HFZF Interview with Zinesters – e.war

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whats a zineTell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

I’m e.war I have a distro called “Look Mum!” and I distro stuff about sex work, sex, queer sex, perzines, art zines. I also have a zine called Fag Punk, it’s a queer erotica zine with a lot of man on man action with major punk and radical themes.

How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

In my first year of high school  some kids in their last year of high school made a one sheet called ‘QWERTY’ for their media studies class, they also handed it out to their friends. Some how I got a copy and I was entranced. ‘QWERTY’ was clever, cool, and so neat. I was turned on by the idea that I could make something and share it with my friends. Continue reading

HFZF Interview with Zinesters – Tara Bursey

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Photo Credit - Elaine Banks - https://www.flickr.com/photos/peggylaine/

Photo Credit – Elaine Banks – https://www.flickr.com/photos/peggylaine/

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Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro, including website(s), etc…

I’ve been making zines for over half my life! The zines I do are pretty eclectic. One of my latest zines was a community cookbook where many of the folks I know in bands, working in record stores and DJs came together and submitted their favourite recipes, re-christening each recipe to include the name of a band or singer. Other examples of zines I’ve done are a zine of interviews with people I know about their experiences with museums, a zine about punk rock and creative practice and a dictionary of my mother’s Macedonian dialect in zine form. Before getting really immersed in the interview format, I did zines that were more art-based. My first zine Poseur Grrrl was the zine I made in high school– it was a cut-and-paste, feminist punk zine that lasted for 13 issues. Continue reading

HFZF Interview with Zinesters – Sarah Pinder

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Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

I’m a writer and educator who lives in Toronto. I’m a zine maker, and also have a book of poetry out with Coach House Books, called Cutting Room.

My zines are predominantly poetry focused. Recurrent themes include: utopia/dystopia, domesticity, labour, bodies and intimacy, and… teeth. My website is here: http://bitsofstring.wordpress.com and you can catch me on twitter and instagram as @compasspoints. Continue reading

HFZF Interviews with Zinesters – Amarina and Ron

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Where We Meet Teaser Ron and Amarina

Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

Our zine Where We Meet is a collaboration between Earth-based cohorts/lovebirds Ron Caddigan and Amarina Norris. Here’s what happens: four friends bound by a sisterhood of search gain four items of magical importance. When they meet again they are rewarded for their offerings.

Ron is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and livingroom dance party gold medalist.

Amarina is a fashion designer, beauty diversity activist and owner of the online plus-size vintage clothing store Ursa Major+. Continue reading

SACHA on Parliament Hill Today

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IMAG0283Lenore Lukasik-Foss, SACHA’s Director and President of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres will be speaking to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities about Bill c-591.

This is a bill to amend the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act would not allow a victim’s benefits be paid to the person who has been convicted of their murder.

Here’s more information on the amendment – http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-2/C-591/

Good afternoon Honourable Members, staff and guests. Thank you for the opportunity to address the committee on Bill c-591. Today I am speaking on behalf of the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres – also known as the OCRCC. OCRCC is network of 26 sexual assault centres from across Ontario. We offer counselling, information and support services to survivors of recent and historical sexual assault. Continue reading

HFZF Interviews with Zinesters – Lisa Baird

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Lisa's zinesTell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

I am very very new to thinking of myself as a zinester. Zinesters have always seemed inaccessibly cool to me. So I’m just a performance poet who’s venturing into the world of zines. And I don’t really have a distro. What I have is a humble pile of zines inspired by Guelph Zine Club on a wide variety of topics. Continue reading

HFZF Interviews with Zinesters – Elvis

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Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

Howdy, my name is Elvis and I make a comics zine called “Homos in Herstory.” It’s an exploration of our mysterious queer past, through comix! Lots of historical funfacts are involved. Each zine covers a decade of (United States) queer history, and so far I’ve done the 1920’s, 1950’s, 1970’s, and a mini 1980’s edition.

How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

I love zines! I get excited about exploring ideas on the page, and I really love how zines aren’t polished, but can be anything. Always inspired by the creative & supportive community of zinesters, and also folks like Sarah Sawyers-Lovett (Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric), the folks at HOAX zine, etc! Continue reading