Liz Imperiale

President/CEO/Founder

Liz is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. She was brought up listening to Elvis, America, and The Doobie Brothers. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 10 years working in the industry, organizing raves, shows, and managing DJs she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews.  The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations. Her all-time musical genre faves are within the doom/stoner genre, but she generally has a love for anything that makes her face melt.

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Liz Imperiale

Liz Imperiale

President/CEO/Founder

Kate Erickson

Editor/Writer

Kate is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and writer based in Montreal. She has been writing about arts, culture, and technology since around 2007. In addition to playing bass for the punk band FIGHTFACE, Kate works as a creative consultant and can often be found running around with some kind of clipboard in her hands. She is an abstract, Gemini, perfectionist, spontaneous, tree-hugging cat lover with hilarious phobias, whose parents almost named her after a Lord of the Rings character. She can list the foods she doesn't like on one hand, but would need to grow about thirty more arms to have enough fingers to count the bands she likes.

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Kate Erickson

Kate Erickson

Editor/Writer

Eric Brisson

Photojournalist

Eric is a professional photographer, enamored by the thrill of catching special moments at live shows and sports games. Following those moments from New Brunswick to Montreal, he’s been in the city since 2001, enjoying the finer things in life like rooting for the Canadiens and trying out new restaurants (and the house beers they offer). When he’s not washing down the culturally-palatable Montreal with a good dark ale, you can find him rocking out to the latest metal and alternative bands or sitting around at home stewing over Breaking Bad (which is sorely misses). Most recently, Eric had his personal dream come true by finishing a tour of every Major League Baseball park.

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Eric Brisson

Eric Brisson

Photojournalist

Jason Greenberg

Writer

On the best of days, you can hear Jason screaming his guts out into a microphone for the Montreal-based metal band, Outlive the Dead formerly known as Camalus. He joined the make-you-pee-your-pants-in-angst band after a few line-up switches and continues to haunt local venues with his low, baritone growl. Being introduced to music at a young age, Bruce Springsteen rivalled most others for the coveted Favourite Artist position. One fateful day, however, Jason found himself lost in MTV’s third annual Icon Tribute to Metallica and his whole world turned upside down. On other days, Jason can be found enjoying long walks on the beach while masturbating in public, most likely toting around a case of Sleeman’s Cream Ale. PS- His favourite band still stands as Metallica and he will not be judged.

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Jason Greenberg

Jason Greenberg

Writer

Jesse Gainer

Writer

Jesse is a staple in the Montreal music scene, most well-known for being the drummer of the local band, Talk-Sick. Not only is he one of the city’s hottest drummers, he studied a double major at McGill University in Economics and Political Science. According to him, the bands that you need to be listening to right now are: NAILS, Dead in the Dirt, Baptists, Oi Polloi, Tragedy, Nomads, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, BIIPIIGWAN, Eagle Twin, Animals as Leaders, Lumbar, and any other band signed to either Southern Lord Records or A389 Recordings. The first concert that Jesse ever attended was Vanilla Ice, accompanied by his parents.

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Jesse Gainer

Jesse Gainer

Writer

Joey Beaudin

Writer

Joey Beaudin resides in the Orion-Cygnus Arm of the Milky Way, but spends most of his time on the Island of Montreal. There he enjoys a normal human life, and he definitely has got normal human ears. He uses those ears mostly for absorbing vibrating sound waves produced by those referred to as musicians. He enjoys it so much it borders on obsession. Perhaps it is a mission to explore strange new sounds, to seek out new melodies and original compositions, to boldly hear what his ears have yet to hear. Live long with the force.

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Joey Beaudin

Joey Beaudin

Writer

Scott Andrews

Writer

Scott is an alternative music punter since 1990 and performing musician since 1998, currently located in the most isolated capital city in the World; Perth, Western Australia.  Omnivorous of music and addicted to the atmosphere of the gig, Scott writes from a love for music and online community.   Check out his band Shock Octopus.

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Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Writer

Syd Ghan

Writer

Syd Ghan spent his childhood in a choir and taking private violin lessons. He’s totally a manly man except for that he can’t play sports and you probably shouldn’t ask him to help you move. He loves metal, rock, funk, jazz, pop, classical, country, rap, hip hop, and blues, but he doesn’t like Bono or his stupid face. He plays in a Montreal funk rock band called Safe in Sound who are just the bee’s knees. He enjoys long walks on the beach and being a smartass. He’s usually probably wrong.

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Syd Ghan

Syd Ghan

Writer

Dominic Abate

Writer/Events

Dominic's first love of music came at an early age, when his father introduced him to the sounds of bands like The Beatles and The Doors. It inspired him to learn how to play guitar and constantly seek out new music. Although Dominic loves nearly all forms of music, his primary passion is anything with heavy and loud guitars. His current favourites are bands/artists like Chelsea Wolfe, Converge, Pallbearer, Amenra and Behemoth, just to name a few. When he's not writing for Bucketlist, Dominic works as a Marketing Copywriter.

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Dominic Abate

Dominic Abate

Writer/Events

Jordan Hodgins

Writer/News

Jordan, in an attempt to avoid an overly-romantic bio, has chosen to stick to the cold, hard facts about her life. She has been reading ever since she can remember, but didn't decide to try her hand at writing (heh heh) until she had no other choice while attending university. Jordan has always been an incredibly passionate person, and for her, writing and music provided the perfectly blended outlet to keep her relatively out of trouble.
Jordan's heart lies with the kind of old-school blues and gospel that gave rise to and inspired Elvis; she enjoys anything with soul, or has the ability to unite an eclectic crowd according to (in)tangible ties. Jordan's goal in writing for Bucketlist is to organize her intuition in a way that makes sense enough to which at least one person will relate. Enjoy!

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Jordan Hodgins

Jordan Hodgins

Writer/News

Rob Coles

Writer

Rob started DJing trip hop and drum and bass in the late 90s at various underground watering holes and sub-standard, probably condemned warehouses in Winnipeg’s downtown core. He fondly remembers making weekly pilgrimages to the local record shop to pick up a fresh stack of the latest 12” singles for weekend gigs. As a co-founder of Quadrafunk Radio, Winnipeg’s longest-running electronic radio-show, Rob set out on a mission to find the perfect beat —for the mind and for the feet—be it reggae, dubstep, techno, or any other bass-driven, dub-infused sounds.  Rob moved to Montreal in 2009 to study art history, but like so many other ex-pats he found himself mesmerized by the city’s deep music culture, talented performers, and late-night debauchery. You’ll find Rob nodding his head in the sweet-spot of the venue (as close to the sound-guy as possible) when the bass drops.

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Rob Coles

Rob Coles

Writer

Paul Ablaze

Writer

Paul has lived in Montreal his whole life however he spent a considerable amount of time on tour over the last 7 years with his band Blackguard, which basically means he is bitter and jaded and an ideal candidate to write music reviews. He also enjoys pizza , screaming and Dead-lifting.

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Paul Ablaze

Paul Ablaze

Writer

Jamie Markell

Writer/Promotion

Jamie resides in Ingleside, a small town in eastern Ontario working as a Lab Tech Monday to Friday. On weekends you're likely to find her in Hamilton with her other half or checking out the music scene in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto - wherever it takes her. While she will listen to just about anything, her favourite bands include Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Alexisonfire and Monster Truck.

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Jamie Markell

Jamie Markell

Writer/Promotion

Danielle Kenedy

Editor/Photojournalist

Danielle Kenedy is an artist in every aspect. Based out of Toronto, she lives and breathes music, making it the biggest factor in her artistic endeavors. In addition to being a musician, Danielle is also a graphic artist, luthier, and writer. Her designs have been published into t-shirts, drum skins, posters, and other merchandise for many musicians, and she has been writing about the arts since 2008. Currently, the Graphic Design program at Centennial College is where she is honing her skills in digital art to further her freelance career in music-based design work. Those who know her call her a ‘music-encyclopedia’ with an over-attention to detail.

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Danielle Kenedy

Danielle Kenedy

Editor/Photojournalist

Mathieu Perrier

Writer

A multi-instrumentalist, and aspiring producer, Mathieu Perrier lives for music. He’s a recent graduate of Centennial College’s Music Industry Arts & Performance program, and is currently juggling a number of jobs from different aspects of the music industry, hoping to solidify his place as a prominent figure in the Toronto scene. Despite having a broad and diverse taste, Mathieu thinks that for whatever reason, ska is the best genre of music out there. It seems no amount of logical reasoning can convince his stubborn ass otherwise.

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Mathieu Perrier

Mathieu Perrier

Writer

Shawn Thicke

Writer

Shawn Thicke is a Montreal born music nerd, whose whole life was turned upside down the second he heard Led Zeppelin blaring from an old turntable at age 12. Besides addictively collecting vinyl records and analyzing every album to death, Shawn further fuels his passion for music by singing, song writing, performing and playing guitar for local rock band Thicke Sugar. You can find this energetic live act on Facebook, and they will be releasing studio recordings very shortly. He also possesses a Bachelors of Education from McGill University and has recently used it to get himself a job as an Elementary School music teacher at JPPS Bialik. Needless to say, his life-long goal of becoming Dewey Finn from School of Rock is now complete.

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Shawn Thicke

Shawn Thicke

Writer

Aaron Deck

Writer

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Aaron Deck, and he lived in a magical land called Near Halifax. He was quiet and thoughtful (Okay, loud and rambunctious), and learned the wondrous skill of playing piano at the age of 8. Once puberty hit, upon learning that piano isn’t considered ‘cool’, he quickly transferred over to the traditional art of playing Rock ‘n Roll guitar. In 2008, he migrated West to Montreal, where he has played in multiple punk rock bands, including the fantabulous Ol’ School Johnny. He was often not recognized to be part of the band when selling merch. He currently has a horror short story collection out called "14 Needles", available through Amazon. Oh yeah, and he sometimes has really rad living room dance parties.

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Aaron Deck

Aaron Deck

Writer

Keenan Kerr

Writer

At a young age, Keenan Kerr was corrupted by kick-ass and heavy-hitting rock bands like Guns N’ Roses and Black Sabbath. His first attended concert was at 11 years old and it was to see his idol Ozzy Osbourne. This caused a few issues with the mother of young Keenan’s best friend who refused that the boys continue hanging out together. Keenan started playing guitar at 14 and picked up a few other instruments along the way. For years, he focused on playing and writing mostly hard rock music until his inner 8 year old rediscovered his love for deliciously cheesy pop punk music. In fact, Keenan currently plays in the deliciously cheesy pop punk rock band Summerled which he spends his days writing music for - except for when he’s doing other things, in which case, not doing what he just said he spends his days doing.

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Keenan Kerr

Keenan Kerr

Writer

Thomas Gentil

Photojournalist

Thomas is a photographer and graphic designer from the seaside city of Brest, France. Growing up listening to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and Serge Gainsbourg in his childhood, he then discovered metal during his teenage years and never went back despite keeping an eclectic ear. After a five-year stint as a bass player in his high-school buddies’ band, Thomas cut his hair and decided to grow a beard instead. He crossed the Atlantic in 2013 and moved to Montreal where he has lived ever since.

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Thomas Gentil

Thomas Gentil

Photojournalist

Danny Donovan

Photographer

Danny Donovan is a welder by trade. He first got a taste for photography working in the mines in Nunavut, taking pictures of wildlife and the beautiful landscapes. He really Improved his skill in photography after buying his first professional camera over a year ago. He started out as a club and sports photographer, but after trying it out, he did not find it challenging enough so he turned to concert photography. Danny is also known for being a huge sports fan and athlete, playing football and hockey at the college level. Danny is a charismatic person who loves music, especially country, and enjoys discovering new genres and artists. Being a photographer for Bucketlist is really giving him this opportunity.

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Danny Donovan

Danny Donovan

Photographer

Gabby Rivera

Photographer

Gabby is a Toronto raised Post Productions Editor with a passion for music unlike any other. She currently works at a studio based in North York, where she creatively edits, designs, and runs the portrait photography department. Her music journey began at the age of 12, which then grew onward loving all different kinds of tunes, from 90’s to the occasional top 40’s hit. However, her heart lies with loud alternative sound. She is a massive geek who enjoys playing video games, marathoning tv shows/movies, or checking out new pubs around the city. She’s experienced epic bands & artists in her music journey such as Iron Maiden, Morrissey, The Used, Anti-Flag, Motion City Soundtrack, Against Me! and The Cure (the list goes on). You can usually catch her at a local show or rocking out at a music festival; Rockfest & Riotfest being personal favourites. Here’s to the next gig!

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Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera

Photographer

Justin Bruce

Writer

Justin is a Saskatoon-based musician with a degree from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied medieval and modern English. These days, he can usually be found behind the stack of comic books he’s trying to keep up with. Justin has been playing music since his early teens and has made 10’s of dollars from it in the years since. An enthusiastic packrat, his prized possession is a vinyl copy of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag.” Justin snores really loud if he’s been drinking and thought that Revenge of the Sith was actually a pretty sweet movie. You can hear Justin in Swayze, https://swayzelives.bandcamp.com and A Ghost in Drag, https://aghostindrag.bandcamp.com and you will occasionally see him and his bandmates playing Beerio Kart on tour.

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Justin Bruce

Justin Bruce

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Lee Ferguson

Writer

What’s there to say about Lee? He is a lifelong Montrealer. He loves to eat in the shower and spend time with his pet Sam the Crow. Most of all, he loves music! Rarely seen without headphones in his ears, he is constantly seeking out new artists and genres, but always falls back on his love for 90’s rock and 80’s pop. Lee has been playing drums for over 15 years in a number of Montreal rock bands and is currently drumming for the alt-rock, punk/grunge-tinged band, Urban Spells. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Concordia University in 2007. So while he’s read just about every Shakespeare play, he promises to never quote any of them in social situations unless, of course, there is an attempted murder of the heir to the throne, then he’ll go all Shakespeare on everybody’s ass.

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Lee Ferguson

Lee Ferguson

Writer

Michael Kovacs

Photographer

Mike is a photo enthusiast in the Montreal area who feeds off the energy of the crowd. Since he was a kid… ahem... since a young age (he’ll apparently always be a kid because adulting is a trap!) he’s always had an affinity for capturing those once in a lifetime moments and sharing it with the special people in our lives. When he’s not showing people how truly badass they are through his eyes in the form of candid digital portraiture, or making magic happen at his 9to5, Mike likes to geek out over computer technology news; because there’s nothing quite like teasing yourself with amazing gadgets that will probably never see the light of day (looking at you, kickstarter!). He binge watches tv shows long after episodes have stopped being aired, buys more video games than he has time to play, and has a knack for taking things apart to see how they work; “extra pieces weren't important anyways” is the name of the game when it’s time to put things back together. Someday Mike dreams of going on tour as an official band photographer, until that time you can catch him at the next music festival.

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Michael Kovacs

Michael Kovacs

Photographer

Ben Cornel

Writer

Ben Cornel (no relation to Chris) is one of many long haired, and seemingly faceless people that could be found in the band MOOCH and The Osmosis Jones Band. The guitarist-singer is rooted in the vibes of the 60’s and 70’s that echo through the musical world to this day. His goal as a review writer, more than anything, is to get people off of their asses and out to shows (including his own). Ben is a graduate from the Liberal Arts program at John Abbott College in Montreal; where his music trip really kicked in. Some say he is still tripping heavy to this day. Considering this blurb was written by himself in the third person, I’d say so too.

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Ben Cornel

Ben Cornel

Writer

Max Morin

Writer

Max Morin likes his music the same way he likes most things in life; distorted, and full of energy. Max is a lifelong metal fan who, after seeing AC/DC for the first time at age 12, knew that he wanted to write about music for a living. Many years later, and with a history degree from York University, Max is doing exactly that, for Bucketlist and Exclaim! magazine, among others. Max’s favourite bands include Pink Floyd, System of a Down, Sex Pistols, Rammstein, David Bowie, Nightwish and Jimi Hendrix. He started living when he was born and will continue living until he dies. In his spare time, Max enjoys playing bass, guitar and Playstation. His greatest regret is not mastering the bass solo in “My Generation” by The Who.

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Max Morin

Max Morin

Writer

Vicki Mahony

Photographer

Vicki Mahony is a photographer based in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. She began playing with cameras around the age of 12 and started with making silly sketch videos for YouTube. In high school, she switched to dabbling with photography where she found the most success, highest grades, and awards. The years following graduation of high school, she flipped back to video and created her first feature length film with her script and DSLR. Two and a half years later, the movie was completed but the film didn't get admittance to any festival and decided to flip once AGAIN to photography. It was upon looking at twenty one pilot's 2016 tour photographer Brad Heaton's portfolio that she thought, "wow, I'd take photos and edit them really similarly" and descended on the path to be a concert/social media photographer. She travels to Toronto frequently to shoot and attend shows and photographs patrons at a local Waterloo bar.

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Vicki Mahony

Vicki Mahony

Photographer

Mickey Ellsworth

Writer

Mickey is a Hamilton, Ontario-based recording engineer, barbecue-enthusiast and semi-serious distance runner. Occasional guitarist for garbage-punk band, Deck Piss, he's a decent conversationalist and owns exactly one velvet dinner jacket. At 16, he got into abrasive bands like Minor Threat, Operation Ivy and The Unseen - mainly to piss off his cop-father. Nowadays, he mostly listens to small-band jazz records, local hardcore and his gf's playlists. Mickey is a rye whiskey drinker. Like a total dick, he orders a Manhattan at every new cocktail bar he visits, then bases his entire opinion of said cocktail bar on that single, fucking drink. He's been thinking about adopting a puppy, but isn't sure if he'd measure up as a father-figure.

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Mickey Ellsworth

Mickey Ellsworth

Writer

Mihaela Petrescu

Photographer

Mihaela is a 5 foot Romanian blue haired photographer. Born and raised in Romania, she moved to Montreal and surrounded herself in art environment. Her uncle introduced her to Depeche Mode, Billy Idol and many other great bands. The love for music brought her to shoot shows for friends then for medias. She has now been photographing bands for 8 years. Through her photography adventure, she had the opportunity to shoot for Decibel Magazine, Terrorizer, Pure Grain Audio and now she works mainly for Voir Magazine. Her main goal: going on tour with bands! Fun fact: Randy Blythe took her profile pic.

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Mihaela Petrescu

Mihaela Petrescu

Photographer

Hanorah

Writer

Hanorah is an artist and advocate for consent based in Montreal. Although primarily a musician, she is also a visual artist and young writer. In 2016, she successfully campaigned for mandatory consent education at her alma mater John Abbott College. Her songwriting and public discussion of sexual assault survival and mental health at every (appropriate) opportunity has put her on Journal de Montréal's "2018's Most Inspiring Quebec Women" list—a title that makes her nervous. She is completing her undergrad in Studio Arts at Concordia University at a glacial pace in order to make time for other things. Hanorah was a quarter finalist on La Voix in 2017 and signed with Dare to Care Records in 2018. She loves playing music with her band because it is cheaper than therapy. Her cat, Ziggy, is vicious, but the major scale puts him right to sleep.

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Hanorah

Hanorah

Writer

Mike Milito

Editor

Mike is a poet, artist, and writer from the Nation's Capital. There's a sweet spot in music between current and timeless; between paying homage to heroes and paving new roads; between being relevant and being honest. That sweet spot is where you'll find Mike. Diagnosed with a book buying problem, if the decision is that difficult - get them both, right? Therefore, along with being indecisive, Mike is very poor. He has published pieces under three different pseudonyms this far. Four soon.

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Mike Milito

Mike Milito

Editor