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.
This semester, I was fortunate enough to receive an internship with Club Canadien de Toronto, a Francophone business club that runs monthly lunches and meetings for French speaking members of the banking, legal, and corporate community in the GTA. On Tuesday January 24, Pierre Lassonde, a businessman, investor, and philanthropist was the guest speaker. He is best known for co-founding the gold mining and trading giant Franco-Nevada Corporation in the early 1980s, and as the founder of York’s Lassonde School of Engineering via a $25 million donation in 2012.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to watch Infinity, a play by Hannah Moskovitch that has returned as a result of popular demand from its 2014-2015 season at the Tarragon Theatre.My fellow naive, amateur theatre-goers and I assumed, based on Infinity’s description, that it would be a night similar to our last outing some six months prior at SummerWorks festival, Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife written by Andrea Scott. That particular play touched on important social topics from feminism to historical revisionism, as we thought Infinity might as well. After all, the play’s three main characters are a musical composer, a theoretical physicist, and a mathematician.
Horror is a genre of stark dichotomy. On one hand, it’s a brain-dead affair; endless romps of half-naked teens turned into red pulp at the hands of a killer, cheap thrills, and cheaper effects. Alternatively, the genre can be used as a flashlight to explore the darkest depths of human psychology and society such as Dawn of the Dead’s portrayal of mindless consumerism, The Thing’s commentary on the ‘us vs. them’ paranoia of the Cold War, the cold brutality of Patrick Bateman’s capitalism in American Psycho, and HR Giger’s darkly sexual xenomorph in Alien.
Cet hiver, les Productions Cœur de Lion ont mis en scène la comédie musicale Heathers, l’adaptation théâtrale du film écrit par Daniel Waters. Mise en scène par Pascale Lachance, mais fondamentalement issue d’une collaboration entre plusieurs des comédiens et d’autres membres du Théâtre Glendon, la pièce a présenté l’expérience de l’école secondaire du point de vue de divers personnages types, ainsi que leurs réactions respectives face au meurtre de plusieurs de leurs camarades, présentés comme des actes de suicide. Ce sont des thèmes angoissants et controversés, mais tout de même très présents de nos jours.
Tucked amidst Netflix’s cheaply made exorcism films and low rated teen screams is the independently produced psychological thriller The Invitation, directed by Karyn Kusama. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green as Will, a grief-stricken divorcee, and Tammy Blanchard as Eden, his ex-wife. The charisma between the cast creates a memorable and haunting experience told through a combination of flashbacks and present day.
Published in 2012 by Laurence King Publishing, 100 Ideas That Changed Film by David Parkinson details the history of the technical and thematic production of popular and independent films from the late 19th century to the present day. It covers the vast evolution of film, from the invention of the magic lanterns and its popularized use by French filmmakers such as Étienne-Gaspard Robert and the Lumière Brothers, to the use of animation by the Japanese Studio Ghibli, to CGI in Hollywood films as pioneered by John Whitney and mastered early on by David Cameron.
The feeling that comes from sitting in a movie theatre in 2016 knowing you are about to watch a brand new Star Wars film is nothing short of magical. The lights dim, the retro backdrop of deep black space with spotted blue stars appears, and you are filled with nostalgia. The recent couple of years have seen the continuing of the Star Wars Anthology series. The Force Awakens began to tell the story that unfolds long after Return of the Jedi, and now Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stands at the forefront of the entire space opera, predating the events that lead to A New Hope.
On November 3, I was lucky enough to see my favourite band, The 1975, at the Air Canada Centre. They are currently doing a support tour for their sophomore album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. While I was excited for the show, I didn’t realize how much I would absolutely love it.
I first fell in love with Leonard Cohen's music during my first and only summer in Ottawa. It was a formative and sometimes lonely time for me; I was working late exhausting hours and wasn’t really sure what I was doing with my future. Cohen's music throughout this time was a rock. It kept me thinking about darkness, death, passion and love; it helped me realize that beauty can come from sorrow. That we can touch people and find ways to be touched even when we are at our lowest.
The Norwegian-born singer enthralls and bewitches with her powerful yet sweet voice. Her writing is honest, dark, but still hopeful. AURORA invites the listener into her personal experiences and shows how to rise after falling, to shed youth’s innocence, and how to dance your way through life even when it seems to be crumbling apart.
After being catapulted into commercial success following her 2014 hit, Chandelier, Sia has managed to do what others in her field cannot: uphold an uncompromised standard of privacy and anonymity in the midst of superstardom. After a career spanning nearly two decades, the Australian-born singer reached her first number one on the Hot 100 chart with Cheap Thrills, off of her seventh studio album. With the broadening of her horizons, the singer has further challenged herself by embarking on her current Nostalgic for the Present Tour, mostly featuring songs from her newest album, This Is Acting.
In the early hours of October 16th, my grandparents, their three teenage foster children, my brother, my mother, and myself all loaded into a van. I sat next to my grandfather, serving as the navigator while lazily knitting Christmas apparel. We had a 16 hour drive ahead of us to reach a place with dozens of theaters set and primed for live music; we were going to Branson, Missouri.
Two important films were shown back to back at the Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto on October 23rd. Both illustrated contrasting ways in which separate communities on either side of the Indian Ocean are dealing with the impacts of climate change.
I’ve only met Jeff Rosenstock once. It was after PUP’s The Dream is Over release show at the Phoenix. Jeff had played that night (he can often be found opening for great punk acts playing in Toronto) and, in spite of just getting off the stage after an impassioned ensemble encore rendition of ‘El Scorcho’, he was gleefully manning his own merchandise table after the show. It wasn’t that Jeff couldn’t get help with his table, there were plenty of staff helping mince through the dozens of PUP fans clambering for merch; rather, Jeff just sincerely wanted to meet his people.