Cori Van Balen Edmonton, Alberta

Who are you? Ahhh..the age old philosophical question... I'm still trying to find out but my friends call me Cori.

What are you up to? Fucking shit up. How? Activism baby. Other than that I volunteer for St. Johns doing a mailing list for sick kids.

Hometown and current HQ: Deadmonton... Basement of 'rents' house (dammit! When oh when will I ever escaaaape?!).

Current fixations: YOU. I'm standing outside your window... Well okay I hired a sniper to do it because its so damn cold outside. Just smile and wave...

Mind altering work of art (not your own): Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to The Monkeyhouse. Creative writing all the way.

Most memorable/inspirational gig and why? Our Lady Peace (no shit!) because I attended the press conference and they sat down for an hour and a half talking to us... And they actually cared enough to go visit a guy who was a fan, in the hospital after a car crash and wished they could do more for him. Bands don't do that kind of thing, and I had always been deeply disturbed by that but this act renewed my "faith" that some people actually do give a shit and if seeing a stranger would make them happy, why the hell not.

What should everyone shut up about? The damn Matthew Good Band versus OLP saga. The bands don't care, the fans should just shut up about it already.

Your greatest strength and weakness: I can stay up for as long as it takes to read Exclaim! even if I start at 2am annnnnnnd I never say my piece because I'm too damn polite to interrupt. ;)

Your vital daily ritual: Listening to punk then Ani DiFranco or MGB's last of the ghetto astronauts right before I go to bed for a couple minutes thinking it'll calm me down enough to sleep.

Guilty pleasure: Laughing at my mom for being so ignorant.

If I wasn't playing music I would be: Banging my head against the wall, creating a beat.

Your most memorable day job: Wiping up little kids' vomit when the flu went around at the daycare.

Best/worst advice received: ?

I would drop everything to play a benefit for: Genetically mutated children who were mutated as a result of genetic experimentation. Nahh..well maybe, but, for M.E. aka CFS.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on? Exclaim! of course.

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band? And have you? Being prejudice.

When I think of Canada I think: Not that damn Canada pride Molson bullshit AGAIN!

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why? No, both can make you cum.

Strangest brush with celebrity: Strangest? Well nothing exciting. Most horrifying? Meeting 98 Degrees after standing in line for four hours just to get a CD autographed for my friend's xmas gift. PEOPLE WERE SINGING THE LYRICS!!! I can't believe I didn't turn homocidal.. I was close.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead? Anything.