DIE-IN to protest Laser Ads in “The Main” national historic site (Buy Nothing Day 2010)

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Laser Ads are the latest form of invasive visual pollution¬†staining our urban environments, and they are proliferating all over Montreal, like mushrooms after a rainfall. Not only can these laser ads be projected onto buildings, creating entirely new gigantic corporate billboards with the flick of a switch, but they are also starting to appear at […]

Don’t buy anything, jam the bank for free!

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Buy Nothing Day is an international challenge to our oversaturated, unsustainable consumer culture.¬† For the past five years, Optative Theatrical Laboratories has challenged this glut with guerilla theatre culture jams at places like McDonald’s, Starbucks and more recently Chartwells. Mass consumption wouldn’t be possible without the banks and this year, the greed of those institutions […]

Looking back: The Chartwells Tour

Monday, November 24th, 2008

With this year’s Buy Nothing Day only four days away, here’s a look back at The Chartwells Tour, a theatrical jam performed by OTL and Uberculture Concordia last BND to challenge the monopolizing University food service provider controlled by Compass Group Canada. Chartwells not only runs all the cafeterias at Concordia and McGill Universities, as […]

American Apparel infiltrates activist theatre group

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

by Cassandra Witteman I have been getting involved in theatrical experiments commenting on global culture and consumerism. This recent Buy Nothing Day, Optative Theatre Laboratories planned a performance at the flag-ship American Apparel store on St. Laurent. Unfortunately, American Apparel didn’t think very much of our statement and tried to shut us down before we […]