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Bobbyisms: All American Nick Carter in Canada for St. Patrick's Day
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In case you haven’t noticed the flashes of Kelly Green popping up on campus and downtown lately, let this be your official notice: St. Patrick’s Day is right arou... Read more

Bobbyisms: Wintersleep and The Great Detachment
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This week I’m excited about the return of Wintersleep, the Halifax- born group that stormed the charts and collective listeners’ consciences with indie-rock class... Read more

Bobbyisms: Hot February gigs for a cold night in London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It’s a tough time of year; the days are slowly getting longer, but it’s hard to get excited about that when you’re getting up early for classes, or not leav... Read more

Bobbyisms: Unraveling Pacific Myth with Protest The Hero
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. For our Nov. 16 issue of Interrobang, we offered a look at Pacific Myth, the new subscription–based EP from Canadian metal group Protest The Hero. Like a kind of d... Read more

Bobbyisms: James Hunter crafts a gem worth holding on to
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This week, I’m thankful for the coming release of the James Hunter Six’s new record Hold On!, which will be available everywhere on Friday, Feb. 5 via Daptone Rec... Read more

Bobbyisms: Toothgrinder's exciting new album Nocturnal Masquerade
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. No doubt you’ve heard before of the Dark Side of the Rainbow phenomenon, the supposed link between the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of th... Read more

Bobbyisms: David Bowie, earthling
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I’m having a tough time; it’s been just over a week since David Bowie passed, but it seems as more time goes by, more heart–wrenching details about the man ... Read more

Bobbyisms: Looking towards music on the horizon in 2016
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Happy New Years and welcome back. Now that the holidays are behind us and all the ‘Best of 2015’ lists with them, it’s exciting to look ahead to music in 20... Read more

Bobbyisms: Ian Fletcher Thornley to share Secrets with London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Let me set the scene: it’s early in 2004, still some time ahead of You- Tube and social media. Roughly a year after U.S. President George W. Bush declared their mission... Read more

Bobbyisms: The Town Heroes, not your average dynamic duo
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In case you haven’t read Nick Reyno’s article on page 10, the Foo Fighters surprised the rock world early this past week with the sudden release of their new Sain... Read more

Bobbyisms: Alyssa Reid is reborn with Phoenix
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The more I think about it, the harder a time I have in pinpointing the time when piano–centric pop fell out of favour. The ’90s were brimming with Sarah McLachlan... Read more

Bobbyisms: Protest the Hero charting new waters with EP
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I’ll be sad when 2015 draws to a close because it’s been a great year of celebrating the longevity of music I love as album after album has reached their 10th bir... Read more

Bobbyisms: Northcote brings new album to London Music Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Halloween is a receding memory now, but if you’re the type to place any stock in the supernatural you’ve got one more obstacle ahead of you, Friday the 13th. ... Read more

Bobbyisms: The party's just beginning for Youth Decay
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but there are growing numbers of former punk musicians that are shifting their sound and emerging as some of the most gifte... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Your band really needs a website, and here's why
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The term ‘Web 2.0’ is one that doesn’t surface much in the music industry, but the new social web that took the world by storm in 2004 to 2005 arguably play... Read more

Bobbyisms: Chic Gamine bring Light A Match to Aeolian Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If your Instagram feed is somewhat similar to mine, you may have noticed some cakes circulating a couple of weeks back. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the release o... Read more

Bobbyisms: Lindi Ortega at Aeolian Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I haven’t made much of a secret of my fondness for subscription streaming music services over the last couple of years, and in that time the number of such on–dem... Read more

Bobbyisms: Music playlists
From art form to platform I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It was a handful of Octobers ago that my first column ran in Interrobang and in it I offered tips to improve upon personal playlists, a few su... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Tea Party celebrates 20 years of Twilight
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This might seem like a story about a band, but it is really more about an iconic album that turned 20 years old and the concert experience that is headed our way. The Te... Read more

Bobbyisms: A new era for The Young Novelists
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. On a hot summer evening in 2014, The Young Novelists gathered together a small group of friends, insiders and network contacts and held a listening party in Toronto to share... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Laila Biali excited to return to London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In music we often see artists reinvent themselves, take chances on a new sound – or in some cases, a new persona – and mark a new period of artistic direction. This kind of ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis return with The Third
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Here in Canada, we’re quite used to groups made up of siblings in various forms, with no end of examples throughout eras and across genres, from the Age of Electric to ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Limblifter and the art of music with Ryan Dahle
It has been over 10 years since west coast power-punk outfit Limblifter released an album, but to hear front man Ryan Dahle describe it, the band’s upcoming album, Pacific Milk, is just the latest chapter in a story that’s still unfolding. ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Lieutenant marks bold new direction for Nate Mendel
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Cards on the table, I’m afraid of flying, perhaps because my experiences have mostly been on small trips in small planes. But it was at the front of my mind when I got ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Sarah MacDougall - Dancing through heavy times
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Here, in the first generation of the 21st century, it can be hard to recall life before home computing and the Internet took off. But there are ripples of that culture evident toda... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Ian Kelly lines up solo tour
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Perhaps we haven’t quite achieved the vision of the future that was projected in the late 1950’s, but under the surface, the world in 2015 couldn’t be furth... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Sun K brings Northern Lies to London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. No doubt you’re excited as I am about the NHL trade deadline, but with the roller coaster of emotions and exchanges leading up to this, a healthy dose of fresh music ma... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Cancer Bats and Silverstein paint promising landscape for hard rock
I write a lot about random things. I write about random things a lot. Now that the furor over the Grammy Awards has ended, we can finally lay the past year of music behind us. However, now with the show in the books, the entire music indus... Read more

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Interrobang music experts present: Songs to break up to
Bobby Foley I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. But nothing is more seemingly random than love – the way it strikes, the way it grows and the way it stings – and consequently, this time of ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Live in London: The New Pornographers
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If there is any part of you still feeling leftover lethargy from the holidays, feeling buried by the snow and the new semester’s workload, a night of dancing to powerfu... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Samantha Savage Smith soars on sophomore
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The digital music era has had an unmistakable impact on many tenets of the music industry – album releases dates are less rigid than ever. People discover music on YouT... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Hugely anticipated albums kick off 2015
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This past holiday, I started a new tradition. In 2014, I became a member the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), so last month, as I sipped eggnog and w... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Onward and Sideways into love
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There were two big factors that led to the indie invasion boiling over in the 2000’s, the nouveau-folk tide that would gradually evolve into the indie scene we know... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Keep options open: Out Of Options reunites
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Good news if you’re feeling nostalgic for the music festival season – this week marks the return of Burly Calling, the annual winter music festival that brings th... Read more

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Bobbyisms: On music discovery with Autumn Hill
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It’s no secret that the landscape of the music industry is ever-changing, though sometimes it can be easy to miss the little signs along the way. While it often takes y... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Tea Party: Australia and The Ocean At The End
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. London is about to receive an infusion of new classic rock this weekend – November 23 sees the return of The Tea Party to the London Concert Theatre, armed with a new album a... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Twin Forks' Carrabba on songwriting and chemistry
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There has been a definite trend lately of artists paying careful consideration to the art of songwriting, even challenging themselves to find innovative ways of creating the... Read more

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Bobbyisms: HIGHS on the ball
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Now that the Foo Fighters’ documentary Sonic Highways has made its debut on television, we’re finally getting a glimpse into the new record of the same name, due ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Crystal Sister talks about art, love and her new EP
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Throughout history, the modern advances that have been made by accident are astounding. The world of music is no different, and without even realizing it we enjoy the sounds... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Gob headlining punk night at Call The Office
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In the first few sentences of this column, you’re as likely to read about soda, zombies and MTV’s Dan Cortese as you are about music, but then you take similar ch... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Courage My Love looks boldly forward
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. However, I don’t like to waste time – and if you were half as curious as I to know more about the rock trio Courage My Love after its performance at Rocktober in ... Read more

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We Are Scientists live at Call The Office
It’s a rare band that is born in California relocates to Brooklyn and becomes oddly famous in the U.K., but then there is a lot about We Are Scientists that could be called rare. One example would be their sense of humour, as eviden... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Big Wreck brings Ghosts to London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. We have a rich history here in London of some spectacular live music events and festivals, countless unforgettable memories as tied in to our scene and its monuments as anyw... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Kinnie Starr is spreading optimism
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Canadian recording icon Kinnie Starr about her brand new album, From Far Away, released this week on September 30. St... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Teenage Kicks triumph with Spoils Of Youth
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. As a storyteller, however, I’m drawn time and time again to music – unforgettable memories are made every day in music, like Arkells’ recent performance to ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Architects live at London Music Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If you’ve ever found yourself remarking about the ridiculous web of music genres and categories that have sprung up over the last couple of decades, you might find the ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: London Music Scene 101: Keeping up with the industry
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There is an unquestionable buzz that settles in on the campus here at the start of a new school year; if it’s your first at Fanshawe, congratulations on your choice. ... Read more

Bobbyisms: All rise for Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Lately, I’ve been thinking about history – it was likely around this time 20 years ago that a young Dave Grohl was booking time at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle,... Read more

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The Yappers bring another milestone show to the APK
The APK has seen its share of monumental moments, from bands taking their first steps together to exciting touring acts making their first appearance here in town. Later this month on April 26, the APK will host another noteworthy gig as The Y... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Odonis Odonis on their new opus
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. You know it as well as I do – as the school year draws to a close, it can be a struggle to stay organized in your studies, stay motivated through your exams, or even stay aw... Read more

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Bobbyisms: A New Music Night to remember
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. While admittedly the end of the school year is a bittersweet time, it does always bring about with it an invariably memorable occasion in the form of the final New Music Nig... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Martel and the discovery of self
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Music geeks are archaeologists in nature, digging through blogs and forums as easily as a crate of vinyl. Inspired by the search as much as the find, the thrill of the hunt ... Read more

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The Salads headline New Music Night
This Friday’s edition of New Music Night is going to be a show to remember as veterans The Salads make their return to campus, in performance at The Out Back Shack with openers Mr. Tasty and The Riot Street Band. The Salads formed in Newmarke... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Thoughts on success in music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Back in 2010 when Conan O’Brien was coming to the end of his newly appointed yet short-lived gig as the host of The Tonight Show, he found a shrewd form of payback with NBC ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Two bands, one city, no waiting
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Last month, Wes Marskell of the Toronto band The Darcys wrote a blog for the Huffington Post entitled “Toronto’s Best Music: A Playlist for Mayor Rob Ford” for which he cura... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The sound of science
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. A lot of attention was paid recently to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ American network television premiere on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, and understandably so ... Read more

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A Monster of a show coming to London
Presented in part by FM96, Hamilton’s rock sons Monster Truck return on March 6, in concert at the London Music Hall with 10 Years and The Unreal. The show is a part of the band’s Touriosity Winter 2014 tour, and one of only a couple of Ontari... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Uniting to fight cancer with music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The 76th annual Relay For Life 12-hour marathon will happen here in London at the TD Waterhouse Stadium at Western University, beginning June 13 at 7 p.m. and wrapping up th... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Luedecke and Lane, together again
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Do you recall the first album you purchased for yourself? It’s a question I ask artists sometimes, while I’m getting to know them, and you might be surprised to know how oft... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Wet Secrets: A little bit pro, a little bit DIY
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Recently, ’80s metal rock outfit Mötley Crüe announced not only that they would embark on their final tour, but that they took exceptional contractual steps to ensure that n... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Goud and Hause: A study in timelessness
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Do you ever wonder how our generation will be regarded when it comes to music in the future?Ours seems quite far removed from musical eras in the past; where even the most di... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Strong women making strong music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Sometimes writing about concerts coming to London is easier than others, and in a case like this week the correlation between working hard and achieving your dreams is so ob... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Beats Music and the new Internet radio
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Although I spend my days working at a record label, my interest in music on social and digital platforms extends far beyond my typical daily duties. Whether in my ears, on m... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Gambino raises the bar for music in 2014
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In years past, I’ve taken the opportunity in this first column of a new year to look ahead to some of the more notable albums on their way toward release, but I confess to b... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Giving back by supporting live music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Although the shadow of exams may yet loom over the next couple of weeks for you, it’s safe to say the worst of the semester is over now. And while you may be looking forwar... Read more

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Bobbyisms: We Are The City celebrate PXTK project
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In the music industry, marketing is often a sink-or-swim environment. Freelance publicists and major label marketers routinely face the same challenge: how do you get people... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Kopecky Family Band and life on the road
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In Canada we put our touring bands through a lot, from long drives across flat expanses between markets to the unpredictable weather that will surely accompany them. There ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Dinosaur Bones take Shaky Dream on the road
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. From time to time, it’s easy to see how Fanshawe fits as a fixture in the local music scene in London. It’s little surprise that we frequently have a high calibre of artists... Read more

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Arriving at Twin Forks: A new generation of folk music
There’s something poetically apropos about the momentum that American folk-pop group Twin Forks is enduring, because it so closely mirrors their formation in Florida in 2011. Still celebrating their EP release last month on Dine Alone Records,... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The art of making a record with Dan Griffin
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There are few musicians in the world who haven’t dabbled in home recording in pursuit of their dream, from rehearsal space PA boards to computer laptop software and extensio... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Heavy metal 101: A primer for non-metal fans
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Long before alternative or indie music entered anyone’s sonic vocabulary, heavy metal was the undisputed king of the misunderstood genres. When it was first born in England... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Great music from down the 403
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This week I’m excited for the punk rock show coming to The Out Back Shack; the October 25 edition of New Music Night features The Dirty Nil, Bombing Neverland and The Penske... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Never Say Die! Bat Sabbath returns to London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. But when it comes to the legacy of 1970s metal pioneers Black Sabbath, and in particular their early lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, the truth is often stranger than fiction. Si... Read more

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Bobbyisms: When they were up, they were PUP
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This week I’m excited to offer a glimpse into the self-titled debut album by PUP, officially released on October 8 by Royal Mountain Records. Their first full-length record,... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Make a lunch date with Ken Yates
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. You don’t have to tell me, I know exactly how it is – September is already over, midterms are just around the corner and staying up to keep up with school work is far more d... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Hollerado taking music beyond the headphones
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. At the risk of stating the obvious, there is so much more to making a career in music than simply writing and playing songs. The irony is that these days artist marketing us... Read more

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Chaisson brings the Maritimes to Forwell Hall
September 26’s installment of the Student Union’s Music Nooner series promises to be a memorable one as singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson visits Fanshawe College to perform in Forwell Hall, free for students. A fixture on the Prince Edward Islan... Read more

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The Motorleague performing live in London
To state that Canada as a nation has a fairly internal music industry is a bit obvious; it’s little secret that for years, top-tier Canadian artists have had trouble making the same kind of splash internationally as they do domestically. Howev... Read more

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Bobbyisms: You can’t take London out of the girl, Fisher to headline show at Fanshawe
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Like so many art forms, music seems to inspire people in occasionally nonlinear ways. Such is the case for London country chanteuse Genevieve Fisher, who took three trips to... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Why you should care about live music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Over the course of the year, I’m going to feature a lot of stories about live music here in the city and interviews with bands coming to London to perform, and I strongly re... Read more

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Fanshawe O-show headliner Mother Mother knows best
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Whether you’re the type who’s obsessed with new music or not, summer simply wouldn’t be the same without it. Whether at festivals or parties, in car stereos or on patios, he... Read more

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Allison Brown and the sojourn to Nashville
Windsor’s folk songstress Allison Brown returns to London tonight at the APK, performing with friends Will Gillespie and Uncle Dan Henshall as they raise money to fuel their pilgrimage south to Nashville, Tennessee. Collectively, the group has a dee... Read more

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Pick A Piper prepared to impress at APK
Brad Weber is a busy man; like a creative shark, it seems the more he keeps busy, the better he is able to channel creative ideas into his music, whether on drum duty for critical darling Caribou or as the mastermind of his side project Pick A... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Record Store Day returns
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Some days, though, I just dive straight into it: April 20 marks the return of your favourite holiday and mine as the sixth official Record Store Day kicks off worldwide. End... Read more

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Bobbyisms: On the road and in our heads
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Which came first, the troubadour or the Bohemian lifestyle? Canada has a long history of nomadic artists who have found inspiration and responsibility in their travels, craf... Read more

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Bobbyisms: On The Heart hits the mark
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Last week saw two important milestones that indicate the changing of the season: the first day of spring, and, with the long-awaited release of Justin Timberlake’s new album ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Matinée makes their way to London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Zildjian is the oldest family-run business in America today? The cymbal manufacturers are one of the 300 oldest companies in the United States, and produce... Read more

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Go For The Eyes, stay for the music
Calgary’s Go For The Eyes is making their onstage debut in London this month in support of the release of their new EP Six Through Twelve and to gather some momentum on their way to showcase at Canadian Music Week in Toronto on March 23. Six Through... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Ken Yates may kill your productivity
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If you’re the type who likes to listen to music while you work or study, you’re likely no stranger to the struggle for attention that ensues as the music and your concentration bot... Read more

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Bobbyisms: In favour of substance, in defence of style
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. And I have a confession: I have borrowed a copy of Jello Biafra’s spoken word album I Blow Minds For A Living from a dear friend for far too long. His third spoken word albu... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Your band on the digital horizon
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. At Fanshawe, February melts quickly into March – Family Day has passed and with Reading Week mere days away, this month is already in the books. There is no finer brain food... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Sarah Slean brings Sea Tour to Aeolian Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It's certainly no surprise that people have been comparing Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance to Madonna's just one year earlier, but it is funny to see people so divided as t... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Hoe brings show to Aeolian, yo
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The music streaming service Rdio made a big announcement last week, extending the free trial period of their subscription-based service from one week up to six months in Can... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Why you should love Data Romance
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. An album release cycle from start to finish is an incredibly long process. It can take a while for a band to record and engineer their music to their tastes, certainly, but ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Of road trips and Damaged Goods
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There is something about Damaged Goods – the latest full-length album by The Mohawk Lodge – that sparks my imagination towards travel. Released on White Whale Records in Oc... Read more

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Bobbyisms: With a little help from my friends: Looking ahead to 2013
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. By now you've likely seen a lot of different media publishing articles about the "Best of Things to Come" this year, whether it's to do with music, films or even coming tele... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Looking back at 2012 in music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Now that December is finally upon us, it feels like it's safe to talk about Christmas and the coming break without annoying anyone or making the time feel like an eternity. ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Kickstarting your digital marketing plan
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Now that the semester is drawing to a close, you may find yourself looking forward to getting out, and whether it be holiday parties, live concerts or the simple sweet freedo... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Diamond Rings explores new dimensions
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that the sleepover scene in the movie Grease in which Stockard Channing sings about Elvis Presley was filmed on August 16, 1977 – the very day the former heartt... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Thornley stays ahead of the curve
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I've been reading recently about the concept of an 'ultimate one-hit wonder,' a phenomenon that extends the one-hit wonder paradigm by taking obscurity into account, and all... Read more

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Bobbyisms: English Words find inspiration indoors
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If this was your first midterm season at Fanshawe, you probably didn't know that it always rains and storms like that for a couple of weeks. And if you don't believe me, wel... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Danielle Duval returns to London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I was thinking about the 1980s recently and how jarringly different the music industry is now from then. The industry was built on an entirely different system of sales; it ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: APK Live closes doors
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I usually try not to speak from too personal a point of view, I'm not sure if you've noticed. It began in a place of objectiveness, but as I had a chance to grow with this c... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Strong new EP from Brad Fillatre
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that the name Beastie Boys was an acronym that stood for Boys Entering Anarchistic Stages Towards Internal Excellence? Evidently emcee Mike D. said so in an in... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Zolas make smart, fun rock
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. You probably recognize the concept of a sophomore slump – or the curse of the sophomore album, in music – and the pressures it presents to recording artists, but have you ev... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Be your own taste-maker
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Rick James and Neil Young were in a band together before either of them were famous? They were both at one time a part of The Mynah Birds, an R&B group in ... Read more

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New Mother Mother album really sticks in your head
Back with their fourth studio album The Sticks, Mother Mother has crafted another terrific recording, employing subtle shades and textures in ways we’ve come to expect and shading them slightly with decidedly noir tones. And what a tone is set withi... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Bravestation as tribal as Nickelback
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. For example, Ben Rispin of Saint Alvia recently fired up a debate on Facebook when he compared Nickelback to Alice In Chains, inciting lament, a little outrage and a lot of ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Get active with Austra
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I've been thinking a lot about band names recently, and more and more I'm concluding that while there can be a perfect band name for any given group, it is strictly the terr... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Dada Life and monkeying around
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. What's the worst thing you can think of happening at a concert? I don't mean deaths or anything negative befalling the performing artist, but rather the experience you have ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: No politics... just rock and roll
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It’s no secret that the music industry is a frenetic landscape, built on a lot of hard work, imagination and daring, however, like an iceberg, the bulk of the action and dram... Read more

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Bobbyisms: In favour of fallout
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In case you somehow weren’t aware, there are many sides of rock and roll that are virtually invisible to the public but can be impactful to the health of any band. Bands are... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Just happy to see Hello Beautiful
I write about random things a lot. I write about random things. Did you know that album cover art dates back to 1909? The general belief was that a designer named Alex Steinweiss invented the practice in 1938 with a Columbia Records release, b... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Hundred Thousand Pieces makes one solid album
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that the Yardbirds, an English rock band in the 1960s, are responsible for launching the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page? Each served a term ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Social summer ahead
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know the Koopalings – that is, the seven eldest children of King Bowser Koopa and heirs to the Koopa Kingdom – were all named after singers and musicians? With the ... Read more

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Distinguished Grad Profile: Debra Bodkin, RET.
If there is any testament to the notion that you never know where your path will lead you, Sgt. Debra Bodkin is it. She grew up in Florence, Ontario and knew since the start of ninth grade that she wanted to be a police officer. “It’s somethin... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Record Store Day like Christmas in April to music geeks
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Quick, what do David Gilmour, Jello Biafra, Lemmy and Henry Rollins all have in common? They all worked as roadies for different bands before joining or forming bands of the... Read more

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Twin Atlantic on top of the world
All the best things about alternative rock in the last 20 years are present in Free, the latest record by Glasgow's Twin Atlantic. Released in Europe around the start of March last year, the record grew to be the best-selling British rock albu... Read more

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Breach False Minds will captivate you
In Breach False Minds, Kitchener-based Exalt has created a highly appealing album that stands apart from the usual fare by hardcore bands and resonates with an immediacy, a confidence that exudes from its first explosive minutes throughout the... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Big Wreck satisfied with big new album
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I'm sure you know by now that Davy Jones, the iconic member of The Monkees and beloved British entertainer, passed away recently. Though it was the band that propelled him i... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Classified insight
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Cancer Bats snuck into London during Valentine's week to film a music video downtown? The band was shooting for their coming single "Road Sick" and came to... Read more

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Your ticket to music past
If bands ever take pleasure in the idea of slipping away from definition, then The Elwins out of Toronto may have a reason for their good-natured new album, their debut full-length And I Thank You. Keeping their retro garage rock sound alive, ... Read more

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Deceptively good music
Nettwerk made their reputation years ago by bringing some of the best, most interesting music to Canadian audiences, and Young Liars are no exception to the rule. Five hardworking friends from Vancouver, Young Liars are making a name for thems... Read more

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Country rock of ages
There's a purity to country music, observed in its considerate construction, the warmth related in its music and harmonies and its ability to tell a story, even if the narrative comes from a place within. Based in Toronto, The Strumbellas are ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Everyone says yes to Boys Who Say No
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. For example, did you know that Brian May of Queen preferred one guitar over most all others during his career with Queen? It's called "Red Special" and you can see it aging ... Read more

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A wake-up call from The Fires Of
Toronto's The Fires Of are offering perspective and growth on their second record, a new EP called The Noise Around The Mean, produced by Chris Cobain in Acton, Ontario. The album is released on Valentine's Day. The album shows a striking pot... Read more

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Fossils has a fresh sound
Vancouver's Elias is releasing Fossils, their sophomore album helmed by Jeff Dawson and strongest effort to date. While the band may have grown into public attention with their debut All We Want, Fossils is sure to keep them on the forefront o... Read more

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Tuning into Goatwhore
Fans of black metal have a special reason to celebrate this Valentine's Day as Goatwhore returns with Blood For The Master, their fifth studio album and third offering on Metal Blade Records. Formed in 1997 in New Orleans, the band is made up... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Diamonds in the machine
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon was so successful that it appeared on the Billboard charts from its release in 1973 until 1988? The album... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Moving toward Mercy
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that from 2000 to 2009, the highest grossing touring act was Dave Matthews Band? A lot of people might've guessed U2 or similar acts with expansive sets and daz... Read more

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When comics take the big screen
There are a handful of situations in life in which the adage 'you can't please everyone' applies, especially in the world of filmmaking. The act of taking a beloved comic series and transitioning it to the big screen is particularly fraught with ... Read more

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Lights, camera, satisfaction
Filmmaker David McGrath on following your dreams If you were to ask a group full of children what they wanted their future career to be, you would notice two things: first, that some of the jobs mentioned likely don't exist; and second, except in ... Read more

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ZZBRA earns its stripes
Canada's Moka Only and Evil Ebenezer are back as ZZBRA, an experimental hip-hop unit melding their individual styles into a catchy concept album called ZZBRA: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack released on Camobear Records on January 31. ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: There is no money in music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that "Louie Louie" was originally written as a song about a Jamaican sailor returning home to his love? Originally written and recorded by Richard Berry in the ... Read more

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Young Empires arrive in London
If you aren't yet familiar with Toronto's Young Empires, you soon will be. Fusing electronic music with world sounds has led the band to create their own strain of indie dance music, and the group is poised to make a big impression with audien... Read more

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Bobbyisms: No more one-hit wonders
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that it was Michael Jackson who wrote "Do the Bartman" for the TV show The Simpsons way back in 1990? Evidently he was a big fan of the young show and happily c... Read more

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The importance of sleep
Whether you're a night owl or an early bird, you can never put too much emphasis on a good night of sleep. If this isn't your first year here, you probably agree with that statement — you know that life and work in school can be very difficul... Read more

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Help for depression
Studies conducted across north america are revealing that the trials and strains experienced by students make them particularly susceptible to stress and depression. The transition to post-secondary studies is an overwhelming one, considering ... Read more

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Thomas Gold shines in London
If you aren't up on the latest in house and electronic music, you may not already know that acclaimed DJ/Producer Thomas Gold is appearing in London at the Cobra on January 20 in one of the most anticipated shows so far in 2012. Thomas Gold i... Read more

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Bobbyisms: O, Lionheart! Let us hear you roar
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Peter Gabriel is considered by many to be the father of gated drumming? In session for his third solo album, Gabriel asked drummers Phil Collins and Jerry ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Open season for Hands & Teeth
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Mike Hargreaves, frontman of Windsor's Michou, plays his Telecaster strung only with five strings? He began rigging it without the high-E string before the... Read more

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No silent night for London
When Cancer Bats arrive in town on December 15, they are bringing with them an unprecedented rock show the likes of which surely will live in local history for years to come: the band has been on tour now since December 2 as a tribute band to ... Read more

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The Cheap Speakers crackle with life
It's been a banner year for The Cheap Speakers, a power–garage rock band out of Toronto. In 2011, they've captured the attention of radio stations and music websites all over Canada, scoring enviable campus chart positions and positive press f... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Your favourite band will reunite
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Eric Clapton received his now–infamous nickname "Slowhand" during his tenure as lead guitarist in The Yardbirds in the early 1960s? Clapton could change br... Read more

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The quest to find the best coffee in London
Interrobang writers Alison McGee, Bobby Foley, Erika Faust and Jaymin Proulx recently went on a quest to find the best cup of coffee in the Forest City. Braving lines of coffee-starved zombies, slaying baked goods and decimating all that lay in their... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The last music service you'll ever need
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Suzanne Vega is considered the mother of the MP3 format? Her song "Tom's Diner" was the one engineers chose to work on while perfecting compression technol... Read more

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The Tea Party tempting audiences once again
November 29 is a day likely to go down in local history as The Tea Party returns to London in performance at Cowboy's Ranch with special guests The Reason. Formed in Toronto in 1990, Windsor natives Jeff Martin, Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrow... Read more

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Big night at APK Live features Cornfield and Caplan
November 23 is a night of celebration at APK Live because of the good fortune that sees Charlotte Cornfield and Ben Caplan stop their tour in London, and because of the releases that they themselves are celebrating. A citizen of Montréal, Ch... Read more

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Bobbyisms: A swell of great music in London
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that The Who's Pete Townsend first started doing his signature windmill move on stage thinking he was stealing it from Keith Richards? Then called The Detours, ... Read more

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Immacomputer, stop all the downloadin'
We live in a privileged age. Thanks to the Internet, the cost of being a full–time student has lessened slightly, and considering the local economy and costs of living, that's certainly a blessing. Infographic originally created and posted by We... Read more

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Asking for customer satisfaction
Every year, companies in North America give away millions of dollars in free goods and services — and not simply for contests or publicity, but to regular consumers across the continent who express an interest in or fondness for their product. ... Read more

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London food co-op may be worth your time
If you're hungry for an alternative to your ordinary grocery shopping options, the London Co-op Store may be just the thing you're looking for. Founded in 1970 in response to the high prices of foods found in health stores, the Co-op has been a ... Read more

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A little bit country
November 18 is going to be a good night at London Music Club thanks to the dulcet tones of country folk artists Kim Wempe, a Nova Scotian from Saskatchewan, and Gabrielle Papillon, originally from Montréal. Touring together until the end of th... Read more

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Get down with Two Crown King
Since releasing their latest self–titled EP in July, local band Two Crown King has been gaining momentum here in London and beyond. And while the band continues to make every performance feel like a homecoming, they're likely to stay on everyo... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Archives' recording history
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that before his passing, Michael Jackson kept a recording studio and engineer on call 24 hours a day in case he woke up with an idea for a song? He believed that... Read more

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Finger Eleven in London
November 9 is going to be a memorable night for rock music as Finger Eleven returns to London, celebrating the success of their most recent album Life Turns Electric. Released October 2010, the album is their sixth overall and the follow-up to... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Stories in music
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There's a Spanish train that runs between Guadalquivir and old Saville, and at the dead of night the whistle blows, and people hear she's running still... Or so begins "Sp... Read more

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Guide to geeking out in London
Movies HMV White Oaks and Masonville Malls HMV carries a large selection of DVD and Blu-ray movies, as well as a vast amount of movie-related merchandise including everything from clothing to posters to toys and fun knick-knacks. Cinema 1 Whi... Read more

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The Enigma of the Joker
In all of comic book history, there is one character that has stood the test of time and interest unlike any other, one figure that has defied explanation and remained a mystery to readers the world over. Truly, there is no character in literature as... Read more

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The science of imagination
Comic books have gotten an unfair rap. Long considered a nerd milieu, comics are a celebrated art form enjoyed in countries around the world by readers of all ages and backgrounds. However, the way they came about being the subject of uncool associat... Read more

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Chiptune: On like Donkey Kong
While it doesn't take much to be a music geek, what with diversity in musical styles and the high collectibility of music itself these days, there is a special place in geekdom for chiptune. Chiptune is a unique form of music in that it has a very s... Read more

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Embracing your inner geek
What's in a name? You would be hard-pressed to find two words as simultaneously synonymous and antonymous as 'geek' and 'nerd,' two words whose meanings seem to bend and twist in context like the spoon in The Matrix. Depending on the context of the ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Deer Tick divine
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Did you know that Deer Tick, an indie folk band from Rhode Island, are also sometimes Deervana, which is perhaps the most revered Nirvana tribute band in America? I'd wag... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Zenith Myth on top of the world
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Sometimes, however, fate puts together some of the most random stories you'll ever hear. Take the story of Zenith Myth, Canadian Mike Edwards' new prog rock project that m... Read more

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Top 10 apocalypses we should worry about more than the zombie apocalypse
To be watchful is not the same thing as being afraid. While for years we've been preparing for the zombie apocalypse, we've sadly been overlooking many far more real threats already in motion. It remains to be seen whether the world will end... Read more

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Headphones that put style before function
A member of the Adidas Originals line, the Sennheiser HD 220 headphones attempt to provide the same quality of sound and convenience as modern earbuds but fall just short on their goal. The headphones themselves are attractive to view and ar... Read more

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The real costs of smoking
If you've ever seen a pack of cigarettes, you likely already know the arguments leveled against the habit of smoking. It causes cancer. It can cause birth defects. It raises your blood pressure and diminishes your fertility, attacks your teeth, gums,... Read more

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The serious side of gambling
Gambling is defined as the risk of something of value in a game or contest where the outcome is affected by chance. Problem gambling is defined by the impact that your gambling and behaviour has on your life, and on those around you. And problem... Read more

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Bobbyisms: One-on-one with Katie Rox
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. And I've been thinking about irony. I don't mean the shaky sort of irony like you might find in Alanis Morrissette's "Ironic," of rain on your wedding day or needing a knife ... Read more

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Ohbijou and Metal Meets
This Thursday, October 13, will be a shining night for music in London as Toronto's Ohbijou arrive to perform at Aeolian Hall in support of Metal Meets, their acclaimed new album released on September 27. Their third, the record is a lush s... Read more

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Birthday Boys double down
If you gave thanks this weekend for good music, you'll be happy to know that Peterborough's Birthday Boys are returning to Call The Office on October 11, and they're sharing the stage with King City guitar heavyweight Amanda Zelina, The Coppe... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Peter Gabriel gives New Blood
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. And every now and then, I get the opportunity to share something truly inspiring with you, and it's those times when I most enjoy writing to you every week. Like this week. ... Read more

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Top of the pop
Pop will rule at the London Music Hall on October 8 as Canadian acts Neverest and Alyssa Reid bring their co–headlining tour into town, an early stop on a sojourn across the country. Neverest first caught the ear of producer Mike Kiofos in 2... Read more

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Wild night at Call The Office
There are two great reasons why INTERROBANG you should consider spending the night of October 7 at Call The Office with Hollerado, Wildlife and The Pack A.D. One, Hollerado is currently touring the country on their revolutionary Meet the May... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Americans are catching on
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There's a stigma in popular Canadian music that seems to insist that our favourite bands and artists stay here in Canada, a sort of microclimate of great music that rarely s... Read more

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Comeback Kid returns to London
"Looking back, it was just a relief," said Jeremy Hiebert, guitarist for Winnipeg's Comeback Kid. Speaking by phone from Arizona and reflecting on the release of the band's most recent album — Symptoms + Cures — a year after its release, Hiebe... Read more

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5 Questions with Emma Newman, FSU VP Entertainment
1. Where is the ideal restaurant in London for a first date? You know what is my favourite place ever? I like Prince Al's, it's so fun. Depending on when you go it can be insanely busy, but I like their music - they have the most random music. ... Read more

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Cheeseburgers and loneliness are a dangerous mix
A good diet is crucial to mental strength, indicated Mary-Anne MacPherson, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Nutritional Consulting Practitioner based in London. Healthy eating can have a direct impact on a student's mental performance, and the ... Read more

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Small diet changes for a healthier you
College life can have a particularly damaging toll on students. Constant academic and social demands often deprive students of the three things they need most for success: sleep, exercise and proper nutrition. However, with a few small changes in you... Read more

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What to chomp on to keep your choppers in top shape
When discussing the health benefits inherent in the foods that we eat, the focus most often is on the nutritive values as applied to our metabolism. Foods that are 'good for us' provide us with a ready supply of vitamins and minerals, all of which co... Read more

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Katz on the road
On September 30, Canadian folk troubadour Peter Katz brings his Canadian fall tour to the Big Hall of the London Music Club in the wake of releasing his new live album, Peter Katz and Friends Live at the Music Gallery last week. The tour kicke... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The people vs. Nickelback
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I don't remember when it began — though I don't think it was before I was a badass nine–year–old practicing my dance moves on the playground at recess — but I remember that ... Read more

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5 Questions with Andrew Payne, FSU VP External & Academic Affairs
1. If someone forced you to get a tattoo, what would it be, and why? It would be some derivation of the wind, the direction southwest and water, because I'm a kite-boarder and a sailor. The place I go to, the best direction for the wind to blo... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Music to set the mood
I write a lot about random things. I write about random things a lot. While I don't often characterize music in terms of its ability to get someone laid, don't make the mistake of thinking that sex isn't immovably connected to music. Music sets an... Read more

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Getting STI tested
You're an adult, and chances are you're not a virgin. Chances are, you've taken sex education in school by this point, and are pretty smart. You don't need to be told that sexually transmitted infections are bad, and hazardous to your health in later... Read more

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The skinny on condoms
When you consider all the items in creation for use in sex, none are quite as versatile as condoms. They are equal parts birth control and pleasure device, and users have a wide range of opinion and personal preference about the variety of styles ava... Read more

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5 Questions with Kendra Sauder, FSU VP Finance
1. What's the last book you read? The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I read it for work here. I learned about productivity and organization. It's actually really good – I recommend it. 2. What is your idea of a perfect last meal? ... Read more

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Review: Ladytron, Gravity The Seducer
Ladytron, Gravity The Seducer Nettwerk ~ September 13 2011 Recorded in seclusion in the countryside in Kent, England, Gravity The Seducer ushers in a new chapter in the history of Ladytron, the synthpop quartet that first rose out of the Liverpo... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Kicking the year off right
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The best part about writing a weekly music recommendation column is that it leads to serial excitement about forthcoming records, and it just happens that September 13 is a ... Read more

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Tiësto invades London
On Saturday, September 17, Tiësto is bringing his Club Life College Invasion Tour to the John Labatt Centre in what is being touted as the largest such tour on record for a DJ in the United States and Canada. An unprecedented tour, Tiësto is... Read more

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Lights shines at Forwell Hall
When Lights pays a visit to Fanshawe on September 16 to perform in Forwell Hall, it will be just weeks before the October 4 release of her coming sophomore album, Siberia, and following a successful summer promoting and revealing her latest wo... Read more

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5 Questions with Sam Slade, FSU VP Internal Affairs
1. Who was/is your favourite professor? I have three professors who really stand out in my mind, one being from Fashion Merchandising, Janice Hyde. She taught me a few classes and was great. Another is Charlotte Piper, my teacher from second s... Read more

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Exercise Peregrine: Fanshawe reveals new weapon in preparedness
Over the summer, the emergency management teams at Fanshawe College unveiled Exercise Peregrine and revealed the latest addition to their arsenal of emergency preparedness: perspective. Emulating an aggressive shooter loose in R2 Peregrine H... Read more

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SuperWalk for a SuperCause
The Parkinson SuperWalk is returning to London at Springbank Gardens on September 10, celebrating its 17th annual event in the region. Participants have raised over $20 million for the cause in walks since 1990. Aimed at raising funds for th... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Festivals as festive does
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Summer has got to be the best season of them all. If you love adventure as much as I do, there is nothing like the summertime, with its endless possibilities, wide-open road... Read more

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King Me: FSU's music programmer wins big at COCA
If you wanted further proof that Fanshawe College has the best staff running, look no further than Pat Maloney, Music Programmer for the FSU. This summer, Maloney won Best Full–Time Programmer from the Canadian Organization of Campus Activitie... Read more

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5 Questions with Veronica Barahona, FSU President
If you could switch places with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? I'm going to say Steve Carell. I love The Office ! He's such an interesting person, I'd want to know if he's like that 24/7. Some people don't really get my sense o... Read more

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Taking initiative with students' futures
When Fanshawe's Board of Governors approved the 2011/2012 Strategic Plan, they gave the green light for Fanshawe to continue and develop the School–College–Work Initiative, the latest measure in providing education and workability skills for ... Read more

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Fulfilling students' needs from A to Z
This year, students in the School of Transportation Technology are entering the newly completed Centre for Applied Transportation Technologies, an innovative facility located at 1764 Oxford St. E., not far from the main London campus at Fansha... Read more

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Things you should know about your first apartment
Whether you're new to London or not, spent time in residence on campus or moved directly into a new place all your own, or even had an apartment elsewhere, there are certain things you should know and keep in mind when it comes to living here ... Read more

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Mentors give an edge
Fanshawe College goes above and beyond in their practice of providing opportunities and advantages to students, and the Mentoring For Success program is a perfect example of such an edge. The service matches interested student participants with... Read more

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Interrobang at Osheaga: Day 3, Dimanche 31 Juillet
Osheaga Day 3 Sunday July 31 - Dimanche 31 Juillet Three days into to a music festival, the dust generally begins to settle and one becomes somewhat acclimated to their surroundings. Everyone knows where to get water and pizza cones and two days of ... Read more

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Interrobang at Osheaga: Day 2, Samedi 30 Juillet
Osheaga Day 2 Saturday July 30 - Samedi 30 Juillet The second day marked a lot of changes from Day 1 at Osheaga as the atmosphere seemed to change entirely; like a festival reborn, suddenly everything that defined the experience of being there the d... Read more

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Interrobang at Osheaga: Day 1, Vendredi 29 Juillet
Osheaga Day 1 Friday July 29 - Vendredi 29 Juillet While the festival did technically kick off in the rain, there was only brightness and positivity coming from those in attendance. The first acts took the stage on Day 1 at 4 p.m., and set in moti... Read more

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Interrobang at Osheaga
Begun in 2006, the Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts has blossomed into one of the leading music events in Canada, boasting considerable growth in every way - not only has the festival itself expanded into a multiple day event, but its attendance has... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Hands & Teeth, DD/MM/YYYY, Jess Hill, Megan Bonnell, Teenage Kicks
June 19 - The last day of the festival came bittersweet, the excitement of another day of NXNE stung slightly by the knowledge that it was the last. Truly, the week went by so quickly as to cause alarm, and as the sun hung high in the afternoon sky, ... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: The Schomberg Fair, Topanga, Gentlemen Husbands, The Coppertone, Royal Bangs
June 18 - Choosing where to be and when at NXNE is a very daunting task. To say that there is a lot to see and take in is an understatement, and the very nature of the festival being spread out across venues downtown only adds to the difficulty of be... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Freedom Or Death, Whale Tooth, Data Romance
June 18 - One of the great things about the NXNE experience is the parties and events that are going on outside of the regular sphere of club shows at night; without too much digging, there are quite a few events for which one can RSVP and attend dur... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Saint Alvia, Dum Dum Girls
June 17 - One of the most memorable performances of the entire festival came on Friday night at the El Mocambo thanks to Burlington hardcore heroes Saint Alvia (formerly The Saint Alvia Cart... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Stars
June 17–18 - If there's a case to be made for the ingenuity of any of the bands that performed during NXNE, consider Stars: in anticipation of their headlining performance at Yonge-Dundas... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Gauntlet Hair, PS I Love You
June 16 - Although tragically under–attended, the El Mocambo featured great music on Thursday in the form of Americans Gauntlet Hair and Ontario's own thunderstormers PS I Love You. Unfortunately, if theatre has taught us anything, it's that with gre... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Chains Of Love, Crocodiles, Sandman Viper Command
June 16 - The Silver Dollar Room, located just north of College St. on Spadina Ave., opened its doors to the NXNE festivities and hosted a diverse set of rock throughout. On Thursday the long, narrow space featured live music until 4 a.m., including ... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Bobby's Diary #2
Dear Interrobang - It was with great excitement I looked forward to Thursday arriving, because it meant the arrival of the XM Verge rooftop party down on the harbour at the Skybar, above the Guvernment on Queens Quay. Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Dinosaur Bones, Zeus, Hollerado
June 16 - With Thursday came the rooftop party that XM Verge and programming director Jeff Leake threw on top of Skybar across from Sugar Beach, featuring Australian import Washington and local Canadian rock outfits Dinosaur Bones, Zeus, and Hollerad... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Red Mass, Parlovr
June 15 - In collaboration with ExploreMusic, M For Montréal took over the legendary Horseshoe Tavern for their M on the Road showcase, featuring mainly bands from the electric city itself, a hotbed of music talent all their own. Obviously Montréal ... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Bobby's Diary #1
Dear Interrobang - The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Toronto was completely overrun with people on Wednesday morning, as I showed up at 9:30 a.m. or so to attend the Level Up Your Social Media workshop, led by Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Enjoy Your Pumas, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, The Balconies
June 17 - As part of their picnic series of concerts, organizers are hosting daily concerts at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto during NXNE. Thursday through Sunday afternoons have been organized for music lovers to drop into the park and hear some... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Loom, Megan Bonnell, The Meligrove Band
June 15 - Nevado Records settled into The Rivoli for their NXNE showcase, bringing a string of talented acts to pack the room from start to finish. And in addition to a solid lineup, Vancouver's Yukon Blonde showed up to play a surprise set to close ... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Mandippal
June 15 - Singer Mandippal Jandu performed at Union Station this afternoon as a part of the Park Series of concerts at NXNE. Born in England but raised in Toronto, Jandu is a favoured artist on the acoustic indie roster in the city. Performing for f... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Vas Vega
June 14 - Vas Vega performed at Matt Cohen Park at Bloor & Spadina this afternoon as a part of the NXNE Park Series of concerts. Their third such performance so far this week, the band will be playing before afternoon music fans again at Harbour Park... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE: Kurt Cobain: About A Son
Double feature - The Last Pogo (1978) and Kurt Cobain: About A Son (2006) Film, Toronto Underground Cinema, June 13 In what is being described by festival organizers as "experimental", the NXNE film festival begins a few days early here in 2011 - wh... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE Preview: The Coppertone
The Coppertone is Amanda Zelina, an electric blues artist from a small town north of Toronto. Devoting herself to music and the blues just over six and a half years ago, Zelina dove deep into her craft with the single intent of signing to Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE Preview: Data Romance
Data Romance are a new act out of the greater Vancouver area that came together out of their love of music - Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick both aimed to pursue different occupations in the field, but are now making a career out of their newf... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE Preview: Chains Of Love
Nathalia Pizzaro and Rebecca Marie Law Gray are Chains Of Love, quite possibly the hottest new act to come out of BC this year. Since posting Singles on their Bandcamp page, they’ve... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE Preview: The Schomberg Fair
This has been a landmark year for The Schomberg Fair. The explosive trio released their debut record Gospel in 2009 and have been converting audiences ever since, including this year in May at the Schomberg fair - the real annual fair in their hometo... Read more

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Interrobang at NXNE Preview: The Balconies
Originally from Ottawa, The Balconies made the move to Toronto roughly a year ago while their music lit a fire under their audiences everywhere they went. Born in Ottawa University, the three-piece consists of lovers Jacquie Neville on guitar and Lia... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Set fans to max power
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. To say that the music industry has reacted in some interesting ways since the MP3 file came into our lives in the 1990s would be an understatement — though a long time co... Read more

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Summer festivals: Get Outta Town
Whether your're heading out of town for a day trip or living outside London for the summer, there are plenty of fun festivals to check out within a few hours' drive of the city. LUMINATO 2011: FESTIVAL OF ARTS & CREATIVITY June 10 - 19 Venue... Read more

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Capital concepts
Fanshawe College's Board of Governors recently approved the school's 2011/12 Strategic Plan, a detailed annual account of the projects, spending and expansion of the school over a period of five years. Traditionally included in the Strategi... Read more

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Woodstock offers building to Fanshawe
The City of Woodstock has offered Fanshawe College a building in its downtown core to aid in the school's expansion. The building, extended to the college by Woodstock Mayor Pat Sobieski, is located at 449 Dundas St., just over two kilometers ... Read more

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New building is the CATT's meow
On May 13, Fanshawe College proudly unveiled the newly completed Centre for Applied Transportation Technologies, an innovative new facility located at 1764 Oxford St. E., not far from the main London campus. The CATT is a state-of-the-art b... Read more

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Nothing terrible about these Enfants
You know how you can hear a song and like it instantly? There's a science to it, no doubt, but simply put, the music breaks down a certain barrier in your mind, that wall around your musical tastes and preferences and gets to the heart of you,... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Best places to find vinyl
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. And okay, I know that I always fill this space with insights or interviews to do with music, but the reason this particular column is random is that I've actually planned th... Read more

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Mother Mother's musical alchemy
Diversity is a concept as present in Canadian music as it is in our people, and thankfully, there is a lot to choose from when choosing music to accompany our day-today lives. Few acts touring around the country are as compelling to listen ... Read more

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Junos prove worth watching
As the dust settles now on the 2011 Juno Awards, millions of Canadians can all look back together on what was easily the most interesting and entertaining televised awards ceremony so far this year. The awards were a huge success, by the num... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Bobby goes to L.A. to hang with the Foo Fighters
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. One of the most random moments in my life came a very short time ago, when I took a call from the CBC telling me that I was going to go to Los Angeles for a weekend in March... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Donald Glover delivers the goods on new EP
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. And it's because I appreciate random things so much that I love where the name Childish Gambino — the hip-hop persona of actor/comedian Donald Glover — came from. Born in... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Tokyo Police Club playing London Music Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. But even some of the things I write about are commonplace in comparison to some of the random stories that Tokyo Police Club have collected over the years. Formed in Newma... Read more

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Helpful social media - Spotify
Spotify (spotify.com) is a cutting- edge interface–based music streaming service that launched in October 2008 in Sweden and has since grown to be used by over 10 million people in Western Europe. While not the most obvious choice to be fea... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Three lovely ladies bring their sound to Aeolian Hall
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In music, more than in any other media or any other art form that I've found, it's possible to put on airs and fake almost everything in order to gain success. There's one c... Read more

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Road to the Junos
There's something special about the Juno Awards, in that each year it gives an opportunity for those casual radio listeners and pop music enthusiasts to really get together and bond with the music nerds in our nation — a chance for two complet... Read more

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Junos going on 40
The Juno Awards, Canada's mark of excellence in the industry of music, are by no means a very long-standing mark in Canadian history. Though this year marks the 40th annual celebration of the Awards, they're in fact fairly young among their il... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Grey Kingdom tells a story
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Beyond anything else, however, I listen to music. From rock to hip-hop, indie to metal, and everything in between, and, trust me when I say, it is infrequent that something c... Read more

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Road to the Junos underway
Announced on February 1, the nominees for the 40th annual Juno Awards ceremonies — to be celebrated with nearly a week of events in Toronto leading up to the broadcast on March 27 - are a remarkable group. Spanning genres, they range from D... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Phone Guy has some explaining to do
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. With that in mind, let me tell you about how I recently came to be known as The Phone Guy. Nobody's perfect ... or at least, I feel as though that is the lesson to be learne... Read more

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The Reason rolling on
Since we last spoke with The Reason, they've released their third record and toured to great extent visiting London on a couple of occasions, including a stop at Call The Office on February 12. They won two Hamilton Music Awards, for Rock Al... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Cranberries remain golden years later
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. And in the spirit of randomness, is there any greater pleasure than going back through your library and music collection to rediscover a forgotten favourite album? I mean, o... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Mockingbird band a sound enigma
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In practice, however, nothing has proven to be more random in all the years I've been paying attention than the music industry and its developing trends. In 2010, there wa... Read more

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Brian Eno and Creativity
It's curious to see how few people around this campus know about the impact that Brian Eno — or formally, Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno — has had on music and the creative recording arts. Indeed, since joining the Eng... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Bush understands the power of fandom
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. On September 7, 1957, Elvis Presley appropriately set the bar for fan appreciation when he told Illustrated Magazine in an interview, "My fans want my shirt. They can have m... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Say Hi's latest charmingly brilliant
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Not that you asked, but this Tuesday is my birthday, and I can't think of anything that would make me happier than having all sorts of new music released on it. Is that weir... Read more

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Helpful social media - Viinyl
Viinyl (viinyl.com) is a brand new music delivery service based in Montréal, Québec. Currently, in private beta testing, the object of Viinyl is as straightforward as their slogan: 1 Song. 1 Si... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Hornsby has range
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. As much fun as it is to look ahead to another new year of music, it always bears looking back and realizing how far it is that the art and industry of music has come and cha... Read more

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Turn it up to eleven
When one thinks of do-it-yourself musicians, there are certain pre-fabricated images that tend to materialize: there's the folk artist, making their own albums with recycled plastics and vegan ink; the basement artists, writing songs on acoust... Read more

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Bobbyisms: 2011 a musical mystery to unwrap
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Love them or hate them, the closing days and weeks of recent years see a lot of people giving a new traditional gift: their thoughts on the best moments of the year. Whet... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Alexisonfire rides into London on hot streak
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. These days, it's not all that common to encounter a band like Alexisonfire, a home-grown success story born, raised, and embraced by southern Ontario like favourite sons and... Read more

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Helpful social media - Jing
While not social media in the traditional sense, Jing (techsmith.com/jing) is a pretty new tool that enables us to share content in a social manner in innovative ways. With Jing, users can take screenshots or create custom videos of the con... Read more

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Bobbyisms: No bones about it – A raptor-ous listen
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. There’s very little that’s more interesting to me than getting the opportunity to see a band on its rise to popularity, and we have that opportunity in Dinosaur Bones, a five... Read more

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Help for depression
Studies conducted across North America are revealing that the trials and strains experienced by students make them particularly susceptible to stress and depression. When you consider it; the transition to post-secondary studies is an overwhe... Read more

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The importance of sleep
Whether you're a night owl or an early bird, you can never put too much emphasis on a good night of sleep. If this isn't your first year here, you probably agree with that statement — you know that life and work in school can be very difficult, an... Read more

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Royal Wood brings The Waiting to London
Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood is bringing his tour to the Aeolian Hall on November 25, still burning on the fuel of the release of his latest record, The Waiting, and a national summer tour with David Gray. The tour, in full swing si... Read more

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Bobbyisms: West's brillance shines through on latest album
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Unless you've been living in a cave for the past while, you know that Kanye West's new record, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, was released on November 22. You may also k... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Scarpantoni rocks the cello
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The world of recording music is a funny place; while a certain level of celebrity is always closely scrutinized, it happens all too often that real artists go unnoticed in t... Read more

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Helpful social media - Vodpod
Vodpod (vodpod.com) is a social site centred around the concept of users viewing and collecting videos on the Internet, which they can then post and track on personal profile pages. Signing ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Banjo making a comeback
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In music today, there is hardly an instrument as misunderstood and under-appreciated as the banjo. Let that sink in. Rarely heard outside of country music, and unfortunate... Read more

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Kill Shakespeare riveting comic series
Kill Shakespeare is a thrilling, daring new series crossing the path of several of William Shakespeare’s most beloved literary characters in a new adventure that embraces their tradition while reigniting your imagination, striking a new apprec... Read more

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Side By Side wonderfully done at Grand
Summary: beautifully staged, brilliantly performed, and wonderfully entertaining. Four monocles out of five. The Grand Theatre opened its 2010–2011 season by celebrating celebration itself — the occasion marked not only the theatre's retu... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Senses Fail latest release superb listen
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. In one funny interview years and years ago, Angus Young of AC/DC once said, "I'm sick to death of people saying we've made 11 albums that sound exactly the same — in fact, w... Read more

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Helpful social media - StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon (stumbleupon.com) is a content discovery tool on the Internet considered far more effective than web searches at delivering online content best suited to your individual tastes... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Birthday Boys making stop at the Office
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If Peterborough's Birthday Boys aren't soon among the top Canadian bands in the media, it won't be for lack of trying. Since we first met, the band — bassist Jeremy Boyd, ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Bison B.C. get the metal
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I'm not really a metal fan, though it wasn't for lack of trying — one of the first records I ever owned was Metallica's black selftitled record from the early '90s. That one... Read more

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No dead beats at this DJ competition
Mark the date October 22 on your calendars, because the team that brought you Fanshawe Rocks Elite — the rock show at Club Elite featuring only Music Industry Arts performers — has put together another night of music, one it hopes will really ... Read more

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Helpful social media - Scribd
Scribd.com is an online social publishing and reading site, providing a multitude of documents — from journalistic articles, essays and academic papers to fan fiction and traditional literature — for readers on their computer or phones. Fou... Read more

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The serious side of gambling
While not commonly considered when discussing addictions, problem gambling has become a growing concern among youth in Southern Ontario. Spurred on from a greater tolerance in society to gambling, and somewhat loose definitions as to what ex... Read more

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Mac talks the business of social media
If you can get past the looks you might receive on the bus for reading a book with the words "Power Friending" on the cover, you stand to learn a lot from Amber Mac's first book. Though aimed at the businessminded, Mac deconstructs the topi... Read more

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Helpful Social Media - LinkedIn
LinkedIn.com is a social networking service aimed at career professionals and business-oriented individuals. With LinkedIn, you post your CV and professional associations to network with connections and business contacts. LinkedIn was founde... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Take a chance on Fools
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. How long do you remember some of the concerts that you go to after they happen? Do you remember and follow every band that you see live? When I first saw The Reason play ... Read more

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5 Questions: FSU VP Internal Veronica Barahona
1. What's a service or event the FSU does that no one else knows about? A lot of people don't know we have a lot to do with the Sharing Shop. This year we want to make students more aware of these programs. We have an idea that with every gradu... Read more

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5 Questions: FSU VP Athletics Derek Howes
1. On an off day, where could we find you? “Probably in the Athletics office. Honestly — I live there. I pretty much live at Fanshawe College, 9:00 until 9:00 at night, a.m. to p.m. [I’ve been involved in Athletics] for three years now, it’s p... Read more

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Still Alive
Portal 2 is coming to a game platform near you On March 5, video game developer Valve Corporation announced the sequel to their runaway hit, Portal, was in development and slated to be released in time for the 2010 holiday season. Valve has ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Guitarist remembered
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. August 27 was a special day of note for guitarists worldwide — the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Stevie Ray Vaughan, arguably the world’s best guitarist. Born in... Read more

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MIA students to rock Elite
Thursday, September 16, is going to be a big day for Fanshawe’s music industry arts students as First Step Productions presents Fanshawe Rocks Elite, a night of music at Club Elite at 183 King St., downtown London. First Step Productions is ... Read more

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Students place top 20 in Doritos contest
Early in 2010, Doritos announced their Viralocity campaign to Canadians far and wide. The concept was simple — come up with a name for their new flavour and shoot a video to accompany it. Post it online, compete for points and win a cash priz... Read more

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What to do off-campus
Welcome to Fanshawe! You’ve just moved in, unpacked, and settled into your new schedule with all your new supplies. Or perhaps you’re a long-term resident, starting your second or third year, beginning to catch up with friends now that school ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Huron – old school rock and roll
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The first thing that strikes the ear when Huron’s self-titled debut album begins is the glaring sound of traditional southern rock bursting forth from The Biggest Dig — like... Read more

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Arkells bring a big performance
“We only just made it through customs like, 30 minutes ago,” Arkells front man Max Kerman told a packed room from the stage at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. The response — consistent through the entire set — was overwhelming. It’s July 25,... Read more

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Soccer fever continues
This year’s FIFA World Cup was a beacon of excitement and athleticism for an entire month this summer. There were countless exciting moments as the tournament progressed to find Spain winning their first-ever World Cup title, after more than 1... Read more

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Lindsay awarded athletic director of the year
On June 8, at an awards ceremony in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Fanshawe Athletics’ Mike Lindsay was named the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association athletic director of the year. Lindsay has been a part of the athletics department ... Read more

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5 Questions: FSU President Joe Scalia
1. What is your best memory at Fanshawe so far? “I have so many! That’s hard... I guess coming back; I was here for a year, 2005–2006, and then there was a faculty strike, and then I decided not to return. I took a year off, and worked, and sort o... Read more

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A crude summer
The oil spill that began in April when the Deepwater Horizon exploded off of the coast of Louisiana is at last under control. Though there is still work to be done, August approached with welcome positive progress; BP managed at last to stop t... Read more

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Saving cash during the school year mission one
Whether you’re a brand new student or not, you’re likely aware that the transition to college life can be overwhelming. You may even be aware of just how much an understatement that last sentence truly is — the responsibility of your every wak... Read more

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Mentoring offers guiding hand
One of the most valuable services offered here at Fanshawe College is the Mentoring for Success program, available to students in every program at the school. The program matches interested students with professionals in their field in order t... Read more

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Student housing areas targeted as Project LEARN begins again
As another school year begins at Fanshawe College, so too does another term of Project LEARN, an initiative by the London Police Service intended to maintain a careful eye on students arriving in London around the start of the year. The initi... Read more

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Danko Jones goes darker
You would be very hard-pressed to find someone in Canada that hasn’t heard of Danko Jones, who returned to London to play Call The Office on May 13 to support Below The Belt, their newlyreleased fifth studio LP. A flurry of emails with their p... Read more

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Perry keeps it controversial
It isn’t every day that a music video gets shot here in London, but when our own Rose Cora Perry called for extras to take part in the filming at the end of May, I answered. I spent two days on set with Rose, filming a special “controversial” music... Read more

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Introducing Lido Pimienta
Who is Lido Pimienta, you ask? Well, she sees herself as many roles. “I am a young mother, visual artist, and singer who seeks to inspire others to work collectively,” she said in an email from her tour in Mexico. The young musician hails origin... Read more

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New Facebook privacy tips
Though it’s used by close to 500 million people around the world, Facebook is arguably the realm of students and young people. Ever since opening its doors to the public late in 2006, Facebook has grown and changed in more ways than we can co... Read more

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ADSTV launches new site
Recently, Addiction Services of Thames Valley launched their newly redesigned website with a press gathering in their offices at Queens Ave. and Clarence St. The new site is the result of work with focus groups and feedback from the community. ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: How to choose an acoustic guitar
Now that the summer has arrived, it seems like the perfect time to take up a new hobby. I’ve had a few people approach me for tips on buying a guitar, but there’s a lot to know, and watch out for. You’ll want to get the most for your money, be... Read more

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Welcome to Summer 2010!
We’ve compiled all the best events you’ll want to be at this season in London and the surrounding area – road-trips are always a must in the summer. So get out there and celebrate! Music Festivals Rogers Bayfest, Sarnia July 8–10 and Ju... Read more

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New ball hockey location in London
Ball Hockey International are about to launch their latest site in London, located on Clarke Rd. at Hamilton, near East Park. With current locations operating in Welland, Orillia, Brantford, and St. Catherine’s, BHi is excited about the launch... Read more

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Multiple attacks on females in core area
The London Police Service reports that a woman was assailed and sexually assaulted by two males, early in the morning on May 5, 2010. There have been similar attacks on women in the downtown core area in recent weeks. The woman was traveling ... Read more

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Could you live on $2 a day?
The World Partnership Walk challenged Bobby Foley to only spend what half the world’s population lives on In anticipation of the World Partnership Walk for Aga Khan Foundation Canada, I was challenged to put myself in the place of people livin... Read more

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The Warped 45s fast tracking success
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Well, I tried not to think about when I’d have to write the last column of the year, but here it is. Don’t get all heavy on me, it was always going to happen. I tell you, th... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Mystery still shrouds Cobain’s death
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. You know, this time of year is always a bit of an interesting one to me as a musician. I mean, sure - Easter is a fun time, and no matter how you celebrate, it’s good to have... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Marianas Trench get a Juno sized shaft
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Every now and then, I have to deliver bad news, news that I consider to be something of a travesty, and oh... how I wish this wasn’t one of those times. But there’s been a terrible... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The fine art of air guitar needs practice
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I suppose it’s due to my being surrounded by music all my life, but I really grew up to be a big music nerd. I’m not alone, though — Alan Cross is one. Brian Eno is another. And no... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The Schomberg Fair is an experience
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. If you like the unexpected, you’re going to love this; in anticipation of their show this Thursday night at Moon Over Marin, The Schomberg Fair sent a copy of their record Gospel t... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Places to quench your daily music fix
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. This term is more than half over now (at least, I think it is for most students), and in the same way there was no new Interrobang for Reading Week, it kind of feels like any of th... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Birthday Boys leave a lasting impression
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I’ll have you know I could be watching Craig Ferguson right now, but I’m writing to you instead. Never you mind what time I finished this column. So the craziest thing happened: i... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Right place and time to meet Attack in Black
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Even though I write this column each week about music, it doesn’t mean I don’t know a thing or two about sports; personally, I play as many as I can, especially hockey, and I’m one... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Mars cleared for takeoff
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I confess, I’ve been a little curious about This Is War, the new album by 30 Seconds To Mars, ever since the positive feedback starting rolling in. The group founded by brothers J... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Enjoying vinyl revival
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. “You know, these things were brand new when I was getting into the whole music business,” some old guy said to me recently as I was shopping for vinyl records in White Oaks. He lo... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Hearing the layers
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I also spend at least a half hour almost every day of the week at home playing guitar; I can improvise and experiment with it, having quickly taught myself a lot of the basics when... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Music to the ears
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I’ll let you in on a little secret: today is my birthday. That is... I don’t know what day it is that you’re reading this, but if it’s the day printed along the top of the page her... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Tuning up the band after decade long hiatus
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. A crazy thing happened — I started making notes a while ago to speak about Chris Cornell and the possibility of him re-recording and releasing Scream (his terrible 2009 digital pop... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Tunes to look forward to in 2010
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. While others may sometimes forget, I’ve been keeping in mind that I’m not obligated to write about music. I just love it! I don’t even keep up with my siblings birthdays, but I fol... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Serving up a Christmas tradition
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I was really surprised the other day when I found out that this is going to be the last issue of Interrobang until the next term. I mean, I know what they say about assuming,... Read more

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Bobbyisms: 2010 music looking lean
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. Is the transit strike over yet? I have to write this column a week in advance, and I understandably have no way of knowing as I write this. I do know what a segue-way is, though...... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Mayer’s latest magnificent
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I know that everyone is pretty inconvenienced by the transit strike that is plaguing us at the moment, and you certainly don’t need my thoughts on the matter. Instead of being ano... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Grohl continues to write rock history chapters
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. As I write this, I’m listening to the forthcoming album by Them Crooked Vultures, the latest supergroup on the scene. I’m sure you already know, but the band is comprised of Dave ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: A different approachable
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It’s funny, writing about music can be just as tainted by double meanings as any other kind of writing. For example, if a reviewer writes that a record is ‘approachable,’ it could ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: The slide to mediocrity
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I’m not a journalist, that much should be more than clear by now. If I am anything, though, I can say that it is passionate about music which unfortunately means being as emphatic ... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Wide web of downloading
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. I got to thinking about this column, and it occurred to me that if I’m going to talk at length about music, particularly when it comes to recommending new bands or records, I shoul... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Daisy packs a punch
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It occurs to me that when I said last week that I think about music a lot, I may not have gotten across how huge a music nerd I am. There’s actually little I like more than talking... Read more

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Bobbyisms: Making a killer playlist
I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. The paper has given me this space to share with you anything I please. Crazy? Or just crazy enough to work?

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