Canzine and Canzine West: Melissa Fong and Kim Katrin Milan

Our panels across all three Canzines are titled “From print to pixel: zines as political tools in the digital age.”  We’ll have speakers from across the media and zine spectrum speaking to the strategic advantages and disadvantages of print and digital for political organizing and information sharing. On our Canzine West and Canzine Toronto panels, we’ve invited some speakers who have made digital media crucial tools in their activism and organizing. They’ll be sharing the table mostly with zinesters and print media people, and we’re looking forward to a conversation emerging between these different approaches. Perhaps we’ll identify the the ways a diversity of tactics can coexist in doing this kind of work, if they can at all.

In Vancouver, we’d love to introduce you to the incredibly sharp Melissa Fong:

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Melissa Fong is an Editor on Ricochet, a new independent progressive media site and manages her own political blog at  She is also completing a PhD at the University of Toronto in Planning and Geography.  Her current research is on revitalization planning in multicultural colonial settler societies.  Most of Melissa’s recent work has focussed on the racialization of urban inequality and displacement.

And in Toronto, we’d like to tell you a bit about Kim Katrin Milan
if you don’t already know her, that is!

Image Credit: Michele Clarke , via

A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. I’m an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator.

She is co founder of The People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, activism, and collaboration. She was featured as one of Go Magazine’s ’100 Women We Love’ in 2012 and is a current feature of The Insight Project highlighting Toronto’s game changers. Read more about the many things Kim does on her website!

Here’s a video that Kim recently put up about social media and organizing, which made us feel she would be a perfect fit for our panel:

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