Archive for December 2009

Carlton’s Last Stand

The Carlton theatre closed down. It surprised little, and the only thing that jostles is how immediately it came to fruition. Though to me less so. Maybe I’m cold, but see it from my angle. Even pre-recession I’ve been surrounded by closing theatres. Within walkable distance is what used to be The Capitol, The Eglinton

Careful Smudges: Negotiating the Gendered Subject

Photos by Zach Hertzman // Through performance and body painting, Adrian Cohen-Gallant and Sophia Ilyniak have negotiated their relationship with several issues central to the artistic representation of sexuality and the gendered subject. The early successes of this artist couple are related to two tensions in their works. One tension is the conflict between the

Trailer Trashin’: Vol. 11

Who says that snap judgments and prejudice aren’t a good thing? Not I, Daniel Bernstein that’s for sure. Every month I take a look at the movies that we the viewing audience are to be subjected to and give my often bitter, twisted thoughts about them. I don’t need to see them to know what

Digital Love and Digital Ownership

Owning records seems kind of redundant these days. Don’t get me wrong, I still collect albums and I prefer owning a record as opposed to just downloading it. I want to tell myself that the reasons for this extend beyond simple materialism. Yes, I enjoy my collection and I appreciate my records beyond their essential

Just Another Holiday Recipe

‘Tis the season where commercialism and tinsel take over the city and people who are usually sane become superficially pious and even more obnoxious. The season where society expects you to see your family, even the distant relatives you don’t like, and your mother expects you to do all this with a smile. What’s worse?

Weird Treasures at The Grange

It’s a given that any review is going to hand the reader a pair of expectacles to wear when sallying forth to view the object in question with their own eyes. It’s a rare thing to come across an object where that taint could make a significant difference in the experience—but so help me, the

Lessons Learned: Jingle All the Way

Every month Daniel Bernstein watches an old movie of questionable quality. Armed with the belief that there are lessons to be learned in all situations, he and another Steel Bananas columnist attempt to find meaning where maybe there isn’t any. This month, Daniel sits with Sarah Beaudin and examines the modern Christmas classic “Jingle all

Bakka-Phoenix: Seriously, Independent is Better

Before beginning the article proper, I feel obligated to turn your attention to a recent scandal much more important than whatever the hell Tiger Woods is up to. Canadian science fiction writer Dr. Peter Watts was recently beaten, pepper-sprayed, and arrested at the Canada-U.S. border by U.S. border guards when he was crossing back into Canada. The

Say A Thing With King Frankenstein And Deastro

From the shadows of Detroit rises an electric dream. Musician Randolph Chabot had been crafting songs since his early teens, but now as his moniker, Deastro, he hits the world with an incredibly unique brand of synthetic sound. Light but powerful, and the vocal pipes to back it up, Chabot visited the city a little

Spotlight: Dani Crosby

My name is Dani Crosby. I am a graduate of the Sheridan BAA Illustration program and am currently based in Oshawa Ontario. I put my personality, emotions, and twisted sense of humor directly into my work to create strong visual messages that words alone cannot convey. Through my work I love to make people from

By the Wayside Vol. 4: Darkness on the Edge of Town

Q: How do you keep that pace up? Three solid hours! A: I don’t know, it must be…desperation or something. Bruce. For the past three volumes, it’s been the mandate of this column to shed light on the unrecognized, uncanonized albums of the past that, for whatever reason, have been excluded from critical praise, relegated

China Miéville: The Hunk of Science Fiction

This is the second in a series of spotlight articles on authors and works of genre fiction.  In the first, I looked at Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and attempted to define genre fiction.  I failed, of course, as all endeavours to define ultimately do.  I promised this article on China Miéville for last

Weird News: December Free-for-All

As a reflection of the chaos going on in my own life, this month’s weird news installment has no theme. Sorry holiday-lovers, there are no stories of Christmas mishaps or fubar Hanukkahs here. Prepare yourselves for wacky news stories (as usual) and many poorly-written segues. In 2005, Texas made an amendment to their marriage clause