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THE COOKS







Jesse Stone

Founder of Hot Soupe
Editors of Soupe Kitchen

Jesse Stone attended Trebas Institute in Music Business Administration. As a musician, he wanted gain more insight into the music industry. Soupe Kitchen was conceptualize in a business plan for school. He founded Hot Soupe, the music organization, in 2011.







Antoine Leclerc
Co Editor-in-Chief|Journalist

Antoine Leclerc has been writing about concerts for a few years at francophone music blog Dans tes oreilles. On numerous occasions, he was the host of a “concerts suggestions” segment during CIBL 101,5 FM radio show Mel-aux-Manies.


Nowadays, as well as writing for music websites, Antoine is an active part of the Spazztic Ear Honey crew, a team that organizes sporadically-scheduled cheap events destined to feature dynamic-sounding local bands and DJs.

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Vino
Journalist


Vino is a university student who divides her time between hiding out in libraries, curating her tea collection, and chasing that moment of magic involved with discovering a new song or artist that you just know you’re going to love.

Despite being firmly grounded in the Health Science field, academically, Vino is absolutely thrilled to be indulging her otherwise neglected creative side by going out and getting lost in a few shows before sitting down and chronicling her experiences.

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Sean Zumbusch
Journalist

Sean Zumbusch is a relatively recent new arrival to the city of Montreal, as he arrived in this fine island city in January 2013. He is originally from the prairies; his last whereabouts there was in Edmonton, Alberta. Sean is currently attending University at Concordia, where he is majoring in philosophy. When he is not concerning himself with bands he sees in the city or deep questions about the universe, he keeps himself busy with playing bass in a death metal band and the pursuit of amateur music production. He lives with his wife and two cats in an apartment downtown and is generally pretty stoked.


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Lauren Kolyn

Lauren Kolyn is a documentary, portrait and lifestyle photographer living and working in Montreal, Canada. Lauren is a true visual story teller with an unique ability to capture the essence of the world around her and the lives of others. Drawing much of her artistic inspiration from the natural environment, Lauren's photographic work reflects the powerful beauty in the modesty of the everyday. An avid traveler with a sense of adventure Lauren loves discovering new places near and far.

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Mira Dahn
Photographer

Mira was born into a very musical and artistic family and began playing the violin and piano at a very young age. While living in Prince Edward island she studied celtic and classical music and played with indie and metal bands. After completing high school she decided to move to Montreal to study classical violin performance at Concordia University where she broadened her repertoire by playing with jazz combos and rock bands in addition to classical ensembles. Leaving the beautiful countryside and beaches of the Maritimes was difficult but the eclectic music scene and vibrant culture of Montreal quickly won her heart. She graduated from Concordia in 2010 and has been working in    Montreal ever since.

Mira has always been fascinated by the power of music and photography and loves combining both mediums to create visual memories of otherwise fleeting moments. When not pining after the Atlantic ocean she spends her time playing any stringed instrument she can get her hands on and learning as much as possible about photography, web design, and sustainable living.


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Valeria Vega
Photographer
PIXELOVE STUDIO

Valeria Vega is a freelance graphic designer and music photographer in Montreal. Through photography, she found the perfect way to express herself and her love for music. David Arnoff, Herman Leonard, Anton Corbijn and Kevin Cummins photographic work inspire her. She enjoys living in Montreal because of its cultural diversity and the variety of music festivals all year long. She loves art, photography, design, music, concerts, movies, traveling, vintage graphics, books, vegan food and biking.

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Rocco Bambace
Journalist


Rocco Bambace is a specialist in freighting and inaugurating fossilized remnants of petrified magma and feldspar, which is to say that he installs granite countertops. When not at work, he spends his time trying to avoid bumping into sharp objects or stepping on innocent bugs (unless they enter his home, in which case the gloves come off and the shoes come on). His infatuation with music is based on a groping confusion over how vast the world is and a gratitude to the people who cope with that vastness by throwing beautiful noises at it. He has ten fingers and ten monstrous toes. There are two nipples that have not yet proven themselves at all practical. He is currently studying at Concordia University.


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Nathan Navidzadeh
Journalist

Nathan’s doucheyness is evident as he enjoys creating situations of awkward and unnatural nature within all of his milieus. He does this by throwing the awkwardness out there and then comfortably watching it unfold. Manipulative you might say? Probably, but mostly harmless. He spends his days dissecting microscopic see-through worm gonads with tiny-ass needles and imaging the cells for fluorescently tagged worm sperm, a lifelong dream of his. A fan of the culinary arts, the visual arts, street fighter and fuzzy animals, he finds himself the most at ease when in the nude. He’s the science kid when around arts students, the arts kid when around science students, the musician amongst friends, the good friend amongst musicians, the athletic one amongst tech-nerds and the tech-nerd amongst athletes. Nathan’s identity seems to be forever shifting and is dependent on the circle in which he is found. He’ll always peg himself as the outlier and has a hard time identifying himself with the group at hand. Who am I? He reflects while licking some soft-serve.

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Mary Niven
Journalist

She hails from Arkansas U.S.A. and is our resident token southerner; no self-respecting literary outfit would be without one! She once had a turtle named Funyuns®, who strangely enough wouldn’t eat Funyuns®, but would eat little pieces of fried pickles dipped in ranch. She has only had coffee from Starbucks once, but even then she didn’t go in−preferring to make her brother go in and get it and bring it back out to her, so technically that only slightly counts as having actually frequented a Starbucks. She has the foolish conviction that heaven will have roads paved with gold and chariots driven by angels, if you must travel while there eternally. And finally, she also uncooperatively swears that after all these many years of Youtube, her favorite video unwaveringly remains Treat Your Mother Right by MR. T., with Baby Wee Wee coming in at a close second.
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