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Charles Chen (ex), Editor in Chief

Charles is also the project manager of Conscious Media. With a Mechatronics Engineering degree from the University of Toronto, Charles proves that everybody has the ability to make wonderful things happen regardless of one's background.
frequent contributors
Taisuke Yumura, Art Director

Taisuke has designed the first four issues of Conscious Media. He is a guru in skateboard culture. Growing up in Nintendo's "Family Computer" generation, he enjoys pop design in his work.
Erin Chan (echan), Fashion Director

Elite sport to art and fashion enthusiast. A lover of honesty and integrity. A student of all things until the death. Reaching for the upper echelons of emotional life and enlightenment. Passion. Grace. Awareness.
Mariko Ikeda, Graphic Designer

Makiko has been a food stylist and graphic designer in one of the largest chain restaurant in Japan for five years. She came to Toronto to broaden her horizons. She styled the dish and layed out the beautiful article of Susur Lee in our fourth issue.
Masaki Yakuwa, Photographer

Masaki started taking photos because of Conscious Media, and he has been with us since the beginning. You can often see him running around the city with his Nikon D70 snapping shots for the magazine. Masaki is quite a friendly guy. Say hi to him if you recognize him on the street.
Rebecca Wu is a Toronto based photographer. She loves taking photos of real people. While being a professional photographer, she also enjoys traveling. Recently, she has been focusing her work on fashion photo shoots, dance performances and portraits. Rebecca also admits that she is a shopoholic. Feel free to contact her at Taryn Onody is a certified makeup and hair artist living in Toronto. She has a background in Beauty and Fitness, and graduated from Complections School of Makeup. Her work showcases strengths in no-makeup looks and the wild faces of the cat-walk. If you are interested in using her skills from Editorial to Bridal to Runway or Film, feel free to contact her at
Safia Siad, Music Editor

A Filmmaker. A Freelance Writer. A quiet force to be reckoned with. Music makes her world go 'round. Percussion feeds her soul. She will value those with morality, a sense of subtlety, and who walk their walk with grace. "We are born, we will die, but in between we've got to dance."
Sooyeon Yoon, Jewelry Editor

Soo, Executive Director of, has a great passion and love for the art of jewelry. The nonprofit site will introduce famous oversea jewelry artists and their work. Soo is also a contributing Jewelry Editor of Conscious Media.
featured contributors
Brian Wong - Born and raised in Toronto, Brian has followed his passion in photography, technology and visual media design to define who he is today. A graduate of the multi-media stream from Seneca @ York's Digital Media Arts program, Brian is currently a freelance consultant in several fields, including visual marketing, photo-journalism and online retail. He can be best reached at Ryan Allan can usually be found in the gutter or at the bottom of some filthy staircase in Toronto. Ryan shoots skateboarding and this is where these kids want him. When he isn't laying in gutters or fighting off security guards, Ryan also likes to shoot fashion and portraiture.
Renowned hairstylist Heidi Hurtarte is the owner of Lift Salon in downtown Toronto. For over 12 years she has attracted a following with unparalleled devotion. A master of her craft, she keeps up with the latest techniques and hair trends as they appear on the fashion scene. Heidi and her team offer fresh looks, techniques and advice, receiving accolades from women of all backgrounds and lifestyles. Carolyn Abbott has fi fteen years experience in the fashion industry as a professional model, predominantly runway; print and commercial as well. Her last modelling contract was as a spokesmodel for Giorgio Armani perfume Mania, at the launch in Toronto. Although she has taken a sojourn from modelling, she loves the industry, the excitement, the energy and creative passion that surrounds it.
Dwayne Evans is a freelance photographer based in Toronto whose work has appeared in Flare, Recognize and Hive magazines. he is also one-half of the photography duo, Evans and Yvonne. Feel free to contact him at or 416-909-9559.

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