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Elektra’s Shock Therapy

From May 1 to 10, we’re celebrating the 10th edition of Elektra. Dedicated to new forms of creative expressions, this event takes place in several cultural venues and art galleries all over Montréal, from Usine C to Galerie La Centrale, as well as Galerie articule on Fairmount and the Belgo building downtown. It features multimedia and electronic arts mingling together in a plural way that is almost indescribable. The program includes visual art, live performances, exhibitions and music shows from local artists and international visitors. They’re showing their work (or sometimes just the embryo of a creation or an unfinished concept), looking for people to react and interact with it. Admission is free for most art gallery happenings and projections, while performances usually cost a little more. More info about Elektra here. The photo is taken from Kurt Hentschläger’s FEED, a live performance during which you basically enter Usine C before midnight, and become surrounded by smoke machines and stroboscopes. Oh, and you have to sign a release paper before you go in, just in case something happens. Experimental and crazy, right? Yes, that’s how we like it here.

Hidden Hotspot #2: Commissaires

Running up the hills and hunting for artsy terra incognita, our hero finds the perfect allegory to Montréal’s taste for risk in Commissaires.

Who Loves the Sun

The return of summer in Montréal means that you can stay up late all night, enjoy wine and cheese in the park, and flipflop your way through the city with sparkling pop songs in your iPod. And whether you speak English or French, fun is multilingual. Read more about my first taste of summer in 2009.

Hidden Hotspot #1: Drawn & Quarterly

About five years ago, I traded in my old Batman comic books for graphic novels. Maybe it’s just because as you get older, you feel something like Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, which tells the story of a young girl living in Tehran, might be a little closer to your everyday life than a man with a black leather costume whose job description includes saving the world and fighting evil people.

Highlights from the FIFA

This year’s International Festival of Films on Art showcased the work of artists and disciplines through the lens of talented filmmakers.

Claude Tousignant: A Retrospective

A major exhibition on one of Quebec’s most influential pop artists proves to be more about our perception of space than colours.