Tag Archives: montreal

pigeon life

pigeons sit on electrical wires, vests puffed, toes warming.
but, they are anxious there and take flight, only to become cold and lonely again, wanting return to their friendly wire
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columba livia; the rock dove; the pigeon.

pigeons came across the atlantic as food, for colonists, starting in the 1600s.
these pretty, feral, winged, city-rats breed four to five times a year. there have been attempts to halt their successful reproduction with serious measures, like electrical fences and food stuffed with contraceptives.

the winter’s tale


Go together,
You precious winners all; your exultation
Partake to everyone. I, an old turtle,
Will wing me to some withered bough, and there
My mate, that’s to be found again,
Lament till I am lost.

woodland creatures



there is something special about carrying things around on the ends of sticks. there is also something humorous about going around looking through people’s recycling for tin cans and then hammering holes into them with some finishing touches of garbage bag fringe. some things take a stretch of the imagination and a little bit of effort.

paneless retrograde



take that

attempting with friends




garbage post

over the last little while i have been developing this sort of theory that people are ok with garbage accumulating in certain places. maybe it is that they don’t really notice the piles or maybe it is the unwritten language of city, proper etiquette if you will. it seems partly due to the patterns of human behavior, the necessity of these neutral spots and there is definitely a location issue (slightly off the main street, tucked into a recess, never in someone’s front lawn). it seems that over time these spots become even more useful, somewhat like a reusing center but free, anonymous, ever changing; a reflection of the community itself.

Two Lonely Winter Princesses



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We enjoy short walks in the snow and long johns.
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construction tremors

montreal’s biggest problem is that there isn’t enough space to store all the orange cones. consequently, the city is forced to be in a perpetual zone of construction.

the people of montreal dream in orange cone, recounting the times they accidently hit feral tangerine or were forced another route due to a large pile up of cylinders.

to fit in, most have taken to wearing plaid of neon and reflecting.

the issue worsens in that the prevalence of construction cones is so great that they are disregarded and the city was forced to buy new ones that have more significance. violet striped cones are trumping the old fashioned orange and white. the disregard for old cones and reverence for the brighter, bolder cones has significantly increased the coneage in the city.
in montreal, we are all suffering from construction tremors.

a walk in the park

thank you for coming to the vernissage



bitter sweet surprise


a few months ago, i was invited to a free-jazz show (not to be mistaken with a free jazz show) by the lovely, lady josephine. i guess it’s pretty obvious, but lets just she was invited to the birthday party so mr. jazzman could have his cake and eat it too (*if you know what I mean). and what a show it was. if ever you have the opportunity to watch a beautiful woman jump out of a cake, please take it. the party was at the space formally known and loved by my many of us still, 185 Vanhorne, the former BEAR loft. its always bitter sweet going back there, remembering back when it was barely livable, back when there where enormous piles of sawdust everywhere, and how we taught ourselves how to use power tools, build walls with doors, listen to the trains come and go, and we danced and laughed in the big empty space for hours that first night and so many more.

scrappers delight



tossed sore sight. scrappers delight.

if it doesn’t work right. scrappers delight.

broke down in the night. scrappers delight.

midnight gentlemen


followed by a band of bright eyed kittens, the serious, solemn D and J are competitive contemporary dancers who traverse the city glittering eye lashes and creating deep yearning.

a homage to the beasts


le pick-up




rey took me out for breakfast this morning at le pick-up. it was really good. pretty sure i had a breakfast sandwich on a croissant. is there anything better? anyways, my film always lives too long in the holga, and it gets all light leaky and shit but i guess that the way it goes.

bus graveyard

where STM’s outdated vehicles go to die.

it used to be the final parking spot for Montreal’s elderly transportation. then one night a hooded figure masked in smoke ran past me and lou made the call to the fire station as one lone bus experienced a viking burial. torched to a crisp, the bus graveyard was no longer a fine canvas for graffiti, but a symbol that the out of function busses needed a new retirement home.

desole hors service

under the highway



day three, frigid explorations continued through the cold drizzle of impending fall. this huge building leaves you feeling small against the freeway, its haunting echos of sky high traffic vibrate along pane-less corridors of reclaimed territory. it will all be gone and forgotten, but for now it remains a priceless gallery for those who are willing to enter.

casual exchange



a list of our friends who have not commented on our blog:

1. toby pickels: a.k.a. shouldercat.blogspot.com
2. dan daddy-o d. : aparticlewave.blogspot.com
3. more to come…

sheets



sails set, dew surrenders.

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practice #19: water sine by nick schofield


practice #19: water sine by nick schofield
saturday, november 11th, 4pm, free entry, all ages
never apart
7049 saint-urbain

we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time.
seating is limited and first come, first served.

practice and never apart present a meditative first listen of water sine, the debut album by nick schofield, in advance of its 2018 release.

straying from the format of live and experimental sessions, practice nevertheless continues engaging in immersive sonic events at never apart with water sine, a minimal ambient album comprised of one synthesizer and field-recordings. schofield has spent the last year tinkering away during twilight sessions at his home (studio 2X5) in montreal, and what results is his soundtrack for sleep; an antidote to insomnia. we invite listeners to be lulled by the softness and simplicity of water sine, a sound that beckons for tranquility and release.

practice shares this listening session as a way to join together in an experience of calm. we invite you to sit with us and listen to this new body of unreleased work that continues the ambient tradition pioneered by hiroshi yoshimura and brian eno, allowing for the soothing effects to wash over us all.

nick schofield is a montreal based musician, producer and radio host with a BFA in electroacoustics from concordia university.

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we have yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please. uniquely for this event will be the availability of chairs.

never apart is a non-profit organization in montréal, québec, canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.
more info on practice, here:.
we are on facebook.

questions about the event can be directed to: janntomaro@gmail.com

practice #18: radio therapy by martín rodríguez

practice #18: radio therapy by martín rodríguez
saturday, october 21st, 4pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

radio therapy: a meditation on healing.

musician and sound artist martín rodríguez guides listeners in a meditation on healing processes that are not the stereotypical peaceful, glowing, warm processes we may be conditioned to imagine. inspired by his experiences with chemotherapy and radiation, rodríguez opens us to the more aggressive modes of healing that are necessary for transformation. working the spontaneous sounds from the radio from an unknowable intensity into a soothing and battling ambiance, rodríguez speaks to the uncertainty of recovery and remission that are part of healing. 

this meditation is inspired by his work entitled radio therapy, developed as an original way of producing music for rodríguez during cancer treatments, and as an embodiment of his healing process. the vibrational resonance of this work takes on symbolic importance and acts to reach participants and unify through shared sound waves, rhythmically pulsing through our bodies. 

radio therapy is produced by harnessing radio frequencies through a transducer that is attached to a standalone guitar. the transducer forces the whole body of the guitar to vibrate. the resulting sound is a blend of musical notes, and scanned am radio frequencies resonating through the body of the guitar and passing through a chain of manipulated sound effects to then reach and resound throughout the room. this meditation offers a space for participants to face their own difficulties and ease into welcoming the burden of transformation through a sonic narrative.

for more information on martín rodríguez, see here:.

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we have yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please. uniquely for this event will be the availability of chairs.

never apart is a non-profit organization in montréal, québec, canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.
more info on practice, here:.
we are on facebook.

questions about the event can be directed to: janntomaro@gmail.com

practice #17: grkzgl

practice #17: grkzgl
saturday, september 9th, 4pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

sometimes harsh, sometimes technical, sometimes scented, practice has been experimenting with sound in a myriad of ways to influence the psychological state of the listener. in this special upcoming set, we let go of specific mind-altering intentions and return to a foundational goal of meditation. rather than adhere to one of the numerous schools of meditation, we encourage any (including new) forms of meditation that suit the listener. for this edition of practice, local sound maker grkzgl will provide a self-evolving sonic environment that is conducive to contemplation by layering and modulating a number of arbitrarily tuned and processed synthesizer voices. in a well of low resonant tones, we offer a time and space for you. come sit and be immersed in sound together and see where your thoughts go (or don’t go).

more info on grkzgl here: grkzgl.blogspot.com
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we have yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please. uniquely for this event will be the availability of chairs.

never apart is a non-profit organization in montréal, québec, canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.
more info on practice, here:.
we are on facebook.

questions about the event can be directed to: janntomaro@gmail.com

practice 15: adam basanta

practice #15
saturday, july 22nd, 4pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

sound artist and experimental composer adam basanta will create an in-situ improvised sets of minimal, slow evolving music. Straddling the line between the meditative and the ecstatic, the two sets will combine sine wave beating patterns, field recordings, white noise, and polymeric rhythms, spatially distributed throughout a DIY surround sound system.

for more info on adam basanta pls see here.

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we have yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please.

never apart is a non-profit organization in montréal, québec, canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.

more info on practice, here:.
we are on facebook.

questions about the event can be directed to: janntomaro@gmail.com