On Sept. 8, the evening before the official release of MVLL CRIMES 12” EP “YOU EMBVRRVSS ME,” lead singer Jillian Clair took the opportunity to avoid helping her bandmates to load in for a show at Doors Taco Joint and Metal Bar in Hamilton, Ontario, instead having a conversation with Woodstein Media. The chat took some unexpected turns as connections through the music and zine community were discussed in a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon way, which led to as much talk about the reporter’s accomplishments as the new MVLL CRIMES release. You have been warned.
Audiences are prepared for entertainment, and entertainers are more than willing to entertain. Two years of repressed social energy is helping live music explode back to life.
“People should vote for me on October 24 because I’m a fresh voice that has proven through my award-winning local journalism work that I’m an experienced listener with an aptitude for hearing people’s needs,” says Colin Burrowes.
In an era when we hear people, predominantly aging white men, whining about cancellation, it would have been easy to see one of the greatest Canadian purveyors of offence, the Dayglo Abortions, digging their heels in but that’s not where the new album hits the audience, and it hits hard.
Artist and poet Roshan James has found her voice in work she creates in the serenity of small town Perth County.
“Turning everything I was taught on its head and re-examining it to find out what little things might have been true or make sense and could be helpful to carry forward and what things are just the chaff that needs to go into the wind. That factors into a lot of my art and poetry because I’m taking things I was taught and imagining them differently.”
This is the second in a series of articles that will follow a Dragon’s Breath pepper plant from seedling to bottles of Sorry Sauce’s Award-Winning Cherrynobyl extreme hot sauce. Well, to be more precise, visits to the Garden of Apologies and the Greenhouse of Extreme Regret to view the progress of this pepper plant allow for Sorry Sauce owner, Erik Begg, to share his triumphs and challenges in crafting new and unusual hot sauces.
Concert halls, bars, basements and other dingy venues are beginning to shake and shimmy with the sounds of rebellion again. Canadian punk legends D.O.A, The Anti-Queens and Blackout! hit Maxwell’s in Waterloo on Sept. 22, and it was a hell of a good time.
As pandemic-related restrictions loosen, many people across Ontario and beyond are hoping they can lace up their roller skates and hit the roller derby track again. This series of articles will check in with teams as they prepare for some action in 2022. This time, sharing the progress of their league is Durham Region Roller Derby’s Angela Kinghan, who some people in the derby community might know as AK 47.
D.O.A. are still delivering kickass performances of the seminal album Hardcore ’81 over 40 years after its release.
“Our goal each night is to go out and deliver the goods, and at this point, I think I’m going to be going a long time, but every town I get to these days, I go, ‘you know what? I will give it my all because this might be the last time I’m here.’ You never know. I consider myself a lucky guy in life, and I hope that continues and that good luck prevails with many other people,” says Joe “Shithead” Keithley.
This is the final feature in a three-part series diving into aspects of the opioid pandemic, the overdose crisis, whatever you wish to call it. It is a public health crisis which became exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Canada’s Public Health database, there was a 95 percent increase in apparent opioid toxicity deaths from April 2020 to March 2021, with a total of 7,224 deaths, compared to 3,711 deaths from April 2019 to March 2020. Since then, deaths have remained high.
These statistics were published in March 2022 and only went as far as September 2021, but by that point, 5,368 apparent opioid toxicity deaths had occurred. This is approximately 20 deaths per day. For a similar timeframe in the years before the pandemic, there were between 7 in 2016 and 12 in 2018 deaths per day.