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Jun 30, 2018
The Last Laugh
Throughout season two of The Imposter, Aliya Pabani has explored the poetics and politics of comedy in her attempt to become a standup comedian. She's considered what makes us laugh and why, explored the implications of Improv's "yes, and" philosophy in a time of #MeToo, and asked whether comedy is worth funding as art. She's also been workshopping her jokes about racism, but the challenge of implicating her audience without losing them has her feeling unsure whether it's possible to make meaningful jokes that are actually funny. Is comedy a tool to placate the masses, or can it be used to cut deep? In this—very Imposter—final live show, Aliya takes to the Second City stage to perform her final stand-up set in this live-podcast-meets-The-Voice mashup featuring comedy and critical feedback from judges Nick Nemeroff & Brandon Ash-Mohammed, and a live score by Johnny Spence. Will Aliya bomb or solve racism with jokes? Find out in this final episode of The Imposter. This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh and Endy
Jun 20, 2018
Beverly Glenn-Copeland Comes out of the Woodwork
Born in Philadelphia, Glenn came to McGill in the 60s to study music. He fell in love with Canada, released some albums, sang alongside musicians like Bruce Cockburn, and became a regular on Mr. Dressup. Recently, his self-released album Keyboard Fantasies was rediscovered. He's since returned to the stage with a new band, pulling music from his extensive catalogue of jazzy folk, classically-influenced soundscapes and electrified negro spirituals. Now in his 70s, Beverly Glenn-Copeland reflects on some of the moments that shaped his musical path, including his love of Star Trek, a pianistic rivalry with his dad and the experience of moving through the world as a trans man. This episode is sponsored by Sonos and Endy
Jun 1, 2018
Is Comedy Art?
With less than a month left until her final set on the Second City stage, Aliya realizes that she's not totally sold on standup. So she talks to Sandra Battaglini, a comedian who's petitioning the government to recognize comedy as an art form that's worth funding, and the art duo Life of a Craphead who discuss the evolution of their jokes, from mixing a chemical weapon onstage to dumping a colonial sculpture into the Don River. Sign a petition to get comedy recognized as art Buy tickets to The Imposter Presents: The Last Laugh
May 24, 2018
Meet the Porn Auteurs
Montreal is home to the backend of the online porn industry, where IT gurus have been running A/B tests on desire. Stories about porn often focus on the morality and the economics of the industry, but we seldom talk about porn as a creative practice. Esther Splett was fresh out of a creative writing undergrad when she got hired as a script writer for the premium adult film brand, Brazzers. She wanted to write porn that was inspired by her favourite classic genre films, but she found herself spiralling as the high fantasy, performative world of porn permeated her everyday life. While working on the archives of feminist porn pioneer, Candida Royalle at Harvard, Allie Oops discovered a lifetime of diary entries that allowed her to see a long future in sex work. These days, she collaborates with her friends to make raw, DIY porn out of her Montreal apartment, and she pays them a living wage to do it. Learn more about Veronica Vera's School for Boys Who Want to be Girls Sound design on this episode is by Jesse Perlstein
May 3, 2018
The Sun Never Sets on AbTec Island
Erin Gee created Project H.E.A.R.T; a virtual reality game that uses your emotions to power a holographic pop star, who has to sing for combat soldiers so they don't get too depressed to fight. Since the early internet, Skawennati's been trying to make sure Indigenous people are present online; from the first Cyber PowWow in a 2D graphical chat room called The Palace, to an island in Second Life where she builds movie sets to reimagine Indigenous histories—and futures. Visit AbTec Island
Apr 23, 2018
The Patron Saint of Comics
A near-fatal health condition put Annie Koyama out of commission for over a decade. One day, while taking her pain medication, she had an epiphany—someone was making a lot of money selling those meds. Soon, Annie was playing the stock market, turning her savings into a small fortune. Once she was on the mend, Annie sought out exciting emerging comic artists and gave them money to publish their first books. Her passion project became a small publishing house, and over the course of 10 years, Koyama Press became one of the most well-respected publishers in indie comics today. The concept of "no strings attached" may seem too good to be true, but so is Annie. Look at 126 different artist interpretations of Koyama Press' Kickass Annie logo.
Apr 6, 2018
Noise Meditation #3: Abnegation of Guilt
We consume a lot of noise, but we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how it affects us. This is the third in a series of 5-minute immersive noise meditations by four different artists. The sonic tone Ut from the Gregorian scale is said to alleviate guilt and free the listener from anxiety and fear. In this meditation, we wallow in Ut. James Goddard makes music as Skin Tone. Meditation begins at 2:00.
Apr 2, 2018
An incident at the bar after improv class makes Aliya question the wisdom of upholding the "yes, and..." mantra at the core of improv, while our culture grapples with issues around consent. Aliya asks professional improvisers Kayla Lorette, Becky Johnson, Alia Rasul and Ann Pornel what they do when other players' unconscious biases take over the scene. Intimacy Director Siobhan Richardson explains how she eliminates the guesswork from onstage love scenes by choreographing them like fight sequences.
Mar 23, 2018
Aliya Does Improv
Affirmation is the key to improv. It's a way to become more spontaneous, creative, and achieve true collaboration. But at a time when Keith Johnstone's foundational text, Impro is also on Peter Thiel's employee reading list, at what point does "yes, and..." become a tool for blind compliance? In this episode, Aliya examines three iterations of comedian Chris Locke's joke about going to therapy to understand why improv is the multitool of comedy. After taking an 18-hour improv intensive, Aliya hires four improvisers to improvise her improv class, and Misha Glouberman remembers the days when improv was punk.
Mar 8, 2018
Noise Meditation #2: Expanding Empathetic Belly
We consume a lot of noise, but we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how it affects us. This is the second in series of 5-minute immersive noise meditations by four different artists. Let the noise from this meditation weave together with the noise in your environment; this one’s meant to seep in. Jeremy Young makes instrumental and electroacoustic composition for recording and live performance, reel-to-reel tape collage, sound-poetry and audio-visual scoring. Find more here. Noise meditation starts at about 1:40.
Mar 2, 2018
Lido Pimienta's Next Baby
The last time Lido Pimienta was on the podcast, she was about to release La Papessa, and it ended up winning her the $50,000 Polaris Prize. We wanted to hear her predictions for the future, so we spoke to her again. On this episode, Lido talks about Latina pop star tropes, fat shaming, and how Steve Harvey's incredible Miss Universe gaffe inspired her next album. Music on this episode by Kaleema, Mas Aya, and Lido, remixed.
Feb 27, 2018
Noise Meditation #1: Mont Royal Tunnel
We consume a lot of noise, but we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how it affects us. This is the first in a series of 5-minute immersive noise meditations by four artists exploring how noise alters our state of consciousness. Listen with with headphones for the full effect. Find more about Jen Reimer and Max Stein at reimerstein.com
Feb 20, 2018
Sexcoven.mp3 is a sound file that was uploaded to the internet on July 26, 1996. It was described as a "6-hour atonal drone". According to Slammer Magazine, listeners reported "cascading feelings of dread, fear and euphoria." The track circulated among teenagers and by 2001, "covencrawls" had become a teen trend, which resulted in several deaths and injuries. Some thought the track contained subliminal messages; others believed that it triggered the prefrontal cortex in a way that caused temporary insanity. The source of the file is still unknown. Jillian Tamaki wrote a short story about Sexcoven in her recent graphic novel, Boundless. Our exploration of the Sexcoven phenomenon leads us from the quietest place on earth to a group of Montreal sound artists who are working with a mental health practitioner to stimulate altered states of consciousness.
Feb 7, 2018
Cadence Weapon and The Black Experience in Sound
Cadence Weapon was a nineteen-year-old in Edmonton, battle rapping on the internet when he released his first mixtape, Breaking Kayfabe. He wanted to make “the most fucked up rap anyone’s ever heard.” And it was. It got him a record deal with a major American label, and helped bring Canada's rap underground to light. Since then, he released two more albums, and was anointed the poet laureate of Edmonton. He just released his fourth album, the self-titled Cadence Weapon. On this episode, we talk about how Canadian radio failed Canadian hip hop artists, Cadence's legendary DJ dad, and why he's rapping about Pinot Grigio these days.
Jan 12, 2018
Music for Plants and the People Who Love Them
At the height of the New Age movement, there was a lot of music for plants, but there was only one Plantasia. On this episode, we look at how a 1973 New York Times bestselling book of controversial experiments on plants inspired generations of artists to try to communicate with plants through sound. We hear about what it was like to grow up with pioneering electronic musician Mort Garson, whose early synthesizer album Plantasia went from being a free gift with a mattress purchase from Sears to a $150 dollar used CD on Amazon. Listen to Plant Material from houseplant enthusiast Castle If. Watch Amanda White's video of a plant next to a window, listening to a radio show made by the plants outside.
Dec 29, 2017
The Man Who Scored the World
The synthesizer has become so ubiquitous that you can download them as apps, but in the mid-sixties, less than thirty people owned one. One of them was a pioneering electronic composer named Mort Garson, who used it to soundtrack the CBS live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In this episode, we look at the electronic musicians who used early analog synthesizers to construct what the future sounds like. Listen with headphones, this one's a trip. More: canadalandshow.com/imp
Dec 7, 2017
Towards a Theory of the Hoser
In 2002, a low budget mockumentary about two headbangers from Alberta premiered at Sundance. That film was FUBAR, and it became an instant classic. But these beer-swilling simpletons weren't the only hoser characters to achieve cult status in Canadian film and TV history. In this episode, we talk to the people behind FUBAR—and their fans— to figure out what makes these kinds of characters so seductive. Watch the new Viceland series, FUBAR: Age of Computer or peruse The Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles.
Nov 24, 2017
Aliya's First Set
A vague email from a Yahoo user leads to a budding mentorship with one of Canada's most beloved comedians, Aliya performs her first 5-minute set, and the woman who helped propel Toronto's alternative comedy scene into the mainstream gives Aliya some tough love.
Nov 2, 2017
Alanis Obomsawin: 85 Years of Resistance
Alanis Obomsawin is an Abenaki filmmaker who's been challenging Canada's image of itself for the last 50 years. And she got funding from the National Film Board to do it. For more information, visit: canadalandshow.com/imp
Oct 4, 2017
Aliya Tries Comedy
At the end of this season, Aliya will do a live comedy set onstage at Second City. But first—she needs to learn how to tell a joke. On the first episode of this harrowing journey, Aliya recalls the 1968 comedy that ruined laughter for her, phones her dad up to talk about brownface, and goes to standup school.
Jun 29, 2017
Ep.45 - I Pity the Country pt.2
Operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher takes turn-of-the-century field recordings out of the museum and back to their original community by fusing them with new, avant-garde compositions. For more information, visit canadalandshow.com/imp
Jun 29, 2017
Ep.44 - I Pity the Country pt.1
A DJ goes crate digging unearths a trove of rare Indigenous music folk, rock and country music. The re-issue Native North America Volume 1 turns the spotlight back on trailblazing musicians from across the continent. But it also raises questions about when music is considered art and when it becomes an artifact. This episode featured contributions by Maya-Roisin Slater and Katie Jensen. For more information, go to canadalandshow.com/imp
Jun 22, 2017
Ep.43 - The Heart Says No
In the new season of The Heart podcast, Kaitlin Prest gets men to open up about that time when they didn't get consent, but did it anyway. We ask how she pulled it off. TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains discussions and depictions of sexual abuse Go to canadalandshow.com/imp for more
Jun 7, 2017
Ep.42 - The Indigenous New Wave
From experimental DJs to punk bands and soul singers, a surge of artists are creating modern, groundbreaking Indigenous music. Ziibiwan is an experimental electronic producer living in Toronto. He breaks down his Time Limits EP. Jarrett Martineau talks about how Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) evolved from an online community to a cutting-edge record label. He and his skeleton crew are working to bring modern, experimental Indigenous music to a wide audience. Go to RPM's website for news, interviews, podcasts and more information about the label. Jarrett will be hosting the show Reclaimed on CBC starting July 4th. This show also featured clips from the songs: "If Only" by Teeks, "Stadium Pow Wow" by A Tribe Called Red, feat. Black Bear, "The Carny" by William Prince, "How to Steal a Canoe" by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, "Glenn" by Uyarakq and "Don't Tell Me" by WEEDRAT
May 31, 2017
Ep.41 - Why There Are No Period Films About Black People In Canada
Charles Officer has been chronicling Black Canadian stories in documentaries like The Skin We're In and Unarmed Verses, which just won the best Canadian Feature Documentary award at Hot Docs. But when he started out, he just wanted to make fiction. And he still can't get those projects funded.
May 24, 2017
Ep.40 - That Time the CBC Aired 10 Hours of Crickets and Church Bells
For two weeks in 1974, the CBC broadcast ten hours of field recordings from across the country on their flagship documentary show, Ideas. The recordings were collected by a group of twentysomething composers and a famous avant-garde acoustic ecologist. They were trying to capture Canada through sound. On this episode, composer and scholar Mitchell Akiyama asks whether that’s even possible. Find some of this compelling work at canadalanshow.com/imp
May 17, 2017
Ep.39 - A Psychological Thriller About a Man and a Radiator
Guy Delisle's new comic Hostage isn't the typical kidnapping story, full of torture and guns. The book uses minimal colour and slow, repetitive action to pull you into the psychology of Christophe André, who spends most of the 400+ pages alone in a room. Artists at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival talk about the charged experience of trading work. The artists recommended in the piece are: Find links to their work at canadlandshow.com/imp
May 10, 2017
Ep.38 - A Field Recording of the Body
Darcy Spidle uses a jaw harp to play his insides. Aisha Sasha John studied clown to become a poet. Music on this episode: Selections from malform by Chik White "Tired Ariadne" by Old Girl Find more of their work at canadalandshow.com/imp
May 2, 2017
Ep.37 - Will Jonathan Goldstein React to this Episode?
This episode initially aired on October 19th, 2016. We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap. Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media. 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. Joshua Karpati didn't want us to tell you anything about him. Howard Chackowicz is a cartoonist and musician in Montreal. He wants you to know more about The Ren & Stimpy Show's creator John Kricsfalusi. Billy Mavreas makes comics and poetry. He runs a curiosity shop in Montreal called Monastiraki. Additional music on this show came from WFMU's Free Music Archive: Proton Beat by Gangi Kosmiche Slop by Anenon
Apr 26, 2017
Ep.36 - #hurtjae Update / Cassils Reloaded
On last week's episode, we featured Jonathan Rotsztain, a comic artist who makes idiosyncratic comics about his job handing out Metro newspapers at subway stations. His goal was to get them printed in Toronto's Metro, so that he could get paid to distribute his own work to commuters. We asked for your help, and although he didn't get into Metro Toronto, something even stranger happened. You can still support Jonathan by tweeting @metrotoronto with the hashtag #hurtjae demanding that they publish Jonathan’s metro comics. Follow jrotszta on Instagram and tag @metronewsca in the comments. This interview originally aired on January 11th, 2017 Cassils is a performance artist living in Los Angeles. Watch a video about their performance Inextinguishable Fire, in which they set themselves on fire. Here's the 1969 Harun Farocki film about napalm that influenced the work. Here are some images from "Cuts: A Traditional Sculpture" featuring the image that was banned in Germany. Watch…
Apr 19, 2017
Ep.35 - Justice for Cartoon Jonny Rotsztain!
Jonathan Rotsztain distributes newspapers for Metro Toronto, and makes comics about it. His goal is to get his comics about the Metro printedin the Metro, so that he can have the pleasure of distributing his own artwork on the job. With your help, we can achieve this goal together. Tweet @metrotoronto with the hashtag #hurtjae and demand that they publish Jonathan's metro comics! Follow @jrotszta on Instagram and tag @metronewsca in the comments! Look at Jonathan's website! Music on this episode: "So Far So Cool" and "Bright Future" by Peter Kalyniuk.
Apr 12, 2017
Ep.34 - Century Egg
Century Egg composes Chinese pop songs by Email. And a war is brewing in the Canadian art world. It's a war of loverz, haterz and haterzhaterz. Century Egg makes Chinese pop music in Halifax. They just wrapped up a mini-tour of central and eastern Canada. They talk about their peculiar approach to writing music. River God, the title track off their latest release, was written in 20 minutes, while singer Shane Keyu Song and guitarist Robert Drisdelle waited for their rice to finish cooking. Anonymous meme accounts have started a war in the polite, Canadian art scene. @CanadianArtWorldHaterz’s memes call out artists and gallery owners across the country, tackling issues of representation and power imbalances in the art world. @CanadianArtWorldHaterz quickly spawned reaction accounts, including @CanadianArtWorldHaterzHaterz and @CanadianArtWorldLoverz. Sholem Krishtalka of Toronto’s infamous critical art zine, Art Fag, reflects on his days writing his own anonymous, and whether any…
Apr 4, 2017
Ep.33 - Sabrina Jalees
Sabrina Jalees knows the work side of comedy. She's been doing standup since she was a teen and has been on TV almost as long. But she's still waiting for that dream job. She talks to Aliya about her long game and how joking about being Muslim has changed since her early, post-9/11 days. You can catch Sabrina this week on the Just For Laughs Roadshow in Markam, Milton, Burlington or Kingston. Music on this episode: "Haberdash" by Phèdre. "St Lucia" by Bernice.
Mar 29, 2017
Ep.32 - Fatima Dhowre
Comedian Fatima Dhowre recounts her many near death experiences and breaks down her first comedy set. Fatima is performing at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival April 6th to 9th. Betty Lambert was a writer based in Vancouver. Crossings was the only novel she published, but she also wrote plays, radio plays and short stories. That piece featured the voices of writers Anakana Schofield and Claudia Casper, Betty's daughter Ruth Lambert and Betty's sister, Dorothy Beavington. Thanks to Lee Beavington and Arsenal Pulp Press for their assistance. Mourning Coup is the musical project of Chandra Melting Tallow. Brad Ross is a man who knows Chad Kroeger Find links to more of their work at canadalandshow.com/imp Thank you to CIVL Radio and the podcast Cited for bringing us to the University of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, where this show was originally performed.
Mar 22, 2017
Ep.31 - The Movie Written by Five-Year-Olds
A ten-year-old leads the revolution on Youtube. An interview with two child screenwriters goes badly. A dad and daughter review Mac DeMarco's old band. Sceneable is a Youtube channel by a ten-year-old from Quebec named Dylan. He vlogs about things like communism, women's rights and growing fish. Cave Small Cave Big is a surreal short film that was written by Madeline Lee Harker and Adelaide Shwartz when they were five. It was directed by Joële Walinga. Follow Cave Small, Cave Big on Facebook for updates about upcoming screenings, currently planned for Brooklyn, Albuquerque, Chicago and Los Angeles. Contributors: DandD Listens, Katie Jensen Music on this episode: "Slush Puppy Love" and "Heat Wave" by Makeout Videotape. The Cave Small Cave Big music comes from the film's soundtrack, written by Carl Didur, Thom Gill and featuring "solo" by Madeline Lee Harker.
Mar 15, 2017
Ep.30 - Anupa Mistry is Done with the 6ix
The Fader's Anupa Mistry on a strange early clip of the Weeknd, new music you should pay attention to and why you should stop talking about the 6ix. Anupa Mistry is the Canada editor at The Fader and she's written for outlets like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and CBC Music. She writes about music and pop culture. We brought her in to talk about some of the stuff she's been into lately. Here's that video clip of The Weeknd that surfaced and @the6track Twitter account where Anupa found it. Nav is a rapper/producer from Toronto. You can listen to his music on Soundcloud and see the video for his song "Some Way" here. French duo The Blaze makes music and directs videos. Here's the video for "Territory." Follow Anupa on Twitter: @_anupa
Mar 8, 2017
Ep.29 - Waiting for a Call Back from Sun Ra
Kapwani Kiwanga sends a message to Saturn. SlowPitchSound goes to Wonderland. Rajni Perera launches the deities into space. Kapwani Kiwanga is a multimedia artist born in Hamilton and based in Paris. She talks to Aliya about the Sun Ra Repatriation Project, her attempt to contact jazz musician Sun Ra on Saturn. Her first exhibition in Canada is going on right now at the Power Plant in Toronto. Rajni Perera is a Toronto-based artist whose work contains elements of science fiction, mythology and sexuality. Music on this episode: An excerpt from WNDRLNDED by SlowPitchSound, who calls himself a "scifi-turntablist." His new album THK SKIN is released this Friday, March 10th. The interview with Kapwani featured clips from "Looking Outward," "Outer Nothingness" and "Nebulae" by Sun Ra. We're coming to Abbotsford, BC for a FREE live show on March 18th! Get the details on our website: canadalandshow.com/imp
Feb 28, 2017
Ep.28 - Austra Takes Control
Katie Stelmanis, AKA Austra, talks about her awkward CBC dance party, her time in an ostracized riot grrrl band and owning her music. Austra's new album is called "Future Politics." You can stream it on Bandcamp. Find more of her stuff at our website: canadalandshow.com/imp Songs on this episode: "Future Politics," "Utopia" and "43" from Future Politics. "Painful Like" from Olympia. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR / @Aliyapabani
Feb 22, 2017
Ep.27 - Theme for an Asylum
Folk songs from a 19th-Century asylum for women, collected by the alter ego of Simone Schmidt. Simone Schmidt performs as Fiver. Her new album, Audible Songs from Rockwood, is a collection of songs based on the mid-19th century archives of the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane, complete with contextual liner notes by her ethnomusicologist alter ego, Simone Carver. The album is out April 21st. Songs on this episode, all by Fiver: "Pile Your Silver" "Stable Song" "Worship the Sun (Not the Golden Boy)" "Carry on Warm" The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Find links to some of this work at our website: canadalandshow.com/imp
Feb 15, 2017
Ep.26 - Pineapple Pizzagate
Emily M. Keeler listens to one song seven times a day, goes on Instagram and ends up in the Twilight Zone, and looks for gopher holes in poetry. Emily is vice president of PEN Canada and editor of the Exploded Views series from Coach House Books. She also founded Little Brother Magazine. She recommends you check out: Naomi Skwarna's Instagram account. The essay "Mind No Mind" by Jia Tolentino. Rupi Kaur's poetry book Milk and Honey. Jana Prikryl's poetry book The After Party. The song "I Wish" by Skee-Lo. Emily's Twitter: @emilymkeeler Find links to these people's work on our website, canadalandshow.com/imp
Feb 7, 2017
Ep.25 - Hamilton, the Musical
Gif heritage with Sally McKay. Kiera Boult is the wizard of Canada's Brooklyn. The first movie star is from Hamilton. Kiera Boult is a performance artist and retired stand-up comic. Sally McKay is an artist, curator and assistant professor at McMaster University. She helped run the now-deceased art magazine Lola, which was famous for its "shotgun" art reviews by non-writers. Florence Lawrence was a Hamilton-born silent actor who arguably became the first movie star. You can find some of her movies on Youtube. Shirley Hughes is one of the co-founders of the Toronto Silent Film Festival. The music on this show is by the band Zena. This episode was recorded at Mills Hardware in Hamilton, Ontario.
Jan 31, 2017
Ep.24 - The Art Psychic
Artwork goes missing. A film hits an impasse. An artist feels stuck. They turn to fortune teller Cindy Mochizuki for guidance. In addition to being a go-to fortune teller for artists, Cindy Mochizuki is herself an artist based in Vancouver. Her work spans from animation to sculpture, incorporating themes of history and memory. Her short films have screened around the world. Every artist on this episode makes incredible work that you should check out. We have links on our website, canadalandshow.com/imp Abbas Akhavan works in installation, drawing, video and performance. That work of his in The Guggenheim is called "Study for a Monument." Amy Lam is one half of Life of a Craphead, who host a livestreamed performance night called Doored. They made the movie Bugs, "a satire about bug society and its most powerful family." Walter Scott is a multi-disciplinary artist and creator of the Wendy comic books. You can hear a full interview with him on The Imposter episode 10, "Happy Lucky Ac…
Jan 25, 2017
Ep.23 - Land of Filth 'n' Honey
Jess Salomon makes her comedy Great Again. Bruce McDonald goes to Washington. PJ Vogt lives inside a Weakerthans song. BJ Snowden loves Canada more than Canadians do. Jess Salomon used to be a UN war crimes lawyer. Now, she's trying to get some regular comedy gigs in New York. She has videos of her stand-up on her website. Bruce McDonald is a filmmaker whose movies include Hardcore Logo, Highway 61 and Roadkill. His newest movie, Weirdos, will be in select theatres across Canada this spring. PJ Vogt hosts a podcast called Reply All. In one episode, he micro doses on LSD at work and in another he explores One Direction conspiracy theories. BJ Snowden is a songwriter living in Massachusetts. She writes songs about Canada, but also things like working as a school teacher and Judge Joe Brown. Music on this episode: "Sailin' On" by Haolin Munk. "One Great City!" by The Weakerthans "In Canada" by BJ Snowden. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Additi…
Jan 17, 2017
Ep.22 - Remembering Subservient Chicken
Whether he's talking about a book that changed his life or just his favourite brand of chips, author Pasha Malla approaches subjects with deep thought and insight. So we invited him on the show to talk about some of the stuff he's been into lately. Here are his picks: The novel After James by Michael Helm. Living Hour, a psychedelic band from Winnipeg and their song "Seagull." The band Fake Palms from Toronto. Pasha picks the song "Melatonin." The face of basketball player Andrew Wiggins, who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR / @aliyapabani Find links to work by the artists on today's show at canadalandshow.com/imp
Jan 11, 2017
Ep.21 - How to Set Yourself On Fire
Performance artist Cassils talks about setting themselves on fire, having their image banned in Germany and making out with Lady Gaga. Find images and videos from their work at heathercassils.com. Music on this episode: "Move Like a Mystic" by A l l i e. "Slipping Away" by Diana (Bad Channels remix). Do us a favour and fill out our listener survey. It takes less than 5 minutes and will help us keep making a show that you love. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/theimposter The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR/@aliyapabani. Visit our website at: canadalandshow.com/imp Send pitches to: email@example.com
Dec 28, 2016
Ep.20 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.2
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. Nicholas Godfrey the man behind Amazon reviewer Mister Quickly. The Observer called his character “One of the Great Wits of Our Time.” Read Mister Quickly’s reviews here. 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…
Dec 23, 2016
Ep.19 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.1
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.…
Dec 21, 2016
Ep.18 - How To Be Funny in an Age of Rat Sandwiches
"I don't want to joke about my own anxiety. The world is just under a dark cloud right now." Comedians Chris Locke and Kathleen Phillips reflect on the role of comedy in troubling times, and how to stay positive after the birth of their first child. Chris Locke and Kathleen Phillips are comedians and, more recently, parents. Chris does stand-up and hosts the podcast Utopia To Me? In one episode, he talks to comic book artist Chip Zdarsky about how The Hulk is actually a homicidal menace. Kathleen currently acts on the shows Mr. D. and Sunnyside. You can watch full episodes of Sunnyside for free on Youtube. Chris' Twitter: @chrislockefun Kathleen's Twitter: @kathophillips Music on this episode: "theBOODEELAAbegins," "naturalhigh - imsogladigotmyown," and "ourstories-nowlike-anopenbook" by BUDI from the album bIGbUDiSbABYbUMPvolIone. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter: @IMPSTR/@Aliyapabani. Our website is canadalandsho…
Dec 14, 2016
Ep.17 - Owen Pallett Has a Job
Owen Pallett turns collaborators into clients. A machine writes a love song for Aliya. Owen Pallett's latest album is In Conflict. He won the Polaris Prize for his album He Poos Clouds, released under the name Final Fantasy. Neural Karaoke is an AI program that turns pictures into songs. Its iconic Christmas anthem has been making the rounds lately. Hang Chu works on the project, along with Raquel Urtasun, and Sanja Fidler at the University of Toronto's machine learning lab. Find the songs it wrote for us at our website, canadalandshow.com/imp. Music on this episode: "Infernal Fantasy" and "On a Path" from Owen Pallett's album In Conflict. "None Of You Will Ever See a Penny" from Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett)'s album Has a Good Home. "Tiberius," by Daphni and Owen Pallett The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter at @IMPSTER/@aliyapabani.
Dec 7, 2016
Ep.16 - It's Like Scrabble In India
Leanne Simpson learns to work with the noise. Scrabble opens deep wounds in Delhi. Golboo Amani unsettles Catan. Leanne Simpson is a writer and musician. Her new album from is called f(l)ight. Golboo Amani is an artist who hacked Settlers of Catan with her "intervention pack," Unsettling Settlers. Music on this episode: "Under Your Always Light" and "Caribou Ghosts and Untold Stories" from Leanne Simpson's album f(l)ight. "Smallpox, anyone" and "Ishpadinaa" from her album Islands of Decolonial Love. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR / @aliyapabani.
Nov 30, 2016
Ep.15 - Sports Music for Goths
Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker find the poetry in press conferences. Hazel Meyer redefines fantasy sports. Nick Grottick wants you to smell the song. Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker are the co-authors of Erratic Fire, Eratic Passion, a book of found sports poetry. Pasha Malla is the award-winning author of five books. His new novel, Fugue States, will be released in May 2017. Jeff Parker is the author of Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal, the novel Ovenman, and the short story collection The Taste of Penny. Hazel Meyer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work deals with sports, feminism and sexuality. See Muscle Panic and more of her work at her website: http://hazelmeyer.com/ Nick Grottick makes music as Bad Channels with Jess Gierusz. He composed the song "Muscle Memory" for our show. For links to their work, visit canadalandshow.com The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani.
Nov 22, 2016
Ep.14 - DEGRASSILAND
Aliya explores the impact of Degrassi, a high school melodrama that's a whole lot like a prison show. Snake reads fan fiction. Aisha Alfa rejects her only fan. Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler talks pig farmers and penis pumps. Jocelyn Claybourne is a superfan from Charlottetown. When she's not getting creepy fanmail, Aisha Alfa is a comedian. Stefan Brogren plays Snake. You can find more - and far dirtier - fan fiction at fanfiction.net Zack Morris enthusiast Matt Huether is an executive producer of Degrassi: Next Class and a longtime writer on the show. Bruce McDonald is a director whose work includes Hardcore Logo, The Tracey Fragments and Highway 61. Linda Schuyler is the creator of Degrassi, and has also served as bus driver and caterer for the show. Go here to see a video of Aliya's tour of the Degrassi studios. Watch the episode on AIDS that Aliya discusses. Rebecca Shortall and Michael Dyllan make the podcast Drunk Degrassi. Songs on this episode were performed by…
Nov 16, 2016
Ep.13 - A Road Map for What Not to Do
Jessica Campbell is a comic book artist based in Chicago. Her new book revisits 20th Century artists through a revolutionary lens: are they hot or not? Go to her blog to see her paintings. D'bi Young Anitafrika is a dub poet, monodramatist, musician, teacher and founder of the Watah Theatre in Toronto. Music on this episode: "Black Lives Matter" by d'bi. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Kevin Sexton. Visit our website at canadalandshow.com/imp and follow us on Twitter @IMPSTR
Nov 9, 2016
Ep.12 - My Life Is a Turmoil From a Film
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. Jennifer Goodhue is a comedian in Toronto. Morgan Waters and Brooks Gray created the show The Amazing Gayl Pile. Contributors: Liam Gareau Songs on this episode: "When You're a Kid and You're Scared" by Kite Hill from the album Rest & Run. "One More" by Weaves from their self-titled album. Side Note: Morgan Waters plays guitar in the band.
Nov 2, 2016
Ep.11 - We Just Need Some More Grinders
KPISS.fm is an internet radio station and podcast studio run out of a shipping container in Bushwick's Punk Alley. The station's founder Sheri Barclay talks about sticking it out through a period of mourning, being kicked off the air in Edmonton and fighting the urge to move on. To hear KPISS live and listen to the archives, go to kpiss.fm Songs on this episode: "Youngsters" by Renny Wilson, from his album Punk Explosion/Extention. "Brokedown Poor" by Old Reliable
Oct 26, 2016
Ep.10 - Happy Lucky Accident Stories
Walter Scott is a multidisciplinary artist and the creator of comics series Wendy. His next book, Wendy's Revenge, comes out in November. Mike Carrozza is a comedian in Montreal. He writes for The Beaverton and the Nicessist and co-hosts That Was Us, "the ultimate podcast for self-congratulation." Annie Spadafora is an artist and musician who plays in the Toronto band New Fries. Their new album, More, will be out November 25th. Nicholas Godfrey is behind the man behind Amazon reviewer Mister Quickly. The Observer called his character "One of the Great Wits of Our Time." Music featured on this show: "Clumsy Skeleton Dance" by Peter Kalnyiuk. "Mary Poppins' Pockets" from New Fries' upcoming album More. This show featured contributions from producer Claire Boyle. This show was sponsored by FreshBooks.
Oct 19, 2016
Ep.9 - Jonathan Goldstein Can't Let Go
We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap. Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media. 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. Joshua Karpati didn't want us to tell you anything about him. Howard Chackowicz is a cartoonist and musician in Montreal. Check out some of his comics. He wants you to know more about The Ren & Stimpy Show's creator John Kricsfalusi. Read an interview with John K. here. Billy Mavreas makes comics and poetry. He runs a curiosity shop in Montreal called Monastiraki. Here's some of his visual art and his writing. Additional music on this show came from WFMU's Free Music Archive: Proton Beat by Gangi Kosmiche Slop by Anenon
Oct 12, 2016
Ep.8 - Tanya Tagaq Is Unreconciled
"That reconciliation word's going too slow and I've had enough," says throat singer Tanya Tagaq. "I don't want to see people hurting anymore." Tanya opens up to Aliya about her evolution from young punk to lasagna-making mum, dealing with people desperate to collaborate and staying in touch with all the characters inside of her. Her new album, Retribution, comes out October 21st.
Oct 4, 2016
Tanya Tagaq teaser
We're off this week, but here's a preview of next week's show: a feature interview with throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Sep 28, 2016
Ep.7 - The Missing Piece is Ego
Remembering Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. Vanessa Dunn fronts a queer cock rock cover band while pregnant. PUP's Stefan Babcock almost goes into punk retirement. This show features: 1. Artist Annie Pootoogook 2. Tiny Mirrors by LAL 3. Whole Lotta Love by Vag Halen 4. Performance artist, actor, and singer Vanessa Dunn of Vag Halen 5. If This Tour Doesn't Kill You I Will by PUP 6. Lead singer Stefan Babcock of PUP 7. Dream Deferral by Sigh Down One. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen, with contributions from Chandler Levack. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: firstname.lastname@example.org. We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Sep 20, 2016
Ep.6 - It's About Kim Kardashian if Kim Kardashian Was a Baker
Lido Pimienta charges extra for diversity. Subversive make-up tutorials from Megan MacKay. Cult 60s prairie rock psychedelia and Guillaume Morrissette reads his own worst reviews. This show features: 1.La Capacidad (Kaleema remix) by Lido Pimienta 2. Artist and musician Lido Pimienta 2. Agua (S p a w n remix) by Lido Pimienta 3. Expedition to Earth by Jesse Locke 4. Internet Famous with YouTuber Megan MacKay 5. Happy by Nancy Pants 6. Guillaume Morissette reading a bad review of his book. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen with contributions from Jesse Locke. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: email@example.com. We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Sep 13, 2016
Ep.5 - Everything That's Alive is A Great Actor
Matt Johnson keeps sneaking around and getting away with it. Stephen Thomas is a lifelong human chameleon. This show features: 1. Plastic by Ice Cream 2. Filmmaker and actor Matt Johnson 3. Form of Space by L CON 4. Zelig by Stephen Thomas 5. Excerpts from Carl Didur's NOTHING IS THE SECRET TO ANYTHING 6. Forces by The Submissives. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: firstname.lastname@example.org. We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Aug 30, 2016
Ep.4 - Sex Canoe
Carolyn Taylor on how Baroness Von Sketch Show gets made. Lauren Strapagiel defends Guy Fieri. The women of The Second City on being funny while female. This show features: 1. Bull & Eagle by Look Vibrant 2. Carolyn Taylor of Baroness Von Sketch Show 3. Hello by Jaunt 4. Lauren Strapagiel in defence of Guy Fieri 5. Leigh Cameron, Becky Johnson, and Kirsten Rasmussen of The Second City 6. Monica Heisey reading bad reviews of her book 7. Rewind Undo by Keysha Freshh. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen. Contributions by Liam Gareau. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: email@example.com. We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Aug 16, 2016
Ep.3 - Database Error Hairy Chest
This episode is a taping of The Imposter's first live event at the Gladstone Hotel. Like a first marriage, it's new and exciting, and it promises that the next one will be infinitely more extravagant. Featuring: 1. Comedy by Jackie Pirico 2. "Obaa Sima" by Ata Kak 3. "A Little Bit of Lovin'" by Laurice 4. Videogame artist Kara Stone 5. "Intimate Strangers" by BizZarh. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback and freelance pitches: firstname.lastname@example.org. We're on Twitter at @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Aug 2, 2016
Ep.2 - Spoiler Alert
On this episode, we talk about those things you only indulge in the dark. We turn up the house lights and ruin the magic of cinema. This show features: 1. A doc on the tax shelter film era by Geoff Siskind 2. "Sexe Machin / Sex Machine" by Jef Elise Barbara 3. Artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain 4. "Blow Job" by Bruce Haack 5. A review of Wrong Hole's "2012" by DandDListens 6. A review of the film "Swiss Army Man" by Amy Lam. The Imposter is hosted by Aliya Pabani and produced by Katie Jensen. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: email@example.com. We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Jul 19, 2016
Ep.1 - Brushes with Drake
On this episode, we don't go around Drake — we go through him. This show features: 1. "Camellando" by Lido Pimienta 2. Dancer and Choreographer Esie Mensah 3. Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, and Producer Michael Peter Olsen 4. "You are Mine" by Our Founders 5. Visual Artist Geetha Thurairajah 6. "Paradise" by Daniel Caesar 7. An excerpt of "Drake Loves Moms" by Emma Healey. The producer of The Imposter is Katie Jensen. Contributions by Lily Ames and Kevin Sexton. Original music by Nathan Burley. Feedback & freelance pitches: firstname.lastname@example.org. We're on Twitter @IMPSTR and @aliyapabani. Sponsored by FreshBooks.
Jun 29, 2016
Ep. 0 - Who Is The Imposter?
Meet Aliya Pabani. Or at least, her mother.
Apr 13, 2016