Beaux Dégâts & Montreal's Street Art Culture

Beaux Dégâts & Montreal's Street Art Culture

“Montreal is the fucking Mecca. Nobody here is pretentious.”

 

Montreal is home to many urban art leagues, nurturing the street movements that characterize the city. Among these is Beaux Dégâts, hosting various events throughout the year. The most recent of these, “Beaux Dégâts 47” consisted of five teams of artists, challenged to create a mural incorporating a classical composer and a famous rap album. The teams were given about 4 hours to complete the task. From 9pm to 1am on Wednesday April 26th, Les Foufounes Electriques filled with spectators sipping beer to the beat of 90s hip hop.

Looking Back at MACM’s Winter Exhibition: Mundos, Now Have a Look at This Machine, and more

Looking Back at MACM’s Winter Exhibition: Mundos, Now Have a Look at This Machine, and more

Featuring two innovative artists, Teresa Margolles and Emanuel Licha, the winter 2017 exhibition at the Musée d’arts contemporain de Montréal (MACM) was truly eye-opening. Margolles focuses on social, cultural, political, geographical and historical violence in Mexico, while Licha uses the same mood to discuss these previous topics while revealing the horrors of war, specifically in the Mayflower and the Commodore Hotel in Beirut, The Holiday Inn in Sarajevo, the Al Deira in Gaza, the Hyatt in Belgrade, the Ukraine Hotel in Kiev, the Al-Rasheed in Baghdad, the Serena in Kabul, and the Peace Hotel in Mogadishu.

The Fiddle in Every Piece: the Chagall Exhibit at Musée des Beaux-Arts

The Fiddle in Every Piece: the Chagall Exhibit at Musée des Beaux-Arts

A fiddle can be heard streaking across the cords, through the paint on the canvas. Each painted line is like another note of the song. Black borders form around the rough gradients of green, red, and blue. Roosters and fish dance to the melody with the clocks, women, and feasts on the page. The pains, the festivals, the prayers, and the memories of Chagall are amplified and emerge in colour and line. The bold pigments fight before the eyes of the audience that crowd around the art, but they come together in their own kind of harmony.

Big Tooth: A Brief History On Montreal's Bass Scene

Big Tooth: A Brief History On Montreal's Bass Scene

Disclaimer: I'm not a writer. I wrote this piece to show some respect for people I've looked up to for years, so if there are grammar mistakes in the following mini-article I apologize in advance.

BIG TOOTH & THE W4RRIORS

Big Tooth, the internationally renowned bass music organization, was founded over 7 years ago by Patrick Iles and Eric Szostak, otherwise known as their stage name "The W4rriors". Easily one of the fastest growing groups in terms of local popularity, Big Tooth's W4rriors set out to throw parties that people would talk about. Often only releasing the location to their events 24-48 hours before the night-of, this gave a hype & feeling for the audience, that they were attending an exclusive, underground party hosted by Montreal's bass music underground itself.