Grand Lodge No. 24, the church-turned-recording-studio recently purchased by Emery Street Records, officially opened and the owners threw one hell of a fucking party. On Friday, November 14, producers, musicians, artists, members of the press, publicists and other members of the local music industry — as well as various randoms there for a good time — were invited to Farnham, Quebec to check out this latest acquisition by the independent, DIY Montreal label.

Arcade Fire, the former owners of the century-old church, caused a buzz in the international music community when they announced via Twitter that the building was for sale in January of 2013, the main reason being that the roof was in an advanced state of disrepair. Emery Street Records president, general manager and executive producer Francis Lemay saw an opportunity to take an already legendary studio and expand its reputation as well as bolster the mystique surrounding Emery Street Records and solidify their position as important promoters of the Quebec music industry. He had the old carpet roof replaced by a metal one as well as repairs done to the masonry, doors and windows. The building — which houses the studio where the majority of Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible and parts of The Suburbs were recorded — was ready to take bookings from the public in May 2014.

Emery Street finally got around to marking the opening of Grand Lodge No. 24 by throwing a wild party for friends and other members of the local music community, a grand and complex undertaking at the level and with the success that they managed to pull off. It had absolutely everything a good party should have and some spectacular extras as well.

Each and every room in the place, including the common areas like the concert hall and basement living area, has been given a major makeover by some very prominent Montreal artists including Cedric Taillon (curator), Chris Dyer, street art collective WZRDSGNG, Jean-Michel Cholette, Guy Boutin and Clockshovel. The party also featured live painting by Zilon, Labrona and more.

Other live entertainment included some really top-notch burlesque performances by Lavender May (curator), Ruby Rhapsody, Madria, La Reine Rouge and La Reine Noire and the weird and wonderful Lady JosephineSeb Black and Eddie Paul both played sets interspersed between the burlesque performances. (Eddie Paul recently released a new video for his single “Shut Up and Dance”, check it out here if you haven’t already!)

They had full bars set up staffed with bartenders that looked the part, serving up Farnham Ale & Lager. Outside, there was a bonfire in a barrel and free mulled wine courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Das Food Truck was set up on the premises to satisfy hungry party-goers.

To top it all off, the new owners had purchased a school bus to ferry guests between downtown Montreal and Farnham, ensuring that no one would have to drive back to the city intoxicated. Hell, they even provided coat check at no cost. That’s how you get shit done.

All in all, considering everything that could go wrong when you’re a homegrown DIY label throwing a party of this magnitude, everything came together spectacularly with nary a bump in the road. Of course, a fire truck showed up at some point, presumably called upon by the presence of smoke from the barrel fire and the incessant ringing of the fire alarm when someone decided to started playing with the dry ice machine in the basement (I’m looking at you, Zacchia).

One last detail that was not overlooked: the hiring of some event photographers to capture it all, check out their work below!

Photos by Alex Sergerie, Edgar Delacroix, Michel Thibault and Jonathan B.P. courtesy of Emery Street Records. 

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Hellenica, the solo project of Montreal DIY artist Jim Demos, released a new album earlier this month entitled Blood Moon Wolf Head. His first full-length work under this moniker, the album was released on November 2, to coincide with El Dia de los Muertos, and is meant as an offering to the deceased. Gloom and doom are prevalent throughout all of Hellenica’s music but this album takes on a more otherworldly feel to it – the theme of death adding a darker dimension and heavier feel than his previous EP, 2012’s They Are Out For Blood.

Blood Moon Wolf Head is an excellent follow-up to Hellenica’s 2012 EP. They Are Out For Blood presented just a little taste of what Demos is capable of, a fact that is apparent on this new release. His newest work journeys further into the weird and unexpected. Demos experiments more with the structure of his compositions, by using improvised guitar parts layered with field recordings and other sounds to create a collaged effect. He manages to do this well, without compromising comprehension and fluidity in his sound.

Below is a short, self-produced film for “Monos”, the third track on Blood Moon Wolf Head.


61uZSB7F7lL._SY300_One of the things that comes with gardening is maintenance: bugs, soil quality, sun time, shadow time, fertilizing, pest control, squirrel wars, etc. These elements make gardening feel like a rad science experiment – which I find rather fascinating. Along with a misunderstanding with house sitters, my garden has been having a rough time this summer. Those seedlings that survived what shall now be known as the miscommunication drought of 2013, have become the lunch for some kind of insect.

You Grow Girl blogger and author, Gayla Trail, one of my go to gardening resources, reminds us that getting familiar with bug life is important. Some bugs are good, some bugs not so much, but it’s best to know your pests. I have yet to meet the culprit who has been devouring my lone sunflower and sprawling mint, but I am on the lookout. In the meantime, I’ve been looking for organic solutions and this is the one that I chose – from You Grow Girl. This insecticide is all purpose – which is good for those of us who have yet to solve the bug mystery. Furthermore, unlike this citrus-based insecticide (Smellerific Citrus Peel Spray), the dangers of burning the plants is not a factor. After what these frail babies have been through, I won’t chance them being cooked by my rookie gardner skills.


“Bad Breath Pepper Garlic Spray”



4 cups of boiled water

1 entire bulb of garlic

1 smallish onion

1tbs hot pepper (flakes, powder, or fresh)

thin strainer


spray bottle



  1. Steep all ingredients overnight in the boiling water.
  2. Pour the whole mess into a blender or food processor and liquify.
  3. Strain.
  4. Funnel liquid into a spray bottle.
  5. Thoroughly coat the leaves of the infected plant with the spray. Be sure to get the undersides and other nooks and crannies where bugs will hide.
  6. Store mixture in the fridge.


I used the insecticide on my plants and it seems as though the attacks have stopped. According to You Grow Girl, garlic has a chemical that repels bugs and also acts a fungicide (bonus!). The hot pepper pest repellant property lies in the capsium, which also repels tiny rodents. There are still bugs hanging around my container garden and I suspect it is important to try and spray often. A friend of mine mentioned that she uses lines of cinnamon on top of the soil to repel ants and that she has also used just sticking garlic cloves into the earth. I’ve added the cinnamon trick in combination with the spray. I will probably try to a few other methods as I continue my adventures in balcony gardening. Hope this helps some of you in terms of finding alternatives to toxic/non-organic insecticides.