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GWNtertainment #31 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on October 25, 2021 by segarini

I got the music in me. Yeah, it’s self promotion time. Aside from a day gig, updating The Canadian Pop  Music Encyclopedia frequently, and writing this blog, I’m also an active musician. This week my band Mr! Mouray reconvened for the first time since July of 2020 to lay out a battle plan for completing our second full-length album. We had literally finished laying down 7 songs in early March 2019 when the pandemic shut everything down. We’ve been virtually working on another 7 songs and will finally head back into the studio the weekend of December 1 (Hooray!!).

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Roxanne Tellier – I’ll Take Mortality for $200 Alex

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2021 by segarini

When did people start ending every conversation with “be safe. Keep yourself safe”? Am I the only one that wonders when it was decided that we are living in a time of war or zombie attacks? And why is it so incredibly sad to know that the enemy we’re being cautioned against is a disease too often spread to us by our own loved ones and ‘friends’?

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Miso Hungry

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2021 by segarini

If you’ve never had anything with miso in it, it’s an amazing, beautifully umami, easy to use miracle-food that’s chock full of all kinds of healthy stuff. Japanese have been making it for millennia. If the only way you’ve experienced it is as an accompaniment to some yummy sushi, then you’d do well to know that this odd looking paste can elevate just about anything you cook.

The ingredients that give the following recipe its name, miso and maple syrup, are strong characters, but they play well with each together. Their flavors are warm and satisfying, mellow and not immediately knowable at first, hovering in that space between sweet and savory. Coarse-crumbed and sturdy, easy to slice, easy to serve at both breakfast and to pick up and nibble in the afternoon. Good with butter and jam or with a little cheese. And it keeps well: It’ll hold at room temperature for about 4 days.

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Pat Blythe – Remembering a life……and music

Posted in Canadian Music, dance, Family, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2021 by segarini

It’s been a flurry of activity over the past couple of weeks. Thanksgiving was wonderful! I finally had my boys and their wives over dinner…..first time in a very long time. Of course, loads of leftovers which made their way to new homes. Homemade turkey soup dealt with most of the remains. Working on a new podcast project, which is finally gaining some legs (at least up to the knees anyway), and hopefully next week’s meeting will bring it to hip level. Garden work and spending time with friends make up the balance.

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler Part One – The Mistake That Made Our Career

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2021 by segarini

           

Pre-Preface:

            A massive Thank You! to Bob Zeigler and Shallyn Shilton for their incalculable help piecing together this epic tale of a timeless man.

            Preface:

            Andrew and I were done like the crossword on a Goodwill Partridge Family album. Finished like Pee Wee Herman in a porn theater. Completely Ka-Fucking-Put! With one asinine decision, we’d transformed ourselves into Mason Reese plus Donny Most with a soupcon of Randy Quaid thrown in for good measure. Who else but insane, loony dunderheads would quit “Thicke of the Night” with no prospects, almost no contacts and very little money to tide them over? And tide us over ‘til when? Who was going to hire a couple of career-destroying, anonymous Canadian fuckups who’d only been in town for ten minutes? Yes, Nicholls & Vickers were well and truly Fatty Arbuckled and it was their own damn fault. We were subsisting in a cockroach-infested apartment in a hostile foreign land and the concierge thought we were gay. Luckily (and this is luck bordering on divine intervention), a complete misunderstanding was about to land us a half-blind manager with a brain tumor. And that one mistake would eventually lead us to four Emmy nominations and becoming two of the most envied writers in Hollywood. 

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GWNtertainment #30 by JAIMIE VERNON

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags on October 18, 2021 by segarini

An Important Announcement from Jaimie Vernon
GWN goes international, sort of, with this issue #30. As with the original iteration of this news blog back when we printed things on tree pulp and splattered it with indelible ink, Canadian music is only as important as it is because of its relevance in the rest of the world. The Canadian artists that have found prominence on the international stage have allowed developing artists back home to bask in their wake. Tides that rise raise all boats as it were. To date GWN has been focusing almost exclusively on home turf. Artists from other countries have been asking to be represented in the blog since issue #1 back at the beginning of 2021. I’ve hesitated in including them mainly due to space restraints. Canadian artists will always be our mandate, but to caudle them and keep them in a myopic bubble – as if the real world doesn’t exist – is ultimately harmful.

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Roxanne Tellier – Whose Rights Are They Anyway?

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2021 by segarini

The east end of Toronto has always been an interesting mix of peoples. Heavily treed and with many well tended parks, it’s a beautiful area, diverse and dynamic. 

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Peter Gives Thanks

Posted in life, Opinion, Review on October 7, 2021 by segarini

Two years ago today, Loyal Reader, I felt no reason to feel grateful, no reason to be thankful. I was in a very sad state of mind, trying to deal with my dear Lois’ passing after a protracted battle with cancer. I was only able to get through this trying period by concentrating my energies on getting her apartment cleaned out, as I had only a limited amount of time in which to do this. Little did I know that even darker episodes lurked in the future.

But that, my friends, was then. This is now. 

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Pat Blythe – Musings…..thanks…..a few shows…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, Family, Food, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2021 by segarini

Is it me, or are the days and weeks running into each other? It feels like I just finished a column and here I am writing another…..albeit late as usual. Today was one of those days where you just seem to bounce from one thing to the next. A 3am bedtime call after spending hours editing today’s podcast, was not conducive to an early morning rise, simply to rush downtown and open my maw for the dentist. Two hours later and I feel like my mouth has received the white glove treatment. Mr. Clean and the Lysol Lady have thoroughly cleaned and sanitized my mouth. Everything is now shipshape and spotless…..just don’t eat. It’s kind of like after your mom cleaned, tidied and dusted the living room. You couldn’t sit anywhere!

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George Carlin – Part Three: Simon Says

Posted in Humour, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , on October 5, 2021 by segarini

And the years passed quickly, much like that Kentucky Fried Chicken I found at the side of the highway.  

Although we occasionally admired the same stalks of corn in a field, it took nigh on a decade before Andrew and I had the honor of working for Mr. Carlin again. Ten years in television is equivalent to 17 lifetimes in any other profession. In that devilish and dastardly decennium, we had tragically transmogrified from a couple of talented, plucky kids to gnarly old men who had to chip the barnacles off their souls each morning before coming into work.

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