Our team

Alana Mayer

Photographer, New York

Alana Mayer is an LA transplant who has made Brooklyn home for the past 8 years. During that time she's dipped her toes in a variety of creative ventures from music and portrait photography to sustainable design and even starting a lingerie line called The Dawn Studio. Yoga and meditation keep her sane (most of the time), so when not at a music show, listening to quality tunes or creating some of her own, you can catch her teaching yoga around the city.

Alec Berton

Writer, New York

Alec Berton is a Brooklyn based writer. Studied the English language at Hunter College. On his spare time Alec also makes music.

Anna Topol

Editor, Vancouver

Arielle Friedman

Writer, entrepreneur, and music festival goer based out of Toronto, Canada. Arielle combines her background in brain science, politics and philosophy with her love of music to bring a fresh take to the world of the soundscape. For more information on Arielle, check out her website at ariellefriedman.com

Bianca Lecompte

Photographer, Montreal

Bianca Lecompte, Montreal based photographer that specializes in portraiture, travel, documentary & illustration. Curious and passionate of foreign cultures, she documents passionately her journeys abroad. Currently focussing on building a serie of illustrative portraiture using different types of mediums. Some of her work can be seen on CBC, Metro, QuipMag, Forget the Box and Elementality & Cancuníssimo.

Chris Robinson

Photographer, Toronto

Chris Robinson is a Toronto based photographer/part time cookie monster hailing from the deep dark back woods of norther Ontario Canada. His eye for top notch image quality and sense of humour make his work stand alone from the rest.

Christopher Sweeney

Writer, Toronto

Christopher Sweeney is an award-winning screenwriter and graphic novelist. His digital mash-up series, Women Are From Mars, has been enjoyed by comedy and space-buffs worldwide. His comedy script about a dysfunctional parent council, Parental Advisory: Disciplinary Measures, was made into a bravoFACT-funded short film and can be found on its website. His related comedy series was a Finalist in the National Screen Institute Totally TV development program. He is currently co-writing the pilot for a Colombian television series based on a true story about a burglary ring in NYC. He has written a number of award-winning graphic novels, which are distributed through Canada, the U.S., Australia and the U.K. You can check out his humorous blog about being a modern dad, Pop Culture, at: popculture-superdad.blogspot.com.

Haley Paula Stein

Writer, New York

Haley Stein is a big-time music nerd and a small-time writer. Sometimes she gets her thoughts penned down and out in cyberspace for Quip Magazine, Stellar Underground, and the likes. Her non-marketable skills include living life and wandering aimlessly, which she has extensively practiced in Central Appalachia, the Rocky Mountain foothills, the Spanish Sierra Nevada, and, most recently, the cold, hard streets of New York City. 

Jackie Willson

Writer, Toronto

From a childhood love of everything fashionable, Jackie is pursuing a career within the fashion industry through events, PR, and now writing. She is currently working for the not-for-profit company, Fashion Takes Action, and is comfortable with dabbling in all things social and, of course, being quite stylish while doing it.

Jade Newton

Writer, Chicago & LA

A self-professed hip hop and reggae head, Jade is a native of the Windy City. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. A retired pageant queen – coming out of retirement – she currently works as a brand ambassador and spends most of her free time reading, writing, and volunteering with non-profit organizations. Jade enjoys the entire spectrum of music, thanks to her musician father and her uncle, both of whom taught her to appreciate all genres of music.

Jake Goldbas

Writer, New York

Jacob Goldbas is a writer and market researcher who lives in Brooklyn. He started writing for Quip in 2019, and contributes theater reviews for Hi! Drama, a theater review magazine on Facebook. In 2013 he won an essay contest for the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center. When he isn’t reviewing concerts, theater, and new music, he writes his own music for his band Carbon Dioxide, which you can hear at his SoundCloud.

Kateryna Topol

Founder and Editor, Toronto

Art director, designer, music junkie, photographer, writer, and a shoe addict. With a rich background in communications, culture, art, and anthropology Kateryna brings together a wide range of flavors by seeking out the most fascinating people and the most interesting of stories for Quip.