Rosie’s Pick: F-Word’s Yarn Bomb
Student groups in Montreal are putting their knitting needles together for more than just a warm scarf to get through the winter. Students at Université de Montréal, Université de Québec à Montréal, and Concordia have been hosting yarn bomb workshops on their campuses in the hopes of knitting enough yarn to cover the statue of Québecois strongman Louis Cyr in St. Henri. Next week, McGill’s very own feminist collective, F Word, is hosting its first knitting circle. From experts to beginners, everyone is welcome to spend the day crocheting and knitting with the collective. The knitting will be an act of bonding, while the yarn bomb itself will serve to tear down a symbol of patriarchy – Cyr was once considered to be one of the strongest men in the world. For those who don’t want to knit, you can also participate by bringing supplies for others. So get out your yarn and join F Word in redefining the word “spinster.”
Niyousha’s Pick: Flying Street: launch and performance
Oud player Sam Shalabi and pianist Stefan Christoff invite Montrealers to La Sala Rossa for the launch of their “ongoing musical conversation” that they recorded there last winter. In the duet album Flying Street, the artists put their individual stories of art and activism in two distant cities – Cairo and Montreal – in dialogue with one another. The two political stories interweave in art and in life as their music draws them together. As far as musical conversations go, this album sounds promising. Stop by the show and take a listen for yourself.
The F Word Yarn Bomb knitting session is Friday November 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m on McGill campus.
The Flying Street launch is Thursday November 6 at 10:30 p.m. at La Sala Rossa (4848 St Laurent).