Tuesday, September 30, 2008

You can't spell polarising without Polaris.

Or can you? My take on Caribou's win is on the Guardian music blog. And here's juror Frank's...
Great, it's a meme now.

From CBC's coverage of its own create-a-new-hockey-theme-song competition:
"We have an opportunity to help five regular Canadians achieve a dream of having their composition associated with Hockey Night in Canada," said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.
What do you mean "regular Canadians", Mr. Moore? Does that mean non-professional musicians? If so, where'd you get the idea that professional musicians aren't regular, or let's say "ordinary", Canadians? From our Prime Minister, perhaps?
Shut up, racoons!

Stop fighting with each other outside my window!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Infuriating.

Stephen Harper in Saskatoon today:
You know, I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the tv and see a gala of a bunch of people, you know, at a rich gala, all subsidized by the taxpayers, claiming their subsidies aren’t high enough when they know the subsidies have actually gone up, I’m not sure that’s something that resonates with ordinary people. Ordinary people understand we have to live within a budget. We have increased culture. We haven’t increased anybody’s budget without limit, so we’re not going to do this. I think this is a niche issue for some, but that’s my view...
"Rich galas"... Jesus H. I hate this kind of politics, pitting groups against each other. Making artists out to be spoiled brats when in fact cultural workers earn less than the rest of the work force.

If the Conservatives want to cut arts programs because they have other priorities, fine. But to do it out of spite, out of ideological hatred, and to insult artists while they do it, that's low. Actors, musicians, directors are "ordinary working people"; I know, I was raised in part by one, who bought powdered milk to save money. Most of the galas most artists attend are the ones they're hired to perform at... often in front of politicians.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The cross on Mount Royal: now available in Rainbow!

Ooh! Montreal's famous pope-o-metre is getting upgraded to polychromatic bulbs. In addition to making it more energy-efficient, this will finally allow the cross to change colours at the flick of a switch. So now when the Pope dies, we'll know like *that*. I fear, however, that this may also lead to a nightly light show a la CN Tower...

(The changes will not however make the cross Death Magnetic... Glad to see Metallica still rocks battleground Quebec...)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New Kids on the Bloc

They're back and they've got a new hit single (sung by Matt Laurent, now apparently lead singer of La Chicane). Listen to the mp3, then sing along to the karaoke version.

Avec cœur et avec force
Pour une cause à défendre
Sans peur et sans reproche
Avec cœur et avec force
Allons nous faire entendre
Le Bloc répond Présent!
Le Bloc répond Présent!


Awesome! Maybe the Conservatives can get JD Fortune to sing a song for them?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Conservatives eat their political opponents for breakfast!



Also, apparently, granola! Who saw that coming? I thought the Tories were all cereal monogamists.

Thank you, thank you!

Loose translation for English-only speakers:


Lawrence Cannon: Hey guys, remember how we promised we were going to change things, but for reals this time?

Stephen Harper: Yeah, and then we solved the fiscal imbalance and my pituitary problem.

Jean-Pierre Blackburn: So true. Also we recognized Quebec as a nation and that previously silent oppressed collectivity now finally has a voice.

Josee Verner: Oh, speaking of accomplishments, don't forget that beer-and-popcorn allowance for new families and that we reduced the GST to 5%.

Christian Paradis: I'M IN THE CABINET!?!?!

Michel Fortier: And we've got a 1000-year plan to reduce greenhouse gases without any new taxes. Question: Are we drinking grapefruit juice or really watery orange juice?

Stephen Harper: We were responsible, and we made good decisions, and we ate all our vegetables!

Lawrence Cannon: Unlike the Liberals, who made promises and then didn't keep them.

Christian Paradis: Yeah, and unlike the Bloc, who OMG GUYS, I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M HAVING BREAKFAST WITH ALL OF YOU!!!

Josee Verner: Finally, a government that keeps its promises. Us, I mean. With the exception of *cough* 125,000 new childcare spaces *cough* and patient wait time guarantees and *cough* stuff. Hey, is that long-gun registry still around or what?

Michel Fortier: Whatever. We are so friggin' awesome that I'm going to use an anglicisme.

Stephen Harper: The more I nod, the more it makes me look like I understand what you're saying and by extension what the Quebec nation is saying.

Voice-over: In a world where everyone's trying to keep Quebec down, the Conservatives are moving Quebec forward. Le Quebec Prend Des Farces, sorry, Forces.