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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 26, 2017

On last week's episode, we featured Jonathan Rotsztain, a comic artist who makes idiosyncratic comics about his job handing out Metro newspapers at subway stations. His goal was to get them printed in Toronto's Metro, so that he could get paid to distribute his own work to commuters. We asked for your help, and although he didn't get into Metro Toronto, something even stranger happened.

You can still support Jonathan by tweeting @metrotoronto with the hashtag #hurtjae demanding that they publish Jonathan’s metro comics. Follow jrotszta on Instagram and tag @metronewsca in the comments.

 

This interview originally aired on January 11th, 2017

Cassils is a performance artist living in Los Angeles. Watch a video about their performance Inextinguishable Fire, in which they set themselves on fire. Here's the 1969 Harun Farocki film about napalm that influenced the work.

Here are some images from "Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture" featuring the image that was banned in Germany.

Watch the video for "Telephone", where Cassils is seen making out with Gaga. Read the article about it in Out Magazine, "Heather Cassils: Lady Gaga's Prison Yard Girlfriend."

 

Music on this episode:

"Move Like a Mystic" by A l l i e. Listen to more of her work on Soundcloud.

"Slipping Away" by Diana (Bad Channels remix). Listen to more of Diana's work here and more by Bad Channels here.

 

Apr 19, 2017

Jonathan Rotsztain distributes newspapers for Metro Toronto, and makes comics about it. His goal is to get his comics about the Metro printed in the Metro, so that he can have the pleasure of distributing his own artwork on the job.
With your help, we can achieve this goal together. 


Tweet @metrotoronto with the hashtag #hurtjae and demand that they publish Jonathan's metro comics! Follow @jrotszta on Instagram and tag @metronewsca in the comments! Look at Jonathan's website!

Music on this episode:
"So Far So Cool" and "Bright Future" by Peter Kalyniuk.

Apr 12, 2017

Century Egg composes Chinese pop songs by Email. And a war is brewing in the Canadian art world. It's a war of loverz, haterz and haterzhaterz.

 

Century Egg makes Chinese pop music in Halifax. They just wrapped up a mini-tour of central and eastern Canada. They talk about their peculiar approach to writing music. River God, the title track off their latest release, was written in 20 minutes, while singer Shane Keyu Song and guitarist Robert Drisdelle waited for their rice to finish cooking.

 

Anonymous meme accounts have started a war in the polite, Canadian art scene. @CanadianArtWorldHaterz’s memes call out artists and gallery owners across the country, tackling issues of representation and power imbalances in the art world. @CanadianArtWorldHaterz quickly spawned reaction accounts, including @CanadianArtWorldHaterzHaterz and @CanadianArtWorldLoverz.

Sholem Krishtalka of Toronto’s infamous critical art zine, Art Fag, reflects on his days writing his own anonymous, and whether anything's changed.

 

Music on this episode:

"River God," "All This Unpleasantness" "Sunshine Realise" and "Day That Didn't Exist" by Century Egg

"Never Trust a Storyteller" and "Inter-Mission" by Obuxum. Find more of her music here.

Apr 5, 2017

Sabrina Jalees knows the work side of comedy. She's been doing standup since she was a teen and has been on TV almost as long. But she's still waiting for that dream job.

She talks to Aliya about her long game and how joking about being Muslim has changed since her early, post-9/11 days.

You can catch Sabrina this week on the Just For Laughs Roadshow in Markam, Milton, Burlington or Kingston.

 

Music on this episode:

"Haberdash" by Phèdre.

"St Lucia" by Bernice.

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