Shock Doc by Susan G. Cole
Naomi Klein has a remedy for the injustices of neo-liberal policies. Read her new book and call your member of parliament in the morning. It’s not easy talking about the excesses of capitalism, even when you’ve got an army of facts to back you up and a reputation for having inspired an entire generation to take up activism against global capital’s greedy excesses.
When it Cliks by Cindy Filipenko
Three years ago, The Cliks were a semi-professional trio playing the usual gigs available to openly queer bands.
Anti DiFranco: Spitfire by Cindy Filipenko
Ani DiFranco’s commitment to being a free agent is inspiring.
While the indie musician is definitely concerned about the state of her country, she’s not particularly worried about the impact George W. Bush’s administration has had on civil liberties—not on hers, anyway.
“As Utah Phillips would say, ‘The amount you resist is the amount you are free.' And I think I will always resist this basic encroachment on my human rights, so I will always feel free. “
Reach for the Stars by Cindy Filipenko
Fair-skinned girls who want mainstream acceptance aren’t singing about gender politics or First Nations’ issues, either, but that’s exactly what makes Kinnie Starr stand out.
Favourably compared in the music press to Lauryn Hill, PJ Harvey and Ani Difranco, Starr has spent her 10-year career on the edge of mainstream success. Her first album came out in 1996 and she has worked steadily—albeit often independently—since then.
Mary Walsh: Queen Of Comedy Stands Up For The Disenfranchised by Monica Kidd
Herizons: Historian Shane O’Dea said of you that: “Ms. Walsh has an agenda of speaking for the marginalia, those people consigned by power elites to burial in the footnotes of history. To these, Marg Delahunty gives voice.” What do you make of that?
Pump up the Volume: Tanya Tagaq Adds New Sound to a Centuries-Old Women’s Cultural Tradition by Megan Perry
Throat singing isn’t a sound that’s easy to describe, even for Tanya Tagaq, so she relies on comparisons.
“It’s breath, it’s rhythm. To be very, well, pompous about it, it’s like the sushi of sound.”
She shakes her head, laughing. “When you hear it, you either love it or you hate it.”
Tanks R Us: Sarah Beck On The Fine Art Of Self Defence by Roewan Crowe
Sarah Beck is a cultural activist. The Saskatchewan-based artist makes crystal-clear connections between themes of consumerism, the militarization of daily life and the mass marketing of armaments.
Beck’s latest project is entitled “Öde,” a Swedish word meaning both waste and fate. This multimedia project consists of several elements, including a website, a 32-page full-colour mail-order catalogue and an actual life-size tank.
Tattoos More than Skin Deep by Alexis Keinlen
When Patricia Roe was 46, her 20-year-old son, Adam, died while mountain climbing in Guatemala.
Several of Adam’s friends got tattoos to mark the loss of their friend. A few weeks later, Roe got the same design tattooed a few inches above her knee, while Adam’s father had the tattoo applied to his shoulder. The design is an impala—a type of deer—surrounded by a sun. The deer was an important symbol for Roe’s son, who loved speed, movement and freedom; he also loved the sun.
A Complicated Kind of Author by Di Brandt
Herizons: I’m so delighted to be able to chat with you about A Complicated Kindness. I imagine this book took a lot of courage to write. Can you talk about that a bit?
Drama Queers by Karen X. Tulchinsky
Ever since Ellen was cancelled, we have been starving for a TV show featuring a loud, proud, leaping lesbian. While Ellen Morgan the character didn’t survive, Ellen Degeneres has.
“Less evil and more glamour for daytime,” is what she promised of her new television talk show. Dressed in tailored suits, open collar and white runners, Degeneres exudes lesbian on her talk show. But it doesn’t deal with queer issues.