Arts & Entertainment

Keep up to date on local art, new albums, and everything entertainment-related.

Cabaret: song and dance lighten up Nazi-ruled Germany

Wilkomen, bienvenue, welcome! These opening words were never more sincerely spoken than at the Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society’s (AUTS) latest production, Cabaret. The show transports you straight to the Kit Kat Club, where inside all is fun and games while the outside world is crumbling.

POP RHETORIC: Tyra’s people

If I could do a case study on some of the alarming hypocrisy that characterizes media today, I would centre it on supermodel-turned-media mogul Tyra Banks. She truly embodies the modern rule of television: anyone willing to forego dignity, self-awareness, and all ironic detachments can potentially earn about $30 million a year.

Radio CKUT launches monthly showcase for McGill artists

Getting your band heard when you’re first starting out is rarely an easy feat, even in a musical city like Montreal. Getting your band heard by your peers at McGill can be even harder, which is why Radio CKUT is launching Thursdays (A)Live, a free showcase of McGill bands playing every third Thursday of the month at Gert’s.

Pop Rhetoric: NOT PRO-BONO

I don’t know what I’m more annoyed with: the fact that Bono’s recent op-ed column was even considered for publication in the New York Times; the fact that in said column, Bono advocates for a new age of paternalistic Internet service providers; or the fact that U2 hasn’t released a decent album since 1991.

Your January entertainment guide

Hollerado (January 16) December was a busy month for Canadian rockers Hollerado. After winning the $250,000 grand prize in Ottawa’s Live 88.5 “Big Money Shot,” the foursome went on tour in China. This month sees them playing the Gala at La Sala Benefit Concert for CMETrust, along with TONSTARTSSBANDHT, The Pop Winds, and Homosexual Cops.

Winnipeg’s Grand Analog samples more than just sounds

With a sound as eclectic as the members and inspirations behind it, Grand Analog is a dub/rock/soul/hip-hop group originally from Winnipeg. When describing the band’s style, front man Odario Williams says, “It’s openness, and it’s freedom, and it is our version of hip-hop.

What to expect when you’re expecting new music in 2010

Quickly glancing at the hundreds of year-end “best of” lists, it would appear 2009 was the year of the animal in independent music: The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Animal Collective, and Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca to name a few. But it would be careless to neglect the equally fantastic (though less hyped) non-animal albums of the past year as well, like St.

CD REVIEWS: Evening Hymns: Spirit Guides

Spirit Guides, the full length debut from Jonas Bonnetta under his Evening Hymns moniker, is also the newest release from the Trinity Bellwoods musical community (that features the likes of Timber Timbre and Ohbijou). Fortunately, it’s a good indication of the music coming from West Toronto’s indie music scene.

CD REVIEWS: Final Fantasy: Heartland

Heartland is the third and final studio album from renowned Toronto multi-instrumentalist Final Fantasy. Well, not exactly. The band, or rather project, primarily consisting of Owen Pallet (though percussionist Leon Taheny has received credit as well) is retiring its current name – which is conspicuously shared by a videogame franchise – and opting instead for the moniker “Owen Pallet” from now on.

What’s going on this week?

No Clue Collective & Friends Pop-Up

Features handmade items and local artists.

Oct. 23, 11 a.m.–6 PM

5445 Ave de Gaspé

Free

“Our Unconscious Territories” Artist Talk

Explore your psyche and feel the breath of life through art that lifts the veil of consciousness.

Oct. 21, 5 p.m.–8 PM

Jano Lapin Gallery

Free

Conversation with Multi-Disciplinary Artist Ron Siu

Learn how this Toronto-based visual artist uses a variety of techniques to explore themes from a queer and intersectional perspective.

Oct. 22, 5 PM

Atelier Circulaire

Free

Greenhouse Pumpkin Carving

An in-person pumpkin carving and decorating workshop. Payment goes to families in need.

Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–5 PM

Les Fermes Lufa

Tickets required, $10