Sometimes an artist describes him or herself so aptly that it leaves others with nothing much more to say. In the case of Toronto-based illustrator Karlo Ghokasian, he has this to say about himself: ‘Most people go to university to become fancy doctors and sexy lawyers. You know, real important type careers. I on the other hand spent four years drawing vaginas. So, why have I chosen to be an illustrator? Well, I’m not in it for the money. I do it to impress women’.
Josh McIntyre, aka Little Girls, recently released a cover of Beach House’s epic 10 Mile Stereo. Little Girls will also be releasing a 7-inch split, Volume 2 of Best of Both Records, a Toronto and Oslo based label that does splits with bands from both cities. We have a free download of 10 Mile Stereo […]
The traditional game of Rock, Paper, Scissors is generally considered to be a children’s activity, but some adults use it to solve their differences. And, get this, it’s also now a ‘sport’ controlled by an international association with tournaments played in many countries. The highest authority is the World Rock Paper Scissors Society located in Toronto, Canada, which regulates and promotes the sport and organizes conferences, an annual retreat, and monthly tournaments in clubs and institutions. And then there’s the World Championship, which takes place annually in Toronto. Now, quick choose your weapon. We take Scissors. [Watch a video of last year's exciting World Championship final]
Jessica Fortner is a Toronto-based freelance illustrator. She creates unique one-of-a-kind hand-sculpted illustrations. Jessica just finished four illustration’s in her on-going series My Woodland, My Nightmare.
Like maple syrup and ice hockey, nothing says Canada more than poutine: French fried potatoes smothered in cheese curds and then topped with thick, rich gravy. And while most Canadians will argue that the very best poutine can only come from Quebec — where the idea was born — Poutini’s House of Poutine, in Toronto, are looking to give the Quebecois a run for their money. Mon dieu! Here, at Poutini’s House, Nick and Fred Laliberte are serving up what has been voted the very best poutine in Toronto.
Toronto-based painter Andre Ethier combines traditional painting techniques with flowing, textured brushwork to lend his psychedelic paintings a brooding moodiness that is reminiscent of the work of Ivan Albright as well as that of the Surrealists. Unlike other artists working with similar themes, Ethier’s images are more somber than they are giddily hallucinatory, and the horror he portrays is more nuanced, with vague references to ancient mythology and pop culture
This beautiful documentary charts the journey of a loggerhead turtle from its traumatic hatching on a Floridian beach and its frantic scramble to make it to the sea, to its battles with the currents as it makes its way on its genetically programmed path of discovery through the temperamental oceans. Partly fictionalized to allow for […]
Directed by Jordan Scott, the daughter of Ridley Scott, and starring the sensual Eva Green, Cracks is an unsettling, yet tragically beautiful movie set in the lush surrounds of the English countryside and featuring a Lord of the Flies-ish storyline in which a group of English boarding school students turn on a new Spanish-born classmate when they feel threatened by her evident exotic-ness and worldliness. With a dark subtext in which boundaries between teacher and student and the students themselves are increasingly blurred, and beguiling cinematography, this film, which I saw at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, provides plenty of talking points, not the least of being the stunning performance of Green as the teacher whose fantasises about a life that she had never had the opportunity to live ultimately lead to a calamitous outcome.
Whilst in Toronto last weekend for the International Film Festival, I caught a screening of Dorian Gray, the superbly realised adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic which first appeared nearly 100 years ago in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine and now stars the unheralded Ben Barnes and the meticulously brilliant Colin Firth. Directed by Oliver Parker, the […]
Toronoto-based guitarist and vocalist Adam Cooper explained to me that he wants to make people sick with his band, Orn, much the way French shock films such as Irreversible do. When the trio hit the stage at the Smiling Buddha in Toronto, I understood exactly what he meant.
Paintings from Nicholas Aoki’s new solo exhibition, Goodnight; Sweet, Hearts blur two worlds — one of mortals and one of Gods, skeletons and creature spirits. The Toronto-based Aoki uses watercolors and acrylics to create rich landscapes that he layers with the characters in this journey to death. And while the paintings contain a dark subject […]
These shots of drag queens by Toronto photographer Liam Sharp were taken backstage at various clubs in the village. Of the series, Sharp says: ‘I’m afraid to send them out. I don’t want to be known as the drag queen photographer. The dilemma of a commercial photographer’s struggle, especially in Canada, is that Canadians are so literal. Internationally, the depth and range of what is accepted is so much greater. It’s understood that it’s not me that these pictures represent. Rather, an interesting plot that is graphic and photographic’.
Toronto-based producer, and co-founder of the awesome Suction Records label, Jason Amm (aka Solvent) creates ‘robot music too complex and contemporary to sound like it was recorded in 1981, and too seeped in the time-honoured traditions of melody, songwriting and hands-on synthesis to be lost in the overcrowded world of IDM’. This uplifting, propulsive track, […]
Toronto-based Timber Timbre’s third self-titled studio release keeps a soft and moody vibe with eight simply structured songs that seem meant for listening to in the dark. Taylor Kirk, the man behind the project, has a singing voice that’s both folky and restrained. He calls on other artists to fill in strings, banjo and accompanying […]
The creatures of Nicholas Di Genova’s imagination occupy a strange space between the petting zoo and the apocalypse. The Toronto illustrator develops entire structured communities of twisted beasts that often blur the lines between animal and machine, yet somehow even his hound of Hades ends up looking cuddly (possibly because it’s half chicken). Recent projects have included painstakingly detailed ballpoint studies of everything from tortoises to flowers to vampire bats. In an upcoming exhibition, another piece will feature a grid of 20,000 butterflies. Hey, the man likes details.