WHAT WE ARE
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.
WHO WE ARE
MAC CAMERON Co-founder, Contributor (Toronto, ON)
While he is generally level-headed, Mac tends to get passionate about music. He was a contributor to Quick Before It Melts and is a member of Somersaulter.
JIM DI GIOIA Co-founder, Contributor (Niagara Falls, ON)
Jim started the music blog Quick Before It Melts. In 2016, he ended it. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. He has served on the Polaris Music Prize jury since 2009 and on the Prism Prize jury since 2013. He never says no to poutine. Like ever.
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.
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.
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.
SHANNON LINTON Contributor (Cobourg, ON)
Shannon Linton is a singer-songwriter, music educator, and writer. She is passionate about music because it is the great connector, and because everything’s more fun with a soundtrack. She sings and plays keyboard in a band called Northern Hearts.
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.
LAURA STANLEY Contributor (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 (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.
JOSH WEINBERG Contributor (Richmond Hill, ON)
Josh may speak softly, but he carries a big computer (and an even bigger sense of humour). When he’s not writing about music, he’s working away either playing drums or writing songs of his own. He’s a firm believer that “behind every set of liner notes is a great story. You just have to hear it for yourself.”
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.
DAVID PARKER Contributor (Halifax, NS)
SORAYA MAMICHE Contributor (Montreal, QC)
NATASHA RAMOUTAR Contributor (Toronto, ON)