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    Review: Game Changers - Inspiring Women Documentary Series

    July 16th, 2018     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Today’s political climate is hardly encouraging. With daily news headlines detailing further and further encroachments on fundamental human rights, with the kindling of rhetoric and aggression against disenfranchised groups, it’s easy to feel defeated, angry, or hopeless. It might sound trite, or just overly optimistic, but exposing myself to a documentary series on powerful, revolutionary women had an incredibly lifting effect. I recommend it as a form of self-care, a 70-minute to two-hour respite, and a boost for your own political capacity. READ MORE

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    Review: Motherhood by Sheila Heti

    July 11th, 2018     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    Early in the novel Motherhood (published this May by Knopf Canada), Sheila Heti’s narrator provides a summary of the Biblical story of Jacob wresting the angel. In this story, a creature appears to Jacob, proceeds to wrestle with him overnight, and, come morning, spares Jacob and renames him “Israel.” Jacob calls the wrestling place “Peniel,” and refers to it as the spot where he came face to face with God, and made it out alive. Heti’s novel ends with the story of Jacob and the angel as well, except now it is a reference to the book the narrator has just finished writing. The narrator—a woman close to 40 years of age, living in Toronto, a fairly successful writer—comes to see her book as the wrestling ring where she faced God and made it out alive. She names this place Motherhood. READ MORE

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    Review: Hard To Do - The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up

    June 11th, 2018     by Marta Balcewicz     Comments

    The idea of containing the whole history of the breakup in a short book—everything that has led us to a moment when women (at least some women, in certain parts of the world) are able to freely leave relationships, all in 120 pages—is daunting to say the least. The study of how relationships have evolved, and how the historically socially-condoned male-female romantic relationship developed and came to dominate in Western culture—is gargantuan in scope. Yet it is one that Kelli María Korducki has pulled off, in a format that could easily be read in one sitting. READ MORE

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    Dealing With Racism Is All in a Day’s Work for Medical Professionals

    June 4th, 2018     by Amethyst Tagney     Comments

    Racism in the medical setting isn’t only experienced by patients, as explored in our previous posts. No matter how much education, training, and experience a person can acquire, sometimes people will only see skin colour, a name, or hear an accent. This prejudice exists in many institutions in Western society, especially in medicine. Like patients, BIPOC (Black Indigenous, People of Colour) medical professionals and students can also face discrimination every day from patients, peers, and … READ MORE

  • Shameless Podcast Camp: Meet Family Dynamics

    June 1st, 2018     by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson     Comments

    In the Fall of 2017, we put out a call to teen girls and trans/NB youth who were interested in joining our inaugural Podcast Camp – to learn together how to make rad podcasts and then, well, make them! Led by our podcast producer Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, ten campers met each week for a month. They made friends, made jokes and made killer podcasts. AND NOW! We are very proud and pleased to start sharing … READ MORE

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    Take Two Pills a Day and a Dose of Racism

    May 28th, 2018     by Amethyst Tagney     Comments

    Even with all the progress that has been made in civil rights and equality, prejudice and discrimination can still be found in every corner of the world. As I interact with people and see how people interact with my family on a daily basis, I wonder when our perceived ethnicities come into play in how we’re treated. When is bad customer service actually discrimination? Or, when is a denial of access to something because of … READ MORE

  • Shameless Podcast Camp: Meet Heard Before

    May 18th, 2018     by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson     Comments

    In the Fall of 2017, we put out a call to teen girls and trans/NB youth who were interested in joining our inaugural Podcast Camp – to learn together how to make rad podcasts and then, well, make them! Led by our podcast producer Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, ten campers met each week for a month. They made friends, made jokes and made killer podcasts. AND NOW! We are very proud and pleased to start sharing … READ MORE

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    In Conversation with Vivek Shraya

    May 18th, 2018     by Fazeela Jiwa     Comments

    VS. Books is a new imprint from Arsenal Pulp Press that offers a mentorship and publishing opportunity for a young Indigenous writer, a Black writer, or a writer of colour – parameters that are necessary when entering what can sometimes be a hostile environment in the mainstream Canadian literary scene. I had the opportunity to talk with Vivek Shraya — the incredible writer, editor, artist, and teacher behind this imprint — about her work, why she designed this mentorship, and what she hopes it can accomplish. READ MORE

  • Announcing Issue 37: The Do It Yourself, Do It Together Revolution Issue

    May 16th, 2018     by Team Shameless     Comments

    Our newest issue is on the stands now! Check out our editor’s letter and be sure to pick up the issue in person or online! READ MORE

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    Jo-Anne McArthur on photographing “the invisibles”

    May 7th, 2018     by Elle Côté     Comments

    This post has been updated from the original version. For most of us, stumbling upon a video of an adorable animal is something we enjoy. However, what if you decided it was your duty to show the world the animals we don’t see? For 41-year old Torontonian Jo-Anne McArthur, this is precisely the case. The photojournalist, author and educator has been travelling the world for two decades to capture what she calls “the invisibles”; animals we may … READ MORE

  • Shameless Podcast Camp: Meet Game to Glory

    May 4th, 2018     by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson     Comments

    In the Fall of 2017, we put out a call to teen girls and trans/NB youth who were interested in joining our inaugural Podcast Camp – to learn together how to make rad podcasts and then, well, make them! Led by our podcast producer Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, ten campers met each week for a month. They made friends, made jokes and made killer podcasts. AND NOW! We are very proud and pleased to start sharing … READ MORE

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    HOT DOCS 2018, REVIEWS PART 2

    May 2nd, 2018     by Tina Zafreen Alam     Comments

    Featuring documentaries from across the world, the Hot Docs festival in Toronto runs from April 26 to May 6, 2018. Check out part two of our reviews series featuring the films Mr. SOUL! and Harvest Moon. Hot Docs offers free same-day tickets for all screenings before 5:00 p.m. to students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices (subject to availability). READ MORE

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    Fun Home: A Conversation with Sara Farb

    April 26th, 2018     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Fun Home, the musical based on the graphic memoir by Dykes to Watch Out For cartoonist, Alison Bechdel, is on stage now in Toronto. The show features three actresses playing the role of Alison Bechdel – as a young girl (Small Alison), as a university student (Medium Alison), and as a forty-something woman (Alison). We spoke with Sara Farb, who plays Medium Alison. READ MORE

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    Hot Docs 2018, Reviews Part 1

    April 23rd, 2018     by Michelle Schwartz     Comments

    Featuring documentaries from across the world, the Hot Docs festival in Toronto runs from April 26 to May 6, 2018. Check out part one of our reviews series, featuring the films People’s Republic of Desire, Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, and Netizens. Hot Docs offers free same-day tickets for all screenings before 5:00 p.m. to students with valid photo I.D. at the venue box offices (subject to availability). READ MORE

  • Shameless Podcast Camp: Meet Farin

    April 20th, 2018     by Julia De Laurentiis Johnson     Comments

    In the Fall of 2017, we put out a call to teen girls and trans/NB youth who were interested in joining our inaugural Podcast Camp – to learn together how to make rad podcasts and then, well, make them! Led by our podcast producer Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, ten campers met each week for a month. They made friends, made jokes and made killer podcasts. AND NOW! We are very proud and pleased to start sharing … READ MORE

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    Go Make Your Web Series!

    April 3rd, 2018     by Melanie Butler     Comments

    “Go make your movie. We need your movie. I need your movie. So go make it.” -Greta Gerwig, The Oscars – Represent Montage, 2018 READ MORE

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    A Letter to Stephon Clark’s Family

    March 27th, 2018     by Nisa Dang     Comments

    The author of the following letter, Nisa Dang, is an activist, and a political organizer around gun control, abolition, and voter disenfranchisement. She is also from South Sacramento. Here is her message, and her promise, to the Clark family. READ MORE

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    Books for Every Child

    March 15th, 2018     by Amethyst Tagney     Comments

    Books are more than just bundles of paper with words and pictures in them. For many, they serve as a way to visit far off places, meet new people, and partake in adventures never thought possible, all as low as the cost of a library card. Reading is not just a personal experience, but a universal one as well. Although adults can find solace in a good story, they provide an even greater service to … READ MORE

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    Oscar Movie Roundup! I, Tonya: Skating by to tell a different story

    March 1st, 2018     by Chloe MacPherson     Comments

    In the lead up to the Oscars, we will be posting reviews for some of the nominated movies. The forth review in our series is for I, Tonya, which received three nominations, including Best Actress (Margot Robbie) and Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney). READ MORE

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    Oscar Movie Roundup! The Shape of Water

    February 28th, 2018     by Courtney Edgar     Comments

    In the lead up to the Oscars, we will be posting reviews for some of the nominated movies. The third review in our series is for The Shape of Water, which received 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Screenplay (Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), and Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins). This review contains spoilers for The Shape of Water. READ MORE

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