Sun, 17 September 2017
For one week every year, the Canadian press transforms into movie industry experts. Our newspapers run glossy red carpet photos of Hollywood stars and stories about which movies penned distribution deals with who. But is any of this actually good for Toronto or Canada's film industry?
Norm Wilner has been covering the Toronto International Film Festival for 30 years. As a film critic at NOW Magazine, he's seen it grow into the monster it's become.
Direct download: CANADALAND_199_TIFF_Is_A_Monster_Thats_Eating_Itself.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT
Mon, 11 September 2017
Who thought we'd have a Nazi problem in 2017? Richard Warman did. Years before the current "Should I punch a Nazi" debate took off, he was taking neo-Nazis to court.
As a human rights lawyer, Richard Warman went on mission to take down neo-Nazis using our legal system. He filed more complaints for online hate speech than any other Canadian -- and was hugely successful.
But in the process, he got on the bad side of a lot of the media.
Direct download: CANADALAND_198_Punching_Nazis_With_the_Law_alt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EDT
Wed, 16 August 2017
A growing list of contributors and politicians are cutting ties with far right website The Rebel after their coverage of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, "Rebel commander" Ezra Levant wants to distance himself from the alt-right, claiming he's just learned it's a racist movement.
Chronicle Herald workers are back in the newsroom after a year and a half on strike, working alongside those who crossed the picket line to fill the paper with some seriously sh*tty journalism.
Reporter Maggie Rahr co-hosts.
Maggie's Twitter: @MaggieRahr
Sun, 16 July 2017
When the vitriol started to fly over Omar Khadr's $10.5 million settlement and apology from the government, Michelle Shephard got frustrated with just how much people were getting the basic facts wrong.
As national security reporter for the Toronto Star, author of the book Guantanamo's Child and co-director of the documentary of the same name, she's been the top reporter on Khadr's story for the past 15 years.
She speaks to guest host Omar Mouallem about how Khadr's public image has evolved over the years and what the media and the public continues to get wrong about the story.
Wed, 12 July 2017
Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering fringe right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins the COMMONS team to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving these groups’ discontent.
CANADALAND will be back on Monday.
Wed, 5 July 2017
With resistance to Canada150, Indigenous women calling out a reporter at a press conference, and the Proud Boys disrupting a Mi'kmaq ceremony in Halifax, the way people talk about our colonial history is changing. While Indigenous people demand respect, journalists like the National Post's John Robson think the insults are just too much.
NDP MP Romeo Saganash plagiarized co-host Erica Violet Lee's work in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail.
With Omar Khadr reportedly getting an apology and a settlement of $10.5 million from the Canadian government after nearly a decade in Guantanamo Bay, politicians are twisting the narrative, and a columnist wonders why Khadr can't just move on.
Erica's blog: Moontime Warrior
Erica's Twitter: @ericavioletlee
Sun, 2 April 2017
Something special to announce today, new show on Thursday.
Link discussed: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-canadaland-guide-to-canada/9781501150630-item.html?ref=item_page%3avariation
Wed, 28 December 2016
While Jesse is on vacation, here’s a compilation of The Imposter’s best bits to date. Listen to pt. 1 here.
Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer. Her new album, Retribution, came out October 21st on Six Shooter Records. @Tagaq
Lauren Strapagiel is the social news editor for Buzzfeed News Canada. She’s written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, and the Edmonton Journal. @LaurenStrapa
Allan King’s 1967 documentary Warrendale is recognized as a groundbreaking documentary about a Toronto group home for “emotionally disturbed” kids. Andrew Moir looks into the lasting impact of the film on its subjects’ lives. You can watch the whole movie online.
Matt Johnson is an acclaimed filmmaker, actor, and enfant terrible behind the cult webseries-turned-Viceland show, nirvanna the band the show with co-conspirator @JayMcCarol. He has a real knack for sneaking around; his upcoming film Operation Avalanche was shot inside NASA without their permission, and most of his body of work deals with real people who aren’t acting. Operation Avalanche will be in theatres on September 16th.
Music on this episode:
"Sexe Machin / Sex Machine" by Jef Elise Barbara, a Montreal synth pop musician who first began performing as Jef and the Holograms. Jef recently released their 7″ on Montreal label, Fixture Records. Listen to Sexe Machin / Sex Machine.
"Paradise" by Daniel Caesar, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. His EP Pilgrim’s Paradise was primarily recorded in family living room of producer Jordan Evans. Listen to Paradise by Daniel Caesar featuring BADBADNOTGOOD and Sean Leon.
Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_100_-_The_Best_Of_The_Imposter_So_Far_pt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT
Fri, 23 December 2016
Jesse is on break, here's what The Imposter has been up to:
Lido Pimienta is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist from Baranquilla, Colombia. Her highly-anticipated follow up album, La Papessa has been artfully remixed, and can be listened to here. @LidoPimienta
Geoff Siskind is a documentary filmmaker and Storage Wars Canada showrunner. @GeoffSiskind
Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of your other enemies for $17. If you want a friendly rap, it’ll cost you more.
Esie Mensah is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with a range of recording artists including Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black and Shawn Desman. She’s the director of The Black Stars; a coalition of afro-influenced dancers that mixes traditional with contemporary movement, and she teaches classes at City Dance Corps. Here’s Esie on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance. @EsieMensah
Music on this episode:
"La Capacidad (Kaleema Remix)" from Lido Pimienta's LA PAPESSA Remixes Volume 1. Listen to the album on Soundcloud.
“Mary Poppins’ Pockets” from New Fries’ album More. Find their music on Bandcamp.
The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR/@Aliyabani. Our website is canadalandshow.com
Thu, 22 December 2016
Should politicians be allowed to talk about fundraising in the House of Commons?
CBC's The Current is providing helpful tips for women to succeed in the workplace, including how not to cry.
A generic white man has been robbing banks in downtown Toronto and the police aren't quite sure how to describe a criminal they can't racially profile.
Jen Gerson's Twitter: @JenGerson
Read producer Katie's response to The Current here: @KatieJensen