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Vermette’s graphic storytelling shows promise

Katherena Vermette’s prowess for storytelling continues to grow with her first venture into comics that blends her ability to dredge the urban landscape, while taking readers on a historic journey. (Courtesy Portage and Main Press) If you have not heard of Katherena Vermette yet and consider yourself a reader, please don’t

La Duchess makes top 50 performers in world

Lauren Jiles said she sometimes cannot believe what her body does on stage when she performs as the Duchess de Riére, which she’ll be doing this weekend in Dallas and next weekend in Montreal. (Photos courtesy Lou Lou La Duchess de Riére) Those lucky devils hitting up the House of Blues in

#NotYourPrincess not to miss addition to your shelf

Karlene Harvey's rendition of Jessica Deer is one of the many quality pieces of artwork throughout the #NotYourPrincess anthology. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) #NotYourPrincess (Annick Press) asks a simple question: what is it like to be an Onkwehón:we woman or girl today? It’s the kind of book The Eastern Door

Take the plunge, read a poem, go on a journey

Part of the joy of reviewing books for The Eastern Door is getting a wide variety of things to read in different genres. They send them, we read them. This publication has reviewed books of fiction, political science, history, anthropology, and, at times, poetry. We look at two collections of poems this week,

Two films draw historical, physical trauma

From left to right, directors Roxann Whitebean and Courtney Montour debuted two short films at Black Bridge Brewing Co. in Kahnawake Wednesday, which included rising acting stars Keena and Thunderblanket Kitigan Zibi actress Shaynah Decontie. (Daniel J. Rowe, The Eastern Door) One film depicted the trauma caused to a community by an incision through the centre and soul of its village, while the other showed the physical and emotional pain caused by cancer. Flat Rocks, directed by Courtney Montour, and Roxann Whitebean’s The Paradigm debuted at

New Constellations crew to hit Montreal tonight

Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene wanted to take his Basement Review literary/music jams out of Toronto and across the country in an ambitious attempt at embracing new wave Indigenous art (left). Lido – AKA the “Colombian Darling” or “Soundsister,” Pimienta’s blend of electronic beats and Afro-Colombian rhythms will be

Going to protest a pipeline? Read this book first

The patch and pipelines. It’s the couple that comes with as quick an opinion as BrAngelina (they’re still together right?), and, in this neck of the woods, pretty much everyone is against the former and the industry that wed them. Why? Oil, dummy. Oil. The patch and pipelines have become the embodiment of the

Camo collection shows off satirical protest style

Dozens of models were clad in their best camo on Friday night for a satirical fashion show in commemoration of the 1990 Oka Crisis. (Photos by Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Camouflage: It’s one of the most influential prints in Onkwehón:we activism, and was front and centre of a satirical fashion show paying

Spotlight on Indigenous artists at Beaux Arts

Pipe Beads from the series Code Switching, 2017, digital print. Digital print, 110 x 166 cm. (Courtesy CARCC and Art Mûr) The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is shining a bright light on Onkwehón:we women, as the museum works to expand its representation of artists, who traditionally have not been

When Indians fight back on stage

A new off-Broadway show promises to present the Onkwehón:we experience in a satirically hilarious new way. (Courtesy Kevin Tarrant) Those in the mood for a slice of theatre, satire and straight up comedy might want to take a road trip to La MaMa’s Downstairs Theatre in Manhattan and check out a

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