Articles by Phil Saunders

About Phil Saunders (16 Articles)
I have been a professional writer since 1988 when I began my career as a music journalist. In 1998 I began working at CBC, after returning to work with a Master's in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. In 2000 I co-produced a feature film that was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival among other North American film festivals. In 2016 I published a book on the Toronto underground music scene called No Flash Please: Underground Music in Toronto 1987-1992. I am also a photographer and documentary filmmaker.

Life is but a dream: The continuing allure of Twin Peaks

When Twin Peaks burst onto the television landscape in the late eighties, David Lynch had already established himself as a film maker with Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984) and the most significant of his early works, Blue Velvet (1986). His cache was [...]

September 5, 2017

The Crossing Guide presents Eugene Chadbourne June 15 and 16

Picture this: A guy is standing in front of a room full of relatively unenthused university students. It’s lunch time. He starts strumming on his guitar. Plays a Johnny Cash song, a Johnny Paycheck song, then deciding, after reading the crowd, that maybe a Beatles or Jimi [...]

June 10, 2017

Donating to Cancer research doesn’t lead to a cure, says survivor

A friend recently posted on Facebook encouraging one and all to donate to yet another in a slew of fundraisers, set up by the Canadian Cancer Society, and in which his son was participating. I graciously declined, citing my reasons for doing so, and the discourse that followed [...]

May 28, 2017

BAMF kicks off season at B’Ham Oasis: Lookout Arts Quarry

The Lookout Arts Quarry, located on a 61-acre site previously operated as an industrial rock quarry 12 miles south of Bellingham, WA was launched by a group of artists who took collective ownership of it in 2007 and have been establishing the land as an arts center ever since. [...]

May 4, 2017

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