Brandon Lorimer

“Supernatural Stories” at the McCord Museum

The Haida, an Indigenous group native to the west coast of North America do not have a word for “artist” in their language. The closest approximation of the term one might hear translates to “clever hands”. And the clever hands of the Haida and the works they have brought into the world- from traditional weavings, […]

In fair Verona, on unceded territory- Romeo and Juliet and land acknowledgements

I recently attended a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre School in Montréal. It was the end of semester performance for the acting students concluding their second of three years in the school’s program. And it was a good and interesting performance, the roles of Romeo and Juliet both being double cast […]

Shades of Hope- The Colour Purple at Neptune Theatre

Right now in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Canadian major theatre premiere of The Colour Purple is taking audiences by storm at Neptune Theatre. I had heard as much from several of my peers in the Halifax theatre community, some attached to this production and others simply in awe of its quality and heart. One dear […]

The Seeds of Nanette- Hannah Gadsby’s Failed Retirement

When stand-up comedians and their specials make international headlines, more oft than not lately it’s been due to regressive opinions and disturbing actions coming to light. This is one of the biggest reasons why Hannah Gadsby’s comedy special Nanette came as such a surprise to me, as I saw it appear in every corner of […]

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 […]