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Help Bring FOLKLIFE to Life!

A magazine celebrating those that live close to the earth, with intention, and with creativity on Canada's West Coast Gulf Islands.

Help Bring FOLKLIFE to Life!

A magazine celebrating those that live close to the earth, with intention, and with creativity on Canada's West Coast Gulf Islands.

CA$ 16,797
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214
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54hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 21 2019 3:18 PM UTC +00:00.

About

FOLKLIFE is a big and bold biannual lifestyle print magazine, with the first issue set to launch in April 2020. Evoking fine craftsmanship with its minimalist design, matte aesthetic, poetic editorial, and vibrant photography, FOLKLIFE honours the art and agriculture, business and creativity, food and farming, and dwellings and nature of the intentional lives of British Columbia’s Gulf Islanders.   

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Slow the FOLK Down

Have you felt the change of energy and pace driving off the ferry that carried you across the ocean and onto the rock you call home? Have you breathed in that ultra-oxygenated air and taken in the mass of green depths surrounding you? Have you felt your heartbeat quiet, your steps grow slower, and your openness for quiet connection come over you?

It’s island time; it’s intentional living; it’s paradise. And that’s what FOLKLIFE, a new magazine, is all about.

There are islands all over the world, but there’s nothing quite like Canada’s rugged west coast Gulf Islands. A place where your neighbour on one side mixes potions from herbs she grew, and the neighbour on the other crafts ceramic mugs while juggling two kids under two. Where this couple spends their days stomping clay and sand for their tiny cob house, and that couple is voluntarily planning the community Farm to Table Feast. Where this weathered guy has spent his life building the fastest bikes in the world, and that guy spends his days protesting freighters that are using the ocean as a parking lot. And you get to relax after a day of chopping wood to prepare for the long dark winter.

The morning mist off the ocean lingers in the air while your locally-roasted coffee brews. You pour some into your favourite handmade mug, and sit to thumb through the thick pages of a magazine that features these intricacies of slow island living.   

Our Mission

The pages of FOLKLIFE are a connection to the people who may be your neighbours or strangers living deliberate lives across the country. You might never know them, but they will inspire you nevertheless. These pages are a connection to art, to community, to the beauty in the simple things, and to a life of slow intention. Readers with completely different lives will find these snapshots of life inspiring (hi Toronto!), and islanders will be proud to share them and keep them around for years to come. It’s hard to believe there’s no one place already telling these stories. 

FOLKLIFE will become your window into the salty wild, celebrating and connecting those who believe in living simply, who live their lives as an art form. We’ll tell their stories through inquisitive and engaging interviews, stories, photographs, recipes, and art.

We’re with you, our reader, wherever you go and whenever you need inspiration or a unique distraction to get through a busy day. FOLKLIFE is more than a magazine: we’re your connection to a gracious and inspiring way of life.

Meet the Founders

Publisher, Alina Cerminara

I grew up in a big city, so once I found Canada's west coast, I could really appreciate it for its laid-back, carefully-cultivated lifestyle. However, nothing had prepared me for falling in love. Falling in love with a place where living is slow, time is cherished, and where people are so darn talented and unconventional. But, the thing is, even after years and years I still don’t know everyone. They may pass by, they may smile and say hello, but who are they? What have they done? How do they live? Where have they come from? And what in the world is it like to spend your morning with hands in the dirt, or in a lighthouse, or bending metal for jewellery or sculpture, or in a shabby cabin hidden in the dense woods?

There is beauty to be found everywhere when you live so close to the land and sea. To share that beauty has been a goal of mine since I earned an undergraduate degree in creative writing and a master’s degree in publishing. I've spent the last two years travelling the world after a career of arts festival planning, and now that I’m back with a fresh perspective on this paradise we call home, I have finally made room to bring together all that makes these islands utterly amazing.

Art Director, Patrick Belanger

With more than 28 years of experience in the design field as a designer, art director, project manager, and business owner, I am a seasoned creator. Perched on a family homestead in a corner of a small island in the Salish Sea, I co-habit with my natural environment to offer you the very best of me.  I live and breathe folklife.

Together, and with the rest of our fabulous team, including photographer Jenn Knight, editor Margy Gilmour, advertising manager Hilary Masson, and many established and committed writers and consultants, our goal is to inspire the world with the artistic, sustainable, and intentional connection to the earth—FOLKLIFE is a portal to the unique way of life on the Gulf Islands.  

To do this, we need your help. We’ve had lots of positive feedback, but with a magazine, we also have bills. And the big bills come at the beginning. So that’s where you come in…

Your Support Would Mean the World

Essentially, this Kickstarter Campaign is a magazine pre-order. You’ll be helping FOLKLIFE launch, but at the same time you’ll be bringing communities together, supporting the local economy, and diving into some great reading.

 We've structured the rewards to reflect the actual price of FOLKLIFE, but we're so excited to have you as our first subscribers that we're also going to throw in free digital editions of FOLKLIFE! In addition, there are many other fun rewards.

Your help in funding this project means we can:

  • Pay to print the first edition of FOLKLIFE
  • Sustain the quality design and content so that every page remains spectacular
  • Distribute far and wide
  • Dedicate more of our team's time to creating a truly awesome magazine. 

Kickstarter is all or nothing. If, heaven forbid, we don't sign on enough subscribers, you won’t be charged any money, and we’ll be back to the drawing board. But with all the hard work we’ve already invested to develop fabulous artistic direction, solid editorial content, and a network of Gulf Island connections, we are confident that we can do it. But we do need your support. 

Rewards

Of course, every dollar you donate will earn you some serious feel-good vibes. If that alone doesn’t convince you to back FOLKLIFE, here are a few other perks that come along with your level of sponsorship:

  • Personalized thank you post-card
  • FOLKLIFE 1st edition, signed and numbered
  • FOLKLIFE 1st year subscription (2 editions)
  • FOLKLIFE digital editions straight to your inbox
  • Your name printed on the website and a thank you page in the 1st edition of FOLKLIFE
  • A ticket to the big April launch event.*
  • Dinner with the founders
  • And many more!

You can also purchase one for friends as a present for Christmas or any time! Let us know if it's for a friend, and we will send the postcard when you'd like, stating what you've given them! Email: info@folklifemag.ca to do this after you've chosen one. 

If you choose to make a pledge for your own reward amount and reward, please do so, and just let us know what you'd like! If its for a print magazine,  the minimum would be the price of a magazine ($20)/subscription ($39) includes shipping). We know the rewards dont fit every human. Just email us what you're thinking! info@folklifemag.ca

*FOLKLIFE’s team is made up of foodies, farmers, art lovers, and event planners, so this FOLKLIFE launch event promises to be one not to miss. Join us for an evening on a farm filled with live music, food vendors, 1st edition FOLKLIFE readings from fabulous writers, a chance to meet all involved, and a place to come together with your fellow Gulf Islanders. Tickets will go fast, so don't miss it! The exact date is to be determined, but it will take place on Gabriola Island in April 2020. If you don’t live on Gabriola Island but want to attend the event, we are happy to advise with transportation and accommodation options. Children 13 and under are free.

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See the rewards section for more details. 

And feel free to visit our Facebook, Instagram, or website for more information!

Risks and challenges

With so many astonishing people who live on these islands, we have endless stories to tell. But we are limited in resources. Funding the project is our biggest obstacle and it is where we really need your support.

We have already teamed up with local creators and partners across the Gulf Islands, and we’re working together to deliver something to you that will be of the highest quality.

We’re confident that the first issue of FOLKLIFE will generate enough revenue (from subscriptions and mission-based advertising) to finance the printing of our second issue. More importantly, this revenue will allow us to compensate our largely volunteer creatives and contributors for their works.

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    Let’s Get Digital!

    Get a digital download of the first edition of FOLKLIFE, plus you'll receive a postcard with a personalized (and very heart-felt) thank you from us, plus your name printed in a thank you page in the inaugural edition of FOLKLIFE and on our website.

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    A Year of Reading

    Your first chance to get the first year print subscription of FOLKLIFE! The first edition will be numbered and signed, plus you'll receive a postcard with a personalized (and very heart-felt) thank you from us, your name printed in a thank you page in the inaugural edition of FOLKLIFE and on our website, and a BONUS digital edition of FOLKLIFE Magazine.

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    All The Goods

    This is the real deal! the first opportunity to be a part of FOLKLIFE on all levels! Get a one-year print subscription to FOLKLIFE (first edition numbered and signed). Plus you'll receive a postcard with a personalized (and very heart-felt) thank you from us, your name printed in a thank you page in the inaugural edition of FOLKLIFE and on our website, a ticket to what will be an awesome outdoor launch event in April on Gabriola Island, and a BONUS digital edition of FOLKLIFE Magazine.

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    A Personal Touch!

    You want to spend time with us!? We're honoured and delighted! Not only do you get the whole real deal containing: a one-year print subscription to FOLKLIFE (first edition numbered and signed), a postcard with a personalized (and very heart-felt) thank you from us, your name printed in a thank you page in the inaugural edition of FOLKLIFE and on our website, a ticket to what will be an awesome outdoor launch event in April on Gabriola Island, and a BONUS digital edition of FOLKLIFE Magazine, but we'll do dinner on a Gulf Island! We're super friendly and awesome folks, and will cover an appy to share, a meal for two of you, and a round of drinks! Perhaps email us beforehand to ensure that your island will be one we can get to! info@folklifemag.ca

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    Exclusive Sponsored Page

    Support us through a new form of holistic advertising, help us get off the ground, and gain visibility for your business, at a big savings of 25% off our regular ad rate!

    We will work with you to create a full-page bespoke sponsored page in the debut issue of FOLKLIFE Magazine, highlighting your brand.

    Our sponsored pages are rooted in our mission and mandate. We are only working with brands that cater to the FOLKLIFE lifestyle, getting at the heart and soul of the products and services you offer, and why people will benefit from them.

    THIS INCLUDES: a one-year print subscription to FOLKLIFE (first edition numbered and signed), a postcard with a personalized (and very heart-felt) thank you from us, your name printed in a thank you page in the inaugural edition of FOLKLIFE and on our website, a business vendor booth at what will be an awesome outdoor launch event in April on Gabriola Island, and a BONUS digital edition of FOLKLIFE Magazine.

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    Drink, Snacks, FIRE!

    A highly-sought afternoon with friends! Bring up to 5 of your friends for an afternoon watching glassblowing on Gabriola Island with D'dance Glass (see their work at ddanceglass.ca! The afternoon will include:
    -3 hours of watching instructional and friendly glassblowing from a viewing gallery
    -two pieces of art glass you get to watch being made and keep (to be picked up the next day)
    -a big bottle for each 2 persons of local cider offered up from the founder in handmade glass creations
    -snacks throughout!

    All with the beauty backdrop of an ocean.

    THIS INCLUDES: a one-year print subscription to FOLKLIFE (first edition numbered and signed), a postcard with a personalized (and very heart-felt) thank you from us, your name printed in a thank you page in the inaugural edition of FOLKLIFE and on our website, a ticket to what will be an awesome outdoor launch event in April on Gabriola Island, and a BONUS digital edition of FOLKLIFE Magazine.

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    • D'dance Glass Afternoon
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