The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community
Jun01

The zine scene of Hamilton Five people, five perspectives on finding a voice in an inclusive community

By: Adrianna Michell The city of Hamilton is often associated with art, growth and income disparity, and all of these are reflected in the self-publishing scene. Specifically, zines offer local artists, writers and creatives not only a venue for expression, but a community as well. Zines grew from the basements of outcast punk rockers to the photo clipping scattered floors of underrepresented creatives everywhere. Self-published works...

Scott Helman’s return Three years after his EP, he returned to talk about his new album and his progression and growth as a person
Jun01

Scott Helman’s return Three years after his EP, he returned to talk about his new album and his progression and growth as a person

When we interviewed Scott Helman three years ago, he was a young Torontonian on the rise after the release of his EP, Augusta, and his major label debut. There were a few consistent themes from then that persist to today. His inspirations such as Leonard Cohen, his enjoyment for songwriting and his talent all remain. One of the most curious things since our interview three years ago, however, is his development as a person. It is...

Searching for Petronius Totem novel Humorous and absurd, Unwin’s newest work adds Hamilton flair to ridiculous situations
Jun01

Searching for Petronius Totem novel Humorous and absurd, Unwin’s newest work adds Hamilton flair to ridiculous situations

In humour, the want to stay fresh and unique should always be present. If you steal jokes or concepts, you are deemed a plagiarist. If your topics lack originality, you are uninspired. What separates a good comedian from a great comedian is how well they can make relatable events extraordinary and how they communicate its amusement and uniqueness without losing what the audience identifies with. Peter Unwin’s newest novel, Searching...

The Young Artists of (a Gentrified) Hamilton
Apr06

The Young Artists of (a Gentrified) Hamilton

Rife with homegrown talent, Hamilton has undergone a transition from blue collar steel town to a revitalized entertainment hub with a thriving arts and culture scene. But one person’s revitalization is another’s gentrification, and Hamilton locals and newcomers find themselves at odds about what changes mean to the city and those who reside in it. Critics of gentrification argue that the hike in Hamilton’s real estate market has...

Human Lizard Jason Loo's Torontonian hero explores   various hardships of urban life
Mar31

Human Lizard Jason Loo's Torontonian hero explores various hardships of urban life

By: Hess Sahlollbey The cities that heroes defend have always been deeply connected to their mythology. Whether it was the characters of 300 hailing from Sparta or Joan d’Arc leading the French army to victory, their homes were weaved into the tapestry of the characters. Nowhere was this more prevalent than at this past Toronto ComiCon. With Toronto’s burgeoning indie comics scene, there was strong pride and celebration of...

Detour’s road to Battle of the Bands 2017 McMaster band competition winners recall their high school roots and alt-rock aspirations
Mar31

Detour’s road to Battle of the Bands 2017 McMaster band competition winners recall their high school roots and alt-rock aspirations

When Detour played their set at the Casbah for McMaster’s Battle of the Bands finals this year, they did not expect to win. Although they had supporters in the crowd, they realized that the venue had hit maximum capacity due to the amount of people their competitors drew to the audience. Despite their pessimism, Detour earned a surprise win. Comprised of Emman Alavata, Victor Zhang, Marco Goldblatt and Jaden Raso, the fresh-faced...