Press +1 Announces Move to THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW
Toronto, September 1st, 2013 -
In a move that exemplifies commitment to Canadian film, Press +1 Magazine announced that they will be dedicating their online presence to Canadian screen-based productions.
Moving forward in a show of solidarity with The Canadian Screen Awards, The Canadian Film Review will be continuing the online presence established by Press +1 magazine by focusing solely on Canadian Film, Television and Web Series.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Kindah Mardam Bey, says “As much as I have loved showcasing the enormous talent across Canada and across multiple platforms of arts and entertainment, it has become clear to me that unlike any other aspect of Canadian entertainment, our films need dedicated advocates to stand up and commit themselves solely to the Canadian screen based industry, which is exactly what I am doing with the Canadian Film Review.”
What began as a web series showcasing new Canadian Film in 2011, THE CANADIAN FILM REVIEW shone the spotlight on a variety of Canadian film productions such as GOON, TAKE THIS WALTZ and EDWIN BOYD: CITIZEN GANGSTER. To build upon the success of the first season, the “little-show-that-could” made the move to Television audiences in Toronto and area on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough on November 6, 2012. The Canadian Film Review television show continued to advocate for Canadian film with industry spotlights featuring media moguls such as ROBERT LANTOS (Serendipity Point Films), interviews with Canadian screen celebrities like JAY BARUCHEL (Goon), JOSHUA JACKSON (One Week, Inescapable) and KRISTIN KREUK (Irvine Welsh’s ECSTASY) and showcase news on emerging talents like TATIANA MASLANY (Picture Day, Cas & Dylan), SARAH GADON (Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method) and JASON BUXTON (Blackbird). The second season was a resounding success drawing viewers both online and to watch the TV show.
Kindah Mardam Bey sees new challenges for Canadian films, “The old mindset that Canadian films are lacking in some way when compared to other films in other industries is a myth at this point. Being one of the rare people who watch almost every Canadian theatrical release in a year, my informed opinion can easily state that Canadian films are vibrant, challenging, courageous, funny, scary and often poetic that audiences embrace when they see them. As a publisher, web-show Producer and TV show Producer of the Canadian Film Review, I can also say that Canadian audiences are eager to be informed and engaged about their homegrown films.”
Press+1 Magazine has also shown their enthusiasm towards the small screen this year through recaps and articles on ten different Canadian television series with such varied audience appeal as Arctic Air, Mr. D, Orphan Black and Lost Girl.
Press+1 broke new ground with coverage of Web Series, a format fast becoming the future of entertainment and garnering attention through quality writing along with original concepts and content. Working closely with the Bell Media Fund and the Independent Production Fund to showcase series such as Guidestones and the stand-alone hit tween series Ruby Skye, P.I. now headed to CBC this fall, Kindah Mardam Bey’s publications are the frontrunner for covering Canadian Web Series.
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|COMMON GRACKLE - The Great Repression|
|REVIEWS - ALBUM Reviews|
|Written by Tessa Perkins|
|Wednesday, 14 December 2011 19:31|
Many of the songs on The Great Repression have been given a whole new life as more country or rock inspired tracks that sound just as good as their originals.
Artist: Common Grackle
Album: The Great Repression
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Band Members: Gregory "Pep-Pep" Pepper (vocals, rhythm guitar), Mike "Penis Fingers" Brooks (lead guitar, backup vocals), "Mad" Adam Zantinge (drums, backup vocals), Tyler "$40 T-bag" Belluz (upright bass, backup vocals)
Reviewed by Tessa Perkins
This album is a re-recording of 2010’s The Great Depression which presents the songs in a new way by changing their musical style and giving them new life. Eight of the twelve tracks on The Great Depression are re-recorded here, along with two new songs (“Missed the Train” and “Quonset Hut”). These songs have strong country and rock influences, in stark contrast to The Great Depression which has a focus on featured rap artists and electronic background beats.
The first song, “Missed the Train” is a catchy toe-tapping tune that sounds like something you would hear at a country bar as Pepper sings about missed opportunities. The version of “All the Pawns” on this record is slower tempo with more of a country feel and less electronic background beats. It has great lyrics about the banalities of working a nine-to-five job and always worrying about money: “I’m logging in and out / checking that bank account / last thing I have is clout / so why you wanna hang around with me?”
On this album, “Down with the Ship” is a slow brooding rock song, but on The Great Depression it’s also slow and contemplative, but with more of an electronic sound. I think both versions suit the content of the song well as Pepper sings “Told them all to take care but I don’t care a bit / warned them not to drink it as I’m taking a sip.” Similarly, “Please Stop” is originally a dreamily slow song with an electronic background, but on The Great Repression it has become more of a plaintive country ballad.
“Thank God it’s Monday,” which featured Kool Keith on the original version, sounds a bit strange as a pop/rock track and I think it lacks some of the conviction it had. On the other hand, “The Great Depression,” which featured Ceschi, sounds great here as an upbeat rock song and it’s just a great track with insightful lyrics such as “It’s just a great depression I’m going through / let’s all get down with the times.”
“Safe Word Play,” containing a liberating amount of f-words that make it really fun to sing along to, works really well as a rowdy country tune in its reincarnation. This version really emphasizes the anger and power of the word. The other new song on the record, “Quonset Hut” is a nice rock ballad about getting married in a Quonset hut.
Many of the songs on The Great Repression have been given a whole new life as more country or rock inspired tracks that sound just as good as their originals. With intelligent, provocative lyrics, these are great songs in either version. I think this album shows Pepper’s versatility as a musician, and while it is a bold move to remake your own music, I think it has been a really successful project.
1. Missed the Train
2. All the Pawns
3. Down with the Ship
4. Please Stop
5. Purgatory Rock & Roll
6. At The Grindcore Show
7. Thank God It's Monday
8. Safe Word Play
9. Quonset Hut
10. The Great Depression