Hansa Studios: A Bowie Berlin Pilgrimage

I started writing this post last year, when we first went into lockdown. Just a few months earlier, my SO and I had visited Berlin and my thoughts kept returning to the utter magic of that trip. We had a huge list of things we wanted to do while we were there and we knew … Continue reading Hansa Studios: A Bowie Berlin Pilgrimage

Once upon a time, I was a music journalist

At the beginning of my second year of university, I walked into the campus newspaper office, walked right over to the entertainment section and walked out with my first writing assignment. The rest, as they say, is history, I wrote nonstop for the campus paper until I graduated, and was also managing editor of the … Continue reading Once upon a time, I was a music journalist

When you look into Infinity Mirrors, does Infinity look back?

A couple of years ago, Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors took Toronto by storm. To say that tix to this show were hard to come by is an understatement. I had access to an AGO Members pre-sale and I still had to sit online from 10 AM - 3 PM before I was able to get … Continue reading When you look into Infinity Mirrors, does Infinity look back?

The Mozzer question

This particular blog post has been brewing in my mind for a while. Since midway through last year in fact, when Morrissey's blatant racism became inescapably clear. A lot of the online discourse was directing anger not just at Morrissey, but at his fans as well. Admitting to any sort of ambivalence, shock, disbelief or … Continue reading The Mozzer question

Live shows what I saw in 2019

2019 was a very good year for me, live music wise. I mean, it feels redundant to say that, but now that I think about it, not really. I spent a lot of time unemployed in recent years, and while I was lucky enough to still be able to see a fair number of live … Continue reading Live shows what I saw in 2019

Communion with the crowd – my top live shows of 2018

2018 was another tumultuous year. I feel like I've been writing that for several years in a row. World events continued to be a non-stop dumpster fire, and there were some definite ups and downs in my personal life. Through it all, whether I was mourning, celebrating or just enduring, there was live music. I … Continue reading Communion with the crowd – my top live shows of 2018

2017 – Live music kept me afloat

2017 was a hell of a year for me. To say that there was a lot of upheaval is putting it mildly. After being out of full-time work for over two years, I suddenly found myself back in the workforce. I was just starting to get settled when a member of my family was diagnosed … Continue reading 2017 – Live music kept me afloat

Teenage kicks all through the night

A few months ago, there was a meme going around Facebook where people posted the albums that influenced them the most during their teenage years. I had an interesting discussion with my friend Rik about it over drinks one night. Rik is a fellow music aficionado and writes his own excellent blog called A Pile … Continue reading Teenage kicks all through the night

RIP John Lever, The Chameleons: We’re all souls in isolation

It was just a few weeks ago, wasn't it, that I said I was sick of writing RIP posts. I actually had a different post planned for today, and I still plan to write it. But this one needs to be written first. Because this time, it's personal. This is a post mourning someone I … Continue reading RIP John Lever, The Chameleons: We’re all souls in isolation

Book Review: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys – Viv Albertine

I was introduced to Viv Albertine's autobiography by a friend of mine who raved about it. Viv Albertine is, of course, the guitarist for The Slits, the seminal all-girl punk band. I confess that I wasn't hugely familiar with The Slits when I started reading Viv's book. I knew of them, but had heard very … Continue reading Book Review: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys – Viv Albertine