Minus 8 vinegar

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 19 November 2010

Wine turning to vinegar. Sounds like any vintner’s nightmare. Or does it? Enter Minus 8. Produced out of Ontario, Canada, this rare little product made in limited quantities boasts a cult-like following for its stellar, fall-off-your-chair taste. Yes, we’re still talking about vinegar— but not just any vinegar.

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Hollerado’s Human 8-bit video for Americanarama

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By Max Mertens in New Music on Wednesday 13 October 2010

Canadian indie rock band Hollerado recite their knowledge of American geography in this human 8-bit music video for their song Americanarama. This one-shot video was directed by the band’s friend, Greg Jardin.

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Jessica Fortner’s Deadly Sins

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By Michael Wandelmaier in New Illustration on Monday 27 September 2010

This is Jessica Fortner’s latest installment of her ongoing My Woodland, My Nightmare series titled Deadly Sins: Sloth Meets Greed. Fortner is a sculptural illustrator who lives and works in Toronto. Her site has tons of process work, showing you step by step how she creates her wonderful illustrations.

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The wild photography of Rodolphe Simeon

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By Nini Baseema in New Photography on Wednesday 22 September 2010

Rodolphe Simeon is a French photographer living in Canada. His work is a bit on the wild side: scissors, blood, abnormalities, sexuality and violence, everything can be found there. Whether he shoots people on the street or uses staged portraits in the studio, his morbid photos are always full of energy.

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Peter Diamond

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By Squidface and The Meddler in New Illustration on Wednesday 22 September 2010

Canadian artist Peter Diamond got his first taste of illustration drawing gig posters for his buddies punk rock shows in high school. Now, from his home in Vienna, his work has evolved into beautifully intricate and surreal compositions.

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Toronto’s Balzac’s Coffee

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 28 August 2010

There is something irresistible about a beautifully designed coffee shop. And Balzac’s Coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District is just such a place. Located in an antiquated warehouse, the ambience exudes an industrial-chic meets French bistro aesthetic with its worn brick walls, pressed tin coffee bar, checkerboard tiled flooring, and 20ft ceiling adorned with exposed pipes.

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Digital Graffiti Wall

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Friday 30 July 2010

What it lacks in the subversion and rebellion originally associated with graffiti, the Digital Grafiti Wall (backed by Heineken, no less) more than makes up for with tech geekery and wow-factor. The wall is currently touring Canada, hitting parties, clubs, and bars where people can use the gigantic drawing pad to create their own large-scale […]

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Luke Ramsey

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 17 May 2010

Like a latter day Keith Haring, Canadian artist Luke Ramsey fills walls, public spaces, various objects, and pieces of paper with impossibly intricate and busy drawings that reveal more detail the longer one looks. There’s more spacial depth in his work than the iconic 80s artist, and rather than redefining the surfaces he works on, Ramsey creates little narratives with awesomely weird characters and landscapes.

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Hexes and Ohs’ Secret Playlist

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By Zolton in Cool Websites on Friday 9 April 2010

The story of this electro-pop duo begins with a pair of high school sweethearts and arrives now at their debut release, Goodbye Friend, Welcome Lover, which reached number two on the Canadian campus radio charts. We got the inside word from them on the music that inspires them. They started with the Delorean song, Grow […]

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Who Loves The Sun: a Canadian movie

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Monday 22 March 2010

I really like Canadians, well the Canadians in this film — Who Loves The Sun — anyway. I don’t know if most Canadians are like this, but these characters are going through a fair bit of turmoil, however, they handle it with enough entertaining reserve to make for great viewing. It’s all done with a lightness and sense of humour that doesn’t detract from the gravity of the issues, but somehow adds complexity and depth.

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Hark! A Vagrant’s Canadian Stereotype Comics

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 5 March 2010

The very humor of Kate Beaton’s latest web comic series, Canadian Stereotype Comics, is predicated on the stereotype that Canadians are too non-descript to really have stereotypes. Plus, Beaton herself hails from the Great White North. Is that totally meta or what?

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Blasted Church Vineyards

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By The Urban Grocer in New Eco on Thursday 28 January 2010

Inventive, quirky, and a creative force in the Canadian wine industry: this is Blasted Church Vineyards. Taking its name and imagery from the true story of a mining era church that was dismantled by dynamite then moved to town where the vineyard now lies, this small estate winery is a true tour de force. The whimsical cartoon like design, originally developed by the cool cats at Vancouver-based marketing and design shop Brandever Strategy, reinvented the vineyard a few years back, turning Blasted Church into one of Canada’s most celebrated wineries.

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Aleksandra Rdest

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 27 January 2010

Canadian painter Aleksandra Rdest looks to forms in nature — clouds, cells, sound waves — for a jumping-off point for her large-scale abstract paintings. The translucence she achieves with acrylic gives her pieces a luminous, backlit quality that captivates the viewer much in the way that Mark Rothko’s paintings do.

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Colorful houses in Newfoundland

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Saturday 23 January 2010

Known more for its proximity to bountiful oil-fields than for its architecture, the town of St John’s, in Canada’s Newfoundland, has enjoyed a cultural revival in recent years based on a mini-economic boom and its quirky hilly terrain, upon which rows and rows of colorful houses have been built.

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Stephen Ibbott

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By Casper Johansson in New Art on Tuesday 22 December 2009

Canadian artist Stephen Ibbott’s paintings were on exhibit this summer at Scott Richards Contemporary Art in San Francisco. He is also showing at Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal.

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