I was all bundled up in my sweats, a hat, and a blanket in front of the computer in my freezing cold house (refuse to turn the heat on until October) when a friend invited me out last minute to a concert of a Palestinian hip-hop group called Dam. I had had a more-than-boring weekend and decided to go for it. The concert was part of an ongoing series of concerts for Artists Against Apartheid. I wasn’t aware of this until I got there. I didn’t even know who Dam was and that the Narcicyst was opening for them. Yassin Alsalman, or the Narcicyst, is an Iraqi-born and Dubai-raised rapper who is now living in Montreal. His lyrics are socially conscious, not about getting drunk and doing ‘bitches,’ and he is renowned as a rapper who gets the word out about the Middle East. He is an enthusiastic MC and his back-up singers, Thelma and Louise from Euphrates, were amazing. K-os lost me after his second album and while K’naan is great, he can be a bit pop-y. The Narcicyst is a refreshing find and he definitely gained a fan out of me last night.
Monthly Archives: September 2009
This Saturday and Sunday, I will be attending Podcamp Montreal, the “New Media UnConference.” I am super excited as it will give me the most up-to-date info on all things ‘new media’ related. That means podcasting, blogging, social networking, and all things relating to Internet media—the new newspaper. Some of the talks I look forward to hearing: “Top tips for better blogging”
with Kim Vallée (who spoke at WordCamp Montreal this June), “Sex, Trust & Transparency: What would Donald Draper Blog?”
with CT Moore (who also spoke at WCmtl), and “Toward a new Blogocracy: democratizing mass media” with Kota Talla.
Check out the website and sign up since it’s free! All you out-of-towners can get a special rate at a hotel, it’s really cheap to share a room for four…just over $20! Can’t wait for Saturday to come.
Steve Wozniak was in town on Thursday, Sept. 10 to deliver the keynote speech at the 2009 eConcordia Summit. I got a chance to attend the press conference after and ask him a few questions. Turns out the Gazette and several other media were not interested in talking to the man who invented the personal computer so I really was the only “press” there! An excerpt will be published in the Concordian with a teaser to the paper’s website for the full interview. I thought I’d put some of the actual audio here.
So you have probably realized I haven’t posted in over a month. With school being over, and me being on vacation, I did very dull things! Hey, I was on vacation. But I was also planning ahead. I have been setting up my freelancing work with the Cote-des-Neiges and NDG newspaper, Actualites. It’s primarily a French paper, but it has expanded to include about four pages of English. I will be one of the English reporters for the paper. It’s ironic since more than a few community papers in Montreal recently had cutbacks to their English content. Lucky, I guess?
I have also started my job at the Canadian University Press (CUP) as Features Bureau Chief. What I do is take a look at the features from the Canadian university papers who are members of CUP, I edit them, and put them on the national wire. From there, other Canadian papers can pick up the feature to run. It gives me a chance to flex my editing muscles and to read about all these great things going on around Canada. I’m super happy to be a part of the CUP team!