About Us

Bitchfork is an independent online music publication that aims to center marginalized voices within music criticism. Rather than function as industry gatekeepers, we prioritize passionate fandom and explore music’s emotional and social impacts in our features, reviews and show coverage. Founded in Montreal in 2019, Bitchfork intends to provide a heartfelt, critical counterpoint to the dominant voices in the music media landscape.

Bitchfork is curated with care, and if you think we will connect with your music, you can submit it to getbitched[at]bitchfork.ca

Our Team

Stacy Lee : Co-Founder & Creative Director

Stacy has been photographing Montreal’s and Toronto’s live music scenes for over ten years. She is a passionate concert-goer, always looking to evolve her taste. She loves to see a soul bared on the stage and the artists that speak to her are authentic, vulnerable and aesthetically minded.

Capricorn Sun, Aquarius Rising, Virgo Moon

Peggy Hogan : Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Peggy is a musicologist and recording artist who is deeply invested in music’s role in society. She is particularly interested in how marginalized artists create representations for themselves through music and she is passionate about artists who exhibit strong musicianship and poignant songwriting.

Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Rising, Aquarius Moon

Diya Mathur : Editor

When Diya was a child, she would sit with her eyes closed for long periods of time. Asked what she was doing, she would reply, “I’m going to Music Land.” Immersed in the performance and acoustics of the instruments, in her mind she could not only hear but also see a symphony playing. Sometimes she can still go to Music Land. Diya’s musical affinities range from old-timey nostalgia to danceable noise that sounds like it’s coming from a factory in hell. She’s also interested in the textual analysis of song lyrics, and, in 2018, completed her Master’s thesis on hip-hop, an exploration of the genre’s dialectical engagement with sexuality and socioeconomic positionality. In fall 2020, she will begin doctoral studies in Comparative Literature.

Capricorn Sun, Libra Rising, Libra Moon

Malaika Astorga : Staff Writer

Malaika Astorga is a Mexican Canadian artist, currently based in Montreal. She is a writer, illustrator, photographer, and is currently the Creative Director of Pink Things Magazine. Malaika is a passionate Xicanista, focused on supporting Latinx and femme representation in music. 

Leo Rising, Sagittarius Sun, Libra Moon

Claire McLeish : Staff Writer

Much of Claire’s life has been devoted to thinking and writing about music. A musicologist, singer-songwriter, and poet, she’s interested in intersections and gaps between words and music. She is drawn to eclecticism and genre blending, and is prone to deep dives into sound worlds of albums and artists.

Cancer Sun, Virgo Rising, Gemini Moon