Michael Barclay and I came up in music journalism around the same time. He started with ID Magazine in Guelph, while I was writing a Spectator column and just beginning with View Weekly. Given our ages and interests, it was pretty clear I’d love his books, and so far, I absolutely have – from Have Not Been The Same to The Never-Ending Present (for which I got to interview him) to the newest, Hearts on Fire. This one hits me right in the musical feels, focusing on the first five years of the new millennium, which happen to coincide with my first five years working at 93.3 CFMU FM.
Barclay’s book is great and he’s a good dude. Tune in.
Hey folks! Had a great time last weekend with the return of live GritLit events. I was able to attend two of them, and everything felt all weirdly familiar and wonderful (and fairly anxiety-free…unlike the Judas Priest show I attended two weeks ago, but that’s another story). For me though, the highlight was probably hanging with the cool GritLit folks afterward, fine people I haven’t seen in a while. Oh, and demonstrating ska dancing for the table. I suppose, if nothing else, it will be easy to remind Heather O’Neill where she met me before.
I have seen cover concepts for River, Diverted. I have my first blurb for it, too (holy hell is it a good one – but it’s too early to share). October 2022!
It’s that time of year again. I got to goof around with the inestimable (is that the right word?) Jennifer Gillies, Artistic Director for the GritLit Readers and Writers Festival.
Yes, it’s in Hamilton, but don’t fear, listeners – a lot of it’s online and you can join the fun.
Very excited to have Martha Wainwright on the show this week. She’s known as a musician and for her musical family (her mother Kate McGarrigle, her father Loudon Wainwright III, and of course her brother Rufus). Her memoir, Stories I Might Regret Telling You, is a excellent read. Check out our conversation.