Marqus P Toronto, Ontario

Who are you? Singer/songwriter Marqus P., former frontman of Toronto band Woodrow.

What are you up to? Recording demos for next album, "Small Town Oceans."

Hometown and current HQ: Newmarket, ON.

Current fixations: Andy Summers' guitar playing, short stories by George Saunders, Josh Rouse's latest album, "Home," those cursed Sobe drinks, trying to write a goddamn play.

Mind altering work of art (not your own): The Police, live in Atlanta Georgia (1984).

Most memorable/inspirational gig and why? Sting, Soul Cages tour @ Skydome – the sound and playing was impeccable.

What should everyone shut up about? 95% of what passes for music these days.

Your greatest strength and weakness:
Creativity, sense of humour / existential angst.

Your vital daily ritual: Long walks, gentle affirmatino... and then shit-shower-shave-shampoo-and a shoe shine.

Guilty pleasure: Dawson's Creek.

If I wasn't playing music I would be: An actor, stand-up comedian.

Your most memorable day job: Night watchman at a construction site in the middle of nowhere.

Best/worst advice received: "Keep doing what you're doing." / "Just stay in Toronto for one more summer."

I would drop everything to play a benefit for: Sick Kids Hospital.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on? Heidi Klum. And playing twenty questions. Or playing twenty questions with Heidi Klum.

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band? And have you? Arrogance and/or being inebriated on stage.

When I think of Canada I think: Wide open spaces, the cottage, autumn, how uptight people in Toronto really are.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why? In the words of Paul Stanley, ‘never go on stage looking like you've just been to the local mall. Go on stage looking like you've just been locally mauled."

Strangest brush with celebrity: Shamelessly plugging the band to Janeane Garaffalo, Will Farrell and Harland Williams one night at the Rivoli.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead? Making a little more money and not flashing my ass at family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, award ceremonies...