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The Montreal Screwjob

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Known as the Montreal screwjob, it ushered the real world into the scripted spectacle of professional wrestling. 

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PRI's The World

The Scottish independence movement learned from Quebec's failed votes for separation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For separatists in Quebec, a couple of failed tries at an independence referendum have led to what some there call "neverendum." The Scottish independence movement learned a few key lessons from Canada's experience. And now Quebec separatists might learn from Scotland if the "Yes" campaign wins on Thursday.

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PRI's The World

A rising tennis star in Canada — Eugenie Bouchard is looking for a Grand Slam win at the US Open

Monday, August 25, 2014

Canada's rising tennis star Eugenie Bouchard is looking for her first Grand Slam win.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Live from Montreal Edition

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens are live in Montreal this week as part of the 16th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. This week the gabbers discuss the Canadian Sci-Fi thriller Orphan Black, the...

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Blue Hawaii

Friday, February 07, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Today, hear music from a Montreal duo whose slick electropop songs are turning heads. 

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Soundcheck

The Luyas: CMJ In The Greene Space

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Luyas' hazy pop songs marry vintage keyboards with French horn and other orchestral flourishes, all built around the breathy coo of Jessie Stein. With its latest album, Animator, the Montreal-based band has made its most stirring and hypnotic record yet. The band performs a sterling set as part of our CMJ showcase in The Greene Space. 

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New Sounds

New Music from Montreal

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Montreal guitarist/composer Tim Brady makes dark sounds with bowed electric guitar, guitar with loops, with tapes, and with computers.  The overall effect -ambient and abstract- is intended to evoke the depths of the ocean in a work by Jean-Francois Laporte, “The Song of the Whale.”   Also, hear atmospheric electronic music from Mains de Givre(“Hands of Frost”) an enhanced duo of violin, guitar and lots of effects.

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Soundcheck

Patrick Watson: In Studio

Monday, May 07, 2012

Montreal singer/songwriter Patrick Watson likes to confound expectations. His band is also called Patrick Watson, and they’ve gained a reputation for using unusual and almost orchestral sounds. Now, Patrick Watson is – or are – keeping things somewhat simpler. They join us to play songs from their new album, "Adventures in Your Own Backyard."     

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New Sounds

New Music from Montreal

Monday, September 26, 2011

Montreal guitarist/composer Tim Brady makes dark sounds with bowed electric guitar, guitar with loops, with tapes, and with computers.  The overall effect -ambient and abstract- is intended to evoke the depths of the ocean in a work by Jean-Francois Laporte, “The Song of the Whale.”   Also, hear atmospheric electronic music from Mains de Givre(“Hands of Frost”) an enhanced duo of violin, guitar and lots of effects.

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Transportation Nation

New York Expected To Select Bike Share Vendor By Next Month

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bikeshare users in Washington, DC (Photo: Tara Bahrampour)

New York's bike share program is expected to advance this summer when the city announces its selection of a vendor to run New York's proposed 10,000-bike system. Sources say that the city is in the final stages of the selection program. An announcement could come as soon as this month.

The DOT won't comment, other than to refer reporters to its website, which projects the announcement will come in the summer of 2011.

The full program is slated to be up and running in the spring of 2012. Officials have said a pilot program to test the bikes could be in place as early as this fall.

Under the proposed bike share program, first reported by Transportation Nation last November,  those paying annual or daily membership fees could pick up a bike in one of any number of locations, and drop it off at any other station. City officials expect the system will augment the city's subway system, which is particularly poor at serving riders on the far west and far east sides of Manhattan. Bike share will also allow riders traveling from east to west, who are now constrained to walk or use snail-like crosstown buses, to scoot across town.

New York's is projected to be North America's largest system. The second largest will be Montreal's, with 5,000 bikes, and then Mexico City's, which is looking to expand its 1,300-bike system to nearly 4,000.  Washington, DC, Denver, and Minneapolis all have active bike shares, as do European cities including London, Paris, and Barcelona.

Bike shares have not been without problems. Early systems, like Paris's, were plagued with theft and vandalism, though operators say updated GPS technology has greatly reduced bike losses.

And government officials from cities with established bike shares, like Angel Lopez Rodriguez, Director of Mobility for Barcelona, acknowledge they underestimated the logistical challenges of making sure bikes are evenly distributed around the city.  Lopez Rodriguez says that bike share stations in the hills tend to empty quickly, while those in the flatter, downhill part of Barcelona fill up so users can't find a place to dock their bikes.

But Lopez Rodriguez says he considers his program a success because it's hiking the number of Barcelona residents who regularly bike to 20 percent.

Some bikeshares, like Washington, DC's, offer riders rewards points for returning bikes to the station they checked them out from.

A much-bruited about article in the NY Times also raised questions about the financing of New York's system. But bike-share analysts say New York's system won't be like Paris's or Barcelona's, which are funded by advertising companies, or even like Montreal's, which closes up for the winter.

Instead, they point to Washington, DC's Capital Bikeshare, which has been endorsed by the US Secretary of Transportation, is largely funded through federal clean-air grants, and has some 15,000 members and more than 50,000 casual users.   Alison Cohen, President of Alta Bicycle Share, which operates the DC systems, says the usage levels are surpassing expectations.

The DC program required an upfront investment of $6 million, with 80 percent of that coming from the federal government.

New York has pledged not to use any taxpayer funding for its program. The city's transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, has argued that New York's density and flatness will ensure the financial success of its bike share program.

 

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Chicago Wants To Sell Naming Rights to L Stops, NJ Transit Says There is Life After ARC, and Montreal Unveils Bus Shelters of the Future

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A just-released 300 page audit shows that DC Metro failed to keep up with escalator maintenance in its subway stations (WAMU)--and knew that its escalator brakes were faulty a month before an incident that left six people injured.

The cash-strapped Chicago Transit Authority wants to sell naming rights to its L stops, lines, and bus routes. (Chicago Sun Times)

NJ Transit's "quiet cars" pilot program is such a hit, they're expanding it to additional lines. (Star-Ledger)

One thing NJ Transit does want to trumpet in a loud voice:  "You can see, we really are about more than just one big project — no matter how big that project is," said exec director Jim Weinstein, at the first post-ARC NJ Transit meeting. (Star-Ledger)

Now everyone is joining in the "save HSR in my state" fray on Ray LaHood's Facebook page.

Behold: scenes from inside the Chevy Volt Factory.

Montreal unveils its "bus shelters of the 21st century," complete with solar panels, STM network maps, signs showing bus schedules and routes, and motion-sensors that turn up lighting when people enter.

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Transportation Nation

Montreal: City of the Future?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) I was in Montreal recently, on a family vacation. Upon arriving, I was immediately overwhelmed -- by the number of bikers. Everyone, it seemed, was riding -- families with children, young people, people in fancy suits, kids in school uniforms, hot rods in spandex. Cyclists on fancy machines with aerodynamics helmets, and hordes on the sturdy, gray-and-black Bixi bike share bikes. The two-way protected bike lanes which fill the town were full to the brim, especially around the evening commute, which is when I arrived.

Now, Montreal's outside life is a seasonal thing. The Bixi bikes are stored inside for the harsh winters, and traffic regs for bikes go out of effect November 16-March 31. But for the summers at least, Montreal seems to have achieved what many U.S. cities are after -- a division of the streets that discourages the use of personal automobiles, where cyclists are relatively safe and motorists aren't confused by looming, lawbreaking cyclists.

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New Sounds

New Music from Montreal (Special Podcast)

Friday, September 10, 2010

WNYC

Hear new music from Montreal on this edition of New Sounds, featuring works by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bell Orchestre, and Mains de Givre, among others.

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New Sounds

New Music from Montreal

Friday, June 04, 2010

Hear new music from Montreal on this edition of New Sounds, featuring works by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bell Orchestre, and Mains de Givre, among others. 

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Transportation Nation

Bixi: Big Expansion of Washington DC's Bike Share System

Friday, May 21, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) -- "Bixi roulera de Washington a Washington" announces the website of the Montreal-based BIXI bike sharing company today.

Here's a partial (and somewhat loose) translation from the French: "The capital of the United States, Washington, District of Columbia, its neighbor, the city of Arlington, Virginia, as well as the campus of Washington State University, situated on the west coast, in the state of Washington, are adopting bike share systems like the one that made its debut in Montreal just a year ago. Starting this fall, 1,100 new BIXI's will be available in one of 114 stations that will be installed in the heart of the Washington/Arlington area, and 30 will be available to students on the campus of Washington State University."

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Studio 360

Thieves Thwarted!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Need a hit of good news? How about this story out of Montreal last week:  a Paul Klee painting stolen in 1989 —that's 21 years ago!—was recovered and returned. 'Portrait in the Garden' (below), valued at $100,000, was stolen from New York's Marlborough Gallery.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Calvin Trillin on poutine

Monday, November 16, 2009

Calvin Trillin eats and discusses poutine.

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