With the rising popularity of electronic dance music (EDM) on the radio, the music industry is paying more attention to the world of electronic music. Although most of this attention has been placed on dance hits, electronic music is a vast genre that has lots to offer. With that said, here are some of my favourite electronic albums from the past year, listed in ascending order.
Anna von Hausswolff is a Swedish organist and singer-songwriter, who I first encountered when she opened for Swans on their 2016 tour for their album The Glowing Man. Hausswolff’s fifth LP, Dead Magic, definitely sounds like it was inspired by Swans’ recent discography, but not to the point that it becomes wholly derivative. For one thing, her voice gives the music an entirely different image, one which is much more elegant and ethereal (which is saying quite a lot, because Swans’ output as of late has been pretty damn ethereal as it is). Hausswolff has put together five colossal tracks here, not only large in duration but also massive in pure sound; listening to this album feels like falling into some giant subterranean expanse.
I once had a friend brag about how they’d never read a book for fun until they were 21; needless to say, I was shook to my core. Apparently, there are people out there who not only refuse to read, but act like it’s something to be proud of? I find it hard to believe that someone could live their life without even peeking at a Harry Potter novel, but then again, I am definitely not one of those people. I once read about the concept of a sanity shelf: a personal collection of books you read again and again for pure enjoyment. Since I always have a book in hand, and even took an American Literature course for fun, I thought I might share my own list of favourites (in no particular order) to help the skeptics among you discover that literature is lit!
Baltimore hardcore punk band Turnstile return with their sophomore effort, Time & Space. At just twenty-five minutes long, this album seems confident that it will leave an impact in spite of its brief runtime; however, whether it does or not will vary from listener to listener. The album is pretty consistent in tone and energy throughout, which might make the record come off as monotonous or tiresome to some — but not to me. I found myself thoroughly whipped up in the juvenile aggression on display here, with the confrontational hooks keeping it engaging from track to track. Even now, I find myself wrestling with the urge to yell “I’ll do it again! Yeah, I’ll do it again!” at innocent passersby, and other such rude and unruly public behaviours.
Elizabeth Schoettle est une artiste et une créatrice de différents mondes magiques. Son personnage alter-ego, @phoebenewyork sur Instagram, plonge profondément dans la vie des femmes modernes et dans le monde de la mode. L’art de Phoebe fait réfléchir au contenu au-delà de l'esthétique. Ses collages pourraient être considérés comme une interprétation puissante des conflits de notre société.
FrancoQueer est une organisation bénévole qui existe à Toronto depuis 2005. Cette organisation importante s'occupe de faciliter l'intégration des personnes francophones dans la communauté LGBT de Toronto à l’aide de programmes tels que le Café Bilingue, le festival Franco Fierté et le Carrefour des Immigrants.
For most people, the word “superhero” conjures up the image of a burly white guy flying around in a cape. Perhaps that is why Marvel’s Black Panther broke the box office, grossing a whopping $476.6 million US in its opening weekend. Despite its enormous success, it should be noted that Black Panther is neither the first nor the only black superhero to have his own movie. It begs the question, why is Black Panter already so successful?
Will Toledo is a singer-songwriter in his mid-20s who has been making lo-fi rock music since 2010 under the name Car Seat Headrest. Initially, he was the sole member of the project, independently releasing all his albums on Bandcamp. Then, in 2015, he signed with Matador Records and recruited a guitarist, bassist and drummer. As a result, the releases of 2015’s Teens of Style and 2016’s Teens of Denial were accompanied by the backing of the label and several notable music publications, widening his audience considerably.
Cet article s’adresse aux personnes qui sont intéressés à la musique francophone et les personnes qui se demandent, comme moi, s’il y n’y a pas un manque de francophonie dans la culture à Toronto, particulièrement dans le domaine de la musique.
Lors de la 60ème cérémonie des Grammy Awards le 28 janvier, les invités ont été encouragés à porter des roses blanches en solidarité avec le mouvement #MeToo. Ce geste était destiné à illustrer le soutien des femmes au sein de l’industrie de la musique, mais cette idée s'estompe plus vite que les fleurs sur tant de revers, puis que Grammy après Grammy a été attribué aux hommes. Alessia Cara, la gagnante de la catégorie du meilleur nouvel artiste, est la seule musicienne à remporter un prix solo; en tout, seulement 11 sur les 84 prix de la soirée ont été remportés par des femmes.
The last time director Paul Thomas Anderson and actor Daniel Day-Lewis made a film together, they gave us the greatest film of the century thus far in 2007’s There Will Be Blood. Needless to say, there was huge anticipation for Phantom Thread leading up to its release and it had a lot to live up to.
Call Me by Your Name is a trilingual treasure set in Lombardy, Italy, circa 1983. Timothée Chalamet, a gifted young Franco-American, plays the role of Elio, a cultured 17-year-old who switches effortlessly from English to French to Italian throughout the film. Every summer, Elio’s academic father welcomes an American intern into their villa, and so the handsome Oliver, played by Armie Hammer, settles into the bedroom adjoining Elio’s. The sexual tension builds between the two young men as they fall in love in a social context not yet ready to accept their relationship. Both men often find themselves at odds with their desire for each other, struggling to figure out how to reconcile their homosexuality with their Jewish faith. In contrast to the typical narrative, Elio’s parents’ unwavering love for their son is beautifully portrayed, culminating in a touching monologue about love and acceptance from Elio’s father towards the end of the film. This is a movie that gets better as it goes on. In fact, I would watch it again and again just to feel the tension build to the final scene—one of the most drawn-out, authentic, and raw depictions of heartache I have ever seen on screen.
It’s impossible to consider Brockhampton’s three amazing albums released this year as anything other than a unit, especially considering that they are titled as installments of the same project, Saturation. Aside from representing the most beautiful mix of hip-hop and R&B of 2017, the trilogy stands for the best that millennial music could offer, and for the ever-enduring truth that great music can come from anywhere, at any time, and from anyone. Brockhampton are a motley crew of eccentrics who know what they want and relentlessly strive to get it; their uncompromising push toward unbridled expression is evident on each one of these three albums. Constantly surprising, and never boring, Brockhampton brought the best that music in 2017 had to offer, and their future looks blindingly bright.
A couple weeks ago, I saw the film The Greatest Showman at a nearby cinema and since then, I’ll admit with no shame that I’ve been to see it two more times. That considered, this review will be equally a recommendation. For those who haven’t heard of this movie, in a nutshell, it portrays the life story of P.T. Barnum and how he created the art of show-business. Without giving too many spoilers, here’s what stood out to me about this film.
Attention all binge-watchers! Netflix just released season four of the Emmy Award winning show, Black Mirror. As always, Charlie Brooker, the creator of the series, delivers Black Mirror’s special brand of reimagined and modernized Twilight Zone twists and turns, which are set inside an inhuman, technologically-induced dystopia — the kind we are inevitably headed towards. If you haven’t already devoured the fourth season along with a bag of microwave popcorn in one night over the holidays (like I have), consider yourself warned: this article contains many spoilers!
Séduction ou répulsion? Le travail de Yayoi Kusama ne peut laisser personne indifférent. Ceux ayant eu l’occasion de visiter ses expositions vous le diront : on se retrouve soit rebuté par un aspect inquiétant ou enchanté par le charme de son univers. Yayoi Kusama est une légende vivante de l’avant-garde internationale qui a évité les catégorisations de l’art moderne. Son œuvre couvre toute une gamme de chefs-d’œuvre jusqu’à la création de produits issus de la culture pop. Sa carrière protéiforme s’étend sur plus de soixante ans.
Mark your calendars and set the time, The Trixie & Katya Show has just landed into Viceland’s Wednesday night, 10pm time slot! The RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourites took the notoriety gained from the reality TV show limelight and used it as fodder for their careers. After 68 episodes of the popular web series UNHhhh, Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova are proving that the real race begins after you’re asked to sashay away.
I wouldn’t say I grew up as an art enthusiast, I was encouraged in that direction by my art-enthusiastic family and all the galleries they have taken me to. Not that I complained, but it wouldn’t have been my first choice for a Saturday afternoon activity. Nonetheless, it has helped me develop an appreciation for art, which, I think, is something that the more you know about, the more you can appreciate. It’s like how jazz music became a lot more interesting to me when I discovered it’s comprised mostly of improvisation. The same goes for visual art. Oil paintings become more impressive when you consider the science behind mixing the colours.
This season was a breath of fresh air in comparison to your typical teen dramas and their even more archetypal teenage characters. Impervious to peer pressures, Sana is a young woman who advocates for her beliefs and defends her friends, making her an honorable lead character. Her hardships are tripled by that fact that she is a young Muslim woman from an immigrant family living in Norway. And if that’s not enough to pique your curiosity, the SKÅM series also explores topics such as sexuality, mental illness, and violence in relationships from various lenses.
Are you tired of trying to decode academic papers? Do midterms increase your blood pressure? Is an escape into a bookworm’s paradise what you need? Well, look no further than the wonderful novel that is Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan!
Comme vous le savez très bien, le weekend le plus attendu pour les « fans » de l’art à Toronto vient d’avoir lieu. Parmi les nombreux spectateurs qui ont participé à l’évènement du coucher au lever du soleil, il est évident que très peu de personnes ont pris la peine de dormir ce samedi 30 octobre.
As humans, we all have talents, we all have things we’re good at. In the world we live in, however, some talents are valued over others. In the world of arts, although it seems unfair, it’s natural. The lead in a Broadway show is going to get more attention than the tech crew, and the prima ballerina is given more attention than the orchestra. Just because they are not valued in the same way, does not mean that in any way they are of lesser importance. The show simply would not happen without the tech crew. Without the orchestra, the ballet would be silent, losing the magic the music brings. Because this imbalance of valuing exists, there is an art form that I believe is undervalued, which I would like to acknowledge. Art would not exist in the same way if there weren’t people who appreciated it. This is not a new idea, but I wanted to dive into the idea that appreciating art is a form of art.
So chances are you missed out on seeing the stars at TIFF again, even though you promised yourself you would take the time to go and check out that cool documentary or next summer’s sure-to-be mega-blockbuster. If this sounds like you, don't worry! Despite what the popular media would have you believe, TIFF isn't the only film festival offered in the city! In fact, you might be able to catch the other TIFF - that is, the Toronto Independent Film Festival - and actually be able to say that you did go to TIFF.
Québécois filmmaker Denys Arcand tackled artistic and provocative storytelling long before our beloved prodigy actor/director, Xavier Dolan, was even born. I stumbled into TIFF’s screening of one of Arcand’s most notable and iconoclastic films, Jésus de Montréal, completely on a whim this summer and completely fell in love with it.
Un homme enlevé de la Terre lors de son enfance, une guerrière verte, un lutteur qui cherche à se venger, un arbre colossal et un raton laveur se rencontrent tous en prison. Non, il ne s’agit pas du début d’une blague, mais plutôt du début du film Marvel intitulé Les Gardiens de la Galaxie.
Finding myself without much to do on a Saturday night—ignoring deadlines—I pressed play on a movie I had long been wanting to watch, Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 science fiction masterpiece, Arrival. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, the film tells the story of Dr. Louise Banks, a linguist, and how she maneuvers communication with the alien creatures inside one of twelve space-pods to make contact with Earth.
I have a confession to make: I have never played the smashingly popular Overwatch. Released in May 2016 by Blizzard (known for games like Warcraft and Diablo), it has a regular playing group of 9.7 million people. Its community is known for being kind, courteous, and helpful. The reviews for this game are incredible: ranking from 88-100/100, and it has won many awards. My boyfriend, Brandon, is absolutely enamored with the game and plays it often. His favourite character is Zarya, a big pink-haired, buff Russian lady who likes to beat up bears and hates robots. Generally, I try to play games with him, but I’ve never cared to pick up the controller with him on this. That said, here is my outsider perspective of Overwatch.
For myself, science fiction as a genre is at its best when it explores the nature of our society (and how that can relate to technology). Rather than simply using lasers and space ships as a backdrop for an adventure story, good sci-fi is steeped in social commentary and analysis. From classic novels such as 1984 and The Forever War, to onscreen series such as Star Trek and Black Mirror, there is a dearth of sci-fi perspectives about humanity’s present and future. A recent such entry, that has gone criminally under the radar, is The Expanse series.
In the midst of avoiding the eye of midterms' storm, and to subsequently celebrate reading week, I binge watched the Comedy Central series Broad City starring Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler and Abbi Jacobson as Abbi Abrams. This fiercely fresh comedy saw the finale of its third season and has been renewed for a fourth and fifth. Rightly so, considering the originality that co-creators Wexler and Jacobson have graced their cult following with, proving that brash and brazen funny women are a force to be reckoned with.
Lauréat du prix Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2000, Yves Dion a réalisé un film impressionnant qui se présente sous forme de fiction intitulé Le grand serpent du monde en 1999. Grâce à sa compétence et à son talent incontestables, ce réalisateur québécois a laissé une forte empreinte sur le spectateur, moi incluse. Son œuvre, soit un récit d’amour avec des nuances psychologiques, nous fait voyager dans des univers mentaux complexes.