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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017.
Feminism has been on trend this year, but how are young people defining it for their generation? From the mouth of babes, and expert editors, hear both points of view on the unique challenges for and innovations by youth (13-21). Andreya Klobucar (Mimp Magazine), Tina Zafreen Alam and Arina Moiseychenko (Shameless Magazine), and Lorraine Zander and Mikeila Marianetti (Faze Magazine) approach the tough topics and pop-culture indulgences with empowering and compelling perspectives.
Eighteen-year-old Andreya Klobucar is the founding Editor-In-Chief of Mimp Magazine: a non-profit online and print magazine for young women with a feminist tone, that aims to challenge media standards by promoting intersectionality, body diversity, and self love. Her goal has always been to create a supportive community of strong women who empower and inspire one another through powerful words and images. Andreya is also a photographer and creative content producer, constantly developing new concepts and ideas. You can often find her on the TTC or in a Starbucks, scribbling in her notebook or typing away on her laptop.
Tina Zafreen Alam is a diasporic Bangladeshi poet who happens to reside in Toronto. She is a VONA (Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation) Alum and has worked at many film festivals including: Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). Tina Zafreen is also a blog editor at Shameless Magazine.
Arina Moiseychenko is an 18-year-old Russian immigrant, focusing her poetry, music, and art on radical healing, astrology, and self love. She is a concert promoter within the independent music scene in Toronto, has toured the continent fronting a band, and will be studying social work in September, while being on the Youth Advisory Board for Shameless Magazine, and working in a kitchen. Arina’s work has been featured in Shameless Magazine, Noisey and Maximum Rock N’ Roll.
After discovering her passion to support and empower young women, Lorraine Zander launched Faze Magazine in 2000. Hailed by the press, within a year its circulation exploded from 10,000 to 500,000 copies, making it the third-largest print run in Canada. Lorraine has fully embraced her role as a mentor to young women, having personally coached over two hundred interns and team members. As Faze’s Editor-in-Chief, Lorraine is a sought after youth expert by notables including MuchMusic, CTV, National Post, MTV, Toronto Star, Entertainment Tonight, City Pulse, and more.
Mikeila Marianetti is a 17-year-old singer born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. Her father Michael Marianetti has battled Multiple Sclerosis since 1998. Her mother Leilanie Lingat Marianetti is the primary caregiver to her father by day, and a part time worker in the evenings. Mikeila has a great passion for music and has been singing since she was a toddler—with an Italian-Filipino heritage you can bet there was a karaoke machine in the house, and she always had a microphone in hand singing to her heart’s content. She began singing on stage in talent shows and participated in church and school choirs.