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Who Runs This Show?

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Before diving into a hefty introduction, Charmaine would like to apologize in advance for all the Blues-related content that she will be writing in this website and everything else attached to it. After years of chasing her friends away with banters about a bunch of old folks from the South and those damn boll weevils, she decided to create Wave Maker Magazine to feed her obsession. However, she promises that she will limit her Blues rambles to 1-2 posts per week with her fingers crossed. Now, onto the introduction …

Charmaine had a minor stint as a music journalist for a Toronto based literary and arts journal called The Toronto Quarterly. After a few album reviews and interviews with some cool Canadian cats, she decided to lint roller-ball the hairs off her coat and become her own boss by establishing Wave Maker Magazine. Along with her strange friends, she hopes that readers of Wave Maker Magazine will leave illuminated by the overabundance of brilliant music that we all have yet to uncover and explore together.


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

Ryan spends a great deal of his time under troll bridges shaking his fist and hollering obscenities at the mainstream, but occasionally finds himself on the side of a pop act that the underground has disowned. A schizoid fan for the 21st century?

Chalk it up to being born in the early eighties and being raised on prog-acts-gone-pop, revelling in the era of Seattle Sound, and performing as a vocalist and lyricist in hard rock and metal bands before finally becoming a minimalist composer.

Although he has a diverse musical taste that runs the gamut from black metal to country to most forms of jazz, Ryan’s first love will always be progressive music. He is well-read, cites Robert Fripp as a personal hero, and maintains that there’s nothing wrong with the flute!

“Man, I feel like a woman.” – Shania Twain


Who’s that concert-goer who hounds the road-crew for the setlist? That’s Jacob Goguen – a Beatles, Doors, and Simon & Garfunkel-raised music lover (and York University alumni) who today owns more CDs than he actually has room for.

Similarly, Jacob’s attended more gigs than he can possibly count, whether he’s been an eager Massey Hall audience member or taking the stage at the El Mocambo as one of his alt-rock band’s two guitarists.

While seeing Mogwai, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream, and PJ Harvey perform at Bestival are definite high points among Jacob’s live-show experiences, road-tripping from Toronto all the way down to Richmond, Virginia to see the one and only My Bloody Valentine stands – so far – as Jacob’s favourite music moment.


Sarah is a senior at Miami University (OH): the one with a coffee almost always in hand (iced, black), and a pen stuck somewhere in her ponytail. She was raised on Motown, the British invasion, and Detroit sports. Her obsession with good music is matched only by her obsession with good grammar. When she grows up, she wants to be a music journalist – because they get the best seats.


A fourth-generation Vancouver Islander who embraces his Dutch heritage a bit too much, Ben’s mom calls him a renaissance man.  Really, this UVic history student, photographer, musician, and postcard collector is just curious and always likes to try to new things.

Easily swayed into playing violin after watching Music of the Heart, and later switching to bass to play jazz and rock music, Ben’s musical tastes vary greatly. From Bruce Cockburn to Beethoven, his playlists are eclectic.  Writing about music stems from these choices as Ben is constantly defending his tastes.

Bringing you stories from Canada’s Left Coast, put your hands together for Ben Fast.


Michael O’Leary is a music lover to the detriment of all proportion in his life, and is okay with that. All of his tastes may be traced back to Dark Side of The Moon, probably. A graduate of the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus [full disclosure]), and then of Centennial College’s Publishing program after a disillusioning post-graduation summer, Mike styles himself as something of a “free agent” in Canadian publishing. So if you need something edited, let him know. Mike lives in Toronto, and hopes to soon face a financial situation which will continue to facilitate this fact.

Decide for yourself whether Michael O’Leary has any business critiquing the musical works of others by visiting: http://soundcloud.com/the-mike-oleary-songbook

“Ever since Neil Diamond walked into that bar on that fateful day and said to me, “Kid, you should harness that lip of yours and write about music,” I have been doing so since….
Ok. So, that didn’t happen. But I dreamed that it did.  And in my dream it was Will Ferrell’s version of Neil Diamond.”

Lindsay was a music maverick back in the day, when people wore chaps and those leather tie things that doesn’t suit anyone.  She learned to live fast and hard to the tune of a silver spoon jingo-jango. She can spot a good band 50 yards way, if the 50 yards was really an obscure MP3.  She is a woman you can trust with all things music, because she`s not actually a woman at all, but a custom banjo.


“Okay I’m going now, bye,” is probably one of the most common phrases you’ll hear coming out of Alex’s mouth as she sticks her headphones in her ears and loses herself in whatever music she’s listening to.  Partial to indie rock, but a fan of most musical genres, there’s rarely a moment that Alex isn’t dancing around to some song or other, or bobbing her head to a song that’s stuck in her head.  A first year Ryerson student, Alex is often found eating peanut butter by the spoonful and procrastinating writing an essay by downloading copious amounts of music, of course.


Joe Modzelewski is a student from Oakville, Ontario. He is one who has passionate hopes and aspirations in writing, photography and film. The chains of high school have yet to release him as he still has a year to pay his dues. He is terribly not very clever and wishes he was in a punk band (or at least a Sonic Youth cover band if possible). He has watched too much Arrested Development and thinks that Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd is fantastic. Also, he reads too much GQ.

Justin Jagai
Colin Gillespie


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