If five years ago, you were to tell Shane Vitaly Foran and Jason Readman they’d be pitching their blooming accessories business to a group of wealthy investors, they would have thought you were out to lunch.
That was before Foran left the country on a soul-searching journey and while Readman was flying helicopters in Northern Ontario. Today the two young men, who met while snowboarding ten years ago, are working day and night to run their thriving business, Vitaly Design.
Foran had an idea that working for someone was not in his future, “I always knew I’d run my own business – I was never good at having a boss.” Perhaps it was this mentality that drove him to strap on a backpack after graduating university and escape into the depths of Southeast Asia. Luckily for him, what he calls a “cliché, finding yourself type of thing” ended up being just that.
It started with a ring design Foran had in mind. On his travels in Ubud, Indonesia, he approached an artisan to craft a ring out of wood. When he saw the artisan was able to meet the request, he reached out to friends back in Canada to see if anyone else was interested.
Starships and Angels is the new solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Danilo McDowell-McCallum, opening this Wednesday, March 20th!
The exhibition is being held at 185 Augusta, a gallery space located in Toronto’s Kensington market that is home to a collective of multi-disciplinary urban artists. This will be Danilo’s third solo show and builds off of the recent success of his “Black Future Month” exhibition which opened in February.
The collection ventures deep into the Dream Guardian universe of the artist, exploring the connection material beings have with their etherial counterparts.
The Starships are the vessels that allow the blockheads to travel through space & time to our world. The Angels, on the other hand, are our blockheads’ dream guardians. Danilo explores these concepts through the theme of chromaspace […] + Read More
It’s been quite the start to the new year. The last few weeks have been quite the roller coaster ride over in Playa Del Carmen for the 6th annual BPM Festival.
Without a doubt the Festival has grown since 2012… bigger acts, more events, and a shitload more people packing the beachside venues each and every night.
We’ve got a lot of great stuff planned for this year, but in the mean time, enjoy the fresh stream of videos, photos and music from the Festival to cure any winter blues.
This upcoming Tuesday, on the 12th day, of the 12th month, of the 12th year in the 2nd millenium, we alongside the 185 Augusta family are proud to host…
The official release party of Midnight Green – the debut album of Toronto’s own Chris Ak. An artist in every sense of the word, Chris has dipped his toes into countless forms of electronic media. Whether it be producing beats for the likes of Idle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res, and Graph Novel), contributing vocals for his former group High DEF, or creating music videos for local legends like Saukrates, the incredible passion and talent Chris possesses is always evident in his work.
Midnight Green is no different. A hip-hop beatape that fluidly integrates skillfully manipulating beats, movement, sound and melody.
So while all those who follow the Mayan calendar will be preparing for the end of the world, we’ll all be at 185 Augusta doin’ what we do – having some drinks, hearing some beats, and enjoying life. For more information check out the events section.
Recently, Sara Simms & Melle Oh created an edgy, modern, and creative graphic novel which is definitely raising some eyebrows.
Why you might ask?
The concept of the series is directly tied to the to culture, history, music, and people of Toronto.
What’s even more interesting about The Future Prophecy is the story that is being told. The plot revolves around a female lead (Simms) who is a DJ in a post-apocalyptic Toronto, attempting to rescue to the city from the pervasive sounds of the monolithic label Hogtown Records, which has seized control of the city.
Add in crisp illustrations, local landmarks, DJ cameos, and plans to release music inspired by the series and produced by Toronto-based artists, and you’ve got a serious recipe for a successful artistic endeavour.
The first volume serves as a vague and mysterious introduction to the seedy-world in which the heroine has gone missing. You can read and download it for free over the next month via Graphicly.com.