Daniel Lanois: The duality of culture

Daniel Lanois: The duality of culture

“It’s an old friend, given to me by an old friend,” says Daniel Lanois, referring to a vintage Gibson acoustic guitar resting neck-down on a mid-century sofa in the billiards room of his Lynd Ave. recording studio. The guitar was a gift from Emmylou Harris, and as we talk, he picks it up and strums random chords, occasionally breaking out into songs from his first album, Acadie . We’re drinking an Old Pal cocktail, a…

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Karen Black: Still sexy after all these years

Karen Black: Still sexy after all these years

This article originally appeared in the Toronto Star on July 26, 2009. ’70s movie icon brings new cabaret show to the Gladstone Karen Black’s voice still sounds as vibrant as it did when she sang to Jack Nicholson in 1970’s Five Easy Pieces; her soft tremolo as fresh as when she hosted Saturday Night Live in 1976. Reclining on a leather sofa in the art gallery at the Gladstone Hotel, she sings a few breathy…

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Ken Taylor: The right man at the right time

Ken Taylor: The right man at the right time

This article originally appeared in Canadian Fabric Magazine, Vol. 1, published January, 2014. On November 4, 1979, during the Iranian Revolution, a group of students stormed the American embassy in Tehran, holding 52 people hostage for 444 days. Unbeknownst to the revolutionaries, six American citizens working in a nearby consulate escaped, seeking refuge in two houses under the protection of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor. The event was heavily fictionalized in Argo, Ben Affleck’s Best Picture Award-winning…

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John Waters: Film-maker, bad-taste monger

John Waters: Film-maker, bad-taste monger

Baltimore native John Waters, 65, with his trademark pencil-thin mustache, put a face to transgressive, shocking cinema in the 1970s when his film Pink Flamingos attracted a cult following at midnight screenings. Mainstream success followed in the 1980s with Hairspray. Now curating art and film programs and hoping to produce his latest film, the children’s Christmas adventure Fruitcake – his first since 2004’s A Dirty Shame – Mr. Waters recently released his sixth book, Role…

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