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Album Review: Wayne Kennedy – God’s Rejects

Though none of its five songs exceeds the two minute mark or contains more than four chords, I hear God’s Rejects as a tiny concept album, exploring the role of music, especially non-commercial music, in creating connection between people who are despised. Most of the sound is Wayne himself, his singsong, no-you-listen-to-me vocal accompanied by […]

Album Review: TW Hutchinson – Sandford

TW Hutchinson’s concept album about Sir Sandford Fleming, the 19th-century Scottish-born railway engineer who invented Standard Time and is the namesake of our local college, gets extra points for being an original idea worked out very methodically. The City of Kawartha Lakes singer-songwriter clearly did extensive research before picking up the guitar, but he also […]

Serena Ryder’s Rare Magic

It’s a holiday tradition for me now, doing my last-minute shopping for gifts somewhere on Lansdowne Street and hearing a familiar voice singing about getting in touch with an old friend, catching up, and wishing them a Merry Christmas. I know Serena Ryder’s singing voice better and more intimately than almost any other voice. For […]

Is There Room for Music in Peterborough?

The abrupt closure of the Spill prompted many discussions on performance spaces in Peterborough. November’s Precarious Festival—the month-long arts festival organized by Kate Story—examined the economic insecurity of local artists, and was inspired in part by looming gentrification of our downtown and the potential for lost artist spaces. There is a greater concern here, however: […]

Album Review: Kate Suhr – Selkie Bride

I know I’m a particularly easy mark, but when Kate Suhr sings, “This city feels electric/Maybe that’s why they all stay/Heard there’s something in the water/Calling people back this way,” I can almost smell the warm festival grass and see the stunning late August sunset behind the stage. Suhr’s musical theatre background comes through loud […]

Album Review: Olias – Fed to the Sky

The meditative, atmospheric music of Olias is made by Wes Grist, who was one third of the much-mourned oddball trio Hello Babies. He really shows his breadth in this project, serving up long synth instrumentals that seem to tell interesting stories, like the erratic pulses that bubble up from very long tones in “It’s Watching […]

5 Questions: Mathieu Charbonneau of Timber Timbre

In the 1980s, our vision of the future started to change. Far from the cheery, gee-whiz sci-fi of the past—where science would fix all our problems and bring us all closer together—mounting fears about urban decay, climate change, social isolation, and the sinister side of technology birthed a new prophecy. Movies like Blade Runner, Terminator, […]

Nick Ferrio: Come Hell or High Water

On May 13, 2017, Nick Ferrio and his partner Manon Gagnon welcomed into the world their first child: Franklin Mitewamewkwe Ferrio. It had been an unusually complicated and fraught pregnancy, full of tests and visits to Toronto specialists and uncertain diagnoses, but that all changed when Frankie was born. “For a long time I was searching […]

Goodbye to The Spill

Word travelled fast on Wednesday, October 18 that the Spill was closing that night. People abandoned weeknight plans and crowded the place – somewhat ironically, given that fines for being over capacity were a regular financial strain for the venue. Losing the Spill is about losing an old friend but, more vividly, it’s about losing […]

Album Review: BEEF BOYS – Melt Like a Witch

Peterborough ‘garage ponks’ BEEF BOYS have always taken a slash-and-burn approach to music – loud, fast, cynical garage rock played sloppy and with ferocious intensity, seemingly tearing apart their own music even as they make it. Melt Like a Witch certainly starts that way, with Germ Sperman’s haggard vocals and lightning-fast guitar work, Young Ray […]