If you have a smart phone or iPad, grab it immediately and search through your app function for ‘The NUB: Indie Arts Hub.’ The first of its kind, the Nub is the face of some of Canada’s best arts and culture magazines, including: 

Broken Pencil,



Matrix Magazine, 

Taddle Creek

Providing daily content, as diverse as poems, essays, short stories, rants, book reviews and more, the Nub effectively provides a cohesive space for readers to engage in the newest work in Canadian arts and culture content.

According to Hal Niedzviecki at Broken Pencil, the magazine responsible for creating and curating the app, “things like apps and social media are new ways to connect readers … which is crucial in a time when there is less retail space devoted to independent magazines than ever before.”

Hoping to reach out to more readers and viewers across Canada, Niedzviecki expressed appreciation with the fact anyone in the world has the ability to access the app.

Though we’re all waiting to see where the newest forms of technology will take us, Niedzviecki indicated that Broken Pencil is energized by the possibilities.

“Putting these kinds of projects into motion and involving a whole community of publishers/creators helps to demystify an entire relatively new way of dispensing culture and information.”

The reality that The Nub can act as a tool to introduce new readers to arts and culture sources that get perhaps less recognition than they deserve serves as a reminder of the importance of social media when it comes to arts and culture.

You can download The Nub here.

Tania Ehret

Tania Ehret is’s Operations Coordinator. Tania first joined rabble as contributing editor and served in the voluntary role of Indie Inside coordinator until 2016. She’s involved...