Sisters Euclid act too sublime for NOW critic
I was at the show THAT
Tim Perlich dissed (NOW, September 14-20). The Sisters Euclid were fantastic, as usual.
There were many soulful and sublime moments that Perlich is far too jaded to recognize. It's a hazard of being a professional critic.
What other band in this city packs a bar every Monday for years?
A lot of musicians are tired of seeing a glut of amateur youngsters, which is why we check out the Sisters Euclid. If you wanna see good live bands, listen to musicians, not critics.
The ponytailed Dr. Chris Minz
Want live music? Try DJ down the street
Mr. Perlich seems to
have inadvertently set the tone for a negatively biased review when he expressed disappointment that Adventures in Stereo cancelled their Elmo show, sending him elsewhere in search of live music.
He found the Sisters Euclid, a premier guitarist-fronted instrumental quartet whose weekly shows remain fresh and experimental.
If he doesn't think the guitarist has sufficient "facility to convey any larger musical point," he should have kept walking until he found a real, live turntable being scratched by a real, live DJ.
This soulful guitar hero is no wanker
This is for Tim Perlich. I'll keep it simple, since you get turned off by ideas that are too complicated or move too fast.
You don't get it. I don't like listening to wanking guitar players either, but if you can't hear passion in Kevin Breit's playing, you have no soul, my friend.
Anyway, I won't keep you. I'm sure you're off looking for a band with a guitar player with cool hair and a singer who swears a lot, so you can tell us how passionate their music is.
Have a nice life, chimp.
Why are cops hassling dykes in the ghetto?
Two things happened in the gay ghetto Friday. First was the Toronto police force sending five male officers into a bathhouse to break up an all-female party.
The other was the beating and attempted robbery of my friend on Maitland. He and his lover were walking home from the Barn at around 4 am when they were swarmed. The assailants thrust something wrapped in a towel into his gut, pushed him down and kicked him in the face, demanding his money. He has stitches a quarter-inch from his eye and some bruising, but nothing broken or otherwise permanent. He's very lucky, and he knows it. It could have been much, much worse.
So the police are busting up a lesbian get-together while my friend is getting beaten up. Is it just me or is there a policing problem here?
I hope chief Julian Fantino either makes good on his statements regarding cooperation with the community or allows the community to "protect and serve" itself. The police neither protected nor served the city of Toronto on Friday night.
I want to be a Soprano in a gangster fairy tale
Cool article about The
Sopranos (NOW, September 14-20). I own both seasons of The Sopranos on videotape, and what the National Council of Italian Canadians doesn't get is that you want to be Italian after watching this paradigm-shifting show -- even if you're a fierce Mohawk chick like me. What better way of promoting Italian culture is there than that, I ask you? Ciao!
Blue Rodeo's Olympic gig hardly scandalous
I find all this kerfuffle about Blue Rodeo playing the Olympics (NOW, August 24-30) amid protests from aboriginal groups Down Under amusing.
I remember when they played for the G7 in Toronto even though I and others were protesting the Summit. But why get upset?
I could understand the outrage if Bruce Cockburn or Fugazi were playing the Olympics, but Blue Rodeo? Give me a break.
Neo-Nazi free speech fare served well done
The gratuitous attack on lawyer and defender of society's oppressed outcasts Doug Christie by Scott Anderson (NOW, September 14-20) was hatefully typical of those tiny minds incapable of understanding the radical nature of free speech and thought.
Because he has legally fought for such social lepers as Zundel, Keegstra, Ross, Collins and Fromm against trumped-up charges of thought crimes, Christie has been vilified as being one of them. Guilt by association.
But who else in Canada has the moral and political courage to defend the lowest of the low at the risk of his own life, career and reputation?
Certainly never such meretricious defenders of the downtrodden as Kopyto, Greenspan or Ruby. God forbid. What would the Canadian Jewish Congress say?
Christie stands in the great legal tradition of Clarence Darrow, head and shoulders above the rest of the mountebanks.
Unlike most Canadians, Christie, like Darrow, understands that tolerance for intolerance is the sine qua non of a truly free and open society, and inalienable individual freedom of speech can never be made contingent on its content.
There can be no reasonable limits on free speech. All such limitations must, by their very arbitrary nature, be unreasonable. Limited speech is not free speech. Never has been and never will be. And please don't trot out that hoary canard about shouting fire in a crowded theatre.
Tories court disaster worse than Walkerton
Having a plan to send Toronto's garbage to Adams Mine in today's world does not make sense.
As areas in the world are parched from lack of fresh water, our Ontario government plans to circulate a pristine source through a massive garbage dump.
The problems of Walkerton are going to seem a sideshow in years to come. The Harris government has truly put Ontario's environmental strategy back into the Stone Age by endorsing this future ecological nightmare.
So much garbage, yet so little recycling
I'm outraged by coun-cil's proposal to dump Toronto's garbage in Adams Mine.
There is a very direct danger of contamination of drinking water for communities surrounding the pit.
I am embarrassed and ashamed as a Torontonian to be seen dumping our garbage on people who do not want it and who are scared for their children's health.
It is unbelievable that we produce so much garbage, and that so little of it is recycled.
We need to create a generous fund for public education for reduction and a serious recycling program, including pickup of wet wastes and plastics.
This kind of program, combined with the minimum use of proven landfills, is a clear alternative.
Mayor Mel is mistaken if he thinks he can build his re-election campaign on moose. People need to see action on real problems.
You go your gay way and I'll go mine
I'm writing in regard to two letters, Imams Should Practise What They Preach, by D.C. Bowman and Wake Up, Tolerant T.O., There's Trouble Afoot, by Joe Walsh (NOW, September 14-20).
I will not dignify Mr. Walsh by returning his four-lettered f-word. We Muslims are a part of the diverse society that is Canada. We have every right to our opinion, whether the Misters Walsh or Bowman agree with us or not.
We do not feel the need to bend in the prevailing direction of the winds of political correctness.
We base our opinions and beliefs on what we consider to be right guidance, namely the Quran and Hadith (saying of the prophet Muhammad).
We feel that homosexuality is an "aberration of normal sexuality." In the Islamic perspective, sex is the union a man and woman (the penis and vagina engage more easily than penis and anus).
Homosexuality is an aberration of sexuality much like schizophrenia is an aberration of thought or manic depression is an aberration of mood.
Islam strives to make a society that is free from influences that inhibit the happiness and healthy functioning of the majority.
Imbibing intoxicants (booze, drugs, etc) and unbridled sexual activity (adultery, fornication and, as mentioned above, homosexuality) contribute in many, many ways to a great deal of the suffering and unhappiness that the world experiences.
In an Islamic state, "corrective action" would be take to get rid of any manifestation of anything that is harmful to society.
However, Muslims in North America are not living under anything that resembles an Islamic state.
As such, if we cannot do anything to influence society as a whole, we can at least help ourselves, especially when it comes to the education of our children.
Until such time as we can afford to have a school system of our own, we must continue to send our children to the public school system.
If we feel that homosexuality or extramarital sex is wrong, we have the right to speak out against a system that endeavours to teach our children otherwise.
In any event, as the Quran would say, "...You your way, and I mine."