Interview conducted by James Macfarlane
JM: How have your tastes in music changed over time?
IT: In the early years, I was hard into Ozzy, Crue, AC/DC and Maiden. My first concert was Somewhere on Tour- Iron Maiden-1987. Eddie was walking around the stage at Maple Leaf Gardens, it was cool! That crew of friends got in a lot of trouble…Next, I was into anything from CFNY-Smiths, New Order, Depeche Mode, Cure. Then went to Uni, and the Grunge era was upon us: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, in addition to UK imports like Oasis, The Verve and of course Coldplay. But through it all I still have my top 5 that I can listen to on a deserted island.
JM: What was your favourite song when you were in high school?
IT: Probably something from a John Hughes Movie – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds – Great soundtracks from his movies. Always great songs for High school dances!
JM: What song inspires you to study geography?
IT: RUSH – “Subdivisions”
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (entire album, listen to it!)
JM: Give us one love song.
IT: My wedding song: Sting – “My One and Only Love”
JM: The IB2s just graduated. Give us one song that will provide them wisdom and strength for the rest of their lives.
IT: Van Halen – “Right Now” – Great Video, YouTube it.
JM: Rumour has it that you are a big fan of rap music. Is there any truth to this? If yes, what are your top three rap songs?
IT: I wouldn’t say big fan, Old school Gangsta, that’s how I rolled in B-town.
Public Enemy – “Don’t Believe the Hype”
JM: Press shuffle on your iPod. Which song comes up?
JM: Thanks for your time.