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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH 2017

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

18 people have been arrested following a series of drug raids on Thursday.

According to CBC News, this seizure follows a collaborative 18 month investigation by the cities of Toronto, Montreal and American police forces.  

Confiscated items include: fentanyl cocaine, MDMA, methamphetamine, marijuana, THC vaporizers and other related paraphernalia.

 

NATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Dozens of children are being kept in Canadian immigration detention centres under extremely harmful living conditions.

According to CBC News, the University of Toronto's International Human Rights Program conducted a study and found that the fundamental rights of mothers and children were being violated while in immigration detention.

Parents in immigration detention are being forced to either give up their children to child protective services or have them join them in detention.

The children, who are exposed to daily physical and psychological harm, include refugees, Canadian citizens, toddlers and infants.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Police wore full riot gear while arresting peaceful protesters at the Dakota Access pipeline camp who refused to leave on Thursday.

According to CBC News, more than 625 people have been arrested over the last several months at the campsite.

Members of the The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux communities state that the Dakota Access pipeline will threaten their drinking water and have serious negative consequences on the environment.

Run The Jewels @ Métropolis - February 21st, 2017

The increasingly upward trajectory of the duo known as Run The Jewels has been an absolute joy to watch through the last few short years. Bad timing and bad luck in the past had robbed me of the chance to see them live—including one rescheduled Montreal show due to a truck fire that destroyed some of their gear and merchandise—but finally, I found myself with a ticket to the hottest show in town.

The Metropolis was already almost full when I arrived to the sold-out show, and the opening acts rewarded the early comers with an entertaining mix of RTJ-friendly ingredients. The first one up was Brooklyn DJ and producer Nick Hook who, among other things, was the recording engineer of the first Run The Jewels record back in 2013, and who was celebrating his birthday that night. Those were just two of the things that Hook mentioned in his constant jawing with the crowd, in between heavy bass drops, modern hip-hop gems and electronic sampling (including taking a snippet of Franco’s talk radio and turning it into a glitchy sample). Rather than being an opening act, Hook was more of a toastmaster and an appetizer, providing the first course to the night’s entertainment—and doing it expertly, I might add.

Jabbering with Hook on a live mic even before she got on stage, Gangsta Boo was up next. She delivered a loud and proud, ratched and raucous set of hip-hop from down south of the decency line. Hearing her spit from her Three 6 Mafia roots, clad in gold chains and a black Ramones T-shirt, she brought us a lovely mix of tales from the deepest darkest reaches of the world that your average soccer mom wouldn’t dare to tread. In between tracks like "Nasty Trick,” "Meet The Devil,” and “Weed and Cocaine,” she was downright bubbly and affectionate with the crowd, telling us all how honoured she was to be in Canada and to be invited to play with the likes of RTJ. She also acknowledged how lucky the crowd was to be there, saying she would have "killed to have had the opportunity to see Kurt Cobain, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone" live, and implying El-P and Killer Mike in that same company. It was heartwarming hype, and it would not be the last time that sentiment would strike me that night.

Although sloppy and awkward, Hook and Boo invited people from the audience to participate in their finale, appointing people to make beats and play keys, and one kid to MC (and I use that term loosely). It was handled well and rather endearingly, but I don’t think that track they made will be on any mixtape in 2017.

The final stop before the main event was The Gaslamp Killer, who is a DJ from Los Angeles and has been on tour with RTJ since the start of the 2017. He was an amazing template for the DJ-as-performer ideal. His rig included a laptop, a sampler, a microphone, and a tablet designed to mess with the songs to a further layer, and his music selection was diverse, pulling from many times and places. To illustrate what I mean, picture a song starting off as an old slow jam. Put a bass drop in there with buzzsaw drums, then move through Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, old Metallica. Finally, move your set into a full 8-Bit tribute to Jay-Z, and finish that off with music from Legend of Zelda—you now have a rough sketch of what we were treated to from GLK. This is nothing compared to the way he moved and looked while he performed: frenetic, spastic, and with the appearance of Animal from The Muppets on pills. At the close of the set, another dash of impassioned sincerity was uprooted by GLK, who expressed his thanks for being included in the tour. He also mentioned some factoids like: Run The Jewels 3 was number one on the Billboard charts despite being a self-released album, Killer Mike has an upcoming meeting with Bernie Sanders, and mayors of cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta, were in attendance at recent shows. The table was now set for the main course, and for the first time all night, we had a break from the barrage.

After the break, the lights came down and out sauntered Killer Mike and El-P with their DJ Trackstar to the Queen song “We Are the Champions”, a feel-good start from the jump. Without a delay, they blazed into “Talk To Me”, followed by “Legend Has It” and “Call Ticketron,” all from RTJ3. The crowd ate it up, chanting along to the hooks. The set was very well balanced between all three volumes of RTJ’s output, and even included the DJ Shadow track “Nobody Speak” for good measure. Gangsta Boo, who had previously foreshadowed a return, came out to rap for one of the night’s highlights, “Love Again,” this time dressed up to the nines and gyrating like an oil derrick. El-P jokingly teased retirement to instead focus on a new career in spoken word poetry, which turned out to be  an intro to “Panther Like a Panther.” Their fury at the current state of the United States was underlined by the cynical approach to the intro for “Lie, Cheat, Steal,” looking at the powers as merely crooks that made it to the top floor.

The lighting was varied and made for an exciting presentation of the duo, from twirling spotlights to strobes and colours of all kinds. The vibe remained positive, and even included a point in time where the duo reminded the audience to pick up people if they fall, give ladies some space. As a final instruction, Killer Mike had everyone in the crowd take one step back to alleviate some of the folks up front. The atmosphere created was free, fun, safe, and respectful to others, which is always nice.

The set really did a great job at being well-paced and highlighting the approaches of each of RTJ’s three releases: RTJ1 is the scrapper, RTJ2 is the animal and RTJ3 is the activist (who happens to enjoy life’s vices). The main set culminated in their eponymous album opener “Run The Jewels” as Killer Mike dedicated it to those that were in on the ground floor with them when they were playing for smaller crowds just a few years prior. Guns and fists were thrown up in the air by everyone (myself included) as we came close to the end of the show. The encore was a one-two punch of “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” from RTJ2 (no Zack de la Rocha feature, but still fantastic), followed by “Down” from RTJ3—an interesting choice to close off, but I suppose the message of the song (keeping hope in times of strife), it was a fitting way to be released out into the wild.

Even though it took me a few tries to get the pleasure to see Run The Jewels, I am thrilled to have now experienced this duo. Their friends provide unabashed joy at their craft, making a packed house scream lyrics in unison, dance and sweat together for an unforgettable Blockbuster Night.

 

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Michael Foldvari & Patricia Petit Liang

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

Montreal city council unanimously declared Montreal a sanctuary city on Monday.

According to CTV News, the city will provide regular services such as food and housing to people without status or documentation and will not report them to federal authorities.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre led this campaign and previously served as Canada's immigration minister.

 

NATIONAL
By Michael Foldvari

12 venomous snakes were stolen from a home in Thorold, Ontario on Tuesday.

According to CTV News, Ontario has some of Canada's most lenient exotic pet laws, with restrictions being placed only on killer whales and pitbulls.

Niagara Regional Police suspect that the animals were stolen for sale into the exotic animal industry, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Patricia Petit Liang

The former head of the National Intelligence Agency in Gambia has been detained for torturing and killing the political opponents of former president Yahya Jammeh.

According to Reuters, former directors Yankuba Badgie, Sheikh Omar Jeng and 51 other people working directly for Jammeh were arrested this week.

The National Intelligence Agency was infamous for being the state's most feared institution and is being reformed by the Gambia's new leader, President Adama Barrow.

At the Movies Review on Location - Moonlight

At The Movies (With Iconic Sounds) is starting a new segment called At The Movies Review On Location. In this episode, Remi and Brendon review the film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. Considered one of the most talked about films of this past year, the movie tackles race identity and sexuality, which is more than Richard Linklater's Boyhood was ever able to achieve. In addition, Remi reflects upon films of the year based on true stories, such as Sully, Snowden, and The Birth of a Nation. Remi and Brendon also reflect on the presence of the film industry in the current political climate.

Image credit: A24

NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Jeremiah Ho, Karl Knox, Michael Foldvari & Aloysha Nowlin

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Alyosha Nowlin

The Quebec Human Rights Commission reported that the number of discrimination-based rental complaints is on the rise.

According to CBC News, there have been 767 complaints filed over the past 10 years, with one third dealing with racism.

Guelmbaye Ngarsandje arrived in Quebec City from Chad in 2011 to study at Université Laval, but was denied housing when his landlord stated that he would not rent his apartment to people of colour.

 

NATIONAL
By Karl Knox

Protesters held an anti-Muslim protest in front of a Toronto mosque on Friday, shouting at citizens and blocking them from entering the building.

According to CTV News, The National Council of Canadian Muslims has expressed deep concern over this hateful attempt to intimidate and terrorize the Muslim community.

In response to the demonstration, citizens have been posting messages of love and support on the front doors of the mosque.

 

NATIONAL
By Jeremiah Ho

RCMP officers reported that 22 asylum seekers from the United States crossed the Emerson, Manitoba border over the weekend.

According to CBC News, the community of Emerson continues to wait for a plan from the federal and provincial government to address the rising number of refugee claimants.  

The RCMP has detained 99 refugee seekers at that border crossing since the start of the year.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Michael Foldvari

Gambian agriculture minister, Omar Jallow, has been reinstated to his official position following the inauguration of president Adama Barrow on Saturday.

According to Reuters, Jallow was jailed 22 times for publicly criticizing the previous government headed by Yahya Jammeh.

Jallow aims to transition the Gambian agricultural sector away from subsistence farming and towards commercial, export oriented farming.

The Pressure Drop Checks in With Eddie Paul

Photo credit: Eddie Paul Facebook

Montreal musician Eddie Paul is one of the latest examples of unique local artists to develop a loyal fanbase from near and far, thanks to his unique genre-crossing, layered sound. The multi-instrumentalist recently caught up with CJLO's very own Danny Payne on the Pressure Drop to talk about the reaction to his debut album, his live lineup, and what direction Eddie Paul sees Eddie Paul heading in in the future. Here’s a transcribed excerpt from that interview. 

D: How is it going? I was discussing it before, I played the Warning Song a little bit earlier off the fantastic album [from] last year, Pandemonium. How’s the response been from the release of the album there, mate?

Eddie Paul: Response has been great. Nothing but good response. I didn’t really hear any kind of bad reviews or anything, so so far so good. 

D: [Laughter] It’s a cracking album. 

EP: Thank you. I owe a lot to my good friend Seb Black and all the Emery Street crew there, we all made a great, we all contributed and it turned out great for me at least. Don’t want to toot my own horn, but I like it, it’s good. 

D: This is your opportunity to toot that horn, Eddie. Don’t be shy.

EP: Okay.

D: So what are you up to these days? Are you busy working on the new album?

EP: Yeah, exactly. Wanna do something new. Wanna do some more songs, so just composing, rehearsals, getting the band together, trying to generate some new stuff. Leading to a kind of different direction.

D: Interesting. Can you spill the beans a little bit on this new direction?

EP: Well, I would like to leave a bit for the element of surprise. But I guess I would say, electronic sounds. Synthesizers. More geared in that direction, as opposed to like, playing guitar riffs, and that sort of thing. Like the rock and roll, just maybe, a little more synthetic synthesisation. 

D: For me, you’ve always had the mix of the blues-y roots-y acoustic guitar or electric guitar fill, but always had that electrical vibe, that modern feel. I guess you’re just sort of taking it a little bit further into the…

EP: Yeah, that’s the thing with that album, Pandemonium. You don’t wanna kind of like, straddle the line, between that like, blues/roots thing. We did that a lot. And now, I think I’m just leaning towards that electronic thing, so that’s kind of where my heart’s at these days.

D: That’s fantastic. You know, not settling down on one sound, constantly moving along. 

EP: Yeah, you know, everybody that I admire, that I’ve idolized growing up music-wise and artistically, they’ve always done that stuff. They re-invent themselves each record.

D: Of course.

EP: I don’t necessarily think you have to be pigeon-holed into one sort of style. 

D: Cool. Looking forward to hearing it. And, you’ve got a new live lineup, haven’t you?

EP: Yeah, we’ve got a brand new player, an additional member. We’re six now.

D: Wow.

EP: A girl named Emilie, she’s playing in another band named Barren Acres. I’ll just do a little plug for them. And they’re actually playing tonight at the Bistro à Jojo, I’ll be joining them for that show as well.

D: Cool. Plug away.

EP: So I’ll play tonight a little set, guest appearance type of thing, but I’m also playing there. They have a band and I ended up just recruiting. It was an organic thing, she got recruited.

D: Yup, yeah. Good man. And so, in terms of what you’re working on recording-wise. I mean, we’ve talked about your moving the sound along a little bit. You’ve got a new member. Is the new album in the pipeline? Are you going to be releasing a single any time soon? What’s the plan there?

EP: Really, I’ve been kind of sold on the idea of just doing an EP. You know like, four songs, five songs. And just kind of doing like a soft release on this and seeing what happens, you know. A lot of the songs are, some of them are finished, some of them are just skeletons. It’s still in its infant stages I’d say, for the new record.

Eddie Paul plays Montreal’s Bar de Courcelle on February 22 and Honey Martins on March 16. For more interesting interviews and to hear a curated selection of great music from around the world, tune into CJLO Mondays from 5-6 for the Pressure Drop.

T.I. @ L'Olympia - January 29th, 2017

I'm not one to normally go to concerts, but this time, I decided to make the move—especially seeing that it was T.I., and and it would've been his first time coming to Montreal! Needless to say, I had some high expectations for the concert.

Excited and enthusiastic, I got to L'Olympia early to get a good spot to see the big man himself. 

However, the crowd didn't seem too enthusiastic in the beginning. The first set of artists who came out really didn't get the crowd hyped enough for the main show. Some went so far as to attempt crowd surfing, which didn't go well and ultimately didn't work. I think everyone was just waiting for the main event.

Eventually, the DJ began to play a lot of songs that T.I. featured on, like DJ Khaled's "We Takin' Over," to get the crowd hyped for what was coming up next. And the crowd WAS getting hyped!

And then, he came. 

Coming out with his traditional swag, he exclaimed his traditional "Yeeaaaaah!" into the microphone. From there, the crowd lost it. T.I. got straight to business by performing his known hits, like "24's," "Big Things Poppin'," and "Go Get It," along with excited and energetic fans. 

The "King of the South" took some time during the performance to mention being glad to finally be in Canada, saying that he had never come to his nation's upstairs neighbour. Also, he admitted not being too pleased with his new recently sworn-in president. Many fans who follow him on social media would know this from his video basically blasting Donald Trump

As the concert carried on, the "Rubber Band Man" artist continued to perform full steam, progressively removing one piece of his clothing after the other, until only his white vest remained. He left the stage briefly only to return bareback to rile the crowd up once again. 

Overall, I would say that I was glad to see the trap music legend live. It was something that I never thought I would experience before, and now that I have, I'm satisfied.

 

Image credit: Admission

 

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH 2017

Hosted by Patricia Petit Liang

Stories by Sarah Boumedda, Jeremiah Ho & Michael Foldvari

Produced by Patricia Petit Liang

 

 

 

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LOCAL
By Sarah Boumedda

The Black Coalition of Quebec is filing a class action lawsuit against the SPVM.

According to CTV News, the Coalition stated that Montreal police engage in racial profiling, with over ten cases of discrimination over the past year.

The class action lawsuit is currently pending approval.

 

NATIONAL
By Michael Foldvari

The Conservative party is being criticized trying to remove direct references to the term 'Islamophobia' from motion M-103 on Thursday.

According to CBC News, motion M-103 calls for increased action by the government of Canada, against anti-Muslim prejudice, systemic racism, and religious discrimination.

Many have stated that removing the word 'Islamophobia' from the bill will only lead to more Islamophobia.

 

INTERNATIONAL
By Jeremiah Ho

At least 72 people were killed and 150 were injured when a suicide bomber attacked a Sufi shrine in Pakistan on Thursday.

According to Reuters, terrorists were targetting women and children in their attack on the town of Sehwan Sharif.

This bombing was one of the deadliest attacks in recent years and is the result of increasing violence between militant groups.  

Gene King / Great House Music / Tonight 2-4am

Yes you heard right, the Godfather of House Music himself, Gene King, will be live in CJLO studio's this Saturday, Feb 18th, 2-4am (Friday night for some)

Growing up in Montreal in the 70s and 80s, Gene King was well surrounded by music. He had an interest in playing instruments at the age of 13 but quickly discovered his passion for djing there after, playing high school dances and roller skating rinks.

By 1982, Gene King was playing in local dance clubs until 1987 when he moved to Toronto to expand his musical career. In Toronto, he played well-known nightclubs and became a resident dj and household name. Gene King also became involved in radio and joined Toronto's CKLN 88.1FM in 1993 for MidnightMadness aka Soul Fusion Express. Soon after, King started his own weekly radio show, Vibes N Vinyl at CKLN and it became the mecca for house music in Toronto and internationally, syndicating out to Greece on www.smoothtraxx.grwww.netmusique.comwww.motionfm.com, over the last decade and is currently broadcasting weekly on www.iliveradio.com Fridays 8-10pm for Vibes N Vinyl 2.0 http://i-liveradio.com/shows/vibes-n-vinyl-2-0

But djing was not enough, Gene King's passion for playing music seen from the age of 13 was back, but this time for the production studio. King produced and remixed over 73 house and dance music tracks. They were released internationally including the UK and USA to numerous ground-breaking dance music record labels such as Contraband, A&M, BMG, Philosophie Music, Priti Soul/Jellybean Records, and NYC's legendary 157 Shelter Records. By 2005, King founded Shines Records which led to Plusgroove Records and released dance-floor hits such as “Sunrise" (by Genetix ft. Shanchoy) and "Do with You" (by Suges ft. Limore). 

Here Gene King presents "Changes" featuring Sacha

 

 

CJLO is humbled to have this house music great in our studios. With carte-blanche, who knows where the (turn)tables will turn!

Tune in late Friday night/Saturday morning 2am-4am for a very special radio take-over with the Godfather, Gene King, live with CJLO's Mother Tongue

YUSRA Benefit Concert - February 10, 2017

Image credit: CBC

Last weekend saw a benefit concert at the Rialto Theatre for the families of the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting, where a group of Canadian DJs, singers, and rappers came together in support of a very good cause. The audience raised nearly $5,000 through tickets, donations, and merchandise according to Dan Seligman, the creator-director of Pop Montreal.   

Yassin Alsalmad (also known by his stage name, Narcy) is a professor at Concordia and professional rapper well-known in the Montreal scene. He was able to bring together a group of friends and artists in support of others in this time of need. Narcy put a lot of work into organizing the event, using his connections in the music industry to pull it all off in only a matter of a few short weeks.

As a professor at Concordia, Narcy does more than just teach in one of the school's largest classrooms. His course is an interactive analysis of culture and music today using hip-hop as a lens. He brings in guest speakers who share their stories, creative skills, and wisdom with students. The day before the benefit concert, Deejay NDN and Bear Witness came to talk to a class at Concordia, explaining their experiences growing up in North America in indigenous culture and how that has helped them to grow the electric powwow movement in Ottawa.  

Both members of A Tribe Called Red were quick to respond to the call for creators who would be willing to offer their performance to the fundraiser. They’ve collaborated on the song “R.E.D.” with Yassin Bey and Black Bear, and the music video has been nominated for a Juno Award for video of the year. Narcy and A Tribe Called Red spoke in the class about how their studio time together (one of the longest they’ve ever had) has provided them an opportunity to reflect deeply and experiment with their music. 

A Tribe Called Red's video for "R.E.D." featuring Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear.

Narcy’s energy on stage at the Rialto Theatre shone bright, much like the vibrant energy he brings to his classes. He had the whole audience singing along.

The crowd continued to buzz while the next peformer, Lunice, made his grand entrance. His set maintained the energy of the audience with a trapped-out bass-heavy selection. Lunice came out to the front centre stage to dance multiple times. His contagious charisma really set the mood before the final act.

DJ NDN and Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red headlined the night, bringing a much more electronic sound to the room. The change of genre fit well as the night drew on and the crowd started to spread out and dance. The two DJs went back and forth mixing heavy electro, aboriginal rhythms, and some old school Diplo. NDN’s daughter June was also dancing on stage, attracting the crowd’s attention and adding to the excitement. 

The entire night saw a blend of different music from talented artists who work in a variety of creative fields, further proving that music can ultimately bring together a large group of people in support of a positive cause. Organizing fundraiswe events and benefit shows can be a tiring job, especially when the scale is large. However, it was great to see how many people came out to the event and to see so many musicians using their time and energy to perform for others in support of a great cause. It seems to be exactly what the world needs more of.

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