Category Archives: Music

Ryan G. Hinds’ tips on tunes for the holidays

Toronto cabaret performer Ryan G. Hinds loves the glitter and warmth of Christmas but not its soundtrack. “Bad Christmas music is a great way to torture your guests,” he laughs. Hinds once endured James Brown’s “Santa Claus, Go Straight to … Continue reading

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Start your day off right!

A very long, busy and conflicted work day ahead for me today but no day that starts off with THIS could be a bad one…. Hope your day today is every bit as epic 🙂

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A salute to Murray Gold

Okay, you know you’re a giant nerd when you get excited about a new interview with a TV soundtrack composer but I’ve loved Murray Gold right from the moment in 1999 when I first heard his weird but wonderful theme … Continue reading

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Sorry Norway, I spent all my grief on Amy Winehouse

Gruesome idea, no? And entirely untrue, of course, but that was the accusation levelled by far-too-many people this weekend at those who took to the Internet (now our cultural replacement for black veils and armbands) to publicly mourn the gone-too-soon … Continue reading

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Cody Critcheloe, Ssion

The internet quivers with anticipa-Ssion Punk-turned-disco outfit offers entire album free [originally printed in Xtra – June 30, 2010] When he returns to Toronto to perform at the July 3 Vazaleen party at Wrongbar, 30-year-old Kentucky-born artist/musician Cody Critcheloe won’t … Continue reading

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Is Céline Dion the worst gay icon ever?

[originally printed in fab issue 354 – September 4, 2008] Her list of crimes is long and harrowing: the beautiful five-octave voice being used to beat songs into submission; the endlessly rambling anecdotes about her husband and child; the fashion … Continue reading

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U of T professor Paul Rutherford explains how the erotic became the mainstream [originally printed in fab issue 331 – October 14, 2007] Sex sells. It’s a given, a cliché, but University of Toronto history professor Paul Rutherford decided to … Continue reading

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