the team

Miranda Campbell


Miranda Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Industries.  Her research interests include youth culture, creative communities, and creative labour. Her book, Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural in Practice and in Policy, was shortlisted for the Donner Prize, for the best public policy book by a Canadian.

Her media invitations include national CBC radio, community radio in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Chicago, and network television appearances. Campbell has presented her academic work at numerous national and international conferences, and has been invited to keynote at forums on youth and creativity in Belgium and Norway. In addition to writing for various academic journals and anthologies, she has published for a general audience with Maisonneuve, Jacobin, Noisey, Rabble, and the Gazette. Her involvement with creative communities includes coordination and Board of Director roles with Rock Camp for Girls Montreal, a summer camp dedicated to empowerment for girls through music education, and with WhipperSnapper Gallery, an artist-run centre focusing on emerging artists in Toronto.


Jesse Cumming

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Jesse Cumming is a researcher and film programmer based in Toronto. He is presently completing his M.A. in York University and Ryerson University’s joint Communication and Culture program, focusing on the intersection of moving image technologies and public space. He has curated, co-curated, and presented programs with The Museum of Modern Art, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Art Toronto, Mono No Aware, Concordia University, The City of Vancouver Archives, and more. From 2014-2016 he served as member of Toronto experimental film and media programming collective Pleasure Dome, and is presently a Programming Associate at the Toronto International Film Festival. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Prefix Photo, Spacing Magazine, Luma Quarterly, and more. He sits on the steering committee of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar and is a collective member of MICE Magazine, a publication dedicated to Moving Image Culture, Etc.


Max Cotter


Max Cotter is a Toronto-based recording engineer, audio researcher, teacher, and writer. He is a production assistant at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and a freelance podcast editor. Max co-owns Coach House Sound, a music recording studio and multi-disciplinary art space, and is the co-founder and executive producer of Brainchild, a podcast network.

He co-authored and presented Recreating Robb: The Sound of the World’s First Electronic Organ at the 2014 Audio Engineering Society conference in Berlin, and presented a lecture on the same topic later that year at the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. In 2016, he presented on podcasting as a vehicle for social change at the Ashoka U Exchange in New Orleans.


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Adam Waito is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and visual artist who recently relocated from Montreal to Toronto. He has been a fixture in the Montreal music scene for more than a decade, having played in such groups as Adam & The Amethysts, Telefauna, Miracle Fortress, and others. He currently plays bass in the still mostly Montreal-based garage rock band Nancy Pants.

Waito has composed music for film and television, including a feature-length original score for the Chilean film, La vos en off in 2014. In his home studio, he has produced albums for several of his musical projects. Also a professional illustrator, Waito’s comics and drawings regularly appear in Vice and other publications. When he’s not drawing, touring, or recording music in his garage, Waito likes to cook and take naps.

Lucy Wowk


Lucy Wowk is a self-taught graphic designer/creative person living in Toronto. She aspires to create design work that is timeless yet progressive. Working both digitally and physically, her artistic practice explores text, image, and temporality. She attends Ryerson University for Creative Industries, specializing in publishing, curation, and visual culture. She has produced design work for a variety of local businesses including Toronto photographer Building 18 Photography and the retail store TKVO.

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Karen is currently a student at Ryerson University studying Media Production, experimenting with as many streams as she can. She developed a love for photography after taking photos with her father’s camera as a kid. She enjoys capturing candid moments and sharing stories through pictures, audio or video.

Christopher Beaulieu


Christopher Beaulieu is a filmmaker and photographer based in Toronto. After making several short films and living in South Korea for a year, Christopher moved back to Toronto to complete a Master’s in Media Production at Ryerson University. Produced through his production company Seven to Forty Cinema, his films have premiered at both local and international film festivals. Christopher is also a member of Toronto’s Babel Film Collective, a group dedicated to creating films that contribute to the ever-fluctuating identity of the city.



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