The first time I went in front of the TV camera, I was 14. It was for my own community access show, in which I interviewed any bands that came through my small town, documented local teen activities, etc. It was super fun, and also my ticket into the Ryerson Radio and Television Arts program, where I learned how to make TV for real. For various reasons after graduation I ended up in print journalism instead, but I never lost my desire to use the mass medium of television to tell stories, and to shoot my mouth off. And while I didn’t exactly land that dream job of hosting The New Music (RIP), I’ve had the pleasure of appearing on various shows, usually to comment on music stories of the day. Highlights include a good run on MuchMoreMusic’s Listed, being the voice of dissent about SARSstock on CBC Newsworld and getting up ridiculously early to talk about the Spice Girls split on Canada AM. Ah, living the dream!
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of on-camera appearances to promote the Encyclopedia Gothica. The most fun of all was making a kind of promotional “trailer” for the book. More authors/publishers seem to be doing this lately (I like Tony Burgess’s People Still Live in Cashtown Corners clip quite a lot). And so armed with my fog machine, some fake ravens and my poem “What is Goth?” I hooked up with my friend and former Rue Morgue Radio producer/overlord Tomb Dragomir. He put together a bang-up mash-up of my favourite Gothy things, and I hope it makes you laugh out loud, whether you are goth or not.
When you’re finished watching that — and sharing it with everyone you know, thanks! — you may enjoy peeking at some of my other recent clips:
I was pretty thrilled to celebrate the third annual World Goth Day by going on national television, to present Some Things You Might Not Know About Goths on the George Stroumbolopoulos Tonight show, one of Canada’s most influential news programs, and a long-time favourite of mine. (And not only because George wears a lot of skulls.)
My book launch was featured on the episode “Goth Not Emo” of Tomb TV. I seem to be scowling at Tomb’s Goth dancing in there, but I’m actually very amused.
There was also my interview for Bookends, a literary video series, shot at the Playdead Cult shop in Kensington Market.
Finally, I’ll post here one of my favourite TV cameos from a rather long time ago. In this video clip for Toronto industrial/metal band Malhavoc’s song “Naked”, I appear as a goth keyboard player. Blink and you’ll miss me, but there are a lot of other interesting Toronto arts and music folk hidden in here too.
As always, thank you for reading, and for watching.