20.11.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Jen Mann


Paintings by Toronto-based artist Jen Mann. I feel like I am always checking her site for new work. So good. More images below.
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06.10.15 by Jeff

Double Music Video: The Parrots “All My Loving” & Hinds “Davey Crockett”

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen two bands split a music video before? I’m sure someone will rattle off a whole bunch of bands who have done this in the comments below, but I can’t think of any for the life of me.

In any case this is a fun double video, directed by Marc Oller, featuring two Madrid-based garage rock bands covering tunes they normally end their shows with. The Parrots cover the Almighty Defenders followed by Hinds’ cover of Thee Headcoats. The two bands released a split 7″ record with both songs earlier this year.

Watch “All My Loving / Davey Crockett” in all its 16mm glory below.

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05.10.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Battles “The Yabba”


Battles always have such great videos! Roger Guàrdia directs this one (produced by CANADA) for their epic 7-minute long track “The Yabba”. I forgot how much I love this band. As soon as I finished this video I loaded up Timothy Saccenti’s video for their song “Atlas”, it’d been several years since I watched it, and it’s still a masterpiece.

Watch “The Yabba” (and “Atlas” if you’ve never seen it) below.

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10.06.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Alexandra Levasseur


Paintings by Montreal-based artist Alexandra Levasseur. Found via our June Reader Submissions. Lots more images below.

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25.02.15 by Prosthetic Knowledge

How Canada pioneered the GIF event, bringing net art away from the desktop and into a show

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If there was one digital medium that caught the attention of the online public in the past five years or so, it is obviously the Graphical Interchange Format, commonly referred to as the GIF. Initially employed as a file format for simple animations, over time it became the medium of choice for many artists and creatives to present their work thanks to improved bandwidths and easier storage on social media platforms.

Over the past year or so we have seen GIF art implemented in mainstream gallery spaces such as The Museum of Moving Image or Tate Britain’s 1840s GIF Party, or by way of Augmented Reality, presenting works at physical spaces through a smartphone device via barcodes, such as Rua Red’s Glitch Festival or GIF Art blog 15 Folds exhibition at the Lyst Gallery.

Back in 2012 the Photographers Gallery, London, was smart enough put together a major show about the format ‘Born In 1987‘, but before this all became fashionable in the art world, an organizer and artist from Toronto saw the potential of integrating this format into real-world events and collaborated with another artist whose medium of choice is the GIF itself, curating a collection of works created on a computer by artists from around the world, and projected on walls to accompany the surroundings.

The show was called ‘Sheroes’, a monthly event started in 2011 to 2012 that each month focused on female pop-icons ranging from Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, Madonna, Dusty Springfield or Dolly Parton, a range of artists whose distinct talents enriched pop culture, a “League of Legendary Ladies”. Here I will talk to Rea McNamara and Lorna Mills about the origins of this emerging scene and how it all started.

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15.01.15 by Jeff

Alexi Hobbs


Photos by Alexi Hobbs, a photographer living and working in Montreal. More images below.

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08.01.15 by Jeff

Sidney Masuga


Here are some beautiful drawings from an upcoming children’s book by Toronto-based artist illustrator Sidney Masuga. Lots more images below.

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08.01.15 by Jeff

Music Video: Pomo “Back 2 U”


Pomo “Back 2 U”, directed by Toronto-based Peter Hadfield. Watch the music video below.

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