Category: Doing Good In The ‘Hood

Elle at work in the Zvelle Studio, Toronto.
Photo Credit: Marayna Dickinson.

DisC x YouInc Presents: 10 Questions with Fashion Entrepreneur Elle AyoubZadeh of Zvelle Shoes

About Different Is Cool x YouInc: DisC and YouInc have collaborated on a series of profile pieces featuring Canadian entrepreneurs in non-traditional, creative careers [ie. fashion, visual & performing arts, […]

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An Ode to A Heart of Gold ~ Rock Icon & Crusader: Neil Young

An Ode to A Heart of Gold ~ Rock Icon & Crusader: Neil Young

Neil Young making “Le Noise”, Los Angeles, 2010. [Photo: Adam CK Vollick]   Today [November 12, 2011] is rock icon Neil Young‘s 66th birthday.  And if you’re reading this, chances are, […]

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Being The Change – Social Activist Rockstar Craig Kielburger

Being The Change – Social Activist Rockstar Craig Kielburger

We all know the quote from Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  It’s a beautiful sentiment and aspiration, and in 1995, one 12 year old […]

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Kindness Is Cool: Be Kind & WIN Margaret Atwood, Nikki Sixx & Daniel Lanois SWAG!

Kindness Is Cool: Be Kind & WIN Margaret Atwood, Nikki Sixx & Daniel Lanois SWAG!

Hey, it’s our digital magazine’s First Birthday and we wanted to find a meaningful way to celebrate: and what better way than to celebrate YOU.  YOU, the misfits, the crazy ones, […]

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Force For Good: Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying movement “Born This Way Foundation”

Force For Good: Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying movement “Born This Way Foundation”

In honour of Lady Gaga’s birthday [March 28], instead of waxing on about her meteoric rise to the top of the world of pop music and performance art, we think […]

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In Which Daniel Lanois muses on How Music Moves Us & We Go To Music Church with Brady Blade Sr.

In Which Daniel Lanois muses on How Music Moves Us & We Go To Music Church with Brady Blade Sr.

Poster for 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic-feat. Feist, Dan Lanois, Emmylou Harris & more. At Different Is Cool, we have been blessed with the most gracious, generous “Patrons of Cool” [Margaret […]

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Born To Rage: Guitar God Tom Morello & His Social Activism

Born To Rage: Guitar God Tom Morello & His Social Activism

Happy Birthday [May 30, 1964] to Tom Morello, Grammy-winning, [and totally awesome] guitarist of polemic hard rock band Rage Against The Machine and tireless social activist. Tom Morello, ranked #26 […]

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Eco-architecture: from Milan’s Bosco Verticale to Taipei’s Eco Ark

Eco-architecture: from Milan’s Bosco Verticale to Taipei’s Eco Ark

Urban centres around the globe suffer from similar ills – population densities which result in tremendous amounts of consumer waste and, consequently, environmental pollution. Architects, urban planners and designers have […]

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Sunflower Seeds & Censorship – Chinese Artist & Activist Ai WeiWei

Sunflower Seeds & Censorship – Chinese Artist & Activist Ai WeiWei


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Chinese multi media artist and social activist Ai Weiwei created one of the most important and beautiful pieces of cultural art to date. His moving exhibition “Sunflower Seeds” [photo above-Tate […]

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People Who Inspire: Sir Richard Branson, “a bit of a maverick”

People Who Inspire: Sir Richard Branson, “a bit of a maverick”

For a person who, by his own admission, still could not read at the age of eight, had a “nightmarish” time at school, and left it at the age of […]

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