When I play, if I get offstage and haven't totally sweated through all my clothes, I feel like I haven't really worked. - John Kastner of the Doughboys
I've never made music to be successful. If my records aren't big sellers, that's okay. They don't cost much to make. - Beck
If I went to the hippest club in New York and Jeffrey Dahmer was in line, he would get in before me. - director John Waters on how serial killers have become pop culture heroes
The problem with pop music is that now it's been around for 40 years. Musicians have to stop thinking it's their god-given right to be there. - Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker on the arrogance of unproven artists
Brothers generally don't get on that well, and believe me, we've had our moments. But not to the extent that it gets written up in the papers. - Oasis singer (and headline grabber) Noel Gallagher
Punk rock was great in its time, but now its corpse is stinking up my life. - Jeff Buckley
When I hear the name Sting, I can feel projectile vomit coming on. I have real trouble with any of those bleeding-heart boys like him and Bob Geldof. They're such fucking breeders. They talk so much shit, but their personal lives are so pathetic. - performance artist Diamanda Galás
If it's not a bad hospital, it's a dumb one. - Nora McCabe, member of Parkdale community advisory board and mother of former Queen Street Mental Health Centre patient
When I say we have to pick up a sword and shield and kill the bastards, I mean politically, not physically. - Ron Arnold, Sierra Club member and founder of the anti-green wise use movement
"To paraphrase Bogie, it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, and that's the curse of Generation X." - about the movie Reality Bites
"House lights have rarely been so intrusive at the end of a performance as when this special world is dissolved." - about the play Requiem For An Angel
"And to be honest, in an age of male movie stars with zero per cent body fat, Candy stood out as inspiration to those of us who see dinner as something standing between us and dessert. He was an anti-hero in the age of asceticism." - about John Candy, who passed away in March
"I'm not necessarily saying we need to see werewolves disembowelling their prey and gnawing on their entrails, but hey, in the realm of the modern horror movie, it's no guts, no glory." - about a rather bloodless Wolf, with Jack Nicholson
"The most impressive effect, and I can't figure out how they did it, is to make Gary Sinise into a double amputee - it isn't like the old days when Jose Ferrer would walk on his knees while wearing a long coat." - about Forrest Gump
For all the talk about the Man in Black being hipper than ever, Johnny Cash is one guy who doesn't need to concern himself with such trivial matters. - about Cash in concert at the CNE Bandshell
Top 10 albums
Victoria Williams Loose
Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder Talking Timbuktu
Khaled N'ssi N'ssi
Jeff Buckley Grace
Daniel Johnston Fun
Method Man Tical
Notorius B.I.G. Ready To Die
Beastie Boys Ill Communication
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Top 10 movies
Three Colours: Red
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
Natural Born Killers
Derek Jarman's Blue
The Shawshank Redemption
NOW never minds Nirvana
Regardless of how you feel about Nirvana and the whole tackily over-blown grunge thing that did more to inspire bad garage bands than great music, there's no denying Kurt Cobain's importance. Like a new generation's John Lennon, our money's on you still remembering where you were when you heard about his suicide. When it comes to Nirvana, NOW was on board long before 91's Nevermind. From music writer Tim Perlich being asked by bassist Krist Novoselic if the band could crash on his couch (Kurt was too shy) and bonding over Twin Peaks episodes to dodging beer bottles at their infamous Lee's Palace performance, we've been down with the tragic heroes of the Seattle grunge scene through the rise and fall of plaid flannel as uniform.
The way we write songs has never been a conscious choice with us. It comes out of laziness. It just happens to be easier to act pissed off and write angry songs than to try to be nice. Hiding behind a bunch of noisy amplifiers and screaming is an easy front. Kurt Cobain
In this year
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect.
Zapatista Army of National Liberation begins war in Chiapas, Mexico.
Artists and anti-censorship activists cram city committee meeting to protest first-ever police raid of an art show, Eli Langer's at Mercer Union, under Canada's child porn law.
Big-box store revolution gets a toehold in the GTA with controversial approval by the OMB of a Costco outlet in Brampton.
RIP: John Candy, comic actor.
Police services board chair Susan Eng pushes to develop strict intelligence-gathering procedures after revelations that Toronto's finest spied on black community groups.
Controversial black nationalist organization Nation of Islam opens Toronto chapter.
Harvard student paper the Crimson left red-faced after running ad for Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel.
Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
Christie-Dupont Loblaws Superstore gets go-ahead in the face of criticism from local businesses that it will kill Bloor Street vitality.
Canada lifts a 16-year ban on development funds to communist Cuba.
The most famous police chase in history: O.J. Simpson and Al Cowlings in a white Bronco.
Police services board votes to replace police Uzi submachine guns with more powerful carbine rifles.
Major league baseball goes on strike, ending the Expos' last shot at a World Series title.
NOW endorses progressive Bob Kerr for police chief while establishment campaigns against his appointment behind the scenes.
Court strikes down the section of Criminal Code banning the promotion of pot as unconstitutional.
Reformer Barbara Hall whips the right's choice, June Rowlands, to become mayor of Toronto.
AGO director Glenn Lowry goes to New York to take over the helm at the Museum of Modern Art.
RIP: Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal of General Idea.