Author: Elena Senechal-Becker

Finding mysticism in modern masters

The Art Gallery of Ontario is currently the lucky host of an incredibly unique exhibit on nature and mysticism. Mystical Landscapes is a gathering of works by iconic artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and O’Keefe, as well as works from Canadian masters such as Emily Carr and Group of Seven member, Lawren Harris. I had the chance to have a tour of the exhibit led by Katharine Lochnan, the AGO’s senior international exhibition curator. Walking into the exhibit, which is extensive and spans the second-floor special exhibition space of the AGO, I was first struck by the vibrancy of...

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Fixing broken bonds

Lately, I have been very interested in the theory of love. I know this might sound counterintuitive, because a lot of people believe that love isn’t something that can be rationalized. It is supposed to be free, passionate—something you don’t have to think about. But I don’t buy that. I think love is work, and I am curious about the ways in which I can become better at it. Recently, I began to build a love with someone else, another person who wanted this commitment as much as I did. I could say we “fell” in love, but I don’t...

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The Strand reviews VCDS presents The Goat

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, a 2002 play by Edward Albee, deals with mature content—to say the very least. For three evenings, October 26th to 28th, director Leo Morgenstern staged this dark comedy in Vic’s very own Cat’s Eye. The cast was composed of only four main characters, with David Madras as Martin, Mirka Loiselle as Stevie, Cole Zemel as Billy, and Tomas Vilde as Ross. The room was packed on the second day of the play. When the lights dimmed, a contemporary living room arrangement was visible on the Cat’s Eye stage and dozens of eyes watched...

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Social Media’s Newfound Freedom: The Rise of “Finstas”

I’m not sure to what extent my parents stalk my various social media accounts, but the one thing they keep telling me is: “Don’t put anything on the internet that you wouldn’t want everyone in the world to see.” This is a fear we all hold very close to our hearts, as a generation who grew up in the midst of social media’s rising popularity.  You don’t want a future employer to peep those photos of you getting drunk off Raspberry Absolut in your friend’s basement apartment. But recently, social media, and Instagram in particular, hass become more than...

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