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September 21, 2006
  Online-Exclusive Spun: Ron SexsmithPDF files may take a moment to load

The singer/songwriter is that rare breed of musician that actually gets better once drugs and youth are pushed over for marriage, kids and the suburban lifestyle. It's hardly surprising Ron Sexsmith's tenth album, Time Being, maintains the high calibre songwriting seen throughout his career.

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September 21, 2006
  Online-Exclusive Spun: The KooksPDF files may take a moment to load

Pop music isn't dead. If you were to poke it with a stick, it would probably retaliate, or give a grunt of acknowledgement at the very least. The Kooks are fully aware of the living, breathing organism that is pop music, and they're here to reacquaint it with those who thought they'd lost their lover. Inside In/Inside Out is a pop record, and the Kooks are proud of it.

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September 21, 2006
  Online Exclusive: Norman McLaren rereleasesPDF files may take a moment to load

Few people in the Canadian entertainment world have been able to have such a profound impact as Norman McLaren. To celebrate his achievements, and groundbreaking film design, The National Film Board of Canada is releasing all of McLarens' fifty-eight films in a complete box set.

September 21, 2006
  Dude! Where's my pay cheque?PDF files may take a moment to load

"I puked about four or five times all over the QEW," says Dan Vacons, proudly. "No one in Toronto would look at me. They were all too embarrassed."

Local indie darlings the Dudes have spent the summer shooting their first videos in Toronto and Calgary and are now reminiscing about getting sick out of a moving van window and filming their first video in Toronto for the upbeat single, "Dropkick Queen of the Weekend."

September 21, 2006
  Your religion is stupidPDF files may take a moment to load

Most bands don't last much longer than their proverbial 15 minutes. Whether it's the pressures of success, exploding egos or the vagaries of the drug- and booze-fuelled music industry, most are lucky to still be speaking to each other by their third or fourth album. It's no small feat, then, for any group to pass the quarter-century mark--and to do so from within the confines of a genre as potentially limiting as punk rock is even more impressive.

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September 21, 2006
  Film-Fest Preview: Spirit DoctorsPDF files may take a moment to load

A simple, highly spiritual documentary about the world of native medicine, Spirit Doctors offers heartfelt insight into the nature of aboriginal healing. It's a well thought-out story that brings together two completely opposite worlds: the modern hospital medicine of Vancouver and the vast expanse of native spiritual healing prevalent in the Similkameen Valley. It allows a glimpse of native healing before modernization, and how the 'old ways' can still be used today.

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September 21, 2006
  Film-Fest Preview: Tragic Story with a Happy EndingPDF files may take a moment to load

Tragic Story with Happy Ending is an animated short from Portuguese filmmaker Regina Pessoa. The story centers on a girl who doesn't fit into her small home town--tragically, she was born with a heart two sizes too small. Despite its outward similarities to a certain holiday favourite, the girl really does have the heart of a bird. So small that it beats very fast, and noticibly louder than an ordinary heart. It's so loud that everyone in town hears it all day and all night and it begins to drive them understandably insane.

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September 21, 2006
  Film-Fest Preview: SneakersPDF files may take a moment to load

Adidas once designed a shoe specifically for drug dealers in Detroit. It came in dark blue, and featured a fur lining.

From the dark alleyways of Detroit, to the bustling streets of Tokyo, shoes are a universal fashion essential, and now they are also the focus of a documentary by Femke Wolting, aptly named Sneakers.

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September 21, 2006
  Spun: Swollen MembersPDF files may take a moment to load

Following the high acclaim of their sophomore effort Bad Dreams, Juno winners Swollen Members are back mixing interesting samples with some decent rhymes on their latest album Black Magic, once again on frontman Mad Child's own Battle Axe Records.

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