1977-1988 – Born in Toronto, ON, Canada; shits and giggles, breaks
arm by running into an unlit Weber hibachi leg at family garage sale.
1989-1991 – Total geekery at Howard PS: collects fountain pens, obsessed with Garfield, wears a hat, classified as “gifted”; moves to Runnymede, loses hat, friends, gifted status.
1992-1994 – Makes new friends as part of Humberside CI’s non-smoking, ultra-nerdy one-step-above-chess-club, “French immersion clique,” starts zine called “Quit Gawking” and draws comic strip based on said friends, learns how to play guitar; gets on honour roll, takes computer science, enriched maths; changes high schools and enjoys being a total outsider at Parkdale CI, wins geography award despite this.
1995-1998 – Moves to Montreal, QC, maintains a solid A-/B+ as a creative writing major at Concordia U; co-hosts Underground Sounds on CKUT, writes about music for Vice and Chart magazines, DJ’s at Bifteck and Blizzarts; acquires Farfisa VIP 500.
1999-2000 – Meets Murray, sees The Dears play at Barfly and subsequently joins the band; records End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story, drinks a lot, hangs out with tortured artists; celebrates Y2K; graduates Concordia with Honours (nerd), but bombs the GRE because it’s too early in the morning; makes plans to move to New York; End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story is released in Canada; buys a NordElectro keyboard on layaway.
2001 – Moves in with Cousin Laura in Bed-Stuy, NY to complete concurrent internships at Matador Records and Paper Magazine; moves back to Montreal to do The Dears full-time: manages and administrates the band; learns HTML from a book.
2002-2006 – Tours and records with The Dears; No Cities Left is released; quits being a music journalist; gets married, moves to Park-Ex and has a baby with Murray; tours and records with The Dears; Gang of Losers is released, finishes paying for NordElectro and adds Roland X6 keyboard to touring arsenal.
2007 – Starts this blog; tours and records with The Dears
2008-2009 – Survives a total mutiny; The Dears release Missiles.
2010-2011 – Degeneration Street happens. Natalia embarks on fiction writing project.
2012-2013 – Gets knocked up. Births Apollo Lightburn. Happiness ensues.
Hi. I’m so self-conscious about this page that I changed it again (adding the timeline above). I started this blog so I could have a place to write about anything I wanted to. I feel like its constantly reshaping itself, changing the way I think about thinking. I love comments so bring them on. Thanks for reading this far into the tender awesomeness that is my life. Yours, Natalia. P.S. Much of this blog is drenched in sarcasm and dry gags. Please do not be offended.