The Municipal Art Society of New York is building momentum for the construction of a much-needed new Penn Station that will dignify transit and honour New Yorkers, the way that the old Penn Station once did. In this video, you’ll see the designs that H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP Architects and [...]
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Watch this beautiful video demonstrating digital agency Teehan+Lax‘s new experiment for creating interactive Google Street View hyperlapse animations. And go to their hyperlapse site to create your own video between any two points on a Google map.
A shot of McGill University’s downtown Montreal campus on a silvery spring day.
After the memorable late 2012 single “What That Was” from the Turns Turns Turns EP, Montreal duo Majical Cloudz are following up with another intriguingly minimal and emotive song, “Childhood’s End”, from their debut album, Impersonator (out on May 5th on Matador). Unlike far too many ‘hey-guys’ hipsters-who-sing, Majical Cloudz’s frontman, Devon Welsh, has a [...]
I saw Brooklyn-based Autre Ne Veut perform in Montreal on February 28th. After the soulful and extremely impressive opening act by Montreal’s own Majical Cloudz, Autre Ne Veut (a.k.a. Arthur Ashin) got everyone dancing with his bizarre and infectious approximation of 90′s R&B — I’ve had the chorus of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” stuck in my [...]
Once upon a time, The Montreal Star was the city’s premier English-language daily newspaper. A 1979 press strike led to the paper’s demise, leaving Montreal with only one English daily, The Gazette.
I recently made the acquaintance of the Montreal-based photographer Jordan Weitzman and you should do the same by checking out more of his work on his website. I think these photos from his ongoing Uncertain Smile project speak for themselves.
PHOENIX HAVE RELEASED A NEW SONG! It’s been a long four years since the Versailles band‘s last gem, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but their Great Recession-ready fifth album, Bankrupt!, drops on April 23rd. Sofia Coppola must be proud.
Check out my op-ed in The Gazette about about how the city’s corruption crisis should jolt Montrealers out of their civic apathy.
Illuminated buildings around the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal
I’m a little late on this one, but here’s the video for Haim’s single “Forever”. The band is a family act of three sisters from LA, and their song is unavoidably catchy. The video is an inane compilation of commonplace hipster tropes: an American Apparel aesthetic, bad dancing, a “gritty” downtown salon setting, heavy-handed nostalgia [...]
In a society in which the same goals are universally accepted, problems can be only of means, all soluble by technological methods. That is a society in which the inner life of man, the moral and spiritual and aesthetic imagination, no longer speaks at all. Is it for this that men and women should be [...]
A portrait of the Queen presiding over Redpath Hall at McGill University.
Crystal Castles posted their new track “Affection” three days ago. Give it a listen: Michelle Williams appears in the peripatetic video for Wild Nothing’s “Paradise”. Amid the dreamy landscapes, melancholy airports, and fuzzy waterfalls, you’ll hear Williams reciting a passage from Iris Murdoch’s 1975 novel A Word Child.
Let’s do great things together again. Join AudaCité Montréal and sign their petition asking that the federal government rebuild the Champlain Bridge according to the best design chosen from an international architectural competition. A well-designed new Bridge could become a global architectural icon, an engine of economic activity, an exemplar of sustainable energy and public [...]