Why the Fender Stratocaster rocks on at age 60

Why the Fender Stratocaster rocks on at age 60

The times have a-changed, but the iconic electric guitar has managed to adapt for the online generation. At Capsule Music, a vintage guitar shop on Queen St. W., a 1954 Fender Stratocaster rests atop the counter in its original tweed case. The guitar’s classic two-tone sunburst finish, protected by a Bakelite pickguard, reflects the red glimmer from a neon sign in the shop’s window. The frets show years of wear — some might call it…

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David Shire: a conversation

David Shire: a conversation

It would be a dull affair to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho without Bernard Hermann’s iconic score. Would the shower scene even frighten if it were accompanied by, say, drums and piano instead of Hermann’s shriek-shriek-shrieking climax? Kicking off on Thursday, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival features “The Sound of Movies: Masters of the Film Score,” a sidebar series showcasing celebrated Jewish film music composers. “What struck me is that so many film composers have been…

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