Books 2022 Juno nominee Monowhales loved to read


The annual Juno Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Canadian music. Hosted by Canadian actor Simu Liu, the 2022 Juno Awards will air live from Toronto on May 15, 2022 on CBC-TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and CBC Listen.

CBC Books asked Juno nominees to share their favorite books. Monowhales are a three-way alternative rock band from Toronto. The band, made up of members Sally Shaar, Jordan Circosta and Zach Zanardo, is nominated in the Breakthrough Band of the Year 2022 category.

The group connected with CBC Books to talk about three books they loved to read: Wendy by Walter Scott Soul Extraction by Daniel Lanois and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Wendy by Walter Scott

Wendy is a graphic novel by Walter Scott. (2019 White Pine Pictures, Koyama Press)

Sally Sharar: “Recently, a good friend of mine, Alyson McNamara, got really into graphic novels. One day she unexpectedly stopped by my house to drop off a few of her favorites that she thought I’d like To be quite frank, I’ve never dabbled in this genre before and didn’t know it would suit me perfectly. Naively, I had no idea what modern graphic novels could be. Immediately I found it very entertaining and addictive to read, in fact I find it doesn’t matter how long I finish until I read them in one sitting.

Naively, I had no idea what modern graphic novels could be. I immediately found it very entertaining and addictive to read.

“A novel that Alyson deposited really marked me Wendy by Walter Scott. In this novel, you follow a rising and angsty young adult named Wendy. She is very relatable, sarcastic, and can be overtly malicious. The novel follows Wendy on her turbulent early career as an artist. The book has sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and especially tones of shameless vulnerability. The story ties in with a lot of my embarrassing and exciting experiences growing up in cities as an intense art and music lover.

“It’s really something special when you find songs, movies or in this case graphic novels that validate your nostalgic experiences growing up. If you want a quick read with delicious sarcastic dark humor, check it out I hope you get addicted like me.”

Soul Extraction by Daniel Lanois

Soul Mining is a book by Daniel Lanois. (Farrar Straus & Giroux, Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Jordan Circosta: “Years ago I was given the book Soul Extraction by Daniel Lanois. It was given to me by my dad, which is one of the main reasons I discovered my love of music in the first place. I first read it when I was finishing music school and have read it many times since.

“Lanois’s journey from obscurity to world-class producer inspired me greatly as I began to forge my own path in the Canadian music industry. His insights into the songwriting process, both through his own work as a singer and songwriter, as well as his work with leading artists such as Brian Eno, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and the Neville Brothers, has broadened my understanding of the many ways a song can be written and recorded. .

Lanois’ journey from obscurity to world-class producer has inspired me greatly.

“What was once an opaque and elusive process was demystified when I realized that even some of the best songwriters of our time face the same difficulties as I do from time to time. If you’re looking for insight into a journey truly amazing musical, I would definitely recommend this book.”

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five is a novel by Kurt Vonnegut. (Dial Press Trade Paperback, Rosemary Carroll)

Zack Zarnado: “Many years ago, I really took a liking to Kurt Vonnegut. My 11th grade English teacher recommended that I read Slaughterhouse-Five and it really opened my mind. In the same way that I consume music, I tend to attach myself to authors rather than books. So naturally, I needed to read every Vonnegut book I could get my hands on. One of his books that really struck me is Breakfast of champions. I really connected with his sense of humor and utter absurdity and fell in love with his unique voice.

“Reading Vonnegut’s books changed my life because I realized I could use my own voice and be myself. I stopped trying to imitate my peers and started using my own I have developed a lot more confidence speaking in public and especially as an interpreter.

Reading Vonnegut’s books changed my life because I realized I could use my own voice and be myself.

“I grew up on Vonnegut’s creativity and he really prepared me to appreciate the beauty, the horror and the utter absurdity of humanity.”

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