By Josie Northern Harrison, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Shift Magazine
On August 19, the Shift Magazine launched its sixth edition titled SHIFT06. The theme for the issue explored social issues around art and architecture produced within and about Toronto (otherwise nicknamed "The 6"). The issue was conceived as an assessment of Toronto, documenting some of its good sides and bad sides. To start, Phat Le and I each wrote short letters to Toronto in lieu of the traditional Letter from the Editors.
“I’m here to let you know, how thankful I am for you [Toronto],” writes Phat Le. “You opened your doors for both my parents during the Vietnam War, and allowed them to create a safe space for my sister and I to live.”
The issue is organized into two sections (the good and the bad). For “the good” section, the articles considered topics like the city’s monuments, Drake’s album cover, quirky city flâneurs, and the haunting bells of the TTC subway. Monique Lizardo took Drake from his original Views cover album (depicting him sitting on the CN Tower) and resized his figure to scale (shown below). Emily Suchy wrote an article arguing that monuments can be subjective and unintentional, which was supported by an illustrated map of the Shift team’s personal monuments in Toronto.
A Visual Analysis of Drake, Human Scales, and the Question of the “Views” Album Cover, 2016, by Monique Lizardo.
Toronto is an amazing city, but it does have flaws, so we felt it was necessary to vent our frustration about Toronto’s shortcomings in the second half of SHIFT06. Eddy O’ Toole compiled a collection of messages to illustrate the longing and struggle someone might experience when studying in a new city. Irina Rouby Apelbaum created a series of sketches about 665-669 Spadina Ave — the former undergraduate studio space — to capture the stressful and quirky home that we’ve left. Najia Fatima sketched a series of vignettes illustrating the dilemmas she encountered when touring her Muslim mother around Toronto.
Similar to SHIFT04, this issue was printed using the risograph method, which reduces the cost of printing by only printing with one colour at a time instead of the CMYK and similar processes which combine colours to achieve a specific hue. However, we differed this print by using gold ink on 80lb vellum paper with a saddle-stitched bind (instead of red and blue on a lightweight paper). By using a thicker paper, we maintained the publication’s lo-fi aesthetic, but created an object that feels more substantial.
As a goodbye to the former undergraduate studio space, SHIFT06 was officially launched on August 19 with a very successful send-off event at 665-669 Spadina Avenue that featured local bands Luna Li, The Ferns, Tange, Lover's Touch, and Westelaken. If you couldn’t make it out to the event, you will still have opportunities to pick up a copy at Clubs Fair on Wednesday, September 6, or you can send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or Shift’s Facebook page and arrange a time to meet. If you’re interested in joining the 2017-2018 Shift Team, send an email introducing yourself and your interests to email@example.com.
Contributors to SHIFT06:
Irina Rouby Apelbaum
Benjamin de Boer
Shift Editorial Team:
Phat Le, Co-Editor-In-Chief
Josie Northern, Co-Editor-In-Chief
Emily Suchy, Senior Publication Editor
Chaya Bhardwaj, Publication Editor
Najia Fatima, Publication Editor
Ceylin Oz, Publication Editor
Sonia Sobrino Ralston, Blog Writer
Alexandra Spalding, Blog Writer
Regina Arcia-Martinez, Illustrator
Jess Camarda, Illustrator
Eddy O’Toole, Layout Designer
Eugenia Wong, Layout Designer
Monique Perez Lizardo, Social Media
Gianina Ann Ramos, Social Media
Jasper Choi, Digital Manager
Lillie Wang, Web Designer