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Photo: Phil Norton/flickr
| November 19, 2014

Girls Rock Camp: Chords of confidence and co-operation

Photo: Carmen Leah

I was privileged over the summer to be allowed to drop in on Toronto's Girls Rock Camp, hopscotching from room to room as various groups were working out songs. It was a marvel to witness girls teaming up musically:

"Well I think it might work better in F-sharp."

"You think so? Let's try it." (they jam)

"Or maybe we can try this chord?"  (audio sample)

"Oh that works better!"

| October 14, 2014
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| September 5, 2014

Outstanding Emmy nominees signal a Great Leap Forward for television

Photo: King-of-Herrings/flickr

Flipping channels Monday night, I was amazed at what caught and held me. I stopped flipping for -- the Emmys! What the %&$#?@! I hate awards shows. I totally concede to the mavens who dismissed this year's Emmys compared to the Video Music Awards the night before on grounds of red carpet, performances and a dazzling ending with Beyoncé en famille.

What gripped me in the Emmys was the list of nominees (excluding categories like Outstanding Hairstyling in a Single Camera Miniseries). I don't even care who won. Winning is usually a lottery based on criteria like vote-splitting among other contenders and sentiment. (Breaking Bad was an inevitable winner because it ended this year.)

Arts in the Park 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 12:00pm


Steveston Park
4111 Moncton Street
Richmond, BC
49° 7' 32.394" N, 123° 10' 44.3712" W

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Steveston Park
(4111 Moncton Street, Richmond)
Cost: FREE!

Arts in The Park is Richmond's first free youth-led and youth-run outdoor, arts festival -- an event you don't want to miss!! We are completely non-profit for youth by youth.

If you are a youth, and you like to have fun, and you like being outside, you know what to do: bring your friends, bring you family, have some artsy fun outdoors.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, BRING A BLANKET AND HAVE A PICNIC IN STEVESTON PARK ON SEPT 7TH FROM 12-7PM. In the same park as last year, this festival plans to be better than last year's!

Nocturne: Art at Night

Saturday, October 18, 2014 (All day)


Various Halifax, NS
44° 38' 55.9068" N, 63° 34' 31.152" W

Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m.-midnight. The 2014 event will take place on Saturday October 18. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne, designed and planned by volunteers, is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. The Nocturne Program Guide provides details about exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

The Nocturne program and map guide residents and visitors alike to a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

For more info visit


Left in Love: Can Selina and Cass create a united front despite political differences?

Photo: Meghan Murphy

Left in Love is a dating column for progressive daters who give a damn! Each month, Meghan Murphy matches couples looking for radical love and documents the date in this space. Our couple this month is Selina and Cass. 

Selina is 29-year-old who works in the arts. She loves documentaries that aren't really documentaries, karaoke and friendship. Short/idealist.

Cass is a weirdo who lives on Commercial Drive and works managing festivals, concerts and political campaigns. He enjoys a good cappuccino and is in a casual relationship with local gin. Jaded/pragmatic.


Apartners film delves into trend of committed couples living apart

Sharon and David

Filmmaker Sharon Hyman has a favourite line from one of the subjects of her film Apart♡ners: Living Happily Ever Apart.

"How can I miss you if you won't go away?" Hyman laughs over the phone.

The Montreal director -- whose previous film Neverbloomers examined the idea of adulthood and what it means -- is still in development with the documentary, which she hopes will be in production this September and on VOD and in theatrical release in 2015.

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