SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art, and design. Founded in 2009, we publish contemporary and emerging artists AND WRITERS with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views.
There is an oft-expressed coming-of-age narrative we are familiar with—something unequivocally quiet and clumsy, something that sports all the sentimentality, the angst and the usual gawky suspects. So when Cory Thibert launches into Awkward Hug with an anecdote on how he lost his virginity, one might feel inclined to settle into their expectations. However, it would be an injustice to Cory, Linnea Gwiazdaan and TJ Dawe to say this is just a coming of age story.
September’s mixed playlist is here! “The figures in [Sarah Davidson’s] piece, wonderland (2017), [are] in the midst of a dance, perhaps one that follows the quickness of improvisational jazz and also the soft steps of an evening lullaby. Opposite ends of the spectrum, I know. But somehow, these abstract forms can keep each pace.”
In Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land, expert storyteller Josh Languedoc takes his audience on a journey into mental illness and the healing power of stories. This one--man show, in which Languedoc switches with remarkable remarkable prowess between multiple characters, explores young Nakota’s struggle to grapple with his demons, both internal and external. Rocko and Nakota gifts audiences with traditional and contemporary stories about resilience and becoming your own hero.
Lip Service, the physical comedy by Natalie Tin Yin Gan and Ashley Whitehead, is wholly satisfying (pun and innuendo intended). From the more technical aspects, such as their marked choreography and synchronization, to the show's deserved focus: Vulvas, obviously. And more specifically, issues of service, of self-acceptance, of doing-it-all, and more.
Sarah Davidson works between drawing and painting to investigate the interconnected organisms of the natural world. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr, and is currently earning an MFA from the University of Guelph.
Web Editor Sarah chatted with Sarah Davidson about the conversation between science and art, plant cognition, and some killer book recommendations. Enjoy!
Welcome to the first New Moon Tarotscopes here at SAD Mag! The New Moon in Virgo visits us after a month of eclipses. Four of the planets that went retrograde this summer—that is, appeared to move backwards through the signs—Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn are now moving forward once again, but slow-moving Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune are still in their retrograde phase. This makes it a good time to take advantage of the dark lunar energy to go inward, to seek deep transformation, to nurture your most secure bonds. It’s also a good time to celebrate the hard-won fruits of subversive action, and continue to sit in that space of cutting through illusion by putting dreams of a brighter future into practice.
When our words are no longer useful, how do we experience our interactions? Can we communicate in a more visceral, bodily way? Is it possible to be understood in a more spiritual, energetic sense, to go deeper in dialogue when we are stripped of our dependence on the word?
“It’s important for a city to have diversity of income because you need artists and you need all sorts of people in a city to make it work. That’s what makes it beautiful, and you can’t have a city with only millionaires in it.”
Web Editor Sarah Thompson has been editing it up for SAD Mag since January (call this a late introduction). She covers Literature, Theatre in the realms of Comedy and Physical Theatre, Art, Photography, and People of Interest. Read on to see why she's a person of interest to us!
We are very pleased to introduce you to our new Web Editor, Elizabeth Holliday! Elizabeth will be handling all things music, fashion, film, and theatre in the realms of drama and social justice. Read on to learn more about her, and how very cool she is!
August just became our favourite month! Not because it is prime time for berry picking, nor because it is the season of our warm-hearted and passionate friends, the Leos. Rather, it is because this month we’re spotlighting the inimitable Aaron Read as our Featured Artist. What better way to celebrate this new favouritism than with a playlist of mixed tunes?