Canadianity

Jeremy Taggart is the former drummer for Our Lady Peace, one of my favorite bands from my youth.  Jonathan Torrens is an actor and television host who has enjoyed a long career as a constant presence on Canadian television.  A few years back, they met and decided to produce a podcast about their shared love…

By Chance Alone

In his powerful memoir, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen details his early years, his internment in Auschwitz and his emigration to Canada. When the 2019 Canada Reads longlist was announced, I had hoped By Chance Alone would be selected for the shortlist.  I suppose I would have read it eventually, but in a year where the…

A Forgotten Hero

Forgotten Hero tells the story of Folke Bernadotte, Swedish head of The Red Cross, who had orchestrated the rescue of 30,000 Jewish women near the end of the Second World War. I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I wouldn’t consider myself a World War II history buff…

The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL

Sean McIndoe, the man behind the often hilarious hockey blog Down Goes Brown, presents an abridged account of the National Hockey League over its one hundred year history. If you’re looking for an intricately detailed history of the NHL, you’re probably going to be disappointed.  However, that’s not what this is.  You can’t expect a…

Creating The Mania

Author Jon Robinson takes a look at the tremendous amount of planning it takes to bring together WWE’s annual flagship show, WrestleMania. Honestly, with Creating The Mania, I was expecting a WWE produced fluff-piece.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with both the honesty from those involved as well as the impressive detail on display from…

Is This Live?

MuchMusic launched the year I was born, so I’d be lying if I said I knew a whole hell of a lot about the station’s formative years.  That being said, with the majority of my teenage years spent glued to the TV,  I have fond memories of the channel as a hub for pop culture. …