The State of Representation

Panel discussion and launch party for the Visual Issue

June 4, 4 p.m., the Gladstone Hotel

Representation matters: for kids of colour, who often grow up seeing themselves portrayed only as stereotypes, or not at all; for racialized communities, who are tired of hearing the same tired tropes trotted out every time they make the news; and for non-white creators, who fight the myth of meritocracy every time they put their work into the world.

The Ethnic Aisle is about to go on hiatus (we love you and each other, we're all just busy) but before we do, we want to talk about what has - and hasn't - changed in the six years that we've been doing this. What is the state of representation in the Greater Toronto Area, and beyond? 

How do the artists and journalists working in this city navigate the challenges of their particular industries, and how do they claim their successes? What progress do they see? What setbacks? And how can we reach our individual and community goals? 


Join us for a panel discussion featuring:

Facilitated by Ethnic Aisle publisher Denise Balkissoon, the Globe and Mail (@balkissoon)

FREE for patrons - please RSVP by June 2 to

PWYC for everyone else - suggested donation $5, proceeds to the Helen Mo Memorial Scholarship at U of T

See you then!

xo, The Ethnic Aisle