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Art and Activism: Annual Talon Party

We would like to acknowledge that this event will be held on the occupied, unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

This event will be happening on Friday, February 13, 2018 from 5 PM – 7 PM at Lev Bukhman Theatre Lounge in the AMS Student Nest. Please visit our event page to RSVP.

ART! FOOD! PRIZES! The Talon (, in collaboration with the UBC Social Justice Centre, would like to invite you to our annual party, an evening of artistic expression and journalistic inspiration! We are UBC’s alternative press, operated by an editorial collective of students just like you. We focus primarily on providing a platform for social justice issues and anti-oppression politics. If you’ve ever wanted to pen your thoughts for The Talon — or have something to share about culture, art, identity, politics; whether it’s an op-ed, poetry, photography or film — we warmly invite you to join our team as a writer or editor!

We have a host of exciting activities lined up for an inspiring evening of expression for everybody. Bring your friends and relax on the last day before reading break with:

An OPEN-MIC for your rants, raves, and faves. Live music, slam poetry, things that have recently inspired you, a podcast-style skit — we’re setting up a cozy, safe space for you to share your talents and your thoughts! Our special guest performers include (insert bands from BVP here) and (insert names of slam poets here). With your consent, we will also record your performance and publish it on The Talon website as part of our exciting new podcast series


COLLABORATIVE POETRY — if you’ve dreamed of penning a poem but felt too daunted or uninspired, add a line or two into our collaborative poem and we’ll see what creative genius we can come up with together! (PS we’ll publish it on The Talon website!)

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT — we’ll be displaying the photography club’s most riveting photos

DROPBOX — feeling inspired from all the talent and expression around you? Share your own thoughts, your own truth — drop in your ideas, opinions and inspirations into our dropbox (anonymously, if you’d like)

PITCH COMPETITION: Pick out a pitch from our box, research it and write it! The top 3 articles will receive special prizes from The Talon team

LUCKY DRAW — enter your name into our lucky draw! A winner will be announced at the end of the night — you could walk away with a prize as well as a night of memories!

JOURNALISM WORKSHOP: JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN MEDIA 101: Justice & Accountability in Media is a crash course in understanding anti-oppression and positionality as they relate to making and consuming media. Our discussion of media will span platforms and mediums, from social to mainstream to independent and community-based media. Together, we’ll take a look at language and representation (such as headlines and images from recent stories) and talk about how we can practice more accountable journalism—and empower storytelling that is rooted in community voices.

“The Real Price of Food” has been created in collaboration with Migrant Workers Dignity Association (MWDA) as a joint effort to expose the harsh reality of the Canadian food system that is conveniently hidden from the public view. Produced with no funding, this video is a raw glimpse into the lives and stories of the people who help grow the food you get at your table every day. This is a work in progress that is currently being shown to raise awareness and to stimulate sensitivity among the viewers which we hope to continue once the video is finalized.
These are real stories from real people that have been hidden away from the average Canadian for too long and that have been struggling to come to light. This video is a glance to the organization and the people who work along with temporary farm workers for a better future.

Part of the process of producing this video involved direct interactions with the workers, including interviews and visits to the farms, which was only possible thanks to MWDA’s facilitation.


So, bring your friends, your ideas, your passions and whatever else lights your figurative fire and we’ll ensure you have a good time!

See you radiant souls there!


For those of us who are uninvited guests on this land we must be actively critical of how colonial violence shapes the institutions in which we participate in and the land on which we stand. In our occupation of this land, we play a role in upholding this violence, and invite our communities to be deeply mindful of these implications as we organize and move forward.

Thank you to Sarah Fisher for the poster design.