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A few weeks ago, I sat at my kitchen table and called Elizabeth Powell on Skype. After a couple of rings, her face appeared on my screen. She waved and said hello from her home in Orillia, Ontario; I waved and said hello from my apartment in Brooklyn. And then, a glitch: I could hear everything Powell was saying, but to Powell I was mute. I started to mouth words in slow motion and...
Many people say the weather is a poor topic of conversation. I agree, most of the time. But this is not true in Montreal. In Montreal, the weather is a force to reckon with. It is like the class bully, only one that is truly powerful, and against whom the entire town unifies in a common fight. That’s how it feels anyway—surmountable—when you’re properly dressed. On a visit there not long ago, I was not....
In May I wrote about Jessy Lanza's luminous sophomore album, Oh No, a record driven as much by her skill as an experimental electronic composer as it is by her singular voice. The electronic music world is even more male-dominated than the rest of the music industry, and Lanza shines like a beacon in a genre that can seem particularly dark or uncreative. But even if both of her solo albums--2013's Pull My Hair...
Born to a DJ who helped pioneer the party scene in Goa, India, Tiga seemed destined to proliferate the rave scene he now rules. As a self-described “rave and acid-house graduate from the early 90s,” the Montreal-based veteran DJ and dance music producer truly built the dance music scene in his hometown from the ground up. Emerging from a month-long stint in India as a teenager, Tiga began throwing small, intimate parties in Montreal...

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