When we arrived to visit a women's prison with our prison-reform organization, unknown men attacked us with blinding liquid. We believe the attack was sanctioned by the Russian Federal Security Service.
I should have cried the night I saw my childhood idol, Bryan Adams, in the flesh for the first time in my life recently in Calgary. Bryan Adams was not in town to perform any concert. He was in town to showcase a very different talent and passion of his -- photography, particularly in the genre of celebrity portraits.
They've had it up to here with our modern parenting methods in general, and our approach to discipline in particular. They don't want to sit under the "peace tree" or earn another good-behavior sticker on yet another chart, and they especially don't want to take a freaking time out.
I still sometimes struggle reconciling the self of my youth with the guy who now has a mortgage and an SUV. But the minute I became a parent, my worldview shifted slightly on its axis and I began to view everything through new parental lenses.
If he was actually their boyfriend and they were personally affected by his antics, would these girls stand up for themselves? What is it about Justin Bieber that has hypnotized 49 million girls?
There's Rock Camp for Girls, getting the next generation of female musicians hooked on writing, playing and recording from a young age. There are female-fronted bands criss-crossing the continent in vans every week -- or tour buses, if you're Beyonce's all-female backing band, The Sugar Mamas.
"Let it Go" is not a lock by any means. It lost the Golden Globe earlier this year to "Ordinary Love," U2's tribute to Nelson Mandela and Pharell's perfectly named "Happy," off last year's "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, has climbed to the top of the charts in recent weeks. But at this point it doesn't even matter if "Let It Go" wins an Oscar, as it's already won life.
I recently had the good fortune of travelling to Australia to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival, near Brisbane. My flight left Vancouver on December 22, 2013 and arrived in Australia December 24, the day before Christmas.
It was February 27, 1994 and Nirvana was headed into the fire of the Yugoslav war, no one knowing it would be their second last show. While we waited for our names to be checked at the backstage entrance of a Slovenian arena, we felt a wave of excitement around us as Kurt Cobain and his entourage passed by the glass doors inside.
"Pisces Brothers" speaks to people's devotion to their teachers. I combine two very important spiritual phrases, "jai guru dev," which means hail to the divine leader, and "Hare Krishna Hare Ram," because George Harrison was very much into the Hare Krishna movement and it heavily influenced his music.
A musician must believe in themselves and their work completely. If the work isn't worth fighting for to the person who created it, then who else will?
I've even taken to exclusively wearing my Blue Jays hat on tour. Sadly, when people see it they connect it with one person: Rob Ford. Since Mayor Ford has been stripped of virtually all of his power, I thought he may have some time to listen to a fraction of the great music that I think defines Toronto.
Just in time for SXSW's March 7th kickoff, here is Part II of the Live & Dangerous feature -- featuring 3 more essential emerging acts to catch at this year's highly anticipated festival.
I remember the exact moment rock music died (for me): Nov. 14, 2004. The Distillers, fronted by Brody Dalle, were on the bill for Holiday Havoc festival in Los Angeles. I was in LA that day, but was obligated to attend the American Music Awards so I missed Holiday Havoc, and instead watched Anna Nicole Smith slur "Do you like muh boddd--ehhhyyy?" at a teleprompter.
I'm on Miley's side but that doesn't mean I like everything about her. Is Miley Cyrus what third wave feminism looks like? Is choosing to be overtly sexual the same thing as owning your sexuality? To Miley Cyrus it is. I would disagree.
Metal music have passionate fans. Soap operas have passionate fans. To an outsider these two groups might look like complete opposites. They might be right in some cases. However, one metal band brought these two unlikely groups together.