Steven Tanaka and all his helpers have organized face-melting, ass-kicking Next Music From Tokyo shows across Canada for many years and volume 10 continues the trend. The Montreal show sold out and I’m not sure how often that’s happened in the past. I admit I did not unequivocally like all five bands this time around but all of them put on crazy and energetic performances with lots of crowd surfing.
Next Music From Tokyo vol 10, the totally awesome Japanese underground music concert tour (organized by Steven Tanaka), will be on Monday, May 22 at Le Divan Orange in Montreal starting at 8pm. Tickets are only $14 in advance or $20 at the door. This show is between the Toronto and Vancouver shows. The bands for this edition are The Taupe, ゆくえしれずつれづれ(Yukueshirezutsurezure), 指先ノハク(Yubisaki Nohaku), Bakyun the everyday, 百蚊(hyacca/Hyakka).
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Inside these Walls was broadcast on CBC back in October, 2016 but I only just discovered this recently. It’s a documentary about an estranged father who has been imprisoned in China for his pro-democracy beliefs and the turmoil it has caused for his family in Montreal. Here’s the description from CBC.
“Wang Bingzhang, founder of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement, has spent the last fourteen years in a Chinese prison for the crime of political activism. Although he once abandoned them to pursue his political beliefs, his ex-wife and children campaign tirelessly for his release. Inside These Walls captures the complex range of emotions of a family bound together in struggle and hope.”
Otherwise, you can watch this Ted talk by Wang’s daughter Ti-Anna.
Canada won its first ever Rugby Sevens cup and its top playmaker, Japanese Canadian, Nathan Hirayama, was also named player of the final at the Singapore Rugby Sevens tournament. Mike Fuailefau who is a teammate also scored a try in the final and is part Samoan.
MONO is an instrumental band from Japan formed in 1999. They will have a show at Phi Centre in Montreal on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, which is part of their 2017 North American tour. I don’t know anything about them but the organizer of NMFT, Steven Tanaka, calls Mono a legendary band.
Your Name / 君の名は / kimi no na wa was a smash hit in Japan (4th highest grossing film in that region) and is currently the highest grossing anime film world wide. It will start screening in Montreal at Cineplex Forum starting April 7, 2017 courtesy of Funimation. It will also screen at other theaters across North America.
I used to think the idea of Mukbang (essentially videos of people eating) to be dumb and pointless until I watched Keemi & Dongdigity. For some reason, I enjoyed watching videos from both of them and these are videos that are often over 30 mins long. I think it’s more their personalities and what they talk about than what they are eating. Here are a couple of videos I watched.
The Wok is a Montreal based web series created by by Matthew Chan and David Der. The four main characters are portrayed by Annie Yao, Sean Curly, Oliver Koomsatira and Matthew Chan.
Here’s one of the episodes. The audio quality needs improvement but there are some good jokes here.