We here at Torontoist had a bit of a Sally Field moment when late last year the UTNE reader heaped praise on Toronto’s magazine scene, nominating Spacing, Shameless and the Walrus for the Alternative Press Award in the Best New Title category. Each magazine filled a much-needed void in the Canadian magazine industry and they still seem to be going strong. Shameless magazine just launched its third issue and doesn’t look like its losing its irreverence and sassiness. The latest issue has advice on surviving university, an interview with the over-achieving daughter of our “fifth greatest Canadian” and illustrator and snappy dresser Shary Boyle. The Walrus fired half its editorial board but doesn’t look like its going anywhere and the urban savvy elves at Spacing magazine are toiling away on another issue but what about some of Toronto’s other emerging publications?
Eat Your Friends magazine went unnoticed by the oracles at UTNE but the magazine’s first issue, which featured a foodie tour of Koreatown and an interview with video collective 640×480, caught the attention of indie-culture types around town. The mag, edited by a duo of OCAD students (yep, they haven’t even graduated yet!), is releasing their second issue this Friday at Stone’s Place. Torontoist is looking forward to the chat with installation artist Misaki Kawai and snacks that we can eat on the go.
Recently Torontoist was also handed an issue of the Naïve, a free zine published by U of T students and recent alumni that promotes idealism. The magazine’s third issue tackles homelessness. We’re pretty impressed that the Naïve avoided knee jerk and shallow analysis of the issue, and pleasantly surprised when we read about Andreas Niedl, a U of T Architecture M.A. who designed and built an elegant and effective house for the Tent City. The thoughtful folks at Naïve top it all off with an interview with Sook Yin Lee and “indie rockstar” Jenny Mitchell of the Barmitzvah Brothers. Copies of the Naïve can be picked up around U of T.
Torontoist has also been regularly checking in on the editorial team over at the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Although the Review isn’t new, it’s one of the few mags that’ll give this country’s media industry more than just a cursory glance. All that investigating costs money. Have you seen the cost of Lexis-Nexis accounts lately? Which is probably why the Review is having a fundraiser tommorow night at the Rivoli. Need another reason to go? We’ll give you two, they’ll be screening Oscar nominated short Ryan and burlesque.