It really is a strange time we're living in when saying Don't kill people' is considered a radical point of view.- Spearhead singer Michael Franti on writing anti-war songs during the time of Operation: Enduring Freedom
I don't know how this fits in, but I've been listening to Dolly Parton a lot since September 11. When the bombing happened, she was the only thing I could listen to that would make me feel patriotic. I think instead of big flags, Americans should put up pictures of Dolly. At least people would know what they're fighting for. - Rufus Wainwright
I changed "motherfucker" to "asshole," and "big-titted ass-fuckers" to "big-titted ass-bangers." The point is, that there were still asses getting banged. - Comedy Right Now comic Dave Martin on adapting his act for TV
On the biggest night in the 2,000 years since Christ was born, when big things, crazy things were supposed to happen, if I didn't have artistic licence to do whatever I wanted, why should I even be an artist? - fiddle freak Ashley MacIssac defends his racist rant at a Halifax New Year's Eve rave
To say that I DJed at a party where some 15-year-old kid OD'd is not very cool to brag about, you know? - DJ Halo helps the rave scene grow up
If we can't find a few square feet to help people get out of the cold, then I think it's a statement of failure for our city. - Councillor Jack Layton on finding some space by the lake for squatters
Forces of evil that represent a form of organized anarchy and violence that can only be described as unprecedented domestic terrorism. - Toronto top cop Julian Fantino describing anti-globalization protestors
I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me. - Mayor Mel Lastman before travelling to Kenya
"Gone are the tortured soul ballads, to be replaced by flaky love songs, ditties about PMS and sunshine, and poetry. Bad poetry. Someone needs to get dumped." - about Mary J. Blige's No More Drama disc
"High on the list of phrases I never thought I'd hear - "a romantic comedy from the director of Delicatessen and Alien Resurrection." - about Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie
"Were the songs any good, the ego might be tolerable. Instead, this borders on insufferable." - about how bad Matthew Good is
"On one level, I know I should like this film better than I do. On another, the emotional precision of the performances makes me wonder if a copy of Swordfish is in at Blockbuster yet. " - about the Oscar-nominated In The Bedroom
"If you can imagine a heavy metal Corky and the Juice Pigs, you'll know why to give this a pass." - about Tenacious D's debut
"It's possible that Kid Rock might not be as dumb as he looks." - about Kid Rock's album, Cocky
"No way Britney's the new Madonna. While everyone's been ogling the former Mouseketeer's ample implants, Gwen Stefani has quietly assumed the throne." - about the ascendency of Gwen Stefani
"Punk rock is so mainstream it hurts." - about wannabe Sex Pistols Sum 41.
"Loeb's glasses were always edgier than her tunes." - on Loeb live at Lee's Palace
top 10 albums
Zero 7 Simple Things
Manitoba Start Breaking My Heart
The Dears Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Angie Stone Mahogany Soul
Danny Michel In The Belly Of A Whale
Spiritualized Let It Come Down
Kardinal Offishall Quest For Fire
Jelleestone Jelleestone Thirteen
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
top 10 movies
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
The House Of Mirth
The Royal Tennenbaums
In The Mood For Love
in this year
JANUARY The actual start of the 21st century.
George Dubya is sworn in as the 43rd president.
FEBRUARY RIP: Reid Diamond, musician and visual artist.
NOW infuriates police by publishing chief Julian Fantino's Woodbridge address and a photo of his house.
Cabs are equipped with cameras, raising privacy questions.
The Netherlands legalizes same-sex marriage, the first country in the world to do so.
When Heather Reisman's Indigo takes over Chapters, she stops allowing NOW Magazines inside the stores.
Mel Lastman's election war chest: $1.3 million. Closest rival Tooker Gomberg's: $92,000.
RIP: David Barker Maltby, photographer.
OCAP takes over provincial finance minister Jim Flaherty's office and "evicts" him by removing furniture.
Canada becomes the first country in the world to sanction and regulate the use of medicinal marijuana.
R&B singer Aaliyah is killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
In what comes to be known simply as 9/11, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are hit by hijacked planes.
Anthrax becomes the latest terrorist threat as envelopes laden with the virus are sent to U.S. news agencies. The attacks are not made public until three weeks later.
The U.S. invades Afghanistan.
The Patriot Act goes into effect - because if it doesn't, the terrorists win.
Apple releases the iPod - because if it doesn't, the terrorists win.
Cops unveil of an aboriginal art mural to mark the first year of their graffiti clampdown.
Mike Harris calls it quits after six years of low-lights that gut labour laws, environmental protection and local democracy and "create crises" in education and health care.
NOVEMBER GameCube and Xbox launch.
Pope John Paul II sends the first papal e-mail.
Muggles beware: Harry Potter mania sweeps the globe.