Mid 2000s pop-punk angst . . . where are they now?

We all had that period sometime in middle school where we listened to whiny pop-punk and wallowed in our feelings. I don’t know about you, but I wanted to be a “scene girl” more than anything . . . thank god my parents stopped me from chopping off my hair and making a fool of myself. One thing they couldn’t stop me from doing, though, was blasting “emo” music louder than I should’ve. I know a lot of us have moved on from those bands, but they’re still real and out there. So what have they been up to? Fall Out Boy Back in the day, this foursome was known for Pete Wentz’s nudes, and the songs “Sugar, We’re Goin’ […]

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YouTube for the literary lover

YouTube is a strange and wonderful place where anybody can find a YouTube channel on any topic imaginable: makeup, video games, funny animals, pranks, conspiracy theories—anything. The YouTube world has come a long way since its early rickrolling days—it’s become a community that has built entertainment giants with millions of followers among the likes of Ryan Higa, PewDiePie, and Lilly Singh. It’s also a place where old-fashioned passions and new innovations collide, and with that in mind, I personally believe the literature-loving side of YouTube is one of YouTube’s unsung triumphs. Book lovers, rejoice—there are YouTubers out there who make your beloved books come alive in unexpectedly awesome ways! These channels aren’t just book rave and review channels—these are channels […]

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Give la bonne musique a chance

If you’ve been trying to find a way to sit down and relax with some bonne musique, look no further. Here’s a list of some of my all-time favourite French musicians, in no particular order. Coeur de pirate There’s no way this list would be complete without Coeur de pirate, in my opinion. Originally from Quebec, Coeur de pirate—also known as Béatrice Martin—releases music mainly in French and occasionally in English. The first song I ever heard from her was “Comme des enfants” way back in Grade 8 and it’s been one of my favourites for years. I recently re-fell in love with Coeur de pirate over the summer, after I bought Blonde, her second album. Her lyrics are what […]

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A/V Blog: Non-fiction podcasts for the new year

The new year is a great time for new beginnings—new starts to new stories. One frequent new year’s resolution people add to their lists is to become more educated. If you’re one of those people, listening to great non-fiction storytelling podcasts is a great way to help achieve that goal. Consuming stories helps connect us to places and people we otherwise wouldn’t encounter in everyday life, expanding our horizons to new ideas and experiences. Podcasts have a particularly compelling way of capturing stories through music, atmospheric sound, and interview clips. So educate yourselves, expand your horizons, and download a few episodes of some of these great true-story podcasts for your listening pleasure. This American Life A classic, long-running storytelling podcast, […]

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A/V Blog: Top podcasts to listen to

In a world of videos and pictures, sound is a sadly underrated form of storytelling. Radio was the go-to place for news and entertainment in the most tumultuous times of the twentieth century. Families and friends would gather around the radio to catch the latest developments of local and international happenings or the latest episode of their favourite radio shows. Today, radio seems to be used more for pragmatic purposes, like checking up on traffic, the weather, and the latest sports updates and celebrity gossip. Even so, more and more people would rather turn to video, word, and picture platforms—YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter—for their news and entertainment. There doesn’t seem to be room for sound-based stories when you […]

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