Megaphone Interview: “The fine art of shaking things up”

by Franke James


Are you ready for some Christmas Cheer? I know I’ll be raising a glass to celebrate the December issue of Megaphone Magazine. It’s chock-a-block full of great articles on Vancouver’s lively indie comedy scene, a gender equality scandal in soccer, the story behind the Hope in Shadows calendar — and a profile of me as a “Victoria artist/activist”. Read Quinn MacDonald’s article, “The fine art of shaking things up” in Megaphone. The magazine is sold in Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. (See the vendors and links below).

“Most recently, James has been setting her artistic focus on matters of international and personal significance. Last year, she published Banned on the Hill, a book recounting her experiences of being censored by the federal government when they blacklisted a planned European art tour that questioned tar sands development. Closer to home, she launched a creative campaign called “Human Rights Should Be For Everybody,” an effort to publicly raise awareness of human rights violations against people with disabilities — including people like her sister Teresa… “Franke’s art is message-orientated art. It’s not art for art’s sake,” Bill says. Of their shared background in advertising through a firm they cofounded in 1989 called The James Gang, “we want to get people’s attention,” he continues. “We want to change their thinking about the world in some way.”

Happy holidays from Megaphone!

‘Tis the season to celebrate Megaphone vendors. Our holiday issue features a special selection of vendor writing, photography, and profiles. Also in this issue: as 2014 runs out the clock, we canvas local literary luminaries for the best local books of the year; Vancouver’s indie comedy scene turns heads; the FIFA women’s soccer scandal raises key questions of gender equality; we profile Victoria artist/activist Franke James; and much more!

Franke James, with her sister Teresa, buying a copy of Megaphone from Doug, a vendor in Victoria.Franke James, with her sister Teresa, buying a copy of Megaphone from Doug, a vendor in Victoria.

Where to buy Megaphone Magazine

  • Shirley sells Megaphone in James Bay, outside the Thrifty’s at Simcoe St and Menzies St.
  • Doug sells Megaphone near the Vancity on Fort St, between Blanshard and Douglas.
  • Delisle sells Megaphone on Douglas St at the Southwest corner of Douglas and Yates, near the Shopper’s Drug Mart.
  • Ted sells Megaphone outside the Yates St entrance to the Market on Yates.
  • Craig Megaphone outside the London Drugs on Yates St, between Quadra and Vancouver St.
  • Richard sells Megaphone outside The Bay Centre, to the left of the main Douglas St entrance, between Fort and View St.
  • Evelyn sells Megaphone in Cook St Village, at the corner of Cook St and Oxford St.
  • John sells Megaphone outside the Bay Centre near the main Douglas St entrance, between Fort and View St.

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