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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, 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.

K'naan video exclusive: "You know about me talking always about my mom..."

K'naan creates poetry and opens up to VO reporters Amalia and Kei in this red carpet exclusive video.

Drake's vulnerability keeps him grounded

Juno winner Drake, one of hip-hop's biggest stars, talks to the Vancouver Observer about vulnerability in the music industry, his admiration for K'naan and what his back-up plan is.

Musicians and media now flying out of St. John's, after temporary flight delays due to Icelandic volcanic eruption

West Jet reports that they've released all flights leaving St. John's.  The delay in air traffic as a result of volcanic ash  reported this morning was only temporary, the airline said....

Drake, K'naan and Michael Bublé big winners at the Junos

Images from the 2010 Junos of the big winners. K'naan tells crowd that "Canada has its heart in the right place" while Emily Haines advised young artists to "set your own course." Michael Bublé leaves

Hey Rosetta! swoon crowds at Ruckus on the Edge in St. John's 2010 Junos

Ruckus on the Edge’s rock night featured St. Johns’ top talent, and Hey Rosetta packed out the Delta with cheering and loyal fans who sang along wholeheartedly. Hey Rosetta seems to be the band to...

The Idlers say hello to Vancouver after their Ruckus on the Edge show for the 2010 Juno Awards Week

Ruckus on the Edge’s rock night kept it local with a stellar line-up of bands from right here in St. Johns.  Highlights of the night were the eclectic Idlers, who created a night of...

Juno weekend: Drake keeps it Heavy on the Right Coast

Drake hosted the very successful Heavy on the Right Coast party, sponsored by Red Bull. The Vancouver Observer was on the red carpet and caught a glimpse of Canada's best and brightest.

Sneak Peek: In the winner's circle at the Junos

A brief look at the Juno winners from Saturday's gala dinner and awards.

Juno exclusive: Carly Rae Jepsen talks about big dreams and small pleasures

In the blowing, snowing streets of St. Johns, we ventured to Velma's Restaurant and Lounge where the locals told us we could find traditional Newfoundland food.  We had the good fortune to meet...

Who's opening the Junos? That's Classified...

In the midst of all the Juno hustle and bustle, thrice-nominated Classified was kind enough to give us a few minutes.  Nominated for rap recording, video and single of the year, this east-coast...