Posts By: Karl Low

Milica Markovic

Milica is a MA-IS graduate, with a focus on Writing and New Media, from Toronto. When she’s not coming up with her next story she enjoys challenging exercises and exploring new places with her loved ones. If you’d like to make a suggestion for future Women in Fiction entries or have a topic in media and culture you want her take on, reach her at

Beats from the Basement—Santana

Album: Supernatural Artist: Santana My feet have a mind of their own whenever Spanish-language music plays.  Whether it is the Gipsy King’s fleeting flamenco or Gloria Estefan’s frisky freestyle, the romantic in me soars beyond the ballroom floor.  Latin rock adds even more flavour to the Spanish-speaking world’s many genres, though it wasn’t until guitarist-songwriter… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—2Pac

Artist: 2Pac Album: Greatest Hits As is the case with country, rap music seems to be either greatly adored or abhorred despite its evident popularity in Canada, not to mention the likes of Drake enjoying international success. I’ll admit that I was once unfair to the genre.  Like many people, especially those who are considerably… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Delerium

Album: Karma Artist: Delerium Considering the countless number of festivals worldwide dedicated solely to electronic music, I think it’s safe to say many of us are fans of the genre.  However, after listening to Vancouver-based duo Delerium’s Karma, I feel that current artists generally don’t push the envelope in terms of how audiences can engage… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Janet Jackson

Album: janet. Artist: Janet Jackson Milica Markovic Every time I go to a wedding, the playlist mostly consists of 90s tunes.  It’s not surprising, since it was a time when the music industry was transitioning out of the power ballads, new wave experiments, and post-disco funk that dominated the 80s to genres that would take… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Feist

Artist: Feist Album: The Reminder Mid-2000s music was marked by a battle of the opposites; you either jammed out to Flo Rida’s racy “Low” at your low-budget school dance or daydreamed to Colbie Caillat’s relaxing “Bubbly” during a sunlit recess. Originating in Calgary, singer-songwriter Leslie Feist’s contributions to indie folk-pop place her in the latter category.  With… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Johnny Cash: 16 Biggest Hits

It’s arguably one of the most popular genres in Canada, yet country music is strangely disliked by many individual listeners.  I often hear that today’s catalogue is largely tarnished by pop’s influence, resulting in lowbrow lyrics, formulaic instrumentals, and aesthetic stereotypes in music videos. Depending on audience reception, this can be true of all modern,… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Boston

Artist: Boston Album: Greatest Hits Growing up with a rock n’ roll dad meant that I would be familiarized with virtually every 70s and 80s band as part of my childhood initiation.  Not that I ever minded; there aren’t many genres that manage to make me feel as transcendent and impassioned as rock does.  But… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Natasha Bedingfield

Artist: Natasha Bedingfield Album: Pocketful of Sunshine With services like Spotify, and considering the current trends in music I think it’d be interesting to go back in time, even just a decade or so ago, to see what kind of music could make a comeback now; especially since we see current artists giving nods to… Read more »