Winter break is drawing nigh. During those glorious weeks off, we can all expect to have a little more free time. Why not spend it cuddled up in your bedroom, lost in a vegetative state in front of your dirty computer screen? To help you through this dark month (and to give you a reason to procrastinate before your last exam), your friends at Folio put together some of our favourite YouTube accounts. Feel free to refer to this list when it’s 4 a.m. and you just can’t seem to stop watching videos of insects giving birth or cats using toilets. Have fun!
Celina Gallardo, Editor-in-Chief
Channel: Annika Victoria
“I’ve dabbled with sewing projects in the past, but it was only once I started watching Annika Victoria’s videos that I actively pursued sewing and altering clothes as a hobby. Her sewing tutorials are easy to follow for beginners and experts alike. One of my favourite series is “Make Thrift Buy” where she tries to recreate trendy clothing items for a fraction of the price. She’s challenged me to think more critically about the ethics of fashion, and I aspire to be as much of a thrifting queen as she is. Even if you don’t want to start sewing, her videos are still a pleasure to watch.”
Victoria Shariati, Managing Editor
Channel: The Report of the Week
“I can’t offer any explanation as to why, but I really like to watch videos of people eating. My favourite food reviewer is The Report of the Week for his ruthless yet elegantly worded opinions on popular fast food. I also like the unintended humour that comes along with his videos, which he later addresses — two popular topics are why he’s always drinking a cup of Starbucks water or why he always, always wears a suit. Other than that, I like to get lost in ASMR food channels because the microphones pick up really satisfying sounds. Bonus points if the food is particularly crunchy, juicy or crisp.”
Mary Grant, Head of Marketing and Events
It’s a channel that describes itself as “a collective of comedians, academics, filmmakers and artists who are super curious about the world around us.” They have a variety of facets including “earthling cinema,” which is essentially an alien providing a philosophical and theoretical analysis in a fashion that mimics that of an academic’s. Similarly, “thug notes” uses urban language to discuss and illuminate hidden themes in canonical fiction like Shakespeare and Jane Austen. While I can pretend that this channel has helped me with my school work as a sort of visual SparkNotes, it served more as a procrastination tool.
Jordan Currie, Production Manager
Channel: Button Poetry
Button Poetry is a Minnesota based organization that uploads professionally recorded spoken word poems from various artists to its YouTube channel. I easily get lost in bingeing spoken word videos into the early hours of the morning when I’m in a sad mood, and whether you’re a writer yourself or more of an audience member, there’s something and someone everyone can relate to through spoken word poetry.
Sherry Li, Head of Photography
Channel: David Dobrik
David Dobrik’s vlogs revolutionized the genre — really, he did. Even Casey Neistat agrees. Mixed with skits, his vlogs are short, snappy and hilarious. They’re all four minutes and 20 seconds long, and manage to make you feel like you’re hanging out with your friends. The vlogs are really ridiculous and over the top, but watching them is such a guilty pleasure. There’s lots of pranks, drinking, table breaking, getting blindfolded and surprised with an animal, and Josh Peck.
Zahraa Hmood, Podcast Co-Editor and Producer
Channel: Anna Akana
Long-time YouTube and general vixen in the world of storytelling and entertainment on and off the web, Anna Akana is one of the few online personalities I wholeheartedly enjoy. She makes short-ish videos, usually in the style of talking to the camera with mini-skits about life, work, relationships, emotions and personal takes on social issues. She’s funny in the kind of way that people are when they really only care about making themselves laugh.
The thing I’ve been enjoying the most from her channel are her videos about coping with mental illness and navigating the various difficulties of life. Akana herself has been open with her audience about her experience with depression. As someone with my own endless bounds of mental health troubles, it’s important for me to hear someone be kind to themselves and real with others about the journey they’ve been through.
Her videos are short, colourful, have great writing and great editing. When life gets to be a lot, they’re usually just what I need.