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

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult


Sometimes you think you know what the rest of your life is going to be like. Days become predictable. And you relax into the repetition. With familiarity comes contempt. Because if someone is always going to be around you stop really watching them. You stop listening. Because you don’t need to. You think this is [...]


Waking Up

Death is both like waking up and being trapped in a dream. It’s dreamlike surreal to imagine you have no more time with a person you cared about. And it’s like waking up from all the time you spend on meaningless grievances and suddenly achingly feel the importance of every moment when you aren’t guaranteed [...]


The Thing To Get To The Thing

It’s easy to forget that creating art isn’t the most important thing about being alive. We all have our all consuming obsessions. Compulsions that get us out of our head for a short time and allow us to project majestic images of how we want to be seen. One of my favorite shows, Halt and [...]



There are moments when you ask unreasonable things from people because you don’t have a choice. Things need to be done and you can’t do them alone. In these moments people who are basically extras in the story of your life can step up to the plate and become something more. In this case they [...]


Extrapolating Raindrops To Understand Oceans

We are walking and talking and laughing and realizing that we aren’t the same sort of people as we take a quick tour of Toronto in a large pack of common friends. She’s really nice. I listen a little more than I normally do. I ask her a question. Then another question digging deeper. She [...]



It’s record-breaking cold in Toronto. The crew for the murder mystery web series Typo is outside facing the type of chill that makes your skin burn. Alex Pirie-Hay is inside holding a puppy in his hands, calmly stroking its head to keep it from yapping and conceivably ruining some very important takes. Alex is an expert audio [...]


“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 [...]


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.

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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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