A new magazine emerges in Canada to help gay and lesbian couples plan their weddings
When Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell planned to get married in January 2001 at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, they faced all the usual dilemmas. They worried about the caterers. They worried about the florists. They worried about the reservations. Except for one difference – they weren’t preoccupied about which businesses to choose, but […]
In reviewing modern art, the first step is a response
What the heck is a psychotope? I’m looking at a press release for an upcoming group show called Psychotopes at the YYZ Gallery. Not only is the event within the circulation area of the community newspaper where I work as an arts editor, but it looks like the subject matter might be local as well […]
O'Brien gets far more attention north of the border
This is the first thing I see when I open up my email one Wednesday morning in January: “Hey, you might want to write in and double our chances!” My boyfriend has caught Conan O’Brien fever, a highly contagious affliction that has swept across the GTA. Symptoms include compulsive email checking, fingers permanently crossed for […]
Hollywood's treatment of the media may skew audience perceptions of the profession, but one thing's for sure: journalists on screen make for compelling characters
The trailer for Veronica Guerin is jam-packed with action. Bullets fly and cars speed through the streets against a backdrop of chilling music. At one point, Cate Blanchett as reporter Veronica Guerin says of risking her life, “I don’t want to do it, I have to do it.” The ominous tagline flashes across the screen: […]
Blogs are becoming a new form of journalism: serious and up-to-date but are they always reliable?
Like any self-respecting journalist, Tony Walsh has a ritual for soaking up the day’s news. Every morning, Walsh (at www.clickableculture.com) pours himself out of bed, pours a cup of coffee and pores over 24 of his favourite blogs. As a blogger and freelance writer for Shift’s online magazine and Exclaim! magazine, it’s his job to […]
Reporting on a musical genre and culture that many believed to be just a "fad" only a decade ago, an abundance of hip-hop magazines now flood newsstands. But do any of them contain any journalistic credibility?
In all likelihood, writing and editing hip-hop magazines won’t instantly unlock the door to the “bling bling .” It’s harder than it seems, as it presupposes different skills. According to Kristen Asklund, who contributes toUnderground Sound Magazine, an online urban magazine, in order to be successful a writer needs “a good handle on hip-hop terminology, […]
Fashion Quarterly, or FQ, is the new Canadian fashion mag. It's really big, glitzy, and glamorous and its editor-in-chief is none other than Jeanne Beker
After strutting down the red carpet flanked by scantily clad models – enrobed in this season’s most fashionable accessory, the trench coat – guests are welcomed into an art deco-inspired ballroom. Inside, the Bombay Sapphire gin flows and the sweet tunes of Canadian jazz crooner Matt Dusk ruffle the wall of peacock feathers. Among the […]
Two young, Toronto women have created a thoughtful, brassy feminist magazine called Shameless. Now they're discovering how hard it is to get it published
Nicole Cohen and Melinda Mattos were told from the beginning that publishing a feminist magazine for teenaged girls would be a challenge. Although creating an alternative for Canadian girls is a noble venture, a magazine critical of its usual bread-and-butter would have to be creative in terms of funding. Mattos says they had some idea […]