Being born and raised in an incredibly boring small town in Southern Ontario meant one thing – I had a lot of free time growing up, and most of it was spent dedicated to absorbing music, film and television at insane rates. This meant that I knew from a very young age I would move to Toronto as soon as I possibly could in order to experience all this culture I could only see on the screen – and it’s been almost a decade since I was able to make that happen.
Since moving here I’ve got a dog and named him after a Dylan song, graduated from a Fine Arts program at York University, volunteered for a variety of organizations, worked at least a dozen different jobs – some awful, some amazing, lived in five different apartments/neighbourhoods, made some of the best friends of my life, experienced more live music than I can remember, started this blog, met some of my heroes and fell completely in love with this city. There’s no where else in Canada for me. As my adventures in Toronto and abroad continue, I will continue to share them with you here.
Some of my favourite musicians are: Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Pink Mountaintops, Tom Waits, Smog, Cat Power, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Cold Specks, Jack White, Elliott Smith, David Bowie, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lykke Li, The Pixies, Teenage Kicks, Radiohead, Sloan, The Velvet Underground, Zeus, Wilco and I could seriously go on forever.
Since starting this blog, I’ve collaborated with many companies, publications and brands, including:
- AUX.TV (Featured blogger for their LCBO Whisky Rocks competition)
- THE GRID TO (Featured music blogger on OFF THE GRID)
- Torontoist (Canadian Music Week interview)
- Macleans (Interviewed for a piece on inspiring the youth vote)
- Alliance Films
- Hot Docs
- Live Nation
- Nokia Music
- Sony Music
- Heart And Stroke Foundation
- Steam Whistle
- Gladstone Hotel
- Shameless Magazine
- Static Zine
- Easy Living
- Young Lions Music Club
Please contact me if you are interested in working together in some way – be it sponsorship, a giveaway, swapping guest posts, co-presenting or hosting an event, interviewing me, writing work or sending me around the world to cover music festivals for you (aka my dream life).
About The Blog
Turn The Record Over is something I consider a music lifestyle blog. I began it originally as a platform to develop my writing and social media management skills further while sharing the things I love with the world. Three years later it has morphed into something that has connected me with the incredible local music and arts scene here in a way that I never could have imagined when I first signed up for this WordPress account.
The name comes from an Elliott Smith song, if you were wondering.
Some things you will see here regularly between reviews:
The first Monday of every month I curate a themed mixtape featuring some of my favorite songs. Suggestions for new themes are always appreciated.
Every Wednesday I throw out one of my favorite music related (or not) quotes to get you through the hump.
The song that has been on repeat all week on my mp3 player/record player/iTunes including the best video I can find of it + reasons you should love it too.
Every Friday I post all my favourite links of the week. It is a brain dump of all the things that I found relevant or funny or interesting during the week and it is the best series to check out if you have some time to blow.