Ascension sculpture Rochon

“We have this idea of what is ‘wild’ and ‘untouched’, une nature vierge. As soon as we depict or represent it, it’s not untouched anymore. I’ve aesthetized it, fabricated and put my influence in it”. Using this basic idea as a springboard, Montreal-based artist Simone Rochon put together Ascension, an exhibit that acknowledges the futility of her artist-self’s desire to re-create nature…

Photo courtesy of Simone Rochon

Isn’t it just about that time where everyone feels like getting out of the city? Look no further than Les Territoires’s exhibit Ascension for a beautiful visual and mental escape. The exhibit is set to open at the gallery this Thursday and will feature drawings of untouched landscapes and the artist’s impressive large-scale reconstruction of a mountain out of polystyrene. Being the centerpiece of the exhibit, the mountain is an accurate depiction of Rochon’s world view in which her artistic output is inextricably tied up with the desire to recreate natural beauty and the inescapable need (at times) for using synthetic materials to reach new creative heights…

“So what’d you do today?” I asked my friend last Sunday.

Her face perked up when she said, “I went to a pro-choice picnic at a park near Laurier metro!”

A pro-choice picnic! It rolls off the taste buds, doesn’t it? I didn’t think such a contentious issue could possibly sound so delightful and delicious. A pro-choice picnic in the park on a beautiful spring afternoon makes the Quebec Life Coalition’s 40 day vigil sound so very drab.

When I think about the pro-life versus pro-choice issue surrounding the topic of abortion, I automatically…

Do you or a significant other rely on contraceptive pills for your sexy peace of mind? Depending on the type of pill taken, I’d rethink doing that. A popular birth control pill Yasmine and its contraceptive cousin Yaz are the subject of lawsuits between several thousand consumers and the manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuit against Bayer involves thousands of American plaintiffs and a separate class-action lawsuit

CKUT 90.3 will be holding their 9th annual Homelessness Marathon starting at 5pm on Wednesday February 23rd until Thursday morning in front of the Native Friendship Center (2001 Saint-Laurent boulevard). Year after year, the CKUT Homelessness Marathon gives a voice to the homeless and those who work to help them. On the marathon’s agenda are topics addressing urban poverty and homelessness over a 14 hour stretch of people-powered radio…

Things You Won’t Remember is a collection of oil paintings housed at Les Territoires until mid-February that explores the universal desire to collect and conserve memories. The exhibit, created by artist Yshia Wallace, also examines the impact of the media through which memories are portrayed and the fascination we have with our “recorded” selves. Inevitably, Things You Won’t Remember engages the viewer in unexpectedly intimate ways. The paintings are based on printed images of a damaged VHS tape of Wallace and her family. The artist digitized the VHS footage, which was originally filmed in the 80s, and reproduced the digital stills down to the finest details.

I stood outside Le Divan Orange late last Thursday trying to describe what I’d just seen in a concise manner. Despite my efforts, my first experience seeing the Madafakaz on stage could only be described by a choppy string of profanities that meant to say how impressed I was. In other words, the Madafakaz surf-thrash show @ Le Divan Orange January 28 was solid proof of how true badasses live up to their names.