world. There is no long dark tea-time of the soul for James Pope (Mooney), and Brigsby is by no means a deep movie, but it is sweet and strange and sincere. It’s clear that the creators had a great time making the film, and that director Dave McCary has a great love for the craft of filmmaking.

The movie is sprinkled with SNL alums, with Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins playing Mooney’s newfound birth parents competently, if not transcendently. An extended cameo of Andy Samberg (also a producer of the film) mugging for the camera and generally being Andy Samberg-ish is a bit distracting and unnecessary, but thankfully brief. Greg Kinnear also makes a delightful appearance, and Claire Daines is given a rather slight and thankless role, which she enacts in kind. Mooney himself strikes the perfect tone as James, embodying a blend of childlike naïveté, deadpan emotionality, and social awkwardness that makes him eminently believable as a man who’s lived in an underground bunker away from all but two other humans for over 30 years.

There are flashes of brilliance, particularly in the creativity and charm of the low-budget practical special effects created both for James’s false world and the in-universe Brigsby show—Mark Hamill’s grotesque anthropomorphic moon/evil wizard is a particular treat (as well as a not-so-subtle nod to the OG of experimental low-tech fantasy effects, Georges Méliès).

Viewers looking for something a bit more substantial or subversive might wish that the movie had steered a bit harder into its dark themes and weirdness (and I do not exclude myself from this group), but in the end, Brigsby is a delightfully fun romp that deals with the power behind the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we tell others, even if it ultimately remains firmly grounded in unnuanced optimism.

Brigsby Bear is in theaters NOW, and if you’re reading this, you should stop what you’re doing and go see it immediately!


Image: Sony Pictures.