Pop Culture

Nirvana's Musical Legacy 20 Years After Kurt Cobain

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Music
Wayne K. Spear

Nirvana did what all great bands do: they made everyone else catch up. Mainstream radio accommodated alternative music's idiosyncracies, in the case of Nirvana the confrontation of Cobain's distorted guitar, vocal roughness, sonic dissonance, and deliberately nonsensical lyrics. Whatever one's view of Cobain, it is undeniable that he set pop music on a new course.

SPOILER ALERT: Why Your Pop Culture Has A Time Limit

Mike Sholars | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

2014-02-12-its_all_geek_to_me.png Outside of the fact that every celebrated psycho-thriller of the past couple of decades had the same plot twist, there's a bigger problem at play here. There are so many ways to describe something you like, and the central plot twist should never be your opening statement. You're trying to express yourself (that's good!), but you're spoiling the hell out of whatever you describe (that's bad).

Toronto's First Punk Band, The Viletone's - Final Performance December 13, 2013

Susan Ponting | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Susan Ponting

A Personal Perspective | Music Review -- The Viletones - Friday December 13, 2013 @The Phoenix Concert Theatre It was Friday the 13th and 13 below ...

Faking Bad: Confessions of a Pathological Television Liar

Mike Sholars | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Mike Sholars

2013-10-11-fakingbad.jpgWe get aggressively upset by people who haven't seen/heard/read the things we have. At a certain point, I got tired of bringing group conversations to a halt because I had only seen the first season of Mad Men. The lies started small.

Lisa Charleyboy's Mission to Empower Aboriginal Canadians [video]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Lisa Charleyboy is a Toronto-based Aboriginal writer and blogger who is dedicated to inspiring and empowering other young Aboriginal people to follow their dreams. Her popular blog Urban Native Girl covers pop culture with an indigenous twist.

5 Types of People Who Suck

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Ward Anderson

You're a good person. I can tell this about you already. You're kind to your neighbours and the people you work with say nice things about you when you're not around. This isn't about you. It's about the type of person that ruins your day by sucking the life out of a conversation, sucking the enthusiasm out of a room, and just plain sucking.

How I Became a Katy Perry Sympathizer

Natalia Yanchak | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Music
Natalia Yanchak

Currently making the rounds on Facebook is this parenting blog post about our responsibility to teach kids about "good music." What a load of hipster-douchebag crap. My retort: How on earth did your kids get exposed to this "shitty" music in the first place? So when my eight-year-old daughter decides her favourite singer is Katy Perry, what do I do? In my mind, my daughter must make her own decisions.

Is the Harlem Shake Meme Cultural Appropriation?

Huda Hassan | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Huda Hassan

The most recent online sensation created by dimwits with access to cameras is the Harlem Shake meme. However, the name of the meme has recently become a topic of discussion and controversy for some, particularly after a group of Harlemites responded to the new Harlem Shake meme in a video released last week. Arguably, the Harlem Shake meme is a form of cultural appropriation in that it is the popular use (and misuse) of a cultural artifact to black culture by a predominantly white crowd. Most importantly, this new Harlem Shake has already began to eradicate the original Harlem Shake from popular culture online.

Joy Sticks, Controllers And Zombies: Life As Gamer In 2013

Ryan Doherty | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Ryan Doherty

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 10 years or so, video games have become BIG business around the world. Consider this. Call Of Duty MW3, last year's best selling game, earned $3 billion dollars in sales in it's first week. Three Billion, and in seven days no less. The biggest movie of the year (The Avengers, fyi) took almost a month to collect that amount, and at cheaper prices then $59.99 for a new game.

Happy One Year Twitterversary to Me

Renee Gold | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Living
Renee Gold

Today is my one year anniversary on Twitter -- aptly coined a Tweetaversary, and so, I thought I would toast the momentous occasion with a celebratory blog post. Finally on November 28, 2011 -- I began my slow ascent towards branding myself globally.