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|Written by An Nguyen, Photographs by Ryan Davies and Barry Thoms|
|Wednesday, 28 May 2008 19:00|
Napoleon Hill once wrote, “ideas were the beginning points of all fortunes,” and in this globalised world where culture has no fixed definition, the Editors of (Cult)ure Magazine have found a way to successfully mobilize ideas towards shaping and redefining Canadian identity.
By recognizing that each individual has the agency to influence Canada’s greater cultural milieu, (Cult)ure has gradually become a forum of choice for creative minds to exchange, share, and organize opinions about cinema, television, culture, politics, sexuality, food, and music.
On May 8, 2008,(Cult)ure held its first-ever concert fundraiser at the Rainbow Bistro to celebrate a real world launch of its presence. After nine months of actively mobilizing progressive writers, artists and activists towards collaborative expression, (Cult)ure made big plans to sustain its momentum. With the help of comedian Jason Harper MCing the event, and music performances by Madison Sheane, the Kimberly Sunstrum Band and the Manic Mondaves, (Cult)ure’s concert fundraiser showcased impressive results!
For photos of this event, please visit local freelance photographers Ryan Davies’ and Barry Thoms’ gallery of images from the event. You can also watch the (Cult)ure concert fundraiser unfold on the May 11th episode of Ottawa Living.
Over 200 people showed up at the event, and (Cult)ure raised $2110 which will allow it to sustain its current creative momentum. Although some might argue that an organization running on the help of volunteers needs no additional funding as low set-up costs are involved, the editors have found that small donations towards the initiative will go a long way in improving the magazine’s operations.
Already, the magazine’s grassroots support has enabled it to build a community which is quickly expanding. Since its inception, (Cult)ure has opened up a sexuality section to explore gender identity and issues relating to sexuality. Additionally, podcasting features were launched in the literature, culture and music section to incorporate spoken word performances, regular music commentaries by M.R. Shankley and Kris Millet, as well as an in depth interview on homelessness.
In the virtual world, you will soon see the creation of a visual arts section. (Cult)ure will also be participating in Art in the Park , Ottawa’s largest non-profit, non commercial outdoor arts festival. Additionally, there will be an edgy advice column offering a fresh new perspective by Miss Smarty Pants. In the real world (Cult)ure has plans to move into print in Fall 2008, offering yet another medium for unfamiliar issues to be a part of the familiar.
On behalf of the (Cult)ure team, we'd like to thank everyone for their continuous support and ability to make (Cult)ure so relevant to the Ottawa arts community and beyond.
© 2008 An Nguyen, Photographs by Ryan Davies and Barry Thoms; licensee (Cult)ure Magazine. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.