Liz Imperiale

President/CEO/Founder

Liz, founder and CEO of Bucketlist, Canada's first female-owned music webzine, is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. 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 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists 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 and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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Liz Imperiale

Liz Imperiale

President/CEO/Founder

Jason Greenberg

Writer

On the first day, the Lord said "Let there be Bucketlist," and all of human kind then became aware of the incredulity or abysmally flaccid result on their attempt at Art. On the second day, the Lord said "Jason, go review that show you're going to on Friday," and begrudgingly, a review was made. What the world was for Jason Greenberg before that point is either completely unimportant or mildly pornographic, but the world of today after many years of serving his Queen has brought him opportunity, hardship, and a whole lot of Bucketlist patches on indiscriminate pieces of clothing. You may see him lugging your band's equipment and yelling at you aimlessly about the useless construct of time. You may see him expelling a noise not fully understood by humankind at the end of a microphone. You may even see him swimming in an ocean of poutine, but you will always see him as his true self, a sentient and obnoxious Bucketlist Music Reviews Billboard.

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Jason Greenberg

Jason Greenberg

Writer

Syd Ghan

Writer

Syd Ghan is a Montreal media man, born and bred. After spending his formative years playing music on stages big and small across the city, he transitioned seamlessly into a career as a full-time writer, editor, and content manager. He has reviewed numerous bands both in concert and on record, written for a number of different blogs and online publications, been both a host and featured guest on various local podcasts and radio shows, and has even logged time judging live music competitions. In his spare time, he enjoys engaging in spirited debates over the finer points of pop-rock radio and he’s never met a chicken wing he didn’t like.

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Syd Ghan

Syd Ghan

Writer

Dominic Abate

Writer/Events/Editor

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/Editor

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

Shawn Thicke

Writer

Since the age of 12, Shawn Thicke has had an unhealthy addiction to music consumption and the need to offer his opinion to anyone willing to listen. Thankfully, since writing at Bucketlist Music Reviews, his needs have been met much to the relief of those close to him. Not only is he an avid listener, but music has pretty much taken over the rest of his life as well. His love of the stage has ensured that he is constantly busy as the lead singer and lyricist of local rock bands Rustic State and Thicke Sugar. The former you can find playing on any given weekend all over the city of Montreal. During the day though, he becomes a member of society and works as a music teacher at the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf. Shawn hopes to one day find success with his own music, but until that day comes you'll be sure to see him at your show, bopping his head with a goofy grin on his face.

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Shawn Thicke

Shawn Thicke

Writer

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

Writer

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

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

Amanda Hiscock

Photographer/Promotion

Amanda Hiscock resides in Montreal, Quebec. Early on in her life she was introduced to bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, (basically any of the classics on CHOM) by her parents. Music followed her into her high school years where her love for it continued to grow. It was while she was in college that she dipped her toes into photography. Spending countless nights developing photos in the dark room, she quickly developed a passion for photography.<br>
When she’s not at a concert, you can find her catching up on Netflix or hanging out with her dog, Zoey. Some of her favourite bands include, Green Day, Zeal & Ardor, Billy Talent and Muse. (Just to name very few!)

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Amanda Hiscock

Amanda Hiscock

Photographer/Promotion

Talia Plante

Writer

A classically trained pianist from the Laval suburbs, Talia sees no other clear path in life other than her passion for music. An experienced music teacher and social bird, she seizes any opportunity to be with others. Being an avid psychonaut and lover of emotional connection, she can often be found at parties of any variety, likely rubbing her face on cats she’s allergic to, or somehow slipping into conversation that black metal and baroque music are really just close cousins. Her lifetime favourites include Black Sabbath and Liszt, and anything even remotely psychedelic, doom, or stoner-like. Her current dreams are to become the modern day Mary Poppins (umbrella and children’s laughter included), buy a van to drive across any drive-able land, and spread sunshine wherever she goes. If spotted in the wild, the best way to make her smile is to ask her anything…or offer some cheese.

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Talia Plante

Talia Plante

Writer

Chris Aitkens

Writer/Editor

Chris Aitkens has been writing about music since the tender age of 16, getting his start writing reviews for Vermont-based zine Verbicide. More than a decade later, he has dedicated his life music. Having graduated from Concordia’s journalism program, he is now working graveyard shifts as a board operator at Virgin Radio, CJAD 800, and occasionally, CHOM. He also hosts his own radio show on CJLO 1690AM called Sewer Spewer, a weekly guide to Montreal’s punk and extreme metal scene. In the little free time that he has, Chris sings in a shitty punk band called Gutser, and from time to time, writes about horror movies for Nightmare On Film Street. None of these ventures have made Chris wealthy at all. In fact, he’s more broke than ever. But it’s all worth the sacrifice to live a life filled with art.

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Chris Aitkens

Chris Aitkens

Writer/Editor

Nicolas Racine

Photographer

Nicolas is passionate about both music and photography, so being a concert photographer is the ultimate gig for him. While enjoying a wide spectrum of genres, he appreciates particularly Metal (Old school, Thrash, Symphonic), Country (not bro-country, though… eww!) and any theatrically oriented live band. This is why he loves shooting Black Metal bands while not being a big fan. If he’s not at a concert somewhere, he’s probably shooting for the local newspaper or working in his studio.
In his other life, he’s a freelance translator who likes chilling at home with his wife and his dogs, Gaston and Stella. He enjoys the suburb life and tries to keep up to date with technologies. He likes (sometimes a little too much!) cooking and spending time in his backyard but will rarely say no to a little weekend getaway.

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Nicolas Racine

Nicolas Racine

Photographer

Henri Brillon

Writer

Don't let Henri's conventional style fool you; there's a maze of subtle sounds in that noggin of his. After discovering his dad's records and CDs, Henri became a lover of classic hard rock. He then found his true passion for any music that breaks the rules: progressive, psychedelic, improvisational, metal, experimental and more. At concerts, the musical experience is equally as important to Henri as the intellectual one; good shows should trigger personal reflexion and deep questions! When he's not busy feeding the mainstream monster as web editor at The Beat 92.5, Henri assumes bass guitar duties for Montreal pop-funk band Neon Rise. He's also been known to strum out the occasional acoustic folk ballad under his own name – sometimes in English, sometimes in French. Henri dabbles in photography and videography, and has been an avid skier his entire life.

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Henri Brillon

Henri Brillon

Writer

Ted Berger

Writer

Saskatchewan-born and Prairie-raised, Ted is a Calgary based weirdo who, in spite of being tall, bald, bearded, and bespectacled with primary interests in metal and comics, along with other nerd shit, is not actually Brian Posehn...probably. Music has surrounded him since a young age; growing up at all ages venues seeing local punk bands, to helping out at independent music stores, travelling vast distances for shows, and eventually fronting a couple bands prior to his move to Alberta. His tastes are even more diverse and weird as those two acts (Screamo act Chapel Hill and experimental Death-Grind act Cupcake) with his playlist regularly changing from stoner to grind to midwestern emo to hip hop to skate punk to noise to Taylor Swift (yes, she’s a genre on her own - don’t @ me).

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Ted Berger

Ted Berger

Writer

Davide Spinato

Writer

Often heard belting “Careless Whisper” from his 3rd-story apartment, this busy writer says “dare to be different”. Davide “Davada” Spinato always keeps it real and won’t hold back encouraging his peers to give it their all. Coming from humble beginnings as a punk in the Montreal underground, Spinato has since learned to take in all that the scene has to offer. With The Nicotines as his first project, he took a good hard look at how unforgiving the music industry is and thought “Yep, this is for me”. As a budding producer, he’s hard at work with artists to usher in a fresh take on what popular music can be; from trap-metal to shoegaze, Davada is more than familiar with a myriad of styles. If you ever read about the relationship between the latest hip-hop trends and obscure Welsh folk, you likely heard it here first.

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Davide Spinato

Davide Spinato

Writer

Andrew Wieler

Writer

Now residing in Montreal, Andrew originally hails from rural Pennsylvania, where there isn’t much to do except listen to music endlessly. From this he became obsessed with music of all types, though ultimately focusing more on heavier genres (rock, metal, industrial). Through this, he became enamoured with radio and completed a degree in Communications with a focus in Broadcasting, which he kind of uses while doing his show on CJLO 1690AM every Sunday from 4 – 6PM EST. He is currently the Metal Director at the station and was at one point also the Electronic Music Director. He also sometimes writes things, which you may have already guessed if you read an article on Bucketlist. You might also see him standing in the back at shows since he’s always been “too old for the pit.”

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Andrew Wieler

Andrew Wieler

Writer