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Mad hatters of the GTA

Black Hat Brigade’s guitar, key, bass and percussion man Bryan David Ward is speaking to me from a cell phone in the lobby of the CBC building in Toronto. He’s not taking a tour of the place or finding shelter from those harsh Toronto streets, he’s instead taking a break from work.Continue...

A fish out of water

Who are you?

Anita Majumdar

What’s your profession?

Actor/Dancer/Choreographer/Writer/ProducerContinue...

Here comes the Sunparlour Players

Fresh from a summer of cross-Canada music festivals and gearing up for their winter roundabouts to promote their sophomore album, Wave North, Sunparlour Players’ frontman, Andrew Penner , discusses rural imagery, musical friends and some Kingston thievery.

Sunparlour Players, despite the plurality of their name, began with one member.Continue...

Hopelessly devoted to drama

Theatre Kingston’s latest show deals with a subject more controversial than sex and death: faith.

The theatrical adaptation of Canadian writer Diane Schoemperlen’s book of short stories, Forms of Devotion, explores how we adapt our conceptions of faith to the constraints of the modern world.Continue...

Toronto duo breaking new sound

I should’ve known with members named Ash Boo-Schultz and Human Kebab that I was about to interview an endearingly bizarre and original band. When Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) vocal and guitar man Boo-Schultz—née Ashley Bucholz—opened our conversation by asking me about ninjas in Kingston, I knew I was in for quite a treat.Continue...

Festival finds its footing in Kingston

You may have heard this already, but Margaret Atwood is coming to town. Her upcoming event at Kingston’s Grand Theatre is sold out, but the story of how she got to the Kingston WritersFest is the result of the work done by a core group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers under the auspices of Kingston Frontenac Public Library and Kingston Literacy.Continue...

True stories of a writing life

For a storyteller, Newfoundland-based author and Queen’s alumnus Michael Crummey is pretty satisfied with the truth.

“I’m actually a Queen’s dropout,” he confessed with a good-natured laugh a few minutes into our phone interview.Continue...

Get ready for Pandamonium

When Chris Connelly, vocalist of Edmonton garage-pop band Hot Panda, says that “nobody wants to be the only person dancing at a show,” it’s hard to picture him as that person. His frenetic energy is infectious both in conversation and onstage with bandmates Heath Parsons, Maghan Campbell and Keith Olsen. Fresh off a European tour with the Von Bondies, Hot Panda is back to play their February release, VolContinue...

Kingston’s sweethearts

What’s your band name and why did you choose it?

Agpak Mum. The naming of the band was not really up to us. One day it just magically appeared and we knew it was perfect.Continue...

A homecoming of sorts

Over the phone, Pamela Brennan has the kind of sincerity that you think must be reflected back in her music. It is.

Dorval-born Brennan might be a new songwriter, but she writes with the knowledge and sophistication that comes from being involved in the music world for some time. When Hennessey—her last musical project—disbanded in 2003, she took over a role she wanted to try for a while.Continue...

Nothing but blue skies for Spiral Beach

Spiral Beach doesn’t want to sell you their latest record. They’re smarter than that.

In fact, don’t expect drummer Daniel Woodhead to try to push anything on to you—except the pretty wrapping.Continue...

Mapping out new territory

It might be the telephone connection, his surprisingly thick East Coast accent, or that he’s almost 1,500 km away in Charlottetown, but it’s hard to hear Two Hours Traffic guitarist Alec O’Hanley.

After several hang-ups and redials, O’Hanley slowly becomes audible. As the best thing to come out Prince Edward Island since Anne of Green Gables, fuzzy phone conversations are one of the many disadvantages the band has when they live so far East.Continue...

Sensible songbird

The name Basia Bulat evokes thoughts of adventurous arrangements, snapping rhythm and a warm and rich vocal accompaniment that wraps and weaves through each song complementing every melody.

Don’t feel sheepish if you haven’t heard of Bulat.Continue...

Straight from the heart

An impressive list of venues played, 11 studio albums and a huge fan base are statistics countless musicians would give anything to have attributed to them. Waterloo-born singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff, on the other hand, just wants your ears.Continue...

Exhibit takes a walk on the wilder side

A recent trip to the zoo left me unexpectedly distraught. I had expected a light and tumble journey, hanging out with the lions and bears, but instead felt a pang of heartbreak the whole time I was there. Watching the exotic creatures make do in their small, faux-habitats so the civilized could gawk at them seemed perverse.Continue...

For the love of film, it’s TIFF 2009

Oh Fall! Here’s to the Queen’s season synonymous with front porch chill seshes, remembering how to navigate Mac-Corry and repeated and less-than-musical renditions of the Oil Thigh on loop well into the night. Back in the Big Smoke the autumnal air signals the beginning of one of Toronto’s most anticipated and high-brow fiestas: yes folks, the Toronto International Film Festival is upon us! Reels of flicks, boatloads of celebs, and—naturally—babbles of scandals are scheduled to hit the downtown core this September in what has traditionally been one of the most exciting times of the year to be in the T-dot.Continue...

The secret life of broadcast

Can you keep a secret? Fall in Kingston has finally rolled around, bringing a refreshingly different take on Canadian indie rock.

After having the chance to chat with vocalist Matt Lightstone of the Calgary-based trio Secret Broadcast, I was excited to discover a truly original band in the hoards of independent acts in Canada and beyond.Continue...

One wise man

Bob Wiseman may be dubbed by indie and mainstream musicians alike as the hardest working man in Canadian Music, but he’s the last one to admit it.

“I mean, there’s a gazillion people who work really hard. My work has never been celebrated in a large way.Continue...

Craig’s playlist

Who: Craig Leonard

What: ArtistContinue...

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