Category Archives: ABOUT TOWN

About Town: September 2016

September Listings!
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal:
(This list is constantly updated throughout the month)

//Ciné-plage du Village | Soirée courts-métrages Funambules Médias
//Le Milieu Monthly workshops
//Inédits de la Médiathèque – Vanier, Yvon, Duguay, Schendel
//Using Data for Social Justice and Community Based Research
//Vernissage • Exposition 40 ans deboutte
//Double Launch: Pascal Girard & Michel Hellman
//Arranging Flowers: New Pictures by JG
//An evening with Caribou Legs
//Vernissage – PRIX Powerhouse PRIZE 2016
//Soirée féministe et poétique
//Au Pays de la Muraille Enneigée
//Prédecession de notre fougue – Karaoké littéraire
//Outdoor Screening: Disobedience: The Rise of the Global Fossil Fuel Resistance
//Resisting Climate Change: A Conversation with Vanessa Gray, Crystal Lameman and Amanda Lickers
//Rap Battle 4 Climate Justice Workshop w/ Waahli (Nomadic Massive)
//Roland Giguère de main noire à main d’œuvre
//Graphic Novel Book Club: – Sam Alden’s New Construction: Two More Stories.
//Exposition Stephane Defago
//Feminist Stand-up Comedy Night // Open mic
//Automobile, by Lebanese artist and DJ Joe Namy : A celebration of “custom” car audio culture
//Ask & Answer Tour with Vivek Shraya and Chase Joynt
//Conversation / Artist’s talk : Joe Namy + Sundus Abdul Hadi
//Biblioasis Reading with John Metcalf, Leon Rooke, Alice Petersen and Mike Barnes
//Panel Discussion: Organizing Around Anti-Black Racism
//Girl Positive launch, panel and live performances
//Sight & Sound 2016 / Per Capita
//Speaking our Truths: OpenMic on Intersectionality & Sexual Violence
//The Atwater Poetry Project presents Richard Kelly Kemick & Katherine Leyton
//Ross King: Talk & Signing
//Charmaine A. Nelson Book Launch
//Centering the Margins | Intersectionality as Practice w/ Kim Katrin Milan
//PARCours 2016: Coming together to support our communities

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Our Interview with Whitney French, founder of the Writing While Black tour

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Writing While Black

Tamara Filyavich talks with Whitney French, founder of the Writing While Black tour which is taking place in Montreal today at 6pm at the BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP!

LISTEN >> Friday Morning After – Interview with  Whitney French

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About Town: August 2016

August Listings!
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal:
(This list is constantly updated throughout the month)

//Under Pressure XXI
//Blues du Centre-Sud : Hommage à Josée Yvon
//Ho Tam: Artist as Publisher
//Sommet Noir
//Salon du livre Queer entre les couvertures
//Fierté Afro Pride : Come make your statement
//Art Hives Summer Institute
//Writing While Black
//City Farm Market
//Workshop: Beekeeping!
//TransHackFeminist 2016
//Collective Culture Montreal
//Marché au troc 2016
//South Boogie – Vernissage des oeuvres de Sentwo Figueroa
//Buy & Sell Used Textbooks Consignment Style! [Fall 2016 Edition!]
//Festival des savoirs partagés
//Charmaine A. Nelson Book Launch
//TOTUM Zine Exhibition No.2
//Painting Meet-U


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Under Pressure XXI
August 10 to 14

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Phi Center’s Sensory Stories & DHC Gallery’s Joan Jonas’ From Away


Joan Jonas. They Come to Us without a Word, 2015. Installation view, Wind (2014-2015), Room 3, multimedia installation. United States Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy. Photo: Moira Ricci, courtesy of the artist

Julian Jaynes’ 1976 book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral mind, put forward the hypothesis of  “the loss” (former existence) of a particular function one part of the brain, formerly had. Jaynes hypothesized a brain split in half, one half “speaking”, actively outwardly doing, and the second half receiving, as it were, “listening” and obeying. That in this lost way our brain formerly worked, lateralized into two halves, the one that received “messages”, would then send those messages to the other half of the brain to then act out those messages. Sound vaguely familiar? Yes, ‘hearing voices’, “the bicameral mind was experienced as a different, non conscious mental scheme wherein volition in the face of novel stimuli was mediated through linguistic control mechanism and experienced a auditory verbal hallucination”(Wiki).

But hang on, don’t jump off the wagon of Jaynes’ theory just yet, because it might have some weight when one thinks that before our secular age, hearing godly voices was a (normal) thing. “Rather than making conscious evaluations in a novel or unexpected ways situations, the person would hallucinate a voice or “god” giving admonitory advice or commands and obey without question. “(Wiki). “One would not be at all conscious of one’s own thought processes per se. “ (Wiki)
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Dragonroot Radio: Collective Culture Montreal (Aug. 19 – 21)

CC MTLOn the last episode of Dragonroot Media, the hosts talked with Keesha Chung & NèNè Myriam Konaté about the upcoming CC: MTL!

CC:MTL is an all access weekend that celebrates the voices of innovative BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) in Canada. CC:MTL brings creatives together for conversations, hang outs, performances and parties.

Dragonroot Media is a weekly radio magazine that focuses on gender issues. It airs every week on the Tuesday Morning After show from 8h30am to 9am on CKUT 90.3FM

LISTEN >> Tuesday Morning After – Dragonroot Media – CC: MTL

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Intimations for a “Pre-historic” Ballet: A Review Of Dana Michel’s Mercurial at FTA 2016

DanaDana Michel - Mercurial George

Mercurial first appears as a strewn machine (machinic)- with the outlay of its parts spread all across the stage and an intrepid voyager appearing (Dana Michel) very painstakingly and very slowly dragging across the floor to gather lost things and parts. Everything seems to be in a kind of slow motion as though a world had imploded right there before us, and with one last person “there”. “There” in first the phenomenological sense and then “there”, in the  post apocalyptic sense, to gather objects, things, and fragmented ideas ”that perhaps had once been”.. Continue reading

About Town June 03 – June 10

Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal:

// Five women athletes try out the Exerciseur à nage sur place
// Minimalist sound aesthetic with  James Schidlowsky
// Video-Poetry at the Festival de poésie de Montréal
// Roundtable discussion with Montreal transgender artists
// Our Glorious Land reflects on the challenges of the mining industry
// Discussing racism in the Mile End’s independent music scene
// Ciné-Concert Holy Mountain
// Experimental anarchist theater Festival
// XX Files Radio Show celebrates its 20th Anniversary
// Expozine Awards Gala
and much more!

Listings June3-10

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About Town May 17-May 31

Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal:


World’s only Anarchist Theatre kicks off in Montreal / New Interactive Bike Tour explores struggles and gentrification / Sound installation captures silence / Syria Sees You at Cinémathèque / 2 book presentations on mothering, birth and activism / Live performances and Fundraising picnic by Missing Justice, and much more!

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[About Town] Portraying Heterodoxy: Love U Lovecraft at Théatre de La Chapelle March 22- April 2

A gruesome stage with distressed walls. The inside of a manor of past great glory. A “great house”, as it were. This great house has something of a rootedness, something of an invasiveness especially after the incident. The house with the vines that will soon overrun it, the detritus state it will soon be in also being the detritus state its two inhabitants will live with it.

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