Arts and Life

Polaris Music Prize shortlist announced

Nearly a month after the Polaris Music Prize longlist was announced, the 10 artists and albums that will be considered for the grand prize were named today at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. At around 11 a.m. Holy Fuck – a band shortlisted last year for the $20,000 cash prize – helped announce those selected by holding up a copy […]

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In review: Public Enemies

Public Enemies Directed by Michael Mann Starring: Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard and Christian Bale Rating: 5/10 Considering his previous films Heat and Collateral are two of the absolute best crime thrillers ever made, I was expecting Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies, to turn out along the same prestigious lines as those masterpieces. I mean, there wasn’t DeNiro, Pacino or […]

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In review: Far

Artist: Regina Spektor Album: Far Label: Sire Records Released: June 23, 2009 Rating: 7.0/10 Picking up where she left off three years ago, Regina Spektor has reemerged with her fifth full-length album, Far. Promptly commanding one’s undivided attention with the bouncing beat of “The Calculation”, the album opens with a bubbly melody about love and macaroni pieces. (Let’s remember that […]

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In review: The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker Directed by Kathryn Bigelow Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty Rating: 8/10 Not very often is a film struck from its original release date when early reviews deem it “the film to beat” at the Oscars that year. Such a case is Kathryn Bigelows’s The Hurt Locker, a movie that was set to be released last […]

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In Review: Funny People

Funny People Directed by Judd Apatow Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann Rating: 6.5/10 As unfortunate as it may be, your expectations before you go into a film can play a huge part on your final feelings towards that particular film. I was met with such a predicament this week, when I took on an opening night screening of […]

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140: Possibly the first film inspired by twitter

TORONTO (CUP) – What happens when a large number of people from around the world participate in a social experiment? How does knowing that we share similar experiences of using online technology shape our identities? In making the new film 140, 140 independent amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world synchronized their actions around the social networking website twitter.com […]

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CEMF: Day 2

The second day of CEMF brought a whole new sound to Bingeman’s. In contrast to the heavier stuff that was performed on day one, such as Kingdoms and Protest the Hero, the music on day two was much more upbeat. CEMF pass-holders heard from bands such as Candy Coated Killahz, Dinosaur Bones, and the much-anticipated headliner: The Roots. Starting off […]

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Bedouin Soundclash

Laura Sedgwick: I’ve seen Bedouin play so many times! You guys are great, but the last time I saw you play you were without Pat Pengelly, your former drummer, how has that changed the dynamic of your band? Bedouin Soundclash: Well, its been really positive in terms of moving forward and moving into the next chapter of what we want […]

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CEMF: Day 1

With the first band hitting the stage in the early afternoon, the people at Cutting Edge Music Festival (CEMF) came prepared to party. Not right away, however, as setting up camp took top priority for many. By the time Stereos performed their set mid-afternoon, the number of people surrounding the stage increased substantially, no doubt to get up close and […]

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The Artist Life

Laura Sedgwick: I really enjoyed your acoustic set. What’s it like playing acoustically as opposed to being on the main stage? The Artist Life: It is different, but the beginning of a lot of these songs start out on an acoustic guitar anyhow, so its interesting to take the songs back to where we had them in the beginning…. You […]

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