Hallowed old-school punk

By Myke Atkinson

With the recent surge of punk into mainstream pop-culture, The Black Halos are pulling up the rear and showing what the word punk truly means. Originally from Vancouver, The Black Halos formed with the idea of starting an old-school punk band. Under the almighty Sub Pop label, the band released their self-titled LP. After three… Continue reading Hallowed old-school punk

Pints, pubs and Pashley

By Lawrence Bailey

If you are a fan of Oprah’s monthly selections, it’s best you ignore Notes on a Beermat: Drinking and Why It’s Necessary. Likewise, if you’re a recovering alcoholic. However, if you lead a simple life and enjoy its smaller pleasures, this compilation of tales, tidbits, history and musings is a must-have. England-born, Etobicoke-raised author Nicholas… Continue reading Pints, pubs and Pashley

Opening the hip-hop market

By James Keller

Hip-hop music and culture in Canada is finally gaining exposure. And according to Canadian artist Jelleestone, it’s about time. "People see the numbers," says the Toronto native, whose album Jelleestone 13 has already enjoyed success on both sides of the border. "I think the labels are like, ‘shit, we’re letting them go, we gotta get… Continue reading Opening the hip-hop market

Blue Rodeo scaling down

By Ryan Laverty

For many bands, the release of a greatest hits album would be cause for celebration. But for Toronto’s country-rock band, Blue Rodeo, it’s not of great concern. In fact, according to lead singer Jim Cuddy, things not having to do directly with the music aren’t thought of much at all. "It’s a funny thing with… Continue reading Blue Rodeo scaling down

Anything Yukon do P.E.I. CanDu better

By Kyle Young

In an attempt to generate additional revenue for the federal government, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced Monday that he is seriously considering abolishing the province of Prince Edward Island to use the island as a nuclear waste storage facility. A report issued earlier this month by Finance Minister Paul Martin clearly outlines the potential income… Continue reading Anything Yukon do P.E.I. CanDu better