Poem

October 13, 2019

A Love Letter to Libraries

Many of my fondest memories from my childhood are at the library. Our local library was just a short walk from my house, and where my mother took us every summer to keep us occupied...
October 5, 2019
Close up of paint supplies

The Creation of Women

I wasn’t sure what my angle would be, wasn’t sure what questions I would ask. I was trying to put my project in a neatly packed box and, as usual, I spilled over the edge...
August 4, 2019

Common Mag’s Walking Tours: Toronto’s North End

Our next tour will take you a little west of Toronto’s downtown core, with a fun little waterfront addition. If you’ve ever been to Liberty Village, you’ll know that it’s the perfect neighbourhood to live, work, and play in...
July 30, 2019

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Friends

As a country, we’ve known for years now that a startling amount of Indigenous women have been going missing and are often found dead. In Canada in 2015, Indigenous women made up 24% of female homicide victims...
July 21, 2019

The Birth of Athena: A Modern Interpretation

Athena spent her life in a library. Her father had left when she was thirteen, shortly after her mother disappeared. The plane went down when it was struck by lightning, and she was swallowed by the sea...
July 14, 2019

MANTONE: The Colours of Life in a Man’s World

MANTONE Official was created in 2017 by Emily Skublics, a graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada. Today, Common Mag and MANTONE are joining girl forces and offering you a unique opportunity to score one “Nasty Woman” tote bag!
July 7, 2019

Beetlejuice the Musical, Grief, and Female Rage

Transitioning as a gender non-conforming individual can be confusing and challenging because it’s not covered in the media and it can even be hard to find online. I didn’t even know physically transitioning was an option...
July 4, 2019

Artists You Should Follow on Instagram Who Happen to Be Indigenous

I wanted to expand my own worldview and use this platform we created to share with you Indigenous artists who are absolutely thriving at what they do.
June 30, 2019

Common Mag’s Walking Tours: Toronto’s West End

Our next tour will take you a little west of Toronto’s downtown core, with a fun little waterfront addition. If you’ve ever been to Liberty Village, you’ll know that it’s the perfect neighbourhood to live, work, and play in...
June 26, 2019

Why I Chose to Transition as a Non-Binary Individual

Transitioning as a gender non-conforming individual can be confusing and challenging because it’s not covered in the media and it can even be hard to find online. I didn’t even know physically transitioning was an option...
June 23, 2019

To Bi, or Not to Bi? My Wayward Journey to Labelling My Not-Straight Identity

Like plenty of other people who identify as any one of the many different brands of “not straight,” I have a difficult relationship with labels.
June 21, 2019

Earth to Summer!: A Pantone Colour Spread for Summer 2019

The Summer Pantone spread is inspired by earthy tones and beachy vibes that you can wear from day to night!
June 19, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Menstrual Cups

When I first purchased my Diva Cup, I have to admit, it was not love at first use. Several years later and I’m not joking when I say this: purchasing a menstrual cup has changed my life for the better.
June 16, 2019

Am I Trans Enough?

When the whole world is telling you that you're "wrong,” “sick,” “crazy," that you're "looking for attention," that "it's just a phase," it’s easy to doubt yourself. This self-doubt is known as Imposter Syndrome.
June 12, 2019

An Idiot-Proof Guide to Skincare

Skincare is a complex business. There are so many terms and ingredients—Hydrating! Clarifying! Brightening! Anti-ageing!
June 9, 2019

A Pride Playlist of Songs I Have Decided Are for WLW

In a time where music is being created, streamed, and listened to more than ever before comes so many great out and proud LGBTQ+ musicians who are purposeful in involving their queerness in both their public images and their music
June 5, 2019

Queerly, Lately

...They had a whole shelf of Jodi Picoult books, but I don’t think it was a coincidence, even then, that I picked the only one about lesbians, queer rights, and homophobia.
June 2, 2019

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Dedicated” Is a Summery Pop Dream

To celebrate the warmer weather, Common Mag is sharing our recommended walking tours over the next four months. Check out our fav places in Toronto's east end!
May 31, 2019

Common Mag’s Walking Tours: Toronto’s East End

To celebrate the warmer weather, Common Mag is sharing our recommended walking tours over the next four months. Check out our fav places in Toronto's east end!
May 29, 2019

Accepting the Truth: I Was Sexually Assaulted by an Intimate Partner

By the end of the exhibit, I felt small. I thought using reusable totes and mason jars made a difference, but I could see that in reality, it was so incredibly marginal.
May 26, 2019

Cancel Plastic, Save the World?

By the end of the exhibit, I felt small. I thought using reusable totes and mason jars made a difference, but I could see that in reality, it was so incredibly marginal.
May 22, 2019

High Expectations and Revelations: My On-Going Relationship with Therapy

In the summer before grade 12, I had my very first panic attack. I was lying on the couch at my cottage, sobbing and trying to catch my breath as I felt completely disengaged...
May 21, 2019

#YouKnowMe

Given the current political climate surrounding reproductive rights, it seems more important than ever that I am open and share my experience in a more public way. At the same time, it is a deeply personal and sensitive subject...
May 19, 2019

Women Taking Up Space: A review of Tuca and Bertie

If there’s anything thing I learned from two 30-year-old cartoon bird women, it’s that the bonds formed among women are some of the most emotionally healing ever.
May 17, 2019

My toxic ex is in a relationship, and it hurts.

When I was in college, I was seeing a guy. I wanted more from our relationship, but his desire for the exact opposite and a lack of communication on my part kept us in the FWB category.
May 15, 2019

What’s Up With SPF, Anyways?

Despite the positives that the sun can have on our emotions, it sure does come with a lot of negatives for our skin, especially if we don’t protect it correctly.
May 12, 2019

“Dear Mom”

I have spent the majority of my life missing you, despite never having the chance to really know you. We talk about you, but honestly not enough.
May 12, 2019

What It Means to Be Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

Trigger warning: rape, abortion. On March 9 at Queens Park, there was a Pro-Life (also known as the March For Life) rally that called for the criminalization/restriction of legal abortion.
May 8, 2019

What Job Searching Taught Me (or Not) About Dating

It is a very special kind of rejection to be told repeatedly that you are not good enough—that someone else, a nameless, faceless, more perfect version of you was chosen instead.
May 6, 2019

Avengers: Endgame: An Ending I Didn’t Know I Wanted

This coffee shop is more than just the coffee they sell (although it’s delicious); it feels like a tiny escape from Toronto the moment you step through the doors.
May 3, 2019

The Dock on Queen: A Drop of Community With Every Cup

This coffee shop is more than just the coffee they sell (although it’s delicious); it feels like a tiny escape from Toronto the moment you step through the doors.
May 1, 2019

Taking the Leap: A Prospective View of Life After Graduation

The photos are taken, applications received, and there is just one short walk across a stage standing between me and graduation.
April 29, 2019

Your Useless Arts Degree

The question almost every student in an arts or another creative program is asked when they reveal their degree; “What are you going to be able to do with that?”
April 24, 2019

A Letter From Me to You: You’re Going to Be Just Fine

You’re in your final year of university and I’m really proud of you for getting this far. Sometimes I feel like you don’t give yourself enough credit for everything you’ve accomplished over the past three and a half years.
April 21, 2019

To the Indigenous Women I Know

I love the way you toss your hand out the window when you drive; / Careless and free, / feeling the rush of wind pass through the space between your fingers...
April 17, 2019

Art & Sexuality: Dance

About a year and a half ago, I joined Sensual Heeling, a heels company founded by Kaela Faloon. It was through this company that I was able to tune into my sexuality more fully...
April 14, 2019

250 Words: What inspires you?

I am a very impressionable gal. A lot of things feed into my muse and inspire me, but reflecting on this, what really inspires me...
April 11, 2019

Our Fur Babies & Why We Love Them

...it suddenly hit me that my fourth, and last, full year of university had been my least stressful and happiest year in post-secondary school yet—and I give all the credit to my cat.
April 10, 2019

The Perils of the Glass Screen

We’re a generation that’s being defined by glass screens. Much like Erin’s delivery in his poem, we seem to be a society that is obsessed with capturing moments of our lives in a singular source of media.
April 7, 2019

Movie Review: The Night the Kids Found Out

On March 25th, I had the pleasure of attending the advanced screening of The Night the Kids Found Out, a short film...
April 3, 2019

Unpaid internships in the creative industries? Thank you, next.

Internships are most often paid in the STEM fields and have been so for years, while those in the creative sector get excused with having their work go by unpaid.
April 1, 2019

Innovate-Her: Supporting Womxn Creatives & Their Businesses

"We were passionate about womxn entrepreneurs and how they can empower a community, and knew we wanted to do something to inspire and connect more people with the same mindset."
March 31, 2019

Making “Herstory”: Women of WWI

Without the thousands of phenomenal women like the two discussed in this article, history would be written completely differently.
March 28, 2019

Common Mag: A New Look

It’s been almost six months since Common Mag launched in November of 2018. It’s been busy. It’s be fun.
March 27, 2019

“You’re HUGE”—and other things not to say to tall girls

I had my headphones on and was only a few minutes from home when a woman on the street asked me how tall I was.
March 24, 2019

21 Toronto Restaurants You Need to Go To

The Common Mag team was asked to submit their favourite Toronto restaurants for this article, and they sure did deliver! There’s truly something for everyone...
March 20, 2019

Floral Frenzy: A Pantone Colour Spread for Spring 2019

This edition of the Common Mag Pantone Spread highlights the bright colours that were seen on the 2019 Spring/Summer Fashion Week runways from London to New York.
March 17, 2019

A Busy Bee’s Guide to Being Lazy

Do you find yourself with a jam-packed calendar and no end in sight? Do you have a mile long to-do list and a never ending “to read” or “to watch” list?
March 16, 2019

Captain Marvel Film Review: The Marvel Hero I’ve Been Waiting For

*NO SPOILERS* Co-written and directed by a woman, Captain Marvel passed the Bechdel Test with flying colours.
March 13, 2019

My Experience With Non-Toxic Skincare

If I skipped even a day in my skincare routine, the acne would come back. The “solution” was just masking the underlying problem.
March 10, 2019

Women in the Arts: Ryerson Musical Theatre Company

At the micro, university level, we are lucky to find examples of women taking on leadership roles within the arts...
March 8, 2019

“What do you want out of Feminism?”: A conversation turned open letter

Just as my view of this holiday has changed over the years, my personal definition of what stands behind this day has also changed as it is continuing to change on the spectrum of radicalism with every year for every culture, country, and family.
March 7, 2019

Common Mag Designs: Feminist Art

To celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day, we challenged our design team to create artwork that communicated their opinions of feminism, being a women, and overall values as female content creators.
March 6, 2019

What I’m Worth

We are worth so much more than the number we see on the scale; our weight is not measured in pounds, but in our abilities and what we love about ourselves.
March 5, 2019

Making ‘Herstory’: Iconic females you should know about

In honour of International Women’s Day this Friday, let’s take a look at some feminist icons that everyone should be aware of for their work towards gender and political equality.
March 4, 2019

Feminist Moves: The History of International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2019 is International Women’s Day—a day that celebrates women and their achievements around the world.
February 27, 2019

What Black History Month Means to Me

When Black History Month would roll around, I always felt uneasy. When both white and black people are saying that you're white you feel like you're in a wired limbo.
February 24, 2019

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics: Healthier Makeup for the Everyday Person

Recently, I received a cute little package from Evelyn Iona Cosmetics—a Canadian makeup brand that specializes in green beauty products.
February 20, 2019

7 Local Shops in Toronto With Killer Aesthetic

There’s a lot to be said for shopping local—supporting your community or values you can get behind, the intimacy of small-batched products, the overall sustainability aspect.
February 17, 2019

Why Netflix is My Guide for Winter Dressing this Year

We have officially made it into the deepest depths of winter which means two things: a) and I can’t stress this enough, it’s nothing less than treacherous outside, and b) dressing for the weather has become next to impossible.
February 14, 2019

Story Time: How I Knew I Loved Them

The topic of love is a heavy one, whether it’s romantic, familial, or platonic. That said, stories of love are incredible and somehow always manage to make us feel safe and hopeful.
February 13, 2019

Story Time: How I Knew I Loved Myself

The topic of self-love is a complicated one. For some, loving yourself is a part of everyday living, while for others it’s a little bit more of a task.
February 10, 2019

Be Average: The Antithesis To My Generation’s Specialness Complex

Admit it: you think you’re above average. Your parents, your best friend, a coworker, that one teacher at school—they all told you.
February 9, 2019

Say Good ‘Bi’ to #20BiTeen

In the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, 2018 was the year of #20gayteen, and people were here for it.
February 6, 2019

An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Your thirteenth year will be such a trying one; you’ve never had such a hard time in your life...
February 3, 2019

A Daily Dose of Self-Love: 6 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

Instagram is often a place where many of us feel insecure and even unwelcome...
January 30, 2019

‘Don’t Press Snooze’ on Pressed News

In a day and age where we are constantly connected, and where the bad news never seems to end, the act of reading the news daily can be exhausting.
January 29, 2019

On We March

Despite temperatures dipping lower than -15 C, hundreds stood in the snow while speeches were given concerning intersectional feminism and government policies.
January 27, 2019

Where Are the Children?

As of 2016, Indigenous children make up over 50% of Canada’s foster care system, despite the fact Indigenous people represent only 4.9% of Canada’s total population. Read that again.
January 23, 2019

Introducing HeartStrong Tattoo: The New Shop in Town

I love tattoos. My arms, chest, and legs are a patchwork of different artists and styles, and each one tells a story about who I was at the time, or where I was.
January 20, 2019

Dear Mr. Ford, let’s decode your OSAP announcement.

It shouldn’t have surprised anyone that education would be the next point on the Conservative agenda...
January 16, 2019

Welcome to the Real World

When you’re a kid, the ultimate dream is to grow up as fast as humanly possible, because in the eyes of an 11-year-old, the benefits that adults reap seem endless...
January 13, 2019

The Local Tourist: NEW YORK CITY

I find I can usually enjoy a city much more when I’m living like a local: eating at all the cheap (but amazing) food spots, taking the transit rather than tour buses, and visiting places in the city that probably don’t show up on every top 10 attractions list.
January 9, 2019

How to Eat Healthy While Being Vegetarian

The first thing people tend to assume when you tell them you’re vegetarian is that you’re a health guru or a wannabe “hippie”.
January 6, 2019

Common Mag Designs: Pantone’s Living Coral

In celebration of Pantone announcing their 2019 Colour of the Year, I wanted to challenge Common Mag’s designers with the opportunity to create something with the Living Coral colour palette in mind.
January 2, 2019

Making “Herstory”: The Women of WWII

More and more women are being brought to light for their heroic feats and brilliance throughout history, and it is in this article where I want to shine the light on the trials of women who deserve to have their stories heard.
December 30, 2018

The Local Tourist: COPENHAGEN

...it always surprises me how many people neglect putting Copenhagen on their wanderlust travel list.
December 26, 2018

I’m Not Like Other Girls… Well, Actually I Am

What we mean to say is “I’m not like what the media tells us girls are supposed to be”... well, most girls rarely are.
December 23, 2018

250 Words: What does femininity mean to you?

When I was younger I rejected a lot of things labelled as “feminine”. This list included things like dresses, purses, makeup, and the colour pink...
December 21, 2018

Precious Gems: A Pantone Colour Spread for Winter 2018/2019

For the Winter edition of the Pantone Colour spread, I thought it would be fun to play with some rich, vibrant colours for a season in which everything is usually very dull.
December 19, 2018

Staff Book Recommendations

Looking for a new book to read? The Common Mag team has got you covered! Check out our favourite books we’ve recommended to you and maybe you’ll find a new favourite too…
December 16, 2018

Why I’m Moving Across the Country After I Graduate—All On My Own

I first considered the idea of moving to Canada’s East Coast three years ago when my mom, sister, grandma, and I visited Nova Scotia at the end of summer.
December 12, 2018

Queer Artists You Need to Listen To

Sometimes, you don’t want to listen to another boy-meets-girl-and-breaks-her-heart song (although sometimes you do because the beat is just so damn catchy). Instead you search for that rare gem of a girl-meets-girl-and-breaks-her-heart song...
December 9, 2018

A 21st Century Grandma’s Apple Pie

One thing that you should probably know about me is that I love entertaining. Whether it’s getting friends together for a movie night, or a large group of people for a fun theme night, I love planning...
December 5, 2018

I Am Not a “Tortured Artist”: My Relationship With Creativity and Mental Illness

The notion of the “tortured artist” is a tale as old as time. It was Aristotle after all who said that “no great genius has ever existed without a strain of madness.”
December 2, 2018

Own It (“It” Being Yourself)

Earlier this term, I left a school networking event with this bubbling feeling of wanting to cry, sprint, and scream, all at the same time.
November 28, 2018

Confessions: Unforgivable Acts

This is the first installment in a series called ‘Confessions’, where I’ve asked people to anonymously submit their answers to personal or thought-provoking questions.
November 25, 2018

If Beale Street Could Talk: A Powerful Film of Love and Discrimination

In his follow-up film to his Oscar-winning Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins brings us If Beale Street Could Talk—a dreamy, romantic drama that will immediately draw you in and capture your heart.
November 22, 2018

Hello from your local femme queer!

What’s it like to date as a queer femme? Dressing for yourself or others? What about sex?! What does the word “femme” represent? What is the history behind it, and what does it mean today?
November 19, 2018

Reclaiming Femininity: An Apology to the Colour Pink

I wanted to be on the right side. I thought liking blue afforded me some sort of protection. The choice was “Beauty or Brains”. I couldn’t be both, as if one was so shallow, empty, ditzy, illogical, and the other was supposed to be… the right answer?
November 15, 2018

Easy Ways to Be More Environmentally Conscious (And Why You Should Do Them)

I’ve seen a bunch of posts on social media recently shaming people for shaming others to be more environmentally friendly.
November 12, 2018

No Amount of Sage Smoke

Residential schools may have closed in 1996, but their practices are alive and well.
November 9, 2018

“Hey, Beautiful”: Catcalling and Street Harassment Stories

With almost daily allegations of sexual harassment, rape, and unwanted attention, I can’t help but think these behaviours don’t just happen out of nowhere.
November 8, 2018

Skincare Simplified: The Basics You Should Know

Skincare. It’s an intimidating topic, especially now that there are thousands of products on the market targeted towards concerns you didn’t even know you should have.
November 7, 2018

Six Women on What Their Glasses Say About Their Identity

Every glasses-wearer has heard the nickname “four eyes” at some point in their lives, among other negative stereotypes associated with their frames.
November 6, 2018

The “Should” Decade: On Being 23 and A Bit Lost

As I sit down to write this piece, I have just finished decorating my apartment for the Thanksgiving dinner I am co-hosting tomorrow. This will be my first ‘grown up’ dinner party...
November 5, 2018

Welcome to Common Mag

Common Mag started as a passion project to create and design an online magazine run by women and non-binary people for everyone to enjoy. In celebration of our launch, we sat down to talk about our experiences bringing Common Mag to life.
April 21, 2019

To the Indigenous Women I Know

I love the way you toss your hand out the window when you drive; / Careless and free, / feeling the rush of wind pass through the space between your fingers...

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