Daily Archives: March 17, 2016

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Tammy Forsythe hosts March Montreal Sessions

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This March, Tammy Forsythe will be hosting CKUT’s Montreal Sessions. Originally hailing from Nova Scotia, Forsythe arrived in Montreal in the late 80’s to study dance at Concordia University. She stayed, exploring multimedia including radio (by hanging around CKUT!), music, books, and choreography. Forsythe founded her own dance company Tusketdance in 1996 and has won awards for her expressive and thought-provoking dances including The Backtrack (2003) and Golpe (2010). Along with her work with dance and physical theatre, Forsythe has been actively creating music with her band Black Popes and uploading clips of songs, rehearsals, and outdoor explorations to her Vimeo page (https://vimeo.com/tusketdance/videos).

Tune in every Tuesday from 3-5 pm this month to hear live weekly sessions hosted by Tammy Forsythe!

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FONT Music Canada 2016: Three Great Sets

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(Photo Credit: Haleh Fotowat)

Montreal’s surplus of hidden gems was on display this weekend at the third annual FONT Music Canada (Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada).  Ranging from 1960s rooted hard bop to modern experiments in electronic and world music, the four days of music were packed with days of trumpet’s past and sketches of trumpet’s future. Perhaps the most striking quality of the weekend was the diversity.  Although every set was generally centered on one instrument, each ensemble encompassed a unique sound that made for collection of music that could not possibly be categorized as bland or one dimensional.  In the two nights I witnessed, everyone involved truly pulled out all the stops, however, these were the sets that I found the most striking. Continue reading