Bianca Pencz

Bianca is a journalist, artist, musician and writer raised in Greater Vancouver. Her biases include feminism, democratic socialism, existentialism and the strangest kind of rock‘n’roll, all of which she tries to resist. You can reach her further at her Wordpress, Twitter or by email.

Scissor Sisters lose a bit of their magic with new album Magic Hour

With respect, the Scissor Sisters are not ones to compromise their rainbow-tinted vision. The "Filthy, Gorgeous" hitmakers used a flexed male derrière as the cover of their last album, the...

Ontario Catholics: Gay-straight alliances shouldn't be called gay-straight alliances

It really is fitting for this day and age: an argument on whether or not to tell the truth—whether or not to call a spade a spade. In a time when unemployment insurance is called "employment...

White Lung melts faces with brand-new record Sorry at the Biltmore

Punk band White Lung is as beloved by the Vancouver scene as the smell of PBR. To anyone who attended the release party for their new LP Sorry, Thursday night at Biltmore Cabaret, it’s easy to see...

Zia McCabe ponders the mysteries of life, and The Dandy Warhols' new album

From performing naked, to releasing their own mixes of years-old records, to writing a “goth” album for their newest release, This Machine, The Dandy Warhols have become known for consistently doing...

SlutTALK Vancouver: for feminists, is now not the time for talk?

The biggest challenge in talking about slut-shaming and feminism, it seems, is finding people who are willing to engage in the topic.

Unhappy Birthdays, Part 3: Why "birth rape" continues to happen

Jesusa Ricoy-Olariaga has learned much from the mothers who send their pain down the telephone wire to her position at a birth trauma helpline. She’s learned not only the “whats” of birth rape,...

Unhappy Birthdays, Part 2: The politics of "birth rape" and mothers with PTSD

Women today are as likely to develop PTSD from giving birth as modern solders are from military combat, due to the "rape"-like procedures used in some hospitals.

Ladies Rock Camp turns Vancouver's Waldorf into a school of rock

May 25 to 27, local women will form a band, write a song and perform it—in three days. A family of campers and mentor Kathryn Calder (of the New Pornographers) talked to VO about the experience.

Unhappy Birthdays: Why more mothers are saying they were "birth raped"

Imagine a woman lying on her back, immobilized with fear and a numbing drug, as a stranger penetrates her with his hand and touches her with sharp objects, against her consent. What has just been...

Jonny Pierce of The Drums talks change, North America and Dolly Parton

Brooklyn indie-poppers The Drums will be hitting Vancouver in less than two weeks, at Venue on May 8. Everything about the band is classically simple, from their music, to their clean-cut American...