Posts by Matt Ritchie

The dos and don’ts of being a freshman

This fall I will be attending the University of King’s College to complete my second degree, a bachelor of journalism. That being said, I was barely accepted due to a miserable first year of university that brought my overall GPA down below a 3.0, which hurt when I began applying for post-grad studies. Now, I’m…

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Tunes Review

These days it’s kind of hard to ignore unorthodox rap collective Odd Future (a.k.a OFWGKTA). Whether it’s inciting riots in public, selling out shows across the globe, or having their music videos become viral sensations, Odd Future is here to stay. Not since the Wu-Tang Clan has a rap crew been so charismatic and engrossing…

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Final fantasy

As I write these words, I’m pretty psyched. Seven days from now I will participate in my annual Yahoo Fantasy Baseball draft. What will follow will be seven months of rampant smack talking, bogus trades that would never occur in the real MLB, and a little bit of gambling. My girlfriend is also going to…

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Oval woes

Two years ago I sat next to a few friends the week before the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. We watched news reports highlighting the ongoing hill maintenance, wondering why they chose to have the winter games in a city known for its notoriously warm and rainy climate. We watched as reporters spoke in fear of…

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Tunes Review – WZRD

You got to hand it to these guys—WZRD is a pretty decent name for a rock band. Made up of magic mushroom-inspired rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot da Genius, WZRD is an album of psychedelic thrash and grungy riffs made by two hip hop luminaries as an ode to their Cleveland rock city. For fans…

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Hann Solo

Cheryl Hann is one of the luckiest people in the world. As a member of local sketch comedy group Picnicface, she has the opportunity to not only star in a TV show on the Comedy Network, but earn a living making people laugh. According to Hann, though, she would leave that all behind to do…

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Tunes review: Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

It’s been four years since Yukon Blonde released their first EP, Everything in Everyway, to critical attention. But in that time, Kelowna, B.C. shaggy rockers have travelled the globe, playing shows in Australia and Japan, as well as criss-crossing Canada too many times to count. All that touring has finally paid off. This month sees…

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The sound of music

If there is one program I would consider to be the most interesting show on television in 2012, it would have to be NBC’s reality talent show The Voice. This may seem kind of odd, considering I am a journalist who makes a large chunk of my income listening to bands the general public hasn’t…

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In full bloom

As Toronto’s The Wooden Sky and Great Bloomers climbed the tiny stage of The Seahorse on March 3, they did so as veterans of Halifax’s most famous venue. Both bands had clocked many appearances at the home of Horsepower beer, but this time felt different. These were clearly two bands with bright futures ahead of…

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Everything is free and nobody’s happy

When I was in high school my mum would give me $20 allowance a week. Without fail, every weekend I would head down to my local CD retailer and buy something that would change my life. Whether it was The Clash’s self-titled debut, The Chemical Brothers’ Dig Your Own Hole or Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation,…

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