This month, online and in print, we’re focusing on movement.
Movement is an interesting theme in that there are so many possible interpretations of what it means, and each one of us thinks something different when we heard the word. There are fairly typical images that come to mind – dancing, jumping, sportsing – but also more atypical stuff like demographics, moving moments in our lives, or goods movement. This month, we hope to explore a few things that move us, in whatever format.
Why is it Issue One and not Issue Two, you may ask? It’s a good question. Issue Zero came out April 1 and was a bit smaller (only 44 pages, rather than this issue’s beefy 60 pages) and was always meant to be our “test copy” that we’d take to the National Library of Canada to get an ISSN. We still don’t have an ISSN, but it’s in the works. We keep reminding ourselves that Rome was not built in a day and sometimes these things are just slow, and that’s all there is too it.
This month, we’ve got a few stories already in the hopper that we’re really looking forward to. Among others, we have a story by Laura Grady on finding a family doctor, a story from a new contributor on moving on from heartache, and some ideas for getting your body moving after a hiatus. In the next week or so, we’re profiling Jesse Cahill and a great bike exhibit (plus it’s Bike to Work Week!), and we’re looking forward to sharing the articles from the print magazine here as well over the next little while. We’ve got other stories in the works, but we can always use more. Do you have something to contribute to Movement? Please reach out. We’d love to hear from you. Even if it’s not a clear connection – this is a place to share your voice and we’re here to help shape your story and broadcast it.
About the Cover And Some Fun Facts
This month’s cover was most decidedly a team effort. Mario Bartel took the picture that Johanna and I conceived. Antigone Dixon-Warren, Jolene Foreman, Peter Foreman, Daniel Fortin, Erin Jeffery, Patrick Johnstone, Martin Lowe, and Stefanie Swinnard deserve thanks for meeting at José Resende’s “WOW Westminster” and running around with sparklers for a number of takes with us.
We went back to WOW Westminster a few times to get this shot. The first time, it was raining, and a drop of rain splashed the lens, and our light was pretty weak because it was just me dancing around at the bottom of the W. The second time, Mario and I got our wires crossed on days and so we didn’t have a photographer to shoot the volunteers I had gathered up. The third night, we got it after three takes. Each time, we lit sparklers – usually five in each hand – and jumped around, dancing to our own song, and Mario held the exposure for as long as it took for the sparklers to burn down.
Fun Fact # 1: about 225 sparklers were used before we got the cover shot.
Fun Fact # 2: Those are Peter’s legs on the bottom left of the picture.
Fun Fact # 3: One sparkler was dropped. See it?
Peter took this half minute long slow-motion video we keep giggling about, especially the freaking out at the end – we really could move when we needed to.