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Zoratti, Jen

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Jen Zoratti is a Winnipeg Free Press columnist, but you might know her as a music writer.

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.

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.

For 16 months she told people how concerts were, among other things, as reporter in the Arts & Life department at the Winnipeg Free Press, before making the transition to full-time columnist in January 2015.
 
Her previous bi-weekly column on the op-ed pages was something of an extension of her blog, SCREAMING IN ALL CAPS: another feminist response to pop culture, on which she skewers pop culture and rails against the patriarchy using more swears and all-caps than the newspaper would reasonably allow.

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