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Casey Robertson is a genderqueer human rights activist, musician,composer, and graduate student researching musicology and cultural theory. In recent years he has been involved with the committees of LGBTQA projects such as the Durham Pride Prom, Allies for Equality, and Queerstock Canada. He also served as a member of the board of directors for PFLAG Durham Region from 2012-2014, where he was a member of the peer2peer support team and a facilitator for monthly sharing evenings. Casey currently resides in the Church-Wellesley Village of Toronto and
enjoys spending his free time scoring independent film projects and playing the odd concert with his band Liberty Street, while on the constant search to discover new artists of all expressive forms.

Live from the Annex – Comedy, Music, Booze, and Hummus

posted Saturday, August 8, 2015

by: in Events, Music, Queer

As mentioned in some of my previous Sonic City posts, I’ve always found the creative use of space to be an asset to modern performing arts.  Whether it be the a re-purposed home used during the days of The Velvet Elvis in Oshawa, or the converted grain mill that has become the Evergreen Brickworks, I’m […]

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INspired Media’s March in Pride Toronto’s Parade

posted Friday, July 3, 2015

by: in Activism, Events, Music, Pride, Queer, Toronto, Trans

While there are many celebrations throughout the year, Toronto’s pride parade for me is perhaps the most special of them all.  I invited many to join us for INspired Media, though quite a few said that the weather was a deterring factor.  For myself, however, I would not miss the parade for the world.  I […]

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Pride Toronto: Five Questions with Saturn Alien

posted Monday, June 22, 2015

by: in Events, Featured Events, Lesbian, Music, Outdoors, Pride, Queer, Toronto

While Toronto has many great local artists that will be performing in this year’s Pride Toronto festivities, I’m also excited to discover talent from the many other regions across the country who will be joining us between June 26th and 28th. Today, I have Louis Butterfield of the Montreal-based band, Saturn Alien joining me.  Described […]

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Pride Toronto: Five Questions with Brighid Fry

posted Saturday, June 20, 2015

by: in Events, Featured Events, Music, Pride, Queer, Toronto

One of my favourite aspects of Pride Toronto is how it unites us and transcends generations, bringing together everyone, both old and young.  As we make great strides toward equality in recent times, I have always been impressed with the efforts of today’s youth to bring forth a more inclusive society. Today on The Sonic […]

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Pride Toronto: Five Questions with Sabrina Carrizo Sztainbok

posted Monday, June 15, 2015

by: in Events, Music, Queer

Today, I’m very excited to have Sabrina Carrizo Sztainbok joining me on The Sonic City.  While many of you are probably familiar with her band Pins and Needles, she also has done some very interesting music as a solo artist, which she will be performing at Pride Toronto’s Clean, Sober and Proud stage on Sunday, […]

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Pride Toronto – Five Questions with Come Back Barbara

posted Thursday, June 11, 2015

by: in Events, Family, Featured Events, Gallery, Lesbian, Music, Pride, Queer, Sports

Today, I’m very excited to have Ainsley Naylor of Toronto’s very own Come Back Barbara joining me on The Sonic City.  With their eclectic sound fusing genres such as punk and dance, Come Back Barbara have been gaining attention across the music scene, and will be performing as part of the Girls Rock Camp showcase […]

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Review: The Tapestry Opera World Premiere of M’dea Undone

posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015

by: in Events, Music, Queer

Upon learning of Evergreen Brick Works, I was rather fascinated by not only its aesthetics, but also its function as performative space.  I’ve enjoyed quite a few traditional operatic performances over the years, but at the same time, I’ve often found the most interesting works to to be those which break with tradition in one […]

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Durham’s 7th Annual Pride Prom

posted Sunday, May 24, 2015

by: in Events, Music, Queer

When I first joined the planning committee for the Durham Pride Prom three years ago, there were quite a few raised eyebrows among my family and friends. I suppose this reaction was understandable. After all, I never did attend prom when I graduated from high school a little over a decade ago. Being an outsider, […]

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CMW: Interview with Cairo’s Caitlin Grieve

posted Friday, May 8, 2015

by: in Events, Music, Queer

Casey: Today, I have Caitlin Grieve, violinist of the Toronto band, Cairo.  Welcome Caitlin, great to have joining me on The Sonic City! There’s a lot to discuss today, but to begin, tell our readers a little bit about how you came to develop your eclectic sound, and how the band decided on the name […]

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CMW: The Sonic City picks for this Weekend

posted Friday, May 8, 2015

by: in Events, Music, Queer

So a number of my readers have been asking who my artist picks for Canadian Music Week (CMW) are.  At first, I found this to be a rather difficult question to answer.  There is literally so much talent in our city this week that it’s almost hard to keep track of who to go see.  […]

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