Chris Hanna


Kanye West hitting the stage at 8:15 p.m. would be the first of many surprises at the hip-hop artist’s latest Montreal show. Montrealers were promised Yeezus last fall, but the show had to be rescheduled – we lost opening act Kendrick Lamar, but West is and was more than able to hold his own at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

The show lasted about two-and-a-half hours – West has a seemingly endless catalogue of hits and a very long wind. A mid-show rant about his work, career and genius took up more than 20 minutes alone. Yeezus is the most artsy hip-hop concert I’ve ever attended (in his rant, West mentioned the change hip-hop shows have gone through, from a bunch of guys on stage with live microphones to tours by West, Drake and Jay Z with sophisticated sets and artistic concepts. If he saw me nodding tonight, it was because I…

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"The Cafe Phenomenon" refers to a situation, specifically in a cafe, where you are sitting with a friend and engaging in conversation with them, but you suddenly find yourself unable to listen because the background noise of the cafe distracts you from what they are saying (the background noise could be any thing: the gossip at the next table for example). It happens that, from time to time, in certain contexts the background noise is stronger and more defined than our personal and private one on one conversations. Our blog, made up of a group of friends from Concordia's journalism program, can serve as the background noise penetrating the intimate discussions of our virtual cafe dwellers (hopefully adding insight, relevant coverage, and interesting ideas). Or it can be the friend with whom you are deep in conversation. This, our dear readers, we leave to you.

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