Canadian artists fear C-51’s chill on expression

A group of Canadian artists say they’ll cast ballots on Oct. 19 for whomever will repeal bill C-51, the controversial law that dramatically increased the power of Canada’s spy agencies.

Facebook’s failure to protect young users, his call to millions of ‘Beluga grads’—and Don Cherry

Raffi vs. Facebook

Canada’s troubadour on Don Cherry, Beluga grads and ‘light’ and ‘dark’ in the digital age


A letter in song

Raffi has composed Jack Layton’s final letter as a song.

Mitchel Raphael on Rae’s plans and the new Speaker’s muscle

Rae’s plans and the new Speaker’s muscle

A special performance by Raffi


Mr. Harper, there’s a call for you on the Bananaphone

Raffi has some requests of the Prime Minister.


Highlights in Readers Digest

Just wanted to mention that some of the features from Kickstart were printed in Reader’s Digest this month. This isn’t just to plug the stories they picked from the book, but rather to comment on the bright, glossy photos they found. Bruce Poon Tip looks the part of the accomplished entrepreneur that he is. Lynda Haverstock, cold-as-steel look in her eye, standing in front of what look like Marines (who knew the former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan’s secret service detail was so impressive?). Raffi is pictured with kids and bananas (in reference to his hit “Bananaphone,” of course). And Eddie Greenspan is shown with, of all things, a basketball. Funny, he never mentioned an interest in the sport when we interviewed him.