Discorder Magazine is that magazine from CiTR!
We’re always looking for awesome writers, illustrators and photographers to fill our pages! We publish ten issues a year and distribute free copies all over Vancouver and at a few select locations in Victoria. All content in the magazine is created by volunteers who are passionate about Vancouver’s independent music scene. Discorder Magazine aims to have the best coverage of local musicians, artists, and makers of all kinds working in the alternative communities in the city. We have a mandate to amplify underrepresented voices and challenge the status quo through cultural critique.
The first step to getting involved with Discorder, or any aspect of CiTR, is to become a member!
Because Discorder is a free publication and is entirely self-funded, we can’t offer anything beyond volunteer work. To compensate for this, we welcome all skill levels and interests, no experience required.
All Discorder writers start out by writing a review of a show or album for our Under Review or Real Live Action sections before being assigned a Feature or a Column. We are always happy to add new volunteers to our email pitch lists which are sent out by the editor of each section at the beginning of the month. Find out how to be added to the pitch lists below.
Our art department is always on the lookout for emerging visual artists. We need Photographs and Illustrations on almost every page of each of our issues and feature a rotating roster of fresh talent as well as regular contributors.
Hot Head is our part-letter-to-the-editor, part-publishable-comments-section dedicated to readers voicing concerns about the magazine and/or the community we serve. Hit us up!
If you’re interested in getting involved with Disocorder, but you aren’t sure where to begin, email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Discorder writers start out by writing a review of a show or album for our Under Review or Real Live Action sections before being assigned a Feature.
If you’re interested in writing a feature on a band, organization or issue, you can pitch your idea to our Editor-in-Chief directly. There are always plenty of stories that our editors round up each month that need writers. To be assigned a Feature, join the monthly email pitch list. You can pitch or get your name on the pitch list by emailing Editor-in-Chief Brit Bachmann at email@example.com.
If you’d like Discorder to feature a band, event, or organization you are involved with, send a press release or other relevant information to Editor-in Chief Brit Bachmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under Review publishes reviews of local and national albums of any genre. Discorder prioritizes albums which are Canadian Content, or have direct ties to Vancouver’s music community. If you would like to write a review email Jonathan Kew at email@example.com.
If you would like to see your album reviewed in Discorder, send it to us before your release date with a one page info sheet. You can email a digital copy of your album to Jonathan Kew at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a physical copy to the address below.
c/o Under Review – Discorder
LL500 – 6133 University Blvd.
Check out the Under Review Style Guide for tips on how to write a great review for Discorder.
Real Live Action
Real Live Action publishes reviews of local live concerts and shows of any genre, at any location. If you want to get out into the city and report on the Vancouver music scene from the field, or if you want to see your own show reviewed in Discorder, email Real Live Action Editor Jasper D. Wrinch at email@example.com.
If you’d like to photograph shows for Real Live Action, take a look at our visual art submission guidelines.
Check out the Real Live Action Style Guide for tips on how to write a great review for Discorder.
Check out a copy of Discorder or read the latest issue online to get an idea of what kind of columns we run. All Discorder writers start out by writing a review of a show or album for our Under Review or Real Live Action sections before being assigned a story for a Column. To pitch a story for one of our columns, please email Editor-in-Chief Brit Bachmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs and Illustrations
Each issue of Discorder features both photographs and illustrations from local artists.
We always need photographers to shoot musicians for our Features and Columns. We also look for photographers who are willing to get out into the community and take pictures at shows for our Real Live Action section.
Visual artist and illustrators keep Discorder‘s pages looking awesome. On top of the illustrations that accompany each section of the magazine, we feature an illustrator or artist each month who receives four full pages showcasing a small collection of works. Discorder also publishes a calendar of local events every issue that needs an artist’s touch!
New contributors get first pick in every issue. If you’d like to contribute visual art to the magazine and join the assignment distribution list, email your portfolio to our Art Director, Ricky Castanedo, at email@example.com.
Take a look at an example of our Creative Brief to get a better idea of what we’ll need from you!
Hot Head is for people to voice praise or concerns about Discorder and/or the community we serve. It’s like Letters to the Editor, but toastier. If you have something to say, email Editor-in-Chief Brit Bachmann at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop off or mail your letter to the CiTR station in The Nest on the University of British Columbia campus. Please indicate whether or not you wish to remain anonymous in your letter.
LL500 – 6133 University Blvd.