by Allan Wigney
RIP punk rock, pronounced dead Tuesday, following a prolonged illness. Cause of death is believed to have been an extended drum solo during a set by Whitby’s would be punks/metalheads Protest the Hero. Attempts to administer punk energy by veteran rapper Buck 65 and rocker John Fogerty ― including the former rapping over one of the latter’s tunes ― proved unsuccessful.
Punk is survived by Baloji, a rapper from Cameroon whose Tuesday Bluesfest performance, though witnessed by but a few dozen dancing onlookers, infused badly needed enthusiasm into the proceedings, the charismatic performer’s politically and sexually charged Afrobeat/Afro-Cuban anthems nearly overwhelming the modest, awestruck crowd.
A spokesperson for punk rock expressed gratitude to Baloji for his efforts. The rapper’s set, though seen by few, seems likely to stand as the most memorable of this year’s two-week festival.
Friends of punk rock may gather Wednesday evening at LeBreton Flats to join in the singing of Jane Says.
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet uses video projection design to send its dancers down the rabbit hole.
Local photographer Joy Kardish preserves, and reveals, all-but-forgotten spaces.
The 2011 visual and media arts laureates speak for themselves at the National Gallery group exhibition.
The renowned Japanese percussion ensemble, celebrating its 30th year, comes to the NAC March 7.