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Writing Portfolio

An introduction to writer Christine Estima


March 18th, 2015, Stuff Section
Edited by Josh Visser
Collecting Nazi Junk at German Flea Markets Made Me a Better Person

March 4, 2015, Stuff Section
Edited by Josh Visser
“I Conned My Way onto Two Reality Shows and Totally Got What I Deserved”


February 25, 2015, Fashion Section
Edited by Josh Visser
“My Eyes Are Down Here: Calling Bushy Eyebrows Exotic Is Insulting”



August/September 2014, issue 4, volume 8 (ONLY IN GERMAN)
Edited by Andreas Mink
“Sketchtradition: Lachen mit Lorne” (pages 17-19)
Kultur: Stadt der Experimente” (pages 23-26)

YYZ Living Magazine

Maskull Lasserre (artist interview), YYZ Living Magazine
edited by Shivani Kumar, Summer 2012, issue IV, pages 82-85
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Rob Ford graffiti gets the gallery treatment, (photography + artist interview), March 5, 2012
edited by Stuart Berman
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The Rob Ford Graffiti Gallery (photography), August 12, 2011
edited by Stuart Berman
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Bike To Work Week: Helmets Scare People Away From Biking, May 19, 2011
Bixi Bikes Launch in Toronto
, May 4, 2011
Feminist Porn Awards, April 26, 2011


Christine Estima + War Child Canada=Together At Last, December 6, 2010
Short Film: When You Roll Up Your Sleeves . . . ., November 22, 2010
Interview with Zahra Dhanani: An Active Agent for Change, November 8, 2010
Philippine Womens Centre of Ontario: Maleta Art Exhibit, October 25, 2010

YYZ Living Magazine

Machu Picchu-Perfect, travel writing + travel photography, YYZ Living Magazine,
edited by Shivani Kumar, Winter 2011, issue III, page 24
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Navigating Customs: A Tendril Anthology Series, May 2007
Published by Cumulus Press, edited by Dana Bath and Taien Ng Chan
Travel Writing/Creative Non-Fiction: Between Berlin and Beirut
**Published in Montreal, Quebec


Nice, France, June 2008
Beirut, Lebanon, March 2007

Soul Search in Lebanon, NOW Magazine, edited by Susan G.Cole,
March 22-28, 2007, page 34, Travel Section
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Seville, Spain, March 2007


My Top 3 TIFF Moments: Christine Estima, September 20, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
AcTIFFities: Lessons learned at this year’s fest, September 20, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Toronto Style Spots, September 17, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Interview: TIFF director Nadia Litz, September 15, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Your TIFF experience: What would it be incomplete without?, September 13, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Twitter versus TIFF chief Piers Handling: Too many Canadian films?, Septemer 11, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Video: What TIFF film do you want to see?, September 11, 2010 (TIFF 2010, words & video)
Photo Gallery: People’s favourite things about TIFF, September 10, 2010 (TIFF 2010, words & photos)
TIFF is about celebrating community, September 9, 2010 (TIFF 2010)


LADIES’ ROOM: SHIRIN NESHAT Bitch Magazine, edited by Andi Zeisler,
Love It/ShoveIt section, Fall 2010, issue 48,page 14
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Popcorn Panel: The Runaways, March 25, 2010


Forks Over Knives, May 11, 2011
POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, April 26, 2011


TO ROME WITH LOVE, film review, Exclaim!, Summer 2012 issue, page 26-27
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SHAME, film review, Exclaim!, Dec 2011-Jan 2012 issue, page 42
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BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, film review, Exclaim!, August 2011 issue, page 28

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THE KING’S SPEECH film review, Exclaim!, October 2010 issue, page 28and (reprint) December 2010 issue, page 42

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BIUTIFUL film review, Exclaim!, October 2010 issue, page 26

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2 Days in New York, August 9, 2012
To Rome With Love, July 6, 2012
Shame, December 1, 2011
Like Crazy, November 3, 2011
Footloose, October 14, 2011
Habibi, September 15, 2011 (TIFF 2011)
Elles, September 15, 2011 (TIFF 2011)
The Woman in the Fifth, September 15, 2011 (TIFF 2011)
In Darkness, September 9, 2011 (TIFF 2011)
One Day
, August 18, 2011
Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
, July 28, 2011
Beautiful Boy, June 17, 2011
Forks Over Knives
, May 20, 2011
The Bang Bang Club, May 6, 2011
Jane Eyre, March 18, 2011
When We Leave, March 18, 2011
Room In Rome(DVD), March 18, 2011
Alamar, February 25, 2011
Enter The Void (DVD), February 1, 2011
Precious Life, January 7, 2011
For Colored Girls, November 5, 2010
Father of My Children, November 5, 2010
As If I’m Not There, September 26, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Blue Valentine, September 26, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Even The Rain, September 26, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Brighton Rock, September 24, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Miral, September 17, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
The King’s Speech, September 17, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Biutiful, September 10, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Made In Dagenham, September 5, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
The American, September 1, 2010
EAT PRAY LOVE, August 13, 2010
Soul Kitchen, August 13, 2010
I Am Love, July 16, 2010
Sounds Like A Revolution, June 25, 2010
Agora, June 11, 2010
Unthinkable (DVD review), June 11, 2010
Fish Tank (DVD review), June 11, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, May 28, 2010
Ajami, May 28, 2010
Exit Through The Gift Shop, May 7, 2010
New York, I Love You (DVD review), April 17, 2010
The Square, April 16, 2010
Women Without Men, April 2, 2010
Chloe, March 26, 2010
The Runaways, March 19, 2010
Un Profète (A Profet), March 5, 2010
Brooklyn’s Finest, March 5, 2010
The Damned United (DVD review), February 18, 2010
Tooth Fairy, January 22, 2010
Creation, January 22, 2010
NINE, December 25, 2009
A Single Man, December 11, 2009

BEST FILMS OF 2011, Exclaim!, February 2012 issue, page 25

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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP review, Exclaim! May 2010 issue, page 28

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CHLOE review, Exclaim! April 2010 issue, pages 28-29

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CREATION review, Exclaim! February 2010 issue, page 32

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Film Editorial: Dearly departed: A theory on queer stereotypes in film September 15, 2009
Film Editorial: If A Film Wins An Oscar, But Nobody Saw It, Does It Make A Sound? August 7, 2009


TIFFing The Scales: What to see and what to miss at TIFF10, September 12, 2010 (TIFF 2010)
Capitalism: A Love Story, October 4, 2009
Coco Avant Chanel, September 29, 2009
TIFF 09 Capsule Reviews, September 12, 2009 (TIFF 2009)
Pontypool, March 2009
Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, February 2009
New In Town, January 2009


Shopgirl, October 2005
Oliver Twist, September 2005
TheAristocrats, August 2005
The Island, July 2005
Dark Water, July 2005
Mr & Mrs Smith, June 2005
Cinderella Man, June 2005
Kingdom Of Heaven, May 2005
Palindromes, May 2005
Hot Docs, April 2005
Sahara, April 2005
Bad Education, January 2005
Alexander, November 2004
Finding Neverland, November 2004
The Motorcycle Diaries, September 2004
Wimbledon, September 2004
Wicker Park, September 2004
Vanity Fair, August 2004
Little Black Book, July 2004
The Alamo, April 2004
In America, November 2003
Once Upon A Time In Mexico, September 2003



The Madison Review, Fall 2013, Volume 35, Issue No 1, pages 24-30
Edited by Peter Clancy
Short Story: Waiting For Bardot
** Published in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The New Quarterly, issue 124, Fall 2012
Edited by Pamela Mulloy
Prose fiction: The Cypher Hangs

Descant Literary Journal, issue 145, June 2009,
edited by Karen Mulhallen
Prose Fiction: My Tryst With Sins

Room Magazine, Vol. 30.3, October 2007, pages 60-68
Edited by Lana Okerlund
Prose Fiction: Bolt
**Published in Vancouver, BC

TOK: Writing the New Toronto – Book 1,
the Diaspora Dialogues book anthology 2006, pages 131-142
Edited by Helen Walsh, published by Zephyr Press
Prose fiction: Nylon-Encased Flesh

The Malahat Review, Issue 153, Winter 2005, pages 5-15
Edited by John Barton
Prose fiction: A Degree Of Suffering Is Required
**Published in Vancouver, BC

Mull Magazine Volume 1, Issue 1, May 2003
Edited by the Editorial Collective
Prose Fiction: The Jezebel Stories

Skye Sweetnam Interview, Chart Magazine, Feb.2005 issue, Stylin’ section, page 52
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The Von Bondies Interview, Chart Magazine, Sept.2004 issue, Stylin’ section, page 68
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Ivana Santilli Interview, Chart Magazine, Nov. 2004 issue, page 18
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Liam Titcomb Interview, Chart Magazine, Nov. 2004 issue, Listen Up section, page 16

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Puddle of Mudd Interview, Chart Magazine, Feb. 2004 issue, page 26

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Katy Rose Interview, Chart Magazine, Feb. 2004 issue, page 20

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Mia Donovan, May 8, 2011


Lee Fulkerson, May 18, 2011
Mia Donovan
, May 4, 2011
Morgan Spurlock
, April 29, 2011


Lily Allen 3, April 2009
Lily Allen 2, February 2009
Lily Allen 1, November 2008
Neverending White Lights 2, June 2006
Neverending White Lights 1, June 2006
The Philosopher Kings 2, March 2006
The Philosopher Kings 1, February 2006
Princess Superstar 2, December 2005
Princess Superstar 1, December 2005
The Hidden Cameras, November 2005
Submersed, November 2005
Bif Naked 2, July 2005
Bif Naked 1, July 2005
Thirteen Senses, June 2005
DJ Tiesto, June 2005
Jorane, October 2004
Skye Sweetnam, October 2004
Liam Titcomb, September 2004
Ivana Santilli, August 2004
Hoobastank, July 2004
The Von Bondies, June 2004
Hoobastank, June 2004
Puddle of Mudd, January 2004
Fuel, October 2003
Three Days Grace, September 2003
Katy Rose, September 2003
Kittie, September 2001


Biffy Clyro, February 2011


White Lies, January 2011


Imogen Heap, January 2006
Bedouin Soundclash, December 2005
Juliette Lewis and The Licks, November 2005
Aqualung, July 2005
Ani Difranco, April 2005
Nelly Furtado, July 2004
Bif Naked, June 2004
My Morning Jacket, June 2004
Hawksley Workman, May 2004
Damien Rice, April 2004
Linkin Park, January 2004
Puddle Of Mudd, October 2003
A Perfect Circle, September 2003
Delerium, September 2003
Sevendust, September 2003
The Datsuns, July 2003
Concert For Toronto, June 2003

I have omitted from here all of the CD/DVD reviews and mass-reviewing of NXNE and CMW that I used to do every year. If interested, you can read those archives here


The Book of (Even More) Awesome, April 27, 2011

Matrix Magazine, Issue 72, 2006, page 63

Edited by Taien Ng-Chan
Frontispiece: book review of Gordon Leenders’ To Be Continued
**Published in Montreal, Quebec

To Be Continued’ by Gordon Leenders book review, Matrix Magazine, issue 72, page 63
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Nashville Pussy, Nov.2005, Issue 171
30 Seconds To Mars, September/05, Issue 169
Hawksley Workman, Feb.2005, Issue 163
Liam Titcomb, Nov 2004, Issue 161
Skye Sweetnam, Oct 04, Issue 160
Slaves On Dope, Dec 03-Jan 04, Issue 152


October 10, 2001, Vol. 35 Is. 1: Music Worth Purring To
November 1, 2000, Vol. 36 Is. 8: Testosterone Contamination


16th Annual Poll, January 18th, 2007, page 12 (on left), page 23 (on right)
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15th Annual Poll, January 19, 2006, page 30
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I was an Associate Editor at BLISSTREE, a health and wellness publication, so for a complete listing of my published articles, please visit my Blisstree Author Archive, or click the banner below.


International Women Playwrights Conference, Mumbai, April 25, 2010


March/April 2007, Vol.23, Issue 2, pages 10-13
Edited by Heather Isabela
Interview with d’bi.young: The Position of the Apple

CTR: Canadian Theatre Review

January 2007, Issue 130
edited by Laura Levin
Theatre Review of d’bi.young’s play blood.claat.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama

September 2005
published by Columbia University Press, edited by Kerry Moore, Gabrielle H. Cody and Evert Sprinchorn
Play synopses of Joan MacLeod’s Jewel and Amigo’s Blue Guitar
**Published in Irvington, New York, USA

The Spadina Monologues
Foundry Theatre
directed by Richard Beaune
September 27th, 2010

The Central Line
University of Mumbai, India
8th International Women Playwrights Conference
staged reading
November 6th, 2009

The Spadina Monologues
Theatre Passe Muraille
Independent workshop
directed by Layne Coleman
January 11, 2007

The Spadina Monologues
Alumnae Theatre
New Ideas Festival
directed byKrista MacIssac
March 23-26, 2005

Vignettes In The Dark
Tarragon Theatre
Toronto Fringe Festival
directed by Luis Fernandes
July 1-11, 2004

Diaspora Dialogues

a writing mentor/mentee programme that cultivates creative writing on ethno-cultural diversity set in the city of Toronto and publishes the participant’s prose/poetry in a book anthology. I was mentored by novelist David Bezmozgis (author of “Natasha: And Other Stories”)

The Humber School For Writers

Correspondence Programme 2001, mentor Karen Connelly (author of “The Lizard Cage”)
Summer Workshop Programme 2000, mentor Jane Urquhart (author of “Away” and “The Underpainter”)

York University

Creative Writing bachelor degree programme
professors: Priscilla Uppal, Evan Jones, Eliza Clark, and Susan Swan (author of “The Wives of Bath”)
Graduated June 2004

Toronto Arts Council
Grant for Writers
Level 2/ Professional, 2011

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose competition for Developing Writers

Canada Council for the Arts
Travel Grant for Theatre Artists
Theatre Section 2009

Canada Council for the Arts
Grant to Professional Writers
Emerging Artist/Creative Writing 2009

Canada Council for the Arts
Theatre Production Project Grant
Emerging Artists’ Creation/Development 2005

Toronto Arts Council
Grant For Writers
Level 1/Emerging Artist 2003

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