The resurgence of vinyl: how a vintage medium made its way back into popular culture

For 26-year-old Joshua Davis, there’s nothing better than spending the day browsing through stacks of vinyl records. About once a month, he makes his way to garage sales in Ottawa, tracking down new and exciting albums to add to his collection of over 50 records. Last year, he checked another title off his list when he found the late David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust at the Great Glebe Garage Sale for five dollars. “Ever since Bowie died, I just wanted a vinyl copy of [that record],” he said. “I always have a short list in the back of my head of things that I really want.” However, the hunt is only half of the fun for Davis. The real enjoyment comes […]

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Letter: Canadian arts deserve financial support

At the end of September, Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, gave a speech introducing the federal government’s newest initiative for Canada’s cultural future. Joly outlined Creative Canada—the blueprint for shifting Canada’s cultural policies to the center of the country’s economic growth—with a policy framework highlighting three pillars: investing in Canadian creators, cultural entrepreneurs and their stories; promoting Canadian content at home and globally; and strengthening public broadcasting and supporting local news. While Joly discussed everything from the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act to the Multiculturalism Act, a big takeaway for most people—including myself—was her commitment to investing in Canadian creators. It’s easy to get excited and hopeful, because this is something long overdue. Many countries don’t have cultural policies […]

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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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Sex blog: Get jiggy with it

I’m going to cut to the chase real quick here: playing music while you’re getting it on is a must, simple as that. But from some resent empirical research conducted by yours truly, I found that the idea of playing music while you’re having a little bedroom fun isn’t common practice—*insert eye roll here.* Before I recommend some great tunes to add to your NEW bedroom playlist, let me help you set the scene. Right now you must be thinking, “This sounds like a great idea, but how do I do this without awkwardly stopping all the action to press the play button?” First things first, have your music-playing machine of choice out and at the ready. Having it within […]

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