Link of the Day: Southern Poverty Law Centre Intelligence Files

, December 23, 2010

“Extremists in the U.S.,” the SPLC notes, “come in many different forms – white nationalists, anti-gay zealots, black separatists, racist skinheads, neo-Confederates and more. “The Intelligence Files database contains profiles of various prominent extremists and extremist organizations. It also examines the histories and core beliefs – or ideologies – of the most common types of […]


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Published today: Marcy Playground review on Chart

, December 22, 2010

To the nones of people who are always asking how they can be a music critic just like me, I’d like to offer the following gaze into the creative process behind this review: 1. When did Marcy Playground release “Sex and Candy,” exactly? 1997, right? 2. Was that before or after the New Radicals did […]


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Modern remakes and nostalgia for the originally pretty lousy

, December 22, 2010

Speaking of Tron: Legacy, I’m a little surprised by some of the reviews I’ve been reading. I haven’t seen the movie myself, so obviously, I’m not in a position to judge. But the word on the street seems to be that it’s pretty good, but it doesn’t measure up to the original film. Remakes have […]


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Link of the Day: Sketch

, December 22, 2010

“Art making is a curious way to address homelessness or poverty – growing issues in Canada, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. “Art making offers expression, self discovery and skill building. It facilitates participation in community life and in the making of culture. “Sketch creates art making opportunities for young people who live […]


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What’s a mayor whose greatest strength is pandering supposed to do when a cute kid criticizes his agenda?

, December 21, 2010

Say what you will about Ford, but he knows how to play to his base. No sooner did he win the repeal of the vehicle registration tax, for example, than he pledged to use his extra sixty bucks to buy Christmas gifts for his kids. Call it a sweet fatherly gesture or a cheap dose […]


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Currently enjoying the “Tron: Legacy” soundtrack by Daft Punk

, December 21, 2010

When you’ve been dating someone for a while, people start asking when you’re going to get engaged. And then you get engaged, and those people start asking when you’re getting married. And when you finally do get married, they start asking when the baby’s due. Not to make a review bigger than it ought to […]


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Link of the Day: Spontaneous Combustion

, December 21, 2010

Spontaneous Combustion is a local monthly zine and website that’s “dedicated to promoting improvised and experimental music in Toronto… from jazz to free improvisation to experimental rock.” I picked up a copy a little while back at Moog Audio, and since then I’ve grabbed it whenever I’m able. It’s not too shabby.


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Score another literary victory for my wife

, December 20, 2010

Guess what, guys? Kate just landed first runner-up in a flash fiction challenge launched by CBC Radio. Join me in congratulating her, won’t you? While you’re at it, do click the link above to read her winning entry.


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Published today: “17 Reasons Captain Beefheart Was Cool” on Chart

, December 20, 2010

Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, passed away on Friday. Chart rightly saw fit to kick off the week with one of their trademark obituaries, in which they provide a list of reasons why the person in question was cool. I stepped up to write this one, and I had a lot to […]


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Link of the Day: New Society Publishers

, December 20, 2010

New Society Publishers is a small publishing company whose mission is “to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision. “New Society Publishers is committed to building an ecologically […]


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