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Album Review: Prime Junk – Ladybird

Prime Junk’s anguished yet catchy pop songs are on full display on this new EP, recorded by Nick Ferrio and Sun Rarara’s Dan Jacobs. Nat’s taunting, almost bratty vocal delivery remains, but what is immediately noticeable is that the noisy sludge that underpinned their music, both on Sunnyvale, their previous record, and on stage, is […]

The Half-Life of Canadian General Electric

Everybody in Peterborough knows all about General Electric, the sprawling industrial complex between Park and Monaghan, and Albert and Wolfe, in the shadow of the High Street water tower, roughly at the boundary of the city’s south end, that was for many years the city’s most iconic and biggest employer. Two sad stories have dominated […]

Income Tax and Canadian Identity

{Power/Lines] The 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation passed pretty painlessly, with surprisingly little ranting and raving, and with little to show for it overall. The fact that a tipi erected by Indigenous activists on Parliament Hill, amid a characteristically violent RCMP response, so easily upstaged the official festivities was both a bit sad for those […]

Transmissions: Lights Out at GE

[Transmis/sions} It’s always tragic when hundreds of people lose their jobs, especially if they’re unlikely to get another job, and if they support dependents, and if losing their job also means losing benefits they were entitled to as employees, and which they would benefit from as unemployed people. The announcement that General Electric is closing […]

The Wealthy Banker’s Kid

The Ontario government’s announcement last winter that students below a certain family income threshold would be admitted to college or university for free was greeted with stunned glee by progressive people on the internet. It turns out the reality was more complicated than the spin suggested. The full story is that tuition is scheduled to […]

Album Review: ELMS – Integrity

In John Constable’s 19th century paintings of elms, deciduous trees now infested with Dutch elm disease and mostly dead or dying, they look proud but also somewhat moody—somewhere between an oak and a willow, if that helps. It’s likely that Alex Unger was thinking of both the melancholy beauty and the undercurrent of doomed disease […]

Album Review: Garbageface – 7HR33 51X M1X74P3

It feels like just a couple of weeks ago that we reviewed a new Garbageface album. (I looked it up: it was in March.) Like an old jazz guy in the 50s, Garbageface now releases enough material to track how his vision is changing on a six-month basis. And what a change it is. Gone […]

The Emergence of Mary-Kate Edwards

It’s summer in Peterborough, and Mary-Kate Edwards is in the middle of writing a concept album about queer love in catastrophic times. She’s not sure all of the songs will make it on to the album—“I’m a big thrower outer,” she says, “I know the first time I play a song live if I want […]

5 Questions: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte Marie joined the cast of Sesame Street in the 1970s in order to let children know that “Indians still exist.” Now Buffy is less alone in the public eye as an Indigenous artist. She collaborates with younger musicians and won a Polaris Music Prize for Power in the Blood in 2015, fifty years […]

Album Review: Brandon Munro – Armgods

Brandon Munro has been a drummer in lots of bands, notably Tin Vespers and Candle Cave Ensemble in the past, and Nick Ferrio and Ptarmigan currently. (Full disclosure: Brandon and I have played together on occasion, including once in my own band.) He’s very good, but he’s not as well known as a recording artist […]