Amalia Nickel

Amalia Judith Nickel was born in Winnipeg but was whisked away to a childhood of travel in California, England, Germany and Pakistan. Amalia cut her teeth at abortmag.com, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, before moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada where she's currently the West Coast Regional Editor. She has had the privilege of interviewing many iconic artists including Drake, RZA, Raekwon, Lil Kim and Saul Williams.

Amalia is interested in rap's cultural implications and poetics. Supported by Killawatt Records, and the city's school board and community centres, she strives to build programming which entertains, educates and involves Vancouver's youth.

Amalia initially contributed to VO's Junos coverage and she currently maintains the Sacred&Profane blog.

19 Zwart Straat: a short film for the broken-hearted

The latest short film from Vancouver director Machete Cortez, a short film noir for the broken-hearted.

Cypress Hill's B Real benefit concert to support battered women

The Cypress Hill front man makes his appearance at Fortune Sound Club October 2, but leaves a lasting impression with $1 of every ticket sold being donated to Battered Women's Support Services.

Zelda brings legend to life at the Orpheum Theatre

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Justin Bieber through the eyes of a Belieber

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A woman’s survival guide to hip-hop and fishing

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Having a time with Grahmzilla

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