Massey Hall open house – where magic happens

Is there anything better on a glorious sunny Sunday than to step into Massey Hall and be greeted with "Welcome! We invite you to wander and explore!" Anyone who had financially supported Massey Hall's massive two year renovation project was invited to an open house, and we were given free rein to explore to our … Continue reading Massey Hall open house – where magic happens

A Love Letter to the DJs of Twitch

A love letter to the DJs of Twitch and Mixcloud. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for bringing light and connection and genuine joy to the hellscape of the past two years. It was just a couple of weeks into lockdown, with the world plunged into chaos and confusion. No one knew what was … Continue reading A Love Letter to the DJs of Twitch

WHEN THE MIRAGE BECOMES REALITY

Bootblacks at Handlebar On November 11, I went to my first show in 18 months. A month after the fact, it still feels surreal and I'm still having a hard time articulating what it was like. As the pandemic dragged on, it felt like live music might never come back. I watched as concerts were … Continue reading WHEN THE MIRAGE BECOMES REALITY

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