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Tall Shadows & Monogamy, Le Cactus, January 18th 2017

As I understand, last night’s performance was meant to be held at l’Escogriffe, but since it is currently under renovation, the event was moved to Le Cactus, a small showroom next door . Great little spot. Supposedly doubling as a dance studio, the venue’s side wall is lined entirely with full-sized mirrors, perfectly suitable for the disco ball and lasers bouncing all over the room. Unfortunately, not nearly enough people made it to last night’s performance, but this does not at all take from the music. The bands were great.

Tall Shadows, a band truly coming into their own, blows my mind everytime I see them play (I suppose I am biased as their frontman and songwriter is my beloved roommate, Owen Fairbairn). They have such a range in sound, from jazzy off-beat pop songs, to orchestral movements, to hyper-phazed droning grunge, all expertly transitioning from one to the next through the use of atmospheric samples and orchestral string parts. Laurence Gaudreau bows her cello masterfully, adding a chamber-like texture to their full sound, gracefully filling any space left empty in the music, and even coming into the forefront in their quieter arrangements. The rhythm section, Frank Gallant on bass and Brandon Goodwin on drums, is incredibly tight, their jazz backgrounds keeping the strange time changes and mood swings in focus. It allows Fairbairn to sing in perfectly crafted melody, even sprinkling in beautiful falsetto when the moment is right. Clearly inspired by his background in classical violin, he fingers spidery sweeping guitar chords through the use of counterpoint, syncopation, and cadence to arrange unexpected but unchangeable melodic and rhythmic structure, while expertly manning an arsenal of effects, resulting in one of the fullest, most interesting guitar sounds I’ve heard in some time. No need for a loop pedal here, he can make it work, exploring only the most effective melodic arrangements within the monolithic structures he creates willy-nilly. Tall Shadows has an album in the works which should be out sooner than later, and I truly hope it gets the attention it deserves. I’ve heard snippets of it here and there while he mixes in his bedroom, and I can attest that it’ll blow your socks off if like me, you find Maroon 5 unlistenable. Keep an eye out for this band in the future, you won’t regret it. Owen asked me to mention the band’s sex appeal.

On next was Monogamy, and the show took a distinct turn. Santosh Lalonde, on accordion and vocals, fronts another tough group to categorize. Definitely finding its footing in Tom Waits style cabaret music, using Black Sabbath inspired song structure and heaviness, and yet employing wavy surf-guitar to keep it fresh and jivin’, Monogamy is the kind of band that will please everyone. Just watch the pints swinging back and forth overhead. Lalonde has so much stage presence, you’ll find yourself grinning from ear to ear for as long as they’re playing. Between well-timed blasts of the dry ice machine filling the room with that godawful smell of rock’n’roll, you’ll find yourself laughing at Lalonde barking incomprehensibly as though Hunter Thompson incarnate was on stage, or else from his little comedic bits between songs involving lasers cutting through him. He and the rest of the band were truly at home on stage and changed the vibe of the small quiet crowd to a bunch of rowdy space pirates. Unfortunately, we had to take off for metro o’clock and missed the end of the set. Such are the woes of living in the Sud-Ouest. 

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Sarah Boumedda, Jeremiah Ho, Michael Foldvari & Patricia Petit Liang

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LOCAL
By Michael Foldvari

Héma-Quebec refused to allow a transgender citizen donate blood on Thursday.  
 
According to CBC News, Héma-quebec has no policy in place to accommodate transgender individuals. 
Héma-Quebec states that it is taking steps to better accommodate the transgender community and donors in the future. 

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Members of Toronto Pride voted to adopt a list of demands put forward by the city's chapter of Black Lives Matter at their annual general meeting on Tuesday.

According to CTV News, their requests included banning police presence from the parade and increasing their efforts to represent marginalized communities.

The majority of Toronto Pride members present at the AGM voted in favor of adopting all of the new policies.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Sarah Boumeddah

Rescuers are still searching for survivors at a hotel that was struck by an avalanche in central Italy earlier this week.
 
According to BBC News, the avalanche occurred after four earthquakes shook the area.
Rescuers have discovered two bodies, and the search for thirty five more people, including three children, continues in the freezing weather and snow.
 

INTERNATIONAL
By Jeremiah Ho

At least 20 firefighters were killed after a 17-story building in Tehran caught fire and collapsed on Thursday.

According to BBC News, another 70 people were injured in the collapse.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire due to previous concerns about the building’s safety.

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18TH 2017

Hosted by Michael Foldvari 

Stories by Michael Foldvari, Olivia O'Malley & Patricia Petit Liang

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The Sureté du Québec is investigating the violent killings of two dogs in Montérégie.

According to CTV News, officers discovered the lifeless bodies of Yoshi and Tonka, who had gone missing four days earlier, inside of a ditch in Saint-Valérien-de-Milton on Sunday.

A resident in the nearby town of Sainte-Cécile-de-Milton told authorities that an SUV driver tried to steal their dog around the same time as this tragedy.

 

NATIONAL
By Olivia O’Malley

A fire in Milltown-Head of Bay d’Espoir, Newfoundland destroyed a high school, townhall and RCMP station on Tuesday.

According to CBC News, Donald Craig MacHaight of Morrisville is now facing three counts of intentional cause of damage by fire.

Nobody has been injured and building damages are currently being assessed.

  

INTERNATIONAL
By Michael Foldvari

A Nigerian military jet mistakenly bombed a camp of displaced people in the city of Rann, near the border of Camaroon this past Tuesday.

According to BBC News, the camp was mistakenly thought to belong to the Boko Haram terrorist group, who are also present in the area

52 civilians & aid volunteers were killed and more than 200 were injured as a result of the bombing

 

Cindy Lee & Deerhunter, Le National, January 15th 2017

Photo: Allison O'Reilly 

I was ecstatic to hear that Cindy Lee and Deerhunter, two of my favourite recording artists, would be playing at Le National on a cold Sunday night. The beautiful old theater slowly filled with people eager to bliss out to droning treble.

On came Cindy Lee, Patrick Flegel’s feedback pop project manifesting in the wake of his prior band, Women, probably the best band of the decade in my opinion. The new Cindy Lee album, Act of Tenderness, is a melodramatic pop masterpiece (a word I do not use lightly) droning in helplessness and noise. Knowing nothing of the show prior to the performance, one would expect the see a full band with many guitars and pedals and wires and maybe some tape machines. Instead the audience was surprised to witness Patrick Flegel dressed in drag, clad in a leather short skirt, a fur coat and transparent blouse, topping a blonde bob wig. An explosive assault of dissonant feedback ushered her into her performance. Pre recorded songs played over the speakers while she sang into a reverb and treble layered microphone mix, piercing and projecting her sincerity into the crowd with extreme elegance and poise, while a woman played bass or picked at a lapsteel guitar, filling any unoccupied space with glassy swirling slides. The audience was not quite sure how to react, but the longer it went on, the more moving it became. She swayed and swooned through her rendition of 60’s doowop, injecting into the mix a wall of sonic desperation, truly establishing an eerie feeling of unrequited love. The audience fought to hold back tears as she sang and looked everyone in the eye individually it seemed, sharing the burden between one another. She finished her last song, whispered a thank you to mixed applause, and vanished off stage. Like watching a myth disappear over the horizon onto sunset.

After the intermission, the audience erupted in cheer and delight as Deerhunter, tonight’s headliner, came on stage and the floor lights faded out. They launched into the heavy psychedelic intro to Comfort Me, organ-like synth pads and wavy whammy bar chords evaporating and shimmering over everyone. Bradford Cox, the band’s frontman, comes out from backstage and everyone goes wild, just as the intro transitions into the jangly pop bulk of the song. I’m a huge fan of Deerhunter’s records, which tend to favour trippy mellow ballads, but this was clearly to be a rock’n’roll performance. The disco bass lines and aggressive punk drums took the sound in a different direction. Cox followed suit, wailing and shouting, instead of adhering to the recorded material’s mumble melodies. Cox came off as a master of the stage, dancing all over the place, interacting with front row girlies, and even with his own band in comedic lil’ bits, breaking now and then to grab a guitar and mash out a solo. I’m not a fan of big arena rock, and it all seemed overperformed to me, however the audience was really into it and moved around as much as any indie rock crowd ever will. The band was super tight, transitioning smoothly between huge rock movements to spaced out noise jams (which I enjoyed more, but I’m a drone nerd). Cox told old stories of good times spent in Montreal and was thankful to be back in the city they hold dear to their hearts, and I’m inclined to agree with them. What a city. At this rate, I’ll lose my hearing by 30.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
 

Michael Brown hopes to one day join his Tralfarnadorian brethren in transtemporal enlightenment, but until then begrudgingly occupies time playing music, writing, and working in the great Canadian wilderness. 

Dangereens + Barry Paquin Roberge @ Le Cactus

January 12, 2017

There is no doubt that 2016 was a hard year for music fans everywhere, but in Montreal the closing of L'escogriffe after their annual New Year's Eve show, for four months of renovations, was one final kick in the nuts to the local music scene from the year that tried to kill music. Luckily for us, the good people behind the music at L'esco have moved shop, one door over and one floor up, to Le Cactus, so the music doesn't have to stop. Le Cactus proved to be a perfect temporary replacement for the cozy confines of our beloved subterranean spot. With a couple of sofas framing the small dance floor and small makeshift stage, the room had the feel of a house venue and the perfect place to start 2017 off on the right foot with two of Montreal's newest bands.

First up was the premier of Dangereens, with the disco ball throwing light around the room, they launched into a full throttle, power pop rock and roll set that would have Alex Chilton and Marc Bolan dancing in their graves. The fact that this was their first live gig was incredible and made me wonder if they were playing cover songs, but speaking with frontman Hugo Chartrand afterwards, he confirmed that they were are all originals. Anyone who saw his previous band, Loose Pistons, will tell you that Chartrand always had star quality, and now he has formed the band that allows him to fully express it. It also seems that he has found his musical soulmate in Félix Brisson, an incredible guitar player who slipped in soulful yet virtuoso solos into every song without ever sounding indulgent or wanky. Throw in a thumping rhythm section of Dusty Myles (bass) and Yan Berthiaume (drm), and you have the makings of a band that is about to blow up on a much larger scale than the stage they graced tonight. With their first single about to drop, expect to hear from them very soon and often.

Next up was another relatively new band, Barry Paquin Roberge. Formed out of the ashes of Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors and playing only their 10th gig, their blend of glammy-disco-jazz-rock-fusion quickly got the dance floor moving. If that description sounds odd it is because this is a band that has a sound that is hard to describe, if I had to put a different label on it would probably be better to simply call it sexy music. Fronted by the two-headed beast of Alexis Roberge (gtr/voc) and Etienne Barry (key/voc), they led the crowd through a list of songs that touched on many genres, from Steely Dan-esque jazz-rock to '60s bubble-gum pop to keyboard driven space-rock interludes, but it never sounded disjointed. BPR sounds like a band of musicians who love many styles of music and know how to honour them all. With one single out, Pawnshop Bargain, and a debut album on the way, this is another band set to make some big waves in the music scene, both locally and beyond, and I can't wait to go along for the ride. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to see them, do yourself a favour and go.

After the bands were done, the in-house DJ decided to play T.Rex's Electric Warrior in its entirety, which to me was the perfect way to end the night.

Next shows:

Dangereens w/ Monogamy and 3 Dead Gremmies, Jan 21, 2017 @ Brasserie Beaubien

Barry Paquin Roberge w/ Les Breastfeeders and Penny Diving, Feb 2, 2017 @ Matahari Loft

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Prince Palu hosts The Go-Go Radio Magic Show, every Friday night from 6 to 8pm. Tune in. Turn on. Freak OUT! Only on CJLO.

 

NEWS FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 16TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Jeremiah Ho, Karl Knox & Michael Foldvari

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Jeremiah Ho

The Sûreté du Quebec continues to search for the body of Eric Boutin, a Waswanipi, Quebec man who went missing on January 9.

According to CBC News, Boutin went missing during a snowmobile trip after work.

Boutin is survived by his wife and two children, ages 8 and 12. 

 

NATIONAL
By Michael Foldvari

Iqaluit man, Jovan Simic and his dogsled team fell through the ice while trying to cross the Sylvia Grinnell River on Saturday.

According to CBC News, Simic used an SOS device to call for help and nearby dogsled teams as well as emergency officials arrived immediately.

Thanks to the reaction time of the responders, both Simic and his dogs were left unharmed following this incident.
 

INTERNATIONAL
By Karl Knox

A boat carrying nearly 100 refugees sank off the coast of Libya on its way to Italy on Saturday.
The UN's Refugee Agency, which recorded 5000 undocumented immigrant drownings in the Mediterranean in 2016, reported that 8 bodies were discovered, 4 survivors werre rescued and that 90 people are still missing.
 
Doctors Without Borders assisted the Italian Coast Guard in the rescue of 550 immigrants on Friday and described current state of affairs as "horrific."

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Patricia Petit Liang

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

A giant fire destroyed a building in Kahnawake on Thursday morning.

According to CBC News, 50 firefighters from Kahnawake, Mercier, Saint-Isidore, Châteauguay and Saint-Rémi came to help.

The Kahnawake Peacekeepers are currently working with provincial police technicians to determine the source of the flames.

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

British Columbian chief and champion of indigenous rights, Arthur Manuel, has passed away at the age of 66.

According to CTV News, Manuel was a survivor of the residential school system and was a passionate defender of indigenous rights.

Manuel will be remembered fondly for his environmental activism and work to improve Canada’s land-claim policies.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Hungarian camerawoman, Petra Laszlo, has been sentenced to three years of probation after kicking refugees who were fleeing from police at the Hungarian-Serbian border.

According to BBC News, Laszlo kicked a young girl and tripped a man who was holding a child in his arms.

Right-wing television network, N1TV, fired Lazlo after footage of her harming the refugees surfaced on the internet.

Today on Yonic Youth: The Future is Female [3PM]

Today on Yonic Youth!

Christina is speaking with Toronto based comedian, Natalie Norman of The Crimson Wave. They will fill you in on her funny feminist practice, and the show she is organizing tonight in Montreal! Tune in to be reminded why The Future is Female and learn why you want to spend this Friday evening at Psychic City. 

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CJLO 1690AM is looking for a full-time Director of Promotions, Sponsorship and Funding. Our ideal candidate for lives and breathes community radio and is ready to take our station to the next level. If you think this position is for you, head over to our Job Postings page for full details. 

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Mogwai Calls In to Dirty Work This Thursday 1/12/17

Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite will be calling into "Dirty Work" early in the show this afternoon to talk about their latest score for the documentary Atomic and their upcoming performance of said score in Montreal January 31st - tickets are still available!

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