Bronwyn: an Advocate

Bronwyn Haney, director of external affairs at The Hive, has a colourful way of dressing. She wears 1920’s business glasses and her long blonde curls are dip-dyed blue and purple. She strikes you as the kind of person who even looked interesting, like someone who you could talk to about any subject and who would always have a different and creative way of viewing it.

On a regular afternoon at Dawson College nearing the end of October I entered the school’s gender advocacy center to discuss a few topics pertaining to sexual assault and consent in a school setting with her. I was greeted warmly by Bronwyn and other members of The Hive in a bright, welcoming room with artwork on the walls, a sofa with pillows of various colors and designs thrown on top, and a collection of books in one corner with titles such as “A History of Feminism”. After admiring the small space the Hive operates in, and commenting about both our birthday parties and the upcoming Rocky Horror Ball she would be attending, our conversation began to shift towards the reason for my visit.

What was the reason for my visit? Well, the combat against crimes of sexual nature has seen a few developments in recent months regarding the issue of rape in schools that I wanted to discuss: universities in North America have been updating their procedures for the handling of on-campus sexual assault. These actions have been put in place following a surge in frustration and dissatisfaction voiced by the student body of prominent Universities, with complaints of a lack of support in tackling on-campus rape, raising awareness and educating faculty as well as students on sexual assault and consent. Concordia students are calling for sexual assault awareness workshops for all students and staff at the university, something that has recently been officialised in San Francisco, and at Columbia University an art student has made the news with a term-long project on on-campus rape by carrying her dorm room mattress with her all around campus, among many other measures being taken in universities.

But what I wanted to know was how my school was reacting to on-site rape, or raising awareness among students about this issue. So, knowing Bronwyn to be insightful and a compassionate person regarding human rights, I met up with her to discuss Dawson, her position at The Hive, and how both these entities are working towards eliminating rape amongst its students and staff.

I learned from speaking with her that she has been acting as director of external affairs since the beginning of the semester. She, like many other students in the school, was a bit confused about what exactly The Hive was at first. “I didn’t really know what it was,” she explained to me, recalling her first semester at Dawson last year. “It was being treated as a club at the time, so I was really confused and I felt that I didn’t really have a place here.” It’s true; the Hive is not a club and it is trying to change that view students have of it, by putting up a clear sign on their door stating “This is a service, not a club!” for example.

Bronwyn informed me enthusiastically that The Hive provides students with peer support and information on sexual health, sexuality and gender identification and gives out free tampons, pregnancy tests, condoms, lubricant, etc. to any student in need. It is also a safe space for people to come in and talk about issues pertaining to sex and gender without fear of being judged, or even just to take a break, have some tea and rest on their couch.

“I always really loved the idea when I first heard that Dawson had a gender advocacy center and all the things they offered here.” She then went on to point out how privileged we are a this school for having such a service. “Abbott doesn’t have one, Vanier doesn’t have one.”

She told me she wanted to get involved once she heard about it, and when her friend who works at the student union offered her the position, she jumped at the opportunity.

Bronwyn, as well as all the other members of The Hive, is not paid for her work. She is a volunteer and her primary role is to spread the word about The Hive’s intentions to other advocacy centers, attend workshops and events organized by other schools and advocacy centers that pertain to any of the issues The Hive handles and to be available at The Hive every Thursday to greet whoever comes to visit, answer their questions or help them find what they’re looking for.

The Hive is also a service that is working to fight rape and rape culture within the school. “Just the mentality The Hive has, and our point of view on rape and rape culture. We’re trying to abolish it, in terms of rape culture we’re trying to denounce it. […] We try to educate people on what rape culture is, what consent is, what yes means, what no means. For instance, say someone comes in and says ‘I’ve been raped’ we try and take the steps necessary to help the student so we contact—“ she suddenly grins and looks at another girl who was sitting with us, working quietly and listening in “Well, we contact Jules.” The girl laughs and explains to me “Because I’m the director of internal affairs at the student union so I can help in that way, but The Hive already takes the necessary steps depending on what the person wants to happen so if the person would not like to contact the police then we don’t. We contact whoever the person wants to contact.” Bronwyn adds “We just want to try and bring justice to the situation.”

Their primary method of combatting rape and rape culture is through education. “We have a lot of zines up on our wall and just a lot of information about it. We are all aware of what rape culture is and we can deconstruct it for students and educate on what is consent, rape culture, what is okay and what’s not okay to do in a given situation. We have pamphlets, we have brochures, there’s a lot of literature in the Hive about that.” She specified that all the reading is open to students who come in looking for information just not to take away with them, but they are working on a program to lend out their books.

Some of the Zines in the Hive that students are welcome to read for important information about sex, gender, etc.
Some of the Zines in the Hive that students are welcome to read for important information about sex, gender, etc.

The more I spoke with Bronwyn, the more I got a sense of her passion and her love for what she does. She genuinely cares about the issues brought up by The Hive, and you can tell she enjoys being a part of the fight not just against rape and rape culture, but also against gender stereotypes, human rights violations and a lack of education surrounding sex and sexual health. I could see the sense of fulfilment in her eyes when she spoke to me.

“I’m going to a workshop series called ‘How to Be a Better Friend and Ally’ which is not necessarily pertaining to consent specifically but it’s just surrounding the ideas of how to be supportive.” It seems like a very fitting workshop for someone who occasionally enters in contact with survivors of rape to attend in order to be able to communicate in a caring and understanding manner.

“Do you think that Dawson has done enough to address rape and rape culture?” I asked her towards the end of my visit.

Her answer was out of her mouth before I even finished the question. “No,” she replied. “No, definitely not. It’s not something that’s openly discussed here, it’s something that’s often avoided.”

Her position on the importance of tackling on-campus rape demonstrated just how committed she is to help her fellow students: “This is supposed to be a safe space for students to come and learn, not to get harassed.”

I concluded the interview with one very important question. What more could Dawson do? How could we eliminate on-campus rape and rape culture within the school once and for all? “I think that we could encourage dialog about these subjects. I think that we can encourage students to come forward if anything happened to them and take the steps to abolish whatever negative situation that might be. That would be the best, just to start communicating, to start fixing that, so that we can have a safe space for students… and for staff.”

The Hive is located in room 2D. 1a in Dawson College and welcome students to visit them and take advantage of their numerous services. Don’t be shy!


MMFA Meets Warhol Mania

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”           – Andy Warhol


I’ve been living in Montreal for the past 18 years and for some reason, I had never stepped foot into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It is very close to my house, my school, and my Grandmother gives weekly tours; however, nothing compelled me to check it out. I have nothing against museums, in fact, I always go to the major museums whenever I travel and have a great time discovering new pieces and artists. Something was holding me back from going to this Museum, and my to-do list , and the fact that there was an Andy Warhol exhibit changed that.

Andy Warhol is famous for being the leader of the American Pop Art movement– however, there is more to him than that one famous Marylyn Monroe piece you know. Warhol was an advertising mastermind. Being into the advertising and communications world myself, and I am inspired by the works he has created. From November 6th, 2014, to March 15th, 2015, fifty of Warhol’s posters and thousands of his illustrations will be displayed at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts for the general public to admire.

The Marilyn Diptych, 1962

The Marilyn Diptych, 1962

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was created in 1860 by a group of Montreal art collectors and patrons. It has over 41,000 works from antiquity to today, making it remarkably unique in Canada. The museum holds the record for the highest museum attendance in Canada, which is between 600,000 to 1 million visitors. It has four major pavilions which feature different sculptures, paintings, photographs, graphic arts, and decorative art objects. The first pavilion is entitled the Jean-Noel Desmarais Pavilion, and it highlights international art. The second, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion, displays world cultures. The Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion exhibits decorative arts and design. The most recently added pavilion, the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, presents Quebec and Canadian art, and it also includes a 444-seat concert hall. They are planning on opening a fifth wing devoted to international art and education in 2016, to launch Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. The museum’s mission is to reach out to the largest and most diverse audience in order to provide full access to the world’s artistic heritage. The resources available to the public at the museum include a boutique, a bookstore, a café, a press room and documentary resources. There have been many past exhibits worth mentioning, however, some that come to mind include last year’s Chihuly exhibition, Tom Wesselmann’s “Beyond Pop-Art”, and Jean-Paul Gautier’s “From the Sidewalk to the CatWalk.” Today, along with the Warhol Mania Exhibition, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is also displaying the “Fabulous Fabergé” jewelry exhibit, Peter Doig’s “No Foreign Lands” paintings, and plenty of other breathtaking showcases.

Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh to a working class family. At the age of 8, Warhol was bedridden for months with cholera. It was then that his mother gave him his first art lessons. Warhol didn’t stop when he got better; he continued practicing and learning different art forms. After school, he moved to New York City and started his career in magazine illustration and advertising. Warhol’s work explores artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement. Warhol was sometimes seen as a controversial artist, creating things no one had ever seen before, however, he eventually became the leader of the pop-art movement.

Advertising was an important medium to him because it was a language that everyone could understand; therefore, large audiences always admired his work. Andy Warhol was able to make people see art differently than they were used to. He took objects that were omnipresent and turned them into art. For example, he took 32 Campbell’s soup cans and turned them into widely recognizable art symbols. He was a cultural icon who took a satirical approach to the celebrity portraits he created. Warhol rose to become one of the most legendary artists of the 20th century, whose influence still continues to grow.

Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962

Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962

Warhol worked for 10 years as a commercial illustrator for higher in New York in the early 50’s. He started working for magazines like Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar, and then began creating ads for companies that were featured in the New York Times. It was at this time that his advertising career really took off. Warhol took nationally known brands, like Coca-ColaCampbell’s Soup, and Brillo, and created advertisements for them that were targeted at working-class consumers. The reason he did this is because the brands he chose to work for allowed him to create what he wanted because the manufacturer or distributor owned them, while other generic or private brands only allowed advertisements by their retailer. He targeted the working-class because they were thought to be less likely than their wealthier and more educated peers to succumb to the growing appeal of the private brand’s advertisements. Even though Warhol’s advertising reflects the 50’s and 60’s, he anticipated how marketing works today. Warhol basically knew what would be popular before it even saw the light of day. His obsession with collaboration, celebrity, repeated images, and dissolving the boundary between public and private lives are key factors in online marketing today. Warhol was living proof that the artist could be an entrepreneur because he produced artwork so differently from what the world was used to that they had no choice but to pay attention.

The museum was everything I had hoped it would be. The building itself was a piece of art in my opinion; I loved its architecture. I made my way to the “Warhol Mania” exhibition and immediately started analyzing each piece. There were a few posters that I had recognized, like the Perrier bottle ad and his famous pink cows, however, I had definitely never seen the majority of the illustrations and posters and I was really intrigued by them. The exhibit was full of colour and people who were admiring what they saw just as I was. I spent an over an hour walking around and discovering new pieces and information. What had struck me the most was that Warhol only started making commission from his posters was mid-career, after 1964. I am fascinated in exceptional art that takes a while to understand (if you even get to that point), but what I love about Warhol’s work is that since they are meant to be advertisements, they are created to be understood in seconds, so that any passersby would get the message that is being told to them.

Andy Warhol is someone who will always be an inspiration to me. He makes art fun and lively and his advertisements interesting. Studying communications myself, I have learned a lot from Warhol that I could hopefully use one day for my own advertisements.

After visiting the Museum, the only reason I could come up with for never going before was that it is so close to me that I didn’t feel pressured to go; there was no expiration date. It’s not like I’m in Paris for the week and only have a limited time to go to the Louvre! Our own fancy museum is basically in my backyard, and I have all the time in the world to go. I’m glad I finally checked out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts because now I will definitely go back for other exhibits…perhaps I’ll even get my grandmother to give me a tour.

Click on the pictures below to see a description of some of the posters and illustrations I saw at the Warhol Mania exhibit.

Warhol Mania!

Childish Gambino: An Album Is Not Enough Anymore Because the Internet…

On October 14th 2013, thousands of people routinely opened their Instagram apps to find their photo feed inundated by sixteen posts of handwritten notes on Marriott hotel paper. These scribbles of introspective confessions and existential fears were not the kind of pictures people were used to seeing on their stream, especially from former stand-up comedian and star of the TV sitcom, Community, Donald Glover. These two titles barely encompass what Glover does for a living. His acting, writing and directing career is only one side of the coin. Flip it over and you have his other persona Childish Gambino, the musician, rapper and producer.

In the notes, Gambino addressed issues about his fear of disappointing his parents, his feelings of loneliness and helplessness and his insecurities of people not genuinely liking him. He dedicated a page to sharing the struggle of his record label’s refusal to release his album in December since he was not a “big artist”, nor was it a holiday album. He wrote in one of the notes, “I want people to listen to this album when everything’s closed, when everything slows down and quiets. So you can start over.”

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Clearly his letters touched his fan base since they immediately started a campaign, #Donald4December. Sure enough, the power of the masses won over Glassnote Records and Childish Gambino’s sophomore album, ‘Because the Internet’ was released on December 6 because of the internet. However, his followers were unaware they were about to be exposed to the revelation of a new world.

Childish Gambino decided he was going to construct the most imaginative album rollout by creating an immersive alternate universe. It began in August 2013 with the unveiling of a mysterious short-film he wrote and directed called ‘Clapping for the Wrong Reasons’ on YouTube. Matters got increasingly interesting when he started showing up to every radio interview and talk show appearance in a simple white t-shirt, a tattered Shearling coat and floral shorts. He seemed to be lacking the energy and comedic presence he once radiated.

Gambino started constantly wearing the same outfit of his created persona, The Boy.

Gambino started constantly wearing the same outfit of his created persona, The Boy.

It became a recurring question in all his interviews of what had influenced the depressive notepad diaries. On the radio station, Power 105.1, he got riled up, dismissing claims that he was suicidal by responding, “Why is everyone pretending like everything is okay? We are more connected than we’ve ever been, but I feel more alone than I’ve ever been. Everybody stunts on Instagram. Nobody wants to be vulnerable. People thought I was crazy because I was honest.” He criticized all those who tried to deal with the situation by convincing him to take medication, rather than attempting to engage in connective conversation. On Shade 45’s ‘Sway in the Morning’, Gambino freestyled, “They try to give your boy pills like he being violent. They try to give your boy pills just to keep him silent. Keep telling people the truth you can be iconic.” This sort of reaction further proved his point of how rare honesty is in a world fixated on hiding behind idealized online personas.

Another returning theme in the myriad interviews he did leading up to the album’s release was that putting out a record is not enough anymore. Glover argued that the Internet has rendered the album “too easy” and meaningless on it’s own. According to Gambino, the hype behind albums nowadays is extremely short-lived. People download them for free, listen to them and forget about them a week later. However, he’s not opposed to online piracy, as he inferred in an interview with Jian Ghomeshi, “Music is like information. It should be free.” His main concern is holding on to the attention of his fans by providing them with more than just an album. The industry has found itself at a standstill by fixating on how to profit off music in the digital age while Childish Gambino has been experimenting to discover ways to push the culture forward. He conceptualized a living, breathing world to engulf his fans in. He understood how to utilize the Internet as a tool to realize this vision of a multimedia, multi-platform project.  As he said on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, “I don’t see my album as an album. It comes with a bunch of stuff. I want to make experiences. Music is advertisement now for a brand. You got to build a bigger world.”

In November 2013, Glover added another dimension to his world. He collaborated with independent label and record shop, Rough Trade and Tumblr IRL’s graphic designer, Brian Roettinger, to introduce a multimedia art exhibit, ‘The Boy’s Room’.  The exhibit appeared to be a simple room with psychedelic projections on the bed and walls. “Digital music is arguably of little value, and often you’re not actually owning it – you’re renting it and the value is largely on its convenience,” shared Rough Trade co-owner, Stephen Godfroy. This installment was meant to serve as an antidote to music being solely a digital commodity. The display was an attempt to physicalize his psyche and Tumblr page through the combination of music culture, technology and supposedly obsolete record stores. However, at the time, the room had little significance to the passers-by since they were missing a key piece of the puzzle to put it all into context.

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It made a lot more sense when Childish Gambino tweeted a link to a 72-page screenplay, But, it was not just a screenplay. Embed throughout the script were short, muted video-clips and audio recordings of songs off his new album. He instructed to play the songs at specific moments to coordinate with the storyline. As fans across the world read the screenplay, they began to notice that certain scenes seemed oddly familiar. The description of the main character, The Boy, was uncanny to that of Donald Glover’s appearance over the past months. The story took place in a mansion, parallel to Chris Bosh’s California mansion that Childish Gambino had just rented with his friends and musical collaborators for a year to record the album. While living in what he referred to as ‘The Temple’, he cut all ties to social networking to focus on himself and the music. The art exhibit of ‘The Boy’s Room’ suddenly gained relevance when noticing that it was an embodiment of a scene in the script. The Boy’s existential crisis gave flashbacks of Gambino’s recent interviews, and the character’s conversation with a nurse is essentially a recount of when people forced pills on him for sharing his thoughts. After Childish Gambino mysteriously tweeted “Roscoe’s Wetsuit” months before, thousands of his twitter followers sent out the phrase as well, despite them being unaware of its meaning. The term appeared in the script, representing how easily things can go viral online when people latch on to any idea and fail to question it. After dropping this bomb on his fans that his behaviour had all been an act for months, he created an online chat forum on Reddit devoted to bringing a community together to decipher this ‘Because the Internet’ world he engaged them in.

Screenshot of page from Gambino's 72-page screenplay. The songs from his sophomore album, 'Because the Internet' were integrated throughout the script, along with muted video clips.

Screenshot of page from Gambino’s 72-page screenplay. The songs from his sophomore album, ‘Because the Internet’ were integrated throughout the script, along with muted video clips.

“We were really into environments,” said Gambino when speaking with audio product corporation, Shure. The album is certainly successful at fabricating them with interludes of him playing piano while the noise of a party muffles in the background or song introductions of someone slamming a car door and turning on the radio. Childish Gambino and his co-producer, Ludwig Goransson, incorporated videos they watched on the Internet as song samples and also integrated a sample of a clip from a YouTube video they found funny on the track, Zealots of Stockholm. They used dial up modems as inspiration to produce an instrumental beat. A whole song on the album, ‘Worldstar’, discusses how the website by that name shares videos with violent content, breeding emotionally distant people who initially act by pulling out their phones when witnessing a fight. Snippets of videos from Worldstar are integrated in the track.

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Gambino emphasized how he didn’t want this album to come off as an indictment against the Internet. He loves the Internet. He just feels we’re not being as responsible with the Internet as we should be or could be. He means this in the sense of how we display false representations of ourselves online rather than using it to connect with one another and how artists aren’t being creative enough with the Internet to engage their fans. He has taken it upon himself to repeatedly stress how essential it is for kids and young adults to start learning how to code. Glover understands that programming is the future and that developing this skill will allow you to create and innovate independently. He gave his fans the motivation to start learning by hiding secret pages and songs on his websites that can only be accessed by gaining knowledge of the deep web. He encourages his supporters to comprehend the potential they possess due to the limitless platform of the Internet. “Nobody’s stopping anyone anymore,” Glover said on The Arsenio Hall Show.

For about a decade now, the music industry has been grappling with the colossal task of finding a way for people to start paying for music again. It appears they’ve been focusing on the wrong issue. The Internet is there already. There’s no point in fighting it. The Internet opened up the world to immediate gratification, shifting the power into the hands of the consumer. It’s inevitable that technology is going to expedite the sharing of information, but it’s our responsibility to not impulsively react to it without thinking. Childish Gambino has taken it upon himself, as the artist, to slow down the music consumption process and find an alternate way to engage his audience. He understands that it’s up to him to find a way to cater to the short attention-span of people living in a digital world that is granting them endless options to get what they want.

Following a year of loneliness, Donald Glover invented an album rollout that would use the Internet to web people together for them to think critically and experience art as a collective. Last November, Gambino started announcing impromptu album listening parties via Twitter. He would show up at the location, usually a park, in his “The Boy” outfit with two amps to play the album off his phone. At one of these communal listening sessions in downtown Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park, he explained to the crowd how, “It just didn’t feel personal to do it any other way. I feel like the old model of just sitting in a hotel room and talking to publications over and over feels really lame and old. It feels like a structure.” He would sit on a bench, surrounded by a peaceful mob of listeners bobbing their heads, as he read a small book on Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. He stayed around to hang out and connect with his fans, answering questions for about an hour. Whether they were conversing with Donald Glover, Childish Gambino or The Boy, is unsure.

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Childish Gambino Feature Article


When you hear Montreal? What do you first think of? The cold or poutine? As a matter of fact we actually produce more than your average fries and gravy. Cinema 5 one film offers a new approach to the world of cinema. As a diverse and cultural city, Montreal offers endless opportunities for this industry for all levels. From Amateur and new comers to professional directors and producers. Our objective is to inform you of the city’s upcoming events and productions.

Photo/Video – Crew in Progress. Is an informative post on the importance of each role played in movie productions.

Written by: Lauren Beauchamp

For my photo/video segment, I have included a segment of photographs that show the crew’s tasks during pre production, production and post production. You will get the chance to envision how the process of film making as I walk you through the steps. Finally, a video will go over all of the stages required as well as the people that make the film possible. I decided to do this segment on the following topic because after working on the set of a film this summer I can personally say that the film’s crew does not get enough credit. Compared to the attention that the cast members receive, the crew is the reason for which they have gotten to this point and therefore deserve a lot more credit than just credits at the end of the movie, here’s why…

Quebz Dubz is an article on the dubbing industry in Quebec

Written by: Adele Vendette




There is something I used to find annoying when I was a little girl. When my favourite movies were not available in French!!! Because I grew up in French, I could never understand the film if it was in foreign languages. In the French community we have a lot of things we call our own and they go way back; the most famous ones are, poutine, cold winters, hunting and our pacific attitude. But the most important  of all SPEAKING FRENCH CANADIAN (joual) … That is why our favourite movies (and less favourite also) are all being dubbed in Quebec for us.


Dubbing a method used very often today, usually more frequently than subtitles, to make films accessible to all countries. Here in Quebec we dub our movies in french Canadian using something called duo-dubbing. Double dubbing is made when two different dialects of languages are spoken, notably: Spanish, Portuguese and French. In 2005 the French speaking population in Canada was estimated around 11,552,800. That number was enough to convince the film industry to make French double dubbing. The French Canadian dubbing industry is being taking care by the CFFF  (Canada Feature Film Fund) and they make sure that their program support the French Canadian of films for theatrical and television releases. Some of the films and TV-shows are dubbed in Joual and others in standard French; the characters in the accents and expressions use the difference. The main goal of this initiative is to make the language more understandable and closer to the speaking language as possible, and the French spoke in France is very much different from ours. Although, the concept of dubbing stays the same, it sometimes differs. Each Quebec voices are assigned to a actor or character, but sometimes they use the French voice for songs but only change the terms used in it


In this interpretation of ‘’Let it go’’ in the Disney movie Frozen Anaïs Delva is the French voice and also sings all the songs for the French Canadian version even if the F-C voice is interpreted by Aurélie Morgane. The songs does not remain the same, the terms are changed from a french dialect to another.


The requirement to be able to make it in the dubbing industry is somehow very strict: first it is required to be a professional comedian/actor and to audition to be able to do a three years formation of dubbing. Usually the formation consists in leaning technic of camera play, voice control and microphone functionality, diction, and theatric play. Besides that you would have to skilled with a perfect pronunciation of standard (international) French. You have to be a ‘’quick reader’’, meaning that you have to know how to master a text from the first read, because usually the actors are first reading it as they are recording it. And last requirement is to be part of the UDA (union des artistes) witch is only for professional artist that earned diplomas from institutions in art concentration.

-Here is a link to an institution offering the formation:


The dubbing industry devised the actors in seven different categories and steps depending on experience:

  • Animation dubbing
  • Beginning dubbing
  • Senior dubbing
  • Intermediary dubbing
  • Advanced dubbing
  • Vocal superimposed adaptation
  • Vocal superimposed interpretation

All these different steps into dubbing permits the actor to work on different gigs, from a commercial to a character in a full movie and gives a general idea of what they are formed to do to the casting manager.

In quebec there is a lot of different companies that offers job in dubbing.The most professional agency to be part of is probably Sonia Gagnon. Who casts her crew in a very selective way, her artist are usually dubbing the most famous hollywood stars.

I, today watch my movies in their original version and add subtitles if it is a language I don’t speak, but the young me and other French speaking Canadians are thankful for the procedure and initiative of double dubbing . Our dialect now has their own dubs to make the movies fun to watch and most of all understandable.

The Diary of a Director Is a interview done by Sophia Benalouane of a director from Saint-Sauveur, Qc.


Elyane Aylestock , founder of e82productions ,lives halfway around the world. Joke aside, Elyane actually lives in Saint-Sauveur, nor do I like long trips in the north, but I did feel very delighted when she told me that she was coming to Montreal during the weekend for some business appointments and that she could save some of her precious time to have a little chat with me. Since she has been busy lately because of her huge involvement in the Festival du film de St-Sauveur, I was really looking forward to meet her and to interview her as well. When she entered the little coffee shop in which she gave me a “rendez-vous”, she was incredibly joyful and her laugher instantly illuminated the whole place and lightened the mood. This moment of euphoria made me even more pleased to have the opportunity to get to know in depth her « vocation » as a movie director, as she prefers to call it.

When I started up with the first question concerning her early studies, Elyane instantly bursting out laughing. She didn’t have a  “conventional cinematic path” that she followed upon through her study years in art. She studied at l’UQUAM in Media arts for a limited time and went back to Lionel-Groulx to pursue her studies in Visual arts this time. What made her discover her love of the craft was when she took an optional course in Photo&Video.There was this filmmaking class in her optional course in which she had to create and direct an academic short film. This filmmaking class didn’t simply awaken a simple interest of the craft; it created a whole different range of emotion where passion was the one leading her to the evolution of her “vocation”. Her childhood, for instance, was an indication that this passion wasn’t purposed to be a simple interest so let’s make a hop back in the past to find it out! Elyane was a real adept of theatre plays at the tender age of 10 years old. She used to invite her friends at her place to recreate plays such as Romeo and Juliet. Of course, her friends were competing on whether or not they were going to play the greatly acclaimed character of Juliet.Elyane was not necessarily interested by occupying the front scene, in the opposite, she was more of a leader and preferred to follow the step of realization of the play and to enjoy its final product afterwards. She even had this copy of the play in which she followed every sequences religiously. Probably “genetics” has something to do with her ease to lead and direct others for creative purposes since her mother used to   create and direct plays in her basement as a child too.

Elyane did have the pleasure to contribute to many artistic projects. Elyane and her friend were chosen to feature in a video clip of the Winner of Star Académie in 2012, Jean-Marc Couture. Her participation in the video clip did not have a huge professional impact but it’s more about the joy and amusement that she had while contributing to it that made it quite memorable to her. However, the professional projects that had an impact on her are obviously her personal works as a director. For instance, one of her short film Perte d’identité was selected at the Cannes Festival and when she went to France, she created another project in team called l’odeur de la mémoire in which she is highly proud of her contribution. She participated to the launching of the album of Vicenzo Thomas and this was as she described it “ un moment assez fort en émotion” because she had the privilege to meet the wonderful Sonia Benazra who hosts the show Benezra reçoit on the TV channel Musimax and to whom she expresses a very devoted admiration toward her authenticity and her ability to keep her audience interested in the intellectual content of the show. This is obviously a very considerable quality nowadays since people tend to be stocked in front of their television at mind-numbing TV programs such as The Kardashians. I finally approached the subject of her commitment to the Festival du film de St-Sauveur. While she was filming a short film in a park, this “idée saugrenue”, as she called it, to create a Festival du film in the city of St Sauveur came up to her mind. She went to meet the manager of la Chambre des Commerces to talk about her idea of creating this Festival. He said to Go for it! But she realized afterwards that she totally underestimated the scale of the work needed to build up this Festival. At first, it was called le Festival des films indépendants and people could submit their short film and three-years later, they changed the name of the Festival for instead: Le Festival du Film International de St Sauveur.Her ambition has grown considerably through those three years and Elyane intends eventually to present feature films but at the moment, they have few categories such as foreign short film, students short films and out of competition short films as well. Time is expansion, as she liked to qualify it.

To be dragged to a certain kind of movie, Elyane said it depends on the actor or the director of the film. She said that she is kind of “ tiraillée entre les deux” because she is attracted to movies with very talented actors, not “ des têtes d’affiches” like the main reason why most of the people not informed about cinema are going to see movies in theatre and she is attracted to the product of  very world renowned directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Christopher Nolan and David Cronenberg.She has a lot of admiration for directors that have this sort of ability and capacity to depict their own perception and world views into movies and she took Christopher Nolan’s movie Inception as an example because representing “dreams” into a movie as creatively as he did it, is very difficult and strangely compelling at the same time. Instinctively, she won’t be dragged to quebecois movie because the industry isn’t as inked as the American film Industry  in which the Academy has been established since 1929 and the Quebec film industry doesn’t have a variety of actors yet because they still are a very premature industry. Also , when I told her that we tend to watch American and foreign movies at school instead of Quebec movies , she instantly exclaimed with what seemed to be relief ; Tant mieux ! Elyane was aware of the progress of the quebec cinematic industry but it still needed improvement since most of our films are either “ depressive” or “ melodramatic” but there’s obviously “ l’exception à la règle” where there are humoristic movies such as Séraphin but most of our recognized films brush the boundaries of a tragedy.

Sometimes, we might have this impression that working in the cinema industry might decrease our empathy while watching a movie but for Elyane, this is the opposite. “Encore plus que jamais je me laisse berçer par la magie du cinema” as she said it and she understood the creative process of the making of a movie but it didn’t affect her emotional response to it. Concerning the instability of the job, Elyane said that directors are great creators but they cannot make financial demands that will hold up. Also, I was wondering what is she probably doing while she is not working because as we know it , a job in the cinema industry is pretty unstable so she told me that she cannot spend times procrastinating, . She compared the inactivity in her career as living without electricity, which said it all concerning her unconditional love of the craft.

To conclude this enriching interview, I demanded her if she had some future projects in preparation. She told me that she wants to go with her team to Brazil to create a TV Show in which they will film themselves discovering all components of the Brazilian culture and they will probably mix that up with different personalities that go from soft to explosive. Joke aside , her purpose is to discover and to make viewers discover another culture through the eyes of the participants which will  likely to be hot and i’m certainly not referring to the country weather !

Right before leaving the little coffee shop after this fulfilling interview that practically made me feel like I was daydreaming, she told me that “ les plus téméraires sont ceux qui percent dans le milieu” so even though you are not talented and don’t have any contact in the industry, by producing and creating constantly you will finish by being noticed. On this note, Elyane hugged me because she suddenly realized that she was in a hurry and without loosing her mellow mood, she smiled and waved at me good-bye while this last quote she said to me resounded in my mind and I absolutely look forward to see her once again very soon, but this time , right into her cinematic habitat.

The diary of a director

A True “Habitant”

A bandwaggoner is a fan who is not a true follower of a team but claiming to be one just for the sake of being a “fan.” Then there is a what I like to call a “super fan” or a devoted fan who are fans that have shed blood, sweat and tears for their team. Those who have been with the team through their rough times and have witnessed them at their best. I’ve had the pleasure to befriend someone who is arguably one of the biggest and most loyal habs fans. For the past 5 years she has made a name for herself amongst some of the most devoted fans in Montreal and has made her voice heard across Montreal. I gladly present to you, Victoria Hankewicz, better known as, VicNasty2.0.

Through thick and thin

It takes a true fan to know a true fan so who better to really explain what it really means to be a super fan. “I don’t particularly like the term ‘super fan’ because I find it just makes me seem super clingy towards the Montreal Canadiens,” Hankewicz said.

A devoted or dedicated fan would be the appropriate term to use according to Hankewicz. But differing a bandwagonner from a faithful fan can be a tricky situation. “Some traits I associate with being a dedicated fan is someone who will watch every game no matter how crappy they’re playing and will not change the channel,” she said. “It is someone who prides themselves in knowing the stats of almost all the players on the team and someone who keeps track of the team even when they are not playing, for example Twitter, on Instagram or Facebook.”

Most superheroes or celebrities have some sort of cool abbreviated version of their name that rolls off the tongue. This fan girl is no different and knew what she had to do in order to get her name out there. “I always wanted a Twitter nickname or an identifier so I decided after countless diferent handles that I would take Paul Bissonettes twitter handle BizNasty2point0 and make it into my own with VicNasty2point0,” she explained. It took some trial and error and some time but up until now, this twitter handle has paid off in numerous ways.

Habs fans are to be found everywhere not only across Montreal but across all of Canada.

So what makes a Montreal Canadiens fan so unique? The waterworks. “I think the only thing that makes me unique as a Habs fan is the fact that I cry over them too much. I have cried countless times from being knocked out of the playoffs or when they’ve traded my favourite players but as a hockey fan you must get used to it as that’s the cookie crumbles. More importantly, I live tweet every game which a lot of people find thoroughly entertaining,” she said. (VicNasty2.0 has over 1.5 K followers on Twitter)


The Legend

All Habs fans, devoted or not, know who Dave Stubbs is. The man is a legend in this city and nobody can take his place as the sportswriter for the Montreal Canadiens. How much would it mean if Dave Stubbs singled you out as one of the most noticeable devoted Habs fan? “I have always followed Dave Stubbs and read his articles and when he finally followed me back I was quite honoured because he is such a distinguished and professional man,” she said. “Stubbs has offered me guidance and a different look into the Montreal Canadiens organization that a normal fan on the ‘outside’ would typically miss out on.”

The legend

It has been debated for so long what the Montreal Canadiens really means to the city of Montreal. VicNasty2.0 is one of the most credible sources because there are no cameras, there is no fame involved, and this is pure passion. “The Montreal Canadiens are more than just a hockey team here in Montreal. They have a way of uniting the city no matter what language you speak or race you are. It is like a religion here, you live and die by the bleu, blanc et rouge,” she said passionately. “They mean the absolute world to me which I know is such a cliché thing to say but I cannot imagine my life without the Habs as I was born and raised within this fan base.”

It has been 21 years since Lord Stanley’s Cup has been hoisted in this city. The Canadiens faithful have forgotten what it is like to win a Championship. The majority of the fan base have never even witnessed the Stanley Cup Finals in Montreal. It is only a fantasy that hopefully will one day be fulfilled. “Winning the Stanley Cup would be unimaginable, I have yet to witness the Montreal Canadiens win the cup but I can just see the crowds of people filling the streets with the ‘Olé’ chant echoing through the city. It would unite everyone strangers or not because we all share the same love and passion for the Habs.”


Do not be deceived by her cuteness. VicNasty can play with the big boys.

Les Canadiens de Montréal give more than just a hockey game to watch at night. They have an influence on people’s lives and moods and can change a person’s day in a matter of 60 minutes. “Being a dedicated fan has had a positive effect on my life. No matter how bad things are going in my life I can always count on the hockey game to erase my worries for a bit and bring me to my ‘happy’ place,” Hankewicz said.

To have all this going for you at only 16 years young, a bright future is definitely in store for this young “buck”. “My passion for the Canadiens will never dissipate and I hope to one day have a job in the esteemed organization that I’ve been following my whole life,” she said. “That is why I am trying to follow a path of sports marketing and sport management.” The sky is the limit for VicNasty2point0, who knows where she’ll be a decade from now.

This picture received a lot of attention including from her idol, Brendan Gallagher.

Rumours concerning the Expos coming back or Quebec City getting their Nordiques back have lurking around for some time. Montreal is a sports city filled with sports fans. Have the Montreal Canadiens influenced this sports outbreak in the city? “Without the Habs the city would be so bland and lifeless. Even though we have the MLS and CFL, hockey is the pulse of this city and is definitely the most supported but I do not think this will hinder the chances of a new franchise but can only promote it,” she said.

The Habs bring so much more to this city than just business and hockey. It is a lifestyle for those who care and it is what fuels this great city through our rough winters and inspire many to chase their dreams.

A User Guide: The Lachine Canal from Cargo to Biking


Copenhagenize’s list of the top 20 cities for cyclists placed Montreal 11th in a three-way tie with Munich and Nagoya. A quick search online and you will find that Montreal is consistently ranked among the top cities for cycling worldwide competing with cities with the likes of Copenhagen, Portland, Berlin, New York and many others. I mention Copenhagenize’s list because not only did they look at infrastructure but 13 different criteria including gender equality and biking culture in general. That aside Montreal is known for its extensive bike-paths stretching several hundred kilometres and criss-crossing the island. Arguably one of the best paths on the island for all cyclists of all skills is the picturesque Lachine Canal.

Stretching for some 14.5 km The Lachine Canal bike-path runs from the Old Port all the way to Lac Saint-Louis south of the island. With that long of a path the canal is not only beautifully picturesque but also functional. It is actually used by many commuters on their day-to-day run. Also worth noting are all the other bike-paths that connect to the canal and branch off to reach various parts of the city. That said historically the canal was not always the wonderful bike path that it is today but at one time was well actually once used as a canal.

The Lachine Canal was first completed in 1825 and in less than 20 years it became so important that it needed to be expanded by 1840. What is more, the canal helped build the city economically, the canal also gave rise to several boroughs like Griffintown, which was settled by the Irish who help build the canal. There were of course other spin-offs like South-West and St-Henri. The latter which has a few very nice bike paths with a few spots nice enough for a picnic and of course all can be reached from the canal.


Moving on, after the second expansion the canal continued to see use all the way until about the 1950’s when the St. Lawrence Seaway was cut out of the south shore. Finally, the canal was closed to shipping on November 1970. Eight years later and the canal fell to Parks Canada to run and has been managed by them ever since. What is more, since 1997 Parks Canada, along with various levels of government, has spent millions revitalizing and restoring the canal.

Skip forward to today and what you are left with is a wonderful and pleasant bike path filled with historic sites and picturesque green spaces.Starting in the Old Port, heading towards the Lac Saint-Louis the first thing to explore would be the Old Port itself. Shortly after you take off, there is a bike path that leads towards the Ile Sainte Helene also known as Jean-Drapeau Park. I mention this because for those interested Ile Sainte Helene is gorgeous and you can do a lap the F1 circuit. There is almost always people biking, roller-blading, walking or what have you and it’s all free. Believe me it is a worth while detour.

The Old Port


The F1 CIrcuit


Moving along, the bike path goes by Griffintown where there is a green area for resting or just relaxing. If you stop it is a great spot to stop and see the old Five Roses factory, which is an iconic landmark of Montreal.

Just past that is the first set of canal locks. There you can cross over them if so desire because the bike path continues on the other side of the canal anyways. Also as a heads up the bike path switches sides several times along its run. Just up the way from there is the Atwater Market. Another iconic landmark of Montreal the Atwater Market is a worth while stop. Just across from the market on the side of the bike path there are a couple shows held during the summer in the evenings.


Once you cross this point the traffic dies down as the commuter portion is really between Atwater to the Old Port. Or in other words once you go past the Atwater bridge now is the time to stretch your legs and fly.

As a side note, the max speed on all bike paths is 20kmh. That said I have never been ticketed and I normally cruise at about 25-30kmh, but as a warning there are bike police scattered along the path.

The next feature along the path is a bridge takes you to St-Henri. It too is worth checking out there are some nice parks and such. All so for this section there is a bike path on both sides of the canal and if you switch over to the St-Henri side you can stop by the McAuslan Brewery. The brewery is an awesome place to stop they food and they sell St-Ambroise beer and they have an entrance right onto the bike path as well as several bike racks, which is very practical. My suggestion is stop by on the return part of the bike ride there is nothing like a good beer on a warm summer afternoon.


Continuing along once you pass under the Highway 15 this part of the bike path is particularly beautiful. There are several very nice places to stop and rest under great big Willow trees. Or you could just tear up the asphalt either one works really.

Further along up the way the bike path switches sides again and from there until you get to the end of the canal it is pretty much smooth riding. There is not much noteworthy except the canal and the bike path of course. Nevertheless, I urge you to go on because the end is just spectacular.

Right before the end, you can turn left onto Chemin de LaSalle where you can find the Lachine Museum which has a 17th century building and a couple of outdoor exhibits to see. If you decide to go right the bike path continues for countless more spectacular kilometres that hug the water front. It is a worthwhile detour if you have the time you won’t be disappointed.

However, if you continue along the bike path the canal opens up and you finish at Rene-Levesque Park which has a spectacular view of the Lac Sainte-Louis. By then you have reached your journey’s end, and the best part is you know have the ride back to look forward to! So pedal on and enjoy the ride.

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