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With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.
With the help of first year students, Aquil Virani created this year's triptych that includes an iconic view of St. Regis Mountain.

Paul Smiths College students collaborate on new art

Canadian artist Aquil Virani is on a mission to empower first year college students to feel confident and comfortable in their adopted campus homes.

Virani is back at Paul Smiths College again this week working on new art that was inspired by input from the college's new students. He helped create a collaborative triptych design last August. This year's community art project will be unveiled this afternoon.

Todd Moe talks with Montreal artist and graphic designer Aquil Virani, founder of the "We Are All Artists" Project, about revealing the artist in everyone and how art can bring people together.  Go to full article
Eliza Moore performing at the Parkview in Canton last month. Photo: Claire Woodcock
Eliza Moore performing at the Parkview in Canton last month. Photo: Claire Woodcock

For musician Eliza Moore, North Country a place "to come back to"

Fiddler, singer and songwriter Eliza Moore is making a name for herself in her new home of Montreal. But Moore has spent much of her life in the North Country and still spends every summer in the Thousand Islands.

Moore's new EP out called "Everything To Me." Moore will perform at the Parkview in Canton on Saturday night at 7:30 pm. Her performance will be followed by music from DJ Tapatio (aka NCPR's David Sommerstein). Claire Woodcock stopped by a show Moore played last month, also at the Parkview.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Being indigenous in Canada, through hip hop's lens

A new exhibit fusing hip hop and native culture has become somewhat of an art sensation in Canada. "Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture" features more than two dozen artists offering their takes on what it means to be indigenous today.

They use beats, graffiti, street smarts, humor, and politics to challenge stereotypes. After very successful runs in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto, "Beat Nation" is at the Muse d'art contemporain in Montreal through January 5, 2014.

As David Sommerstein reports, the exhibit coincides with the growth of Idle No More, the indigenous political movement in Canada.  Go to full article
Eliza Moore.  Photo: elizamoore.com
Eliza Moore. Photo: elizamoore.com

New music: Eliza Moore's "Everything to Me"

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Eliza Moore has a new album and she'll give a concert in Canton on Saturday night. Her musical journey has taken her from Vermont to Indiana, Boston, the Thousand Islands and across Europe. Todd Moe talks with Eliza about her new EP, Everything to Me, and the classically-trained violinist's personal journey.

Eliza Moore will hold an EP-release gathering for Everything to Me at the Parkview above the Blackbird Cafe in Canton Saturday beginning at 7 pm. She will perform with members of Althea Jean, and DJ Tapatio (aka David Sommerstein) will provide the dance tracks.  Go to full article
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village.  (Photo:  Surete du Quebec)
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. (Photo: Surete du Quebec)

In Lac-Megantic, grief and resilience

Back in July, a massive tanker train filled with petroleum from North Dakota derailed in a tiny town in Quebec.
Explosions and fire ripped through the village, killing 47 people and destroying the downtown of Lac-Megantic.

Brian Mann has been covering the aftermath of that disaster for NPR and North Country Public Radio.

He was in Quebec on assignment again over the weekend. He joined Martha Foley on the line from NCPR's bureau in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

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Montreal interim mayor Michael Applebaum, photographed in 2009. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22168167@N00/4285756633/">abdallahh</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved - See <a href="http://blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org/inbox/2013/06/17/montreal-mayor-michael-applebaum-arrested-on-14-charges/">more at the In Box</a>
Montreal interim mayor Michael Applebaum, photographed in 2009. Photo: abdallahh, Creative Commons, some rights reserved - See more at the In Box

Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum arrested

Another Canadian mayor is in political trouble. Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested on multiple corruption charges early yesterday morning. Now, Quebec premier Pauline Marois is calling for Applebaum to resign.  Go to full article
Jean Barberis and Ben Cohen test their paper skiff around the docks at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.
Jean Barberis and Ben Cohen test their paper skiff around the docks at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.

Down the St. Lawrence in a paper boat

Rowboats are a common sight on the St. Lawrence River, but a paper skiff is making its way through the Thousand Islands and down river to Montreal this week. The 17-foot boat was made by a group of New York City artists at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.

The urban artist/boat builders spent the last two weeks using the museum's collection and resources to build a new boat and learn more about the boating culture on the St. Lawrence. Their residency is a partnership with the museum's current exhibition of maritime-inspired art, called "Floating Through: Boats and Boating in Contemporary Art."

The artists are members of a Brooklyn collective called "Mare Liberum" and approach boat building in a non-traditional way: cheaply and quickly. With a little help from experts at the museum, they completed the boat in two weeks. But, a skiff made of paper? Could it really be rowed 168 miles past islands, through shipping channels and the St. Lawrence Seaway? Todd Moe stopped by the Antique Boat Museum late last week during the final stages of construction.  Go to full article
Jon Kovecses and Eva Redwanly
Jon Kovecses and Eva Redwanly

For Quebec's common law couples, an uncertain future

Here in New York, debate over same-sex marriage has existed for the last few years. But just across the border in Quebec, the big issue is that a lot of couples never marry at all. One third of Quebecois couples have de facto, or common law, partnerships. They live together, join their finances and have families without getting married. That's different than in the U.S., where common law relationships are fairly rare. And now, a case now making its way through the courts may change the rules for millions of unmarried Quebecois couples. Sarah Harris has more.  Go to full article
Student strikes have swept Montreal for more than 100 days. Photo: Monica Patterson
Student strikes have swept Montreal for more than 100 days. Photo: Monica Patterson

Montreal student protests widen, tackle big Quebec questions

For more than 100 days, the city of Montreal has been rocked by massive student protests - rallies and marches which have grown on some days to include tens of thousands of people.

The movement was sparked by a move by Quebec's provincial government to raise student tuitions. But an effort by Prime Minister Jean Charest to crack down on street marches and limit protests earlier this month triggered a political backlash.

Brian Mann has been traveling to Montreal to cover the street protests there, for NCPR, NPR and for PRI's The World. He joined Martha Foley on the line from our bureau in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

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