Pull on a loose thread of Cuba’s interwoven musical genres, and you’ll unravel a history of farmer’s folk songs, gut-punch drumming, romantic ballads, old religious rites and seductive urban rhythms. Mike Fisher travels with photographer Liz Beddall to discover the country's history in its music.
AWARD WINNER, Society for Features Journalism (SFJ) 2019 Awards, Short Features, third. Mike Fisher goes birding, learns how to survive in the Mexican mangroves and escapes being a lunch for large reptiles. -- Toronto Star
AWARDS WINNER, Society for Features Journalism (SFJ) 2019, Diversity in Digital Features, second; also, CASE 2020 Platinum award. "In a wide Rwandan field, six-year-old Jean-Claude Munyezamu kicked a soccer ball up and down, keeping it aloft with his bare foot. The ball was made with plastic bags, one inside the other, held with twine. A dirt road led to his village at the edge of the city of Kigali, where the few cars and trucks that visited churned a trail of dust. A few boys straggled to the field’s edge, calling him, eager to play...
Gold Award, NATJA, photography, Arts/Culture. IPW Travel Writing Award, 2018, finalist, feature writing.
Gold Award, NATJA, Photography, 2018. Honourable mention, TMAC photography/travel writing awards, people category, 2018.
This story of my musical journey to Beale Street, Memphis, home of the blues, has won travel writing awards/honours from three different organizations (NATJA, TMAC, SFJ).
TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada) travel writing awards, received 2018, Honourable mention.
AWARD WINNER: CASE 2020 AWARDS, feature writing, bronze.
A working physician in his fourth year of residency as a pulmonology specialist at Damascus University, he was enjoying a bright spring day. The passenger window eased down and a bulky man with a shaved head and dark sunglasses motioned to him. “Can I help you?” asked AlMasri, figuring the four men in the car needed directions.
They jumped out of the car, pulled AlMasri’s hands behind his back, ratcheted plastic ties around his wrists, pulled his shirt up to cover his eyes and...
It was a beautiful day in February when Charmaine Ironside, a gifted snowboarder training for the Olympics, landed hard and shattered her back — and her dreams.
Mike Fisher visits bro country in Nashville and finds women songwriters are on the rise - Toronto Star