Archive for the Opinion Category

GWNtertainment #36 by JAIMIE VERNON

Posted in Books, Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on January 24, 2022 by segarini

The 1980s are back, baby! What’s that, you say? Yes, you heard me correctly. Folks in the pandemic were expecting a return to the Roaring ’20s, but what actually happened was a return to the square wave. Maybe it was the desire to return to a decade that was fun and optimistic, or maybe just the fact that without being able to share a room with fellow musicians and make loud, raucous noise during the pandemic, Canadian musicians went back to their synth roots. Put on your skinny ties, Miami Vice pastels, and aviator sunglasses cause the music has gone neon again.

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Chef Tom – Crying Tiger Buttered Steak

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on January 22, 2022 by segarini

Something delicious by one of my very favorite chefs, Marion Grasby, from Australia. Back in May, I wrote about making compound butters. This is an excellent demonstration of the technique. Cooking a beautiful steak and then slathering it with a flavored butter is the height of luxury.

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Peter’s News of the World

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Review on January 20, 2022 by segarini

While I was considering the topic of this week’s column, I looked at several options. For example, I could have written the entire column about Mr Duck. I then thought about writing about the online reaction to the news that Airfix, the iconic British plastic model company, has announced that they will be releasing a 1/24th scale Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXc later this year. Let me tell you, Loyal Reader, the electronic outrage has run the gamut from “too big and too expensive” to lamenting that Airfix won’t be producing a Spitfire IXe ! (Definitely a first world problem, in any case.) I also could have written about the unspeakable burden of having a birthday firmly wedged between Christmas and New Year’s, but that would have sounded really whiny 😉 .

So after some consideration, I decided that this week’s effort will be a “potpourri” of the various and sundry experiences which have been part and parcel of Life, at least as I have been experiencing it lately. 

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Pat Blythe- Catch up…..Christmas kiboshed…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, Family, Food, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2022 by segarini

This week’s column is a bit of a mish mash. It’s been six weeks since my last writing and so much has happened (or not happened)! Where to begin?? Let’s see….another variant tanking Christmas and New Year’s Eve for so many of us; a giant roast turkey all dressed up with nowhere to go; dating my couch; a quiet but lovely New Year’s Eve; Christmas decorations still hanging about, and the storage bins to put away; the closing of “indoor damn near everything”; back to dating my couch, but now we’ve got a threesome going with the fridge…..yep, so much has happened!

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler: Part 7 – Boy, I Could Sure Use It!

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2022 by segarini

It was just another, dreary, chaotic, backstabbing, life-sucking day on “Thicke of the Night” when I first espied the one and only Theodore L. Zeigler bounding into view. He was loping down the hallway of the production office in his rainbow suspenders, looking for all the world like a 3-D Robert Crumb cartoon. Little did I suspect that this lanky, eccentrically attired, grey-haired curiosity would one day change my life forever.

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GWNtertainment  #35 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on January 17, 2022 by segarini

Check. Check one two. Check check. Check, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Bitcoin. Is this thing on? Hey, there you are! We’re back. It’s 2022 so remain calm. Despite the date change, we  haven’t. Just took some time off to regroup and…well…release a solo album. After a thirteen years absence, I thought it was time to release some new music myself and hopefully, inspire others to do the same. It’s all instrumentals and entitled ‘Sounds & Silences.’ You, dear readers, get a first listen. Check it out here. https://bullseyecanada.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-silences

Meanwhile, there are others in the Canadian wilds doing the same thing. The music has not stopped rolling in, and in fact, we were overwhelmed during the furlough. So, without further ado, dig into all the great new music, re-issues, and exciting announcements below. There’s a lot to digest so we’re giving you a bullet point shopping list. We suggest tracking down info on the artist once you’ve checked out a track you like.

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GWNtertainment #34 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2021 by segarini

Well, it’s been a hell of a year, folks. Between the continued restrictions from COVID and the uncertainty of our times, many like myself have sought solace in music. GWNtertainment would like to thank the many music publicists who supply us with the news we share, and to the musicians battling both employment and the continued devaluation of their art, we salute you. Your music does matter. It does make  a difference and it makes writing this column worth every minute.

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Roxanne Tellier – Gift Giving and the Languages of Love

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2021 by segarini

The holiday gift giving tradition goes waaay back … back, back, no, even further back. Before the kid in the stable, even.

Exchanging gifts at a midwinter feast seems to have started as both a magical AND practical way to share the bounties of the year with family and friends. The people that gave the best gifts to others were respected for their generosity.    

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Chef Tom, The Tourtière, and the Sonically Silky Bruno from Mars

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2021 by segarini

For my neighbors to the North. Here’s something you might all be familiar with, but it’s a helluva idea for leftovers. Good on its own, too, of course. This is from one of my favorite food authors, Sam Sifton, from the New York Times. The recipe is an undertaking, but so worth the time. Pay attention to what Chef McMillan says below.

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Peter – So This is Christmas ….

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , on December 18, 2021 by segarini

So this is Christmas! A large part of what makes me who I am is based on my parents…..

…..who loved Christmas. They worked hard to ensure that there were Christmas goodies available for their brood. I remember seeing boxes of chocolates stuffed away in the rafters in September. The whole group of kids pointedly ignored the chocolates, we knew that they were doing their best to ensure that we had a good Christmas.

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