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letter from the editor Can I tell you a secret? Magazines make me mad. Let me explain. While I love reading them, thinking about them, collecting them, and most of all making them, the state of the publishing industry, and the general public’s lack of interest, gets me riled up. An example? I found out today that Mayfair News is shutting down. The beloved store at Granville and Broadway was a treasure trove of rare magazines, a haven for those looking for something unique to take home and ponder. Its closing is a loss for the city, but the folks walking along Broadway are probably too busy playing Pokémon Go to notice. Mayfair’s demise comes not so long after the Chapters across the street turned into an Indigo, and its massive second-floor magazine section became an American Girl (no, seriously). SAD Mag is a tiny independent publication that works hard for every cent, using the money raised to put on more community events and print more volumes. This is our passion project, our side hustle; we do it because we love it, and yet sometimes in the thick of the daily grind I lose my way. But hearing about Mayfair actually renews my resolve—anger turns into stubbornness, into a screaming promise to keep making our weird little magazine (printed locally, by the way) and finding the few stores left willing to sell them, to champion them. This issue, Secrets, is certainly worth championing: Meredyth Cole dissects The Secret; Helen Wong profiles some of Vancouver’s best-kept musical secrets; April Thompson talks with a secret society; Megan Jenkins interviews an artist who secretly hides pieces around town; and so much more. The work that our contributors and friends put into this thing reminds me that magazines are worth making, even as layoffs occur and stores close. I could go on about the beauty of the printed word and the cultural value of a publication such as ours. But really, that’s a secret only you can unlock. —sara harowitz, Editor in Chief

editorial staff Katie Stewart Co-Publisher & Creative Director Michelle Reid Cyca Co-Publisher & Production Manager Pamela Rounis Co-Publisher & Lead Designer

contributors to Hannah Bellamy Katherine Chan Meredyth Cole Paula Duhatschek Nana Heed Calvin Jay Sagal Kahin Monika Malczynski Cole Nowicki

Sara Harowitz Editor in Chief

Keagan Perlette

Robyn Humphreys Art Coordinator

Liam Siemens

Kyla Jamieson Editor of Poetry & Prose Kristin Ramsey Copy Editor & Proofreader Megan Jenkins Web Editor Sarah Bakke Web Editor

Ljudmila Petrovic Shannon Tien Helen Wong

on the cover

on the back cover

word count

Jane Q Cheng P.40

Decode our mantra for 2017 at

The word “secret” was written 112 times in this issue.

Photographed by Reece Voyer

board of directors Maryam Bagheri


Anthony Casey

Todd LeBlanc Audio/Visual Coordinator

Sean Cranbury Megan Lau

sadcast podcast

Zeenat Lokhandwala

Jackie Hoffart Co-host,Creator & Editor

Amanda McCuaig

Pamela Rounis Co-host | | Instagram @sadmagazine | What are you hiding? #SADSECRETS


Pamela Sheppard Daniel Zomparelli

Icons by Kenneth Ormandy

thanks to

Agro Cafe Alex Waber Alice Fleerackers Becki Chan Fawkes & Holly Kristin Cheung MET Fine Printers Pat Christie Poetry Is Dead Presentation House Shanda Leer

SAD Mag is published two times per year by the SAD Magazine Publishing Society 1-3112 Windsor St. Vancouver, BC V5T 4B1 Distribution coordinated by Disticor

ISSN 1923-3566 Contents © 2016 SAD Mag All rights reserved.

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