Gush: Sondre Lerche plays to a kindergarten class

Go on, melt my heart, Sondre. Received the best news ever a few months ago to hear Sondre Lerche is now on the market. I know, I know, I’m a fan girl and it’s a bit much, but the guy is Norwegian and mega talented.

He tested some new tunes with a kindergarten class and this is how it went down:


Gush: Rilo Kiley ‘More Adventurous’

I was sixteen when this album came out and fresh into working a cool record store job. The album was dirt cheap and I sort of knew of the band. I spent the first two years calling them Rye-low Kill-ee rather than Rye-low Ky-lee. It’s nice to see that Stereogum writer, Liz Pelly, is as much of a geek as I am when it comes to loving this album through and through. Happy ten year, More Adventurous.

Now, how about this amazing photo I snapped of Lewis just last month:


Gush: Jenn Grant returns to Harbourfront

I am over-the-moon excited to see Jenn Grant play Harbourfront for the first time since 2009. The very gorgeous performer played as a part of the Habourfront summer series. I am happy to report Massey Hall is weirdly selling tickets for the event

Scratch that… It’s the *new* Harbourfront Theatre, which was formerly called the Enwave Theatre. Still happy to find Ms Grant will be playing Toronto in the fall. She’s such a lovely act.

Peruse my past burning love for the gal.

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Gush: Track Toronto

Hot off a Master’s degree in geography , I feel like I have a special kinship with maps or at least people think I do. I think I have a special love for places and people, which is as much geography as any map is.

Meet Track Toronto – a visual representation of musical references made of different pockets of the city. For now, information is primarily showcased on a easy-to-navigate map with some signs featured around the city. According to the website, the project hopes to showcase more signs and feature apps that allow you to see who’s playing at what venue as you walk by.


Gush: ‘Wild’ by Jean-Marc Vallé & Reese Witherspoon

Wild by Jean-Marc Vallée starring Reese Witherspoon and Giovanni Ribisi

I picked up Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild earlier this year and found myself absolutely glued to it. As a person that owns more books than ever read, I blazed through this book pretty quick. Beyond being based on an amazing book, the film’s director is Canadian powerhouse Jean-Marc Vallé (Dallas Buyer’s Club, C.R.A.Z.Y) and the trailer uses Beck’s wonderful tune “Turn Away.” And the final wrinkle? The film was written by Nick Hornby!!!!!


Also, another Reese Witherspoon gem film for Festival 2014:

Gush: Coldplay ‘Parachutes’

I was just twelve when Parachutes, a little band called Coldplay put out in 2000. I remember complaining every time the video for “Yellow” came on, which my brother loved, but I found pretty annoying.

Somewhere over the next five years, I developed a fond love for the album from start to finish. It’s a pretty album, dip into it:

Also, a worthy read is Pitchfork writer Spencer Owen’s harsh words on Parachutes, which he gave a just passing grade to. Tough love and to Owen – you are wrong… With the exception of the similarity drawn between the album’s second tune “Shiver” and Jeff Buckley.

I speak for the CDs part two


I have always liked CDs. If anything my love for CDs is due to being in close proximity to them, as well as being a product of the late eighties in the heyday of the CD. In late 2007, I begged by Dad to get me a record player for my first ever apartment. At this time, I already had a sizable collection of CDs and surprising number of records considering I didn’t have  a record player of my own. I remember the special thrill of watching my music play from a record – something you actually don’t often get to see with CDs and certainly not with MP3s.

I tuned into the CBC Radio program Spark this afternoon to catch the tail end of a segment on making music with robots and coloured pencils. The art installation is called Looks Like Music, allowing individuals to accessibly make music without notation. While not entirely far off from computer programs, Looks Like Music founder, Yuri Suzuki, claims that there is a certain importance of tactility and music that is not attained by making music from a computer.

So, in the second installment of the I speak for the CDs series, I report here that CDs offer a unique experience where you can read, handle, and smell liner notes – a completely lost art in downloading music and their artwork. Here are some examples of notable album artwork in my collection:


‘Album of the Year’ by the Good Life – A calendar from 2004.








‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’ by Explosions in the Sky – a house with inside bits included.