a popping café

Words by Mia Anhoury Audio by Sania Malik Photography by Sarah Boumedda From the outside, it looks like one of the many other small independent coffee shops in Montreal, but in reality it is wide and spacious on the inside. It’s hidden in plain sight on Saint Catherine St. in the heart of the Gay Village. The three-year-old café, La Graine Brûlée, is becoming a go-to place for students, entrepreneurs, and even families. Stéphane Koué, co-owner and manager of the café, said the Gay Village

The curious case of Diane Brown

How a 69-year-old personal trainer proves age is just a number While most people spend their early 60s planning their retirement, Diane Brown decided to pursue a new career: becoming a personal trainer. “I had never thought of pursuing it before,” said Brown, now 69 years old. “I was a single mother when I was younger, and after that, I was always worried about providing for my child.” Brown worked random jobs most of her life in order to pay the bills. At the age of 61, Brown realized she wa

finding their niche

Concordia’s downtown campus is surrounded by cafés and restaurants, but the Loyola campus is quite the opposite. Two alumnae noticed the quiet local food scene and decided to open their own Korean and Japanese inspired bistro right next to the university. In February 2018, twin sisters Hyun Mi Jo and Hyun Sun Jo — Jo and Sun — opened their bistro Comptoir Koyajo on Sherbrooke Street. “While we were students at Concordia, we realized there was no place to eat around here,” said Jo. “We already

Ostrich Bouquet defy classification

The band’s first EP combines psychedelic post-rock with ambient vibes Ostrich Bouquet’s sound has been described by some as “Pink Floyd on a spaceship,” according to drummer Michael Tomizzi. The band’s mix of psychedelic, progressive post-rock and ambient vibes with a side of jazz and blues influence plays out on the seven tracks of their first EP, On Time as Usual. The day before its release on Nov. 17, the Montreal-based group performed at O Patro Vys. Tomizzi and keyboardist Kyle Podwalski

The Quebec Shooting – Why Canada Needs to Confront its Racism and Islamophobia

Last year during Ramadan, a pig’s head was left at the Grande mosquée de Quebec, in Quebec City, Canada. Many people reacted with anger and shock at the fact that something like that could take place in Canada, a country widely considered to be accepting of varying cultures and religions. No one could have guessed that a few months later, six people in that same mosque would be shot dead while praying. At least fifteen people were shot and injured, while the six that died were all men, ages ran

Majid Jordan: Musical Geniuses at Métropolis

Canadian R&B duo kick off their tour in Montreal At 10 p.m. on September 30, the atmosphere at Métropolis quickly changed from rowdy to almost dreamlike, when Jordan Ullman walked on stage. It seemed surreal as the record producer glanced at the crowd with a smile and made his way to the keyboard, where he began producing sounds that enthralled the crowd. The smell of marijuana suddenly wafted through the large room and people started cheering and pushing forward. Majid Al Maskati appeared on s

Dealing with Islamophobia | Opinions

At home, I asked my father what it meant and his expression told me everything I needed to know. When I was eight, my teacher gave me various books about Christianity and when I asked other students if they were reading them too, I was shocked to learn that I was the only one. When I was fifteen, a boy in my class asked me if I was oppressed then proceeded to sit down next to me and draw crosses on my arm as I slept. Islamophobia has been a constant in my short life. When I was younger, I wish

Finding Oneself in “Options” and “Coming of Age in Karhide” – Dawson English Journal

In society, adolescents and adults constantly find themselves feeling confused, or as though they do not belong. It is difficult to establish and maintain a space for yourself, especially when you do not know who you are. It is a known fact that the concept of gender is placed upon us by society, so that we can be pushed towards a specific role. Women are pushed towards being mothers and housewives, whereas men are pushed towards being the breadwinners of the family. These roles can be a source