Staff Profiles

Michael Thomas

Hello, I’m Michael, the founder of Grayowl Point.

I really fell in love with the Canadian independent music scene when I began listening to CBC Radio 3 in February of 2009. Suddenly I was immersed in a world of bands I would never have heard of and I loved it. I have far too many favourite acts to name at this point, but some all-time favourites would be Chad VanGaalen, Owen Pallett, Ghostkeeper and Christian Hansen.

Aside from music I am part of the editorial staff at Digital Journal. I enjoy crossword puzzles, collecting awesome TV shows on DVD, reading and trying to get lost in the city.

Laura Stanley

Laura Stanley is a freelance writer based in Toronto and editor of Grayowl Point. When not here or writing elsewhere, Laura is under a pile of books, drinking tea, or crying about British television.

Jack Derricourt

Jack Derricourt was born in the same London hospital as Sex Pistols guitar hero Steve Jones. Since moving to Canada, he has written for Feedback magazine, toured along the longest highway in the world, and become a literary music journalism obsessive. He currently lives in the fourth largest city in North America. He remains uncertain as to who would win in a deadly karaoke throw-down: Phil Spector or Brian Eno.

Elysse Cloma

I’m Elysse. When I was 14, I attended my first show in East Vancouver. I fell in love with indie music and we’ve been together ever since.

Things have changed a lot since 2008: I’m slightly taller and I now live in Toronto. Still, my unquenched thirst for new music, obsessive Internet surfing habits, and fan girl tendencies will probably never change.

I am an introvert that loves to socialize, a health nut with a sweet tooth, and a craft beer lover with a gluten sensitivity. Some less paradoxical facts about me are that I play drums in a band called The Lonsdales, I dabble as a concert reviewer and photographer, and I am passionate about social justice.

With an eternal devotion, I write for Grayowl, to document the many musical creatures that inhabit the immense landmass called Canada.

Anna Alger

Hi everyone, I’m Anna. I am a freelance writer and student working towards my BA in Calgary. I have long been a passionate supporter of both Canadian music and theatre. My other interests include various environmental and political issues, volunteering, and travelling. You can find me here.

Chris Matei

Chris Matei credits his interest in music of any kind to a childhood in which he was continually exposed to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the Tragically Hip, and Weird Al Yankovic. A former co-editor of Diatribe magazine, he enjoys coffee and riding bikes at high speeds, and once wrote an undergraduate final paper on the work of Wes Anderson. He lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Eleni Armenakis

Eleni is an arts and entertainment critic, of sorts, with a mild fanaticism for all things Canadian. Currently based in Ottawa, she’s always planning A Great Canadian Roadtrip and taking recommendations for destinations.


  1. Hi GrayOwl Point…we are Sister Gray (could we be a distant cousin to GrayOwl?)
    We would like you to review our EP Close The Night. We are currently working with Jo at Musebox. You can hear our EP on our myspace page. We look forward to your review!
    Diana Graling
    Sister Gray

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