The 10th anniversary edition of ShazamFest is on this weekend, presenting music, sports, food, vaudeville and carnival entertainment with a small carbon footprint.
* Lez Spread the Word 6 à 9 at Unity
* Nuclear Neighbourhood premiere at Dollar Cinema
* Gay ageing & raging on screen by film historian Tom Waugh
* Bob Log III at Il Motore
* A$AP Wednesdays at Salon Officiel
* South Korean film Sunny at Ciné-Asie
* Hicks on Sticks at PHI Centre’s Skate or Die series
* Planet of Snail at Docville
* Catch readings by writers like Steve Roggenbuck., then dance!
* Elektra Festival delights with AV splendour
* Mysterious rawker Bob Log III plays Il Motore
* The Laugh Pack busts your gut
Once again, this year’s Pop Montreal festival positively raged. If you truly did it up right, you are probably still in recovery mode, like I am.
My first Pop show on Thursday night was Aussie trio the Dirty Three at the perfect venue: Ukrainian Federation. The bar was set high here, as the Dirty Three was my projected Pop highlight. Violinist/keyboard player Warren Ellis remains everything I look for in a tried-and-true rock star. Punctuating his liquid violin lines with high kicks and jerking body movements, Ellis is simply untouchable. When things got a little too heavy and dark, Ellis was quick to add levity and regale the sold-out crowd with stream-of-conscious tales that involved Bono and whatever else his rambling mind could latch on to.