Alison Garwood Jones

Show up

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

What was true then is true now: focus and discipline will take you far. I showed up at the kitchen table almost every day of my young school life. It was “homework central” in our house (well, I made it so).  And sometimes it was a group effort. My mother had a day job, but […]

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Get reinventing

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

This is, perhaps, the best unspoken rule of reinvention I’ve seen lately: “Surround yourself with people making mistakes and surviving.” It’s by Penelope Trunk. She says, “The reason entrepreneurs hang out with each other is because it’s inspiring to watch people work on problem after problem.” So to all you indie entrepreneurs (writers, illustrators, visual […]

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We interrupt our regular programming

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

It’s been a heinous week in the news. I needed some sparkle.   “The Hepburn Shuffle” by Chris Wahl.

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Spotlight: vanishing accents

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

SPOTLIGHT is Society Pages’ newest column focusing on questionable occurrences I’ve been covering music, and especially music and the internet, a fair bit lately. Here’s a piece I published last year that tackles the mystery of singing and accents. Enjoy! In 1981, Sheena Easton was a 22-year old club kid with a glossy pout and a Lady Di shag […]

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Temperature check

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

  This saying made me laugh (out of recognition). Here’s where we are four months into 2013. Narcissistic? Perhaps. But it sums up the technological revolution we’re all feeding and advancing, mostly through our phones. Who’d have thought that the gatekeepers, for whom we used to do our breathless song and dance routines, would lose their […]

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The workplace

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

Pre-Internet   Post-Internet  Design: Chad Michael Lawson

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Update on Emma-Lee

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

When you start here, as the singer Emma-Lee did back in the early noughties … … and end up here, on the billboard at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto: You know the reversal in the music industry is complete. I wrote about Emma-Lee’s rise to prominence — starting on My Space, then YouTube — in […]

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Hot off the press

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

My latest profile from Applied Arts Magazine. Scroll to the end for the PDF.       Here’s the PDF: AACE Student – Petra Cuschieri.        

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Reverse decision

Originally published in April 2013 in Blog

This is a riot. And the mic was on. “Canadians love things that aren’t practical or useful, like pennies, the metric system and bilingualism. It’s just part of who we are.” — Jim Flaherty, finance minister (announcing that the Canadian government is reinstating the penny, effective immediately). Postscript: Yup, they got me hook, line and […]

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