Heart City Apparel: Style, street art and philanthropy collide

It was a warm summer evening when I was first introduced to HeartCity Apparel. I was about to go to sleep and ended up sharing a cigarette with co-founder and assistant director D’arcy Williams, who had been over with a couple of friends at the apartment I was subletting for June. Sitting casually on the…

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Toronto: Watch out for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche!

Last night I attended the pre-launch reception for this year’s exciting edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-night spectacle that will transform the entire city into a magical and massive urban art installation on Saturday from sundown to sunrise. The great hall at Scotia Plaza was buzzing, filled to the brim with an inspiring and talented…

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Graffiti for your feet with Toronto’s Huely Socks

Huely Socks, a brand-new Toronto startup, is putting a colourful twist on the infamous item that always gets lost in our laundry machines. This month, Huely will be launching their second capsule – a limited edition sock series offering vivid urban designs in collaboration with over half a dozen Toronto street artists. I sat down…

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A conversation with Paddy Leung

I went on a studio visit not long ago and sat down for an inspiring chat with mixed media artist and all-around material girl Paddy Leung. The latest talent featured on the Toronto the Brave profiles for Hermann & Audrey, Paddy dabbles in more creative circuits than I can count. Picture whimsical tropical landscapes and sparkly…

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Inside the mind of Jeremy Shantz

Jeremy Shantz’s studio is like the Frankenstein of all studios. Everything is built from scratch, from the desk to the mismatched coffee table that used to be a fan belt cage and the shelves housing a taxidermy alligator head and a dismembered yet perfectly manicured mannequin hand. Any other person would… have neatly sat down…

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Oozing worlds and abandoned buildings

  ONCE upon a time, I rang this artist’s doorbell for an interview, only to be greeted with the standard double kiss and a very modest: “I haven’t really timed my day well and we need to go pick up my laundry”. So off we went, lugging back a rucksack big enough to fit a child in and…

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First days in Montréal: Rooftops, murals and street art overdose

Art by WZRDS GNG Spring is in the air, students are out of classrooms and all of Canada is creeping out of hibernation. Having succesfully finished my first official year at OCAD University, I packed a suitcase and drove to Montréal with my dad. One foot in the city and I’m in my natural habitat. LNDMRK office / MURAL…