Welcome to Room magazine's coverage of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival! We will be posting reviews of shows all week, so check back regularly. The Fringe runs until September 16, 2018, and we encourage you to go check out a play (or maybe twenty).
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In this absurd and sensual episode, dear friend and performance artist Alexandra Bischoff joins Mica to chat about her former job at The Fantasy Factory (Canada's oldest sex shop franchise) and how it influenced her latest performance art pieces: "Peep Show Pop-Up" and "egg shells, egg shells." Ali also discusses her love of embroidering vintage porno mags, a practice that pays homage to two very traditional forms of female labour: embroidery... more
Today we're talking bodies. Friends of the podcast Jocelyn Tennant (a screenwriter and short fiction writer) and Megan Jones (a model and poet)join Mica in a conversation about how our experiences with fatness and thinness intersect. We also chat about body dysmorphia, binge eating, that preposterous new show "Insatiable," and how nice it would be to live in a world where "fat" doesn't mean "bad."
A selection of reviews from the 30th Vancouver Queer Film Festival (image from "Talk the Ting" by Shelby Zoe Coley).
Mica blazes through the (literally) nuclear history of bikinis, what they have come to mean culturally, and why tiny bathing suits can be simultaneously liberating and oppressive. Mica also delves into her personal history with bathing suits and church camp, her hatred of the bikini-and-high-heels combination, CGI asses on Instagram, and what a vain little product of the patriarchy she used to be.
Mallory Tater's debut novel, The Birth Yard, has just been contracted by HarperCollins and she's here to answer the question of HOW DO YOU DO THAT? She's also here to remind us that just because The Handmaid's Tale was a big deal, doesn't mean that feminist dystopia (and other genres related to #MeToo) have "had their moment." Also included: why you shouldn't listen to publishers who tell you to "put your novel in a drawer" because ahem THEY... more
While the erasure of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour’s (BIPOC) lives on Turtle Island continues, there is an increasing need for literary work that interrupts this process. One genre doing this type of work is speculative fiction. BIPOC spec fiction not only centres BIPOC characters but boldly places them within alternative realities and futures, subverting the dominant narrative and inventing new ways for BIPOC folks to face down... more
For better or for worse, it's wedding season! This love fest features Dina Del Bucchia, a writer, rom com expert, and self-identified small town bitch. Dina chats with Mica about how romance is represented on screen (and all the problems with that), how romance is represented in real life (and all the problems with that) and why marriage just isn't for her. Also included: jokes about penises, why "whimsy" is such a misunderstood concept, and... more
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This episode features Alea Rae Clark, a singer, lyricist, and guitarist in the band Douse. Alea chats with Mica about why they transitioned away from their image as "front-woman" and how identifying as non-binary has helped Douse become more unified as a band. Alea and Mica also discuss whether sadness is necessary to create art, whether lyric-writing robots are a useful tool or a disgrace to humanity and the songwriting process, and what,... more
We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2018 Creative Non-Fiction Contest, as selected by our esteemed judge Stacey May Fowles—novelist, sportswriter, and the author of essay collection, Baseball Life Advice. Please join us in congratulating the writers!
We're excited to announce the shortlisted pieces from our 2018 Creative Non-Fiction Contest! Here is the shortlist of essays, as determined by our esteemed judge Stacey May Fowles.
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In this issue:
Amy Louise Baker, Jenny Boychuk, Jessica Bromley Bartram, Monica Joy Claesson, Kess Costales, Sophie Crocker, Ruth Daniell, Alex Hall, Cody Klippenstein, Suzanne Langlois, Teresa E Lobos, Lynne M MacLean, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Isabelle Nguyen, Gaëlle Planchenault, Melanie Power, Natasha Ramoutar, Nilofar Shidmehr, jaye simpson, Cristalle Smith, Emily Urquhart, Yilin Wang, Hannah V Warren, Christine Wei, Lan Yao.