It's official. The Osheaga 2014 lineup is out! The only problem is... it's not actually spelled out.
Astute music fans won't have any problem figuring this little visual riddle though. Can you spot the clues in the above mural?
Organizers are giving everyone until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014 to figure out who will be on stage this August 1 to August 3, 2014 at Parc Jean-Drapeau, and with any luck, you might just get in free.
Try to guess as many acts as you can from looking at the mural and you'll be entered in a draw to win a couple of Osheaga 2014 passes. And if your guesses are so spot on that you make the top 10, you might also win the mural, in the form of a silkscreen print.
How many can you guess right? Here are the ones I spotted.
- Osheaga 2014 Lineup: My Predictions
- Osheaga FAQs
- Share Your Guesses with Osheaga to Win Free Passes
It's official. Quebecers are going to the polls again this April 7, 2014 with current Quebec Premier Pauline Marois calling a provincial election earlier today.
Speculation has been rife for weeks, if not months that Marois would call a general provincial election this spring. The last time Quebecers voted in a provincial election was on September 4, 2012 when then Premier Jean Charest called Quebec's 40th General Election after months of student uprisings over his administration's proposed postsecondary tuition hikes.
Pauline Marois' Parti Québécois subsequently won a minority government.
This election represents Quebec's fifth one in 11 years.
- How, Where and When to Vote in the 2014 Quebec Elections
- Find Out How Your Neighborhood Voted in the Last Election
Montreal Jazz Festival 2014: Diana Ross, Keith Jarrett, Bobby McFerrin and More Confirmed Acts Rounding Out the Fest's 35th Run
- Montreal Jazz Festival 2014 Lineup Highlights
- Montreal Jazz Festival Dates & Deets
- Montreal's Hottest Summer Events
My favorite Oscar photobomb coincidentally has a Montreal connection. Then again, everything is connected to everything in some way or another when you come to think of it...
March in Montreal is a somewhat bipolar experience. Is it spring? Is it winter? Why Montreal, why?????!!!
Here's what else in happening in Montreal this March. Note that I'll be updating the March calendars more vigorously come Monday.
If you live in Montreal and gave the weather forecast a glance, you know it's one of the those weeks. It's cold out there. But that doesn't mean you have to feel cold.
One of the reasons I've been able to keep my hydroelectric bill nice and affordable this year is this nifty little drink. I call it the Hot Toddy Cold Remedy. And it's my own personal recipe. It's the most comforting beverage in my arsenal of tricks for cold nights. It boosts circulation, warming the body ever-so-slightly, just enough to give you that cosy sensation. I make it more often without the rum because I'd be drunk every night otherwise. But every now and then, adding a shot adds a nice little kick. And the flavors mesh beautifully with the rum. Gin also works fairly well.
What a run for Canada at the Sochi Winter Olympics. A total of 25 medals were earned, one less than the country's personal best in Vancouver back in 2010. And ten of them are Gold. That's four Gold medals behind Canada's historical best of 14 achieved at the Vancouver Games, which happens to also be the most gold medals ever won by one country in a single Winter Olympics. But Vancouver did offer the benefit of home soil, which typically gives host nation athletes a nice little advantage, both psychologically and in terms of access and practice time on Olympic facilities.
Back to Sochi results. In Olympic ranking terms, Canada finished third, behind Russia and Norway and just one Gold ahead of the United States, the latter whom beat out Canada in terms of number of medals earned overall, with 28 total. However, the Olympics traditionally ranks countries by Gold medals earned first. Total number of medals overall follows total number of Gold in determining final rank.
Case in point? At the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics ranked Norway in first position with 25 medals total, even though Germany earned 36 medals. Why? Norway won more Gold. Japan also ranked ahead of Austria with only 10 medals to counter Austria's 17. Again, Japan earned more Gold, therefore moving the nation up in the ranks.
So put those dinner table arguments to rest folks. And spin those medal results however you want. It won't change the fact that at the end of the day, Canada ranks third at Sochi.
So in a tribute to their achievements and dedication, I put together a photo gallery of Quebec's Olympians in Sochi, one showcasing performance and medal ceremony highlights. If I could celebrate all of Canada's Olympians in this gallery, I would, but as your About.com Montreal Expert, I feel compelled to keep this particular feature regional.
But in the big picture of things and as far as I'm concerned, ALL of Canada's Sochi Olympians, regardless of rank and region, are champions.
In Au Chaud Lapin's old digs on Mont-Royal will soon emerge Saka-Ba!, Juni owner and executive chef Junichi Ikematsu's latest restaurant foray, though I'd expect more of an izakaya vibe if its name is any indication. "Sakaba" is Japanese for bar or pub. Here's the scoop.
But will be anything like this Kyoto ramen-ya? I hope not. I like my hair.
EM15: MUTEK 2014 and Elektra 2014 Digital Electro Festivals Become One: Headliners Include Matthew Dear's Audion, Nicolas Jaar, Shackleton
Attention electroheads: mark EM15 on your springtime calendars.
Montreal digital electro festivals MUTEK and Elektra have decided to join forces in 2014, proposing a brand new fusion. It's called EM15 --a nod to each festival's 15th anniversary, both due this year-- and it entails that both 2014 editions of Elektra and MUTEK become one, scheduled to run May 27 to June 1, 2014 across city centre, with the festival's designated hub being the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Arts, a suitable heartbeat for a fest fusion defined by its experimentation with and combination of visual art and music.
Will EM15 run beyond 2014 though? Organizers said that is the direction they'd like to take things but that it's too soon to say. Step one involves getting through the first edition.
On topic, EM15 headliners include the Canadian premiere of a new audiovisual production starring Matthew Dear cloaked in his Audion alias. Igloofesters already got a hint last January of what the Texan turned Brooklynite turned countryman has been up since his move away from the big city.
Other highlights include an appearance by UK producer Shackleton and fellow experimentalist, New York based producer Nicolas Jaar.
EM15 festival passes are already on sale. Full festival passports are $150 plus taxes and service charge. Weekend passes are $80 plus taxes and service charge. Buy tickets and consult the full EM15 lineup.