Me at 4 years old, as Speed Racer – photo by Mary Alice McKim

Life with more cowbell is an arts/culture blog, shouting out the good word on the Toronto arts scene. With a focus on local theatre, as well as music, poetry/spoken word, comedy and visual arts, cowbell is a part-time, unpaid, one-person operation. And, yes, the blog’s title was inspired, in part, by the famous SNL sketch.

Cowbell’s friendly neighbourhood reviewer/interviewer Cate (aka Cathy) McKim studied visual arts at York University and acting at George Brown Theatre School. By day, she works as a consultant at words with cowbell, providing copy editing and writing services, as well as voice-over work.

A published short story and creative non-fiction writer, Cate has also contributed theatre and arts posts to Lipstik Indie Reviews, appears (credited as Cathy) in DJ Paul V’s Born This Way Blog and is a featured contributer in a Glamour Magazine piece about the 2012 launch of the book version Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay.

Prior to starting life with more cowbell, she worked (volunteer) with Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre Company as an actor, singer, playwright, scenic artist, bartender, newsletter columnist, company blogger and general go-to gal.

She’s also been known to get onstage at various open mics around Toronto to do some stand-up, or sing a cappella standards, blue-eyed soul and pop ballads. She lives in Toronto with her cat Camille.

For more about life with more cowbell, check out this interview with Stageworthy Podcast’s Phil Rickaby.

Thanks for checking in!

Me, 2015 – photo by Lisa MacIntosh

20 thoughts on “About”

  1. For the first time ever I feel absolutely compelled to comment on a blog and this is it–dear God what a brilliant, genius, crazy good title. More Cowbell indeed!” Good luck!!!!

  2. Looking forward to reading more! My theatrical career is now an aerial theatrical career on fire (literally), and I’m enjoying hearing about the arts and culture from your viewpoint. Thanks!

    1. Hi Cathie – Thanks very much! Coincidentally, most of my ancestors are from Ireland (mostly on my mum’s side – her grandparents were the last ones born there) and the McKim side is from Scotland, but settled in Ireland at one point before moving to Canada. So we’re likely distantly related, since McKim isn’t a very common surname. Thanks for dropping by the blog – come visit again soon.

  3. Hello Ms. Cowbell! I wondered where you came from when I got the WordPress email saying you’d liked my post on gratitude. I finally got around to reading Aynsley’s latest blog post and now I know. Sounds like you’re having a whole lot of artsy fartsy fun in Toronto. Almost makes a small town girl want to move to the big city. Almost. (Actually, this small town girl is yearning for more cowbells, on cows, in the pasture outside her secluded country cottage.)

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