Culture

Tough Love, Jamaican Style

Many Jamaican parents believe that to spare the rod is to spoil the child. Are they right? By Bria Barrows | Featured image courtesy of David Peterson via Pixabay | Updated April 20, 2020 My dad, Charles Barrows, leans his back against the ledge of our kitchen sink in Toronto as he recalls growing up… More

Women Reinventing Ink

AN ALL-FEMALE TORONTO TATTOO SHOP IS HELPING TO COUNTERBALANCE AN INDUSTRY THAT HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN MALE DOMINATED. By Alexa Gregoris | Featured image courtesy of Adrian Boustead via Pexels | Updated April 20, 2020 Behind the Tinkerbell-green door of the HeartStrong tattoo shop, a small team of female artists are making a name for themselves… More

Reading the Tarot

What was supposed to be a fun evening involving tarot cards surprisingly leads to some interesting insights. By Shannon Attard | Featured image courtesy of Alina Vilchenko via Pexels | Updated April 20, 2020 Last March, 22-year-old Adynn Montgomery skips to the mahogany table with a bottle of Girls’ Night Out Strawberry Sangria in her… More

Inspiring Actors

Jonathan Higgins offers Toronto actors unique ways to improve their craft. By Anastasiya Ivanova | Featured image courtesy of Pexels | April 24, 2019 Jonathan Higgins presses his forearms into his chair’s armrests, supporting his body forward.  His face is inches away from a 20-inch TV, unflinching, studying. Inside the classroom of his Actor’s Imagination… More

Looking Beyond

The perplexities of the spiritual world are explored through John Pothiah, a well-known Peterborough psychic. By Bianca Mazziotti | Featured image courtesy of Pixabay | April 18, 2019 We hear his footsteps coming down the stairs. Andrea Hester and I stop our conversation and look up to see her husband, John Pothiah, standing in the… More

The Real Witches of Toronto

As a professor at OCAD, the founder of Toronto’s first pagan festival, and a witch, Monica Bodirsky is anything but the average Torontonian. By Shahroze Rauf | Featured photo courtesy of Shahroze Rauf | April 22, 2019 Crystal pendants of black quartz and a clear white gem hang around Monica Bodirsky’s neck, framed by brightly… More

The Counterfeit Clothing Wars

When fast fashion companies copy independently-made designs, Toronto’s independent artists find that fighting back is rarely an easy battle to win. By Olivia Quenneville | Featured image courtesy of Pexels | April 17, 2019 During the last week of November 2018, Khloe Kardashian’s clothing brand, Good American, released a holiday collection that included a black… More