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Because Music (Uxbridge Cosmos Feb. 2020)

Dear readers, where do I start? You may not remember me. I’m your friendly neighbourhood jazz singer-slash-mother of three. Since you last read me, I and my family left my “Life in the Big City,” and moved back to Uxbridge;…

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The Dark Road (Uxbridge Cosmos Feb. 2017)

It is nighttime. Not sure how late. Feels like three in the morning. Could be ten p.m. because I’m only seven years old. My big sister is next to me in our family car and we’re separated by our pillows…

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Songwriting and My Blabbery Mouth (Uxbride Cosmos Feb. 2016)

A few years ago I got a part in a new translation of an old play. A young Canadian director had collaborated with the granddaughter of Bertolt Brecht and re-translated the tragic German play, Woyzeck. In casting, the director saw…

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A Very Bargain Bin Jazz Christmas (Uxbridge Cosmos Dec. 2015)

Everything I know about jazz singing I learned from a bargain bin Christmas tape. 
  
Actually, now that I’ve written that and now that it’s published in print, I should probably amend that, as I have learned a lot about jazz…

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Nose Jobs and Face Snobs (Uxbridge Cosmos Nov. 2015)

Big schnozz. The word bounced around in my head from ear to ear. Schnozz. How do I even spell that? Is it German? What does it have to do with me? Was it even directed at me? No… Maybe? 
  
These…

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W.W.J.A.D. – What Would Jane Austen Do? (Uxbridge Cosmos May 2015)

Sigh… I just finished watching the last episode of “The Paradise,” Season two. It’s a British period drama about the inner workings and excitements of a Victorian department store. So, here’s the part, in my affectionate description of these types…

Fancy Beards and Fancy Coffee (Uxbridge Cosmos Jan. 2015)

I’m getting old. It’s official. I apologize for that statement, as I know that some of you will be thinking, “I remember eleven-year-old Whitney playing “Fagin” in Oliver! at Uxbridge Public School…So, how old does that make ME?” Listen, once…
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Let's All Hate Toronto (Uxbridge Cosmos Sept. 2014)

*Please note: The following piece was written before I learned of Rob Ford's cancer diagnosis. Though I disagree with the man's politics, I do not wish this terrible illness on anyone and wish him luck and good health, as well
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Not My Favourite Things (Uxbridge Cosmos Jan. 2014)

Over the holidays, I was reminded of something that displeases me. Something I could never really put my finger on, something I could never admit is bothersome to me, because of its part in something near-sacred to so many in…
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This is Why I Sing (Uxbridge Cosmos Sept. 2013)

If you look at my business card, you'll read that I list myself as a “vocalist” (yes, we have business cards too.) Though you may roll your eyes or snicker at my possibly pretentious use of the word “vocalist” as…

Sunday in the Park with Waddling Whit (Uxbridge Cosmos Aug. 2013)

A few weeks ago as I was waddling uncomfortably about the park just down the street, scarfing down “beignets” (fancy Toronto timbits) by the handful and scoping out my community’s beautiful little farmer’s market, I ran into an old friend.…