A Soundtrack to the Novel Heartworm: By Ben Vendetta

My latest novel Heartworm, which takes place in the mid-‘90s is a music-centric affair, the story of a rock critic on the verge of...

Gord Downie’s Canada and The Stories We (Ought To) Tell

By Josh Scott     On Saturday August 20th, history was made: The Tragically Hip performed the final show of their Man Machine Poem Tour. While massive...

How Chris Rock Gave The Oscars Social & Cultural Relevance Again, Even if Some...

Before the world knew and loved Chappelle, and he perfected a brand of comedy that is sublime in its exact timbre of exploration of...

Life After ‘Gaze Part 1: Lush and Pale Saints

These days, if you pick one of the key bands from the first peak of Shoegaze in the 90’s and ask “Whatever happened to...

The musical poetry of Canada: Great Lake Swimmers; Mark Martyre

Did you know you can disappear into a million-dollar Tom Thomson painting steeped in Canadiana, our history, and rugged beauty? Escape the threatening snow...

On Popular Culture: Does Context Matter Anymore?

The oh-too-easy lure of the YouTube Black Hole can take you down anytime defenses are lowered and procrastination has had even four minutes to percolate. Somehow,...

The Year in Film: An Expanding Point of View

By Jacqueline Howell 2015 was a remarkable year in film for its expanding narrative POVs, despite the January grumpiness that begins to colour everything. Critics and...

Book Club: The White Tiger by Avarind Adiga

By Chris Dagonas As this is the first installment of this series, I think a brief introduction is in order. Once a month, I meet...

Cat Marnell and Jane Pratt’s Bad Breakup: On Branding, Journalism, and Drugs

Raise your hand if you have ever said you would "kill" to be an editor in New York City with a legendary woman who...

The Wedding Present: Essential Detours & the 2017 Live Experience

The best of our modern rock music is not made from the wish-fulfillment posturing of an Oasis, or the detached irony of so much...

Revisiting the Modern Classics of Literature: 1. AHWOSG – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering...

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Based on a True Story By Dave Eggers Vintage Canada Edition, 2001 The First in our new series Revisiting the Modern Classics...

Prince is All in our Music & Culture Links News Roundup

"Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life. It means forever and that's a mighty long...