Call for pitches to Issue 8: Mental Health

static zine mental health

First, we had you suggest what you wanted to make a zine about. Then you got to vote from a selected list of Food, Alcohol, Mental Health, Best friends, Digital Identities and Confrontations. Mental Health won by one point! It was such a close race. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. So now’s the time to get those lovely brains a-thinkin for what you’d like to make a zine page on. And have no fear, all those theme suggestions were amazing, and we’ll likely tap into them in the future!

So, here’s the pitching information you need:

Theme: Mental Health

What we’re looking for: Right now, all you have to do is submit what you’d like to make a page about in our zine regarding mental health. It can be about your own experiences or if you want to express others you’ve observed. You can come at it through any kind of interpretation through words or art. Common uses in our zine include personal stories, fiction, illustration, photo collages, game designs, comics, doodles, etc. Feel free to combine! (Note: Please do not make fun of a condition in a hurtful way, and please do not throw around the word ‘crazy.’)

What to do right now: Email us at explaining what you would like to make a page on and how you plan to do it. We pretty much accept everything, we just like to make sure how many pages we’ll need and that there are no significant overlaps.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 3rd. Submissions will then be due by Friday, September 27th *at the absolute latest*. We have a low tolerance for late submissions and this issue is on a strict deadline in order to be ready for Canzine on October 20, so please take this seriously.

Other important information:

  • “One zine page” = 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
  • Your page must be vertical.
  • If you would like to make it on your own:
    *Send us a photoshop or jpeg file. Resolution 600.
    *You can drop off a physical copy, but please make sure you keep your work a few centimetres from the borders of the paper, so nothing gets cut off.
  • We print in black and white.
  • If you are including photos, try not to keep them too contrasty, as they don’t photocopy as well.
  • Please take a look at our previous issues to see our style.

Thank you & we can’t wait to see your ideas! This will be a very important issue and we’re excited to share on this topic.

Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva

Come say hi at Zine Dream, August 4

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Once again, we’ll be tabling at the awesome summer zine fest Zine Dream at the Tranzac on Sunday, August 4th!

Come say hi! We’ll be there with back issues #s 5&6, the latest issue #7 & pins. Editor Jessica will also have copies of her perzines pocket knife #2 and The Pressure to Be Happy as well as some other crafts.

We’ll also be talking about Issue #8 – so stop by the table to find out more and how you can get in on it!

Zine Dream is a really neat festival of Toronto zines, art and crafts. They also have other events such as opening parties and a panel discussion on how zines have changed through the years.

Check out the full list of Zine Dream exhibitors! We’re so excited to be at another zine fest with so many of our Toronto zine pals.

Here’s the Facebook event.

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Static does NXNE: 2013

Though we did not put out a NXNE-themed issue this year, we still took part in their festivities! Here’s editor Jessica’s 2013 festival experience.

While my co-editors were off enjoying more of the fest for other publications (grrr), I still got to see a good handful of interesting acts. I also was able to bring Static to the week in a couple ways!

Throughout the week, we dropped off Issue 7 zines around the central-west end of the city. Did anybody grab one? What do you think?

Anyways, the music!

On Thursday, I went to the May Cafe for the groovy electronic rock band Mesa Mesa (disclosure: a member of the band is a Static contributor / also in a relationship with me). It was upsetting to see that there was no sound tech working there that night, so they had some difficulties at first. But they regained their stride once it was fixed. What’s interesting after seeing them a bunch of times now, is that each time the songs are somewhat different. The band is constantly figuring out new ways to express themselves and get their work out in new ways, so you never really know what it’s going to be like.

weaves nxne


On Friday, I headed to the BLK BOX first for Weaves. I’ve been interested in checking them out since Rattail is no longer, and Jasmyn Burke is a really cool singer. I wasn’t able to stay for the whole set because they went on a tad late, but the 15 or so minutes I did get to see, I was into. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, I was expecting something a bit funkier for some reason, but I sure was drawn in to the wails of Burke and the guitars.

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Buke & Gase

Then I headed over to the Horseshoe for Buke and Gase, one of my newest favourite bands. I love them more and more with each listen. From their really smart lyrics to their DIY instruments to their matching names (Aron and Arone) to their lovable demeanour, I’m pretty smitten. They are still touring this year’s General Dome, an excellent album that will be high on my year-end list. They seemed to have a few sound difficulties setting up and throughout, but they took it like quiet champs. Their music is perfect for when you’re feeling like you’re on an anxiety battleground (and I sure did after trying to bike through the city since it was also Taste of Little Italy aka traffic ridiculousness on a Friday night), letting out those hesitant demons into really satisfying squeals.

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After they finished, I got stuck while up at the front since it felt like a hoard of people swarmed for the next band, WHY?. I’ve heard the name around for years, and really enjoyed Josiah Wolf’s side project a few years ago, so I decided to stay. From the few songs I have heard, I thought it would be entirely hip-hop, but I was wrong. It was more sing-a-long type hop rock with some rapping here and there. They clearly have a huge fanbase, people were going nuts! It was enjoyable enough but I obviously would have liked it more if I knew their music.

luyas nxne

what i could not barely see of the luyas

From there, I headed over to Sneaky Dee’s for The Luyas. I wasn’t optimistic on getting in after last year’s ‘let’s make everyone wait outside in weird lines for over and hour and then they’ll get inside and realize it’s empty’ stunt, but somehow I got in right away and it was pretty packed up there. I keep meaning to check out the Luyas more than the occasional listen, and know I like their sound, so I was glad to at least be there even though I couldn’t see them at all from where I was standing. They’ve got a really interesting sound that’s tailored around the singer’s dreamy high voice and from what I heard, the set was really good. I definitely want to check them out at a proper show the next time they’re here.

static zine nxne 2013

we accidentally left this there.wooops.

static zine nxne 2013

aviva doodling at our table

static zine nxne 2013

view from the table of the indie label market

On Saturday, co-editor Aviva and I tabled for Static Zine at NXNE and Broken Pencil’s small press fair on the Ryerson campus. It was weird returning to my alma mater (I’m still jealous they got to close Gould Street and got all the better food options and a Balzac’s after I graduated). It was a beautiful day and we were sitting with wonderful zine compatriots from the Toronto Zine Library, Clapboard House, The Continuist, Paper Pusher, Papirmasse, Little Brother, Koyama Press and more. We were across from the Indie Label Market, so we were graced to watch Kevin Drew signing records all afternoon. It was a fun experience but maybe not in the best location, so there weren’t a lot of people there. We did get a good number of names on our mailing list (hi, new people! thank you!) though. Looking forward to what can be done with this next year. We were happy to be involved and get out Issue 7 more!

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villagers nxne

everyone sitting on the great hall floor waiting for Villagers

Villagers nxne


At night, I headed over to the Great Hall for Brazos and Villagers. During Brazos, people began sitting on the floor. It was Saturday, the end of the fest, so fuck it. Brazos are really good – pretty music from Brooklyn, so we all sat there in a nice daze. I do kind of have an inkling they’ll get really big with some sort of commercial jingle soon and then they’ll be all over the place and I can’t stand to hear the song anymore, though. Anyways, enjoyable! Unfortunately, right after their set, someone walked right out of the venue with their vintage bass. It does seem quite easy that someone could do that, especially if they have an artist NXNE badge around their neck. More security needed for sure! So because of this, apparently everyone was looking for the bass, which made Ireland’s Villagers start their set at 12:30 instead of 12. We all thought they would only be able to play for a few minutes in the allotted schedule, but they went ahead with their planned set and I’m so glad. It was beautiful, heart-felt and fun. It’s too bad we couldn’t see what would have been a full set since they’re touring for this year’s {Awayland}, but it was still a great taste of their show.

issue 7 launch

cupcakes on cupcakes

pat lepoidevin

Pat LePoidevin

Sarah Pinder

Sarah Pinder

Patti Cake

Patti Cake

Jessica Westhead

Jessica Westhead

Misha Bower

Misha Bower



On Sunday, we had our launch party! Unfortunately, we were scared off by morning rain and dooming forecasts, so we moved the party to The Central, who were very lovely and helpful. (Of course, it ended up being beautiful outside all day, sorry everyone. We learned our lesson.) Pat LePoidevin, Patti Cake and EONS performed wonderful music and Sarah Pinder, Jessica Westhead and Misha Bower read interesting and entertaining stories. We had cupcakes and free zines and lots of great people celebrating with us, so thank you to whoever came!

A lot of bands I mentioned are on the Issue 7 mixtape – so go give’r a download and check them out!