Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ottawa-based Guerilla Mag going BIG

Yes, Guerilla Magazine is going national! Input from across Canada is being sought. 

 It's announcements such as this that the arts and cultural community love to hear. 

Tony Martins, publisher of Guerilla, is asking for input, be it articles/profiles, photographs or illustrations. He's looking for suggestions on what to put in the magazine, who to feature, offered/written at an absolutely grassroots or "culture at ground level" as he puts it.

Very exciting! If there's something that has caught your eye on this blog that you'd like to hear more about, please contact Tony and ask him to look into it. Or, better yet, investigate for yourself and write an article. Ask him first, if he thinks that it's what Guerilla is looking for.

Here's the announcement as it appeared in Artengine this morn. 

Dear Guerilla readers and supporters:

You may have heard the news that starting with our March 2012 quarterly edition, Guerilla magazine will begin reaching far beyond Ottawa to explore "Canadian culture at ground level." The publishing philosophy hasn't changed, but the story possibilities have grown immensely.

Like any organism, to thrive we need to grow. And despite a proliferation of technologies and new media forms, grassroots Canadian culture remains a woefully underexposed natural phenomenon.

Yes, expanding to a cross-Canada scope is somewhat daunting, but at Guerilla we know that we're not in this alone. From the outset in March of 2004, the magazine has been a collaboration with passionate supporters whose contributions have been fundamental to our longevity. That's why we're not hesitating to ask for your help again now.

Please consider sharing your knowledge of and contact information for:

1. Artists and cultural groups to potentially profile or feature in the magazine
2. Freelance writers, photographers, and illustrators who might like to contribute
3. Cultural scene authorities and insiders with in-depth knowledge of their respective communities

What's appropriate? Our tag "culture at ground level" remains firmly in place. As such, the magazine will continue to favour stories set in a community context. We'll publish in-depth, illuminating, and sometimes experimental pieces that present subjects as the naturally occurring and defining features of Canadian communities.

Though we aim to print the magazine again in the future, our ongoing web publishing includes two core content streams:

1. Quarterly editions published in March, June, September, and December
2. Shorter and newsier content published weekly on our g-Gallery page and several times per week on our Blog and Video pages

(Guerilla pays a $50 honorarium to writers, photographers, and graphic artists who make original contributions to our quarterly editions.)

With equal emphasis on the celebrated and the unknown, the historic and avant-garde, we'll continue to offer profiles, Q&A interviews, essays, analysis and criticism, fiction and poetry, pictorials, transcripts and dialogues, and other emerging forms of material.

By presenting all subject matter with an inclusive and approachable tone, we'll both engage and challenge with eye-opening stories rooted in a country of untold cultural breadth and depth.

To put the mission more simply, we're looking for local arts stories from clear across Canada.

Got ideas? Drop us a line at
Guerilla Magazine
102-145 Clarence Street
Ottawa Ontario K1N 1B7

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