Barbara Hannigan sings John Zorn’s Jumalattaret

21 Minutes of the Very, Very Best Time

One of Bach's earliest cantatas (he may have only been twenty-two when he wrote it) is also one of the deepest pieces in all of music, his Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWG 106. The Netherland Bach Society has posted it on their website as a part of their All of Bach project, and the performance and production do the piece a great honour. There is little in all art that is as eloquent on the subject of death. The pause after the soprano's "Ja, komm, Herr Jesu!" is heartstoppingly beautiful. Recorded in the lovely 17th century Oostkerk in Middleburg.

Click on any of these worthy names for a link. 

CONDUCTOR Jos van Veldhoven

SOPRANO Dorothee Mields

ALTO Alex Potter

TENOR Charles Daniels

BASS Tobias Berndt


RIPIENO ALTO Barnabás Hegyi


RIPIENO BASS Jelle Draijer

RECORDER Heiko ter Schegget, Benny Aghassi

VIOLA DA GAMBA Mieneke van der Velden, Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda

CELLO Lucia Swarts


ORGAN Siebe Henstra

THEORBO Mike Fentross


James Meek delivers the London Review of Books Winter Lecture.

smart as hell


The power of a symbolic sunny walk to Rideau Hall, from the Globe and Mail:


A Young Incarnation of an Old Gay Icon for Pride 2015

Sometimes a Great Notion

Ronnie Gilbert 1926 - 2015

This is how I remember first seeing her. And here's a LINK to her Obit. She made me very happy.

I've Loved Her For Almost 50 Years; She Still Thrills


Elizabeth May Third Reading Speech on Bill C-51



The New World Order at the Wards Island Ferry Dock

Stephen Andrews at the AGO


Along the Walls of the Milky Way, March 2015

At the Lansdowne Avenue Railway Bridge March 2015

Studio Window, NS, March 2015


For the couple of weeks that the competition was on and live streamed from Moscow and St Petersburg, it was all I could do to not veg out in front of the screen daily. Among the many musicians that the millions us discovered was Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar.
















On one of the thirty or so days of her brief, tumultous marriage to Ernest Borgnine, Ethel Merman came home from the studio and told him, "The director said I looked sensational. He said I had the face of a 20-year-old, and the body and legs of a 30-year-old!"
Said Borgnine, "Did he say anything about your old cunt?"
"No, he didn't mention you at all."















Truth & Reconciliation:

Mayana C. Slobodian in the Star

Buffy Sainte-Marie in Huff Post


Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.