“I’ve never really been part of the band,” muses DR Congo-born, Montreal-rooted singer Pierre Kwenders as he prepares to unleash Makanda at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time, his sophomore LP, on Sept. 8. The beginning of time is where our conversation naturally begins, and his emergence on the Canadian music scene was entirely unsought. He and his business partner Herve Kolongo met the members of Radio Radio around 2011 through an entirely non-music related fashion project.
Whatever the season, there’s no shortage of places and occasions, both indoors and out, to shake your rump in Montreal, especially if your bum wiggles hardest to good techno, house and hip hop. La Bacchanale, a non-profit dedicated to producing quality dance events for discerning ravers, bring all three together this weekend and continue to make their mark on the city’s festival scene with the third edition of Ancient Future in the Old Port.
Rappers used to yell “Hip hop is in the building!”I never caught that they meant the advancement of the craft itself until last night when Kendrick Lamar — undeniably the genre and culture’s reigning champ – stepped into the arena for a first-ever Montreal venue show at the Bell Centre, five years, three albums, a Grammy and two historic Osheaga appearances removed from his 2012 studio debut, good kid, M.A.A.D. city and his subsequent ascension to hip hop royalty.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".