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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The Coast

Some samples of Micheal Kimber’s stories for The Coast, Halifax’s alternative weekly.

Concerts rouse a city on the Common
The Paul McCartney and KISS concerts bring all the trappings of arena rock to the north end’s public backyard. Not everyone is a fan. (July 9, 2009)

Mix Master Mike’s DJ revolution
The Beastie Boys’ turntable sensation comes to Halifax with his “psychedelic funk instrumental hip-hop show” and plans for taking over the whole DJ world.

Plus an index of Coast stories.


stoffer halifax JournalismMayor-in-Waiting.” Cover story. August 2010. Will maverick NDP MP Peter Stoffer abandon federal politics to challenge Mayor Peter Kelly for his job?

“After Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly’s landslide wins in three consecutive elections, logic dictates that anyone who challenges him would have to be either incredibly confident or astonishingly foolhardy. Kelly’s challengers have all learned the same lesson: to unseat the mayor, they need political savvy and broad grassroots support.

Few challengers could match those strengths of Kelly’s. But there is one long-time politico in Halifax who could, and just might. In the spring, political circles were abuzz with the news that Peter Stoffer, the veteran MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore, might challenge Kelly in the city’s next mayoral election in 2012. Maybe…” (More)

Atlantic Books Today

shauntay cover ABT JournalismFall 2010. Cover Story on Halifax Poet Laureate and author Shauntay Grant

Fall 2009. Review of The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre

Willamette Week

Review of Geraldine Brooks People of the Book, January 14, 2009.

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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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