Category: Reviews

The Rider

The Rider

Moonrider  (Denmark) directed by Daniel Dencik Saturday, February 8th, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 4th Baltic-Nordic  Film Festival Grainy film alert! Grainy film alert! Fans of classic raw sports docs will be in geek heaven here. “Moonrider” mixes choppy, super 8 glory with a trippy soundtrack to tell the tale of one Ramsus Quaade, a young Danish cycling god. A physical […]

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Review: Del Barber’s Prairieography

Review: Del Barber’s Prairieography

Recorded in Winnipeg, Del Barber’s fourth record is a success on a number of fronts. He continues to display his soulful country voice and songwriting, but on this record he’s really gone experimental in terms of his recording process. A plain old studio isn’t enough for this guy, no sir. Most of the tracks were recorded in a fairly traditional […]

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Shelby Taylor: Art Warrior!

Shelby Taylor: Art Warrior!

I recently had the good fortune of attending the Art Battle held in Ottawa on January 15th at the Arts Court.  What’s an art battle, you say?  Allow me to set the scene… In an art battle, competitive painting occurs at center stage for 20-minute rounds. Six artists face off in a hexagon, their backs to a swelling crowd of […]

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10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

10 Tweetable Moments from the 2014 Grammy Awards

Ok, so I was going to Tweet my thoughts on the Grammy Awards last night, but didn’t get to it. So, here, especially after my appearance on CTV Morning Live today, here are my most tweetable moments from the show, in no particular order. 1 The greatest rock show of all time was cut short by producers, with ads playing […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

I had a dream recently about a video store my dad used to take me to. We’d rent a couple of VHS tapes every weekend and sometimes would watch them all, sometimes just one. I had a knack for re-watching a tape I liked a good 50 times over. It is a fond memory of mine but, realistically, is nothing […]

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Vertigo Picks for December

Top Sellers: 1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2. V/A – Tribute To Tony Sly 3. Tim Hecker – Virgins 4. Soundgarden – Screaming Life / Fopp 5. Vince Guaraldi – Charlie Brown Christmas Local Pick: Crusades – ‘Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It’ The long anticipated new release from local heroes Crusades, does not […]

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Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Today I got an email from Kevin Lynn, who has played bass in King Cobb Steelie in all of its incarnations over the past 20 odd years. It was a one-liner: “Here’s a streaming link to the new KCS EP due out next week. Enjoy!” I’ve been in touch with Kevin a few times over the years. I interviewed him […]

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UnChained Reviews: A Night With The Creepshow

UnChained Reviews: A Night With The Creepshow

Attending a live show, be it as a fan or critic, always comes with a certain set of expectations. You know the music, you know the audience and you know the energy. Gauging whether the show is good or not is often a by-product of those expectations. So what happens when there are no expectations? I’ll be the first to […]

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DUTCH TREAT

DUTCH TREAT

  Jackie (The Netherlands) directed by Antoine Beumer  Sunday, December 1, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Why do rabbits go to bed so early? Because they only have to brush two teeth. Bad jokes only work well in the right setting, as in a beautiful desert night around a roaring campfire, over a couple of […]

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TEENAGE KICKS

TEENAGE KICKS

Les Geants (Belgium) directed by Bouli Lanners Saturday, November 30, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival   Drinking, toking, stealing, driving and squatting teenagers, equals a charming and leisurely slice of summer life film – in Belgium that is. Brothers Seth (15 year old driver) and Zack (13 & 3/4 year old booze hound) turn a […]

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HOOP DREAMS

HOOP DREAMS

Dream Team 1935 (Latvia) directed by Aigars Grauba Friday, November 29, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Jump ball! What is now but a ceremonial opening tap of inconsequence, used to be a major advantage in the early days of basketball. There was a jump ball after every score, which meant a team with the tallest […]

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CRIMINALLY YOUNG

CRIMINALLY YOUNG

Shifting the Blame (Germany) directed by Lars-Gunner Lotz Thursday, November 28, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Part of Ben’s rehabilitation as a violent young criminal is to ask forgiveness of his victim, a monumental task spiked to excruciating tension in a clever plot twist. The human condition is on bare bones display here, as wrong […]

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INTERSEX

INTERSEX

  LOVE.NET (Bulgaria) directed by Ilian Djevelekov Wednesday, November 27, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Hey kids, have you heard about the Internet? How about online dating? Crazy right? Love.Net explores the seedy cyberspaces of Bulgaria, where men are extremely sexist, and kids are North American savvy. Filmed in slick Hollywood fashion, the bevy of […]

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Communist Haggle

Communist Haggle

I’M AN OLD COMMUNIST HAG (Romania) directed by Stere Gulea Monday, November 25, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival With the very messy and grisly end to his totalitarian rule, it’s hard to fathom how Nicolae Ceausescu can be seen in anything but a lousy light. Yet the end of communism, as in all the former […]

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Going Up?

Going Up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp9vwJk0SLc Up There (U.K.) directed by Zam Salim Sunday, November 24, 4pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Pasty skinned, hunched waddler Martin (Burn Gorman) is perfectly deadpan in the post mortem world. Not being one the chosen few allowed to climb the stairs to enlightenment, he must prove worthiness by guiding the recently deceased through the […]

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THE LOW WAY

THE LOW WAY

Alcan Highway (Finland) directed by Aleksi Salmenpera Saturday, November 23, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival   Hese is a man on a mission. A “restore and frankenstein a skeleton of a truck into a mobile home and drive it from its Alaskan junkyard down to Vancouver Island” kind of crazy mission. Why anyone would want […]

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UnChained Reviews: “The Kennedy Suite” by Cowboy Junkies

UnChained Reviews: “The Kennedy Suite” by Cowboy Junkies

It’s been 50 years since that fateful day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. A lot has been written and a lot of movies have been made about it. Musicians, on the other hand, have rarely approached the topic. Cowboy Junkies aim to change that. Their sprawling epic record The Kennedy Suite (also being staged as a post-modern musical) doesn’t […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Raccoon Dead on the Side of the Road” by Racoon Wedding

UnChained Reviews: “Raccoon Dead on the Side of the Road” by Racoon Wedding

Rock and roll was originally founded under two principles: fun and rebellion. There are no true rebels left in rock music. It has all been done and what was once counter culture has become mainstream. There are, however, a precious few bands left that still have fun in their recordings. It’s easy to say you’re having fun – it’s a […]

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UnChained Reviews: Classified live at Crazy Horse

UnChained Reviews: Classified live at Crazy Horse

Classified live at Crazy Horse in Kanata, Ontario on October 10, 2013. You can always tell veteran savvy. It is more than a person’s age or ability and it is something that can not be bought or learned. As such, you can always tell when a live performer has been through the grind, has played the empty and dingy bars […]

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Tall Tall Shadow by Basia Bulat

UnChained Reviews: ‘Tall Tall Shadow’ by Basia Bulat

When listening to a very talented artist, there is sometimes a disconnect between the album they’ve made and the album you wish they’d made. This does not happen to diminish what the record offers but instead to put the onus on the potential the artist has. This was my experience with Tall Tall Shadow by Basia Bulat. It is immediately […]

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