Spelling it out: The power of witchcraft

By Michelle Rowe-Jardine

Inside the Likely General, a small general store and event space on Roncesvalles Avenue in downtown Toronto, a workshop is well underway. The facilitator, 28-year-old Sabrina Scott, passionately imbues the message of self-care upon the youthful faces that are seated around them at a kitschy, candlelit table. Looking through the large, dimly lit storefront window, it might seem like someone is leading an ordinary class — but from inside, it’s clear: this is much more magical. Continue reading “Spelling it out: The power of witchcraft”

Spoken word raises awareness on real-life issues

By Terrence Bishundayal

Amoya Reé makes her way to the front of the stage and into the spotlight. She pulls the mic stand closer and gets ready to project her voice. The audience members, gathered for the semi-finals of the Toronto Poetry Slam inside Hot Docs Cinema, quickly quiet down as they wait for the performance to begin. As the audience goes silent, Reé tastes the words to her poem. Continue reading “Spoken word raises awareness on real-life issues”

Veganism becoming more popular — but are people on board for ethical reasons?

By Ross Lopes

It happened six years ago, while living in London, UK on a working holiday visa. Hilary Killam, was getting over a relationship that just wasn’t working out for her anymore, and she decided to distract herself with documentaries.

One of them was Food Inc. There was a scene in particular that stood out to Killam, where a farmer stuck their hand into the side of a cow’s stomach who was still alive in order to check something in the animal’s stomach. She remembered thinking to herself, “This can’t be standard practice, this is ridiculous.” Continue reading “Veganism becoming more popular — but are people on board for ethical reasons?”

Pop-up businesses on the rise

By Kateryna Horina

On a Friday afternoon inside Toronto’s Left Field Brewery, it smells of freshly-brewed beer. What is unusual today is the smell of hotdogs. They don’t always serve food at Left Field, but today there are two women standing at a table with a sign that reads “Sausage Party!” As one of them is speaking with customers, the other prepares the orders. There is a menu on the table with some fully-loaded hotdogs on display. Everyone in the bar seems to be ordering one. They have to get them while they can, Sausage Party is only a pop-up. It’s going to be gone by the end of the day. Continue reading “Pop-up businesses on the rise”