Nov 21, 2009

Christmas parade in Montreal: Santa Claus lands on Ste-Catherine Street

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So nice that this year's Santa Claus parade was on a sunny and mild day. Families lined along Ste.Catherine street, stroller traffic jams, all in good cheer. The event goes until 5pm today.

The parade happens along Sainte Catherine Street West, between
Du Fort and Saint-Urbain streets, and is in its 59th edition.



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Nov 12, 2009

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal on now until November 21st

by Fiona O'Connor
Montreal's international documentary film festival, Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) kicked off yesterday, marking the 12th edition of the annual film event. The 11-day festival will see more than 100 docs screened at over 9 locations throughout the city. In addition to the films- which bring issues, stories, and styles from around the world to Montreal- the RIDM program includes group discussions, Q&A's with directors, master classes and the cocktail-shmoozefests without which any good arts festival would be incomplete.

Swedish director Frederik Gertten's film Bananas!* has its Canadian premiere on November 17th.


...And in case you were wondering what the people of Glod, Romania thought after being featured in the 2006 mock-doc Borat, Dutch director Mercedes Stalenhoef gives you an idea in Carmen Meets Borat, which has its Quebec premiere on November 15th.

For information on schedules, tickets, and venue locations visit the RIDM website. For reviews and recommendations, you can also visit the Gazette's guide to RIDM here.
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Nov 7, 2009

Mark your calendars! Local ladies 'The Peelies' to perform Friday, November 13th


by Fiona O'Connor
I won't deny that I am completely biased in my praise for Montreal's up-and-coming rock-and-rollers, The Peelies. It was just over a year ago that my former roommate picked up her first guitar and decided she'd learn how to play. Now, she's one fifth of the cutest French pop-rock band in town and I must say, I feel just a wee bit proud seeing all those hours of repetitive chord progressions pay off, and so quickly at that.

All relatively new to the music game, The Peelies are slowly starting to attract local buzz. Having caught them a few weeks ago at L'Escogriffe, one of Montreal's hole-in-the-wall mainstays, it's clear that these fun-loving ladies will continue to make waves as much for being so irresistibly adorable as for their ability to give a lively and earnest performance.

Citing Jane Birkin, Snatch, Thee Headcoatees and Los Saicos among their influences, The Peelies describe themselves as:

"Moitié hawaïennes, moitié amérindiennes, totalement cutes. Le meilleur band de fille que t'auras jamais vu de ta vie, elles sont inspirées à part égales par Snatch (le groupe, pas le film) et leur mamans."

English-translation: don't miss these gals when they perform on November 13th at le Cégep du Vieux Montreal. Check their myspace for deets, or become a fan of The Peelies on Facebook.

I really wish The Peelies the best. How could you not?!







Photo credit: Daniel Pelissier
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