Best Stuff Day 6: Hip: The History

Immersed as I am in a seemingly never-ending cycle of essay-writing, article reading and crippling self-doubt, the last thing I have time for right now is a semi-scholarly tour through a concept as slippery as hipness. But, in more innocent days (read: this past summer), I found myself positively engrossed in a book that I … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 5: Julia Tiller, Illustrator

Back when I worked at Fast Forward (lo those many months ago), I was always amazed at the quality of the illustrators who were willing to freelance for us. The only problem was, there was never enough room to use as many illustrations as I wanted, so sometimes crazy-talented people wouldn’t get the work they … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 4: Eye Spy zine

As if Flemish Eye records hadn’t already done enough to solidify a reputation as one of the most consistent labels in Canada (seriously — The Cape May, Chad VanGaalen, Women, Pale Air Singers and now Braids?). Now they go and put out a 36-page full-colour zine with illustrations by Clinton St. John of the Cape … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 2: The Anthology Project

See that cover to the left of this text? It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? It’s an illustration by the ridiculously talented Joy Ang, an ACAD grad and occasional Fast Forward contributor (she did one of my favourite cover illustrations while I was an editor there) who, in her spare time, put together a wonderfully bound compilation … Continue reading

Catching up: More consumption

Personal life made it tricky to post in the last week or so, so here’s a bit of catch-up: CONCERT: Billy Bragg with Ron Hawkins and Kris Demeanor at Jack Singer: Uptown (Winnipeg’s alt.weekly) called Ron Hawkins one of the most underappreciated singer-songwriters in Canada, and if his opening set’s any indication, chalk me up … Continue reading