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December 21, 2019

We’ll watch videos of animals and kids playing and feel deep sense of connection. We’re in awe of the innocence, the trust, the respect, and love they have for one another. We'll watch athletes celebrate their accomplishments and feel that we are a part of this triumph...

September 17, 2019

I am in bed (when I should be sleeping) typing on my computer with iTunes playing and my email open and I'm about to suggest that we are f#$ked because we cannot unplug. Clearly I’m in no position to explain the virtues of unplugging. 


June 30, 2019

Two months ago I was listening to a radio show called Mediation Station. On the show I heard a woman share her lived experience of self-representing in the Ontario family court system, which she has been doing for about 8years. This woman is Victoria and like many othe...

May 11, 2019

May 11 2019

In many ways the uncertainty I feel mirrors the uncertainty we all feel. The question is, what do we do with this uncertainty? I am 46 and I am making a career change. But what will come of it? How many people in their late 40s make a career change who have...

March 2, 2019

A friend, photographer Bill Beard, has been taking photos of musicians in the Toronto Jazz scene for several years now. This is a labor of love, but a labor nonetheless. He spends hours taking photos and then even more hours reviewing, editing, organizing, and distribu...

February 15, 2019

Recently I saw an article about a mother who approached Doug Ford regarding the proposed funding model for autistic children in the province of Ontario. The exchange went as follows:

Here’s how Breugrem described her encounter with Ford to Durham Radio News:

“I said do y...

February 7, 2019

“The lights don’t go out when the world ends” she said “you just realize there is no light.”


The trees spun like autumn-dancers broken by the same thing that made them free.


“It’s the way she laughed” he said.

“I don’t know what that means” his friend said.

“I know” said...

January 28, 2019

What future does the past have? We talk about rules and traditions, we talk about common sense and values, we talk about being offended and not being offended we talk, and go in circles—in circles. So, the question is: what future does the past have?

We talk about learn...

December 30, 2018

The Violin Concerto has a strange history. Beginning as a work for Violin and Piano called Fading Light, written when I was a student at the University of Toronto. It was shelved. The student who asked me to write it wasn’t able to perform it—I forget why. Then, during...

December 7, 2018

The thought of putting it down, of putting the bass down—my bass—after all of these years is something I have been reflecting upon more and more recently. I will stop playing at some point, we all do, but the question is: what would picking a date to stop playing mean?


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