T.O. Music Notes
NOW has always been committed to cover- ing live music. That's how we were able to catch Chicago blues harp legend Carey Bell at Grossman's Tavern.
I'm not cynical about this. I'm a socialist, so I've learned patience in life. - UN ambassador Stephen Lewis at a global warming conference in Toronto.
Native issues are almost never just native issues. Native issues are human issues. - Buffy Sainte-Marie The only way we will stop the drug traffic is to hammer the five-gram user, the dime bag user. Hammer him, and the people at the head of the drug rings in Columbia and Mexico or wherever this is done will die on the vine. - Toronto judge Robert Dneiper during his sentencing of a 23-year-old part-time roofer to 30 days in jail for possession of marijuana.
Canada is putting more money into eradicating harmless dandelions that it is to eradicating the AIDS virus. - University of Western Ontario geneticist Joseph Cummins
I suppose selling nude pictures of the Pope would come close. - Iroquois Confederacy lawyer Paul Williams searches for a parallel to the practice of keeping native sacred objects in museums.
One can cheerfully consign everyone to hell when you're not going yourself. - lesbian feminist novelist Jeanette Winterson on her earlier career as a teenage evangelist. The unifying factor among all the book's opponents is that they have not read it, and in spite of not having read it they are able to make very specific and concrete criticism of it. - The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, pre-fatwa.
It's that Judeo-Christian idea that if you can think of a human use for something, then you should go and do it - especially if you can make money at it. It's almost as if not doing it is a waste, a sin against god. - David Suzuki arguing for a slowdown in scientific inquiry .
"The Oil's message, unfortunately, is as valid in Canada as it is in Australia and the band's inspired and appropriate demand to simply 'give it back and pay our share' is as fundamentally correct and achievable in North America as it is on that continent." - about Aussie political band Midnight Oil's fight for aboriginal rights.
"Even Roth's singing defies his reputation, lacking the shrill edges and daring that were once his trademark. Without a doubt, this is his worst and most bland effort to date." - about a post-Van Halen David Lee Roth.
"While his voice remains a tender messenger, he uses it to ill effect on this dreary material - so much so that he manages to inspire little more than pity in his listener." - about Art Garfunkel's Lefty LP.
"This debut album is already a smash hit in his native England, a fact that confirms the UK's unexplained obsession with bland and blatantly generic pop." - about Rick Astley's Whenever You Need Somebody.
top 10 albums
Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man
Metallica ...And Justice For All
Morrissey Viva Hate
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
top 10 movies
Eight Men Out
The Accidental Tourist
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
A Fish Called Wanda
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The Last Temptation Of Christ
in this year
Perestroika takes hold in the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev.
NOW opens its Queen's Park bureau.
The Supreme Court strikes down Canada's restrictive abortion law, giving women the right to choose.
The debate over Sunday shopping heats up in Toronto.
Akwesasne Mohawks debate whether cigarette smuggling and slot machines are the boon or bane of their existence.
Ollie North is indicted in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Sonny Bono is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California.
The Soviet Union agrees to withdraw from Afghanistan.
The Toronto AIDS Memorial, the first of its kind, is created.
Thousands of protestors in Burma (now Myanmar) are killed during demonstrations against the government in the 8888 Uprising.
The Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana nominates George H.W. Bush for president and Dan Quayle for vice-president.
Prime minister Brian Mulroney officially apologizes for the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II.
Sprinter Ben Johnson is stripped of his Olympic gold medal and world record when he tests positive for steroids
CHUM buys 299 Queen West for its headquarters.
Canadian federal election: Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservatives win a second majority government.
A 6.9 earthquake in Armenia kills nearly 25,000, injures 15,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
The Palestinian National Council meeting in Algiers proclaims an independent state of Palestine.