My early music education was in classical and jazz. Through orchestration classes, composition, Baroque theory, etc., I learned a lot of music rules. Some of them have stayed with me, even though I don’t write music on a regular basis. […]
The Calgary Stampede is just around the corner and, whether you’re a local or a tourist, you won’t be able to get through the season without the usual onslaught of beer, pancakes, and country music. If you’re participating, though, allow […]
In an era that has wholeheartedly adopted the phrase, “Any press is good press”, artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and moms with the cutest baby photos evar recognize the importance of getting one’s name out there in the media landscape. But as […]
Canadian Music Week descends on Toronto this week. Moved from the unforgiving month of March, the fest this year is hardly limited to Canadian acts. Most of the city’s biggest and best venues are offering showcases and big-ticket headliners all […]
As I ruminate on leaving Toronto, a city I’ve lived in for over 10 years, NQ Arbuckle finally releases a new album. Fitting, because their music has bracketed – and structured – my time in this city like nobody else’s. […]
I just got back from Pennsylvania, and then I went to see Billy Joel the other night, so this song is a relevant one these days. Musicians of all stripes have long been interested in the working class. You hear […]
After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. Temporarily, anyway. It’s been all work and responsibility here in the Turnbull house. I feel a bit like the mounds of ice at the end of my driveway, frozen up and rounded […]
When I was about 21, I made a new friend. He would have been 43 at the time. We properly met in German class, when we were split into small groups and I was our group’s speech coach (if you […]
If you need to pick up Valentine’s candy, not to worry: the stores are well-stocked. There’s EASTER candy everywhere, for crying out loud. I walked into the grocery store last week and boom. Teetering stack of mini-eggs. I still haven’t […]
Conversations with my brothers are always interesting. The middle brother, the scientist, has strong opinions and is known for declarative statements like, “The internet is the most powerful tool ever invented!” “There is no way we’ll all be wiped out […]
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