About ATK Magazine

Welcome to ATK Magazine!

I know what you’re thinking, what’s “ATK” stand for? “ATK” stands for “All Things Korean”. We’re an online magazine about Korean culture based in Toronto, Canada. Our goal is to bring you a wide variety of articles showcasing all aspects of Korean culture – from traditional to modern culture, from Korean events in Toronto to travel & sightseeing in Korea; from Korean food to Korean music, film & drama reviews.


While our name and look is new – we relaunched in February 2013 as ATK Magazine – you’ll notice we have a lot of older articles. We existed beforehand as a blog – Life’s an Adventure 2 – but grew into something bigger and hopefully, better. The blog was founded in 2005 by Cindy Zimmer (our founder & editor) as a personal blog about living and teaching English in Korea and continued as a Korean culture blog in 2010. But it was time to grow again and hence, ATK Magazine was born in 2013.

Our Goal

To showcase all the wonderful Korean culture that exists in Toronto and beyond. Our writers come from a variety of backgrounds – both non-Korean and Korean – and are united in the desire to share fun, interesting, informative and often funny articles about the broad spectrum of Korean culture and pop culture (often known as Hallyu or the Korean Wave). We all love Korean culture and want to share it with you through reviews, recommendations and editorials.

We are based in Toronto and as such will focus on the many Korean events, festivals, restaurants, shops and more that you can also explore. But don’t worry if you’re reading from outside of Toronto or even outside of Canada, there will be lots about Korean films, dramas, food, culture and of course, music too!

What you will see on ATK Magazine

News, Promos and Editorials – Curious about Korean culture, moving to Korea to teach, want to know what’s happening in Toronto? – ask us a question and we’ll answer them. Cindy also writes editorials on topics or news she feels strongly about.

Drama & Film – Reviews on movies & dramas. More & more Korean films are being shown in Toronto (and the world) and with DramaFever (and other sites) it’s becoming easier to watch Korean dramas in North America. 

Korean Food (cooking Korean, Korean alcohol, Korean restaurants, Korean cookbooks, etc.) – This day is about Korean food and will include our Korean cooking video posts. Want us to make a particular recipe, send us a request!

Korean Music – K-pop, hip hop, indie and other Korean music rocks and we want to share it with you. Music reviews, band interviews, concert information… if it’s about music, you’ll find it here.

Korean Culture and Language – Want to learn about Korean culture or language from a foreigner’s perspective? We’ve got you covered! Questions & suggestions welcome!

Cosmetics and Fashion – Korean cosmetics and skincare are becoming not only more popular but more easily available in North America. Read all about them here. We also talk about Korean fashion too.

Korean Events in Toronto – If there’s something happening in Toronto we think you should know about, we’ll let you know. All events, concerts, festivals, or pretty much anything Korean that’s open to the public will be announced. Want your event or concert included? Send an email to our editor, Cindy, at Cindy(at)ATKmagazine(dot)com.

What to know something about Korean culture?

We love requests so if there is anything you think we should write about, we’ve created an “Ask Us” page for your requests. Have a question? Go to the “Ask Us” page and tell us what you want to know. We’ll do our best to answer. We can’t wait for the first question or request!!

Contact Information

Want us to review a product or attend an event? Want to advertise on ATK Magazine? Just want to say Hi? Feel free to contact us!

10 thoughts on “About ATK Magazine

  • May 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I think you should write about Big bang 🙂 -sincerely Maisha from the say kimchi meetup

    • May 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Maisha, I have a couple of posts about Big Bang already but I’m always willing to write more 🙂

  • June 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hello Cindy

    I really wanted to send this to you via email, but couldn’t navigate well enough to discover it lol.

    On behalf of Asiansploitation, a Toronto-based comedy troupe, I would like to let you know about an upcoming show during the month of July. The troupe has had the chance to perform in the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2010 and went as far as to win the Patrons Pick award. They have been reviewed by several news papers such as the TorontoStar and NOW. This year they were unable to partake in the Fringe Festival, but rather than settle on less-than-favorable situations, they have decided that THE SHOW MUST GO ON!. If you would be interested please contact me via email, Thank you. Int he meantime please browse the site at http://www.asiansploitation.com

    • June 15, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Ricky, thanks for the info and invite. Sending you an email right now 🙂

  • August 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Hello Cindy, I read some of your article and I really enjoyed it. I would like to contact you but I cannot find your email (same issue like Ricky). I would like to have a talk with you (online or offline) because I would like to create a partnership with you, could you please send me your email information to frederic.bibard@gmail.com

    Thank you.


    • August 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Intriguing comment, I’ve just emailed you for more details 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Cindy, I am a newbie of K-Pop since late summer 2011. My favorite K-Pop boy group is 2PM. I found your blog while searching some K-Pop information. I live in Markham, north of Toronto. I am happy to see someone posted Korean culture related stuffs and you are living in Toronto too. I like Korean food, but mostly will eat at North of Steels, like First Markham Place (Woodbine/HWY7) and the one located in Peachtree Mall (Kennedy/HWY7). I guess you may know which one I talked about, I always just eat and forgot the name. LOL. I will spend some times to read over your blog. I “like” your FB as well. Hope we can share more about K-Pop and K-Culture. I plan to visit Korea on Spring 2012, hope I can get more information for you.

    • October 31, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Clarence, thanks for stopping by! I’m always happy to meet fellow K-pop fans 🙂 And thanks for “liking” my FB page as well. My favourite K-pop group is Big Bang but I love almost all K-pop. Unfortunately I’m more familiar with the Korean restaurants in Toronto as I rarely venture that far north but perhaps I should explore more. I would love to hear about your trip to Korea next spring – I hope it’s a good one! Cheers.

      • October 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

        So, can you tell me which Korean restaurant in Toronto, that the taste close to the one you ate while you are in Korea? I ate few, for me they are almost the same. Thanks.

      • November 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

        There are several good ones, including Korea House, Korean Village Han Guk Kwan, Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu (in the Christie Koreatown). If you visit again tomorrow, you will see restaurant review of a new favourite of mine.

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