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Playing to the Galley Grayson Perry
Playing To the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in It’s Struggle to Be Understood by Grayson Perry (Penguin Random House) is a exploration of the contemporary art world that aims to prove through Perry’s own experiences and ideas that “anybody can enjoy art and anybody can have a life in the arts.” If […]

Playing To the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in It’s Struggle ...


Daily Zen Doodles
If you find it hard to clear your mind, relax, and let your creativity take over, then you’ll want to check out Daily Zen Doodles: 365 Tangle Creations for Inspiration, Relaxation and Joy (Ulysses Press) by artist Meera Lee Patel. A full year’s worth of doodle-prompts (i.e. partially started doodles that you’re […]

Daily Zen Doodles: 365 Tangle Creations for Inspiration, Relaxation and ...


The Story of Women and Art (DVD) is a fascinating documentary focusing on women’s place within the world of art throughout history, or rather, the places that they dared to go. Broken into three separate episodes and obviously unable to profile each and every prolific female artist throughout the ages, host Amanda Vickery […]

The Story of Women and Art [Documentary / DVD Review]



Writing about bands, concerts, and new releases sounds like an obvious avenue for any writer who loves music. Yet writing about music professionally is more than just jotting down a few words about what you do or don’t like about a certain band or attending a concert and giving a gist of […]

How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 ...


Study of Pose 2
Study Of Pose: 1,000 Poses By Coco Rocha, who has often been called “The Queen Of Pose”, and photographer Steven Sebring is just that: 1,000 poses. However, with both a master model and master photographer at the helm of this project, the Study of Pose is a “definitive and exhaustive” study of […]

Study Of Pose: 1,000 Poses By Coco Rocha (Review)


Gillian-Sze-Peeling-Rambutan
Peeling Rambutan is the third poetry collection from Montreal-based poet Gillian Sze. Following Sze’s previous collections, Fish Bones (2009) and The Anatomy of Clay (2011), the beautifully-bound Peeling Rambutan “meditates upon the rifts between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children and the struggle of overlapping values which sometimes arises when we view the complexity of […]

Peeling Rambutan: New Poetry from Montreal’s Gillian Sze (Review)



Everyone is a Designer in the Age of Social Media (BIS Publishers) by Mieke Gerritzen is quick-read that will feed the hungry design-nerd in any artist interested in the medium. A designer herself, Gerritzen  takes a look at the state of design today in a world where the “(communication) esthetics are […]

Everyone is a Designer in the Age of Social Media ...


In the summer of 1980, I watched the classic musical Grease. From that point on, I was a different girl. My heart belonged to John Travolta, I wore a shiny, satin pink jacket and asked my parents to call me “Olivia” (as in Olivia Newton-John). Like so many girls, that […]

Sing-A-Long-A GREASE at TIFF Bell Lightbox


My reading habits could be described as being quite emotional. I tend to choose books much the way I used to choose new cds on Tuesdays. I used to pop into the record store every Tuesday morning and check out the fresh new releases, choosing based on the covers and […]

DarkMarket Review: Breathing Life Into Non-Fiction



“I don’t talk this way in Real Life,” Ken Babstock claims in his poem “Second Life.” While making my way through Methodist Hatchet, I have a hard time believing this statement can be completely true of the poet himself. Surely some of his skill, technique, and confidence of language makes […]

Methodist Hatchet – Ken Babstock’s New Book of Poetry


Are you interested in a successful career in the music industry? Then you most definitely need to pick up All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Seventh Edition by Donald Passman. A prominent entertainment lawyer and veteran of the music business, Passman navigates the essentials of this drastically […]

Review: “All You Need to Know About the Music Business: ...