Articles by: Luigi SaracinoLuigi Saracino
Luigi Saracino is a musician, composer, writer, stand-up comic, actor and voice-actor. He also plays and writes music with a lovely group of guys under the moniker Better Living Through Chemistry. Luigi loves living in Ottawa, is naturally buoyant in freshwater, and believes that “Slinkies” are powered by a combination of “magic” and “bluish-hued imps from the seventh dimension.” Luigi would also like everyone to know that he is only a little bit ticklish, and a huge sucker for any movie with the incomparable Marty Feldman in it.

An Actor’s Life Bonus Disc: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad (Film) World

July 1, 2013 11:26 am
An Actor’s Life  Bonus Disc: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad (Film) World

Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca   I’m just looking for the best story being told by the best people and the best part that I can find. If those things add up, I want to […]

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Pow! Zap! Boom! Revenge of the Nerds: The Art of Story and of the Spaces in Between

May 28, 2013 11:22 am
Kicking ass and taking names!

 Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives, the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change, truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts. Salman Rushdie When I was a boy, I always saw […]

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An Actor’s Life — The Trilogy

May 13, 2013 1:09 am
The lovely and talented crew! – Guillaume Arsenault, Mathieu Coderre, Marc-Olivier Guindon, John Koensgen, Johny Hendricks, Alex B. Carrière, Christian Roy, Pete Dillon, Luigi C. Saracino, Chris Newton and Pierre Beaulne (Photo Credit: Marilou Simard)

The lovely and talented crew! – Guillaume Arsenault, Mathieu Coderre, Marc-Olivier Guindon, John Koensgen, Johny Hendricks, Alex B. Carrière, Christian Roy, Pete Dillon, Luigi C. Saracino, Chris Newton and Pierre Beaulne (Photo Credit: Marilou Simard) Disc 2: Fight For Your Life Club or Just What Do You Talk About When […]

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An Actor’s Life: The Sequel

April 22, 2013 12:06 pm
The Fantastic Dan Akroyd

Disc I: Film City or Mr. Saracino Works in Ottawa The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in. – Harold Goddard A word does not frighten the man who, in acting, feels no […]

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An Actor’s Life or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Standing in an Alley in the Dead of Winter for 12 Straight Hours with only Linty Pocket Candy to Eat

April 8, 2013 12:02 pm
An Actor’s Life or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Standing in an Alley in the Dead of Winter for 12 Straight Hours with only Linty Pocket Candy to Eat

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life. George Eliot Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself. Rodney Dangerfield For nearly 30 years of my life, […]

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JP Hoe – Getting Under the Skin on Mannequin

February 5, 2013 11:23 am
JP Hoe – Getting Under the Skin on Mannequin

Twice-nominated Western Canadian Music Awards artist JP Hoe is the ultimate singer-songwriter. The Winnipeg native is earnest, wry, ironic, funny and insightful. His material has a genuine homespun feel, filled with catchy hooks and melodies – genuine, uncontrived and confessional. Hoe’s songs have vision and substance, and are a welcome […]

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Sarah Slean: Navigating the Mystery on Land & Sea

January 29, 2013 12:15 pm
Sarah Slean: Navigating the Mystery on Land & Sea

Fifteen years on and Sarah Slean’s list of accomplishments is as varied as it is impressive. Slean is something of a modern-day Renaissance Woman. During her career, she’s released an exhaustive amount of work: her own albums, collaborations with other musicians, painting exhibitions, two volumes of poetry, acting roles in […]

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Lindi Ortega – Shootin’ Straight from the Heart

January 24, 2013 11:06 am
Lindi Ortega – Shootin’ Straight from the Heart

Lindi Ortega loves telling stories. That love comes out in the form of haunting, warm and honest music. Ortega’s voice is beautifully evocative, charming and rich… filled with a sweet sense of longing and regret, floating over and caressing each word as she lays her heart bare. She thanks the […]

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Blue Rodeo – History in the Making

December 23, 2012 4:33 pm
Blue Rodeo – History in the Making

Blue Rodeo- History in the Making 1987-1993 – 8-CD Box Set Blue Rodeo are a Canadian treasure, simple as that. It’s rare enough for a band to be able to produce well-crafted, poignant, and honest musical gems, but to do so with the consistency and quality that Blue Rodeo have […]

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Jim Bryson -Making Merry and Keeping Spirits Bright

December 22, 2012 5:33 pm
Jim Bryson -Making Merry and Keeping Spirits Bright

Jim Bryson: Making Merry and Keeping Spirits Bright 12th Annual Christmas show at the Black Sheep Inn Album review for the Instant Holiday Album Album review for The Falcon Lake Incident   Luigi Saracino Jim Bryson will be back at the Black Sheep Inn for his 12th annual Christmas show! […]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas w/ the Vince Guaraldi Trio Collector’s Edition – CD, Bonus DVD

4:53 pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas w/ the Vince Guaraldi Trio Collector’s Edition – CD, Bonus DVD

Luigi Saracino It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown! The holidays are here!! And to me it’s just not the Christmas season without pulling out my copy of A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring music by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. One of my fondest memories is nestling down in front of a fireplace, holding […]

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Diamond Rings: Reaching for a higher plane with Free Dimensional

December 4, 2012 10:33 am
Diamond Rings: Reaching for a higher plane with Free Dimensional

The lack of pretension on Special Affections, Diamond Rings’ debut full-length release, is one of the things that makes it so special. There is a palpable and almost desperately anticipatory feeling to the songs – they are unapologetically boisterous, exultant and celebratory… and it is those same qualities that make Special […]

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Paul Brandt – Getting back to his gospel roots

November 22, 2012 9:00 am
Paul Brandt – Getting back to his gospel roots

Paul Brandt’s newest record Just As I Am, released in October, is an interesting departure for this Canadian country star and multi-music-award winner. Just As I Am is a reference to Brandt’s gospel roots, and the record is a collection of traditional favorites. If you’re not interested in an album with overt Christian […]

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David Usher – Ushering in the End of the World

November 14, 2012 10:30 am
David Usher – Ushering in the End of the World

Songs From the Last Day on Earth is David Usher’s eighth solo release since the heady days of Canadian super-group Moist, and seemingly the most sober in terms of subject matter and content. Usher has said that Songs From the Last Day on Earth is a “theme” record in terms of all […]

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Red Potion – The New English Words Record

November 5, 2012 12:58 pm
Red Potion – The New English Words Record

With the new release Red Potion, English Words become slicker elixir-mixers. (Try saying that 10 times in a row with an alcohol-thickened tongue.) For whatever reasons, Canada’s East coast seems to continually nurture and produce some of the coolest Canadian bands around, whether Thrush Hermit, Eric’s Trip, Rose Cousins, Rich […]

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“Hillbilly Pop” from The Strumbellas

November 1, 2012 10:04 am
“Hillbilly Pop” from The Strumbellas

Hear ye! The Strumbellas are coming to Ottawa! Holy macaroni, I love this band! You  may not have heard of them yet, but believe me when I tell you, you will! Quirky and adrenaline-fueled, The Strumbellas’ debut release My Father and the Hunter is a wonderfully full listening experience. Packed with […]

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The Gospel of Nick Drake — Coming to a church near you

October 30, 2012 10:29 am
The Gospel of Nick Drake — Coming to a church near you

British poet and singer-songwriter Nick Drake was not the kind of musician, admittedly, that I’d had much exposure to, or even had much knowledge of, when my appetite for music first kicked in. My exposure to Drake had always consisted primarily of other songwriters’ mentions of him: people like Elvis […]

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