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

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

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