Author Archives: Donald Fraser

Dave’s Last Turkey: A Farewell to Stuart McLean

While the Vinyl Café is no longer the “must listen” program that it once was, when it comes to Canadian radio, you don’t get much bigger than Stuart McLean. With his passing, he joins a select pantheon that includes the likes of Peter Gzowski, Lorne Green, Barbara Frum, Bert Niosi, and Danny Gallivan. Over a […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Sometimes It IS About the Talking

This is something like the sixth year in a row that I’ve taken part in publicizing Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk Day. It’s one of those rare social media “events” that I actually believe in getting behind. Because of that, allow me to apologize for posting some re-runs in this blog. It’s a busy time in […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TRENT Magazine Editorial: The Changes Remain the Same

The latest edition of TRENT Magazine is currently making its way to mailboxes (and email boxes) across the country and around the world.  This edition features a fascinating piece on the conflicts between ethic minorities and LGBT movements by Trent Professor Momin Rahman. Prof. Rahman’s research is in the area of LGBT citizenship with a particular […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On the Spread of “Fake News”

When I can’t sleep at night, I make memes out of things that cause me to not sleep at night.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learning to Play with a Toddler

I just sent my most recent column off to Local Parent Magazine, which reminded me that I hadn’t posted any of my more recent ones of late.  The October one is on the front page of the site, so relatively easy to find.  I’ve added links to the August/September, June/July, April/May, and February/March pieces below. […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Podcast Interview with Linwood Barclay

I chatted with bestselling author Linwood Barclay earlier this autumn as part of my #TrentVoices Literary Series. Our discussion hit on (among a host of other things) Linwood’s early experiences working with Margaret Laurence, the difficulty of writing humour, getting shout-outs from Stephen King, the (not-so) secret Peterborough origins of his crime-story setting of Promise […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Of Stuffies and Square Dances

I was left to my own devices with the toddler tonight, so I did what any sane individual would do and threw a square dance for the 23-month-old and her coterie of stuffies. I played guitar, sang, and called the steps, making sure that each plush plaything got its fair share of floor time. I […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Random Notes on Divisiveness and the Death of Discourse

Over the past few years, I’ve watched discourse decay. I’ve seen social activists be labeled racists in quibbles over language or best routes to enabling civil rights. I’ve seen diehard environmentalists get shouted down for critiquing methodology of change. I’ve seen food activists condemned for introducing peer-reviewed science. And when someone doesn’t have the knowledge […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gord Downie’s Farewell Show: National Catharsis

You could tell that he was struggling. You could tell that he was off his game. From the first blown lyric of “Fifty Mission Cap” to a heavy reliance on the TelePrompTers that were hidden strategically across the stage, you could tell that Gord Downie was playing hurt. But as captain of Team Canada — […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

#TrentVoices Podcast Interview with Yann Martel

Your summer weekend listening! My interview with the one and only Yann Martel wanders through the spiritual, the philosophical, and even the comical. It’s part of our ‪#‎TrentVoices‬ Literary podcast series, featuring a who’s who of Canadian writers — all of them Trent University alum — including Leah McLaren, Linwood Barclay, Richard B. Wright, and […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
  • Previous Clients

    We're busier than ever at Small Print. Here are just a few of our previous clients: Trent University, Peterborough Economic Development, Peterborough Tourism, Trent University Alumni Association, City of Peterborough, Fish'n Canada (Global Television), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, PRHC Foundation, Electric City Culture Council, Kidz Ink Corp, and more!