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.
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-based artist Jon Todd will be displaying his new series of mixed media paintings and collages in an exhibition titled Outsider at Hermann & Audrey this October 16th-26th. Continue reading article →
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.
24 | Toronto – A Video Compilation filmed by Toronto’s talent about their city.
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Join us on Thursday, August 21st from 6pm – 11pm @ 1506 Dundas Street West for FoundMissing’s launch event “Origin”.
FoundMissing is an online boutique retail experience where the digital community can shop, share personal reviews on select shoes, and share to social media websites. FoundMissing exists to fill the void in the urban, athletic, casual , and luxury footwear community driven online boutique/editorial market.
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.
NXNE Art gave Toronto the power to participate – not just spectate. Thank you to the city of Toronto for participating, for believing in Hermann & Audrey and supporting us in our first year with NXNE Art. Thank you to the hard working artists who made this whole experience so special. And a huge thank you to the Hermann & Audrey team. They are the most talented and dedicated crew of people that I have ever had the privilege to work with and call my friends. Without further ado, let me introduce you to the team.
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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 →
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 →
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.
Join the immersive and provocative installations of an unimagined city future by top artists, technologists and architects.
Anyone that knows Steve Carty knows he is a passionate photographer who’s immense knowledge and ideas are consistently passed forward to those willing to learn. Having worked with celebrities such as Kanye West, to simply doing creative shoots for his own interest, those who get the chance to learn from him seemingly excel and develop their vision at lightening speed. We sat down with Steve and found out what it takes to be a true photographer and his top tips for photographic success. Continue reading article →
From Paris to New York to Toronto, Virgil Baruchel has been surrounded by art since he can remember. Dabbling in as many creative techniques as you can name, the multimedia artist believes in letting his work speak for itself and pushes his imagination and that of his audience as far as it can go. Inspired by game-changing artists and motivated by challenge, Virgil’s colourful creations are an instinctive fusion of process and form and never what they seem. I payed him a studio visit and we had a stirring conversation about his work, inspiration and the power of instinct and looking at things twice.
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Not long ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with artist Jimmy Chiale for a conversation over cappuccinos and whiskey at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St West). Known for his distinctive, abstract style and vibrant bursts of color, Chiale is nothing less than passionate about his art, inspired by everything and looking to inspire in return. Originally from France, he has collaborated with countless artists and musicians in Toronto, painting every day to leave his imprint in time.
How are you planning to explore your city this summer?
Open Streets TO is a new initiative to open Toronto’s roads–specifically Bloor street and a section of Yonge and Church street–for 4 car-free Sundays from 8am-1pm this summer. It will be the city’s largest free recreation program that will connect our diverse neighbourhoods, unlike any public program that Toronto has ever seen. Continue reading article →