01.02.11 by Jeff

Internet now only for rich people!

This pretty much sums up the idiocy that is happening in Canada right now with regards to the future of our internet usage:

stop the meter internet usage based billing in canada

In my opinion the internet should be evolving into a more open and affordable environment, not a more expensive and inaccessible one. I can’t believe our Canadian government is allowing this to happen.

Canadian artists consider this:

“This also means that those who produce media-based art, and depend on the Internet to show the world their work, are less able to produce and disseminate their content freely. This means less innovation and more control of art, film, music, and other forms we may not yet know of!”

The only way to stop this is to rally together and email the leaders of our government, OpenMedia has made this really easy!

Already 250,000 people have spoken out against this. If you feel the same way I do, head over HERE. (it literally took me 2.5 seconds)

16.11.10 by Jeff


Walter Manning is the man behind one of my favourite tumblrs, Old Chum. He has gained a massive following online and now he has opened a shop here in Vancouver, Old Faithful. It is a total blessing to our city. I met up with him a couple weeks ago to ask him a few questions.



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Jeff Hamada: I thought we could start off by letting everyone know about your amazing little tumblr, Old Chum. What’s the story behind the “Chumblr” and how did you come up with the name?

Walter Manning: I was walking around the new Convention Center in Vancouver and they just put up all these placards about the history of British Columbia. I remember just reading every one of them as I walked around and how impressed I was with the raw initiative that went in to the development of the province: conquering the landscape, building infrastructure, hiking supplies to logging camps and felling giant firs. These were ordinary people who did extraordinary things.

I came across one placard of a picture of some men hiking supplies through the rugged landscape. One of the men had a crate on his back and on the side was inscribed “Old Chum”, a Canadian tobacco company, and it all fell into place for me and Old Chum was born. The name summed up what I wanted a blog to be.

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05.08.10 by Jeff


I spent my weekend white water rafting with some friends near Whistler, and it was incredible! I was too cheap to pay for the souvenir photos so here’s a shot of me throwing a ball to my friend Butters instead.

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29.04.10 by Jeff

Shannon Elliott

Illustrations by recent IDEA graduate, Shannon Elliott.

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23.04.10 by Jeff

Jen Mann

Paintings by Jen Mann. Mississauga, Ontario.

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20.04.10 by Jeff

Sean Lewis

Drawings by Sean Lewis. Toronto, Ontario.

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20.04.10 by Jeff

Caitlin Gallupe

Paintings by Caitlin Gallupe. Victoria, BC.

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17.02.10 by Jeff

Ohhhhh Canadaaaaaa!

Everyone in Vancouver is partying right now! I love it! Team Canada dominated Norway 8-0 (sorry Norway) and we took to the streets!

*editors note: this was filmed after more than a couple beaver lagers