Writers & Staff
W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls.In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.
Christopher Heard built his career out of a lifetime love of movie history and culture. His first screenplay was optioned at 21, he wrote a twice weekly movie column in a local newspaper that lead to a long, Gemini Award winning stint on the CBC show On The Arts and the creation and co-hosting role on Reel to Real for nine years. Since then Christopher has written books on a number of filmmakers, including Johnny Depp.
Writers & Contributors
Angela Walcott is a Toronto-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in This Magazine, The Scene in TO, Sway Magazine and Share Newspaper. She serves as Executive Board Member for the Professional Writers Association of Canada and she is the author of Mix It Well, a children's picture book.
Angie Valente is a Thunder Bay-born but now Toronto-based freelance music journalist, photographer, live music promoter and hair stylist, with a critical eye and an honest ear. Former music columnist and present avid blogger.
Brooke has a background in music and performing arts, which lends well to her passion for discovering new music and movies. In her previous career as a journalist, she was privileged to have met and interviewed many Canadian bands. Working now in social media, she can often be found browsing music blogs and constantly updating her iTunes library.
Jesse Ship is a freelance writer frequently seeking to rekindle his undergrad romance with ancient Mesopotamia. His writing, photography and video have appeared both in print and online on a national and international level in outlets like Scion, The Grid, Toro, and BlogTO. You can follow his own adventures at @jesse_ship or www.shipwrckd.com
Jessica Linnay is a Vancouver-area creative and content writer specializing in sustainability, lifestyle and the arts.
Lara Candland is a poet, librettist, screenwriter and blogger. Her book of poems, Alburnum of the Green and Living Tree is available online, and she is widely published internationally in literary journals. She was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Institute last year, and her opera Sunset with Pink Pastoral was shown at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. She is also part of the duo Lalage, with her husband, composer Christian Asplund, featuring her poetry sung and read with live electronic voice manipulations. Candland is also an avid cook. She blogs almost daily at Girls in a Tight Place.
Lorri Vodi Rupard grew up in Toronto but now resides in Salt Lake City where she studies creative fiction and writes content. Her work appears in The Montreal Review, The Black Boot, Kalon Women and Anemone Sidecar. Lorri won first place in the 2011 UWIF short screenplay contest. Visit her website.
Although I’d like to say I’m an Illuminati member who drives a Ferrari, I’m actually just a music blogger for PeteHatesMusic. I’m a Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Award nominee for Music Journalist / Blogger of the Year, a Prism Prize juror, and a decent darts player when I’ve had a few drinks. Follow me on Twitter @PeteHatesMusic.
Recent University of Calgary graduate in political science and religious studies. Calgary resident. GATE intern.
Trisha Evelyn probably writes more than she sleeps. Most often a sneaky ghost blogger for both businesses and publications around Toronto, Trisha founded a writing agency that covers everything from website content to rock band bios. Writing in many difference voices has kept Trisha on her toes, but her most natural subject will always be music.
Vince Shuley is a freelance writer and photojournalist base in Whistler, B.C. When not playing in the mountains surrounding his home he is usually covering news, penning features or playing and writing about videogames. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including the Vancouver Sun, Skier Magazine and Coast Mountain Culture Magazine.