Core Magazines is an online publication that explores the realm of culture in all its forms – pop, counter, social, ethnic culture – from cars to conformity, hip-hop to homogeneity, literary ideas to gender pronouns, breaking down barriers to building self-esteem and celebrating the people who make a difference.

Writing chalk messages on the wall after a viewing of Basquiat's work at the AGO, photo by Cherryl Bird
Writing on the Wall,’ Basquiat exhibition, AGO, Toronto. Photo: Cherryl Bird

Core Magazines examines social conventions, beliefs and mores from around the world – our differences and our similarities – with a focus on the dynamics of living culture. How do our actions today affect the future? How are we different from the generation that came before us? Does one group’s behaviour define us all? What part of current culture deserves to be shared with the next generation? Why does your story need to be heard? Can one voice change the world? What does the iGeneration need to know?

Who we are
The voices and content expressed here are geographically and culturally diverse, intensely local and very poignant.  They are the voices of youth, of resilience, of fearlessness and of experience – of “been there done that,” of “you wouldn’t catch me dead doing that again” and “you just try and stop me”.

Core is a reflection of our diverse social conventions, beliefs and mores viewed through unconventional lens.  It is a tool for expression of intimacies, a tunnel into our collective psyche to explore deeper meaning and relevance.

We celebrate our differences here.  We voice our opinions here.  We address the questions that you didn’t know how, or even that you wanted to ask, here.

It’s a revolution – from the ground up!

Our contributors

Core Magazines first went online on October 16, 2014, publishing a few articles each month. All the articles were written by the magazine’s founder and editor, Cherryl Bird. Today, our contributors are based all over the world, mostly in North and South America, and predominantly in the United States and Canada, its home base.

Our contributors come from a variety of professions. They are academics, musicians, dancers, movie critics, journalists, lawyers, business people, students, parents, promoters, marketing and communications professionals, PR professionals, authors, playwrights and first-time writers – and the list is growing. If you have something to say, we will listen.

Our audience

Visitors to the site are from a long list of countries throughout the world but the majority are from Canada, the United States, England and Germany. Most of our visitors are interested in the articles about music culture and travel adventures, followed by the unique, first-hand artist profiles and the social issues that affect us all.

Our primary audience is made up of Millennials, with secondary crossover into the Gen-Xers group. They are culturally diverse performers, writers, athletes, business owners, filmmakers, photographers, designers, educators (yoga, dance, sociology, science, medicine) and students, from around the globe. They are expressive adventurers who have a passion for music, travel, technology, the arts, the health of our environment and social justice.

We’re growing every day – in every way!

What we believe

We are open to the ideas of our world communities. We are accessible and fair and we uphold high standards and values. We communicate to a wide audience in a way that is inclusive using a mix of explanatory journalistic language and a personal, experiential style. Our purpose is to engage, inform, educate and entertain.

We are fearless and inspiring as a direct reflection of the voices of the people and places we feature in our pages.

Core Magazines – Geo-diverse, hyper-local expression. / Local culture from around the world.

Cherryl Bird is the founder and editor of Core Magazines, first published on October 16, 2014.  Cherryl studied journalism at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology, earned a BA in English and Sociology from the University of Toronto, and is an original founder of Voice of Montreal (Voice Magazine), an internationally distributed publication now known as Vice Magazine and Vice Media, Inc.

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