Mimico beach reach
RE Mucking up Mimico (NOW, June 10-16). Something missed in this timely article about the plight of Mimico residents is that the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority has already built extensive wetlands that children may explore and learn from at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, just west of Mimico Beach. Now that TRCA admits it created a water circulation problem with its Humber Bay Park spit for wealthy boat owners, it wants to punish Mimico residents further by removing their only beach. Mimico Beach was better maintained before amalgamation, and the city should be ashamed at the way it has stubbornly allowed this jewel in South Etobicoke to lapse into near ruin.
Waterfront Trail Artists, Toronto
Messin with 9/11
I'm writing regarding stephen Humphrey's article on 9/11, Whodunnit? They know (NOW, June 10-16). Whoever this impudent, surly and ultimately clueless Humphrey happens to be, his smarmy superior airs are malodorous. His dismissiveness of what transpired at the 9/11 Truth Alliance meeting in Toronto only indicates that his intellect is slightly below Jennifer Lopez's belly button.
How could you let such a trashy writer cover the most important story of the 21st century? How could you have allowed such a preposterous, ill-researched, anti-intellectual piece of drivel to destroy your credibility?
Bunny the bomb
Thanks to Elizabeth Bromstein for reviewing Bunny Brown's "virtually perfect" CD, Tomorrow The World (NOW, June 10-16) It's true the songs are "awesomely crafted" and that "Brown's voice works in every register and at any volume." But I have to strongly disagree with her about the lyrics.
As co-producer, multi-instrumentalist and Persist label founder for the disc, one of the main reasons that inspired me to invest so heavily in this project was the poignancy of the words.
Maybe Bromstein didn't dig the bold social criticism and culture-riffing of a couple of tunes, but what about the delicate and often self-effacing introspection and cheeky-tender life-affirming sentiments of the other songs (not to mention a Mendelson Joe cover and one sung entirely in German)?
To fixate on one element that Bromstein didn't like at the expense of everything else Bunny's writing has to offer is irresponsible.
Wanted to write in to thank Kevin Temple for the positive review of The Monster Show at sis boom bah's new space at 35 McCaul (NOW, June 10-16). But there are a few small details I need to clarify. Jeannie Pappas is actually my new partner and co-director of sis boom bah, but The Monster Show is solely my curatorial conception, and I must bear full responsibility for unleashing it onto the populace. Also, the curatorial statement had a bit of tongue-in-cheek play with the idea of me "saving" poor repressed designers from their life of corporate drudgery. I was actually mocking the whole knee-jerk idea that working artists and designers have "crushed spirits."
I was hoping that suggesting sis boom bah was on a "crusade" would signal an ironic tone, but I guess that didn't read for everyone.
Sarah Liss's comment about Dave Porter in her NXNE panel primer (NOW, June 10-16) is unfortunate, unfair and pisses me off. She wrote that the A&R Panel will feature "Universal's perennially outspoken Dave Porter trying to justify why they sign dudes like Matt Good when talented musicians are left by the wayside." Yes, Dave Porter is a visible and omnipresent target. He's the outspoken, rough-edged enfant terrible of the staid Canadian music industry and as such could use a little more exposure to sunlight. He's also the guy who takes care of extra chores like taking John Hiatt to a Halifax museum during downtime or having a drink with the late Sonny Sharrock when nobody else from the label would show.
Porter's advised many artists and bands on his own time and own dime. He's also the only music-addicted retail-chain whiz kid I ever met who used Ornette Coleman for in-store play. The bottom line is that he cares.
Your demonization of Stephen Harper (NOW, June 3-9) is the worst kind of hate propaganda I have ever read. This kind of bullshit in your magazine makes me want to switch my vote to Harper. I see nothing but an intelligent, honest man who wants to build a vibrant and diverse country. Of course, I know extreme left-wingers like yourselves cannot stand anyone who does not think like you. Live on in your elite dream world. Communism was tried and didn't work.
Big Brother Harper
While I was rather disturbed by the blatant attempt at fear-mongering directed at Stephen Harper - the red coloured photo did not help - I find letter writer Brett Sichello's response equally disturbing (NOW, June 10-16). Harper does have some scary right-wing stuff lurking in his background, and his flip-flop over Iraq has not been publicized enough. Harper should not be allowed to try to rewrite history à la Big Brother by inventing the preposterous claim that he did not want to send Canadian troops into Iraq. Anyone who followed the events knows that Harper was extremely gung-ho about joining Bush's ridiculous war.
RE Matt Mernagh's piece on the Fill The Hill pot rally in Ottawa (NOW, June 10-16). Excellent article. Well documented. Good job.
I'm not laughing
I'm wondering what possessed you to print Aaron Berg's misogynist drivel (NOW, June 3-9). As a long-time reader, I've grown used to the progressive stance your writers take on a broad range of issues. But the subtext to this article suggests that this unfortunate woman, because she fits a stereotype in Berg's stunted imagination ("a Hooters chick"), owes the author much more than the pleasure of her company after his attempts to procure pot for her. I imagine you printed this article because you thought it was "funny." I assure you that at least one reader isn't laughing.
What's wrong with comedy
I find it more than amusing that Martina Gail seems to have identified what is "wrong with comedy" with a letter knocking another comedian's work (NOW, June 10-16). Aaron Berg's essay was a brutally honest account of a life experience, and was friggin' funny. Martina, I will tell you what is wrong with comedy - comics who try to bring down anything that makes them uncomfortable. Heaven forbid something new is tried by this cookie-cutter industry. Get a life and work on your own act instead of worrying about Berg's.
RE Damascus Damage (NOW, May 27-June 2). Let's see, Bush places U.S. economic sanctions on Syria for being a "rogue state" that supports "terrorism" and "human rights abuses." Well, then why not apply them to Israel? Although the economic impact will be limited, this policy will only serve to show what kind of bigoted Muslim-bashing wackos run the White House and inflame anti-American passions.
Righting Rancho wrong
I just want to let you know that I think it was very classy to put that big apology to Rancho Relaxo in last week's issue (NOW, June 10-16). Well done!
Mike Da Costa