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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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Dave Grohl Takes Canada

Foo Fighters

“When I was young I cut off the tip of my finger in a shop class accident, so I have to wear plastic tips,” says Dave Grohl, the leader of the Foo Fighters, on the morning of Summersault 2000’s first show in Vancouver.

His guitar playing is remarkable considering his disability so you’ll have to get real close to the stage to tell if what he’s saying is true, but it’s the cross-Canada tour he’s really excited in talking about. Going on at length about his favourite aspects of Canada, you just want to give him a little hug, hand him a toque and jug of maple syrup and give him a free “Good through all of Canada” bus pass.

Here’s what he had to say:

Getting excited about the tour yet?
Dave Grohl: I’m excited to do it. I’m really looking forward to it. The Deftones are playing today and I’m extra looking forward to seeing that. I’ve never seen them play and I really do like their record a lot. And, um, everybody else can go fuck themselves.

What’s the deal with the “Foo-B-Cue”?
We brought a barbecue tech with us on this tour. We are traveling with our own barbecue on this tour. So we’re going to set up right outside our bus and have a barbecue at every stop on the tour. We don’t have a pig on a spit or anything but, I wish…

Are you gonna play Molly Hatchet at the barbecue?
There’s gonna be a whole lotta Skynyrd, Foghat and a lot of fuckin’ death metal while we eat ribs.

Shouldn’t you eat the ribs raw for death metal?
We’ll just eat each other’s hearts or something.

So what’s it like to be back in Canada?
We were actually just here with the Chili Peppers a couple months ago. Canada to us is one of the best places to play only because, for whatever reason, they’ve embraced our band here more so than almost anywhere else in the world. The audiences here are greatly enthusiastic, so I’m looking forward to it. There’s a lot of things I like about Canada… not only is it beautiful country, the people seem to be genuinely, nice.

Now you’re sucking up.
I’m serious! There’s few countries in the world where people are actually warm and receiving. There’s Italy, there’s Spain and then there’s Canada.

How’s dealing with Our Lady Peace?
I don’t deal with anybody and you know what? We’re the easiest fucking band in the world to negotiate with because we just don’t give a shit! We don’t care! All we need is a barbecue and Crown Royal. That’s it. And some Coors Light.

Well, you are in the home of Crown Royal.
I know, that’s why I’m fucking psyched! This tour’s gonna be great!!

What do you think about Canadian chicks?
Canadian chicks are fuckin’ hot!

…As you say that winking.
Yeah. I know a Canadian chick that’s REALLY hot.

Ever heard the Fred Schnieder & The Shake Society song “Monster?”
I haven’t heard it. But anything Fred does is solid gold anyway.

It goes [singing] “There’s a monster in my pants/And he likes to jump and dance/When he comes into the room/People hit it with a broom [chorus] Oh no monster, Oh no monster…”

Wow!! Swe-eet! We have a song called “Watershed” and we went to do it acoustic on radio once but on record it’s this wild, fast, screaming punk rock song and we tried it acoustic and I realized there was no way I could scream over it. There wasn’t really any way I could sing it so I thought that I would tell a story in the voice of Fred Schnieder. The story was actually about coming to Vancouver.

More and more Canadian angles!
See what I’m talking about! I love Crown Royal! Canadian chicks are hot…

At what point do we have to declare you an honorary Canadian?
I guess whenever I get my green card. Do you have those here? I guess once I become spokesman for Crown Royal.

You could get your bus in the shape of a Crown Royal bottle.
Now that’s going a little too far man, c’mon. I don’t want the kids drowning themselves in Crown Royal every night. I’ll just wear a fuckin’ crown every night, how’s that?

That could work.
And I could make a cape out of all those purple bags! I think all the Crown we’ve drank in the last six months we could probably make a blanket or something.

What are your favourite Canadian cities?
I really like Montreal a lot and I really like Vancouver. Montreal’s good if you want to score some sticky and hang with death rockers.

Yeah, Montreal’s big on that.
I know. I love it. One of my favourite bands ever was this band Voivod. I worshipped them when I was a kid.

Iron Maiden and Rob Halford played here a couple days ago.
Hey, run to the hills everybody.

In honour of Iron Maiden and Rob Halford I stole this idea from a website called Metal Sludge. I’m going to give you a list of records for you to rate, 1 being something you should burn to keep from the ears of children and 10 being a record that’ll make you want to bust stuff in a real cool way:

Motley Crue Shout At The Devil
I give that probably about a 7.

Heart Dreamboat Annie
Ooh. That’s a fuckin’ 9!

Culture Club Kissing To Be Clever
That’s a 1.

Iron Maiden Powerslave
I’m not too familiar with that, but because it’s Maiden I give it a 6.

Judas Priest Turbo
That’s probably gonna have to take a fuckin’ 8. He was comin’ out record by record. It was gonna happen. Everybody knew, everybody fucking knew, but all the dudes that liked the music didn’t want to admit it to themselves. “He’s not gay, this rocks. No way man, no way, he’s not a fag.”

Depeche Mode People Are People
I give it a fuckin’ 2.

WASP The Last Command
2. I hate WASP.

Styx Kilroy Was Here
That’s gonna get a fuckin’ 8.

David Lee Roth Eat ‘Em And Smile
10 baby! 10 right there! That one never goes away. Did you ever hear the Spanish version of that record?! It’s so hilarious.

Foreigner Double Vision
Dude. That gets a fuckin’ 20! That’s off the chart! You can’t get any cooler than Foreigner. On that list Foreigner’s the baddest! There are legions of Foreigner fans in America.

This interview was originally published August 4, 2000 via Chart Communications.

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Samaritan News 15 Pack: Stormzy, Alice Cooper, More

Stormzy

I continue to contribute to the charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag.

Here are some pieces I contributed awhile back:

WATCH: New Gillette Ad Confronts Toxic Masculinity, Challenges Men To Do Better

Blue Jays Annual Toronto Winter Fest Supports Jays Care Foundation

Barenaked Ladies, Scott Helman, Monster Truck, USS Among Acts Honouring Walk Off The Earth’s Mike Taylor At Free Show

Italian Band Mardi Gras Records “One Guitar” To Support Light Of Day Foundation

Adele, Stormzy, Marcus Mumford Part Of New Grenfell Tower Fire Awareness Video

Holt Renfrew Holiday Gund Bear Proceeds To Support WWF Canada

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Tom Cochrane Tour Manager Gerry Lee After Stroke

Late Mac Miller Single To Help Fund Underserved Communities

Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding Stirs in Hollywood Vampires, Gretchen Wilson, Sebastian Bach, Members of Blue Oyster Cult and More

Global Citizen EP1 Featuring Pharrell Williams, Stormzy, David Guetta, More Being Used To Fight Poverty

“The Talk” Raises $77,000 For UforChange Regent Park Art Charity

Roy Clark Family’s Seeking Donations For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Bruce Springsteen-Connected Light Of Day Foundation Hosting 28 Events In Europe, New York, New Jersey For Parkinson’s Research

Release Of Rare Sufjan Stevens Song “Lonely Man of Winter” To Benefit Non-Profit Arts Venue

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Jackie Chan Police Story Films Getting Criterion Editions

Police Story

Martial arts actor Jackie Chan’s marquee films Police Story and Police Story 2 are getting Criterion edition re-releases.

Sarah wrote about the films and their impact for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the piece go here.

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16 Learning Stories From Asian World Of Martial Arts

Asian World Of Martial Arts continues to regularly publish learning stories to help readers understand their world.

Here are some of Sarah’s recent contributions:

The Best Martial Arts To Get In Shape For Summer

Why Martial Arts Are A Good Summer Activity For Kids

How To Wrap Your Hands For Boxing

The Connection Between Star Wars and Martial Arts

Group Kickboxing Classes vs Personal Training

Which Celebrities Prefer Boxing as a Workout

Benefits of Cardio Kickboxing

5 New Women’s Boxing Fitness Accessories For Spring

Pencak Silat: Real vs Fake

What Krav Maga Looks Like Today

5 Trending Images of Systema on Pinterest

Manny Pacquiao Calls Out Floyd Mayweather After Winning His Latest Fight

The Fascination with Russian Sambo

Self-Defense Skills Help Thwart Two Real Life Criminal Attacks

Pencak Silat: Full Contact Martial Arts

Krav Maga: The Deadliest Martial Arts

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