The Green Knight

With my background in medieval literature, it was a great pleasure to review David Lowery’s The Green Knight (2021) for Cinema Scope. Find my review in the Fall issue with Tilda Swinton on the cover. With many thanks to Andrew Tracy, Kate Parkes, and Abby Clinton. Andrew Droz Palermo’s comments thanks to Filmmaker Magazine and…

Checking in on the Connolly

My Saturday op-ed on the Connolly and James Street Baptist, the partially demolished former church in downtown Hamilton. Print: “Checking in on the Connolly,” February 13, 2021, A17 | online: “Hamilton’s infamous church facade: a check-in on the Connolly,” February 12, 2021 With thanks to Paul Wilson, Lucasz Wywrot, John Wilcox of Vitreous Glassworks, Samantha…

A labour of love in glass, brick, and stone

I interviewed local residents about the former St. Giles in east Hamilton. The city’s first United Church, it was designed by architects Stewart & Witton. The 1912 church is at risk of demolition by its owner, New Vision United Church. Update: New team announced Feb. 11: KPMB Architects and Savira Cultural + Capital Projects with…

Designation in the core, demolition in the east: whose history matters?

My Saturday op-ed on church conversions as affordable housing and community spaces, and the former St. Giles in east Hamilton. St. Giles is at risk of demolition by its owner, New Vision United Church. Print: “Let’s not bulldoze the plague saint’s church,” December 12, 2020, A19. With thanks to Howard Elliott. Vonny Sweetland comments via…

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…