Author Archives: Donald Fraser

TRENT Magazine Feature: Maryam Monsef and the Politics of the Personal

The following article first appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of TRENT Magazine. For the full edition, plus an archive of previous editions, visit the magazine website.  As well, we hope you enjoy our bonus audio content from TRENT Magazine managing editor Donald Fraser’s interview with Ms. Monsef. The conversation is refreshingly candid and captures […]

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#TrentVoices Radio Show/Podcast Celebrates Trent Radio Pioneers

Listen to Interviews with Executive Producer (Degrassi, The Juno Awards) Stephen Stohn, Former Much Music VJ and Music Journalist Christopher Ward, and CBC Correspondent and 680 News Anchor Jack Roe Trent Radio General Manager John Muir leads a team of mentors that help shape todays burgeoning media stars. Here he is in his earliest days […]

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“Community Superheroes” Trading Cards to Raise Money for the Warming Room

So… I’ve been turned into a trading card. And, yeah, I feel a bit silly. But it’s for a good cause! Kawartha Local has created a series of “Community Superheroes” cards that will be sold as a fundraiser for The Warming Room. The six cards feature MP Maryam Monsef, Coun. Diane Therrien, CHEX weather analyst/actor/comic/everyman […]

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Electric City Magazine: A Difficult Potential of Success

Peterborough’s newest arts and culture magazine was officially launched last night – and it was a hell of a party. The Electric City kickoff packed Artspace with an exciting mix of youth, slightly longer-in-the-tooth Peterborough scenesters, and even longer-in-the-tooth established artists and writers (I was twice told that I fit into that latter age category).  […]

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Bowie’s Blackstar: The Still-Charmed Chameleon Continues to Blend New Colours

David Bowie has no business being this good so late in his career. When his new album dropped earlier today, I was mildly excited – I’m always interested in what Bowie is up to and, after his last album (a solid, though hardly great, late-period outing), I figured he still had a few tricks up […]

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Of Trees and Traditions: My Latest Fathering Column in LocalParent Magazine; Plus Barrett’s Christmas Tree Farm

There was a time, I will admit, that I would have left all of my Christmas preparations until the last minute.  Waiving the stereotypical “dude” flag, you’d find me immersed in the Christmas Eve pandemonium, fighting for parking spots and feeling a strange combination of good cheer and desperation. The truth is, I still keep […]

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Fathering Column in LocalParent Magazine: Daddy/Baby Mojo

#TBT to two months ago, when I forgot to post my Fathering column from LocalParent Magazine.  The new edition has just been released, so I’ll be posting the latest column soon.  SPOILER ALERT: It’s about Clara’s first Christmas. These columns have been a tonne of fun to write — and I hope they are just […]

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B!KE: Building Community, Two Wheels at a Time

I have a soft spot for B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub. And while I haven’t been a part of their membership in awhile, or even darkened their door, I remain inspired by the work they do in making Peterborough a better place — and not just for cyclists. They are a passionate and hardworking […]

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Christmas, Remembrance Day, Starbucks, and the Fab Four: Fa la la la, Hey Jude!

“Stairway to Heaven” doesn’t stir me anymore. Neither does “Heart of Gold” or “Old Man.” When “Smells Like Teen Spirit” first broke, I went gaga. Within a few weeks, it was the only song on Nevermind that I regularly skipped over. For a guy who lives for classic rock, alt-country, and grunge, this is saying […]

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Dub Trinity Explores New Sounds, Releases New Album

Dub Trinity are set to release a brand new album, recorded by Peterborough sound maestro, James McKenty.  Their new album is packed with sounds that stretch the sonic horizon — it’s a huge musical growth for them.  The album officially drops this Friday, with their record release show at the Red Dog.  You can get […]

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