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

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

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

Joey Beaudin

Writer

Joey is an avid music fan who thoroughly enjoys live music and discovering bands, artists and sounds previously unheard. No genre is beyond his privy and no artist(s) undeserving of a fair listening to.

And despite the digital age, is still a fan of obtaining hard copies of albums when available.

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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 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

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

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, Blade Creative Branding is where she is calling home and honing her skills as a graphic and UX designer. 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

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

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 was a real mama’s boy) who refused to let 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 music. In fact, Keenan recently started playing in a cheesy pop band which has few details he can share about it at the moment, so to be continued...

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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

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

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

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

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

Johnathan Robinson

Writer

Some say he came from the land of ice and snow, while others believe that he was taken directly from the void and placed into the warm hands of the devil himself. To the general public, he blends into the crowd of rock n roll, with his long hair and beard, acting the part, but planning something sinister. His favourite habitats are that of concerts, where noise is abundant. A musician himself, he has somewhat forgotten about his sinister plans and instead turned to the art of musicianship. Along his journeys, he came across clan Bucketlist, who generously took him in, offering him shelter and aid. His plans of eternal doom seem far off now, as he writes, plays music and enjoys the occasional pint of ale with his allies. He'll probably remember the doom stuff one day... or not. To be honest, he's a pretty cool guy. Or so he thinks.

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Johnathan Robinson

Johnathan Robinson

Writer

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

Marc-Antoine Morin

Photographer

Marc-Antoine loves music, but unfortunately he kept losing his earphones. He eventually bought a new headset, and since then he never takes the bus or metro without his pair of Bose, listening to all kinds of music (even for a time, only listening to 80’s hits.) He studied in arts for a year in Longueuil, and moved to Montreal to study photography. Marc-Antoine is always searching for challenges, and when something doesn’t work, he’ll take advantage of it by trying to find a solution. He started by taking photos on the streets and in abandoned places, but quickly moved to concert photography to find both challenges and variety. Marc-Antoine isn’t the guy who jumps around crowd surfing, he’s more the type of guy that stays back contemplating the moment. Shooting for Bucketlist gives him the perfect spot - not so far from the action that he doesn’t have an impact, but not so close that he would have to dance. (He’s horrible at dancing.)

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Marc-Antoine Morin

Marc-Antoine Morin

Photographer

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

Jonathan Berthold

Writer

Probably the most animated concert-goer you’ll ever meet, Jonathan has a relentless attitude when it comes to seeing live acts and devouring new music. Intent on building an eclectic mix of playlists, Jonathan has an open mind when it comes to new music. However, his affinity for all types of heavy metal runs deep, particularly in the sludge, stoner rock, doom, and melodic death metal realms. When Jonathan isn’t pummelling his eardrums with new music, he’s busy with his other passion, running a digital marketing agency based in Montreal. In addition to spearheading client strategies, he developed a passion for writing early in his career, leading him to oversee the development of various content vehicles with his agency. Other interesting facts about Jonathan: he’s a Bruins fan (sorry not sorry), a whiskey enthusiast, and has an ever-growing collection of Mastodon shirts and tattoos.

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Jonathan Berthold

Jonathan Berthold

Writer