By Tara Bursey

Last Saturday’s screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column at Factory Media Centre was so energizing, I created a classic punk playlist of pioneering bands to get you curious, excited and empowered!

Fifth Column, “She Said Boom” (1990)

A rollicking song with awesome swirling organ solo, GB Jones once described the title of it as “3 simple words that mean being responsible for your own pocket-sized revolution.”


Raincoats, “Off Duty Trip” (1979)

The Raincoats were an English band that influenced leading grunge bands from the 1990s. “Off Duty Trip” is a harrowing song about sexual assault at the hands of a soldier.


Au Pairs, “You” (1979)

The Au Pairs often challenged notions of femininity, monogamy and gender roles through their intelligent songs.


The Slits, “Typical Girls” (1979)


 The Bags, “Babylonian Gorgon” (1979)

The Bags were from Los Angeles, and were led by fierce Latina musician, author, artist, educator and feminist Alice Bag, who still performs to this day as a solo artist. The Bags’ songs took on subject such as feminism, sexual assault and immigration. Continue reading

Zine Launch: Dreams, Healing & Safety


sachaposterlaunch FINALFor the past month, SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre –  has hosted Sexual Assault: The Roadshow which provides space for local survivors of sexual violence to produce art. The Roadshow art gallery– made of a modified shipping container –  will travel to 15 Ontario communities over the next three years.  In Hamilton, survivors worked with artist Heidi Cho to create zines about their experiences of safety and healing.

We are inviting the community to view the art created by local survivors and hear about their experiences

Where: Good Shepherd courtyard – 25 Ray Street North
When:  Tuesday August 30th, 2016 @1:00p.m.
What: Survivor Zine Launch with a workshop participant speaking

Sexual Assault: The Roadshow is funded by the Ontario Arts Council and is a project by sexual assault activist Jane Doe and artist/activist Lillian Allen.  In Hamilton we appreciate the support of Good Shepherd Hamilton.


Call For Submissions: Hamilton-based Housing Zine



Inasmuch House is creating a zine (small publication) about the need for a National Housing Strategy that addresses the lack of safe and affordable housing, and how this affects women and families accessing violence against women and homeless shelters.

We would love contributions from other shelters, as well as spaces that work with women and families who have experiences trying to access safe and affordable housing.

Ideas for how to contribute:

  • Hold a workshop to talk about the National Housing Strategy and how it impacts women and families in shelters
    • Ask about the women and families experiences and stories, as well ideas for how to make positive changes – collect their stories in written format
    • Using half of an 8.5×14 sheet of paper, have residents share their experiences with housing – write poems, draw, collage, make a list, etc. – to contribute to the publication
  • Write / make art about your own experiences as a transition support worker working with women and families accessing housing: what are some major obstacles you’ve seen, what ideas do you have that could improve access?

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Free Zine Making Workshops with Heidi Cho

Calling all survivors of all genders, ages, races and experiences! Join us in creating art against sexual violence!
In a series of FREE community-drop in workshops as part of Sexual Assault: The Roadshow visiting Hamilton, we will be making ‘zines to create new narratives around sexual violence. Using art, we will be asking questions like:
  • How does safety look, sound or feel like to you?
  • What does healing look like for me?
  • As a survivor, I wish…
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Art by Heidi Cho

Using markers, pens, glue-sticks, magazines, pencil crayons and paper, we will make a collaborative ‘zine! Participants will also have an option to create their own personal ‘zine.

We will be offering four two hour workshops on the following days:

  • August 11th from 1pm to 3pm and another from 5pm to 7pm
  • August 16th from 1pm to 3pm

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Static Zine’s Feminist Heroes


by Aviva Cohen

Static Zine is a Toronto-based “mag(azine)” run on a DIY ethic by editor Jessica Lewis, managing editors Aviva Cohen and Melody Lamb, and a collective of storytellers from all over the world.

In honor of the Hamilton Zine Fair I wanted to write about feminist zine heroes so I chose four rad ladies who have helped change and shape zine culture. Some of you may know, some may be brand new to your brain but they have all been a huge influence from the 80s to present day.

Kathleen Hanna

“Kathleen Hanna is an American musician, feminist activist, and punk zine writer. In the early- to mid-1990s she was the lead singer of feminist punk band Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s.”

You probably know who Kathleen Hanna is and if you don’t, I recommend watching The Punk Singer, a documentary on one of the most badass ladies in music. Hanna was huge in the zine movement, publishing zines in the 80s! Her more well-known zines included Bikini Kill, a response to the sexism they saw in punk music and of course Riot Grrrl, a zine about feminism in the punk scene which spawned the Riot Grrrl movement.

Maggie MacDonald

Maggie MacDonald is a writer, playwright and musician from Toronto.

Before moving to Toronto and joining such bands as The Hidden Cameras, she was known for her fanzine Saucy.  The Hidden Cameras are probably one of the few bands that have a song and dance dedicated to make zines called “Fear of Failure: Ode To Zine Publishing.”

Other cool things about Maggie: she was a member of Barcelona Pavilion, ran in the 1999 provincial election with the NDP and released a number of awesome plays and books. Continue reading

HFZF Zinester Interview – FIERCE Magazine


Tell us more about your project.

FIERCE magazine is an online zine that a group of feminists and creative writers/artists started up last year. We release a themed online issue sporadically on Our goal for the future is to develop a feminist magazine that has an intersectional feminist voice.

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How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

We started making zines because our team loved writing, creating art etc. and we wanted to channel that into a medium that would hold all of our work in a unified collection on of some sort. Two of our biggest influences include i-D magazine for it’s aesthetic and content, but also Rookie Mag that inspired to actually zine. Continue reading

HFZF Zinester Interview – from the margins


Tell us a little about yourself and your zine.

from the margins is an artistic collaboration between geoff and clementine morrigan. we are artists, writers and zinesters. among other things we write about queerness, femme identity, sexuality, intimacy, community, addiction, sobriety, intoxication culture, trauma, madness, accessibility and hope.

geoff writes about mixed race and genderqueer identity. clementine writes about being a witch and surviving child abuse and intimate partner violence. for more info visit:

geoff is a mixed race gender queer of filipinx descent as a settler living on colonized land known as toronto, turtle island, traditionally land of the haudenosaunee, mississaugas of the new credit, huron-wendat and other indigenous peoples. they are an activist, grassroots community organizer and writer. they identify as a sober addict in recovery. they wish to politicize their experiences with substance use and sobriety while unravelling the limited representation of the addicted body.

Clementine Morrigan is a queer femme sober-addict witch, writer and artist. They are a white settler living on colonized land known as Toronto, Turtle Island, land of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the New Credit, Huron-Wendat and other Indigenous peoples. Clementine’s work spans genres and mediums, including essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, zines, illustration, short film, self-portraiture and sculpture. All of their work aims to undermine hierarchies of knowledge production by blurring distinctions between art, academia and DIY culture making.

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