Chi Raq


Boat Magazine contributor (to the London issue), Will Robson-Scott, has released his latest film. A stunning picture of life and violence on the streets of South and West Chicago, Chi Raq, is a chilling exposed nerve of a film.

Will says, “For the past decade, Chicago has been enduring a violence epidemic, with a death toll in the thousands and casualties mirroring the losses experienced by the US army in Iraq war over the same period.”

I wish Congress would watch this before voting on whether we should intervene in Syria or not!

Boat Magazine Issue 5: Kyoto

Here’s a look inside the 5th issue of Boat Magazine. We spent a gorgeous few weeks in Kyoto discovering its hidden treasures, quiet beauty, and astounding history and traditions. As with every issue, we hope we did it justice – though I suspect we only barely scratched the surface! Some of our incredibly talented contributors for this issue include Haruki Murakami, Pico Iyer, Rachel Jonas, Christo Geoghegan, Zara Miller and more.


Boat Magazine : Kyoto



The fifth issue of Boat Magazine brings us to Kyoto, Japan. The stories we’ve found so far are completely fascinating. We’re so incredibly excited about this issue. If you’re interested in reading it, you can pre-order it from our shop here.

Boat Magazine : Athens

At long last, the Athens (Greece not Georgia) issue of Boat Magazine has arrived. We have spent a good chunk of 2012 working on this issue – searching for the people and projects in Athens, Greece that are worth shouting about. We found some incredibly inspiring stuff and in the 112 pages of our 4th issue, we give them some air time. We hope you enjoy this issue, it’s our favorite one yet.

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Here’s a look inside the issue:

Boat Magazine : Athens

Boat Magazine and our team are currently in Athens, Greece working on the 4th issue of the magazine. We have thoroughly enjoyed the city so far, it’s a rich, vibrant place despite all of the hardships. I was really hoping we would find some rays of light in the midst of all the economic issues here and we certainly have. We are so excited about the stories we’re finding – I think they will really surprise people. If you’re interested in following along with our progress you can go here to see and read little snippets from our contributors who are coming out to work on the magazine with us.

You can also pre-order this issue here.

South West Corner, Adelaide

One of our new weekly features on the Boat Magazine site is called ‘Up My Street’ where we take a look at local neighborhoods around the world. Last week we caught up with the owners of Le Marché St. George who walked us around their local area of Riley Park, Vancouver. This week we head down under to the South West Corner of Adelaide.

Meet the Locals, Josh Fanning and Farrin Foster, Magazine Gallery
Recently, we’ve felt a real tug to visit Australia again. We’ve resisted so far, but it seems that everyday we come across something else incredible going on. Some of the music coming out of Australia is mind-blowing, the design scene similarly, and then there’s the magazines. We have a real soft-spot for properly passionate, indie, Aussie mags – FrankieMonster ChildrenCollect, if you don’t know them, they’re well worth getting to know. Oz just seems to get magazines. Before we even had distribution for Boat Magazine in the UK, we had it in Australia. Co-founder of Collect Magazine, Josh Fanning and his girlfriend Farrin Foster run Magazine Gallery in Adelaide. In the daytime the space is a design studio and office, but at night it turns into a gallery, with cheap beer, and art that’s actually affordable, so that ‘art-lovers not just art-dealers’ can buy them. They also sell a nicely-curated shop of the World’s Best Magazines (including our very own title). Just as last week we wanted to move to Vancouver, this week we’re developing a crush on Adelaide. We asked Josh and Farrin to walk us around their streets.

Which neighbourhood (and city) do you live in?
We live in the South West Corner of Adelaide, near the Central Markets where all the fresh produce, meat and fish is delivered and sold to the city.

What is the name of your street?

Where do you spend most of your time?
Attached to this computer inside our business on Clubhouse Lane.

What is your favourite local business?
This is incredibly difficult. Through editing and distributing our magazine almost exclusively through owner-operated businesses in Australia we know so many. It depends how hungry or naked we are feeling, y’know? Or whether we want a good book to read. No – I think the business where we spend most of our time outside of our own is a little day-time-only restaurant (yes, they’re that good they don’t have to open at night) called Nano.

Where can you get the best local bargain?
We have op-shops in Australia which are really good for bargains. In particular a place called Savers is a newish sort of store that has more of a curated selection of odds and ends but we don’t mind paying for something that will last. It’s all about the economy of course.

Who is the most inspiring person in your neighbourhood?
Probably Josh Baker from the coffee shop near us. He’s built an absolute cracking business in just over a year and he’s always got a smile and brief conversation that is more energising even than his cups of delicious, delicious coffee.

Where is your favourite place to go on a sunny day?
We love to ride our bikes along the River Torrens to the ocean and have a beer at the surf life saving club at West Beach or Henley.

Where is your favourite place to go on a rainy day?
The Mercury Cinema.

What is your favourite secret place/thing?
It wouldn’t be a secret if we told you, now would it?

Where is your favourite place to eat?
We’ve got a few at the moment: the Korean Butcher on Pitt Street, Amalfi pizzeria on Frome, Nano of course, East Taste on Gouger and the various pop-up eateries and food trucks young people are doing in our city – check out: The Happy Motel and Burger Theory.

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Photography by Sven Kovak.

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Le Marché St. George

We’ve just added a new weekly feature to Boat Magazine‘s online repertoire – Up My Street. Each week we get a tour of someone’s local neighborhood. They take us to their favorite shops, restaurants, and local hidden gems, they talk about locals who inspire them and little anecdotes about living there. I’m excited about this because Boat usually works on big, overarching ideas and topics – tackling an entire cities at a time – and so I’ve been hungry for some local, focused content.

Speaking of being hungry… first up is Janaki Larsen from Riley Park, Vancouver. She started the incredibly beautiful café/shop Le Marché St. George with her partner, Pascal Roy, and sister, Klee. You can read our Up My Street feature on them here, but for now, I wanted to share some of the gorgeousness that is their shop, cafe, and even home – Le Marché St. George at the corner of St-George Street and East 28 Avenue, Vancouver. If you live near there, please go have a coffee and pastry for me. They look incredible!

The gorgeous photography is by Luis Valdizon.

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A few weeks ago at Boat Magazine we started a weekly feature called ‘Beyond the Headlines’. We take a city that’s been in the news and write about some interesting projects, people, and culture that don’t get any limelight. Our third installation brings us to Sweden, recent winner of Eurovision. Our editorial assistant, Zara Miller, has looked at other pop culture around Sweden.

Beyond the Headlines – Sweden.

For the fifth time since Abba took the title 38 years ago, last weekend Sweden won the top points in the 2012 Eurovision song contest. Loreen Talhaoui’s winning performance of club track “Euphoria” – accompanied by fake snow, wind machines and tai-chi style dancing – was only one of the many strange spectacles on show. But while all the song and dance on the night may just seem like a bit of fun, the impact of actually winning can prove phenomenal for the crowned country. Loreen has already appeared on the charts in 14 countries and topped the charts in five. With Euphoria sweeping Europe, we take a look beyond the sequins and fireworks to see what else has been going on in Swedish pop culture.


At lunchtime yesterday over 1000 workers across 15 cities walked out of their office to a chosen vacant space, paid a fee, grabbed a sandwich and a bottle of water, and danced for an hour. Lunch Beat is Europe’s new lunchtime dance craze founded by Molly Range in Sweden in 2010. With just fourteen people dancing in a car park at the first one, May 31st hosted the biggest simultaneous Beat so far. Between midday and 1pm venues were streaming live videos and photos of people all over Europe loosening their ties and hitting their local make-shift dance floor. Check out their site for photos and videos from yesterday and past Lunch Beats. Continue reading

Beyond the Headlines : Greece

We’ve started a new weekly feature on our website called ‘Beyond the Headlines’. We dive into a place that’s been in the news lately and find stories, people, and projects that don’t get talked about. This week it’s been hard to ignore the stories about Greece and the Eurozone turmoil. We dug a bit deeper to find some interesting stories about people and projects that are happening beneath the surface.

Jon Henley’s blog ‘Greece on the breadline’ follows how the financial crisis has affected people working in Greece. The most remarkable thing about Henley’s blog is the inventive initiatives many Greeks have come up with to keep their heads above water. A million screams away from the riots, many Greeks have grouped together to make local changes on a large scale. Here are three of the movements Henley has blogged about:

The Potato Movement  – Thousands of tonnes of potatoes are being sold directly from farmer to consumer in order to cut out the costly supermarket middleman. For the average consumer this means the price of potatoes are essentially being slashed by half and moussaka is back on the menu!

Tutorpool – Tutorpool is a homegrown initiative that offers free tuition for schoolchildren whose parents can no longer afford lessons. In a country whose state school system has never been as strong as its temples, private tuition has come to be a necessity for the average Greek student. Let alone those with learning difficulties. Tutorpool now has 500 volunteers around the world. It’s website allows tutors, parents and students to navigate subjects and find a local tutor or arrange a long-distance lesson over Skype.

Social Theatre Shop The National Theatre of Northern Greece is inviting audience members to trade food with a long shelf-life in return for theatre tickets. The food will then be distributed to selected charities across the city. The NTNG are running a six-week season of plays where, with a tin or two of beans, you can see the works of Edward Albee, Harold Pinter or Jean Genet. For a full programme and dates see the theatre’s official site.

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