Open Access – Kenya

Happy New Year everyone. Sending warm wishes from Taipei. Below is a video I edited recently for EIFL on Open Access in Kenya. “Open access is a powerful solution to the barriers that researchers in developing and transition countries face trying to access and share critical research that can improve people’s lives.”

[VIDEO]: Harmless Harvest (For Inspired Citizen)

Oh how exciting it is to share this video. I shot and edited this profile with Inspired Citizen at the Harmless Harvest office in downtown San Francisco. 36 hours, there and back to Toronto, with the most severe sun burn ever (possibly 2nd degree burn) — but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Coconut water…

June Records: Selling More Than Vinyl

Hey cool cats and lovers of music, I wrote a profile on June Records, a new boutique record shop that hopes to foster the Toronto art community for Virgin Music. You can read the article and look at the photos by clicking on the screen grab below:

An Afternoon with The Zolas in NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan Enough about east coast CanCon darlings. There’s Feist, whose ‘1-2-3-4’ will never stop being synonymous with iPods. Drake, who Torontonians both love and hate, always referring to him as Jimmy from Degrassi, though secretly sharing his ‘Headlines’ music video every chance possible. And of…

Lightyear Looked to Impress with Third Show

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan She sang and played guitar and wrote her own music, but wanted to break away from the singer songwriter stereotype that most female musicians face. “I basically felt trapped in the singer songwriter genre,” said Lauren Zettler before her Brooklyn show at The Rock…

Ohbijou live and in conversation at The Rock Shop, NYC

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan The audience capacity at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn, New York is 120 patrons. The audience capacity at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto, Canada, where Ohbijou played a sold-out show for the release of their third full length album ‘Metal Meets’, is 770….

Diamond Rings Leaves Webster Hall With More Than 14 Fans

Originally published on Virgin Media’s Red Room Blog. By Amy Chyan There were definitely more than 14 and a half fans shoulder dancing and foot tapping when Diamond Rings opened for Twin Shadow at Webster Hall on Friday night (Oct. 7). John O’Reagan (Diamond Rings) joked that when he played New York City two years…