Category Archives: Arts

Erwan Larher: “What can gather us is love”



Few know what it’s like to survive a mass shooting. Erwan Larher knows all too well. On November 13th, 2015, Larher was one of 1,500 concert-goers at the Bataclan theatre in Paris who came to watch the Eagles of Death Metal perform. 90 people were killed when three gunmen opened fire that night, a tragedy … Continue reading Erwan Larher: “What can gather us is love”


Melanie Wood: “People need to be heard when they’re sick”



When Melanie Wood set out to tell the story of the HOpe Centre in North Vancouver, British Columbia, she didn’t know what to expect. A documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver, she had been used to telling stories of people whose voices had often been neglected. Her documentary A Stranger In Our Home told the story … Continue reading Melanie Wood: “People need to be heard when they’re sick”


Shad: “I’m always looking for hope”



On a damp Wednesday morning in Toronto, Shad is standing barefoot in the driveway of his stacked townhouse complex, decked out in shorts and his ubiquitous Manifesto hoodie. He is doing so because an interviewer is lost, having already knocked on the wrong door once. Upon meeting, he smiles and apologizes that first, he need … Continue reading Shad: “I’m always looking for hope”


Chris Burkard: “Be willing to take risks, even if you fail”



At 32 years old, Chris Burkard is still learning. The self-taught photographer and Pismo Beach, California native has become one of the most prominent storytellers of the social media age, amassing over 3 million Instagram followers with his stunning landscape shots from around the world. He has become a published author eight times over, a … Continue reading Chris Burkard: “Be willing to take risks, even if you fail”


Beatchild: “Why would I rush my art?”



When it comes to sheer versatility, few in the Canadian music industry can hold a candle to Beatchild. The Toronto-based artist and Sarnia native has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Shad, and Melanie Durrant, while proving his chops not only as an emcee, but also as a producer and multi-instrumentalist. On 2018’s Heavy Rockin’ Steady, … Continue reading Beatchild: “Why would I rush my art?”


Chali 2na: “In the end, it’s all artistic expression”



Chali 2na is a born storyteller. Gifted with one of the most iconic voices in the history of hip-hop — a deep, rich baritone that rides over the groove and pulls you in with gravitational force — the Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli emcee breaks into a smile as he begins to tell his greatest story … Continue reading Chali 2na: “In the end, it’s all artistic expression”


TiRon & Ayomari: “Life is too short to worry about getting it wrong”



In a music industry driven by fitting the mould, TiRon & Ayomari defy easy categorization. Not exactly hip-hop. Not quite R&B. Ditto for indie and pop music. In the midst of this landscape of carefully-curated brands and genres, of target audiences and defined demographics, the Los Angeles-based duo’s music raises a question: can one be … Continue reading TiRon & Ayomari: “Life is too short to worry about getting it wrong”


My Son The Hurricane: “We’re nowhere near perfect, but we’re finding a recipe that’s working”



My Son The Hurricane is used to standing out onstage — after all, not too many bands come with 14 members these days. But after their latest scene-stealing cross-Canada tour, the Niagara/Toronto brasshop funk collective is standing out in a whole new way. “It’s a dream come true,” says frontman Jacob Bergsma, the always-energetic emcee. … Continue reading My Son The Hurricane: “We’re nowhere near perfect, but we’re finding a recipe that’s working”


Wali Shah: “I had every strike against me”



Very few voices can cut through a room like Wali Shah’s. The Mississauga-raised spoken word artist’s signature baritone has led him to appearing on MTV with Selena Gomez, presenting as a TEDx speaker, performing at the Air Canada Centre, and even freestyling with Kendrick Lamar. Born in Pakistan, Shah touches on social issues and his … Continue reading Wali Shah: “I had every strike against me”


Christian Marques: “I wanted to feel alive instead of feeling comfortable”



Christian Marques had it all — a well-paying job as a software engineer, a nice apartment in the French Riviera — but deep down, something was missing. “I was feeling very disappointed with my position in society. I felt that I was working too much for someone else […] and I felt like I was … Continue reading Christian Marques: “I wanted to feel alive instead of feeling comfortable”