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Mar 15, 2017

The Fader's Anupa Mistry on a strange early clip of the Weeknd, new music you should pay attention to and why you should stop talking about the 6ix.


Anupa Mistry is the Canada editor at The Fader and she's written for outlets like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and CBC Music. She writes about music and pop culture.

We brought her in to talk about some of the stuff she's been into lately.

Here's that video clip of The Weeknd that surfaced and @the6track Twitter account where Anupa found it.

Nav is a rapper/producer from Toronto. You can listen to his music on Soundcloud and see the video for his song "Some Way" here.

French duo The Blaze makes music and directs videos. Here's the video for "Territory."


Follow Anupa on Twitter: @_anupa

Mar 8, 2017

Kapwani Kiwanga sends a message to Saturn. SlowPitchSound goes to Wonderland. Rajni Perera launches the deities into space.


Kapwani Kiwanga is a multimedia artist born in Hamilton and based in Paris. She talks to Aliya about the Sun Ra Repatriation Project, her attempt to contact jazz musician Sun Ra on Saturn. Her first exhibition in Canada is going on right now at the Power Plant in Toronto.

Rajni Perera is a Toronto-based artist whose work contains elements of science fiction, mythology and sexuality.


Music on this episode:

An excerpt from WNDRLNDED by SlowPitchSound, who calls himself a "scifi-turntablist." His new album THK SKIN is released this Friday, March 10th.

The interview with Kapwani featured clips from "Looking Outward," "Outer Nothingness" and "Nebulae" by Sun Ra.


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Mar 1, 2017

Katie Stelmanis, AKA Austra, talks about her awkward CBC dance party, her time in an ostracized riot grrrl band and owning her music.


Austra's new album is called "Future Politics." You can stream it on Bandcamp. Find more of her stuff at our website:


Songs on this episode:

"Future Politics," "Utopia" and "43" from Future Politics.

"Painful Like" from Olympia.


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR / @Aliyapabani

Feb 22, 2017

Folk songs from a 19th-Century asylum for women, collected by the alter ego of Simone Schmidt.


Simone Schmidt performs as Fiver. Her new album, Audible Songs from Rockwood, is a collection of songs based on the mid-19th century archives of the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane, complete with contextual liner notes by her ethnomusicologist alter ego, Simone Carver. The album is out April 21st.


Songs on this episode, all by Fiver:

"Pile Your Silver"

"Stable Song"

"Worship the Sun (Not the Golden Boy)"

"Carry on Warm"


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Find links to some of this work at our website:

Feb 15, 2017

Emily M. Keeler listens to one song seven times a day, goes on Instagram and ends up in the Twilight Zone, and looks for gopher holes in poetry.


Emily is vice president of PEN Canada and editor of the Exploded Views series from Coach House Books. She also founded Little Brother Magazine. She recommends you check out:

  • Naomi Skwarna's Instagram account.
  • The essay "Mind No Mind" by Jia Tolentino.
  • Rupi Kaur's poetry book Milk and Honey.
  • Jana Prikryl's poetry book The After Party.
  • The song "I Wish" by Skee-Lo.

Emily's Twitter: @emilymkeeler


Find links to these people's work on our website,

Feb 8, 2017

Gif heritage with Sally McKay. Kiera Boult is the wizard of Canada's Brooklyn. The first movie star is from Hamilton.


Kiera Boult is a performance artist and retired stand-up comic.

Sally McKay is an artist, curator and assistant professor at McMaster University. She helped run the now-deceased art magazine Lola, which was famous for its "shotgun" art reviews by non-writers.

Florence Lawrence was a Hamilton-born silent actor who arguably became the first movie star. You can find some of her movies on Youtube.

Shirley Hughes is one of the co-founders of the Toronto Silent Film Festival.

The music on this show is by the band Zena.


This episode was recorded at Mills Hardware in Hamilton, Ontario.

Feb 1, 2017

Artwork goes missing. A film hits an impasse. An artist feels stuck. They turn to fortune teller Cindy Mochizuki for guidance.


In addition to being a go-to fortune teller for artists, Cindy Mochizuki is herself an artist based in Vancouver. Her work spans from animation to sculpture, incorporating themes of history and memory. Her short films have screened around the world.


Every artist on this episode makes incredible work that you should check out. We have links on our website,


Abbas Akhavan works in installation, drawing, video and performance. That work of his in The Guggenheim is called "Study for a Monument."

Amy Lam is one half of Life of a Craphead, who host a livestreamed performance night called Doored. They made the movie Bugs, "a satire about bug society and its most powerful family."

Walter Scott is a multi-disciplinary artist and creator of the Wendy comic books. You can hear a full interview with him on The Imposter episode 10, "Happy Lucky Accident Stories."

Sojourner Truth Parsons is a painter who has exhibited work around the continent. There's a great profile of her in Canadian Art, where you can see a lot of her paintings.

Nadia Belerique makes installations and works with steel. Her website looks like a xeroxed zine.


Music on this episode:

That funky electronic track at the beginning of the show is "Sage" by Man Made Hill.

Additional music is by Carl Didur.


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on on Twitter @IMPSTR / @aliyapabani

Jan 25, 2017

Jess Salomon makes her comedy Great Again. Bruce McDonald goes to Washington. PJ Vogt lives inside a Weakerthans song. BJ Snowden loves Canada more than Canadians do.


Jess Salomon used to be a UN war crimes lawyer. Now, she's trying to get some regular comedy gigs in New York. She has videos of her stand-up on her website.

Bruce McDonald is a filmmaker whose movies include Hardcore Logo, Highway 61 and Roadkill. His newest movie, Weirdos, will be in select theatres across Canada this spring.

PJ Vogt hosts a podcast called Reply All. In one episode, he micro doses on LSD at work and in another he explores One Direction conspiracy theories.

BJ Snowden is a songwriter living in Massachusetts. She writes songs about Canada, but also things like working as a school teacher and Judge Joe Brown.


Music on this episode:

"Sailin' On" by Haolin Munk.

"One Great City!" by The Weakerthans

"In Canada" by BJ Snowden.


The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Additional contributions on this episode from Katie Jensen and Chandler Levack. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR / @aliyapabani . Visit our webiste:

Jan 18, 2017

Whether he's talking about a book that changed his life or just his favourite brand of chips, author Pasha Malla approaches subjects with deep thought and insight. So we invited him on the show to talk about some of the stuff he's been into lately. Here are his picks:


  • The novel After James by Michael Helm.
  • Living Hour, a psychedelic band from Winnipeg and their song "Seagull."
  • The band Fake Palms from Toronto. Pasha picks the song "Melatonin."
  • The face of basketball player Andrew Wiggins, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR / @aliyapabani
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Jan 11, 2017

Performance artist Cassils talks about setting themselves on fire, having their image banned in Germany and making out with Lady Gaga. Find images and videos from their work at


Music on this episode:

"Move Like a Mystic" by A l l i e.

"Slipping Away" by Diana (Bad Channels remix).


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