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The Supporting Act Podcast Ep. #046 with Bahamas

Posted by Matt Moskal | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 11:14am

Bahamas is Afie Jurvanen, a Toronto, ON-based singer/songwriter raised in quiet-lake-surrounding city of Barrie. It was there that his industrious nature picked up a few tricks on the guitar. He adopted the moniker Bahamas for his 2009 debut record Pink Strat. The LP received nominations for both the Polaris Prize and 2010 Juno for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Solo. His second album, Barchords, was released in 2012 through new-found friend Jack Johnson's record label, Brushfire Records. The record again received nominations for two Juno Awards and the coveted Polaris Prize. Bahamas new record, Bahamas is Afie, was released August 19, 2014 and has already received praise from Exclaim!, American Songwriter and Uncut.

Jurvanen joined me over the phone from the UMFM studio to discuss touring with talented friends and why people can't dance to his music.

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Supernatural: Soul Survivor

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 11:14pm

His brother may be a demon bearing the Mark of Cain but that won't stop Sam from doing everything he can to save him.

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Supernatural: Reichenbach

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 9:53pm

Sam may have found his brother but will he be able to face what Dean has become?

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Supernatural: Black

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 8:03pm

Year of the Deanmon.

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Live Review (and some ramblings): Amon Amarth in Winnipeg, MB

Posted by William O'Donnell | Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 2:38pm

It was a Monday night. What better way to escape the mundane and celebrate being one-day into your work week than with some eardrum shattering metal? Who said a good night's rest?! Get out of here! .... Good... now that we are purely among friends we can continue.

Live at the Garrick theatre on October 6th was Amon Amarth, with openers Skeletonwitch and Sabaton. For the uninitiated, who have stuck with this article despite my outburst, Amon Amarth is a death metal band whose name comes from J.R.R Tolkien's Middle Earth stories, and translates to "Mount Doom". The Tolkien connection essentially ends there for this "Viking Metal" band (a subgenre they have often been classified under due to their Swedish heritage and bearded aggression) write almost exclusively about Vikings and Norse mythology themes.

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TIFF 2014 Interview: Thorsteinn Bachmann

Posted by Elizabeth Hughes Belzil | Sunday, October 5, 2014 @ 6:42pm

It's commonly said that actors appear smaller in real life than they do on the screen. However, such is decidedly not the case with Thorsteinn Bachmann, star of the acclaimed Icelandic film, Life in a Fishbowl. In addition to being struck by the actor's giant proportions, I observed he looked several years younger than he appeared in the film. Bachmann plays the character of Mori, a nationally revered poet whose life has taken a precipitous descent into dissolution following a personal tragedy. "His problem is the pain -- it's so deep he hasn't been able to deal with it. . .What he still has to do in the end is forgive himself, " Bachmann said of his character. With his face obscured by a grey tangled wreck of a beard, he wanders Reykjavik in a drunken stupor. The actor, by comparison, is clean shaven and sharply dressed, though perhaps a trifle weary in the eyes from several days of festival promotions.

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The Supporting Act Podcast Ep. #043 with Fred Penner

Posted by Matt Moskal | Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 7:00am

Hey kids! It's Fred Penner! The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter has spent the past four decades entertaining children and adults alike. In the late 70's he capture national attention with his rendition of Harry S. Smith's "The Cat Came Back". In 1985, His engaging and endearing live show made its way to national television. Fred hosted Fred Penner's Place on the CBC until 1997. A dozen records later, Penner still tours the country inspiring and teaching the youth and generations that grew up on his music the power of self-worth.

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TIFF 2014 Interview: Omar Joseph Hady

Posted by Elizabeth Hughes Belzil | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 2:43pm

Lebanese-Canadian author Rawi Hage published Cockroach: A Novel, in 2008 to generally positive reviews and even snagged a few literary awards. Now, more than half a decade later, the book has a new found prominence: it has been selected for 2014's Canada Reads and is the inspiration of a short film, The Underground, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival's Shortcuts Program 6. A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to speak to the film's young star, Omar Joseph Hady.

The central character of the film imagines himself a scuttling insect, experiencing life as an outsider on the nocturne streets of Montreal. A refugee from Iran, Araz feels tormented by the violence in his past and alienated from his new world. Hady has a relaxed disposition and social ease that starkly distinguishes him from the troubled character he portrays. I asked him about his audition for the role. Though he assured me tardiness is not the norm for him, on the day of the audition there was a mechanical issue with the street car he was riding.

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The Supporting Act #042 with Stephen Sim

Posted by Matt Moskal | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 11:56am

This year marks the fifteenth Winnipeg Improv Festival, which takes place Sept. 30th to Oct. 4th at the Gas Station Arts Centre. The event features members of Hip. Bang!, Rapid Fire Theatre, Der Kaktus and The Kids in the Hall. Founder and improviser Stephen Sim will be featured in the line-up along with his infamous duo, CRUMBs.

CRUMBs are a Stephen Sim and long-time compatriot Lee White. Together, they have performed across the globe with their unique brand of long-form character-based lo-fi improv.

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TIFF 2014 Interview: Albert Shin

Posted by Elizabeth Hughes Belzil | Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 9:05am

In a small patio nestled in a high-rise apartment building in downtown Toronto, I sit across from Albert Shin. Despite the periodic sounds of honking from below and the roar of planes from above, the spot is peaceful, illuminated by the mid-morning sun. The young Canadian writer-director is friendly and informal, with a boyish face and irrepressible grin. One would hardly guess that he helmed the spectacular In Her Place which played as part of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program ASME Y14.5 . The level of mastery displayed in the film appears more the work of a veteran filmmaker than a second feature shot on a micro-budget.

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