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

HFZF Interview with Zinsters – Static Cloud

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Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is physically accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

To get folks excited about the fair, we’re interviewing zinesters who will be tabling.  We’re starting our by chatting with Jessica from Static Cloud!

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Static Cloud’s editors Jessica, Aviva and Melody

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

Take Back the Night Awards!

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We celebrated our 33rd Take Back the Night in Hamilton on Thursday, September 18th at Hamilton City Hall.

Women and kids brought their energy and spirit to remind our community that sexual violence is still an issue.

Thanks to United Trophy we had some FABULOUS awards to give out.

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Best Sign

First place – Charlie Smith’s “Are you indifferent?”

Honorable Mention – Briar Latam’s “Sisterhood Solidarity”

DSCF1167Honorable Mention – Debbie’s human sign

Most Inclusive Display

First Prize - The Well LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre

DSCF1146Honorable Mention – PATH Employment

Most Spirit

First Prize - Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara

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Honorable Mention – CUPE 5167

Honorable Mention – Flamingo Mutiny Brigade