Rollie Pemberton is a writer, rapper, producer, poet, and activist who performs under the name Cadence Weapon. He won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his album Parallel World. His writing has been published in Pitchfork, the Guardian, Wired, and Hazlitt. He is a former poet laureate in his hometown of Edmonton and is now based in Toronto.
20 years ago, I came across a magazine with a striking cover photo of a harbourfront. The headline grabbed my attention: “Inside Paul Martin’s Empire.” He had just become our prime minister, so what better way to educate myself? It turns out the magazine I brought home that day was a copy of the first ever issue of The Walrus.
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