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Blue Jays won! I honestly don’t know why I look so sour. I am bad with pictures.

My smiley friend is named Wes.

Blue Jays won! I honestly don’t know why I look so sour. I am bad with pictures.

My smiley friend is named Wes.

Blue Jays! #toronto  (at Rogers Centre)

Blue Jays! #toronto (at Rogers Centre)

Today in “mildly erotic water flavours”

Today in “mildly erotic water flavours”

The inside of the office. No one is sure where this came from

The inside of the office. No one is sure where this came from

View from my rooftop #toronto

View from my rooftop #toronto

AroarA - “#9”

AroarA has won my heart’s Polaris Prize.

Long Distance Runners - “If I Forget to Say I Love You”

If I forget to say I love you
If I think I’m too tall
Then darling don’t hesitate, punch me in the face
And throw me up against the wall

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JL8 #135 by Yale Stewart
Based on characters in DC Comics. 
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JL8 #135 by Yale Stewart

Based on characters in DC Comics. 

Like the Facebook page here!

Archive

2013 Con Schedule

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Pick up the first issue of my creator-owned comic here, or merch at the new online store!

Polaris First Impressions: Solids - Blame Confusion
A few years ago, as part of Grayowl Point’s Poalris essays, I wrote an essay on why Japandroids’ Celebration Rock should take home the prize. My argument was essentially that the guys are masters of no bullshit rock and roll — they just rock at what they do.
I could feel plenty of echoes of Celebration Rock while listening to Blame Confusion, from Montreal duo Solids. The band has been riding a wave of buzz and the album proves why this is so. Just like Japandroids, Solids blast away any bad vibes with a solid dose of rock and roll. A thrill from start to finish.
Short list chances: Unknown. These guys could rise like Japandroids, but Cousins do what they do fairly well also. 

Polaris First Impressions: Solids - Blame Confusion

A few years ago, as part of Grayowl Point’s Poalris essays, I wrote an essay on why Japandroids’ Celebration Rock should take home the prize. My argument was essentially that the guys are masters of no bullshit rock and roll — they just rock at what they do.

I could feel plenty of echoes of Celebration Rock while listening to Blame Confusion, from Montreal duo Solids. The band has been riding a wave of buzz and the album proves why this is so. Just like Japandroids, Solids blast away any bad vibes with a solid dose of rock and roll. A thrill from start to finish.

Short list chances: Unknown. These guys could rise like Japandroids, but Cousins do what they do fairly well also. 

Polaris First Impressions: Bry Webb - Free Will
It’s excellent to see that the reunion of the Constantines didn’t overshadow this record by the beloved band;s front man. 
Much like my previous First Impressions post, the first few songs had the same styling, in this case some very minimalistic instrumentation and Webb’s baritone vocals. But of course he showed himself more than capable of expanding his repertoire, and adding in some weird feedback and loops on other songs.
This is another album I feel like I need to absorb through multiple listens, and one that breaks out of the boundaries of folk.
Short list chances: I doubt huge. As with Austra, lots of competition.

Polaris First Impressions: Bry Webb - Free Will

It’s excellent to see that the reunion of the Constantines didn’t overshadow this record by the beloved band;s front man. 

Much like my previous First Impressions post, the first few songs had the same styling, in this case some very minimalistic instrumentation and Webb’s baritone vocals. But of course he showed himself more than capable of expanding his repertoire, and adding in some weird feedback and loops on other songs.

This is another album I feel like I need to absorb through multiple listens, and one that breaks out of the boundaries of folk.

Short list chances: I doubt huge. As with Austra, lots of competition.