Marginalized Music

CBC Music’s Top 19 Canadian Albums of 2019 came out this December. Four of the featured groups are composed of marginalized musicians who have made their own way without the typical mainstream support: Riit, Rae Spoon, Kimmortal, and Tegan & Sara. Musicians make almost all their revenue from being on tour and performing shows, after … Continued

Tomboy Survival Guide review

Ivan Coyote wishes to sit in a room with you and have a conversation about gender, the roles we play, Canada, and where an LGBTQ+ individual fits in. Coyote wants to share their own struggles, and how they hope they can help you with yours. As you read Coyote’s 11th book, Tomboy Survival Guide, you’ll … Continued

The Rising Threat of Racism: A call to action

Above: VIU’s Nanaimo campus. Photo courtesy By contributor Joshua Chumsa-Jones VIU is known to be an accepting and welcoming campus for students of different faiths, cultures, identities, abilities, and sexual orientations. We have a Positive Space Alliance on campus as a safe space for LGBTQ+ students, as well as stairs painted the colours of … Continued

Charmed by Sugar N’ Spice: Sleigh Bells Ring

Above: 📷 Diana Pearson By columnist Diana Pearson The Sugar N’ Spice Holiday Burlesque and Drag show was held December 16, 2016, at the Harbour City Theatre on Victoria Rd. in Nanaimo. It was a charming evening, full of fun, inclusive, sexy, and expressive performances. Debut performances by Justina Winters and Lana Del Raymond, performances by Clara … Continued

Dirtyin’ The Nav: Sex-positive Q & A

By Editor Diana Pearson Despite our so-called sexually liberated society, myths and shame-filled guidelines about sex continue to be rampant. I’m going to venture a guess that you, like many of us, have spent your share of long, anxiety-ridden nights Googling questions about sex. It can be frustrating and difficult to find thoughtful, informative, and … Continued

Port Alberni teen looks to bring pride back

Port Alberni teen Colin Simister is looking to bring Pride events back to town with a large barbecue this summer. At 19 years old, Simister has decided it is time for there to be a Pride event held in Port Alberni again. “We used to have the train ride to the Mclean Mill,” said Simister. … Continued

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