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Apr 19, 2017

Jonathan Rotsztain distributes newspapers for Metro Toronto, and makes comics about it. His goal is to get his comics about the Metro printed in the Metro, so that he can have the pleasure of distributing his own artwork on the job.
With your help, we can achieve this goal together. 

Tweet @metrotoronto with the hashtag #hurtjae and demand that they publish Jonathan's metro comics! Follow @jrotszta on Instagram and tag @metronewsca in the comments! Look at Jonathan's website!

Music on this episode:
"So Far So Cool" and "Bright Future" by Peter Kalyniuk.

Apr 12, 2017

Century Egg composes Chinese pop songs by Email. And a war is brewing in the Canadian art world. It's a war of loverz, haterz and haterzhaterz.


Century Egg makes Chinese pop music in Halifax. They just wrapped up a mini-tour of central and eastern Canada. They talk about their peculiar approach to writing music. River God, the title track off their latest release, was written in 20 minutes, while singer Shane Keyu Song and guitarist Robert Drisdelle waited for their rice to finish cooking.


Anonymous meme accounts have started a war in the polite, Canadian art scene. @CanadianArtWorldHaterz’s memes call out artists and gallery owners across the country, tackling issues of representation and power imbalances in the art world. @CanadianArtWorldHaterz quickly spawned reaction accounts, including @CanadianArtWorldHaterzHaterz and @CanadianArtWorldLoverz.

Sholem Krishtalka of Toronto’s infamous critical art zine, Art Fag, reflects on his days writing his own anonymous, and whether anything's changed.


Music on this episode:

"River God," "All This Unpleasantness" "Sunshine Realise" and "Day That Didn't Exist" by Century Egg

"Never Trust a Storyteller" and "Inter-Mission" by Obuxum. Find more of her music here.

Apr 5, 2017

Sabrina Jalees knows the work side of comedy. She's been doing standup since she was a teen and has been on TV almost as long. But she's still waiting for that dream job.

She talks to Aliya about her long game and how joking about being Muslim has changed since her early, post-9/11 days.

You can catch Sabrina this week on the Just For Laughs Roadshow in Markam, Milton, Burlington or Kingston.


Music on this episode:

"Haberdash" by Phèdre.

"St Lucia" by Bernice.

Mar 29, 2017

Comedian Fatima Dhowre recounts her many near death experiences and breaks down her first comedy set.


Fatima is performing at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival April 6th to 9th.

Betty Lambert was a writer based in Vancouver. Crossings was the only novel she published, but she also wrote plays, radio plays and short stories. That piece featured the voices of writers Anakana Schofield and Claudia Casper, Betty's daughter Ruth Lambert and Betty's sister, Dorothy Beavington. Thanks to Lee Beavington and Arsenal Pulp Press for their assistance.

Mourning Coup is the musical project of Chandra Melting Tallow.

Brad Ross is a man who knows Chad Kroeger


Find links to more of their work at


Thank you to CIVL Radio and the podcast Cited for bringing us to the University of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, where this show was originally performed.

Mar 22, 2017

A ten-year-old leads the revolution on Youtube. An interview with two child screenwriters goes badly. A dad and daughter review Mac DeMarco's old band.


Sceneable is a Youtube channel by a ten-year-old from Quebec named Dylan. He vlogs about things like communism, women's rights and growing fish.

Cave Small Cave Big is a surreal short film that was written by Madeline Lee Harker and Adelaide Shwartz when they were five. It was directed by Joële Walinga. Follow Cave Small, Cave Big on Facebook for updates about upcoming screenings, currently planned for Brooklyn, Albuquerque, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Contributors: DandD Listens, Katie Jensen


Music on this episode:

"Slush Puppy Love" and "Heat Wave" by Makeout Videotape.

The Cave Small Cave Big music comes from the film's soundtrack, written by Carl Didur, Thom Gill and featuring "solo" by Madeline Lee Harker.

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.


We're coming to Abbotsford, BC for a FREE live show on March 18th! Get the details on our website:

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,

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