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Gillian Turnbull

Contract lecturer, Music section, Department of Philosophy, Toronto Metropolitan University

Gillian Turnbull is the author of Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from York University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College. She is a writer and editor and has worked in the music and broadcast industries. A frequent contributor to The Walrus, The National Post, and Hazlitt, Gillian has also written for The Puritan, VUE Weekly, BC Musician, Penguin Eggs, and No Depression. Gillian is also the former editor of Canadian Folk Music. She teaches pop music and culture courses at Ryerson University, where she oversees the Music Minor and new course development, and is a mentor in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at the University of King’s College.


  • –present
    Adjunct professor, Ryerson University


  • 2009 
    York University, PhD/Ethnomusicology