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    The JustRipe: Creekside Syrah

    The past few years I have spent many of my dollars on Niagara on the Lake wines and have finally this year made the commitment to venture more heavily to the Bench area. I guess I was staying more zoned towards NOTL out of sheer convenience and now that I am working in a wine […] More

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    Greenbelt Arts Combine Music and Visual Art for Luka Album Release

    Toronto singer-songwriter, Luka, will be making a tour stop in St. Catharines to release his third full length album, What Kind of Animal. The album release is being presented by Greenbelt Arts, a St. Catharines and Toronto based initiative to promote collaborative and community-building audiovisual productions. “Greenbelt Arts is something that was started about 6 […] More

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    Life as a Culture Reject

    In 2008 Niagara native Michael O’Connell released a collection of songs that he made in his apartment on College St. in Toronto on Whitewhale Records, which has subsequently taken him across the world and back on the back of 700,000 plays on Spotify. The last time Culture Reject performed in St. Catharines was during the […] More

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    Building Up that Future Pollution

    This past April, Timber Timbre released their most ambitious record, their sixth – Sincerely, Future Pollution, a collection of nine, beautiful and cinematic songs, drenched in sounds of the past that are tied together with singer Taylor Kirk’s noticeably haunting voice. The group started their journey in 2005, with their debut album Cedar Shakes. The […] More

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    MacDonald’s Menagerie

    We author places, as much as remember them. Its an idea from the writings of Peter Straub, and considering how often literary references came up in my conversation with Melanie MacDonald (as it did, too, with Clelia Scala), this seems a good “place” to begin to talk about the paintings she has on display at […] More

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    Owning Space: Material Girls

    “What indeed,” I say. “I hate party lines, I hate ghettoes. Anyway, I’m too old to have invented it and you’re too young to understand it, so what’s the point of discussing it at all?” “So it’s not a meaningful classification for you?” she says. “I like it that women like my work. Why shouldn’t […] More

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    Festival of Readers Explores Indigenous Decolonization and Veganism

    This November, Short Hills Provincial Park will again become a site of political turmoil. Tensions between Indigenous reconciliation and local protectionism concretize each year when Indigenous hunters exercise their treaty rights to a traditional deer harvest, which the park’s neighbours argue destroys the sanctity of the park. It is on this backdrop that the 2017 […] More

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    When Animals Attack!

    Will McClelland is the author of The Minted, a novel about a Canadian animal revolt set in the near future. Lead by a moose, animals native to Canada come to the conclusion that the Royal Canadian Mint is systematically destroying their souls through the process of ‘minting’. Described as part memoir, part reportage, and part […] More

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    Saturday is Booked

    In my last column in The Sound I talked about how Canada is changing, and how writers in the country are helping to process and advance these changes. Primarily, the centuries-old forces of colonial oppression designed to crush Indigenous communities have let up just enough that these communities are asserting themselves and their cultural practices. […] More

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    Review: Alvvays – Antisocialites

    A couple weeks back, Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin was attacked on stage in Belgium—a drunk, male attendee interrupted the band to, at his insistence, “give her a kiss.” Despite the buffoonery, this type of fan seems like both a not-unexpected result of Alvvays’ meteoric rise (read: crazed) as well as a character that could easily […] More

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