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Jen Zoratti

Columnist - City

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 (super-useful) pre-calculus class at Kelvin High School.

Upon her 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, working her way up from freelancer to music editor.

She was (and is) an ardent supporter of Winnipeg’s incredible music scene, on which she has spilled much real and virtual ink. Jen has written about music for CBC, Huffington Post Canada Music, Spinner Canada, ChartAttack and others.

Jen has been telling people how concerts were — among other things — as the music writer for the Winnipeg Free Press since late 2013. She is also a Polaris Music Prize and SOCAN Songwriting Prize juror.

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

She does not enjoy writing about herself in the third person.

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