DOMINIONATED is about building community and making human-to-human connections through the shared experience of music. It is a digital compendium, a concise collection of information, insight, and inspiration from ‘Canadian’ music by those who create it and consume it.
DOMINIONATED is compiled by Contributors who manage administrative and editorial tasks and create its content, with input from artists who share their creations with community members, who are encouraged to share their personal experiences, celebrations, and reflections on Canada’s diverse musical culture.
We welcome all those interested in helping to build DOMINIONATED. Contact us here for more information on how to join the conversation.
WHO WE ARE
MAC CAMERON Co-founder, Contributor, Editor (Toronto ON)
Mac Cameron is a co-founder of DOMINIONATED, a lover of music, a pusher of buttons, an early riser, an amateur musician and a full-time listener. It’s all gravy.
GEOFF PARENT Managing Editor, Contributor (Toronto ON)
Geoff Parent is an aspiring writer/musician who lives in Toronto. He hopes to one day complete the gene sequence of dinosaur DNA using that of a frog’s in order to open a prehistoric biological preserve off the coast of Costa Rica. He plays drums in a band called Somersaulter.
MACKENZIE SMEDMOR Contributor, Editor (Montréal QC)
Mackenzie Smedmor is a musician, broadcaster, and writer based in Montréal. She fell in love with Canadian music when she started volunteering in community radio at age 15. She has served on the Polaris Music Prize jury since 2018, and she’s a proud Aries.
LAURA STANLEY Contributor, Editor (Toronto ON)
Laura is a freelance writer from Toronto. She was an editor of the now-defunct Canadian music blog Grayowl Point and is currently the folk & country editor of Exclaim! Magazine. She has a lot of feelings.
MICHAEL THOMAS Contributor, Editor (Edmonton AB)
Michael is the founder of the now-defunct Canadian music blog Grayowl Point, and will probably never stop loving Canadian music. He is currently learning captioning and court reporting in Edmonton and also enjoys talking about the Toronto Blue Jays and comedy podcasts.
BORNA ATRCHIAN Contributor (Vancouver BC)
Born and based in Vancouver but raised in Halifax, Borna has experienced two thirds of Canada’s coasts. With brief contributions to Discorder magazine and Grayowl Point, he now struggles to meet publishing deadlines at DOMINIONATED. He also plays the guitar and keys so please hit him up if you’re a Vancouver band on the verge of becoming famous.
MICHAEL BEDA Contributor (Toronto ON)
Michael Beda was born and bred up in the whimsical northern town of Timmins, Ontario. He is a national champion in Quidditch (seriously, ask him about it yourself), and has taken a seat behind the drums in a variety of groups in different townships.
BRYCE CHARLIE Contributor (Edmonton AB)
One part art. Two parts hooliganism. Bryce is a writer and creative producer from Edmonton, Alberta. You can get in touch through Instagram @b.d.charlie or by sending him a letter: PO Box 20003 Beverly, Edmonton, AB,T5W 5E6 CANADA.
MAUREEN CHOW Contributor (Vancouver, BC/London ON)
Maureen likes to move around the country. Reasons include (but are definitely not limited to) music, jobs, an obsession with change, all things pop culture, and at the moment, grad school.
ROB DICKSON Contributor (Whitehorse YT)
Rob is a genuine Canadian music fan. Rob works as an environmental engineer in environmental site assessment, water treatment, and water supply. When he isn’t working on projects related to water and the environment, he focuses on writing and music.
ALYSSA GELATA Contributor (Waterloo ON)
Alyssa had a tough time deciding between music and writing so now she does both. (Sometimes at the same time!) She’s a bassist to her core and probably drinks too much coffee.
SCOTT GUBB Contributor (Timmins ON)
Scott has been involved with music through promotion, production and management since high-school and hung-up on music as long as he can remember. He does not play any instruments.
JAMES JACKINS Contributor (Edmonton AB)
Former college athlete, current entrepreneur and one of the worst musicians you’ll meet, he’s just glad he found a way into the industry. A sonic explorer- no genre of music is off limits. James took his passion of working with musicians and recording/filming live sessions to start his own business, a project called Healthy Phat.
TIA JULIEN Contributor (St. Catharines ON)
Tia Julien is a writer, musician, and graduate student of ethnomusicology. When she’s not writing sad songs, Tia is studying spoken-word poetry, freelancing as an educator, and getting a little too personal on her blog.
JON NEHER Contributor (Regina SK)
Jon plays in too many bands, but he’s working on that. Jon also wants people to talk about the music they listen to in greater detail and he’s working on that too, whether it’s through his work as an artist, as an educator, or as a writer.
OLIVIA PASQUARELLI Contributor (Toronto ON)
When she’s not talking about music, Olivia is trying to make it in radio.
JOHN PATTEE Contributor (Oakville ON)
John is an aspiring writer from Oakville, Ontario. He’s the creator of the recently launched music podcast, The Preamp. Also loves the Raptors and his miniature schnauzer, Rex.
THOMAS WILLIAMS Contributor (Toronto ON)
Thomas is all about the sonic exploration. He will listen to anything – anything at all. Exploring the depths of whatever he can get his hands on. He also went to something called jazz school and plays bass.
JASPER WRINCH Contributor (Vancouver BC)
Jasper is a musician and writer from the unceded Coast Salish territories. He is a writer and editor at Discorder magazine and will listen to just about anything.