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POP RHETORIC: My opinion is better than your opinion

It's a conversation we've all had before. You're sitting with one of your indie, Mile-End hipster friends at Bagel's Etc. finishing off the remainder of your baked potatoes and, misfortunate as you are to be hung-over, you make the cognitively unsound decision to utter aloud, "Dude... Leonard Cohen's music fucking sucks.
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Can-Lit chronicle picks the best

Part anthology of summaries and essays, part intro to Can-Lit survey, and part ode to reading, T.F. Rigelhof's Hooked on Canadian Books is a tribute to English-language Canadian fiction writing since 1984. At first, the introduction and much of the tone of the book seems self-indulgent and self-important.
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THEATRE: Takin’ off

The air was filled with a sense of unholy curiosity at Player's Theatre on Friday night. The playbill of Around the World with les Dames en Disdress unabashedly labels the show burlesque, a term that for most conjures up risqué mental images of scantily clad females and provocative striptease acts.
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REVIEWS

Ray Lamontagne - Till the Sun Turns Black. Lamontagne's mesmerizing debut, Trouble, was one of the most critically lauded sleeper hits of 2004, landing spots on a variety of film and TV soundtracks and rocketing him into folk-rock stardom. Since then, Lamontagne has been on a seemingly ceaseless tour schedule-dropping by Montreal three times in the past year.
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CD REVIEWS: She & Him: Volume 2

She & Him's Volume 2 makes a slight departure from 2008's Volume 1. Actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward's second album is full of Beach Boys-inspired harmonies and twangy California guitar, maintaining the duo's penchant for a retro sound.
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MUSIC: Ears wide open

Unending curiosity regarding the content of the evening's set list was likely at the forefront of a Snow Patrol fan's mind on their way to the band's Sept. 12 Metropolis performance. In 2004, the Irish heartthrobs relased The Final Straw Stateside and it was among the 30 best sellers in the U.
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CD REVIEWS: Plants and Animals: La La Land

Montreal-based Plants and Animals' newest release La La Land is a fun, upbeat record that showcases why the band has been gaining recognition in the indie music scene for a few years now. Their first full-length album, Parc Avenue, was nominated for two JUNO awards in 2009 and was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2008.
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THEATRE: Off with your head!

In the beginning, there was lust, and in the end, there was still lust. Alexandre Marine's latest stage production, L'evangile selon Salome, is a harrowing tale of a struggling youth, Salome, trying to resolve internal and external conflicts. The classic tale follows a series of modern theatrical twists, boasting musically inspired moments complemented by a world of incestuous perversion, deception and homoeroticism.
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MUSIC: Keeping the Klezmer beat

In 1980, when Dr. Hy Goldman first brought Boston's Klezmer Conservatory Band to Montreal, not many people believed that the near-forgotten musical tradition of Klezmer could be revived. Roughly defined as the music of Eastern European Jewry, Klezmer had all but disappeared after the Second World War.
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