I believe in the power of words to engage, inspire and capture the imagination. And access to the arts is vital to a good quality of life; enriching, uplifting, provoking and inspiring.
The blog. Life with more cowbell started out in 2011 as an arts/culture blog, shouting out the good word on the Toronto arts scene with positive, experiential reviews, peppered with artist interviews and broadcast boosts. With a focus on local theatre, as well as music, poetry/spoken word, comedy and visual arts, cowbell flourished as a part-time, unpaid, one-person operation. And, yes, the blog’s title was inspired, in part, by the famous SNL sketch.
Since wrapping up review bookings in February 2020, and moving in a new direction, shout-outs for the Toronto arts scene continue on cowbell’s Twitter account and Facebook page. While the blog site doesn’t have the capacity to do event listings, arts-related Facebook events are posted on life with more cowbell’s page.
For more about the origins of life with more cowbell, check out this interview with Stageworthy Podcast’s Phil Rickaby.
The blogger. Cowbell’s multidisciplinary storyteller/writer/arts supporter Cate (aka Cathy) McKim studied visual arts at York University and acting at George Brown Theatre School. By day, she works as an accidental freelance copy editor and writer (words with cowbell), and voice-over artist.
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.
Cate lives in Toronto with her cat Camille.
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