Toronto-based. Culture writer and researcher with a focus on music, movement, tradition, and memory — when they coincide, especially. Contact: a.binshikhan at gmail dot com.
Interview with writers Tania Peralta and Dominique Matti about motherhood and postpartum depression, professionalization, and teaching themselves hard truths for my Healthline series, Life Balms.
The Torontonian R&B singer-songwriter traces the city's constellation of diaspora with grooves and heart.
As clubs become condos, Rebeka Dawn's parties remind Black Torontonians that celebration is ours too
Profile on Rebeka Dawn, who is breathing life, love and inclusion into Toronto’s nightlife with a for-us-by-us ethos.
Interview with screenwriter Judnick Mayard about honesty, rootedness, and astrology for my Healthline series, Life Balms.
Interview with writer Arabelle Sicardi on the terror and power of beauty, asserting selfhood, and what comes of the ruins for my Healthline series, Life Balms.
Q&A and mini-profile on Faiza for her debut EP 'Audacity,’ which melds new-age R&B with the genre’s traditional sensibilities as it tells stories of the everyday.
An essay looking at The Weeknd’s new album, My Dear Melancholy, and the role it plays in his pop transformation.
Interview with writer and editor Hannah Giorgis about healing through food, desirability and work, and the glory of Fenty Beauty for my Healthline series, Life Balms.
Welcome to Life Balms, an interview series about the routines that keep us thriving, motivated, and well. Every year is different, that much is certain. But in the wake of a particularly difficult one — personally, professionally, politically — recentering is vital to be able to move forward. “Life Balms,” then, are the things that help us get through the lows: the routines, the regimens, and the practices that drown out the white noise and prioritize the best versions of self.
Profile of Toronto’s Sharine Taylor ahead of the release of her Jamaica-centered quarterly publication, BASHY Magazine.