A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Birthe Piontek

A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Birthe Piontek

Hello May, so glad to see you! And we’re equally glad that photographer Birthe Piontek is our Featured Artist this month. ”The first lyric heard on May’s Featured Artist playlist speaks of knowing and loving someone in tandem, one leading effortlessly into the other. {This] lovely sentiment could very easily be applied to the work of photographer Birthe Piontek. To know her photographs is to love them.”

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Ora Cogan on Crickets, collaboration, and experimentation

Ora Cogan on Crickets, collaboration, and experimentation

Crickets was me feeling through the tumultuous times we’re living in. The whole time I was writing, it was like I was casting a spell to not be fucked with. Feeling through deeply painful topics like gaslighting, resource extraction, depression, environmental and social injustices and then building up the sound so that it felt like a vindicating and empowering space.

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A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Lauren Ray

A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Lauren Ray

Curating and writing this month’s Featured Artist playlist is guest Ana Rivera, dear friend of photographer Lauren Ray and long-time collaborator behind the DJ booth (the two currently have a regular show on No Fun Radio, called Sound Vacation). Ana rightfully points to the nostalgia and everyday romance present in Lauren’s work, and has put together a selection of songs to match. ”To me, her photographs often evoke a sense of adventure, with a mixture of playfulness and nostalgia—full of colourful moods.” Enjoy!

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A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Katie and Paul

A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Katie and Paul

Sure, it’s been a cold February. But if you run a hot shower and let the steam spill out into your apartment, carve a honeydew melon into cubes, and pretend your electric heater is the hot summer sun, it might as well be June. Look no further than Katie and Paul’s piece, Paradise Found, for visual inspiration. Better yet, study its lush colour and tropical imagery while listening to the warm sounds of this Featured Artist mix. You’ll be basking in heat and light quicker than you can say ‘cactus flower’.

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An Invitation to Action: Andrea Warner, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Decolonizing Music Journalism

An Invitation to Action: Andrea Warner, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Decolonizing Music Journalism

“In the past three or four years, talking to Buffy Sainte-Marie and really digging very intensely into her discography and songbook has led me to just letting that be a sort of invitation—not for me in particular, but an invitation to think about my place in all of it.”

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A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Angus Ferguson

A Mixed Playlist Inspired By: Angus Ferguson

The month of October spells change; colours turn from cool greens to warm reds, the weather becomes dark and wet, and summer drifts even farther away while winter inches closer with every chilly evening. Change goes hand in hand with nostalgia, don’t you think? Featured Artist Angus Ferguson’s art, combined with this list of tunes, is sure to make the shift into autumn’s sentimentality a little easier. You might even welcome a ghost or two.

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Meet August's Featured Artist: Aaron Read!

Meet August's Featured Artist: Aaron Read!

Once the dog stops howling I notice the ants. They’re climbing up my legs, across my stomach and into the styrofoam container holding my burrito. I would later inadvertently transport at least a dozen of the busy creatures into my apartment. But in that moment, reclining on a hill of brown, scratchy grass, the sun trust-falling slowly backwards into the arms of the far side of earth as Aaron Read and I pour various hot sauces onto our dinners—I don’t mind.

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