Posts by Anna Leventhal

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    Girls In Action

    May 20th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    The Girls Action Foundation (formerly POWER Camp National/Filles d’action) has a whole whack of activities coming up, and the time to register is now! From a national retreat, where you can meet and learn from activist ladies from all over the country, to workshops on building leadership and creating programming for young women, this is a great chance to hone your feminist activist skills and get connected with like-minded individuals. To learn more and register for the … READ MORE

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    Case In Point

    April 10th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I am big sucker for animation. And when it comes with Neko Case, well, say no more, I’m sold. Neko is a woman after my own heart - besides being an incredibly talented musician, she is always quick to give props to her influences, especially women who have inspired her. She’s also hil-freakin-larious in interview - I highly suggest checking out some of the archives on her website to hear about how what we call … READ MORE

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    Radio Camp!

    March 31st, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Thinking about summer plans? If you live in Montreal and are between the ages of 10 and 17, this is your chance to be the media! CKUT 90.3 FM is offering its first ever radio camp, a chance for future journalists, DJs, music enthusiasts, writers, and documentary makers to learn the ins and outs of radio. From the CKUT website: Over a week long session campers (ages 10-13 and 14-17) will write, produce and … READ MORE

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    I’m Your (picks from planet) Venus

    March 28th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Whew! I’m still spent from last week’s rant on community radio. While I gather my energies for the next round, please enjoy this “music video” from Dutch band The Shocking Blue. I really appreciate that period in musical history (the 60s?) when someone had the idea of recording and broadcasting bands, but the whole thing was so new that you mostly just got a lot of awkward standing around in random locales … READ MORE

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    Radio Radio

    March 21st, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I have something a little bit unusual to share this week - instead of a music pick, I am putting forth what some may call A Rant. Nicole’s post about the situation at CKLN has got me thinking about community radio. It’s still not totally clear to me exactly what’s going on at the Ryerson station, but what is obvious not just there but everywhere is that the relevance of community radio … READ MORE

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    Sisters in the Struggle Part II

    March 11th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Very pleased that the mighty Sister Suvi will be launching long-awaited full-length album Now I Am Champion at the end of the month. Basically because I think anything Merrill Garbus (aka Tune-Yards, who I profiled waaaaay back when) touches turns to diamonds. But not blood diamonds. Maybe more like crystals - perfectly formed crystals you find in a cave somewhere that seem like they ought to have been manufactured by elves wearing … READ MORE

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    Queer Ass Folk

    February 22nd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    When a bunch of Argentinian and Mexican women from various queercore and feminist punk bands decide to get together to form a supergroup sensation, you know the results will be a force to be reckoned with. What you maybe didn’t see coming were the Madonna covers. But that’s what’s so sweet about the Kumbia Queers - they combine the fearlessness and energy of punk rock with the infectious bubbliciousness of pop music. Oh, and they’re … READ MORE

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    Partridge Poems

    February 13th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Montreal-based spoken word artist Taqralik Partridge has been keeping busy. This Sunday the 15th she’s going to be featured on CBC Radio 2’s concert series Next!: Canada’s Music Future, so tune in at 8 PM to experience her husky, rhythmic poem-performance. Partridge is a writer and performer of Inuit and Scottish descent. But instead of choosing between differing realities - Indigenous and white, Up North and Down South, big open spaces and cramped bustling skylines … READ MORE

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    Hey yeah, I wanna… study black history?

    February 5th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    So, I don’t know if y’all noticed this or not, but Barack Obama is president of the USA. This, for many reasons, is cause for celebration. But while it is very exciting and thrilling and hopeful to have a person of colour holding the highest office in the United States (some would say the world, but that’s a little America-centric, don’t you think?), there is occasionally a slightly disturbing undertone to all the … READ MORE

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    FtF: Female to Femme

    February 1st, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    I’m a little last-minute with this event posting, but those of you in Montreal might be interested in a screening hosted by Queer McGill tomorrow night. The film is FtF: Female to Femme, and it’s an exploration of one side of lesbian life that often gets ignored: queer women who also identify as femme, girly, ladylike. From the Queer McGill website: [FtF] explores femme dyke identities as radical gender practices. A film that envisions more than … READ MORE

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    Shministim Speak Out

    January 26th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    When it comes to conflict in Israel and Palestine, it’s easy to fall into thinking in terms that are very black and white. Mainstream media often presents stories without a lot of diversity of opinion, so we’re often left imagining that only two sides exist: Israel vs. Palestine, Arabs vs. Jews, Us vs. Them, with the only possible outcome being total war. So videos like this one are a rare and refreshing glimpse … READ MORE

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    Prey For Us

    January 24th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    For everyone who occasionally needs to slam their sweaty body into a bunch of other sweaty bodies in order to remind themselves they’re still alive, and then afterwards wants to eat hummous and chips and talk about their favourite Kate Bush song; for every girl who met her best friend at a hardcore show after all her guy friends told her she wouldn’t have a good time; for everyone who doesn’t know the difference between … READ MORE

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    Calling All Rugged Girls

    January 22nd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    The Rugged Riders, a female skateboard/snowboard crew, are holding their annual all-girl freestyle snowboarding clinic and contest in several cities over the next few weeks. It’s a great chance for women at all levels of skill in snowboarding to practice, learn, and meet fellow enthuiasts. For more details and to register, go to the Rugged Riders website. I profiled a related group of female skateboarders, the Skirtboarders, in a past issue of Shameless, so … READ MORE

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    Duchess Say What?

    January 16th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Duchess Says, whose first full-length album I chose as one of my favourite releases from 2008, have put out an awesome video of their song Tenen Non Neue for Mange Ta Ville, a web-based television show about arts and culture in Montreal (Mange Ta Ville means “eat your city” - it sounds snappier in French. Really). They set up their instruments at the St. Michel flea market in east-end Montreal and quite likely … READ MORE

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    Gold Standard 2009

    January 9th, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Santogold is the nickname of Santi White, a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter who released her first self-titled album in 2008. For a while she was being hailed as “the new M.I.A.” which I think is now the officially recognized term for “brown girl who isn’t doing rap or R&B”. Okay, she’s a bit like the British musician with Sri Lankan roots and mad style, but she’s even more like, well, Santogold. White herself addresses … READ MORE

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    O Superwoman

    January 3rd, 2009     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    My New Year’s resolution, I’ve just decided, is to be more like Laurie Anderson. But I’m not sure what I mean by that. Do I mean: 1) Be in complete and total control of my creative output; incorporate everything I know and everything I possess in pursuit of what I want to express? 2) Be innovative to an absurd degree; if what I need doesn’t exist yet, invent it? (Anderson invented at least two unique … READ MORE

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    Venus Picks for 2008

    December 30th, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Tiina, you’ve inspired me. I was going to write something mopey about how this time of year makes me feel like a sailboat caught in the doldrums, no wind in sight (though come to think of it, when is wind ever in sight? Whoaaa), facing the prospect of a long and dreary paddle, and how all I can bear to listen to is stoner drone from Baltimore. But then I read your Top … READ MORE

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    Queering Xmas

    December 20th, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Shameless web editor and blogger Cate Simpson has written a great post over at This Magazine about the difficulties the holiday season holds for queer people who don’t always feel welcome at the family table, which I highly recommend you check out: For some, it’s that they simply can’t go home — either because they were shown the door after their first adolescent fumblings were met with more than the usual amount of horror, or because … READ MORE

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    Lavender Love

    December 18th, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    The holidays can be a rough time for many people; what with the excessive family time (“Yes, Auntie Zelda, as a matter of fact I am trying to scare away husbands”), trauma caused by shattering of previously rock-solid resolve to be healthy, and the complete and utter panic attacks brought on every time you hear a “funky” remix of Jingle Bell Rock, the season of joy can sometimes turn into a nightmare. Well, I … READ MORE

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    the prisoner correspondence project

    December 14th, 2008     by Anna Leventhal     Comments

    Thought I ought to draw your attention to this project being organized by a group of Montreal-based queer activists: The PRISONER CORRESPONDENCE PROJECT coordinates a direct letter-writing program for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, queer, 2spirit & intersexed inmates in Canada and the US, linking these communities with people who identify similarly who are outside of prison. The project also coordinates a resource library of harm reduction practice (safer sex, safer drug use, clean needle care, … READ MORE

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