Over the Christmas holidays we hosted Papirmass’ 5th birthday party. If you don’t know who they are, Papirmass is a Toronto-based subscription company that delivers art and literature right to your door on a monthly basis. We had a wonderful time hosting the celebration party, collage-making party, and weekend-long pop up shop. Congrats to our friends on all their success! Here are a few snaps incase you missed it.
Hermann & Audrey’s monthly Fashion Film House continued with a showcase of the latest works from three exceptional talents, Clay Boutté, Allison Kortokrax, and Kyle Thompson who all share a brilliant eye for beauty. The screening was curated by Hermann & Audrey and featured a mix of chic, modern editorials; high-fashion shoots; and creative, conceptual images brought to life by our featured photographers. Chicago’s fashion-forward creatives enjoyed drinks in The Public Hotel’s Library Bar –thanks to our hosts at the Public! Clay, Allison, and Kyle share their inspirations, beginnings, and insight to what’s next. Check out our one-on-one’s with our talent in focus below.
Humbled to be included in the VOGUE round-up of Toronto’s best cultural finds. “One of the most diverse cities in the world, Canada’s cultural capital is home to an incredibly rich variety of neighborhoods and atmospheres (see Chinatown, Little India, Little Italy, Little Portugal); its annual Pride Week is one of the world’s largest, boasting upwards of a million visitors each year; and the art, fashion, and restaurant scenes—not to mention its coffee culture—is booming. Here, we take a look at the best that the city has to offer.” See the whole list here.
Don’t mind being referred to as an arbiter of cool, thank you culture writer Randi Bergman of Vogue magazine.
Introducing Third Thursdays Neighbourhood Crawl
Starting this October 16th, the third Thursday of every month will host unique experiences along the corridor of Dundas West between Ossington and Roncesvalles. This diverse stretch of galleries, shops, bars and restaurants will ban together to show locals and travelers what the new strip has to offer.
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Toronto, meet Paddy Leung. Mixed media artist and all around material girl, Paddy creates fun and whimsical sculptures, paper objects and produces unique, sparkly window and art installations for various venues. Having attended art school for a while, she now dedicates her days to drawing and constructing all objects imaginable: from piñatas to pipe cleaner doughnuts and crafty forts. I visited her confetti-covered home studio not long ago and had a fun chat about imagination, art and working with what you have.
We sat down with Toronto-based artist Smolik to get his take on the city and chat about his work. Smolik paints every single day, taking his inspiration from his urban surroundings and reinventing the society that he sees through sketches and brushstrokes. Passionate about raw experience, the artist touches on struggles with identity and urban decay in his creations which range from large murals to the smallest, most detailed illustrations. In constant search of new techniques and means of expression, Smolik has a long list of collaborations with artists and companies such as Red Bull, Salomon Snowboards, Adrian Hayles and Nunca. Read our interview with him below.
As a part of NXNE Art 2014, artists from the Northeast shifted the narrative of Toronto’s streets, creating destinations of beauty. Take a peek at some of the images below and see how Toronto has been transformed…and then go check out the rest on foot! Pictures, as good as they are, just don’t do the art justice. Here’s tour #1.
Producing NXNE Art 2014 was everything we imagined it could be. We created the stage for talented artists from across the North East: Toronto, Montreal, New York, Detroit, to help us transform our perspective on public space with their individual visions for shared spaces and art in public. Not only did the Urban Takeovers of NXNE change the physical surroundings of laneways, alleyways, derelict spaces it shaped an alternative options for urban experience. From well trafficked Yonge-Dundas Square to found spaces on unassuming walls, local and international artists created experiences throughout the city in color, community and interactivity. Through building highly visible, disruptive installations, the pedestrian experience was in places transformed, revitalizing lost space, bringing life to alleyways, and finally, bringing forward public engagement rooted in art. What’s more fun than that? Continue reading article →
Yonge Street Media online took note of NXNE Art 2014 transforming the city of Toronto, “one alley at a time.” The article detailed that art “…is one of the only mediums with the capacity to shift the narrative of a city street, to transform a dark and desolate alley into a destination of beauty, a passageway that not only promotes foot traffic, but also enhances the safety of the entire area…” while noting “that’s exactly what is happening now [with NXNE Art]…throughout the city.” Yonge Street is a weekly online magazine named after the Toronto region’s main street and the spine that ties us altogether with a mission to see the future in what is working well in the Toronto region today.
Huffington Post Canada interviewed NXNE Art Festival Director, (and Hermann & Audrey Creative Director), Jacquelyn West. The article mentioned the new art program as a part of the NXNE Festival is “Something with imagination. Something with heart. Something that makes you feel.” Also, calling Hermann & Audrey’s Creative Director “a passionate city builder.” Hermann & Audrey took the reigns of NXNE’s Art portion this year for the first time in the festival’s history. Huffington Post Canada pushes the latest Canadian and world news content covering politics, business, lifestyle and the viral web.
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Global News mentioned the “urban takeovers” happening around the city as a part of NXNE Art, noting how “a number of artists will take over parts of the city. The article stated “NXNE Art will recreate Toronto’s iconic Graffiti Alley between Niagara St. and Tecumseth St. with murals by Toronto and Detroit-based artists.” The article served as a look inside the street art set to span across Toronto, produced by Hermann & Audrey. Global News offers Canadians from coast to coast a host of news and information – from breaking news in their community to deep engaging content that puts complex world issues in perspective.
As a part of the NXNE festival, NXNE Art gives people the power to participate – not simply spectate. NXNE Art 2014 brings together influential creators of the North East who are transforming their surroundings and the urban experience. This year, throughout the festival landscape, we invite you to enter an artist’s view of city life in a future age where creativity reigns. Continue reading article →
On Friday, June 13th, Nexcare Brand, will launch their new campaign aimed at evolving the perceptions we have of what a “mom” should look like with a visually-stunning photography exhibit from Cory VanderPloeg. The exhibit will be the first part of a campaign designed to evolve our perceptions of how a mother should look and be portrayed. Continue reading article →
Crave Online took time to mention Hermann & Audrey’s Life Cycles exhibit, as well as NXNE Art (also produced by Hermann & Audrey). The article mentioned that Life Cycles compliments Bike Month with NXNE Art through the Life Cycles exhibit, as well community ride which allowed participants to check out the exhibit and then tour the city with photographer, Steve Carty, taking a look at the various NXNE Art installations set up across the city. Crave mentioned the exhibit depicts “cycling in Toronto as not only a great way to get around the city, but as art, fashion, and a sight to see around the city. Crave Online is the destination for everything men crave in Entertainment, Film, TV, Gaming, Music, Sports, and Life & Style.
View the Vibe noted the top 10 artists to watch for at NXNE 2014 in a recent article. The article funnelled attention towards NXNE Art’s Urban Takeovers: “an amalgamation of local and international artists will transform urban spaces throughout Toronto into their own canvases.” Additionally, Hermann & Audrey’s Life Cycles, an exhibit about bikes and the people who ride them, was mentioned as an “exhibit [that] will resonate with all who revel in the mode of the bicycle.” Furthermore, NXNE Art made the list yet again with Mathew Borrett’s Future Toronto, found in the NXNE Art Lounge. View the Vibe is Toronto’s news, with Toronto restaurants and spas, guides, lists, the best things to do in the city, tastemakers, reviews, galleries, videos.
NXNE Art gives people the power to participate – not simply spectate. NXNE Art 2014 brings together influential creators of the North East who are transforming their surroundings and the urban experience.
From well trafficked Yonge-Dundas Square to found spaces on unassuming walls, local and international artists will take over public spaces throughout the city, building highly visible, disruptive installations. Called Urban Takeovers, we’re transforming pedestrian experience, revitalizing lost space, bringing life to alleyways, and bringing forward public engagement rooted in art. Continue reading article →
Crave Online aimed to get an inside perspective from our Jacquelyn West, Creative Director and Producer at both Hermann & Audrey and NXNE Art 2014, as “so many of the projects that are in the queue [for NXNE Art] this year get people involved.” The article sat down with Jacquelyn to discuss how NXNE Art would provide “compelling projects…kicking off a revitalization of the area by bringing art into the public realm.” Crave Online is the destination for everything men crave in Entertainment, Film, TV, Gaming, Music, Sports, and Life & Style.
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Before Last Call wrote an article on “one of the most hotly anticipated festival events of the summer,” NXNE. The article pointed out that NXNE Art (produced by Hermann & Audrey) “combines creators and viewers in such a way that the urban sprawl becomes more intimate and participatory.” Further, calling visitors not to “forget the After Parties held at select venues and the NXNE Art Lounge. Rockstars aren’t the only ones who party hard until the early morning hours.” Before Last Call is about handpicking and curating the highlights of city nightlife to ensure you get access to places that will make your experiences noteworthy.
The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, a monthly reception in which our unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets visitors explore the 30+ galleries around South Halsted and 18th Street in Chicago’s culturally-rich neighborhood of Pilsen. Continue reading article →