Gabe Pollock’s contribution to Electric City Magazine, and by extension to the Peterborough community, has been significant. His sensibilities about fierce and independent media, the calibre of editing he brought to context rich and important stories, not to mention his love and knack for the local arts scene struck an unforgettable chord in our community. The profiles he has written on local artists have been par excellence. His work and voice will be greatly missed.
Mimicking his work seems like a bad idea. Doing so would neither honour his contributions, style, and talent nor replace them.
Our hope for the magazine has always been to maintain what people loved about it while also adding more to love.
The magazine will be changed by his absence. Of that there can be no doubt.
Our hope for the magazine has always been to maintain what people loved about it while also adding more to love. With Gabe’s departure, maintaining the arts coverage as it was, will admittedly, be difficult. The remaining team is very much focussed on civics and community building. That flavour will be increasingly evident in the coming weeks.
With the vacuum Gabe’s absence creates, we are not currently set up to keep some of the things you have loved about the magazine in place, quite simply because Gabe was one of them.
One thing I have heard consistently is the usefulness people saw in the What’s On section of the magazine. Gabe has said he is willing to train someone on pulling that together. We are looking for someone who is interested in doing so to take up the mantle. If you have an interest in that please drop me a line.
In the coming months we will be inviting contributors, patrons, and supporters to come together to explore our plans for the magazine, to hear what you imagine for it, and to co-create its next steps together.
In the meantime, we have a number stories in development, a guest column or two, and look forward to publishing them this week.