Colony of Losers- Fuck Stigma and Mental Illness, I'm like 25

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

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50 year old drink hounds howl approval as a Asian 20 something man sings cow boy blues in a voice you’d naturally would come out of a soulful black woman and a man in a dress dances with a smile like sunshine. It’s very possible that this  conversation will be relatively insignificant in terms of [...]


“You’ve never seen your face!”

“You’ve never seen your face,” says the kindly 70 year old man. “Hmm?” I ask. “Hmmm? Not hmm. You. Have. Never. Ever seen your face.” His eyes are sparkling as he says this. His voice is German yet somehow soft and animated with the burning enthusiasm of a child who just saw a flower for [...]


Melvin and Me

Over a weekend I’ve been filmed singing opera in my shower, acted out a weed-induced conspiracy theory freak out and journeyed into the heart of loneliness over 50 hours of non-stop filming with my best friends. We’re currently in the hardest part of my character’s journey. Melvin meets his mother for dinner. “People like us [...]


Almost at your stop

It’s 8:30 in the morning. Winter time. The subway is packed. But for a little alcove where mysteriously there are seats. I take one. Bury my head in a book. Enjoying my good fortune. Not thinking there might be a reason. 11 minutes and I’ll be at work. My head goes up when I hear [...]


Why Dogs Make My Daughter Scream

Sometimes you’re drinking coffee. You don’t realize you are about to see something that will inspire a thousand therapy sessions. Or that’s this will be the reason that Paula Jean divorced her husband 25 years from now when he surprised her by getting her child a puppy. Let’s not start there. You made a strange [...]


The Perfect Shirt

Sometimes you want people to know who you are right away. You consider telling them everything. Instantly just to get it over with. As though your life was a movie and you were very eager to spoil it. What if there was a shirt that could help? What if you could tell people exactly who [...]


Ice Cream Family

The first time I tasted Toronto’s famous Bang Bang ice cream a garbage man arrived just as I put the spoon in my mouth. The truck skidded to a stop a few feet away.


The Wet Bandits: Tough and Black Skirt

My head whips back. Shocked by the impact. Surprised. Someone shot me. With a water gun. Who? Immediately angry until I see the cherub with the water pistol. I’m at a party. With nice people.  On their deck. Invited by a friend of mine. People younger than me. With water pistols. Children like this. Maybe [...]


And he’s drinking (poetry from the age of 22)

This isn’t a moral, it’s a man life, you can’t fit a moral in a man’s life because only one can fit or it’s about thirty one well lit candles, our story begins at twelve He sits on a stoop, half fucked with a cigarette between his lips His father’s passed out after another one [...]


There are always Leftovers

This article is about one of my favourite shows. It’s also about what happens to a person when something horrible happens and they can’t be the person they used to be anymore. It’s about what happens when you wish your feelings would disappear. And what happens when you realize feelings won’t go away just because [...]

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    Michael Kimber is a 26-year-old journalist who suffered a nervous breakdown on November 3rd, 2009. On March 28th, 2010 when he recovered from mental illness, he began writing a blog called Colony-of-losers. About falling on your face to figure out who you are and the hilarious antics of a blond jew. What began with a few friends and his mother reading has become a cult phenomenon, averaging 10,000 views a week, receiving praise from Commonwealth Award Winner Shandi Mitchell and many others. On, November 3rd, 2010, the one year anniversary of his mental breakdown he signed with Anne McDermid and Associates, the largest literary agency in Canada. In a year he went from wearing pajamas, making his couch depression HQ to leaving his hometown for the Toronto, where he exclusively wears business suits and the armor of ancient Greeks. Don't worry, he's still choking on the feet he contently sticks in his mouth and making moments awkward just by being part of them. During these struggles he met other talented bastards and drew them into his circle. Peter Diamond became his illustrator. Patrick Campbell his video editor and part time photographer. He recently added the incredibly talented John Packman as Colony of Losers Toronto photographer. Without the support of the Colony of Losers, Michael Kimber would be nothing. Welcome to the losers and the success that comes from utter and complete failure. You aren’t alone. Follow him on If you’d like to hire him for a public speaking engagement for mental health events in Toronto, like to arrange an interview, offer millions to publish his book or for another reason contact Michael please email him. And join his facebook Colony of Losers.

    Really obvious disclaimer:
    I’m not a trained psychologist. Just a fellow traveler. If you need help seek it from the professionals. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides a help locator. You can find crisis resources provided by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. If you are in the states check here. It will give you services by zip code. I’d also recommend checking out I think they do great work and have been a help to me personally.

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