Stardust

Front page of the Friday arts section: I interviewed producer Matt Code about the new David Bowie movie, Stardust, which shot in Hamilton. Online: “Hamilton stands in for Hollywood in new David Bowie biopic streaming Friday,” Nov. 26, 2020 | “Next stop: Hamilton in David Bowie biopic,” Nov. 27, 2020, G1 With many thanks to…

Cartoon Character

I had the pleasure of reviewing Terry Mosher’s Professional Heckler: The Life and Art of Duncan Macpherson for the Literary Review of Canada. With thanks to Kyle Wyatt, the Bora Laskin Law Library, and McGill-Queen’s University Press. Book cover design: David Drummond Illustration of Duncan Macpherson courtesy of David Parkins for the LRC. Founded in…

Hinterland Remixed

I reviewed Andrew Burke’s Hinterland Remixed: Media, Memory, and the Canadian 1970s for the November 2020 issue of Border Crossings. With thanks to Meeka Walsh, John Patterson, and McGill-Queen’s University Press. Book cover design: David Drummond Video courtesy of Geronimo Inutiq Border Crossings (est. 1982) is a quarterly cultural magazine edited and published in Winnipeg….

Little Fires Everywhere

My op-ed about fires during quarantine, the Long and Bisby building on Hamilton’s west Mountain, and how city council’s delays threaten Hamilton’s built heritage. With thanks to James Charlton, Diane Dent, Hamilton Fire Department Assistant Deputy Chief Carla MacDonald, and Const. Lorraine Edwards. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a…

Guest of Honour: Interview with Atom Egoyan

Front page of the weekend Spectator: I interviewed Atom Egoyan about his latest film, Guest of Honour, starring David Thewlis as a Hamilton food inspector. With many thanks to Atom Egoyan, Marcy Gerstein, Ankixa Risk, Jacob Tutt, Kim Adrovez, Nathan Fleet, Kate Parkes, Olivia Nasner, Jeff Day, and Aviva Boxer. David Thewlis’ comments thanks to…

Mashups

I wrote a short review of Megen de Bruin-Molé’s Gothic Remixed: Monster Mashups and Frankenfictions in 21st-Century Culture for the TLS. With thanks to Michael Caines and Rozalind Dineen. Book cover design: Eleanor Rose Founded in 1902 as The Times Literary Supplement, the TLS is a weekly literary review published by News UK, a subsidiary…

Gothic Revival Meets Urban Decay

My op-ed about Claremont Lodge, the Auchmar gatehouse. With thanks to Paul Wilson, Candy Venning, and Robin Gleadall. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Photos: Candy Venning (2020) and Scott Gardner (2015). The Hamilton Spectator | read online | read in print

Maison McCall

I had the pleasure of writing about McCall’s interwar couture patterns for the upcoming Heritage issue of Selvedge Magazine. With thanks to Cécile Lambert and Elizabeth Randolph, Collections Manager of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Founded in 2004, Selvedge is a bimonthly that explores the history, future, politics, and…

Restored Hanrahan’s Part of Barton Renaissance

My opinion piece in The Hamilton Spectator: “Restored Hanrahan’s part of Barton renaissance.” With thanks to Konrad Sit, Bill Curran, Paul Wilson, Laura Hanrahan and Peter Duffus, Diane Gower Dent, Janice Brown, Carol Priamo, Tim Ritchie, Howard Elliott, Hamilton Public Library, and Local History & Archives. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland…

A New Life for the Old Hanrahan’s Hotel

My op-ed in the weekend edition of The Hamilton Spectator: “There should be a new life for the old Hanrahan’s Hotel.” With thanks to Diane Gower Dent, Bill Curran, Paul Wilson, Janice Brown, Carol Priamo, Laura Hanrahan, Peter Duffus, Jane Brennan Baker, Patrick Brode, Jason Schubert, Peter Mokrycke, Howard Elliott and Aviva Boxer of The…

The Pope Does Pride

Carole Pope is the headliner for this year’s Pride Hamilton. I interviewed the icon for The Hamilton Spectator. With thanks to Eric Alper and Brad Machry. Correction: Carole Pope also played the 10th Hamilton Pride in June, 2006. The Hamilton Spectator (est. 1846) is published by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. Photo: Tatijana…

Hurly Burly

Cover story about Cadence Machry, founder of the Hamilton Burlesque Society, and GTHA burlesque history. Feature written for the Winter issue of Hamilton Magazine. Thanks to Cadence Machry, the Archives of Ontario, Tanya Cheex, Samantha Craggs, Genie Emerald, Amanda Gaul, HPL Local History & Archives, Loretta Jean, Liz Mac and Final Girl Press, the Office…