Charles Officer has been chronicling Black Canadian stories in documentaries like The Skin We're In and Unarmed Verses, which just won the best Canadian Feature Documentary award at Hot Docs. But when he started out, he just wanted to make fiction. And he still can't get those projects funded.
For two weeks in 1974, the CBC broadcast ten hours of field recordings from across the country on their flagship documentary show, Ideas. The recordings were collected by a group of twentysomething composers and a famous avant-garde acoustic ecologist. They were trying to capture Canada through sound. On this episode, composer and scholar Mitchell Akiyama asks whether that’s even possible.
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Guy Delisle's new comic Hostage isn't the typical kidnapping story, full of torture and guns. The book uses minimal colour and slow, repetitive action to pull you into the psychology of Christophe André, who spends most of the 400+ pages alone in a room.
Artists at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival talk about the charged experience of trading work. The artists recommended in the piece are:
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Darcy Spidle uses a jaw harp to play his insides. Aisha Sasha John studied clown to become a poet.
Music on this episode:
Selections from malform by Chik White
"Tired Ariadne" by Old Girl
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This episode initially aired on October 19th, 2016.
We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap.
Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media.
Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of your other enemies for $17. If you want a friendly rap, it'll cost you more.
Joshua Karpati didn't want us to tell you anything about him.
Howard Chackowicz is a cartoonist and musician in Montreal. He wants you to know more about The Ren & Stimpy Show's creator John Kricsfalusi.
Billy Mavreas makes comics and poetry. He runs a curiosity shop in Montreal called Monastiraki.