Nathan Smith: “As long as there is racism in Canada, I want this project to keep going”



Nathan Smith is tired of being profiled. A Jamaican-Canadian photographer from Victoria, British Columbia, he figured he’d harness the racism he’s experienced as a person of colour in Canada and put it on full display. So began his latest creative work, Profiling Black Excellence, a photo project exploring the experiences of racial profiling felt by … Continue reading Nathan Smith: “As long as there is racism in Canada, I want this project to keep going”


Shelma Jun is changing attitudes around climbing. Photo: Irene Yee.

Shelma Jun: “Climbing is in such a different place now”



Shelma Jun is, by most metrics, an unlikely face for the sport of climbing. A late arrival to the scene — she didn’t begin until her mid-twenties — she lives in New York City, about as far-removed a place from Yosemite and Joshua Tree as they come. Which is kind of the point. A Korean-American … Continue reading Shelma Jun: “Climbing is in such a different place now”


Simon Whitfield: “Accept the struggle”



Simon Whitfield is in a good place. It’s a Tuesday night, and the four-time Olympian has finished his weekly soccer outing in Victoria, British Columbia — a men’s league where the competition is a far cry from the rigours of racing against the world’s best triathletes. “I can’t just run the entire time; I get … Continue reading Simon Whitfield: “Accept the struggle”


Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”



Mere days into his quest to become the first person to reach the South Pole entirely by bicycle, Daniel Burton realized he had a problem. Facing gale-force winds and whiteout conditions on the southern continent, he realized it was taking far too long to cover the distance needed to reach the finish line. The plan … Continue reading Daniel Burton: “Antarctica is harder than you can possibly imagine”


Brittany Mumma: “It’s not easy to survive on passion”



Brittany Mumma has a thirst for adventure. A photographer, associate producer, and professional skier based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Alaska native has travelled across the world in search of stories to tell, from the slopes of Nepal to the couloirs of Greenland. Along the way, she has worked with some of the most prominent … Continue reading Brittany Mumma: “It’s not easy to survive on passion”


Ryan Martin: “Mental illness is just a part of who you are”



When Ryan Martin set off to cycle 8,000 kilometres across Canada to raise funds for mental health initiatives, he couldn’t have imagined how his life would change. The Guelph, Ontario native had only recently gone public with his story of living with bipolar disorder, and he was still working on the path to wellness. Today, … Continue reading Ryan Martin: “Mental illness is just a part of who you are”


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”


Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”



When Rick Hansen set out to wheel around the world on his Man in Motion World Tour in 1985, he had hoped the tour would start off with a bang — just maybe a different kind than the one he got. Mere moments into wheeling out of the parking lot of Vancouver’s Oakridge Mall on … Continue reading Rick Hansen: “If we waited until everything was perfect, we’d never start”


Kat Jayme: “[Finding Big Country] is sort of the perfect story”



Whatever happened to Bryant Reeves? For most of filmmaker Kat Jayme’s life, the question existed without an answer. A longtime basketball fan who came of age watching the Vancouver Grizzlies, she set out to find the team’s most elusive and forgotten star. In Finding Big Country, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Jayme … Continue reading Kat Jayme: “[Finding Big Country] is sort of the perfect story”