Soundtracks for every mood

In news that surprises no one, Hollywood darling La La Land—a film about chasing dreams in Los Angeles—won the Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score. And who wouldn’t like the La La Land soundtrack? Toe-tapping musical numbers, moody jazz tones, and John Legend’s voice make this movie soundtrack one for the books. Music adds a whole other dimension to stories, providing more depth to emotions and moments shown on a screen. Like the cliché goes, when words (and pictures) fail, music speaks. It’s no surprise that music and audio get their own award platforms at the Oscars. We recognize movie music without even realizing it: the themes to Star Wars and Harry Potter are probably a few of the […]

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The legacy of Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean has died. The long time radio producer and host of the much-loved The Vinyl Café passed away on Feb. 15. McLean dedicated decades of his life not only to the CBC, but also to Canada itself. What started as a small show, where McLean would read letters and stories as well as play some of his favourite records, made him a household name before he knew it. McLean brought endless hills of rolling laughter to people everywhere. Whether it was with stories of Dave and Morley, letters shared by fans through The Vinyl Café Story Exchange, or even a cricket he once brought into the studio, Stuart McLean never failed to get Canadians cracking smiles. His unmistakable voice […]

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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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