WHO THE HELL ARE WE?

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”

 -Ludwig Van Beethoven

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Jeanette LeBlanc (Owner/ Editor-in-Chief/ Writer/ Interviewer/ Photographer)

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She is a Taurus who graduated Radio Broadcasting at Seneca College in 2013. Jeanette’s dream job would be hosting and producing a “The Heavy Press” TV show. The best concert she’s ever been to was Atreyu with Every Time I Die and Chiodos in 2007 when she was just a young buck stepping into the heavy music world. When Jeanette was asked why she got into music journalism she said, “I always lacked the musical talent but needed to get involved in the industry, so I took my broadcasting skills and turned them into my hobbie and started The Heavy Press. Going to concerts is something I’ve always loved doing and can’t see my life without.”

The Soundtrack to Jeanette’s Life:

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Gerrod Harris (Editor/ Writer)

Gerrod is a Sagittarius who is currently studying Music and Education at York University.  Gerrod’s dream job is to be the drummer in a successful  band, writing music, and performing.  The best concert he’s ever seen is a toss up between The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Antemasque and Jane’s Addiction.  When Gerrod was asked why he’s into music journalism, he said “I am very passionate about music.  Music journalism allows for me to express that passion and the culture it creates through my words and opinions.”

The Soundtrack To Gerrod’s Life:

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Scott Cruickshank (Writer)

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Scott is an Aries who graduated Automotive Repair Technician at Centennial College. Scott’s dream job is to be an automotive painter as he has a strong passion for cars and music alike. He is a self declared guitar/bass gear junky who currently plays and composes music as a hobby, but also has a fascination with live performance, and the evolution of modern music. The best show Scott has ever been to was Parkway Drive at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in 2013. When asked why he is into music journalism, Scott responded, “To connect with music on a higher level and to be a part of the awesome local music community.”

The Soundtrack to Scott’s Life:

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Raven Benwait (Writer/ Interviewer/ Photographer)

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Raven is a Pisces who is currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism at Humber College. Her dream job is to be a print/ broadcast/ photography journalist.  Raven’s most memorable concert was Mayhem Festival in 2014 where she saw Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Upon a Burning Body, Cannibal Corpse and Body Count. When Raven was asked why she is into music journalism she responded “Music is the doorway that has led me to photography and writing. Mosh-pits, crowd surfing, stage dives, fans and most importantly, live music are what make me want to be at these concerts, so I can then share the stories, feelings and experiences with everyone through words and images.”

The Soundtrack to Raven’s Life:

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Christina Marchioni (Photographer)

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She’s a Virgo who studied Photography & Graphic Design in College. Christina’s dream job is to be a touring concert photographer where she can explore the world! The best concert she’s ever attended was Coheed and Cambria because they are hands down her favorite band and they never fail to impress her. Other amazing concerts Christina has attended include The Amity Affliction, Hands Like Houses and Being As An Ocean. When Christina was asked why she’s into music journalism she said “I’m a music enthusiast. Photographing live musicians is something that makes me happy. I enjoy every part of it. It’s a lot of hard work, but as long as it’s keeping me happy I’m going to keep doing it”

The Soundtrack to Christina’s Life:

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Adam Harrison (Writer/ Photographer/ Interviewer)

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Adam is a Leo who graduated Commerce & Economics at the University of Toronto in 2010. Adam dreams of being a Writer/Photographer for Rolling Stone or National Geographic, or being a writer for a TV series as he is currently writing and producing a webseries sitcom.  The most memorable concert Adam ever attended was U2’s 360 Tour in 2009 where he observed on the floor in the middle of the stage. When Adam was asked why he is into music journalism he responded, “Since I was a child I enjoyed creating, writing and drawing stories and I never grew out of that. Combined with my passion for music, I jumped at the opportunity to contribute to The Heavy Press.”

The Soundtrack to Adams Life: 

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Anna Sklavos (Photographer)

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She is a Capricorn who studied Graphic Design and Photography at Durham College. Anna’s dream job is opening up her own production/ media company. The best concert Anna has ever attended was a toss up between Heavy TO in 2012, Eluveitie, and Ozzfest about six years ago with Ozzy, Rob Zombie and In This Moment. When Anna was asked why she is into music journalism she responded with “Concerts and photography put together make me more than happy. I love taking photos and I love listening to music so music journalism seems rather
ideal. I especially enjoy giving local talent the exposure they deserve. There is a lot of talent roaming the underground scene in Toronto.”

The Soundtrack to Anna’s Life:

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Claudia Kielb (Photographer)

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She’s a Gemini whose dream job is to be a professional photographer/ graphic designer. The best concert Claudia has ever attended was Parkway Drive with Bring Me The Horizon. When she was asked why she is into music journalism, she responded with “I love going out to shows and taking photos, even though I only do it as a hobby. It’s really exciting meeting new people through doing music journalism/photography and it’s a great experience! The smiles some people get on their faces when they see my photos”

The Soundtrack to Claudia’s Life:

Shannon Constantine (Photographer)

Shannon is a Scorpio who graduated from the Photography program at Fanshawe College in 2011. Her dream job would be having her own photography studio in New York. Her most memorable moments with the music industry are randomly meeting Claudio Sanchez while cutting through the parking lot after their show with Linkin Park and seeing System of a Down live at Heavy TO in 2012. When Shannon was asked why she’s into music journalism she responded with “I never thought concerts could get any better until I had the opportunity to see them front row and centre while capturing it on my camera.”

The Soundtrack to Shannon’s Life:

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 Jason Hodgins (Photographer)

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Jason is an Aquarius who’s dream job is to be a Playboy Magazine Photographer. The best concert he ever attended was Die Antwoord at the Danforth Music Hall. When Jason was asked why he is into concert photography he responded, “I love capturing the emotion and energy of live music performances”.

The Soundtrack to Jason’s Life:

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Dakota King (Photographer)

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Dakota is an Aries who is currently immersed in the Digital Photography and Imaging Program at Georgian College, but soon will be Class of 2015. The highest goal she can set for herself in regards to a ‘dream job’ would be to end up shooting for either the Rolling Stone or Harper’s Bazaar, but she thinks she’ll probably wind up in Slab City making hippie art and drinking beer- not a bad life! The most memorable concert Dakota has ever attended was Underoath’s farewell tour as well as when she saw August Burns Red for the first time in 2012. When asked why she is into music journalism she responded, “I’m into photography because its an outlet for stimulus and expression; it allows you to share stories and ignite emotion, as well as it allows you to play and create in a world where there is no bounds.”

The Soundtrack to Dakota’s Life:

 

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Alison Seroude (Writer)

Alison is a Gemini who doesn’t quite understand the meaning behind horoscopes. She’s currently studying Journalism at the University of Toronto, and dreams of living oversees to pursue music journalism and write for an alternative music magazine. It’s easiest to ask her which bands she hasn’t seen live, but can tell you no one has yet to top a The Chariot concert (RIP) but Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, and Cancer Bats come close. Aside from calling concerts her safe haven and home-away-from-home, when asked why she wants to pursue music journalism her answer is simple: “Those who cannot play, write”.

The Soundtrack to Alison’s Life:

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Chelsey Rogatinsky (Writer)

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She’s a Leo who is studied Foundations in Art and Design and Music Business Management at Durham College. Chelsey’s dream job is to be a fine artist, tour “mum” or a semi-pro soccer player. Chelsey’s all time favourite concert includes every single Van’s Warped Tour along with the first time she saw My Chemical Romance in 2006. When Chelsey was asked why she’s into music journalism, she responded with “Freedom of expression about passions unfolding while vigorously indulged in a music related experience”.

The Soundtrack to Chelsey’s Life:

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Alexia Kapralos (Writer/ Photographer/ Interviewer)

She is a Cancer who is studying Journalism at Ryerson University, with a dream job of being a full-time music journalist. The best concert Alexia has ever been to was a tie between Alice Cooper’s and Rob Zombie’s 2010 Gruesome Twosome Tour or Machine Head with Suicide Silence in early 2012 when Mitch Lucker was alive and still the vocalist. When asked why shes into music journalism she responded with “I have a passion for playing music and attending shows, but also a passion for writing, photography, and the field journalism. I thought a marriage between both areas of interest would be right up my alley. Bringing people the best music coverage possible in a timely and accurate matter is something that brings me joy because music is an art form that’ll never die.”

The Sound Track to Alexia’s Life:

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