All posts by K.G. Hamlyn

Pledging Free Mansonry: The Songs of Francisco Lopes

Just in time for the Spring Equinox, Nova Scotia’s Free Mansons have released their first new track of this year. We corresponded with Francisco Lopes to discuss the detailed history of Free Mansons including the extensive travels, both physical and spiritual – as well as the ritual of recording, and expressing art as a form of magic.

Spark Your Sass, Kick Some Ass: Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence Weekend

“The Oldest Women’s Self Defence Organization in Canada” is a status that not only speaks to the credibility and effectiveness of Wen-Do as a Women’s Self Defence form, but also to it’s relevancy and importance as a thriving source of empowerment for women in modern society.

The practice of Wen-Do is alive and well in Newfoundland & Labrador under the guidance of Renee Sharpe, a self-described “32 year old punker, welder, feminist and Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence instructor.”

Pet Vet Cuts Through With EP II

There’s a signature thickness in Pet Vet’s tone and a certain fuzz that finds a comfortable place in a warm creaseless and rich rounded signal, with necessary blanket holes that expose the jagged treads of teething guitars that fight to cut through, but are kept tastefully bedded amongst the deep pocket rhythm.

Young Adults: A Conversation With Crossed Wires

Crossed Wires’ eponymous EP could easily take the cake as the best release to come out of Atlantic Canada this past summer season. This debut offering from the Wires is nothing less than infectious and impressive without even considering the fact that it’s the first release of a project that’s only straddling a mere six months of existence. Despite being their earliest effort, the EP carries an audible chemistry that could be mistaken for a band that’s already seen the process a few times over.

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