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The Imposter


Weird art from Canada.
The Last Laugh

51:12 | Jun 30th, 2018

Throughout season two of The Imposter, Aliya Pabani has explored the poetics and politics of comedy in her attempt to become a standup comedian.  She's considered what makes us laugh and why, explored the implications of Improv's "yes, and" philosoph...Show More
Beverly Glenn-Copeland Comes out of the Woodwork

42:42 | Jun 20th, 2018

Born in Philadelphia, Glenn came to McGill in the 60s to study music. He fell in love with Canada, released some albums, sang alongside musicians like Bruce Cockburn, and became a regular on Mr. Dressup. Recently, his self-released album Keyboard Fa...Show More
Is Comedy Art?

30:15 | Jun 1st, 2018

With less than a month left until her final set on the Second City stage, Aliya realizes that she's not totally sold on standup. So she talks to Sandra Battaglini, a comedian who's petitioning the government to recognize comedy as an art form that's ...Show More
Meet the Porn Auteurs

47:32 | May 24th, 2018

Montreal is home to the backend of the online porn industry, where IT gurus have been running A/B tests on desire. Stories about porn often focus on the morality and the economics of the industry, but we seldom talk about porn as a creative practice....Show More
The Sun Never Sets on AbTec Island

49:21 | May 3rd, 2018

Erin Gee created Project H.E.A.R.T; a virtual reality game that uses your emotions to power a holographic pop star, who has to sing for combat soldiers so they don't get too depressed to fight. Since the early internet, Skawennati's been trying to ma...Show More
The Patron Saint of Comics

34:51 | Apr 23rd, 2018

A near-fatal health condition put Annie Koyama out of commission for over a decade. One day, while taking her pain medication, she had an epiphany—someone was making a lot of money selling those meds. Soon, Annie was playing the stock market, turning...Show More
Noise Meditation #3: Abnegation of Guilt

12:50 | Apr 6th, 2018

We consume a lot of noise, but we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how it affects us. This is the third in a series of 5-minute immersive noise meditations by four different artists. The sonic tone Ut from the Gregorian scale is said to allev...Show More
No, However...

30:37 | Apr 2nd, 2018

An incident at the bar after improv class makes Aliya question the wisdom of upholding the "yes, and..." mantra at the core of improv, while our culture grapples with issues around consent.  Aliya asks professional improvisers Kayla Lorette, Becky Jo...Show More
Aliya Does Improv

33:33 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Affirmation is the key to improv. It's a way to become more spontaneous, creative, and achieve true collaboration. But at a time when Keith Johnstone's foundational text, Impro is also on Peter Thiel's employee reading list, at what point does "yes, ...Show More
Noise Meditation #2: Expanding Empathetic Belly

09:52 | Mar 9th, 2018

We consume a lot of noise, but we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how it affects us. This is the second in series of 5-minute immersive noise meditations by four different artists. Let the noise from this meditation weave together with the n...Show More
Lido Pimienta's Next Baby

32:36 | Mar 2nd, 2018

The last time Lido Pimienta was on the podcast, she was about to release La Papessa, and it ended up winning her the $50,000 Polaris Prize.  We wanted to hear her predictions for the future, so we spoke to her again. On this episode, Lido talks about...Show More
Noise Meditation #1: Mont Royal Tunnel

10:30 | Feb 28th, 2018

We consume a lot of noise, but we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how it affects us. This is the first in a series of 5-minute immersive noise meditations by four artists exploring how noise alters our state of consciousness. Listen with wit...Show More

46:26 | Feb 20th, 2018

Sexcoven.mp3 is a sound file that was uploaded to the internet on July 26, 1996. It was described as a "6-hour atonal drone". According to Slammer Magazine, listeners reported "cascading feelings of dread, fear and euphoria." The track circulated amo...Show More
Cadence Weapon and The Black Experience in Sound

35:18 | Feb 7th, 2018

Cadence Weapon was a nineteen-year-old in Edmonton, battle rapping on the internet when he released his first mixtape, Breaking Kayfabe. He wanted to make “the most fucked up rap anyone’s ever heard.” And it was. It got him a record deal with a major...Show More
Music for Plants and the People Who Love Them

32:36 | Jan 12th, 2018

At the height of the New Age movement, there was a lot of music for plants, but there was only one Plantasia.  On this episode, we look at how a 1973 New York Times bestselling book of controversial experiments on plants inspired generations of artis...Show More
The Man Who Scored the World

28:44 | Dec 29th, 2017

The synthesizer has become so ubiquitous that you can download them as apps, but in the mid-sixties, less than thirty people owned one. One of them was a pioneering electronic composer named Mort Garson, who used it to soundtrack the CBS live broadca...Show More
Towards a Theory of the Hoser

42:49 | Dec 8th, 2017

In 2002, a low budget mockumentary about two headbangers from Alberta premiered at Sundance. That film was FUBAR, and it became an instant classic. But these beer-swilling simpletons weren't the only hoser characters to achieve cult status in Canadia...Show More
Aliya's First Set

39:33 | Nov 24th, 2017

A vague email from a Yahoo user leads to a budding mentorship with one of Canada's most beloved comedians, Aliya performs her first 5-minute set, and the woman who helped propel Toronto's alternative comedy scene into the mainstream gives Aliya some ...Show More
Alanis Obomsawin: 85 Years of Resistance

41:49 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Alanis Obomsawin is an Abenaki filmmaker who's been challenging Canada's image of itself for the last 50 years. And she got funding from the National Film Board to do it.  For more information, visit: canadalandshow.com/imp
Aliya Tries Comedy

31:12 | Oct 4th, 2017

At the end of this season, Aliya will do a live comedy set onstage at Second City. But first—she needs to learn how to tell a joke. On the first episode of this harrowing journey, Aliya recalls the 1968 comedy that ruined laughter for her, phones her...Show More
Ep.45 - I Pity the Country pt.2

35:18 | Jun 29th, 2017

Operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher takes turn-of-the-century field recordings out of the museum and back to their original community by fusing them with new, avant-garde compositions.   For more information, visit canadalandshow.com/imp
Ep.44 - I Pity the Country pt.1

42:11 | Jun 29th, 2017

A DJ goes crate digging unearths a trove of rare Indigenous music folk, rock and country music. The re-issue Native North America Volume 1 turns the spotlight back on trailblazing musicians from across the continent. But it also raises questions abou...Show More
Ep.43 - The Heart Says No

47:12 | Jun 22nd, 2017

In the new season of The Heart podcast, Kaitlin Prest gets men to open up about that time when they didn't get consent, but did it anyway. We ask how she pulled it off.   TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains discussions and depictions of sexual abu...Show More
Ep.42 - The Indigenous New Wave

41:20 | Jun 7th, 2017

From experimental DJs to punk bands and soul singers, a surge of artists are creating modern, groundbreaking Indigenous music.   Ziibiwan is an experimental electronic producer living in Toronto. He breaks down his Time Limits EP.   Jarrett Martineau...Show More
Ep.41 - Why There Are No Period Films About Black People In Canada

50:36 | May 31st, 2017

Charles Officer has been chronicling Black Canadian stories in documentaries like The Skin We're In and Unarmed Verses, which just won the best Canadian Feature Documentary award at Hot Docs. But when he started out, he just wanted to make fiction. A...Show More
Ep.40 - That Time the CBC Aired 10 Hours of Crickets and Church Bells

38:45 | May 24th, 2017

For two weeks in 1974, the CBC broadcast ten hours of field recordings from across the country on their flagship documentary show, Ideas. The recordings were collected by a group of twentysomething composers and a famous avant-garde acoustic ecologis...Show More
Ep.39 - A Psychological Thriller About a Man and a Radiator

46:10 | May 17th, 2017

Guy Delisle's new comic Hostage isn't the typical kidnapping story, full of torture and guns. The book uses minimal colour and slow, repetitive action to pull you into the psychology of Christophe André, who spends most of the 400+ pages alone in a r...Show More
Ep.38 - A Field Recording of the Body

40:44 | May 10th, 2017

Darcy Spidle uses a jaw harp to play his insides. Aisha Sasha John studied clown to become a poet.   Music on this episode: Selections from malform by Chik White "Tired Ariadne" by Old Girl   Find more of their work at canadalandshow.com/imp
Ep.37 - Will Jonathan Goldstein React to this Episode?

23:44 | May 3rd, 2017

This episode initially aired on October 19th, 2016. We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap. Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media. Rap Master Mau...Show More
Ep.36 - #hurtjae Update / Cassils Reloaded

41:29 | Apr 26th, 2017

On last week's episode, we featured Jonathan Rotsztain, a comic artist who makes idiosyncratic comics about his job handing out Metro newspapers at subway stations. His goal was to get them printed in Toronto's Metro, so that he could get paid to dis...Show More
Ep.35 - Justice for Cartoon Jonny Rotsztain!

32:26 | Apr 19th, 2017

Jonathan Rotsztain distributes newspapers for Metro Toronto, and makes comics about it. His goal is to get his comics about the Metro printed in the Metro, so that he can have the pleasure of distributing his own artwork on the job. With your help, w...Show More
Ep.34 - Century Egg

38:00 | Apr 12th, 2017

Century Egg composes Chinese pop songs by Email. And a war is brewing in the Canadian art world. It's a war of loverz, haterz and haterzhaterz.   Century Egg makes Chinese pop music in Halifax. They just wrapped up a mini-tour of central and eastern ...Show More
Ep.33 - Sabrina Jalees

37:18 | Apr 5th, 2017

Sabrina Jalees knows the work side of comedy. She's been doing standup since she was a teen and has been on TV almost as long. But she's still waiting for that dream job. She talks to Aliya about her long game and how joking about being Muslim has ch...Show More
Ep.32 - Fatima Dhowre

48:50 | Mar 29th, 2017

Comedian Fatima Dhowre recounts her many near death experiences and breaks down her first comedy set.   Fatima is performing at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival April 6th to 9th. Betty Lambert was a writer based in Vancouver. Crossings was the only novel...Show More
Ep.31 - The Movie Written by Five-Year-Olds

34:50 | Mar 22nd, 2017

A ten-year-old leads the revolution on Youtube. An interview with two child screenwriters goes badly. A dad and daughter review Mac DeMarco's old band.   Sceneable is a Youtube channel by a ten-year-old from Quebec named Dylan. He vlogs about things ...Show More
Ep.30 - Anupa Mistry is Done with the 6ix

37:58 | Mar 15th, 2017

The Fader's Anupa Mistry on a strange early clip of the Weeknd, new music you should pay attention to and why you should stop talking about the 6ix.   Anupa Mistry is the Canada editor at The Fader and she's written for outlets like Rolling Stone, Pi...Show More
Ep.29 - Waiting for a Call Back from Sun Ra

24:07 | Mar 8th, 2017

Kapwani Kiwanga sends a message to Saturn. SlowPitchSound goes to Wonderland. Rajni Perera launches the deities into space.   Kapwani Kiwanga is a multimedia artist born in Hamilton and based in Paris. She talks to Aliya about the Sun Ra Repatriation...Show More
Ep.28 - Austra Takes Control

41:00 | Mar 1st, 2017

Katie Stelmanis, AKA Austra, talks about her awkward CBC dance party, her time in an ostracized riot grrrl band and owning her music.   Austra's new album is called "Future Politics." You can stream it on Bandcamp. Find more of her stuff at our websi...Show More
Ep.27 - Theme for an Asylum

34:13 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Folk songs from a 19th-Century asylum for women, collected by the alter ego of Simone Schmidt.   Simone Schmidt performs as Fiver. Her new album, Audible Songs from Rockwood, is a collection of songs based on the mid-19th century archives of the Rock...Show More
Ep.26 - Pineapple Pizzagate

26:45 | Feb 15th, 2017

Emily M. Keeler listens to one song seven times a day, goes on Instagram and ends up in the Twilight Zone, and looks for gopher holes in poetry.   Emily is vice president of PEN Canada and editor of the Exploded Views series from Coach House Books. S...Show More
Ep.25 - Hamilton, the Musical

40:42 | Feb 8th, 2017

Gif heritage with Sally McKay. Kiera Boult is the wizard of Canada's Brooklyn. The first movie star is from Hamilton.   Kiera Boult is a performance artist and retired stand-up comic. Sally McKay is an artist, curator and assistant professor at McMas...Show More
Ep.24 - The Art Psychic

42:08 | Feb 1st, 2017

Artwork goes missing. A film hits an impasse. An artist feels stuck. They turn to fortune teller Cindy Mochizuki for guidance.   In addition to being a go-to fortune teller for artists, Cindy Mochizuki is herself an artist based in Vancouver. Her wor...Show More
Ep.23 - Land of Filth 'n' Honey

41:09 | Jan 25th, 2017

Jess Salomon makes her comedy Great Again. Bruce McDonald goes to Washington. PJ Vogt lives inside a Weakerthans song. BJ Snowden loves Canada more than Canadians do.   Jess Salomon used to be a UN war crimes lawyer. Now, she's trying to get some reg...Show More
Ep.22 - Remembering Subservient Chicken

36:26 | Jan 18th, 2017

Whether he's talking about a book that changed his life or just his favourite brand of chips, author Pasha Malla approaches subjects with deep thought and insight. So we invited him on the show to talk about some of the stuff he's been into lately. H...Show More
Ep.21 - How to Set Yourself On Fire

34:46 | Jan 11th, 2017

Performance artist Cassils talks about setting themselves on fire, having their image banned in Germany and making out with Lady Gaga. Find images and videos from their work at heathercassils.com.   Music on this episode: "Move Like a Mystic" by A l ...Show More
Ep.20 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.2

40:25 | Dec 28th, 2016

Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer. Her new album, Retribution, came out October 21st on Six Shooter Records. @Tagaq Lauren Strapagiel is the social news editor for Buzzfeed News Canada. She’s written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, and th...Show More
Ep.19 - The Best Of The Imposter (So Far) pt.1

43:19 | Dec 24th, 2016

Lido Pimienta is a singer, songwriter, and visual artist from Baranquilla, Colombia. Her highly-anticipated follow up album, La Papessa has been artfully remixed, and can be listened to here. @LidoPimienta Geoff Siskind is a documentary filmmaker an...Show More
Ep.18 - How To Be Funny in an Age of Rat Sandwiches

32:02 | Dec 21st, 2016

"I don't want to joke about my own anxiety. The world is just under a dark cloud right now." Comedians Chris Locke and Kathleen Phillips reflect on the role of comedy in troubling times, and how to stay positive after the birth of their first child. ...Show More
Ep.17 - Owen Pallett Has a Job

30:45 | Dec 14th, 2016

Owen Pallett turns collaborators into clients. A machine writes a love song for Aliya.   Owen Pallett's latest album is In Conflict. He won the Polaris Prize for his album He Poos Clouds, released under the name Final Fantasy. Neural Karaoke is an AI...Show More
Ep.16 - It's Like Scrabble In India

29:07 | Dec 7th, 2016

Leanne Simpson learns to work with the noise. Scrabble opens deep wounds in Delhi. Golboo Amani unsettles Catan.   Leanne Simpson is a writer and musician. Her new album from is called f(l)ight.  Golboo Amani is an artist who hacked Settlers of Catan...Show More
Ep.15 - Sports Music for Goths

31:25 | Nov 30th, 2016

Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker find the poetry in press conferences. Hazel Meyer redefines fantasy sports. Nick Grottick wants you to smell the song.   Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker are the co-authors of Erratic Fire, Eratic Passion, a book of found sport...Show More

54:41 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Aliya explores the impact of Degrassi, a high school melodrama that's a whole lot like a prison show. Snake reads fan fiction. Aisha Alfa rejects her only fan. Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler talks pig farmers and penis pumps.   Jocelyn Claybourne is...Show More
Ep.13 - A Road Map for What Not to Do

28:57 | Nov 16th, 2016

Jessica Campbell is a comic book artist based in Chicago. Her new book revisits 20th Century artists through a revolutionary lens: are they hot or not? Go to her blog to see her paintings.   D'bi Young Anitafrika is a dub poet, monodramatist, musici...Show More
Ep.12 - My Life Is a Turmoil From a Film

37:15 | Nov 9th, 2016

Allan King's 1967 documentary Warrendale is recognized as a groundbreaking documentary about a Toronto group home for "emotionally disturbed" kids. Andrew Moir looks into the lasting impact of the film on its subjects' lives. Jennifer Goodhue is a co...Show More
Ep.11 - We Just Need Some More Grinders

31:53 | Nov 2nd, 2016

KPISS.fm is an internet radio station and podcast studio run out of a shipping container in Bushwick's Punk Alley. The station's founder Sheri Barclay talks about sticking it out through a period of mourning, being kicked off the air in Edmonton and ...Show More
Ep.10 - Happy Lucky Accident Stories

31:41 | Oct 26th, 2016

Walter Scott is a multidisciplinary artist and the creator of comics series Wendy. His next book, Wendy's Revenge, comes out in November.   Mike Carrozza is a comedian in Montreal. He writes for The Beaverton and the Nicessist and co-hosts That Was U...Show More
Ep.9 - Jonathan Goldstein Can't Let Go

26:24 | Oct 19th, 2016

We blur the line between reality and fiction with this homage to WireTap. Jonathan Goldstein is the former host of CBC's WireTap. He now hosts the podcast Heavyweight on Gimlet Media. Rap Master Maurice will revenge rap Jonathan Goldstein or any of ...Show More
Ep.8 - Tanya Tagaq Is Unreconciled

38:09 | Oct 12th, 2016

"That reconciliation word's going too slow and I've had enough," says throat singer Tanya Tagaq. "I don't want to see people hurting anymore."   Tanya opens up to Aliya about her evolution from young punk to lasagna-making mum, dealing with people de...Show More
Tanya Tagaq teaser

01:56 | Oct 5th, 2016

We're off this week, but here's a preview of next week's show: a feature interview with throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Ep.7 - The Missing Piece is Ego

29:33 | Sep 28th, 2016

Remembering Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook. Vanessa Dunn fronts a queer cock rock cover band while pregnant. PUP's Stefan Babcock almost goes into punk retirement. This show features: 1. Artist Annie Pootoogook 2. Tiny Mirrors by LAL 3. Whole Lotta Lo...Show More
Ep.6 - It's About Kim Kardashian if Kim Kardashian Was a Baker

33:16 | Sep 21st, 2016

Lido Pimienta charges extra for diversity. Subversive make-up tutorials from Megan MacKay. Cult 60s prairie rock psychedelia and Guillaume Morrissette reads his own worst reviews. This show features: 1.La Capacidad (Kaleema remix) by Lido Pimienta 2....Show More
Ep.5 - Everything That's Alive is A Great Actor

36:52 | Sep 14th, 2016

Matt Johnson keeps sneaking around and getting away with it. Stephen Thomas is a lifelong human chameleon. This show features: 1. Plastic by Ice Cream 2. Filmmaker and actor Matt Johnson 3. Form of Space by L CON 4. Zelig by Stephen Thomas 5. Excerpt...Show More
Ep.4 - Sex Canoe

32:15 | Aug 31st, 2016

Carolyn Taylor on how Baroness Von Sketch Show gets made. Lauren Strapagiel defends Guy Fieri. The women of The Second City on being funny while female. This show features: 1. Bull & Eagle by Look Vibrant 2. Carolyn Taylor of Baroness Von Sketch Show...Show More
Ep.3 - Database Error Hairy Chest

29:14 | Aug 16th, 2016

This episode is a taping of The Imposter's first live event at the Gladstone Hotel. Like a first marriage, it's new and exciting, and it promises that the next one will be infinitely more extravagant. Featuring: 1. Comedy by Jackie Pirico 2. "Obaa Si...Show More
Ep.2 - Spoiler Alert

40:20 | Aug 3rd, 2016

On this episode, we talk about those things you only indulge in the dark. We turn up the house lights and ruin the magic of cinema. This show features: 1. A doc on the tax shelter film era by Geoff Siskind 2. "Sexe Machin / Sex Machine" by Jef Elise ...Show More
Ep.1 - Brushes with Drake

32:53 | Jul 19th, 2016

On this episode, we don't go around Drake — we go through him. This show features: 1. "Camellando" by Lido Pimienta 2. Dancer and Choreographer Esie Mensah 3. Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, and Producer Michael Peter Olsen 4. "You are Mine" by Our ...Show More
Ep. 0 - Who Is The Imposter?

02:21 | Jun 29th, 2016

Meet Aliya Pabani. Or at least, her mother.