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Gen Z-ines!
Led by artist Naz Rahbar
An online zine-making program for youth aged 13-17 in East Toronto!
March 5,6,7 & March 27-28, 2021
Online over Zoom | Register Below
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: February 16, 2021 – Note the deadline to register for this program has now passed!

Are you an East End Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 with a story to tell, or artwork to share? Hop in the time machine with your Gen-X (and elder Millennial) forefathers and foremothers and journey back in time to an analog age to explore a style of self-publishing that was popular with youth like you all the way back in the mysterious 1990s – The Zine!

East End Arts and artist Naz Rahbar invite Gen Z participants to create Zines that explore life during Toronto’s first (and hopefully last!) COVID Winter. Led by artist/facilitator Naz Rahbar (of ArtCave and EEA’s highly successful 2019 Nuit Blanche), Gen Z-ine will provide the perfect outlet and refuge for young creatives to share their stories!

What is a Zine? Well, it can be a lot of things. Zines (short form of “Magazine”) can be collections of writing, visual art, mixed media, and are usually published by their creators. The process of making zines is usually highly analog (there will be photocopies!), and we can’t imagine a better way to respond to this super-digital time, than to work together making something decidedly NOT digital together.


Participants will be provided with a “Zine Making Kit” that will include all the materials they need in order to create zines. At the beginning of the program, these kits will be available for pick up at a location in the east end. Our first weekend will start on March 4 with an unboxing session to explore your new materials, and meet your fellow “Zinesters” and maybe a special guest with some great zine-making tips to share. Then you will spend March 5 & 6 online learning some of the techniques you’ll use to tell YOUR story!

Following a three week “making break” we will get together again on March 27 & 28 to put our zines together, learn some more techniques, and maybe meet another special guest or two. Finallu we will all put our zine pages in the mail, and they will be put together and finally distributed at comics shops, book stores, and through East End Arts – that’s right your zine will be published and shared with the world!

All sessions will be conducted online to maintain the safety of participants, artists and staff.

TOPICS for weekly sessions will include: 

  • Mapping
  • Mindfulness
  • Mixed Media
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Creative Writing & Poetry
  • Anything else that participants choose to explore!

“Zines are one of the most accessible forms of art. Being able to tell stories untold and to make multiples to share with others is magical. They are easy to create, share, mail, or transport. Zines are perfect for any creative person without specific skills, as you can write, collage, print or draw in them. Zines are a type of nonconformist publication that has existed for a long time, catering to the non-mainstream and often marginalized. 

Zines are a way of making and sharing bold revolutionary art and ideas. What a time to be making, connecting, and sharing zines while we are all confined inside. During our time together we will be creating individual as well as collaborative zines, focusing on various playful visual art techniques each week.”

Naz Rahbar, Zine Maker and CTYAP Facilitator for 2021


Naz Rahbar is an Iranian Canadian, Toronto based multidisciplinary artist with drawing at the core of her practice; they work in print, artist books, performance, animation, and installation. Naz graduated with a BFA from OCAD University in 2009. They have been active in arts education, and community arts in Toronto (, and across the GTA. They completed a Bachelor of Education with a Fine Arts focus at York University in 2012, and recently an MFA at York University in 2019. Naz is currently teaching at Seneca College in Illustration and Art Fundamentals. / @naz.rahbar


In order to participate fully, and to allow for the highest level of connectivity, we recommend you have the following to participate in Gen Z-ines:
  • Laptop or desktop computer. We recommend using a computer or laptop monitor as it will enable you to better see and engage with the workshop content, as well as with the other participants. It is also ideal to have a device with a physical keyboard.
  • Zoom Desktop Software. Be sure that you have the latest Zoom desktop software installed in order to fully participate in all of the activities. Download Zoom:
  • Zoom account. Create an account for yourself with Zoom if you do not already have one.
  • Support for getting started with Zoom
  • Webcam, speakers, and microphone. Mostly likely your device has these elements built in and ready to use. Make sure that they are working properly on your device and on Zoom.
  • Check your camera and microphone on Zoom
  • WiFi. We suggest connecting via a high speed, reliable internet connection to ensure there are no disruptions to the workshops.
  • Power Source. Make sure that your device has power for the duration of the workshop.


This program is supported by The Metcalf Foundation



If you are a youth ages 13-17 in the East End of Toronto, and are interested in participating in Gen Z-ines, fill out the Registration Form below! Deadline to apply is February 16th, 2021! Adam, our Program Coordinator will get back to all registered participants by no later than February 26th, 2021.


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