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Meet the band: Mackenzie Longpre

1. When and why did you take up your instrument?

I took up drums when I was ten years old after 5 years of violin and countless nights bashing away on coffee cans and buckets with small tree branches, playing along to my Queen Rock Montreal VHS. I've always loved playing the drums and haven't thought about doing anything else with my life ever since.

2. Do you have a favourite record? Or a few you want to mention? Any reasons why?

Nostalgically, I love the Queen record "Hot Space."

Formatively, I love John Coltrane's "Live At Birdland."

Currently, I'm in love with Morrisey's "Bona Drag," CHVRCHES "The Bones Of What You Believe," Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's "Painted From Memory" and Bill Frisell's take on that record called "The Sweetest Punch."

3. Elvis Presley or Elvis Costello?

See above

4. Why do you like being a musician in Toronto?

Toronto is a great city for creation. It's one of the few places one can still make a living as a musician and we're surrounded by great talent in so many fields. There's a great jazz scene, an internationally renowned indie-rock scene, great country and bluegrass music, and the diversity of the city creates intense pockets in all of the world music genres. It's also just awesome living in Canada.

5. If you could have a super power, what would it be? Why?

Flying. Flying flying flying. I'm afraid of planes, but I think I'd be fine getting airborne on my own terms.