Wednesday, November 28, 2007


The Sadies were in town on November 25 to promote their new album, New Seasons, and as expected, they set the house on fire (see previous post August 2006).
However, I was crushed (literally) to notice that the almighty power of the Sadies has reached the drunken frat crowd here in Montreal. It looked like a goon invasion was threatening to ruin the evening toward the end, as a small group of eedjiots actually started to form a MOSH PIT. Before you could say "what the f-?" we were being plowed left, right and centre by a few really, really happy fans who, evidently more accustomed to frosh party etiquette, took it upon themselves to liven things up a bit for the rest of us. At one point, one guy chucked a water bottle right about head-height onto the stage. That got him a personal chat with Sean the bassist who, bless him, tried to put the kybosh on that gesture of enthusiasm. Meanwhile, some other moron started smashing beer bottles, clanking them together like those asinine inflatable baguettes you see at sports events. Hey you putz - can you hear me? DOES NOT TRANSLATE. It was all a mess, but to the Sadies' credit, they took it all in stride without skipping a beat. All part of the crazy rock n' roll lifestyle, I guess. But before this puts you off ever experiencing the gobsmacking musical virtuosity of The Sadies live in concert, let it be known that in general, their shows attract salt-of-the-earth people of level mind and pure beef heart, not yer standard Nickelback pissed-out-of-their-tree-before-10pm types. Aye, but I suppose music doesn't judge the listener.

In the October 22/07 CBC Radio 3 podcast, guest host Tariq Hussain, sitting in for my dream boyfriend Grant Lawrence, describes encountering the same type of unexpected moronic crowd behaviour in Vancouver at a Weakerthans show! Those sensitive poets of lyrically dense intelligent Prairie indie rock! It's just not right! By virtue of these bouts of misplaced recklessness, these concert crashers may as well be stage-diving at a Rita MacNeil Christmas concert! Sober up or get lost ya mashers!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Artist-run culture in Canada

Canada boasts more than 100 non-profit, artist-run galleries across the country. Since their beginnings in the 1970s, many have evolved into established institutions that function as the corner-stone of their city's contemporary art scene. At the core of these centres is a common mandate to provide an alternative forum for the dissemination of contemporary art, outside of commercial constraints and interests, while recognizing the contribution of artists through the payment of artist fees.

A full description of our artist-run centre system can be found here on The New Gallery (Calgary) website.

Follow this link for a list of many Artist-run centres in Canada

Also included are links to some of the best contemporary art periodicals in Canada.

Canadian Art
Border Crossings
Mix Magazine
C Magazine
Prefix Photo
ESSE arts et opinions
Espace Sculpture

Photo credit: articule artist-run centre, Montreal, Quebec
artwork: Therese Mastroiacovo