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.

Junos set revealed: iceberg meets disco ball

A sneak peak at Peter Faragher's iceberg-themed Junos set.

Turn your eyes east, as Vancouver observes the Junos

A cultural introduction to St. Johns, host city of the 2010 Juno awards.

The ghosts we wear 'round our hearts: a tour of Leaside Manor

A brief history of the quaint Leaside Manor, kind sponsor to the Vancouver Observer's Juno coverage.

ION Magazine and Pink Mafia launch St. John’s Hip Guide for the JUNO awards week

Vancouver’s ION Magazine has teamed up with Toronto’s Pink Mafia to create the ultimate handbook for anyone visiting St. John’s for the JUNOS this week. The St. John's Hip Guide answers important...

It's the JUNOS, and everyone's partying Heavy on the Right Coast

Judging by the Pink Mafia’s motto, “putting the F.U. back in FUN”, Heavy on the Right Coast is gonna be one hell of a party. Party planner extraordinaire, Anna Von Frances, and her über hot Pink...

Raphael Saadiq Tops off Cultural Olympiad With Legendary Soul

Raphael Saadiq brought his legendary soul music to our lofty Orpheum as part of Vancouver's Cultural Olympiad series.  If there's one thing VANOC definitely did right, it was Saturday night....