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Opens at
Vancity Theatre

1181 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC

Sept 17. 2021 -  for one-week engagement 

Bruce LaBruce is an avant-garde filmmaker whom only a cineaste (and non-conservative) can appreciate. He’ll dare to explore the queer side of life, and be very explicit about it. Some film institutions will consider his works as ‘high art’ but others will outright call it pornography. His latest, Saint-Narcisse, is considered the most mainstream to date.  

Vancouver's Post-Punks SPECTRES "Tell Me" about Hindsight

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 14:42 Published in Underground News

Artoffact Records announces the November 5th release of Hindsight, the new album by SPECTRES, and releases new single “Tell Me.”

Founded in Vancouver in 2005 by vocalist Brian Gustavson, SPECTRES is commonly cited as one of the bands responsible for kicking off the renewed interest in the post-punk sound in Canada. The band spent the pandemic year off in the studio, fine tuning their craft and recording new tracks for Hindsight. The last track on the album and lead-off single, “Tell Me,” was covered by Stereogum upon release. Writer Ryan Leas noted that “Tell Me” “finds [SPECTRES] moving a bit further up the [retro] timeline, delving into some deep New Order vibes. If that kind of thing works on you the way it works on me, then you will probably think “Tell Me” is a banger.”

Published in AUM Aug/Sept Issue of Comic-Geddon

There’s a new Canadian talent to keep an eye out on, and Apricity is the word. Her love for musical theatre speaks about her style. Her experience of working in front of a camera during her days as a television presenter in Scotland translates well past the MTV generation.

After moving to Canada and meeting Toronto-based Juno-nominated and platinum awarded music producer Thomas McKay, they worked on developing a style and have a brand that works. In an interview by Jenna Melanson for CanadianBeats.ca, she said, “My stage name is taken from an old English word which means 'basking in the winter sun,'” which I thought was very appropriate for a Canadian artist.

[Fantasia 2021] The Spine of Night Movie Review

Monday, 23 August 2021 17:44 Published in Movie Reviews

Due to play in theatres Late 2021 (please check local listings)
Coming to Shudder

Tzod (Lucy Lawless, Xena: Warrior Princess) is the latest guardian of the bloom, a flower which does more than protect the user in a very ambitious animated epic fantasy known as The Spine of Night. She wears it proudly instead of donning any other armour (much less clothes) because it bestows untold power and protection. 

After seeking shelter, another resident of the cave, The Guardian (Richard E. Grant, Withnail & I), is inquisitive, and the real stories unfold. This anthology series is certainly a love letter to the 70s animated aesthetic. Ranging from Eiichi Yamamoto's Cleopatra to Heavy Metal the Movie to Ralph Bakashi's Lord of the Rings for narrative and visual style, I'd say the tribute is well done.

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Available to view on demand

Frank and Zed is Jesse Blanchard's debut feature film, and his studio Puppetcore is an operation that I'm sure many horror makeup fans would love to work at. 

The people who work there now must have had fun creating this movie, as it really gets crazy with the effects offered in this movie about a Frankenstein monster and a ghoul. Technically, the latter is a zombie. All this over the top massacre is the orgy of destruction to which the villagers fear coming. This film wastes no time in explaining the situation in the beginning act and the waiting for this moment to happen is certainly worthwhile. Without a proper story, none of the action would be understandable. 

Fantasia Film Festival 2021

Available to watch on demand.
Buy your virtual ticket here.


I have to wonder if Stefan Lernous'
Hotel Poseidon is his interpretation of the classic Eagles song, "Hotel California?" I know the lyrics all too well, and although the band acknowledged the song was about hedonism and excess (in America), this film is the polar opposite. It's a story about despair and urban decay.

Dave (Tom Vermeir) is the manager, and he doesn't care if his building regularly gets guests in or not. When Nora (Anneke Sluiters) sweetly talks her way in, he's hardly swooning.

Fantasia Film Festival 2021

Available to watch on demand.
Buy your virtual ticket here.

Lost Boys is an indirect sequel to Reindeerspotting: Escape from Santaland, as it blurs the line between reality and fiction. This feature film is billed as a documentary in Fantasia Film Festival's programme guide, and if so, this piece is a dark and disturbing look at a side of life in Cambodia which is not good.

Coming October 1, 2021
Artoffact Records.

Vancouver's ACTORS have revealed the music video for brand new single "Only Lonely," off upcoming new album Acts of Worship. The music video depicts a bloody, Natural Born Killers-style romance, starring model Rachel Rampage and real-life beau, musician Justin Hagberg (3 Inches of Blood, Ritual Dictates).

ACTORS' 2018 album It Will Come to You, also released on Artoffact, put the band's moody, anthemic style on the map, earning these words from Post-Punk.com: "Vancouver’s brilliant post-punk and new-wave quartet ACTORS continue their flair for sonic cinematics... The atmosphere quivers with singer Jason Corbett’s crooning reverb augmented by shivering guitars and stark synths."

Dead Quiet on 'Of Sound & Fury' Music Video Debut!

Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:12 Published in Underground News

Vancouver-based stoner metal torchbearers DEAD QUIET has a new music video! "Of Sound and Fury" was made available via The Obelisk and is viewable on YouTube or read the full article to see the video here.

Kauan's Ice Fleet Album Release, RPG & More!

Thursday, 04 March 2021 12:49 Published in Underground News

Release Date: April 9

Stream Maanpako here! 

"Maanpako" begins in a state of gentle nostalgia, erupts into a post-rock storm punctuated by blackened screams, then settles back into the calm where it began. The song, like all of Kauan's work, paints vivid pictures that range from the melancholy to the rapturous. As a recent Stereogum review puts it, “Serene guitars give way to crashing devastation and back again... Kauan seems to exist just out of reach on the edge of a dream, where equal parts hope, wonder, and despair are all possible.”

Ice Fleet, Kauan’s eighth full-length, is based on the true story of an unidentified fleet of ships discovered in 1930 in northernmost Russia, completely frozen under the permafrost with crew and passengers' bodies grotesquely preserved.

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