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passing judgment

ok, it's completely unfair of me to pass judgment on things that i did nothing to help, but it's how i'm made...

this year's nuit blanche was... well, it was socially wonderful. we ended up hooking up with everyone we would have wanted (except for one person who we apparently missed by a hair's breadth when we passed on an early breakfast in mile end). but in terms of letting us experience a wide variety of artistic possibilities, well, this year fell a little flat.

we chose to head to the plateau, rather than downtown, where we've headed the last couple of years. while there, we found some beautiful paintings and dioramas, backed by a lovely string quartet and piano playing very nyman-esque pieces for the huddled... almost masses. we also got to hear the tail end of a performance at monastirki on st-laurent and one at cagibi next door (once we'd waded our way through the hipster masses who were there to celebrate the fact that they'd located the one pl…

friday favourites 25.02.11

oh yes, it's friday, which means you're looking down the barrel of another weekend, you lucky sods! whether your plans are world domination or catching up on sleep or teaching your pets to play checkers, let's all take a deep breath and think about those things that have brought a smile to our lips in the last week. here are a few of my choices:


hungry ballerina :: she eats, she travels, she stands on her toes. this blog is absolutely adorable; matter-of-fact in its writing, but an utter fantasy in content. i challenge you to read it and not salivate. her restaurant reviews from far and wide are a delectable parade from the imaginations of some of the world's great chefs and from unknown little nooks. she thoughtfully includes snapshots of the various dishes enjoyed at each feast, in case you weren't jealous enough already.

there's a wonderful simplicity to the posts; they are recaps of the atmosphere, service and food enjoyed in these various locations, without…

making faces :: bronzed babes and lily-white ladies

yes, there is still snow on the ground and despite that "first day of spring" event, march is a liar that frequently carries the most snow and the most wind of the year (making it quite possibly the most miserable month of the year), but we have at least cracked the coldest part of winter and sooner than later, we will want once more to start heading out of doors. (note: if you're in australia or anywhere else in the southern hemisphere, i realise that this is the opposite for you, but the temperature is such that you can basically live outdoors all the time, so maybe this applies to you too.) and bound up with the idea that we should start getting out of doors is the idea that we should only do so sporting a tan. of course, this is really only relevant for caucasians, whose pasty faces lose their radiance over the winter months, but even some with darker complexions are encouraged to tone up if the lack of sun has left them a little sallow.

when I was a kid, i used to …

where have all the blog posts gone?

if you're reading this on blogger, as opposed to on facebook (if you read these posts solely on facebook, this doesn't concern you and you can go about your life without reading further), you may have noticed that some of the historical posts- the ones on the first page, at least, have gotten a bit shorter. they're all still there, of course, but i have started adding page breaks on some of the longer posts, so they aren't quite so visually intimidating and so visitors to the site can browse quickly rather than becoming entangled in my...  loquaciousness.

i'm not going to go back and do this for the entire five and a half year history of the blog, i'm not that obsessive (not at the moment), but i figured i'd at least tidy up the front page to get things started. to view any post in its entirety, just click on the words "read more" at the end of the section on the front page. doing so will whisk you away to a space where you can enjoy the full pos…

what's all the racket?

just thought i'd share a few things that i'd been listening to lately. i have to say that i've sort of slipped off the new music bandwagon in recent days. every time i start to look around for new things, i find that i sort of get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things that are available. i'd need three lifetimes to get through just this month's new releases and new artists. and i have pretty specific tastes, so i can't imagine what it's like for people who have a more generalised interest. and aside from discovering new stuff, there's always the challenge of making a point to listen to things that i already have, but haven't pulled out in a while. that was sort of the theme of this past week.

herz juhning :: miasma
la vampires & zola jesus :: la vampires meets zola jesus (i just love the dubby combination here)
janitor :: receiving a flower on mother's day
nurse with wound :: automating vol.1 (side 2 is still one of the most uneasy things i…

good for what ails you?

It's not surprising if you haven't heard of desoxyn. it's never prescribed as a first line medication to treat any ailments and even when it is used (it's not even approved for use in canada, so you'd have to get a prescription from another country), it's done under heavy monitoring and usually for extremely short periods of time. many doctors are suspicious of using it and the process for getting it is onerous even with a prescription. potential patients have to go through a thorough screening and if there is any history of problems with drugs or alcohol, you can pretty much kiss any chance of getting a prescription goodbye, no matter how suitable a candidate you might otherwise be. you cannot get a renewal on a prescription, ever- your doctor will need to fill out a form and sign every time you get another bottle. furthermore, pharmacists have their own special precautions they must take when dispensing it, even with a legitimate prescription, so you can pret…

caveat emptor, caveat scriptor

i think that we've all done this at certain times: google your name and perhaps a key term related to an accomplishment of yours just to see what the internet is saying about you. i do it periodically, linking my name to various words, but most successfully with the title of my short story anthology, interference, or conversion, the film i've been involved with as a writer, producer and actress. (it would help if all the media coverage for conversion hadn't misspelled my name.) so the other day, i tried googling "kate macdonald interference". i'll just say that the results were a little surprising.

first of all, the book is on sale everywhere in the world (although sadly lacking in reviews), through channels i've never dreamt of. i knew that it was widely distributed through online networks, i guess i hadn't realised just how widely.

second, i was a little surprised to notice that many of these places list the book as being "in stock". as fa…

music to our ears

as promised, i have an update on a couple of fronts:

1. mr. dna's playlist from the queer post-punk night on thursday is now on line.

2. after appearances at various haunts around montreal, it looks like dj kali & mr. dna have found a longer-term home at cagibi. starting on wednesday march 2nd, we'll be filling your ears with prescription-strength aural goodness from 9 until midnight and we'll be there on the first wednesday of every month from there on in, assuming all goes well and we don't wreck the place.

given the venue, this isn't a "dance" event (we'll still be doing those from time to time as well), which gives us a lot of latitude in terms of what can be played, so expect some inclusions from previous play lists and a lot of things from the depths of our music collections that don't get to meet strangers often enough.

mark your musical calendars and we'll see you for "the caustic lounge" at cagibi on the 2nd!

friday favourites 18.02.11

that's right! it's time for another edition of friday favourites, a time to appreciate the passing of another week and the things that have made it better. here's a few of the things that made it better for me:

the young turks :: sometimes, you don't want to go through the laborious process of explaining to someone why they're in the wrong. sometimes, arguments are just so facile that they don't deserve the dignity of an intelligent and well-crafted response. in those times, what you really want is to just point out the giant sinkholes in an argument and let the stupidity sing for itself. feel good people, because the young turks are there for you.

the award winning podcast and youtube channel have actually landed its host a regular gig on msnbc (i'm betting msnbc would love to get the viewership tyt get). it's a straight-up dismantling of the likes of fox news and the tea party, with a healthy smattering of commentary on those news stories that make tho…

dj kali @ queer post-punk 17.02.11

last night was sort of a barrel of unpredictability in many ways. it was really interesting seeing what people danced to, which was a combination of the extremely familiar and the surprisingly obscure. i ended up doing a lot longer than i'd ever intended, but it gave me the opportunity to do some things i hadn't tried before. many thanks to dj cry betty for organising the night, dj tyg for an awesome opening set, cabaret playhouse for having us, everyone who showed up and, of course, to mr. dna, who jumped in last minute to fill a void in the schedule. we'll have to do this again soon!

set 1

gary numan :: are friends electric?
human league :: almost medieval
wall of voodoo :: they don't want me
big black :: kerosene
fad gadget :: ricky's hand
martial canterel :: never wind
absolute body control :: never seen
??? :: ??? (ok, you got me, i grabbed a home-made compilation without a track list, logged the track number and i apparently got it wrong. i've just spent…

making faces :: heroine

i linked in last week's friday favourites to a new collection from mac cosmetics with a wonder woman theme. one of the coolest things about mac is the imagination they show in their collections- rather than having generic seasonal collections, they build them around themes. those themes are sometimes evident more in the imagery that surrounds the product launch than in the products themselves, but it still does lend an air of fun to the proceedings. it also tends to draw in people like me, especially since, in the latter part of 2010, they had collections based on cats (cats don't wear makeup! they don't need it!), disney villains (i'm not a disney fan, but who doesn't want to be a villain sometimes?) and tartan (ah, my scottish heritage calls).

one hand washes the other and stabs you in the back

it's bad enough that the crtc is in bed with big telecoms, backing their demands to limit internet usage for no logical reason (other than wanting to be able to bill canadian consumers more and put a choke hold on smaller competitors at the same time) but now it turns out they're both having a three-way with the cbc? send help.

the cbc is supposed to serve the public interest (then again, so is the crtc), although its role as a public watchdog isn't nearly so entrenched here as it is in countries such as sweden or holland. still, you'd like to think that they are at least dedicated to presenting a comprehensive and multifaceted debate on issues of importance to the canadian populace. but, as it turns out, they're a little reluctant.

friday favourites 11.02.11

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^ that note comes to you courtesy of hecubus, our siamese, the home's tiniest resident, but usually its most vocal. i believe that's his way of saying that it's time for another edition of friday favourites, that sweet pause in the week where i take a few moments to think about what's made the past seven days better. 

clinique vétérinaire plateau mont-royal :: animal lovers know how difficult it can be to find a good vet. it's actually worse than finding a good doctor, because a lot of vets are just in the game to make money. i had a truly horrific experience with chats decarie (since closed), where the staff refused to give me straight answers to any of my questions, but kept insisting that i had to purchase more medications and services or i was a horrible pet owner. but that's over now, because, through an old friend of dom's, we found the cvpmr.

it's no accident that judith weissman and her staff are consistently

making faces

i remember someone i used to work with commented on my eye makeup one time saying with a certain surprise that i always did it differently. i guess i understand the perspective, because some people- a majority, most likely- choose a particular look that they feel emphasises their best features, they've found a mask that represents them. personally, i change the mask i wear every day for the same reason i wear different clothes every day- because i generally feel differently every day. perhaps some day i'll discover a singular look that sums me up, but i generally find that there are just too many mes waiting to get out and play.

there are times when i'm forced to tweak my appearance. when i'm looking for work, or starting work, i cultivate a sort of muted, restrained look, the kind of thing that most people seem to associate with maturity and responsibility. and i generally keep that up until such time as i feel comfortable pushing the boundaries. (i don't think i&…

paging doctor jung

last night, i dreamt that i heard on the news that the canadian government was finally returning the severed portion of van gogh's ear to the netherlands. i was in toronto, about to go to a show with several british noise/ psych rock bands i wanted to see. this is part of a festival that will go on for a couple of days. on the first night, as we are going in, i'm separated from dom and end up wandering around the thick crowd on my own.

on the following day, i'm heading out of our hotel room when dom tells me that it was our friend richard johnson who gave the celebrated van gogh ear to the canadian government and that he had been given it originally by my grandmother. i'm shocked to hear this, but i pretend that i knew about it. i call my mother to tell her and she is shocked, so i continue to act as if my grandmother had told me about this.

then i go out for a while and meet my grandmother around the corner of yonge and bloor. we get in a cab and i ask him to take us t…

this is progress?

there's a story circulating in the media that you might have heard, but if not, i'll get you caught up on the details. basically, there is a certain gentleman, not an elected official himself, but well known within political circles and a big backer of the tea party movement. he's what you'd call an eligible bachelor- 40ish, good-looking, unmarried- and apparently in the run-up to the november mid-terms last year, he had a little romantic encounter with a female tea party activist while on a campaign run. she alleges that, while she was initially open to his advances, she later told him she did not want to have sex and that he then forced himself on her. in fact, he's been charged with sexual assault.

his friends and associates are up in arms, alleging a politically motivated smear campaign run by an assistant district attorney they say has an anti-male bias and a district attorney with a leftist agenda. they have made all sorts of claims about the man's accuse…

divisive ads

i've never been into american football. i'm not much of a sports fan in general, but even on my scale, football (a misnomer if ever there was one, since it features neither feet for most plays, nor something that meets the standard definition of a ball) falls just above basketball near the bottom of my list of things i'd like to watch.

time was, though, that i'd get a kick out of seeing the ads that aired each year. after all, thanks to apple (formerly apple computers), this became the place to showcase your company's awesome creative talents, with lengthy spots purchased at the cost of a poor nation's gdp. and i might add that seeing said advertisements took some talent if you weren't a fan. in the pre-internet age, you had to keep bouncing back, hoping to catch the ad breaks, or you'd be doomed to watching three-second outtakes on the eleven o'clock news.

it's been years since i tuned into what's been happening with those ads. i know that …

dj kali @ kill me now 2011.02.05

a huge and heartfelt thanks to the amazing crowd who braved the snowstorm in search of a great time. i know that i had one!

absolute body control :: give me your hands
human league :: blind youth
severed heads :: dead eyes open
led er est :: port isabel
xeno & oaklander :: non senti
skinny puppy :: falling
coil :: heartworms
november novelet :: street of lost dreams
gary numan :: bombers
sleep chamber :: dominatrix
sanity plexus :: a boy can get scared
joy division :: walked in line
killing joke :: psssyche
perverse teens :: la baboute
tuxedomoon :: no tears
cabaret voltaire :: nag nag nag [r]
synapscape :: spill
the cramps :: faster pussycat [for tura satana- r.i.p.]
devo :: signal ready
pailhead :: don't stand in line
test department :: compulsion
iggy pop :: the passenger

this was supposed to be the end of my set, but due to some unforeseen difficulties, one of the djs was unable to go on, which meant... more dj kali!

cocteau twins :: wax and wane
the cure :: one hundred …

friday favourites 04.02.11

welcome to the second edition of friday favourites! ok, i have to admit that there was a lot about this week that i really didn't like. first, it was freezing cold. then there was snow. then, of course, there was the cabin fever that accompanies being trapped in your house by cold and snow. but perhaps i shouldn't complain. my current situation allows me to stay at home, rather than hauling myself out of doors in order to get to an office. and besides, when i think about it, it isn't that difficult to think of things that made the week better.

knowing i'm not the only one :: we've all had things go terribly wrong sending texts. sometimes, that is because we're not looking carefully at what we're sending. other times, it's because our smart phones think they're smarter than we are and they take it upon themselves to correct what we're doing. i once tried to send a text message to my sweetie saying "you are my whole world". unfortunately,…

the lips have it

what is it about red lips? spicy vermilion, bold crimson or deep, mysterious blood reds, they have all held a fascination for both men and women for hundreds of years. even in the twenty-first century, with thousands of colours available for women (and adventurous men) to pick from, reds from across the spectrum remain a statement. in fact, many women still shy away from them out of fear of looking shocking. and, given the reactions that some receive, maybe they have reason.

the association of red with audacity, energy, even danger is an ancient one. the greeks and romans identified their god of war with the planet mars- the red planet. of course, red is also the colour of blood, linking it to the force of life as well. and of course, if you are a christian, or are raised in any area where the culture is predominantly coloured by christianity, red is also the colour of apples, the sweet forbidden fruit, the seed of all temptation.

there is also the fact that red lips are actually compl…

lone nuts

how many of you can remember, without checking, the name of the man accused of going on a shooting spree at an arizona safeway, killing six and wounding over a dozen more, including u.s. congresswoman gabrielle giffords? maybe the name of jared lee loughner was front of mind, but i'm willing to bet that most of you either had to think about it or couldn't quite remember. we're talking about something that was the lead story on north american news agencies only three weeks ago and it's already dropped from view. for how long was o.j. simpson haunting our televisions?

i guess the proper response to that question (aside from figuring out exactly how many days the case(s) of simpson led the evening newscast) is to say that his story dominated headlines because of his celebrity, yes, but really because of the length of the legal proceedings in which he was involved. of course, court proceedings have started against loughner. he has already made a court appearance, although h…

new & notable

some of you may have noticed that i added links to a couple of new blogs last week. if not, let me introduce you:

f-squared media pixels: this is the blog of my partner in crime (and in other things) dominic marceau and features his thoughts and photography. check out his dramatic live photos of dive and absolute body control, as well as a set of profile pics done for yours truly.

hungry, smart and poor: well haven't we all been that way at some point or another? this is the new blog of longtime comrade martin rouge and is focused on helping people get the best chow for little cash outlay. trust this man, he's what you call an expert.