Durham Chronicle Volume XLIV, Issue 11
28 The Chronicle April 10 - 16, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment Durham's fine art goes on display William McGinn The Chronicle Durham College’s three-year Fine Arts program is showing off new ways to display its work. For the first time, Oshawa City Hall is displaying some of the program’s paintings and artworks. In February, Sean McQuay, coordinator of DC’s Fine Arts program, got approval to have his students display their work in the City Hall showcases. These showcases have been displaying local artwork since 2010. According to McQuay, it was a last minute acceptance, meaning whatever projects were completed went on display. That’s not the end of it, though. Starting April 20, paintings, designs, drawings, carvings and other creations from the class will be on display at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery until May 6. “At City Hall, everyone will have a smaller piece. The City Hall will be [called] “ a satellite show” for the bigger show. Satellite means, OK, here’s some work that exemplifies what’s happening in a bigger context,” said McQuay. Both shows will run April 20 – May 6. This bigger show at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery is called the McLaughlin Thesis Exhibition, which is the main exhibit for the Fine Arts students. At the start of the year, every student came up with what is called a “thesis” and “thesis statement”, which in this case means a theme for a collection of work. The third year students participate in this only, and this year it consists of 15 students, which, according to McMullen, is a small number. Some of the themes they have come up with include painted vinyl records and painted tables with displays. These works of art take time. Student Chris Cote will display a painting at the RMG he has been working on since September. According to McMullen, a painting about the size of a poster can take a few weeks to a month to plan and paint. So what happens if they make a mistake? Amy Johnston, a thirdyear student, said if there’s a screw-up during production, students don’t necessarily start over, but see if there’s a way to continue the design with a different vision than planned. She said it’s acceptable because no one else knows of the error and they won’t notice a mix-up when the painting is on display. “We’ve just been working nonstop through classes, on our spare time, through weekends just trying to finish everything; especially since the [Ontario-wide college] strike took away a lot of our time. Technically, we have about three less weeks than normal,” said Mc- Mullen. The RMG is also hosting a monthly event on May 4 at 7 p.m. with the students’ work still on display. Every first Friday of the month, the RMG hosts a gathering to celebrate art in the form of not just designs but music and dance. According to McQuay, 300-400 people are expected to visit the event. When the students are finished displaying their work in Oshawa, they are going to be a part of a brand new event in Whitby at the end of their school year. The first, second and third year students will display approximately 300 works at the Whitby Station Art Gallery. A professional juror is Photograph by William McGinn (From left to right) Leana Anderson, Nicole Marhong, Kyle Samuel, Chris Cote, Sean McQuay, Amy Johnston, Toni McMullen, of DC's third-year Fine Arts class. expected to hand out awards for best painting, best drawing and best in-show, according to Mc- Quay. The exhibit runs May 12 – May 27 and is open to the public. The awards ceremony takes place May 27 at 7 p.m. Not one of the boys: Meet The Beaches “Cha/ Boys don’t get me/ Girls wanna get with me/ You’re so shifty/ Don’t you think you’d fit me?” belts Jordan Miller, bassist and vocalist of The Beaches. Juno-nominated, Torontobased all-girl band The Beaches provide some groovy vibes on their latest album, The Late Show, released Oct. 13, 2017. With an interesting musical combo of glam rock, indie rock with hints of garage, The Beaches provide a unique listening experience, not unlike the Arctic Monkeys. Miller sounds a little bit like Nancy Sinatra and a little bit like Alanis Morrissett, while the music created by her sister Kylie on guitar, drums by Eliza Enman- McDaniel and keys and guitar by Leandra Earl provide a nice a canvas for the band’s overall tone and aesthetic. The album is produced by vocalist Emily Haines of Canada’s Metric. Their inspirations of The Strokes, Yeah Yeahs, St. Vincent and Blondie are threaded throughout The Late Show, while the aesthetics are very 60s and 70s with just a touch of 90s glam. The Late Show kicks off with an impressive jam about respect. The song demands attention with its catchy strumming, unique vocals and relatable, motivating lyrics. Aly Beach “I know things are looking up/ I don't know how long, I'll try my luck/I just know someday, I'm gonna get there/ So don't hold me back, just hold me up/ I can take a hit, I can take a punch/ 'Cause today's the day, I'm gonna get there,” The title track “The Late Show” is clearly inspired by The White Stripes, with the vocal style and fun guitar riffs. The song is sexy, flirty, fun and a little bit cheeky with lyrics like: “You wanna go to the late show/ So wear your fox coat, I’ll wear no clothes and stilettos/ Oh/ Or we could go to a party/ And eat smarties, and get naughty little hottie, sweet hottie,” The album’s second single, “Money,” serves up a hints of Joan Jette and a little 70s rock. It’s the kind of song you’d pre-game to. With a fun beat, a cool riff and even cooler lyircs, it’s a song that will be on replay. I don’t really want it to stop, I just got on it/ I never knew, I never knew/ It’s not like I planned it, I don’t know how you stand it/ You do, what you do/ I need to make Toronto-based Juno Award winning band The Beaches. Photograph by Maya Fuhr money, need to make money/ Woo woo make money. From sexy to sassy, this album covers sex, money and respect with a unique take. With silky, diverse vocals, funky riffs and a fun aesthetic, it’s no wonder the Toronto-based band is nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year in the 2018 Juno Awards. Although the band is clearly inspirational for being as successful as they are, especially for women in the male-dominated rock industry. The Beaches prefer not to mention it, as they believe it should not be the one thing that defines them. They roll their eyes at the term “girl group.” The Beaches are playing at the Toronto Opera House on May 11.
Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca April 10 - 16, 2018 The Chronicle 29 The brilliance of Clinton's book William McGinn When presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released a 464-paged autobiography, What Happened, about the process of the election and why Donald Trump won, Amazon removed some of its 1-star reviews from its site. According to Amazon, these reviews were not about the book’s content but rather personal opinions about Clinton. The book is frightening and well-detailed yet enjoyable. It should be read by as many people as possible. This book will help people understand the best courses of action for the future of politics by giving insight into several instances where politics went berserk. Clinton gives evidence of almost everything she says by saying who else you could ask to confirm information. She also goes indepth into her experience with a believable humanity. This isn’t just a political book. Clinton discusses being a wife, mother and grandmother, as well as being the valedictorian during her graduation at Wellesley College. She also writes about the people who have and will continue to look up to her as the first female presidential nominee in U.S. history. She includes humorous facts, such as how much she loves Goldfish crackers and how hitting the snooze button can cause one to get sleepier. So what are some of the issues Clinton brings up? In January 2016, Clinton found out about a water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Basically, in 2013 and 2014, the city’s emergency fiscal manager got the city to obtain water from the Flint River instead of Detroit’s municipal system. This was to save money. But the Flint River water wasn’t clean. People were getting rashes and reported Photograph by William McGinn In September 2017, Hillary Clinton published 'What Happened', a detailed book not just on her loss of the election but her goals, dreams, heartbreaks, and life. other health concerns. They were given false assurances the water was safe to drink. Not only that, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality never cleaned the water, which would have only cost $200 a day. Clinton wrote an entire chapter in her book about the corruption, and it is only one of the many issues she discusses. She also addresses some mistakes she made, which is a noble admission. Trump on the other hand may never say he was mistaken. There are also, however, instances where ambiguity wasn’t her fault. When she said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” the press misinterpreted the remark. That sentence was only a snippet of her answer. Right after that comment, she said she doesn’t want to forget about these people who laboured in the mines for generations. Also, she said she would make sure they could get new jobs. But most people never heard that part. The in-depth section about ‘Those Damn Emails’ will hook many readers. The reason these emails were deleted, according to Clinton, is because they contained personal and unimportant information. She sorted through her emails and chose ones which had info such as yoga sessions, wedding planning, communications with lawyers and doctors, and other clearly private personal content. Clinton kept all the relevant emails and deleted these personal ones. FBI Director Comey said on July 5, 2016 that no criminal charges would be brought against Clinton or anyone in her campaign. Then, eleven days before November 8, Comey reopened the case, saying Clinton was under investigation from the FBI for these emails. She gives a lot of proof about why this announcement took voter trust away from her at the last minute and cost her the election. When Comey did not discuss Trump and the Russia investigation, he said it was because he did not want to make statements that would unfairly affect either nominee. Yet that was exactly what he did. This book is an angry, expertly written and truthful story on the unfairness of the election. Crown Lands staking a musical claim John Cook The Chronicle In 2015, two young musicians from Durham came together in a barn for a jam session. Today, they’re known as Crown Lands and they’ve performed on stages across Canada, often alongside well-known artists like the Arkells, the Headstones and Sam Roberts Band. Crown Lands is a self-described “psychedelic blues rock” duo, comprised of Cody Bowles, 23, of Oshawa and Kevin Comeau, 24, of Courtice. The pair met through mutual friends in high school and initially bonded over a love of the band Rush. Bowles says the two agreed to hold a jam session at a friend’s property. “We just met in this big barn and jammed for hours,” says Bowles. “It was the start of something really awesome.” Bowles learned to play the drums at a young age while Comeau had some experience playing keyboard in a Toronto reggae band. Bowles is still drumming today, and also provides vocals for Crown Lands. Comeau plays guitar and provides the bass sound via a synthesizer he operates with his feet. “It took a long time to learn,” said Comeau of playing the footsynth. “I started with a cheap electric keyboard. I set it on the floor and practised until I was comfortable with it.” Currently, the guys are in the midst of a tour to promote their latest album, Rise Over Run. They played The Music Hall in Oshawa on March 17. No matter where they go, their hometown pride remains strong. “It’s the best,” said Comeau of performing in Oshawa. “We get a great crowd here and it feels good to be home.” Less than three years into their career as a band, Crown Lands has enjoyed airtime on various radio stations, won last year’s 97.7 HTZ-FM Rock Search contest, and finished a tour with One Bad Son last year. Their sound is classic in many regards. Bowles counts Led Zeppelin as one of the band’s biggest influences and says they try to “put all the best elements from progressive rock and psychedelic rock into something new.” The result is music filled with catchy riffs, complex drum parts, and heavy, wailing guitar licks. Since the beginning, the band has been supported by fans, says Comeau. “We had people that drove for Photograph by John Cook (From left to right) Cory Bowles and Kevin Comeau, the creators of the band Crown Lands. hours to see our shows,” he says. “One person even offered to do all our merchandise for free, just to show their support.” Crown Lands has been nominated for the “best artist or band” at this year’s Oshawa Music Week competition. And it all started with two dudes playing Rush songs in an ordinary Durham barn.