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Musicworks' Summer 2015 issue (#122)

Settle into your porch swing, deck chair, or beach blanket, then dig in to our Summer 2015 issue. Read, listen, and don't forget to look! Eye-catching images (including original photography[...] Read more

The Joy of Discovery

When I was working at the Kingston Whig-Standard in late 1980s, when the daily was still independently owned, I would make my way up the city’s main drag at least once a week for some[...] Read more

Jennie Punter

Play Your Piano

For twenty years I’ve been roommates with a mahogany-stained Heintzman upright piano that has been in my family for five decades. I’ve played numerous black Yamaha uprights and Steinway grands;[...] Read more

Jennie Punter

The Intimacy of Summer Listening

One Friday evening in early May, I jumped on my bicycle and dipsy-doodled to the Music Gallery along Toronto’s pothole-ravaged streets. Musician–producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh was premiering a new[...] Read more

Jennie Punter

What is an instrument?

One late November day last year, during a family visit to Amsterdam, I stepped out after dinner and took the tram to Oostenburg, a former harbour hub near the city centre and now being redeveloped[...] Read more

Jennie Punter

Community Muse

As I approach the finish line of my first issue as editor of Musicworks, I am keenly aware of the sonic geography that surrounds me. Pharoah Sanders’ Message From Home is playing[...] Read more

Jennie Punter

True Confessions Of A Church-goer

That’s me in the spotlight . . . or, more accurately, that’s me in the third pew, left of centre aisle. In the photograph, I am the small mass of auburn hair lit up by the white glare of the big[...] Read more

Jennie Punter

In Praise Of Spectacle

It’s October, and that means that Torontonians have just survived another annual, all-night, bacchanalian, contemporary-art binge called Nuit Blanche. Once a year, on the last Saturday in[...] Read more

Micheline Roi

Change Is Coming, You Can Hear It In The Streets

On a recent trip to Montreal I encountered one of the most exciting pieces of new music I had heard in a long time. The sound came quietly at first, a distant pointillistic, tinny gesture.[...] Read more

Micheline Roi

From Totalitarianism To Democracy: Wonderful Bad Taste Comes To Experimental Music

Good taste is totalitarian. The art critics, curators, and editors that create taste’s laws also enact those laws; their opinions influence what gets seen and read by the audience. Experimental[...] Read more...

Micheline Roi

Writer's Block, Coming To An Artist Near You

Writer’s block. Google it: 14,100,000 results; it’s popular. Not a problem solely for writers, it could aptly be named creator’s block. Anyone trying to render an idea out of nothingness knows[...] Read more

Micheline Roi

Alt-Experimental, New Music's Fragmented Future

“There’s nothing wrong with pretty music.” Jonathan Bunce—author of this issue’s feature on Canada’s new pop adventurists—is talking with me about the twenty-one-year-old singer–songwriter known[...] Read more

Micheline Roi