Monthly Archives: August 2013


Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 (2009) is the most original film I’ve seen in a long time, a mash-up of science fiction tropes and some very political elements.  I wrote about it in passing in a long rambling essay (long even … Continue reading

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Six years since Richard Bradshaw

It was August 15, 2007.  I recall hearing the news that Richard Bradshaw had died. The Canadian Opera Company now have a resident conductor & a general director. Johannes Debus conducts the COC Orchestra & Alexander Neef is the canny … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei According to What?

Shortly after entering “According to What,” Ai Weiwei’s exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I experienced a magic moment, in my encounter with  “Tea House”, a deceptively simple installation by the artist. Here’s what this piece usually looks like.  … Continue reading

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Ethics and aesthetics in the news

It’s an odd week to be sure, as the Political keeps pushing its chin into the picture, rearing its handsome & long-haired head. The biggest controversy I’m currently hearing about is the fortunate convergence of Putin with Tchaikowsky…more on that … Continue reading

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Political Beethoven: time for truth

Do modern times sometimes upset you? seeking to escape? It’s a nerdy question naturally.  If you’re alive, you’re in modern times, no matter how preoccupied you allow yourself to become, lost in a video-game, biography, opera DVD, soap opera… (you … Continue reading

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Worship through Music, or “This is your soul on music”

This is a blog version of a message I delivered August 4th 2013. The readings (read by someone else) were Joshua 6: 1-21: one of scariest displays of the Old Testament God’s power, music is central to this moment. Psalm … Continue reading

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Omens and portents

I am no soothsayer. A little over a week ago Ontario had five by-elections. Here’s what I expected to hear on August 2nd (the day after the election): If the Liberals got massacred, that they were clinging to power, and … Continue reading

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