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Chairs at Vices & Versa

    Vice & Versa was the perfect setting for last night’s 5 à 7 performance. One can chat, sip any of their 32 beers on draft, and munch on deliciously pretty burgers or appetizers with friends. But this is not a review of Vice & Versa, but rather the band who played the quaint venue, Chairs.

    Clearly playing to the small room, the band established a subdued feel and comfortable volume, while maintaining the drive of a band cut loose. Ian Jarvis, the band’s frontman and singer, talksang like a man somewhere between Jeff Tweedy and Tom Petty, the resonance of his voice punching through walls of trebled-out guitar hooks, feedback, glitched-out synth pads, and droning saxophone wails, all engineered by the talented multi-instrumentalist Matt LeGroulx. The rhythm section was tight and felt more like a jazz band, with gentle ratatats and bass lines acting as the chair on which Chairs sits. Even the bartenders were grooving to the beat. Their sound varied, from sincere psychpop songs to hypnotic drawn out prog-rock jams.

    The show finished early, for sleepy Sunday afternoon sippers and music goers to head home, watch a movie, and still get to bed at a reasonable hour.

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH 2016

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Jeremiah Ho. Michael Foldvari & Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Michael Foldvari & Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
by Jeremiah Ho

Wildlife protection officers apprehended two networks of alleged poachers in the Mauricie region on Wednesday, after two years of investigation.

According to CBC News, 59 people are facing 320 charges and could receive fines over $500,000 if found guilty.

The networks allegedly hunted and resold moose, deer and walleye fish.   
 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The federal government will compensate cattle ranchers who were affected by the bovine tuberculosis quarantine on Thursday.

According to CTV News, more than 36 cattle operations in Western Canada were placed under quarantine while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency tried to pinpoint the source of the outbreak.

A House of Commons committee stated that the government needs to provide the Canadian Food Inspection Agency more resources in order to manage this outbreak as quickly as possible.

INTERNATIONAL
By Michael Foldvari

Syria’s Civil Defense, otherwise known as ‘the white helmets’ have been struggling to provide adequate support to the victims of the ongoing war in Aleppo.

According to Reuters, the white helmets are primarily a volunteer organization who require external assistance from humanitarian organizations in order to provide aid.

As freezing conditions set in, immediate action is required to provide victims with necessary sustenance and medical support to avoid an outbreak of mass starvation. 

  

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD 2016

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Michael Foldvari & Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Michael Foldvari

Quebec City started releasing wastewater into the St. Laurence River on Tuesday morning.

According to CBC News, these dumps will allow for maintenance work to be performed on the city’s sewage treatment system.

These dumps will continue into early December, with the total amount of sewage reaching 135 million liters.

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The Canadian government is trying to regulate e-cigarettes and ban the sale of vaping products to citizens under the age of 18.

According to CBC News, a new act has been proposed to amend the Tobacco act and regulate the manufacturing, sale and labelling of e-cigarettes.

Health Canada has found that although using e-cigarettes can reduce the risk of tobacco-related death and disease, it still carries potential health risks for vapers nationwide.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Authorities defended their decision to spray protesters with water in freezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Monday.

According to CTV News, at least 17 protesters were hospitalized and many were treated for hypothermia.

Protestors received additional treatment for injuries after being shot in the head with rubber bullets and one protester had a heart attack during their encounter with the police.

Today @ 1PM: The Jezabels on Ashes to Ashes

Tune into Ashes to Ashes this afternoon at 1pm to hear an interview with Australian quartet the Jezabels! The group, consisting of vocalist Hayley Mary, guitarist Samuel Lockwood, keyboardist Heather Shannon, and drummer Nik Kaloper, will be bringing the anthems from their most recent album, Synthia, to Montreal this Saturday, November 26 th at L’Astral.

Ashes to Ashes is your weekly dose of music from the 1980's that has stood the test of time, featuring bits of indie rock, alt-country, electronic, hip-hop, funk, and even a dash of reggae; hosted by Alex, every Tuesday from 1-2 PM!

NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST 2016

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Jeremiah Ho, Karl Knox & Michael Foldvari

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang & Michael Foldvari

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Michael Foldvari

Montreal’s ‘election night shooter’ Richard Bain, was sentenced to life in prison this past Friday.

According to CBC News, Bain, left one dead and another injured during his attack on the post-election victory rally of former Parti Quebecois leader, Pauline Marois, on September 4th 2012.

Bain, who is currently 66 years old, will be required to serve a minimum sentence of 20 years before he is eligible for parole.  
 

NATIONAL
By Jeremiah Ho

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Vancouver on Saturday to protest the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

According to CTV News, the mayor of Vancouver and First Nations Leaders participated in the march against the proposed $6.8 million project.

The pipeline poses a threat to First Nations land rights, and is a risk for environmental disasters.

Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to deliver a decision on the pipeline by December 19. 

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Karl Knox

An express train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh derailed, killing 119 people, and leaving 150 others injured.

According to Reuters, the death toll is expected to rise with many of the survivors in critical condition, while many are still missing.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made the modernization of India's railway one his governments primary goals.

 

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH 2016

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Chinatown’s famous Robillard Building was destroyed by a fire on Thursday morning.

According to CBC News, the building had housed Canada’s first movie theater and was in a state of disrepair after years of neglect.

No officials have commented on the source of the fire.
 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Police in Vancouver have arrested a 46 year old man for stealing baby formula and selling it to China.

According to CTV News, the suspect had stolen $100,000 worth of baby formula.

These thefts account for 70% of all of the stolen baby formula in Metro Vancouver.
 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Sergio Lozano, the former mayor of the Mexican state of Coahuila, was arrested on Thursday for his involvement in one of the worst massacres committed by the Zetas cartel.

According to Reuters, Lozano was arrested on kidnapping charges and allegedly played a role in the deaths of more than 300 people.

A government report stated that gang members and municipal police abducted the residents of Allende and that it was impossible for Lozano to have been unaware of their actions.

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Tegan & Sara Trade in Their Guitars for Synthesizers

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I was waiting in line for the Tegan and Sara show at Metropolis. I was familiar with their album Sainthood and actually saw them open for Paramore on their Honda Civic Tour in 2009. Since then, their sound and style have done a complete 180. When I saw that they were coming to Montreal, I bought a ticket without even thinking. I haven’t listened to any of their new stuff besides their hit song “Closer” from their last album Heartthrob. Now, touring and playing material from their eighth record Love You To Death I knew nothing and no one going.

Before I threw on my black leggings and choker I brushed up on my Tegan and Sara. I listened to Sainthood, some stuff from the Con and some new songs off their album like “Stop Desire” and “Boyfriend”. I wasn’t too keen on all their new stuff since it I was so used to the indie rock songs Chris Walla helped produce on Sainthood, my favorite Tegan and Sara album. Boy was that sound long gone!

The doors opened at 6:30PM, giving a whopping hour and a half to wait for the first act: Too Attached. I was unfamiliar with the group but their performance was heartfelt enough to resonate with me even after the show. Consisting of brother and sister Shamik and Vivek, Too Attached played two or three songs one of them about Vivek's struggle with coming out as transgender. They also included a tribute to Tegan and Sara by performing a beatbox performance of “So Jealous”. Right after Two Attached, no time was wasted in getting Torres on stage who gave an intense performance to say the least!

Finally, after the long wait Tegan and Sara took the stage at 9:30. With their stage setup like a dance party was about to break out, they started off with their old hit “Back in Your Head”. Instead of playing it in that sweet cutesy medley they gave the song a techno beat out of a 1980s music video. As they played old songs throughout the set like “Northshore”, “Walking With a Ghost” and my favorite “Living Room”, they played them with an electronic beat that was almost hypnotic. I didn’t see Tegan and Sara pick up a guitar until they played “The Con” and “Call it Off” acoustic.   

The absolute best part of the show was the lighting. Usually lighting isn’t something I notice at a concert but the lights they used were really apparent but in a good way. The lighting, the music, and the style really made me feel like Cyndi Lauper and Madonna were going to join them on stage at some point. And of course, I can’t talk about the Tegan and Sara concert without mentioning the amazingly beautiful awkward dancing.

They interacted with the audience by allowing a fan who was dressed in a penguin costume and another fan dressed as Pikachu to dance on stage during their single “Stop Desire”. The show had a fun upbeat tone that was lacking in their previous performances.

Overall, I think new and old Tegan and Sara fans cannot only be satisfied with their albums but also their live performances! Although it seems that they seldom play their own instruments on stage, they still continue to incorporate witty banter and storytelling, which has become a trademark of their shows.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Coming from a small town in New Jersey, Fallon DiBlasio has always had an interest in coming to Montreal and taking part in it's music scene. Her music taste lies in indie rock from bands like Arcade Fire, The Killers, The Last Shadow Puppets, and Jake Bugg. Besides music, Fallon enjoys sewing, watching movies, and reading Stephen King novels. Overall, Fallon is excited to join the CJLO team and contribute in any way she can!

Mundial Montreal Spotlight and Give-Away on "Champs of the Local Scene"

Mundial Montreal, The Gateway to North America's World Music Network, is back for its 6th edition, November 15-18th with the theme Music Without Boarders. From spotlights on Aboriginal Sounds, Canadian and International artists, learn how a group of musicians and music lovers work together by creating music projects to help heal communities.

With some of the best world music artists from Canada and abroad, panels and workshops, showcases, and networking activities, you are surely to discover a new sound or make a new friend! 

Listen to "Champions of the Local Scene" today from 6-7pm with guest host, Kelly Belfo, for more information on all of the panels, activities, and showcases Mundial Montreal has to offer. Stick around for the full hour because CJLO will also be giving away a pair of tickets to the highly anticipated show, NIYAZ - The Fourth Light Project

If you want to get a head start, check out the complete schedule showcase here!

Kelly Belfo is CJLO's World Music Director and founder of "Beat The World" hosted by Mr Neil Lalla, Saturdays noon-2pm

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH 2016

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Kahnawake residents protested the Dakota Pipeline this Tuesday.

According to CTV News, they were acting in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

Citizens have been protesting the development of the Dakota Pipeline since April.

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Edmonton member of parliament Randy Boissonnault has become the prime minister’s special adviser on LGBTQ issues.

According to CBC News, Boissonnault is trying to improve the rights of sexual and gender minorities and is currently in the process of writing an apology for the years of discrimination they faced from the government.

Boissonnault stated that between the 1950s and 1990s, more than 9000 federal public servants lost their jobs due to discrimination.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The United Nations reported that 75 000 children are at risk of dying of hunger in Nigeria.

According to BBC News, 14 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance after Boko Haram militants left the region.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed and nearly 2 million people have been displaced since Boko Haram began their operations in Nigeria in 2009.

 
 

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