Brandon Lorimer

Growing Freedom With Yoko Ono- The Sacred Art of Playfulness

Group painting. Driving nails into a wall. Mono-coloured chess. Listening to heartbeats.  Dangling motorcycle helmets filled with pieces of sky for the taking. Stamping for peace. These are just a few of the many sweet, simple, and soul searching activities you are welcome to at the newly opened exhibit Growing Freedom, a collection of art […]

“The Horrifically Real Virtuality”: Where B-Movies Come To Life

I am welcomed by looming tentacles and a crashed UFO at the top of the stairs of The Phi Centre in Montréal. Looking around at the walls, I see a number of the works of Ed Wood- the infamous director of Plan 9 From Outer Space, often hailed as the worst movie in history- being […]

A Night Less Starry- The Auction of Van Gogh’s Gun

On June 9th, 2019, the rusted husk of a 7mm Lefaucheux revolver will go up for auction. This weathered skeleton sat untouched and unseen in a field in the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise for approximately seven decades, from the 1890s to the 1960s, only being plucked from its home in the soil when a farmer […]

The Cost Of Keeping The Ghost Lights On – Theatres In Jeopardy

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. This adage is even more true when the resounding squeak is emitted by a three-storey high wheel constructed from painstakingly carved ebony and lush velvet. Such is the situation amongst many theatres in the western world- most needing financial support, and all, both grand institutions and smaller independent locations, […]

World Theatre Day 2019- Carlos Celdrán’s Message

Happy (Belated) World Theatre Day! May the masks of sock and buskin protect all prosceniums and no curtain call be met with thrown produce. While it may seem like a very modern calendar marking- and one certainly not celebrated under every roof- World Theatre Day has a long standing tradition of not only supporting those […]

Morris Panych’s “The Shoplifters”: Canned Goods, Cake Mix, Capitalism

Morris Panych, one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights, has always shown an aptitude for bringing to light the existential dread that can underpin everyday life. His assertions of the high stakes within daily occurrences push audiences to look closer at events they might brush off. So it is no surprise that The Shoplifters, Panych’s work […]