Category Archives: Politics

Samaritan News 15 Pack: Stormzy, Alice Cooper, More


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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A Tribe Called Red’s Bear Witness On The Expanding Halluci Nation

A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness

A Tribe Called Red’s Bear Witness

Genre and culture expanding electronic act A Tribe Called Red have been hard at work converting their We Are The Halluci Nation album into an actual nation of a sort.

If not a “nation” in the traditional geo-political sense, it’s certainly taking shape in the art and music world.

I spoke to band member Bear Witness about this evolution in advance of the X Avant festival this fall.

To read the interview head over to Samaritanmag by clicking here.

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Sambo And Kickboxing Recognized By The Olympics

On November 30 the International Olympic Community Executive Board officially acknowledged that combat sports sambo and kickboxing officially exist.

While this may sound kind of weird for two sports with rich, long legacies, what it means is that their respective governing bodies can now build towards potential application to be included in future Olympic games.

Sarah wrote about this development for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read her story go here.

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TIFF 2018: Fahrenheit 11/9 Is Angry And Unfocused

Michael Moore in Fahrenheit 11/9

Michael Moore in Fahrenheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9, the latest incendiary documentary from filmmaker Michael Moore, explores things like the Flint water crisis and Parkland mass shooting with a clear and critical eye.

Sarah reviewed the film when it showcased at TIFF 2018.

To read her review click here.

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Why All The Trees Along The Highway Of Heroes

Canadian military plant trees along the Highway Of Heroes

Canadian military plant trees along the Highway Of Heroes

A massive greenscaping campaign along the 401 Highway Of Heroes in Southern Ontario aims to plant 1.8 million trees along a 170 kilometre stretch in the coming years.

In advance of this year’s Remembrance Day I spoke to organizers about the how and why of this mammoth tree planting project.

To read the story head over to Samaritanmag by clicking here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Macklemore, Billy Talent And More

Here are some pieces I did awhile back for the charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag:

Macklemore, Peter Buck, Julien Baker Contribute Addiction Stories For KEXP Music Heals Day

Playing For Change Day Set for Sept. 15 in 60 Countries

Phantogram’s Personal Loss Leads to New Charity Singles and Ticket Sales Donation to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Motivation Behind the Mariachi Party Protest Against Racist Lawyer Schlossberg

Tegan And Sara Get Swift Response to LGBTQ Summer Camp Fundraiser

FORM Arcosanti Festival to Support Chance The Rapper’s SocialWorks Charity

WATCH: Jane Fonda Dissects Racism At United State Of Women Summit

Billy Talent Launch Charity Trust with Limited Edition Gold Plaques

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Partners With Bat Out Of Hell — The Musical

Miss Globe Uses Name for Karebear Community Party at Thompson Toronto

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Arkells Support Hamilton-Area Refugess



If you’ve been paying attention at all you may have figured out the Arkells have become one of the biggest rock bands in Canada in the last year or so.

They seem to understand that with this great new power they’ve also got great new responsibility.

When they played their big hometown stadium show this past June in Hamilton they also used it as an opportunity to raise funds for Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health.

I spoke to lead singer Max Kerman about the reasons why they did this for Samaritanmag.

To read the piece go here.

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