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May-June 2011

This45: Luke Champion on music collective Tomboyfriend

Graham F. Scott

You’d be forgiven if Tomboyfriend slipped under your radar the past year. With only one album (2010’s Don’t Go to School) and virtually no touring, the band can still be considered undiscovered territory. Tomboyfriend is a collective of “nonmusicians” led by Ryan Kamstra who just happen to make some of the most emotionally relevant, lyrically […] More »
May-June 2011

This45: Nicholas Hune-Brown on Bruce Peninsula

Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Journal of Behavioral Medicine tells us what humans have always known—singing in groups is good for you. Sing and immune-boosting proteins come flooding through your bloodstream. Psychophysiological changes take hold. Your mood is elevated. Bruce Peninsula knows this intuitively. The band, which can swell to more than a dozen, mixes gospel, folk, and prog […] More »

How Canada’s new copyright law threatens to make culture criminals of us all

Graham F. Scott

Industry Minister Tony Clement’s iPod contains 10,452 songs, he told reporters on May 26, most of them transferred from CDs he bought. It’s a widespread practice generally known as “format shifting,” and in Canada, it’s illegal. The minister didn’t shamefacedly admit his crime in an embarrassing gaffe; he called a press conference and announced it […] More »
March-April 2010

In some corners of the web, pirates serve as curators of high culture

Navneet AlangWebsite

There’s more to online piracy than Beyoncé singles and porn In the summer of 1999, a terrifying rumour began circulating on the then-young internet, gluing millions to their screens: Napster, the illegal music service, was about to be shut down. It seemed like the party with an endless soundtrack was coming to an end. The […] More »
March-April 2009

Woodpigeon: Please Feed the Birds

Tabassum Siddiqui

Calgary band is big in Europe, but home is where their hearts are Woodpigeon may very well be the biggest Canadian band you’ve never heard of — literally and figuratively. The eight-member Calgary collective’s wistful, lyrical alt-folk has been drawing capacity crowds and garnering deafening buzz in the U.K. and Europe over the past year, […] More »
September-October 2004

Hear This: off the beaten track

Lisa Whittington-Hill

The Hidden Cameras, Mississauga Goddam (Evil Evil) Seeing Toronto-based art-folk band The Hidden Cameras perform is a lot like having sex. You never forget your first time. The band’s shows include tighty-whitey clad go-go dancers, unconventional performance venues (churches, porn theatres) and a revolving roster of members whose numbers rival the Polyphonic Spree. And while […] More »
July-August 2004

Hear This: Cheaper Than A One Night Stand, Tangiers, Bob Wiseman, The Organ

This Staff

Vancouver artists’ collective takes the piss out of pretentious showings, and new music by Bob Wiseman and The Organ More »
September-October 2003

Unchain your melodies! Why we should stop worrying about ‘stolen’ music

Hal NiedzvieckiWebsite

Why indie artists should stop worrying about “stolen” music More »