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Long Night with Vish Khanna TV Tapings in Toronto! Jan. 30, 31, and Feb. 1

Come see the Long Night with Vish Khanna talk show live!

In cooperation with Fibe TV 1 and Long Winter, Long Night is filming episodes on the evenings of January 30, 31, and Feb. 1st in Longboat Hall at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) in Toronto!

We’re recording two thematically themed episodes a night! Here’s the scheduled line-up:

Monday January 30: Doors at 7 PM, first taping 8:00 PM TICKETS

Episode 1: Is rock music dead? – with Carl Wilson, Shad, and Jasmyn Burke of Weaves
Episode 2: Do women thrive in the music biz? – with Denise Donlon, Sandy Miranda of Fucked Up, and April Aliermo of Hooded Fang/Phèdre

Tuesday January 31: Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30 PM TICKETS

Episode 3: The Sadies In Conversation and Performance – Dallas Good, Travis Good, Michael Belitsky, and Sean Dean chat about the Sadies and play a few songs too
Episode 4: How do our voices work? – with Bad Singer author Tim Falconer, voice coach Micah Barnes, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up, and Casey Mecija

Wednesday February 1: Doors at 7 PM, first taping 8:00 PM TICKETS

Episode 5: Why have indie-rock and indie gaming fallen in love? – with Mare Sheppard, Raigan Burns, and Shaun Hatton of Laser Destroyer Team/Megashaun
Episode 6: Are we too desperate to be famous? – with Nirvanna the Band the Show and Anne T. Donahue

Admission to each taping is FREE! Please consider coming early and staying for both tapings! Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for updates. Oh, and watch the promo below!

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Ep. #85: Carl Wilson + Sean Michaels

Carl Wilson and Sean Michaels are two of Canada’s most esteemed music writers. Based in Toronto, Carl Wilson is the music critic at Slate and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, and many other publications. His 2007 book Let’s Talk About Love has just been published in a new and expanded edition and continues the provocative conversation Wilson initiated about cultural consumption, taste, and why some things are considered cool and some things aren’t. Things like Celine Dion albums for instance. Sean Michaels lives in Montreal, is an award-winning writer and founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone, and he has written for the Guardian and McSweeney’s among others. Random House has just published his first novel; it’s called Us Conductors and it’s a touching, compelling, distorted memoir of Leon Termen, the brilliant scientist but rather heartbroken human who is best known for inventing the mysterious musical instrument known as the theremin. On Tuesday April 8, Wilson and Michaels engage in a tandem book launch at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto, featuring many special guests. Here, Carl and Sean and I discuss our Skype date, why they’re launching their books together, the ways in which music galvanizes and separates us as well, sound as an invisible, intangible force, Sean’s interest in the theremin as both a musical and literary device, investigative music writing, asking questions about loneliness and joy, how Carl’s work resonates with Sean and vice versa and how their station as writers impacts their approach to music journalism, the current state of music journalism as a “post-apocalyptic wasteland,” breaking news versus breaking criticism, the podcast as the last vestige of long-form conversation, whether popularity or the lack thereof should impact cultural production, why the field of music writing is thinning out, how fulfilling our passions is what life is for, why Let’s Talk About Love has been republished in this expanded edition with fresh essays and analysis, how Carl’s book impacted Sean as a music fan, writer, and critic, Sean’s feelings about Us Conductors and its characters now that he’s left them behind so to speak, how the story reflects his own life, the parallels between Lev Terman and Celine Dion, why Sean’s book resonates with Carl, the structure of the launch party in Toronto, which includes performances by Snowblink, thereminist Jeff Bird, RaP BattLez battle by Daniel Beirne (a Thereminist) vs Roger Bainbridge (a Celine Dion fan), DJ Sandro Perri, and host Liisa Ladouceur, what’s next for Carl and Sean, which includes more writing and book tours, possibly a novel about me, and that’s pretty much it.

Related links: bloomsbury.com saidthegramophone.com vishkhanna.com

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Ep. #69: Katie Ewald

Katie Ewald is a powerful contemporary dancer based in Guelph, Ontario. She’s performing at Hillside Inside’s Fab 5 Cabaret on Friday Feb. 7 as part of the Portal Dance Project. Here, Katie and I discuss cat years, how and why people interact with contemporary dance the way they do, why she relates more to a basketball team than the dance pack that performs between plays, how Carl Wilson’s book Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste profoundly impacted the way she processes all art, showmanship within improvisation and the importance of the audience within one’s practice, how to gauge the popularity of a niche art-form, how she ended up living in Guelph and her fondness for dancer Janet Johnson, how she got into dance as a child and became a “bunhead,” the willful strength of dancers and their snob rights, how the general public receives dance, mentors in Montreal and Brussels, being a “master of illusion,’ working with Tim Etchells, Forced Entertainment, and watching a six-hour durational piece, balancing work with family life, how the Canadian government is anti-art, the Portal Dance Project presentation at Hillside Inside, how improvisation is part of one’s artistic practice, her future plans, and more.

Related links: guelphdance.ca hillsidefestival.ca vishkhanna.com

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