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When electro-rock sensation Lights first hit the music scene in 2008, she was just a songwriter with a synth and a dream. Her name may have been pluralized but Lights Poxleitner was a one-woman show who played and programmed her own instruments and sang her own lyrics. <br> <br> After her self-titled debut EP (precocious enough to earn her a Best New Artist Juno Award) and gold-selling full-length follow-up The Listening, Lights was ready to open herself up to collaborations on 2011's unexpectedly experimental album, Siberia. On her second gold-certified disc, she worked with such leftfield collaborators as live electronic outfit Holy Fuck and rising rapper Shad. <br> <br> After touring Siberia extensively around the globe, Lights is primed and ready to get back in studio to focus on her next musical chapter.
A Floody

A Floody Reminder

Recently, Toronto was slammed with heavy storms and flash floods. Suddenly I had a flashback to my youth. It was 1996 and our family was living in Manila, The Philippines. My dad, who was out doing mission work in squatter areas every day, still hadn't come home. Hours passed. We didn't have cell phones or even beepers -- no way to communicate. We waited.
07/23/2013 12:15 EDT
Acoustic at the End of the

Acoustic at the End of the World

Music is an undeniably powerful thing. It's something I've been striving to learn how to use since childhood days when my dad's acoustic ramblings would put me to sleep in comfort. My new album <em>Siberia Acoustic</em> started out as just acoustic version of <em>Siberia</em> but turned into an entirely separate album. I hope this is what I'll get to play at the end of the world.
05/01/2013 08:02 EDT
How it Felt to Be

How it Felt to Be Bullied

I worked hard, I believed I could be anything I wanted until I was 14. I remember feeling sick when I walked into the halls of my new school. I was made fun of for trying hard, I was made fun of for being too happy. I made some friends here and there, stood around with the misfits, the awkward misunderstoods. But looking back I knew we all were.
11/16/2012 12:18 EST
My Weapons Collection Gives Me My

My Weapons Collection Gives Me My Edge

My collection began with Hadhafang -- a sword that belonged to the Elven princess Arwen in the Lord of the Rings films. My music started to take me to new places, and with each destination I tried to find something to bring home to the armoury: twin dragon daggers from the Edinburgh castle in Scotland, a swordfish tusk blade complete with clay sheath from Costa Rica, a pair of boot daggers from Germany. It was about marking the place and time taking a piece of cold, hard proof home. I was growing my edge.
10/18/2012 08:33 EDT