"did you get to be who you are. and if not, then why. that, my friend, is the big why." - Michael Winter
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The cycle is both natural and unpredictable. From sleep to awake, from dreams to reality, the transition can be imperceptible as it flows between states. With a transcendent video that confesses the ungovernable, ON AN ON reveal a new layer to the casual grace of their song “Drifting”. The back and forth progressions are both swift and subtle, streaming in and out of forms like consciousness. Cold fingerpicking is punctuated by a single plucked note echoing in the background, with […] Continue reading →

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Think of June, July, and August, and suggestive images appear, one after another – a rolling barrage of driving with the sunroof open, sunglasses, the sweltering afternoon sun. The Knocks have an innate ability to embody the collection of elements that can only be known vaguely as “summer”. Shaking up the dog days, they released the single “Classic” into the climax of the August heat wave last year, oozing the vivid aura of vacation and making you move. This year, […] Continue reading →

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It’s an awareness that is openly complex, coupled fittingly with an arduous simplicity – the realization of that which seems perfect from afar often becomes flawed upon closer examination. These competing dichotomies are difficult to define and struggle to coexist. With her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett takes a magnifying glass to the mundane, constructing a multi-faceted commentary from the expansion of simple concepts into an […] Continue reading →

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It happens quickly. A train barrels across an open terrain, speeding in comparison to the stillness it slices through. The quiet landscape is instantly transformed. But for the muted passengers safely aboard, the only sign of momentum is a steady rhythm underfoot as the car swings gently back and forth. This is how Pacific Milk, the newest record from Limblifter, announces its arrival. It catches you unaware, with a magnetic attraction that begs many questions and answers none. For those […] Continue reading →

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What’s the difference between a happy memory and painful one? “I Remember”, the latest track from Bully (and the first from their upcoming album) insists there is no extreme – memories can be cherished even when they rip you apart. It’s a reckless midnight drive, speeding down an empty road with grinding guitar riffs as the force propelling you. Scattered through the darkness, a few bright notes shine with fondness. Crushing drums are fast and steady throughout, only […] Continue reading →

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With The JUNO Awards fast approaching, a distinct buzz can be heard around Hamilton. You can feel the excitement in the air, and almost see it rising in a cloud over downtown, palpable with hope and intensity. Recently, The JUNOs Turn It On Songwriter Contest tapped into the creative spirit that is circling the city with a call for local musicians to record and submit a theme song for the awards. Presented by Judy Marsales Ltd., over 60 original songs were submitted to the Host […] Continue reading →

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On a drive through downtown, the name of the Art Gallery of Hamilton is prominently projected over the heart of the city where it proudly resides. Nestled between the MacNab bus terminal and the Hamilton Convention Centre, the AGH opened in its present location across from Jackson Square in 1977. Restored in 2005, the once-declining building was lovingly repaired during an $18 million recladding and revitalization project. It’s a beautiful place to visit – it is also one of the oldest […] Continue reading →

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This time last year, Cellphone were getting ready to play a Wavelength show at Smiling Buddha. Back then, Mike Wirth Broth took the time to talk with Cam Gordon and discuss about their upcoming album release. Fast forward to 2015 — that album, Excellent Condition, has been released to a barrage of praise and positive vibes. A hurricane of distortion and raw energy, whatever you want to call it — punk, post-punk, a reference to the Dead Kennedys — these songs will jolt you awake […] Continue reading →

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Not enough time to read? Since 2002, the Canada Reads competition has methodically chosen one book that all Canadians should make the time to bury oneself in. This morning, Candy Palmater announced the finalists for the 2015 competition on CBC Radio Q, giving listeners a head start on reading the selections. Read more of this article by Kristin Lee Bryson on examiner.com. […] Continue reading →

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Bookstores are dying all over the world. In some stores, what were once dusty shelves have been replaced by newly manufactured home decor items. Throw pillows and scented candles make up for lacking physical book sales as more and more readers turn to online shopping and e-readers for new book releases and old classics. This week in Toronto, the landmark World’s Biggest Bookstore was demolished by new owner Lifetime Developments to make room for a row of new restaurants.  Read more […] Continue reading →

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