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24 Dec Union Press 4: R.I.P.

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The fourth and final issue of Union Press is finally complete and now available. Those that aren’t familiar, Union Press is a Canadian BMX newspaper with photos, profiles, stories, and drawings by Brad Hill and Prashant Gopal (myself). After a few hiccups with printing, we’ve finally finished our latest issue, which will also be the last. We’ve put out four issues in the span of two years, and thousands upon thousands of copies in to the hands of riders all over the country. Putting together a paper of this size and scope is not an easy task, but it’s been an incredible learning process the whole time, and a small way to give back to a community and sport that has motivated and inspired us all these years, and all the publications and independent projects that have come before us. While it’s bittersweet to end a print project, shutting it down will allow us to concentrate more energy on our other projects (this website being one of them).

The issue will begin shipping January 2nd, 2014 and be available for free across Canada in better bike shops and is distributed by Ten Pack. Inside you will find a profile on Greg Henry’s Bridgespot, Mike Fiz’s favourite things in Montreal, a joke column from Greg Flag, and a whole lot more from various contributors such as Charlie Coombs, Zach Rampen, Luke Santucci, Charlie Crumlish, Matt Bosco, Riley McMaster, Trent Barker, and Dave Scott. On top of 4 broadsheets full of great photos and content, you’ll also get four fold out posters on the backside from MacNeil, Eclat, BMX Gallery 4130, and BMXFU.

For those that don’t have a reliable bike shop in close distance, or live outside of Canada, you can also order a copy from our online store, which will also come with one of three limited edition stickers. Check out some more photos from some of the spreads below, and look for copies in your local shop soon.

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06 Jun Blood Of The Young: Go Getta Zine

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With all the posts about zines this week I couldn’t forget about this one put out by the always busy Toronto based publishers Blood Of The Young. It’s a group zine with a collection of photographs from numerous different photographers based simply on the theme of ‘cycling’, created for a soon-to-be-opening exhibition (I think). BMX photos are mixed nicely alongside images of road cycling, touring, commuters, and more. There’s even a photo of a mountain bike leaner in the mix. There is a large list of different contributors in this, including some BMX names you might recognize such as Riley McMaster, Harley Haskett, Brenden Megannety, and even Edwin Delarosa. You can check out a couple more shots of some of the pages below and pick up a copy of the zine in their store here. While you’re at it, pick up any number of the zines or shirts they’ve published in their shop.

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17 Aug Union Press Issue 2 OUT NOW! FREE

Union Press 2 is out now and available for free in finer bike shops across Canada. Get your hands on a copy at your local shop or tell them to hit up Prashant/ Brad Hill or Ten Pack for FREE copies. Read on for a preview of what goodness lies inside. Props to Brad Hill and Prashant Gopal for making this and click here for all the details.

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23 Aug Stay Glad, It’s Summer Mix

I’ve been slacking on the Embassy edits lately but I’m stoked on this one. Stay Glad Summer Mix featuring Justin Kirnan, Justin Hughes, Matt Desson, Greg Flag, James Steele, Prashant Gopal, Dillon Lloyd, Loren Lyftogt, Ras Gravesen, Ryan Hiebert, Andy Roode, Matt Ridgeway, Taylor Elvy, special guests and myself. It’s sunny and warm, stay glad and ride bikes.

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