SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art, and design. Founded in 2009, we publish the best of contemporary and emerging artists with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views, exceptional design, and film photography.
“The music of my culture never felt like a strict or repressive place like classical music did. It spoke to me very deeply—the lilting rhythm, the tone, the sense of nostalgia. When making my own music, this came very natural to me.”
One of the perks of being in publishing is getting to chat/hang out/grab a beer with famous people, influential artists, and that local band you have a mad music-crush on. One of the downsides is realizing that most famous people are just like the rest of us: equal parts extroverted, shy, awkward and sometimes not really all that fun to hang out with.
“With Handmaiden, it’s a trip outward... You exit the stuffy house to find the cave to find the mountainside to find the panoramic prairies to something so much bigger. With each reveal the story becomes a bit more layered than you thought it could.”
With festival season winding down, we've got a few film reviews lined up as recap. This year's Vancouver International Film Festival was a doozy, as our writers soon found out. First up, some big names! Personal Shopper and American Honey, each a wild ride in their own right.
“I imagine two Ping-Pong balls pushed into the slack of a used condom. It looks not unlike a ball sack. Except it also looks nothing like a ball sack. It looks like the theory of a ball sack. And I am the girl who is a theory of herself.”
““Yes,” you say. “When you lost the baby.” You angle your chin slightly. Your chin is a question. Don’t you remember, your chin asks. I’ve never known you to hide behind a euphemism like lost the baby before. I didn’t think I had to explain to you the reasons it was not a baby. I press a finger to the cold metal of the dessert fork on my placemat. I flip the fork so it is upside down. I flip it again. Rightsideup. ”
We are excited and honoured to invite you to the first SAD Seance workshop! The evening will feature conversation, recitations, and sweet, sweet dranks from Mission Hill wineries to grease your witchy, creative wheels.
“Her voice, and her perspective, have served her well. From humble beginnings – her first time doing stand up was a response to a ‘do something that scares you’ challenge – to today, on the cusp of finalizing her first comedy album, she has always worked to remain true to herself. Though, while a common misconception about comedians, it doesn’t mean that she’s exactly how she appears on stage, in her everyday life.”
Once again, we’ve got some previews from this year’s VIFF! This batch focuses on outstanding documentaries made by women, and the list does not disappoint. Check ’em out if you like good movies. Trust us.
“It’s Christ-like, he thinks. The way he moves over the pavement, gliding up and down hills without expending any energy, just like Jesus did over that lake or whatever. Jesus never exerted himself when going anywhere and neither should he, he thought. All made in his image, right?”
We’re gearing up for the next two weeks, as the Vancouver International Film Festival takes over various cinema pockets in the city. Festival planning can be risky business (duds and diamonds are often screened side-by-side), so in case you’re nervous about choosing good films, we’ve got a few previews coming your way. We recommend taking a peek, and maybe buying a ticket soon after!