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For the past 26 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 at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.
This Magazine is Canada’s leading progressive publication of politics, arts and culture, covering everything from feminism and LGBTQ rights to mental health, racism, and more. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary year, This editor Lauren McKeon leads a discussion with panelists Daniel Viola (Maisonneuve), Sheila Sampath (Shameless Magazine), Priya Ramanujan (Urbanology), and Shawn Micallef (Spacing) on why independent media is now more important than ever, and what role this form of journalism will play in the next fifty years.
Shawn Micallef is the author of The Trouble with Brunch: Work Class & the Pursuit of Leisure, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, and Full Frontal TO, all Coach House Books publications. He is also a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing. Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. His forthcoming book, Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness will be published by Random House in early 2017.
Priya Ramanujam is a self-employed journalist most passionate about using her writing, interviewing, and editing abilities to share stories and perspectives often under-reported, misrepresented, or missing from “legacy media”. In 2004, while in journalism school, she co-founded Urbanology Magazine, an independent magazine focused on music, arts, culture, fashion, and technology from a “hip-hop generation” point of view, with Adrian McKenzie. Priya contributes regularly to many publications – many alternative, independent or community based – such as LiisBeth, New Canadian Media and The Scarborough Mirror. She strongly believes in the power of mentorship and social entrepreneurship. Connect with her @SincerelyPriya
Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist designer. She is the Principal and Creative Director at The Public, a social justice design studio specializing in community-based processes and participatory design; the Editorial and Art Director of Shameless magazine, a Canada-wide feminist magazine for teens girls and trans* youth; and an Assistant Professor of alternative and speculative practices in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. Her first book, Letters Lived, focusing on feminist lineage, was published in Fall 2013 under the Three O’Clock Press’ Women’s Press imprint, and her current art practice explores themes of intergenerational trauma, memory-loss and ritual through displacement and diaspora.
Daniel Viola is the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest Canada, and Motherboard, among others.