July 2021

  • Move Through the Bad to Get Better

    Jeff Tweedy, of the band Wilco, has this advice for people who want to write songs. I think it can apply to any creative endeavor and would even work to help motivate our students. Be Okay With Bad “It’s going to be a tough assignment if you only want to make good songs. I want […]

  • Own the Day, Make it Perfect

    The Perfect Day Formula How to Own the Day and Control Your Life by Craig Ballantyne “The Perfect Day formula requires you to think differently and let go of your old ways. The average approach to life is not working for you or anyone else. Greatness requires you to think and act differently, especially in the […]

  • Get Educated with A.D. Carson on Word is Bond

    A.D. Carson is an emcee and educator. He rapped his doctoral dissertation, released a peer-reviewed rap album published by a university press, and he teaches hip-hop at the University of Virginia. His body of work not only demonstrates just how expansive hip hop can be but it is challenging the relationship between the hip hop […]

  • Live In-Store DJ Appearance

    NYC Stylz is London, Ontario’s longest running urban clothing store and has been in business since 2001. They sell authentic, brand name clothing and accesories. They just started their own clothing line, Empresario, and are designing some amazing gear. I will be at the store on Tuesday July 27th throwing down a dope mixset, cutting […]

  • The Metaphor Awards ’96 (Mastermind Street Jam)

    This was billed as the first ever Metaphor Awards. Mastemind spun an hour of tunes and asked listeners to call in and vote for their favourite metaphor song in hip-hop. What’s your pick from this list? Cella Dwellas – Advance to BoardwalkCommon Sense – I Used to Love H.E.R.Tha Alkaholiks – Mary JaneMain Source – […]

  • Musicians for Mental Health Concert

    A month ago, I had the pleasure of DJing and co-hosting a special concert with Tyler Stewart called Musicians for Mental Health. It is a show that happens every year during Forest City London Music Awards week to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. Here is a short portion of the concert featuring my […]

  • Chatham’s Mud Creek

    I found myself in Chatham and thought I’d explore a new trail and get a run in. I asked someone for a suggestion of where I could go and they suggested Mud Creek. The paved trail loops around a creek for three kilometers. I’m not sure what Lioness Park is. It just seems to be […]

  • The Ghost In the House novel

    The Ghost in the House (Book Review)

    The Ghost in the House by Sara O’Leary  Fay thinks there is a ghost in her house and she can’t quit figure out why everything seems little off. The furniture she loved has been replaced and the walls have been painted a different colour. But it is still, most definitely, her house. So what is […]

  • R.I.P. Biz Markie + John Robinson Interview

    Hip-Hop has lost another icon. Rest in Peace, Biz Markie. You made us laugh, kept the beat going with your mouth, rhymed alongside some of the best to ever do it, all the while with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The show starts out with a tribute mix to […]

  • Mastermind Street Jam – R&B and Hip-Hop Edition

    Mastermind started off this edition of the show by spinning half an hour of R&B and then followed that up with some great hip-hop tunes. This is Tape 77 of my collection of Mastermind Street Jam, episodes. I share a new one here every week and will continue to do so until my collection has […]