Meet Issue 6′s contributors and find out about their Elsewheres

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Our sixth issue is full of 25 amazing contributors so we wanted to give a little introduction to them and their pieces. Meet our team, where they’re from and find out a few words about their piece in Elsewhere, out in March for Chicago Zine Fest on March 9 and mid-month throughout Toronto.


Jessica Lewis - Static Zine travelJessica Lewis
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Current City: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: other people’s postcards, 1 of my own
The description: collection of memories, not mine



Melody Lamb - Static Zine travel - NYCMelody Lamb
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Current city: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: New York City, NY
The description: the most non-romantic romantic story



Aviva Cohen - Static Zine travel - SappyfestAviva Cohen
Hometown: Thornhill
Current city: Thornhill
Elsewhere: Swamp Magic, NB
The description: everybody knows this is nowhere



Marta Chudolinska - Static Zine travelMarta Chudolinska
Hometown: Hard to say…
Current city: Toronto
Elsewhere: Nature, wild & weird places
The description (about the cover): Moments between departure and arrival.



Isabel - Static Zine travel - Arizona, USAIsabel Salazar
Hometown: Lecheria, Venezuela
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: around the world in 35 mm
The description: Cinematic spark for globetrotters



Garry Tsaconas - Static Zine travel - Blue Lagoon, IcelandGarry Tsaconas
Hometown: Brampton, ON
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: around the world in 35 mm
The description:  Cinematic spark for globetrotters



Gilles LeBlanc - Static Zine travel - ChicagoGilles LeBlanc
Hometown: Mississauga
Current City: Concord, Ontario (Vaughan)
Elsewhere: Chicago
The description: Elvis. BBQ. Lolla. Good times!



David Solomon - Static Zine travel - Minnesota David Solomon
Hometown: Brandon, FL
Current City: Brandon, FL
Elsewhere: Minnesota, Vermont, South Carolina, and Georgia
The description: Outdoor experiences from 4 states



Paige Sabourin - Static Zine travel - souvenirsPaige Sabourin
Hometown: Toronto
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere(s): parts of  Europe and Africa
The description:  I brought back some things



Elaine Kelly-Canning - Static Zine travel - DublinElaine Kelly-Canning
Hometown: Erin, Ontario
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: Dublin, Ireland
The description: Maple Maiden Misadventures in Dublin



Robb Mirsky - Static Zine travel - elsewhereRobb Mirsky
Hometown: Richmond Hell
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: In the sky
The description:  Dreaming my life away



Nicole Bazuin - Static Zine travelNicole Bazuin
Hometown: Toronto
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: Chalk River, Ontario
The description: Madeleine Collective blanket fort bonding



Carly Maga - Static Zine travel - IndiaCarly Maga
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Current City: Toronto, Ontario
Elsewhere: Desert outside of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
The description: Worst physical experience to date.



Carmela Ferro - Static Zine travel - ParisCarmela Ferro
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Current city: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: Wilmington, NC
The description: Worrisome, Beautiful, Awkward, Amusing, Memorable



Ricky Lam - Static Zine travel - new orleansRicky Lam
Hometown: Hong Kong
Current city: Toronto
Elsewhere: New Orleans
The description: Ricky Eats Food in N’awlins



Amy Lam - Static Zine travel - GeorgiaAmy Lam
Hometown: Toronto / Calgary
Current city: Yellowknife!
Elsewhere: Georgia (the post-soviet country, not the state)
The description: Jetsons meets Trump meet post-communism.



Bhairavi Thanki - Static Zine travel - LondonBhairavi Thanki
Hometown: Porbandar, Gujarat AND Dubai, UAE (It’s a long, emotional story)
Current city: Toronto, Ontario
Elsewhere: London, England
The description: Finding myself in the rain



Holly Norris - Static Zine travel - the internetHolly N.
Hometown: Halifax
Current city: Toronto
Elsewhere: The internet.
The description: Hi stranger. Here’s my life.



Linda Paolucci - Static Zine travel - trois riviereLinda Paolucci
Hometown: Woodbridge
Current city: Uh…Woodbridge ):
Elsewhere: Trois-Rivieres
The description: Loud mouthed Anglo takes Quebec



Brian Cauley - Static Zine travel - PortlandBrian Cauley
Hometown: Whitby, ON
Current city: Toronto, ON
Elsewhere: Portland
The description: A romantic, eye-opening trip.



Claire Moshenberg - Static Zine travel - tokyoClaire Moshenberg
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Current city: San Francisco, CA
Elsewhere: Tokyo, Japan
The description: Scotch and music create conversation.



Graham Robertson - Static Zine travel - BangkokGraham Robertson
Hometown: Chester, England
Current city: Toronto, Canada
Elsewhere: Bangkok, Thailand
The description: Love, life, and past



Dylan Baldi - Static Zine travel - tour memoriesDylan Baldi
Hometown: cleveland, ohio
Current city: cleveland, ohio
Elsewhere: tour memories
The description: hot and steamy



Cam Harding - Static Zine travel - touringCameron Harding
Hometown: Toronto
Current City: Toronto
Elsewhere: Touring around the US
The description: Good times had between shows

Get to know Issue 3′s contributors

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For Issue 3, Static’s roster of contributors got even bigger. 26 people were involved in the making of the zine and telling stories about their lives. So naturally, once you’re hooked to their stories, you’re going to want to know more about them.

So for this issue, each person got a web page right on this here site.

The first wave of pages are ready, so here’s who you can get to know and then read more of their work:

Jessica – Life as a Music Video

Aviva – Life as an Edward Gorey adaptation

Matti – Life as a TV Family

Ellyn – Life as a Romantic Comedy

Kate – Life as a Stand By Me adaptation

yahlehly – Life as Reconstructed Pop Song Titles

Ricky – Life as Movie Posters

Steve F – Life as a Letter from Sea

Bryan – Life as a Stolen Soundtrack

The Lonely Vagabond – Life as a Song

Marta – Life as a Daily Comic

Bhairavi – Life as a Menu

Rob – Life as a Board Game

Adriana – artist for Life as a Workout Video

Erin – artist for Life as an Edward Gorey adaptation

Megan – artist for Life as a Stand By Me adaptation

Yuli – artist for Life as a Music Video and Board Game
(and we are genuinely sorry times a million the links for Yuli did not make it in the zine!!!!!)

More coming soon!

Get to know a Static contributor: Ellyn Diamondhawk

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Static’s second issue, First Times in Toronto, came out October 20th. So to celebrate, over the month, you’ll get to know the contributors of the issue through some of their first times in Toronto.

Ellyn Diamondhawk, who illustrated Chiara, Anthony and Harley’s stories in the new issue, is a bad-ass.

First time I felt like Toronto was home was when I was depressed and rode the 501 streetcar all the way east from Lansdowne and watched the weather change and how beautiful it was. I actually had that thought “this is where I live, this city is my home”

First job was Coffee Time at Yonge & the 401!!! Hahaha!! It was so sketchy and I was 19.

First favorite book was ‘Idioglossia’ by Eleanor Bailey

First kiss was NOT IN TORONTO! (I don’t care, this story is ridiculous)
I was four years old, I was on a hill in my backyard. It was warm day and the sun was shining on the hill and it was with my little friend Ryan who was also four and he was one of those weird kids from the 90s (I know they exist in other times but they remind me of the 90s) with dark, dark eyebrows and super white bleach blonde hair. I had a BIG crush on him! AND WE KISSED AND GIGGLED!!

First time I went to the islands I was with my friend Matthew Kirkpatrick and we were milling about Toronto (I still lived with my parents in Burlington) and we were downtown and went to request a song at Edge 102.1. The dj opened the door all quickly as if she was going to ask us for a password and whispered “are you the two here for the tickets?” my ears perked up, “Tickets?” I asked. She explained that she was expecting two idiots who hadn’t come to pick up their tickets to a show on the island featuring Feist, Broken Social Scene and Modest Mouse. Since I love all of those bands I made a big fuss and was all “Oh wouldn’t it be SO GREAT to go see all those bands on the island?! I’ve NEVER even been to the island!” So the dj gave us the tickets and was very sweet in directing us how to get there and told us we had to hurry because we’d probably already had missed the first act.

When we arrived we ran to the little pedestrian bridge and as we were getting our tickets checked I heard Broken Social Scene busting out with ‘Ibi Dreams of Pavement’ and I had tears in my eyes and giant smile on my face.

First time I got lost was when I took a wrong turn left off of Dundas near Spadina and ended up in that weird housing complex area between Spadina and Denison that eventually breaks onto Cameron st. and I had a homeless fellow ask me for a smooch…which I said no to.

If I had a last day in Toronto, I would ride my bike to High Park and visit the yaks and buffalo, then bike to Trinity Bellwoods and roll down that giant ass hill (in an ideal world it’d have zero dog poop on it), then ride to Kensington Market and have an organic chai tea latte with honey in it at Moonbeam, then Courage My Love to buy a dress, Last Temptation for lunch (shrimp pad thai) then to the AGO, then the ROM then down to the Leslie Spit to watch the sun go down.

Get to know a Static contributor: Alex Topp

alex topp

Static’s second issue, First Times in Toronto, came out October 20th. So to celebrate, over the month, you’ll get to know the contributors of the issue through some of their first times in Toronto.

Alex Topp contributes artwork to Static Zine. In the summer she did half the storyboards for a feature movie called Advocate. She has a psychology BA from York and works at XocoCava and Sweet Mickeys.

First house was the semi-detached 62 Ravina Crescent at Jones n Danforth.

First concert was Archaos with my dad in 1990-ish. Where to my horror it lacked clowns, it made up for with fire, noise, and the smell of gasoline and sulphur. I do like all those things now.

First favourite book was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

First record store was Vortex at Yonge n Eglinton. I bought And Out Come the Wolves.

My first kiss was in the back of a van when I was 17.

First heartbreak was when my 20-year-old cat went into the forest permanently. My mum said “I hope you cry that much when I die.” She’s good with words.

Most vividly, the first times hearing certain songs – particularly Sun Ra’s version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I was strapped into a kids’ car seat so I must have been very young but it did change my perception of art (like Archaos changed the circus). Somewhere Over the Rainbow was in many ways a standard, from one of my favorite movies but taken way out of context. Why would he push his piano down the stairs… It sounded like a meteor shower or the northern lights, or my parents fighting. It was completely unpredictable, semi-detached like me and our house, but had a firm enough hold on reality to blow a 4-year-old’s mind. It was beautiful and classy and funny as hell. I always used to shut up when it came on, and I still do.

Get to know a Static contributor: Jessica Keefer

jessica keefer

Static’s second issue, First Times in Toronto, is out October 20th. So to celebrate, over the month, you’ll get to know the contributors of the issue through some of their first times in Toronto.

Jessica Keefer is a dress-wearing, jenga-playing, roller derby-skating, picture-painting, ukulele-strumming, bicycle-rider based out of Oshawa, making her debut in issue 2 in the form of an illustration. You can check out her art and musings at good morning dear. She is currently studying to become a graphic designer, and has high hopes for the creative future.

First time I felt like Toronto was home was when I laid in the grass eating strawberries with a good friend while I watched a game of hacky-sack and listened to some chap play Oasis tunes on his guitar.

First job was: McDonalds. I always told myself, if Daniel Johnston could work there, so could I! I also work at a chocolate café called Isabella’s.

First house was: My best friend’s apartment in Toronto. We spent the first night eating bread and kraft cheese slices on the ledge of her bathtub because we had no furniture.

First favourite neighborhood was: Kensington Avenue. There are so many great finds to be found! I am the ultimate bargain hunter.  Sometimes Toronto is the best city to be broke in.

First concert was: I saw Matt Costa at the Phoenix and his t-shirt said “I hate it here.”

First bar/club I went to was: Tattoo Rock Parlour was the venue for my 19th birthday. Benji Madden from Good Charlotte (my preteen heartthrob) was the DJ.

First outdoor concert was: I still find confetti in and around my house from time to time because of The Flaming Lips.

First record store was: Criminal Records. In my hometown it was, and still is, Star Records in downtown Oshawa.

First in-store was: Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. played at Criminal Records. He forgot all the words to all his songs.

First favorite book: Does Harry Potter count? Ha!

First library: I like all the libraries. I can’t recall a first.

First celebrity sighting was: There are too many bearded celebrities in Toronto! I can never tell. I walked by John O’Regan (Diamond Rings) once. Home town lovin’.

First kiss was: The romantic pigeon-infested Bay St. Bus Terminal.

First heartbreak was: cured by the History of Rebellion at the Toronto Underground Cinema.

First New Year’s was: I always wind up working on New Years because I have the memory of a fish and forget to book the time off.

First Valentine’s Day was: I spent it listening to Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself.’ Ladies.

First time I stayed up all night: Oh dear. Too many nights!

First time I went to the islands was: I got my worst sunburn ever in the history of bad sunburns. But I saw Beach House, Timber Timbre, Broken Social Scene, and better yet, Pavement!

First trip out of Toronto was: Montreal. The architecture there is incredible.

First time I got lost was Nuit Blanche three years ago. A handsome British man convinced me there was an exhibit just past the dumpsters in the alleyway.. I lived to tell the tale.

If I had a last day in Toronto, I would not want to have a last day in Toronto. Oh Toronto you’re perfect please don’t change a thing!