From the free indie magazine that parlayed its counterculture cred into a burgeoning media empire, VICE, comes a killer new TV channel, VICELAND. Hosts travel the world curating all the lifestyle and culture content your heart desires, covering everything from food, fashion and sex to music, sports and some of the most intriguing and sometimes controversial subcultures. There’s pretty much something for everybody (like Toronto chef Matty Matheson’s Canadian culinary adventure Dead Set on Life and Weediquette, a chronicle—pun v. intended—of the emerging weed economy), but we narrowed it down to three standouts that you can catch as of Monday, February 29 with a free Canada-wide three-month preview.
In this new music documentary series, host Zach Goldbaum checks out the most intense music scenes around the world and explores the socio-political climates they exist in. Tune in for appearances by Diplo, Common and Kendrick Lamar, who travels back to Compton to catch up with his friends still enmeshed in gang life, and deep dives into music scenes in Detroit, Jamaica and London.
Host and beloved Canuck (and former FLARE cover star!) Ellen Page and her BFF Ian Daniel explore LGBTQ cultures everywhere from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro in the new globe-trotting series. They even hit up a rally for “religious liberties” in Iowa, facing off with Conservative politico Ted Cruz about the challenges and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people in the U.S. Brace yourself for fun, frustration and feels.
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Documenting fashion weeks, beauty trends and cultural practices from around the world, the show was born in 2011 as a web series—“Fashion Week Internationale”—and has travelled to far-flung places like Pakistan for Islamabad fashion week, the Caribbean to talk skin bleaching and Seoul to explore the K-pop style movement. It’s being rebooted for VICELAND with model Hailey Gates as host and will tackle more intense political, religious and cultural issues, looking at how fashion lives in even the most oppressive cultures. Its launch date is still TBD, but we seriously can’t wait to see this one.
Check out the whole line-up here: