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Name: Claire K.
City: Montreal, CAN

Claire is a documentary filmmaker and grad student. She spins at a highly coveted Friday night DJ gig at Laika, a coffee shop known in Montreal as a gathering space for artists and intellectuals.


Her lifestyle fuses art, music, and film together with experience in order to form communities and create change. Using her films as a platform for ideas, she has addressed issues of humanities impact on the natural world.


She is a perfect representation of the modern green-minded citizen.  She doesn’t believe that environmentalism should be a “fringe” movement; it’s simply “a necessary part of being young and tuned-in.”


posts by this scout:

Say hello to Hivernale

(Feb 12, 2015) Although Igloofest has become the go-to wintertime staple of electronic music events in Montreal, it has a new lean younger cousi...

Tribal Chic Mukluks

(Feb 10, 2015) Strange things happen under the midnight sun, when night is long and days are fleeting. Temperatures drop, snow turns to ice, ...

asana

(Feb 06, 2015) Want to organize your life for a dream project or looming deadline? Perhaps micromanage a team of people you’re working wit...

Forever 21

(Feb 05, 2015) For those of you who are fans of cheap swag, Forever 21 has what it takes to make you look totally awesome from head to toe.   W...

Hot toddies: Goin down Easy

(Feb 04, 2015) If you think a hot toddy is only meant when you’re sick, you’ve got things all wrong. These rum, honey, lemony, soot...

Hot wine

(Jan 14, 2015) Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside!  And it’s not getting any warmer anytime soon. The solution? The ultimate solution? Gr...

Lumbersexual :: Taking Over where Metrosexual Left off

(Dec 17, 2014) What comes after Movember? Obviously Decembeard.  And next comes Manuary.  But what is the point of Decembeard, one may ask? W...

Soup Dumplings

(Nov 25, 2014) The world’s best hangover food (even better than Pho, Thai or Ramen) has gotta be these amazing dumplings you can get in Ch...

Club Mate for the Win

(Nov 04, 2014) Low on energy?  Wish you had superpowers?  Well, Red Bull may give you wings but Club Mate will turbocharge you.  Originally m...

Paintbending :: Art Without Boundaries

(Oct 29, 2014) When you look at one of Fabian’s  paintings, its like staring inside the human mind.  Abstract forms come together with ...

The Rise of Kombucha

(Oct 06, 2014) Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage known to have  a wide range of health benefits, from cancer prevention to stomach relief fr...

How to survive an Outdoor Music Festival 

(Sep 29, 2014) Having been a DJ for more than a decade, this summer I decided I would try my hand at sending out as many demos as I could to per...

Essie :: Ain’t Got no Chips

(Sep 26, 2014) I used to be a devout fan of OPI nail products.  So many colours, such sassy names.  Such great packaging… but then I discove...

DJ Koze :: In a League of his Own

(Sep 24, 2014) DJ Koze is known to the world as a wacky, zany and quirky musical maniac.   Never one to fit into any mold, he has carved a nic...

Sodastream : putting the Fizz in the bottle

(Sep 19, 2014) While visiting my brother on summer vacation, he showed me a cool new toy he’s recently acquired that puts bubbles into wat...

Iwashi Izakaya: Cute as a button, delicious as Japan

(Aug 27, 2014) Izakaya and Ramen are both gaining momentum at lightning-speed as cool go-to options for healthy late-night dining.  So it is on...

The Teaches of Peaches

(Aug 25, 2014) Peaches has long been a staple of electronica, punk rock and raunchy rap.  Ever since she put out her chart-topping second alb...

Festival Lush-es : Guinness Got it Right

(Aug 15, 2014) What’s the biggest problem with drinking at BYOB summer outdoor music festivals?  The difficulty of keeping things cold i...

Cropped tops, Chopped locks

(Aug 05, 2014) I don’t know if it’s just the people I’ve been hanging with, but it seems everyone is shaving off one side of t...

Vaporize It

(Jul 25, 2014) With the advent of many states in Europe and the USA legalizing marijuana, how to smoke it has become somewhat of a relevant que...

Happy Planet Makes Me Happy

(Jul 16, 2014) Happy Planet has been making organic juices, smoothies & soups since 1994.   Based out of Vancouver, BC the once-little com...

It’s Sangria season!

(Jul 11, 2014) Sangria has been a summertime staple since the beginning of time.  But Montreal drinking establishments are upping the ante by i...

MUTEK Strikes again!

(Jun 25, 2014) For their 15th anniversary season, MUTEK (the esteemed music & high-tech art festival) teamed up with ELEKTRA (a festival ded...

Netflix Takin it Back :: Fresh Prince

(Jun 24, 2014) When I was a mere tween, every evening my best friend and I would curl up on the sofa to watch Fresh Prince.. The show that made ...

Pretty pastel hair

(Jun 17, 2014) This summer the streets of Montreal are awash with colour.  Pretty pastel hair, from blue, purple, and pink to green.  Soft an...

Drinking in the Park

(Jun 16, 2014)   The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day and it just seems like the ideal situation for a beer or a casual glass of ...

Hammer Pants :: Getting down Low

(Jun 12, 2014) Lately with pants it’s all about dropping the crotch and getting down low.   This is not only applicable to ubertrendy Jap...

The Knife :: Carving Out Unique Inspiration

(Jun 09, 2014) Unlike 93% of music fans at their recent concert at Metropolis, I am not a hard-core fan of The Knife.  I do not own any of thei...

Turn your iPhone into a photo laboratory

(Jun 08, 2014) There are loads of fabulous iPhone accessories out there, but until I met a friend who demonstrated the capabilities of the amazi...

Some like it Hot !

(Jun 04, 2014) Who knew that hot sauce is one of the 10 fastest growing industries in the United States?  That’s right… We like it ...

The OP-1:: The Synth That Stole My Heart

(Jun 02, 2014) In checking out this year’s MUTEK festival lineup, reading the biographies of prolific and emerging artists, one thing is c...

Out with the Grand, In with the New

(May 22, 2014) The grand Budapest Hotel is one of those films that you could watch any time.  It is both happy and sad, kitschy and down to ear...

The Cult of Jameson

(May 16, 2014) The cult of Jameson is dictated by the fact that Jameson is just so damn easy to drink!  Not to mention inexpensive… and versa...

Dallas Buyers Club

(May 13, 2014) The thought of watching someone die of AIDS is not exactly appealing.  But there are so many beautiful moments that can happen d...

Edison Strikes Back

(May 12, 2014) Just when you thought the era of Thomas Edison’s omnipresent incandescent lightbulb was about to come to an end, along come...

Just crop it

(May 07, 2014) After a winter that seemed like the Ice Age, finally things are starting to warm up and people are starting to show a little ski...

Jägerbombs all the way!

(May 06, 2014) Jägermeister is a tonic meant to help with your digestion that can also get you rather drunk.  With its original recipe hailin...

Kraftwerk! Kraftwerk! Kraftwerk!

(May 06, 2014) Ahh Kraftwerk the Godfathers of all electronic music.  Despite the fact that in 2014 Kraftwerk are definitely a little past thei...

Zaha Hadid : Daring to Win

(May 05, 2014) Zaha Hadid is an Iraqi architect fascinated with avant-garde forms and structures.  Her architecture challenges traditional use...

The Majesty of Majestique

(Apr 28, 2014)   Last night my man decided to take me out for a romantic meal to a restaurant that opened literally last week, on April 11t...

The Nature of Love in Modern Times

(Apr 01, 2014) Things aren’t like they used to be.  That’s an understatement!  The landscape of dating , love, and relationships i...

Siriously?

(Mar 31, 2014) It has been two months since I started using Siri on my iPhone.  It all began as a joke–I saw the little voice button and ...

It’s Sake time!

(Mar 07, 2014) Ever since the Izakaya and Wine Bar Trend  has begun transforming restaurants into places for strictly eating into places for ea...

IntraWest : Luxury Adventure Escapes

(Mar 06, 2014) Mont Tremblant, Quebec IntraWest calls itself a leader in experiential destination resorts.  Shorthand – a resort where yo...

Ludger & St Henri A La Mode

(Mar 03, 2014) Some call it the Brooklyn of Montreal.  Slightly removed, gritty and stylish, St Henri is attracting the city’s newest inf...

Animal Prints + Neon Lips…

(Mar 03, 2014) Even with a perfectly Virgin face a pair of bold Neon on the lips will make a statement.  Add a little animal print to the mix i...

PUSH it farther with Ableton

(Mar 02, 2014) Ever since I got my new Push controller for Ableton  Live I just can’t stop playing around… It’s like the ulti...

The Boiler Room is so Hot that It’s Boiling

(Mar 02, 2014) Who knew that watching DJs play live on the Internet could ever become such a huge thing…  The Boiler Room hype is proof of ...

Bringing Back the Old-Fashioned

(Feb 23, 2014) Who would’ve ever thought that in old man’s cocktail would be re-contextualized  to become a swanky beverage?    W...

Igloofest Strikes Again!

(Feb 23, 2014) Canada has a reputation for being cold with long winters and tonnes of ice and snow.  Montreal’s Igloofest does nothing bu...

I like my headbands low

(Feb 22, 2014) Take it from the 60s but headbands are now currently being worn almost exclusively over the head.  The advantage of this look (b...

Now you can stream Art Films on your laptop

(Feb 18, 2014) Tired of Netflix?  Well Ex-Centris, Montréal’s premiere local and art house cinema has opened the floodgate to online stre...

Say hello to Volca

(Jan 31, 2014) Imagine a drum machine or synthesizer that could fit in your purse.. With touch-sensitive step sequencing, real analog synthesis ...

Netflix Takeover

(Jan 30, 2014) The future is now. Television is officially obsolete. Say au revoir to your friendly neighborhood video store.  Because there i...

Vodka, Pickles, Fire, and Drama: Drinks that Make a Splash

(Jan 29, 2014) It’s all about drinks that make a big splash these days; by shedding new light on forgotten old cultural traditions, or sim...

How to Look Cool in the Cold

(Jan 29, 2014) Harricana As temperatures drop too low for natural human existence, Struggling to stay warm is as much a science as it is an art. ...

The 4 Part Night Out :: Survival Guide

(Dec 13, 2013) The four part evening starts at five and ends at… Five.   To execute such an ambitious Undertaking, one must be armed with th...

Sata Sushi and the Rice Paper Montreal Mystery

(Nov 27, 2013) After living in Vancouver for 3 years, where one can find arguably the best sushi and sashimi outside of Tokyo, the quest for th...

Miniaturize me: Pint-sized delicious Morsels

(Nov 27, 2013) With Multinational food corporations and genetically-modified foods encouraging consumers to eat larger servings–not to men...

Up in Smoke : The Rise of the Electronic Cigarette

(Nov 26, 2013)   Nicotine addicts of the world unite: the answer the threat of cancer has arrived in the form of the sleek, elegant, sophis...

Just Hand Me A Pabst

(Nov 26, 2013) Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, otherwise known as simply ‘Pabst’ or ‘PBR’ has been around a shocking 168 years. ...

Woody Allen’s Latest Leaves Me Feeling Blue

(Nov 25, 2013) Though critics adored Woody Allen’s latest offering of Blue Jasmine, pegging it as one of his ‘most commercially viab...

The Incredible Circular Scarf

(Nov 25, 2013) This fall, the single fashion piece that is catching everybody’s attention is the circular scarf.  Simply a scarf that ha...

CocoRosie: Fresh, Beatboxed + Inspired

(Nov 24, 2013) I just got home from CocoRosie’s latest show at SAT and my mind is officially blown.  Having seen them perform at the Nati...

Vinyl-Only: Keeping Techno Sexy

(Nov 24, 2013) In an age where it seems like all music is available everywhere all the time, getting stuff that nobody else has is becoming incr...

Spike Me Up, Spike Me Down

(Nov 23, 2013) Spikes aren’t just for punk rock anymore.  In this post-punk era, they have become simply a way to add a little sass to an...

Pimm’s for the Win!

(Nov 23, 2013) Seems like everyone is sipping on something bubbly these days.Taking influence from the British, people are sucking back PimmR...

Horror Inc. – Briefly Eternal

(Sep 05, 2013) Marc LeClair aka Akufen has been mesmerizing eardrums worldwide for over a decade with his blend of choppy, funky cut-up sample-b...

John Roberts

(Aug 01, 2013)   Imagine intricately organized undulating harmonies.  Sounds of  piano, kalimba, synthesizer, drums + bass.  Beautiful, power...

Nautilus Plus And The Get-Fit Challenge

(Jul 30, 2013) In this modern age where we all work sitting down at computers or plugged into tiny cubicles, fitness has become secondary to exi...

Welcome to the Emerald

(Jul 26, 2013) More commonly known as ‘no-name bar’, the Emerald is nestled in the Mile-End on Parc Avenue between Fairmont and St-V...

Bling Bling Cha-Ching

(Jul 26, 2013) Every filmmaker makes a dud every now and again, and this time it is Sofia Coppola’s turn.  Normally when I go to the movi...

Show me your undercheeks

(Jul 18, 2013) What is an undercheek, one may ask?  Well, its a cuter, nicer way of saying …  ass cheeks, as in the cheeks that poke ou...

Forró in the Dark

(Jul 12, 2013) Forro in the Dark There is no place on Earth quite like Brazil, where music is so celebrated and loved and created: a perpetual wh...

Paradise Found: Fernando De Noronha

(Jul 11, 2013) Baia dos Porcos Fernando de Noronha is a magical place.  Made up of 21 islands on a volcanic archipelago, the beaches are pristin...

Osklen

(Jul 10, 2013) Oskar Metsavaht is a Brazilian artist who does not limit himself to a single discipline.  Though his primary activities are in f...

Toms

(Jul 09, 2013) They make shoes.  They make sunglasses.  Their One for One programme gives money to help those in need. For every pair of gla...

Ruby Burma

(Jul 08, 2013) Tea Leaf Salad @ Ruby Burma It is rare that a restaurant compels me to go twice in one week, but this was the case with Ruby Burm...

Shades of Ombre

(Jul 05, 2013) Ombre hair has been making appearances on the runways and streets of Cali for the past three years or so, but not until spring 20...

Patrick Watson invades Nomad Nation

(Jul 02, 2013) What happens when you take classical influences and mix them with reggae, indie rock, and add a touch of psychedelia?  If you...

SubPac : Back to Bass

(Jul 01, 2013) After Generation X comes Generation Bass.  Unfortunately overexposure to low bass frequencies can damage your hearing and wake u...

Lets get LOOSE!

(May 28, 2013) In the 60’s women used to wear high-waisted jeans so tight they had to lie down and suck it in with all their might to get ...

Gold Panda: Just Golden

(May 27, 2013) Seeing one of my favorite artists in a small venue is the stuff that dreams are made of.  So when I saw that Gold Panda was play...

Tapped – The Truth about Bottled Water

(May 27, 2013) It’s springtime, the sun is shining.  You feel thirsty.  You stop at the store to buy a bottle of water.  Water is the h...

Elektra: Immersion, Ideas + Sound

(May 26, 2013) Montreal is a city that celebrates digital art and culture perhaps more than any North American city besides New York.  And ther...

It’s Hunting Season

(May 26, 2013) Who ever thought rubber boots could be classy and stylish?  Well, they weren’t… until Hunter reinvented their image...

Converse: Get Chucked!

(Apr 22, 2013) Converse has been around since before I can remember.  Synonymous with the sneaker itself, Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are e...

The Way of the Black Mamba

(Apr 15, 2013) In Buenos Aires, the streets are hot with the scent of Black Mamba, a new fashion line featuring street-friendly styles in leathe...

Buenos Aires: the Montreal of South America?

(Apr 14, 2013) Buenos Aires – Solar Flower Who would have thought that Buenos Aires would have anything in common with Montreal?  Not me. ...

Alicia Hush

(Apr 14, 2013) In the frequencies hovering above the deep rumble of the bass, one hears a distinctively clear clap, and some metallic percussio...

Death of the Penny

(Apr 13, 2013) As of Feb 4, 2013, pockets in Canada are getting a little lighter.  Why?  Because the penny has been declared officially out-of...

Sata Sushi : I dream of Tokyo

(Apr 12, 2013)   After living in Vancouver for 3 years–arguably the best place outside Japan for sushi and sashimi–the quest fo...

Are you ready to get Vilified?

(Apr 12, 2013) Since moving to Montreal a little over 4 years ago in 2008, Jenny Carmichael aka Vilify has been ripping up decks and dancefloor...

Ray Ban : Flying High

(Apr 11, 2013) Ray Ban Wayfarer: perma-classic Ray Ban is a name that is practically synonymous with sunglasses, and its no surprise given the co...

Life of Pi

(Apr 11, 2013) The Life of Pi is definitely far from your standard boy-meets-girl flick, and also rather different from your standard man-fights...

Getting Deeper into Deepa Mehta

(Apr 08, 2013) Deepa Mehta is a filmmaker who takes risks.  An Indo-Canadian (born in India, now living in Toronto, Canada) who has deep ties t...

Mount Kimbie on the Rise

(Apr 07, 2013) Mount Kimbie.  An unassuming moniker for the musical heavyweights they are.  Since the release of their 2010 home-recorded albu...

High-Octane Kicks

(Apr 07, 2013) Isabelle Marant has taken things to the next level with the platform wedge trend.  She has crossed it with the sneaker, to creat...

DJing in the Digital Age

(Apr 06, 2013) Richie Hawtin DJing with his array of MIDI controllers and external FX As a DJ in the digital era, one has three choices. 1) Play ...

CFLs : Do you See the Light?

(Apr 03, 2013) Though governments have been quietly phasing out the production and purchase of incandescent light bulbs worldwide, it did not ...

Devassa

(Mar 22, 2013) What could be more clever than inventing your own recipe for microbrewed beer, thinking up a clever name that’s a play on w...

Oscar Niemeyer: Final Curves of his Time

(Mar 06, 2013) He lived to be nearly 105 years old and worked nearly until the day he died.  He was one of the world’s greatest architect...

Canada Goose: Keeping Cozy, Keeping it Real

(Feb 28, 2013) Canada Goose has figured out a clever way to market their parkas to hipsters and arctic adventurers alike: by creating a distinct...

Breaking Bad: The Final Stretch

(Feb 27, 2013) I come from a new generation of laptop aficionados who refuses to have a television dominate my living-room.  Instead of a TV, i...

Recycled Fur

(Feb 27, 2013) The debate around fur has been longstanding.  Fur is warm.  It’s stylish.  It’s natural.  Yet, somehow, it is sav...

Igloofest ! Igloofest ! Igloofest !

(Feb 25, 2013) Okay so I know every year I write about Igloofest.  But it is with valid reason–for this wintery outdoor electronic music ...

The New Soundcloud

(Jan 24, 2013) Do you remember that time when you were a kid in the grocery store in the cereal aisle, and when you grabbed the box of your favo...

Django Unchained: Tarantino’s Best Yet?

(Jan 22, 2013) If you like blood and guts, beautiful dames with hard hearts, intelligent wit, and plenty of swashbuckling with a side dose of hi...

The Multifaceted, Multifunctional Home

(Dec 22, 2012)   A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.  This statement could not be any more true tha...

Red Pants!

(Dec 15, 2012) What could be hotter than a pair of Red pants? This season in Montreal, not much.  Red pants are the fashion item of the season....

Water for Elephants

(Dec 15, 2012) One of my favorite things about flying is cruising through the list of films in search of obscure new releases, undiscovered clas...

Made in Montreal

(Dec 14, 2012) Montreal is known worldwide for its vibrant party scene, but what many people don’t know is that there are a plethora of re...

Jamie Oliver With a Twist: La Maison Publique

(Dec 12, 2012) It’s not everyday that Jamie Oliver opens a restaurant in Montreal.  Well, I shouldn’t say Jamie Oliver, as he is te...

I love my Havaianas

(Dec 11, 2012) Havaianas have become almost synonymous with flip flops themselves.  Since this Brazilian company first started up in 1962, the...

Over My Skin

(Nov 05, 2012) Sheer fabrics have been hot on the runways since 2008, but it is not until last summer that they began to clearly dominate the st...

Acid Pauli

(Nov 01, 2012) Electronic music has been dominating the world of the dance since the late 90’s, but now that genres have run the gamut of ...

You Only Live Twice

(Oct 31, 2012) Opi has had the upper hand in the nail industry for as long as I can remember.  From their sleek packaging, extensive color spec...

Festival du Nouveau Cinema

(Oct 19, 2012) For a city that has a film festival nearly every month of the year, it’s not easy to make a strong impression on cinema-goe...

Kindle Me Wonderful

(Sep 06, 2012) Packing light has never been my forte when going on any kind of escapade, whether it be a 24-hour escape from the city, a weeken...

Squarepusher vs. Akufen

(Sep 04, 2012) Squarepusher pushing the limits of binary algorithms with his sick audio-visual performance concept. What do Squarepusher and Akuf...

Move over Skinny Leg Jeans

(Sep 03, 2012) Move over Skinny-Leg Jeans.  There’s a new silhouette for fall.  Boot cut!  I know it sounds and seems very strange, bu...

To Rome With Love

(Aug 30, 2012) Anna gives Antonio a Lesson on Love… Woody Allen is infamous for making films that shed light upon the oft-overlooked impuls...

Montreal Under the Sun – Club Espagnol

(Aug 20, 2012) The temperature is a scorching 32 degrees Celsius.   The city oozes heat; it rises up from the blackness of the asphalt, teasin...

The Whale

(Aug 15, 2012) I wouldn’t call myself an environmental activist, but I am definitely an environmentalist – that is, one who bases m...

FCL – Bringing Down the House

(Aug 13, 2012) Lately I’m noticing that all house music (well, most house music, shall we say) is starting to sound ever-too-similar.  Un...

White Hot

(Aug 10, 2012) During summer months, Montreal transforms from a deep freezer into a swirling inferno of urban heat.  The sun oozes down as temp...

MACM – Montreal Modern Art at it’s Finest

(Aug 09, 2012) MACM, or the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, in French), is Montreal’s l...

Monoi – The Secret Ingredient to Healthy Hair?

(Aug 07, 2012) One evening I was casually flipping through Elle magazine and I came upon an article about Monoi – a Tahitian oil that cons...

Thai Airways: A Cut Above North America

(Jul 11, 2012) I find it rather odd how all of the North American Airlines charge for food and alcohol on domestic flights, and charge money fo...

Air Canada: Go Far

(Jul 04, 2012) Air Canada.  Not exactly everybody’s favorite airline.  In fact, quite the opposite.  Celebrating its 75th anniversary t...

Bonnie and Clyde

(Jul 03, 2012) Sometimes, when I crave real entertainment, I look into the past rather than toward the future… and it was through one of t...

I heart my T-shirts Long + Loose

(Jul 02, 2012) Margaret Dygas rocking the large loose tank top style One of the sexiest easy looks for summer this season is the long and loose T...

Montreal Sushi

(Jun 28, 2012) OK, I admit it.  I’m a sushi snob.  Having lived in Vancouver for 3 years where one is spoiled by the freshest fish in t...

Tales from the Underground

(Jun 27, 2012) I really don’t know much about what’s happening in pop music, indie, rock, or other ‘pseudo-acoustic’ gen...

Jimmy Edgar: Bringing the Funk To the New Generation

(Jun 25, 2012) His music almost sounds like it could come from the 7o’s, or the 80’s, or the 90’s, but then there is somethin...

Techno vs. the Future – MUTEK vs. Movement

(Jun 22, 2012) Jeff Mills @ MUTEK When it comes to MUTEK, the name says it all.  A festival dedicated to forward-thinking world-class artists i...

Shu Uemura: Subtle Sex Appeal

(Jun 20, 2012) Sometimes subtlety is sexy.  That means: nothing too in-your-face.  No giant logos blaring all over the place.  Simple black l...

Underwater Love

(Jun 18, 2012) Koh Tao may just be a little island in Thailand, but its a big league player in the world scuba diving scene.  At Buddha View  ...

A Dangerous Method

(Jun 15, 2012) Many of you may already be familiar with Canadian director David Cronenberg’s tendency toward the risqué.  Since 1969 he h...

Short in the front, Long in the Back

(Jun 14, 2012)   For the past 9 months or so, I can’t help but notice the diagonal trend in hemlines.  And I’m not talking about di...

Red Hot + Dangerous: the [new] multicolored skinny-leg jean

(Jun 14, 2012) Just when you thought Skinny Jeans couldn’t get any wilder, here comes trouble: the uberbright, uberfantastic, multicolored ...

For the love of Art

(Apr 15, 2012) The Artist is one of those rare films that will linger with you long after you leave the theatre. More than a week after seeing i...

That Bar.

(Apr 03, 2012) Have you ever been to one of those places where there’s no sign, only a door, and it looks really dirty but as soon as you ...

What’s the difference between Perrier and San Pellegrino?

(Mar 12, 2012) Upon first sip, a seasoned conoisseur of bubbly water may notice that Perrier has bigger bubbles, whereas San Pellegrino’s ...

What’s your idea of a perfect fantasy vacation?

(Mar 09, 2012) Do you see a stretch of sandy beach and a turquoise sea, skirted by palm trees with a faint smell of salt and gently crashing wav...

Norwegian Wood

(Mar 08, 2012) What a twisted moral world we live in.  There are rules; there are boundaries, but everybody breaks them.  Love takes the cake ...

Igloofest: Turning Hipsters into Icecubes

(Feb 29, 2012) It’s amazing how a concept can overpower the forces of nature.  Who would ever think that in the middle of January, thousa...

Imadake : Japanese Pub Fare at its Finest

(Feb 15, 2012) Imadake, a Montrealaise interpretation of a Japanese Pub / late night restaurant, fills a quintessential void for famished Japane...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

(Feb 14, 2012) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. What is it? The result of repetitive strain involving a computer, or various other types of technology. S...

MAC Cosmetics : Tour De Fabulous

(Feb 09, 2012) MAC Cosmetics is becoming known for its high-octane splashes of color and adventure into makeup territory. Their ad campaigns feat...

Smashing the 4/4

(Feb 01, 2012) Within the microcosm of the evolution of every musical genre come a cycle of celebration, conformity, segregation, ingenuity, art...

Winter Boots Done Right

(Jan 31, 2012) Sorel's Classic Joan of Arc Fashionistas claim that fall is the best season for style due to the necessity for layering invoke...

Hrdvsion : Strangely Seductive Sounds

(Jan 05, 2012) To many aficionados of electronic music, he is best identified as Mathew Jonson’s little brother. But to those who love the ...

H&M : Beauty Rendered Digital

(Jan 04, 2012) On December 6th, 2011, a news bulletin was released with allegations that H&M has been using real models’ heads attache...

Puffed Sleeves Extreme

(Jan 04, 2012) I remember as a kid in the 1980’s being incredibly excited when I got my first pair of puffed sleeves. There was something ...

Lawrence: Step Back in Time to Dine

(Jan 03, 2012) What do you get when you cross an old English pub with a classy restaurant, and plunk it in the heart of a vastly multicultural ci...

The Skin I Live In

(Jan 03, 2012) Almodovar. He could be called the master of darkness. Dark comedy, dark thrillers, addiction, convoluted murderous plots, dark-hai...

Take Me To Your Atelier

(Dec 16, 2011) In French, Atelier means workshop, or studio. And due to its post-industrial nature, there is a lot of affordable real estate arou...

Raphael Lozano-Hemmer: Lighting Up Montreal’s Night Sky

(Dec 15, 2011) He hails from Mexico city but makes his home in Montreal and Madrid. A conceptualist thinker, Raphael creates interactive installa...

The Art of Cool: City Chic meets Lit Geek

(Dec 15, 2011) I remember hearing about Urban Outfitters when I was a teenager searching for new outlets of cool, modern, affordable urban clothi...

The Librarian: Redefining Bass

(Dec 14, 2011) Okay, I’ll admit it. I have a minor obsession for females kicking ass in the music industry. Its probably largely due to th...

Black on Black

(Dec 14, 2011) Tights: they add drama to an outfit when worn black on black. They can double as tight pants to provide an underlayer of winter wa...

I See You Baby

(Oct 31, 2011) OK, admit it. Sometimes, occasionally, here and there, while waiting for a red light to turn green, walking up the street, or wand...

Phantogram

(Oct 28, 2011) I’m not an indie rocker type, so it takes a lot for me to like a band. But from the moment I heard the first licks of guita...

The New Beatport

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Take me to the land of Red Sand

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Remembering Steve Jobs

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First Lady of Bass

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Surfing on the Cloud of Sound

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Owen Wilson does Woody Allen: a new take on Method Acting?

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Red Hot Lips, Side Slits + Racerbacks

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Drumstep

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Jean Paul Gaultier

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Back to Basics : American Apparel

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Are You Ready To Evolve?

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Sending Files on the Fly: YouSendit vs. MegaUpload

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Dirtybird

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Farmers Markets: Fresh + Local, Keeping it Real

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Who is the real James Bond?

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Long, Luscious Locks

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Need Answers? Ask Facebook

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MUTEK MUTEK MUTEK !!!

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Piknic Electronik

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Pedro Almodóvar

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Pint-Sized Pleasures: MIDI on the Go

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Travel on a Shoestring

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Tokyo: An Urban-Dweller’s Paradise

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Put Your Booty Shorts On

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Enter The Void

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Is The Internet Ruining our Attention Span?

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Apps Apps Apps

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Unsuspecting Venues for Emerging Artists

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Cheap Tasty Li’l Eats

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Serge Gainsbourg

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The [Revenge] of Acid Wash.

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Modern meets Vintage: The Social Network vs. the Pink Panther

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The Art of Accessorisation

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Electrify me, electronify this. Deconstruct me like that.

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iLove

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Frosty Frolics

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Who Hasn’t Heard of Denis Gagnon?

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Countdown to the Oscars

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iPhone Envy

(Feb 22, 2011) It’s official: My Blackberry Pearl has been rendered obsolete by a new generation of Smartphones.  While going through air...

Keeping it Underground

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Ushanka: From Russia With Love

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Sonic Stylings of the New Generation

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Wanted: White Boots, Preferably Vintage. Time Frame: ASAP

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A Sexy Dark Modern Fairy Tale

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Going Digital: Apple vs. Android

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The Yes Men Save the World!

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Le Comptoir: Ultra Modern Wine Bar

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Undercover Pirates

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Frivolous: DIY Electronic Music

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Shop Smart, Shop SMART Design Mart

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Complex Geometries

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Breaking the Shadowsphere

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Back in the Days

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Woody Allen & Coco Chanel: Tales of Lust and Infidelity

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Confessions of a Musicoholic

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The Post-Electronic Acoustic Pop Phenomenon

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Oh, Baby I like it Raw

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Acts of Subtle Deviance

(Oct 22, 2010) Comic Relief at Cynical-C Why is it always more fun to do something when you should be doing something else?  Life’s simple...

Le Chien Fumant: Cozy, Delicious + Open Late

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Jamie Lidell is a Funk Star + a Rock Star

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Gettin’ Down With The Designer Ginch

(Oct 04, 2010) My friend and I were DJing at a music festival this summer dressed up as Russian Schoolgirls, with super short plaid skirts, whit...

Postmodern Chic: Ethical, Aesthetically Pleasing Cuisine

(Sep 28, 2010) There is nothing better than taking a stroll up a familiar street only to notice that someplace new has appeared as if by magic, ...

Everybody’s Talking About Inception

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Uber Geeks and Techno Freaks

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Are you ready to Uff?

(Sep 14, 2010) Uffie: Dirty.  Sexy.  Crazy.  Cool.  A dash of disco, a splash of electro, some dirty guitar action, funky basz, and a sprink...

The Long and Short of It

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The Weird, The Wild + The Wonderful

(Sep 08, 2010) It is easy to get lost in Montreal’s Playground.  By day, by dusk, or in the darkness of night, there is a special niche f...

The Precarious Polka Dot and the Captivating Cutout

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Mp3 Hunting + Blog Fodder

(Aug 24, 2010) It seems that illegal downloading has taken a new and highly sophisticated turn.  Well, I don’t know if I would call it so...

I like my popcorn with extra SALT

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All That Jazz…

(Aug 10, 2010) There is nothing I despise more than an artist who sells out.  It really pisses me off.  Let me clarify a little here: by ‘...

La Boite Noire. A Cinema Lover’s Fantasy

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Choice Cuts + Undiscovered Secrets

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Click Click Click…

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Random Happy Accidents

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Big In Japan

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Hobo With a Shotgun

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Revenge of the Lazy Ass

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What does MUTEK mean to you?

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Caribou Hunting

(Jun 01, 2010) When it comes to Indie, it’s hit or miss. Some bands are amazing and others totally suck. This is, of course, according to m...

Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down

(May 28, 2010) Last night I went 0ut to Stereo, and the coat check girl was wearing a red and black Chinese silk dress, had a demi-sleeve pulle...

The Simple Gaming is the most Dangerous

(May 27, 2010) I am not much of a gamer, but there are some games that really get me.  They are usually the stupid simple ones, the ones that y...

Gallivanting Around Town

(May 26, 2010) A typical Saturday in Montreal may go a little something like this: wake up painfully, rub the dust out of your eyes as you glanc...

In MUFF We Trust

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Food for Thought and Eco-Design; Blogs of Interest

(May 21, 2010) Okay, so maybe you can’t eat it.  Not literally, but there is plenty of food for thought at Midnight Poutine.  Whether yo...

I am Celebrity: Hear Me Roar!

(May 16, 2010) Today’s celebrity is defined by omnipresence. By success in their designated field of work, appearances at prestigious work-...

Mixing Work + Pleasure Can Be Dangerous

(May 13, 2010) With the advent of every new communications technology, the geographical and metaphysical space of the workplace is redefined.  ...

If Only There Were 28 Hours in A Day…

(May 11, 2010) I like to call it Progressive Procrastination. Procrastination with Panache for the Modern Computer-Minded Citizen. Delectable de...

Protected: Blatant Spamming and Brand Narcissism: Just Don’t!

(May 10, 2010) I really detest it when brands create fan pages for themselves on Facebook.  Come on, I do not want to be a fan of Coca-Cola!  ...

Protected: The Future of Matchmaking in Cyberspace

(May 10, 2010) DNA matching dating sites may just be the next big thing.  Envision the following scenario: you sign up for a website, pay a nom...

Uber Cinema in 3-D + Bizarre Low-Budget Fantasies

(May 07, 2010) After the Oscars comes that bizarre period of nothingness between winter and summer; when there are no leaves on the trees, the g...

Protected: Social Networking And the Demise of the 21st Century Attention Span

(May 07, 2010) Social Networking may just lead to the demise of the 21st Century attention span.  I am baffled by the fact that every social ne...

Protected: I Don’t Do Apps

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Protected: Decadence + Debauchery

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Random Meanderings

(May 05, 2010) Whether you find yourself at the bar with a glass of pale ale, listening to the sounds of DJ Brace scratching up a storm at Quai ...

Protected: Facecrack, Crackbook, My Little Black Book

(May 03, 2010) Facebook (sighs). Who knew.  Who knew that this little website would become an obsession for over 400 million active users, and t...

80’s Post-Punk Revival meets the Future

(Apr 29, 2010) Every year fashion gets a little more schizophrenic it seems, and spring tends to be the most manic of seasons when it comes to f...

Tapping on da Record is Way Cooler Than Scratching!

(Apr 27, 2010) VV Brown Great music is meant for dancing.  Okay, not all great music.  Some great music is meant strictly for listening –...

The Story of Stuff

(Apr 19, 2010) Ever wondered how the capitalist machine truly functions?  Watch the Story of Stuff.  The video injects cheeky strings humor in...

Sheer Ridiculousness (!!!)

(Apr 05, 2010) Two kinds of music seem to ease my mood lately: deep funk and sheer ridiculousness.  Clara Moto and Frivolous both provide the f...

Classy Trashy

(Apr 02, 2010) Seduce me with your thigh-high boots, your bed-head and vintage tunic cinched tightly with a wide elastic belt.  Throw on your R...

Fish Tank Is Just Too Damn Hot!

(Mar 24, 2010) Some seriously amazing films have come out this year, but Fish Tank takes the cake.  A story about a fifteen-year-old British ga...

If only there were 28 hours in a Day…

(Mar 22, 2010) Simultaneously wild and tame, civilized on the surface yet bubbling with excitement and magic, this city is made for pleasure an...

Sink Your Teeth Into This

(Mar 12, 2010) Vampires are sexy. Not only have they managed to tap into the secret of eternal life, but they live adventurous and decadent l...

Whatchawannaknow??

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Robag is all that and a bag of Chips

(Mar 10, 2010) Robag Wruhme is a mysterious German man who has been haunting my record box for nearly a decade.  I always wondered what it woul...

Stimulation for the mind, body, and skin

(Mar 04, 2010) There are some times when it’s fun to go to a show with no real expectations, about what the performer will likely play an...

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

(Mar 03, 2010) Winter in Montreal is not for the faint of heart.  In January and February, the coldest months of the year, despite the cityR...

Fuzzy Wuzzy

(Feb 25, 2010) My favorite winter fashion accessory du jour is fur: real or faux, displayed on trim on bomber hats, scarves, on hoods, as trim o...

Funk me Up, Funk me Down

(Feb 22, 2010) I’m going to let you in on a little secret when it comes to music: almost everybody loves the funk.   Luckily, 2009 was a ...

Austin Powers : The Face of Amex for The New Generation?

(Feb 16, 2010) He’s retro, he’s sexy, he’s funny as hell, and he has a British Accent.  Imagine Austin Powers as the face of A...

Crazy Hearts, Emancipated Minds

(Feb 15, 2010) When I am craving mental escape, I go to the movies.  A well-told well-acted story on the big screen with a bag of popcorn may b...

Sweet Seduction on the Silver Screen

(Jan 15, 2010) There is just something about the French that is undeniably sexy – a certain ‘je ne sais quoi?’ Perhaps its th...

Oh La La

(Jan 13, 2010) For me, movies serve a dual function.  They are both entertainment and education.  So when it came to my attention that it was t...

Cha-Ching, Bring on da Bling

(Jan 08, 2010) The Post-Boxing-Day Sales are a budget shopper’s paradise, and this holiday season I was lucky enough to touch down in thre...

Kalmunity: Jazz in da Basement

(Jan 08, 2010) Montreal is not a place known for its relaxing lifestyle.  Quite the contrary, in fact; after work, going home and curling up i...

Acoustic Comforts & Electronic Pleasures

(Jan 05, 2010) One of the best nights I have had in a long time started with a band concert by Little Dragon at Il Motore, followed by a Berlin ...

Dancing Elves + Diabolical Desktop Backgrounds

(Jan 05, 2010) Winter is the season of both hard work and procrastination, and the world wide web offers a plethora of excuses to waste just a l...

Online its all about killing time

(Dec 22, 2009) We live in a society where information overload is a common problem: media is flying at us from all angles all the time. On TV, a...

Uggggggh

(Dec 19, 2009) I do not know why, but it seems that some trends simply will not die.  The trend I am referring to here is Ugg boots.  They loo...

Mounds of Meat, Bite-Sized Treasures and Underground Art

(Dec 16, 2009) Pied de Cochon - when you're in the mood for meat When it comes to going out and about, it’s all about trying new restau...

FreeLove Fenner Makes Me Want to be an Elf

(Dec 08, 2009) Because Real Love is Free!!! Generally speaking, rock music is not my cup of tea, but occasionally a band comes along that reall...

Hungover and in Need of a Haircut

(Dec 02, 2009) Insanity takes us to higher places. It seems fitting that a film called The Hangover would be such a monumental box-office succes...

Black Leather and Top Hats

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It’s all about the music

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On the Net it’s all about anonymity and practical solutions

(Nov 01, 2009) OSCulator with Ableton Live :: Sounds from Space? In my most recent online spelunking adventures, I have become quite fond of th...

Blood, Lust and Vampires

(Oct 31, 2009) HBO’s True Blood with its slightly campy style is a delight to watch, partly because it doesn’t take itself to seriou...

Dubstep is taking over !!

(Oct 22, 2009) Flying Lotus in his Element It seems that dubstep is really picking up the slack where drum’n’bass left off, and is st...

‘Love Exposure’ is the shortest four-hour-long movie ever

(Oct 21, 2009) Morality is never simple, and love is blind Ahhhh Japan, the lavish land of sushi and techno dreams – and the place of origi...

Leather, Latex and Leggings

(Oct 19, 2009) Shiny leggings in silver, black, and gold... the trend that will not die With the onslaught of icy temperatures, layering is the ...

Circuit Bending, and Foie Gras at La Fabrique

(Oct 18, 2009) POP Montreal - inspiring ideas for inspiring minds I hate hipsters, yet somehow they make everything seem cool. And they were ...

Good cheap fish, and a Black Velvet

(Sep 24, 2009) Since their recent renovation, Parking Nightclub has experienced an uplifting facelift. Stereo Nightclub’s much-awaited reopeni...

Tarantino and Moon

(Sep 23, 2009) Inglorious Basterds is getting rave reviews from all of my friends. I can’t wait to see it. Bruno has also garnered a fairly po...

Out without a bang

(Sep 23, 2009) Mixing together gold and silver jewelry and wearing many, many bracelets. I love my elegant futuristic Trippen Roman sandals. Meo...

Blips and blorps

(Sep 22, 2009) I am absolutely in love with the melodic blips and blorps of the new Luke Vibert Album – We Hear You. When it comes to techno, ...

Nerdy stuff

(Sep 21, 2009) I recently discovered CocoRosie are going on Tour and have since become addicted to their candy-coated playland of a website. I g...

Fun really is the answer

(Sep 21, 2009) Cartoons rule: I love to escape from reality and just crack up laughing watching SeaLab and Futurama. When I’m feeling in the m...