Author Archives: Aaron Brophy

Kardinal Offishall On The Toronto Raptors’ Magical Run

Kardinal Offishall

Can-rap OG Kardinal Offishall has been supporting hometown NBA team the Toronto Raptors since the beginning and through the lean years, so it’s only fitting now they’re the champs that he also gets to share in a bit of that shine.

I spoke to Kardi about the Raptors and the team’s close connection to the Canadian rap community in a piece for SOCAN Words & Music.

To read the story go here.

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Digging Into Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, the latest edition of the Ip Man martial arts movie series, was released in April.

Sarah broke down what people needed to know about the star-studded movies in a blog post for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read about it go here.

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Dream Warriors And Alanis In Focus On Polaris Podcast Episode 24

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

Episode 24 of the Polaris Podcast was the third in a four-part series dedicated to albums that received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

For this episode we talked about Dream Warriors’ rap classic … And Now The Legacy Begins and Alanis Morissette’s zeitgeist-riding Jagged Little Pill.

This and other Polaris Podcast episodes can be found on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

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Sigma Derby: The Beloved Mechanical Horse-Race Game That’s Running Out Of Time

2013 Sigma Derby Tournament

One of Sarah’s favourite things in not only Las Vegas, but perhaps the whole world, is a busted old mechanical horse racing gambling game called Sigma Derby.

Unfortunately, over the years these games have slowly broken down and disappeared until the point where there’s only one known working one left situated at The D Las Vegas casino.

Sarah wrote about the game and the culture that’s developed around it in a piece for Atlas Obscura.

To read it go here.

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Friday Student Strikes Explained

Greta Thunberg

Unless you’re a science-denying idiot you may have noticed that agitated young people have started regularly striking from school to draw attention to the looming climate crisis.

Inspired by teen activist Greta Thunberg, students around the world are making their voices heard for this cause.

Fridays For Futures is one of the organizations that’s helping coordinate these student activists. I spoke to FFF’s Cathy Orlando to learn more.

Read the piece at Samaritanmag here.

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GSP Retires

GSP

GSP

Georges St-Pierre, one of the top three mixed martial arts fighters of all time, has announced his retirement.

GSP has little left to prove in his career and says the only fight he’d be willing to take is with undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. The UFC refused to book this match, though both fighters wanted it.

Sarah wrote about GSP’s legacy for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

Read it here.

 

 

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Polaris Podcast Episode 23 Takes On Rush And Bruce Cockburn

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

Episode 23 of the Polaris Podcast was the second in a four-part series dedicated to albums that received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

For this episode we talked about Rush’s 2112 and Bruce Cockburn’s Stealing Fire.

This and other Polaris Podcast episodes can be found on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

Or, to make it easy, you can listen to it right here:

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