A Review of AbEx at the AGO

By Aaron Boehlert

This weekend, I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario to check out the Abstract Expressionist (AbEx) retrospective, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2004, the AGO underwent a massive renovation/expansion, spearheaded by renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and called TransformationAGO. The finished product is absolutely beautiful, with abundant natural light and spacious galleries. However, the AGO has not seen any exhibits of the relative artistic importance of AbEx since its renovation.

Teacher Playlist – Ian Toope

Interview conducted by James Macfarlane

JM: How have your tastes in music changed over time?

IT: In the early years, I was hard into Ozzy, Crue, AC/DC and Maiden.  My first concert was Somewhere on Tour- Iron Maiden-1987.  Eddie was walking around the stage at Maple Leaf Gardens, it was cool!  That crew of friends got in a lot of trouble…Next, I was into anything from CFNY-Smiths, New Order, Depeche Mode, Cure.  Then went to Uni, and the Grunge era was upon us:  Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, in addition to UK imports like Oasis, The Verve and of course Coldplay.  But through it all I still have my top 5 that I can listen to on a deserted island.

JM: What was your favourite song when you were in high school?

IT: Probably something from a John Hughes Movie – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds – Great soundtracks from his movies.  Always great songs for High school dances!

Evolution

By William Rooney

The FY student stared, wondering where to begin. He was gazing at a pile of books. Papers were tucked haphazardly in between the pages where he had stopped working. All his energy disappeared as soon as he quit school for the day. Those in university didn’t have this problem, so he became a university student.

The Toronto Student Film Festival

By  Aaron Boehlert

This past Saturday, the Toronto Underground Cinema on Spadina hosted the 6th annual Toronto Student Film Festival, featuring twenty-six films from student producers around the world. Selected from hundreds of submissions, the films shown were extremely diverse, ranging from a dark comedy about a young girl in Singapore feeding her abusive parents Clorox-tainted rice (Rice, dir. Sofri Yusoff, Singapore) to an adorable animated film about love between rock formations on planets in outer space (Crater Face, dir. Skyler Page, USA. Check it out below!). There were profound themes showcased in every single one of the featured works, some subtle and some outright ridiculous in the best possible way.

Poutine

By James MacFarlane

Those who attended last week’s May Day and persevered through the A Day-esque weather were rewarded with a delicious assortment of fine cuisine.

The most popular food of choice was the poutine. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of Smoke’s Poutinerie. I never had much of a taste for poutine in the past, which was probably a result of subpar cooking (my only poutine experience had been out of a sketchy wooden shack in the small northern town of Mattice). Little did I know that I was about to be pleasantly surprised.

Varsity Jazz Delivers

By James Macfarlane.

Fans entering the David Chu Theatre were greeted by a solo from Oliver Clark, last Thursday, as the Varsity Jazz Band performed in its annual Jazz Night.

The first vocal performance of the night was from BSS senior Flo Labrie, who displayed an impressive range singing ‘Fever.’ She went on to sing ‘Relax Max,’ and to collaborate with IB2 Owen Woodside, singing Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s ‘Lucky.’

The Sartorialist – Casual Dress Day

Today was a casual day, in celebration of Easter and the IB2 Leaving Class. Sartorialist Aaron Boehlert takes an educated look at what who’s wearing.

Usher

I’ll confess, this isn’t from today, but an outfit like this deserves mention. IB1 Alex Romoff somehow pulls off this embarrassing ushers’ outfit, complete with brass buttons, black cap, and gloves. It takes real courage to wear something like this, and courage is the ultimate accessory for summer.

Review of ‘Crave’

By Gavin Elias

Art seldom converges with insanity more intimately than it does with ‘Crave’. The penultimate work of British playwright Sarah Kane (who, after struggling with severe depression and psychosis herself, committed suicide in a mental institution), ‘Crave’ unfolds as a character study of the broken human mind – a theatrical freight train into the turbid depths of psychological agony. It’s a play that dismisses all niceties and euphemisms from the outset, and one that makes no attempt to refine or simplify the complicated (and even confusing) nature of its subject material. Accordingly, it’s also a supremely challenging play – both to understand, and to stage. Yet this fact only makes the achievement of the cast and crew of the student-directed, UCC-BSS production of ‘Crave’ even more remarkable, as their rendition of the work cannot be described as anything less than a terrific success. By embracing an unsettling and difficult work with creativity, finesse, and emotional intensity, they have delivered something both elusive and startling – a performance whose brutal power is surpassed only by its lyrical elegance and poignancy.

A Review of Michael Ignatieff’s Scar Tissue

By Connor Taylor

Much has been said about Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff this past month: the Conservatives have branded him as an inept politician and an anti-Canadian expatriate while others have lauded the intellectual prowess of the Harvard professor, award-winning historian, and UCC Old Boy. However, Ignatieff’s work as an artist has been almost entirely overlooked. In addition to writing two screenplays, Ignatieff has published three novels, Asya, Scar Tissue, and Charlie Johnson in the Flames.

Review of ‘Sucker Punch’

By Gavin Elias

It’s a shame really, when we finally realize how badly ‘Sucker Punch’ misses the mark. At first glance it certainly seems intriguing enough.  Directed by Zach Snyder, the visually innovative director of ‘300’ and ‘Watchmen’, the film strikes up with a promising premise: a girl placed in an asylum by her abusive stepfather slips into a sort of ‘Alice in Wonderland with machineguns’ as she tries to escape the horror of her surroundings and achieve freedom. It’s the kind of premise that almost screams potential.  Yet by the time the credits roll, the viewer is firmly out of fantasy land and fully aware of the reality that ‘Sucker Punch’ is, for all intents and purposes, a dud – an unfortunate misfire of a film whose biggest weaknesses seem to lie not in concept, but in execution.