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Jen Zoratti

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You know the feeling you get when you discover an amazing new band or song and you have an urgent need to tell everyone in the world that they need to hear it right now?

Jen Zoratti does. And she's made a career out of it.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jen's music journalism career began, in earnest, when she (correctly) predicted that a little band called The White Stripes was "going to be huge, you guys" from the back of her pre-calculus class at Kelvin High School.

Upon her 2006 graduation from the Creative Communications program at Red River College, where she cut her teeth as entertainment editor of The Projector, she began covering music for the former iteration of Winnipeg alt-weekly Uptown Magazine, working her way up from freelancer to music editor.

She was (and is) an ardent supporter of Winnipeg's vibrant  music scene, on which she has spilled much real and virtual ink. During her time as music editor, she averaged about 100 artist interviews a year, chatting with everyone from Neko Case to Arcade Fire to Metric.

A Polaris Music Prize juror, Jen has written about music for CBC Manitoba Scene, Huffington Post Canada Music, Spinner Canada, Manitoba Music, ChartAttack and others. 

She's been telling people how concerts were, among other things, as an Arts & Life reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press since late 2013.

In her spare time, Jen skewers pop culture whilst railing against the patriarchy for her aptly named blog, SCREAMING IN ALL CAPS: another feminist response to pop culture, on which she uses more swears and capital letters than the newspaper would reasonably allow.

jen.zoratti@freepress.mb.ca

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