RE Adria Vasil’s My Life, Unplugged (NOW, March 27-April 2). Let’s stop all this eco grandstanding.
Hi, I’m Adria, I’m going to stop being an energy-guzzler for (fill in the length of time).
Or we’re all going to try to turn off everything for one hour. These are the enviro equivalents of flagpole-sitting.
Instead, why don’t you help people understand that they can give up certain energy-guzzling appliances forever? Things they thought they couldn’t live without: their television, for instance, or their electric stove and oven.
Our family of two adults and two teens have been cooking with a two-burner hot plate and a portable convection oven for three years.
You know, less grandstanding and more real results.
Jews have long seen light
I thought your readers might find it interesting to note that, in terms of conservation and environmentalism, Orthodox Jewry is a few thousand years ahead of the game.
Observant Jews don’t eschew electricity for one hour a year: they do so for 24 hours every week and then some. There are 14 days throughout the Jewish year during which no electricity is used.
In fact, Orthodox Jewry helps save the planet in other ways, and in observance of other holidays: there are half a dozen fast days in the Jewish calendar (surely that deserves green recognition) and a day, Tu B’Shvat, dedicated to the celebration of trees.
Rather than pat on the back those who engage in purely symbolic acts of conservation, we should acknowledge those who have, for centuries, acted practically to save our planet.
Real rap on hip-hop
I just finished reading your extensive, by NOW’s usual standards, article on Canadian rap (NOW, March 20-26), and while you do bring to light many factors that have helped or hindered the scene, there are a few missing pieces, especially regarding radio airplay.
You briefly mention university radio, but that is in fact where Canadian rap developed. CHRY, CIUT, CKLN: without these stations there would have been no Flow 93.5 FM.
Speaking of Flow, how could you fail to mention one of the few original hip-hop programs on the air: OTA Live?
I guess you have to be a bit of an insomniac to enjoy the show, but the OTA Live top 10 countdown is CanCon at its finest. Hellooooo!
Your article did bring the topic to a public forum, which was a great thing indeed.
Now all we need to do is continue the dialogue. I think a roundtable discussion is definitely in order.
Make some noise for me
Big up to NOW for its long-overdue feature on Toronto hip-hop. But don’t forget that the first film to shed light on local talent was my own 1994 Make Some Noise, featuring, among others, Ghetto Concept, Nu Black Nation, Farley Flex and a then unknown Brooklyn rapper named Mos Def.
Ultramagnetic Productions Ltd.
Hard-on for Guest Bedroom
Anyone who frequents NOW’s music pages is well aware that your mag has a hard-on for the Guest Bedroom, and for good reason. They’re great people and an amazing band.
But two other bands who played the first night of the Haggard Beast record release (NOW, March 6-12) also deserved mention, one of which opened the show to a full audience before the Guest Bedroom. The other literally tore the place to shreds immediately after. NOW’s dedication to local underdogs has all but died over the past couple of years, and this is only one glaring example.
Smith don’t know squat
A few years back, Mike Smith wrote an article for NOW about OCAP’s occupation, the Pope Squat, at 1510 King West, which a reader dismissed in a letter to the editor as a “sloppy blow job.” We’ll try to be a little less crass in our reply to Smith’s latest musings (NOW, March 20-26) on this controversial property.
Smith’s failure to present fairly our neighbourhood’s competing vision for affordable housing at 1510 King West, coupled with his implication that residents wish to see the building converted into a family dwelling, demonstrates a little ignorance and a whole lot of bias.
Rather than spending close to half a million in public funding and extending a huge property tax break to a private developer so the developer can stuff 20 poorly designed, very small single-occupancy apartments into an unsightly converted house, we would like to see the city encourage the creation of a mix of larger, affordable units that can be used proudly by both singles and families.
The city and our councillor, Gord Perks, had the levers to make that happen.
They chose not to. Now, that would be news.
For Latin food lovers
In regard to the restaurant section of NOW, your staff need to be educated on Latin American culture.
Many of your reviews of Latin American restaurants keep referring to them as “cantinas.” To clarify, a cantina is a bar only, where people go to drink.
Also, some of the restaurants you mention are not even Latino at all, but owned by white people. They are as authentic as calling Taco Bell Mexican food. You need to get out of your white downtown bubble and go to other parts of the city.
Stop passing off “gringo” restaurants as Latin American.
You published my letter regarding Fashion Week (NOW, March 27-April 2), about how we were refused a refund after not being able to get into the show.
To be fair, Robin Kay, president of the Fashion Designers Council of Canada, did respond to me two days later. She was very gracious in acknowledging my dilemma and promised a full refund, which I received via mail.
I would appreciate it very much if you would give her and the council due credit.
Chris Le Page