photo by Mary Vallarta

How to Indigenize Popular Culture

BY
Stephanie Cram
ON
March 21, 2021
Sonya Ballantyne is a lot of things: a filmmaker, a writer, a motivational speaker, a podcaster and yes—even an official Barbie role model.When she was first contacted by the Mattel toy company in 2019, her first thought was that they ... Read More
Buzzed on Equality

Buzzed on Equality

BY
Sonali Roy
ON
January 9, 2021
Like many other business sectors, the Canadian cannabis industry is male dominated. However, years after Ottawa passed the Cannabis Act, a growing number of female entrepreneurs, including many women of colour, are working to blow away regressive attitudes about gender ... Read More
Interview: Souvankham Thammavongsa

Interview: Souvankham Thammavongsa

BY
Irene D'Souza
ON
September 25, 2020
The exquisite and beguiling short story collection How to Pronounce Knife pierces the heart, leaving the reader melancholy but euphoric. Souvankham Thammavongsa’s ability to instill a spectrum of emotions is a testament to her startling, fresh, lyrical and powerful prose ... Read More
Summer 2020

Intimate Acts and Everyday Rebellion

BY
SHAWNA DEMPSEY
ON
June 20, 2020
As social animals, we like being together: we watch each other, listen to each other, and share in witnessing. It goes without saying that when we are together, we feel less alone. Among the many things that COVID-19 unexpectedly ... Read More
Spring 2020

Combing Through Black Beauty Culture

BY
CICELY-BELLE BLAIN
ON
March 15, 2020
It’s Sunday evening and I’m sitting on the couch. On the table in front of me lie three combs, two brushes, four Olive Oil products, a tub of cocoa butter, a hairdryer, a curling iron and about one thousand bobby ... Read More
Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand: Broadening the Literary Landscape

BY
Evelyn C. White
ON
December 20, 2020

The distinguished poet, novelist, essayist, editor, activist and filmmaker Dionne Brand has claimed many of the nation’s most prestigious literary awards. When she was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2017, her citation described how Brand’s art has explored, ... Read More

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya on Transforming Transphobia

BY
MEGAN BUTCHER
ON
September 15, 2019
For 17 years, Vivek Shraya has been blazing a trail through pop culture, breaking boundaries between genres with apparent ease. This includes the release of 15 EPs and full-length albums as a solo artist, in collaboration with other musicians and ... Read More
Leah Lakshmi

Not Over It, Not Fixed and Living a Life Worth Living: A Disability Justice View of Survivorhood

BY
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
ON
June 21, 2019
Recently I was auditioning a new therapist, who asked me, in all sincerity during the intake, if I thought the therapy I’d gotten in my 20s had “resolved my childhood sexual abuse.” ... Read More