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The Dundas West Portrait Project


The Dundas West Portrait Project by photographer Miguel Arenillas is a collection of contemporary portraits of the faces that make up Dundas Street West. This is the first solo show by Arenillas, and will be on display for public viewing at Hermann & Audrey (1506 Dundas St. W) from August 21st – 22nd, with a private opening reception on August 20th.

Dundas Street West (or #DuWest as it has been affectionately dubbed) is on its way to becoming recognized as one of the most multicultural and fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto. The Dundas West Portrait Project was created by Miguel Arenillas in conjunction with the Dundas West BIA and Hermann & Audrey to showcase local businesses and owners who are helping to grow this burgeoning area. The exhibit features more than 20 business owners to celebrate their stories of success and dreams, while shining a spotlight on each owner’s independent business with the recognition they deserve.


To see more work from Miguel, visit: miguelarenillas.com

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Toronto’s only Filipino Festival is back to celebrate their 10-Year-Anniversary of Kultura on August 5-9th, 2015. The Philippine inspired festival is spearheaded by Kensington Market-based, youth-led Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and supported by community volunteers. The purpose of the event is to expose Toronto to everything the Filipino community has to offer, from arts, culture, food, entertainment and style. Through a variety of workshops, live shows, and community engagement the festival continues to grow each year, allowing the idea of understanding Toronto’s diverse communities to truly be celebrated.


You can purchase tickets HERE.

For more info, visit: kultura.ca

Photo by Dwayne Fundano

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On August 6, elusive graphic artist, Fucci, presents his collective installation entitled, ‘Squirt’, An Underwater Adventure at Toronto’s District 28 event space. Fucci is best known for his hyper sexualized graphics and thirst for creative expression, and invites Torontonians for the first time into his playful interactive world. This event will also commemorate Fucci’s first public appetence and the unveiling of his brand new iconic graphics.

Fucci re-invents modern surrealism with a unique approach and detail to minimalism. He can be identified only through his unique and bold stylized saturated colour palettes, clean lines and attention to the human form. Fucci’s thought provoking visuals have been known to spark an online craze and a collective curiosity to his identity.


As an added bonus to this unique showcase, there will be live performances by Toronto-based music artists: Bizzarh, Morelikeaqua, Bambii and Internet Daughter. Guests will be able to enjoy beverages by Fucci’s sponsors: Stolichnaya Vodka, Tromba Tequila, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Peroni Beer and Red Bull.


Tickets can be purchased online HERE.

For more details about the artist and to view a select collection of his work, visit: fucci.ca

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Holt Renfrew recently hosted an exclusive fashion event with Haculla, a designer streetwear collection designed by creative director Jon Koon. The latest collection is a collaborative project inspired by Harif Guzman, New York based contemporary artist and designer.

Haculla’s first collection references to Guzman’s “Dark Ages” characters. The original series is an examination of the old masters in classical art, and within this series, Guzman juxtaposes his signature street art characters with iconic styles often depicted in old master paintings.

“The Haculla characters all came about when I came to New York. It’s a character that’s been around for 18 years,” he said.


Guzman began tagging the streets of New York in the early-2000’s and became recognized for his work soon after, gaining a celebrity following. They have since watched him transition from a street artist to contemporary painter. His street and contemporary art works have been exhibited internationally. However, he calls New York home as well as his favourite canvas and inspiration.

“My collection is my life on a day-to-day basis, it’s the way I feel and I’ve put it all over New York,” he said. “It’s become an iconic imagery in New York and now I brought it to clothing along with Jon Koon who designed different styles.”


When asked about who he envisions wearing his collection he said, “Anybody that’s got a dark side to them but also likes to have a little fun; but I think there’s a little dark side to everyone.” With that being said, Guzman also adds he initially paints and designs for himself, stating, “Everything I paint is for myself. My collection is my life, what I’ve lived.”


Holt Renfrew’s concourse level was transitioned into a New York underground fashion and art event. Guests entered through the back alley where Guzman had painted a huge mural on the brick wall upon entrance. Following through, more of Guzman’s artwork and designs in monochrome with hints of deep red led the crowd through the event. A mixture of hip-hop, rap, trap, and r&b filled the space in the most suitable way possible courtesy of DJ Sophie Jones. In addition, Chef Matthew created a contemporary and cool menu for guests to enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. Alcohol was also sponsored, including Peroni and signature themed cocktails.

“Being creative is almost like you’re being tortured… and then when you’re well received in other countries it feels nice. – Harif Guzman, Haculla”

Photos by Lesean Harris

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Toronto plays host to an exhibition of select works from the 14th annual VICE Photo Issue on July 17-18th at the Angell Gallery (12 Ossington Ave.) The exhibit is co-curated by VICE Canada and award-winning Canadian photographer Larry Towell. Towell is Canada’s first photographer to be associated with Magnum, the world-renowned photographic cooperative​ ​​and collaborator on this year’s photo issue.

In an era where photography is more accessible than ever before, the exhibit explores the diverse approaches to documentation and will feature some of the best new works from Canadian and international photojournalists including unpublished work by Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Dominique Nahr, Brent Gundlock and Mauricio Palos.​

CLICK HERE to get to know more about Canadian photographer Larry Towell in this exclusive VICE interview.

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More than 7000 of the finest athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean are in Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am and Para-pan Am Games and as you probably already know, the city is on fire! There is so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the games and we absolutely love the passion.

The arts scene is also getting in on the action being inspired by the skill, diversity and excellence the games represent. The Pan Am Path Arts Relay is “comprised of 14 consecutive weeks of arts programming in 14 zones throughout the city which will feature a mix of installations and events”. The Pan Am Path extends from Brampton to Pickering and will serve as the artistic “connective tissue”. With almost 2 million dollars in funding and over 80 kilometres of multi-use trails, the path is shaping up to be a lasting legacy in Toronto’s history.


Zone 9 a.k.a SHIFT, features a “variety of temporary and permanent art installations and murals created to celebrate arts in the east end of Toronto. The artworks selected for this project playfully explore themes of diversity and emphasize the potency of a simple shift of perspective.” SHIFT is brought to you by East End Arts, Friends of the Pan AM Path, young civic leaders and The City of Toronto.

Last Saturday, a guided bike tour explored all that Zone 9 has to offer so far. It will be officially completed by 2017.


For more info: panampath.org

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Hennessy celebrates its 250th anniversary in Toronto with a custome Hennessy Time Barrel and their exclusive Hennessy ‘250 Collector Blend’.

By now there’s a good chance you’ve seen the incredible work of art and design known as the Hennessy Time Barrel located in Yorkville on Bloor Street West in front of La Societe. The piece is on display from July 8-14th, giving passers by the opportunity to send a digital text or video message to the future. The Time Barrel has been designed as an interactive experience to take part in Hennessy’s tradition of perpetual transmission from one generation to the next.


“My real mission is to prepare the eaux-de-vie for the generations of Master Blenders that will follow me…”, says Yann Fillioux, Hennessy’s Master Blender.


This 21st century time capsule will preserve messages written in 2015, all around the world, in a barrel in Hennessy’s historic cellars in Cognac. Messages for future generations will remain sealed in the Time Barrel until it will be opened 50 years later. 

From March through October 2015, The Hennessy Time Barrel will travel to 9 cities all over the world. Destinations include Cognac, France (February), Guangzhou, China (March); Taiwan (April), Berlin, Germany (May), Moscow, Russia (May); London, Great-Britain (June), Toronto, Canada (July), Johannesburg, South Africa (August), Lagos, Nigeria (October)

Today’s your last chance to send a message, what are you waiting for?!


In tandem with the announcement of The Hennessy 250 Tour, Yann Fillioux, the Maison’s Master Blender, presented the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend: “To mark milestone celebrations, Hennessy has always carefully created a special cognac to illustrate a sense of continuity. Today, the Maison celebrates 250 years of savoir-faire and excellence by creating a unique anniversary blend.”

As Hennessy Ambassadors, we were one of the lucky few who got the chance to taste the special Hennessy 250 Collector Blend, which was aged in 250 handmade, especially commissioned barrels of Limousin oak, containting 250 litres each. Let’s just say we savoured each and every sip.

Previously: Hennessy Artistry Presents “The Art Of Blending” With SOULECTION & WILDE

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Los-Angeles based Revolver Gallery, founded in 2012 by Canadian native and entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, has invited collectors, curators, gallerists, and art enthusiasts alike to experience the Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today exhibit to the city of Toronto.

“Being a native of Toronto, the city holds a very special place in my heart. It is an important part of the person I am today, and I feel compelled to give back to Toronto with this exhibition,” said Ron Rivlin. “I want to share my passion for the importance of Andy Warhol’s work with my fellow Torontonians.”

Located in the city’s trendy Yorkville neighbourhood at 77 Bloor Street West, the museum quality exhibition will run for a six-month period and be open to the public daily from July 1 until December 31, 2015.

“In 2011, Ron acquired a work by Andy Warhol which was a print of Wayne Gritzky and then just immediately fell in love with how simple and how accessible the art was,” said Ryland Behrens, Director of Revolver Gallery. “And after that, he just began collecting and acquiring more work, acquiring more work, acquiring more work. Since that time, I think it has been something that has weighed heavy on Ron’s mind to bring a collection to Toronto.”


The exhibition features a selection of Warhol’s most iconic and recognizable pieces including portraits of Marilyn Munroe and Mick Jagger, as well as the artist’s nostalgic Campbell Soup Cans. Despite being able to immediately identify Warhol’s iconic pieces of art, and identify him as one of America’s greatest cultural assets, Ryland encourages us gallerists to think in the bigger picture, look outside of the United States, educate and share the beauty and the timelessness of Andy Warhol’s creative genius with as large of an audience as possible.

“When people think about Andy Warhol, they think about Marilyn Munroe, they think about the soup cans, which is great because those works are obviously iconic, but it’s not a full representation of the scope of his body of work,” he said. “So what we’re really trying to do is invite you with something familiar and then just rock you and turn you upside down on your ear, and present a selection of work that most people have never seen before.”


“You come into the exhibition and you don’t know quite what to expect,” he said mysteriously, while physiologically painting a picture upon arrival. “Immediately you’re greeted with something that is very iconic and what we’re doing essentially, is laying a foundation for visitors to the exhibition, something that they can latch on to; something that they’re familiar with as they navigate their way through the exhibition.”

With approximately 130 works of prints and paintings, Ryland explains the importance of the Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Toronto is to curate a quality exhibition where the efforts is to primarily focus on educating the people of Toronto on why Andy Warhol’s work is still relevant by ‘revisiting’ the artwork.

“One of the best ways that we could educate and provide something special to the people of Toronto is to be very calculated and selective of which works we were bringing out of our deepest collection, which is around 130 works including paintings and works on paper,” he said.

The exhibition provides an engaging and educational walkthrough of the development of Warhol’s artistic language and its greater effect on culture. It’s certainly more than just an art exhibit, according to Ryland, the director of Revolver Gallery, curating of the exhibition has been done in such a way that is both thematic and chronological in order to contextualize the artist’s trajectory and societal impact.

“We are curating this exhibition along fanatic chronological vectors; it’s not necessarily chronological in terms of how you flow through the exhibition, but there are pockets of time that are in very close proximity to each other,” he said.

“As you’re navigating through the exhibition, you’re greeted with The Queens from the Reigning Queens Series, Marilyn Munroe’s, a portrait of Jane Fonda; you work through a very feminine entry. Then you work your way through Cowboys and Indians, which is a very nostalgic Native American exploration as a subject. Then you move into the Socialite’s— billionaire philanthropists, real estate developers, etc.” Ryland thoroughly explained.

“Then we’re greeted with a dollar sign canvas painting, which is a fine example of Warhol’s axiomatic statement of the relationship between big art and big money— you’re coming out of the portraits of individuals with money and then you’re greeted with paintings exploring the dollar sign as the subject. That’s just one example of the exhibition, but that happens all over the place in terms of themes, and in terms of when the works were executed,” he continued.

In terms of sequestering the Socialite paintings in the back spoke volumes to the exhibitions overall layout. To have a portrait painted by Andy Warhol in the 70’s and 80’s carried incredible prestige and in many circles at the time, was considered the ultimate form of social validation. The men painted were respectable individuals that were members of the social elite. According to Ryland, what’s particularly interesting about those works and why they’re isolated is because the commission portraits during that era were essentially his bread and butter. The Socialite paintings were at the time, of individuals who had very bourgeois taste.


“We have a portrait of Jules Brassner of the Brassner family, a very important family within the world of the arts; and we have Jay Pritzker who is the founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain,” Ryland explained. “So we’re talking about very upper crust individuals and what’s interesting is that with these portrait paintings, these individuals were essentially granted an instantaneous immortality, and there is a timelessness with those works which is why they’re kind of sequestered by themselves.”

As an added fun fact, George Marciano from Montreal, the owner of Guess Jeans was also a member of Warhol’s Socialite painting collection, and what’s humorous is the gallery’s space was a Guess location prior to the demolition.

“It would serendipitously turn out that we had selected this space out of a few other choices that we had on the table, and we just happened to have that work in our collection— it’s quite humorous actually,” he said with an ever so slight smirk.

Tracing back to Warhol’s axiomatic theme of the relationship between big art and big money plays a huge role on his overall personality, lifestyle and aesthetic. Ryland noted that as educated gallerists and art enthusiasts, what’s important to realize is the just of the artist’s history. Andy Warhol came from a very, very poor background. He grew up destitute and for the large majority of his life, even when he was at the height of his success in the late 70’s, it’s safe to say he was still eating Campbell’s Soup every single day.

“I think he was a person of routine,” Ryland intuitively observed. “So in terms of really appropriating imagery from promo photos of other stars, I think that the Campbell’s Soup cans are unique in my opinion in that they’re pulling from something very sentimental to Andy Warhol’s life rather than looking outward for a subject matter to explore. I think that was a subject that had come personally from within, which is quite interesting.”


The Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today exhibit was curated to educate people from some of Warhol’s iconic works and a selection of esoteric work. For instance, Warhol’s shadow painting from 1977 is a great example of Warhol’s work into abstraction, which did not happen too often. In addition, the gallery showcases Warhol’s still life paintings called, Committee 2000, which was also executed in the early 80’s. It was considered the investigation into the inflation between high art and low art, and the value of genre picture making. Essentially, the exhibition has been carefully calculated to give creative viewers, collectors, curators, gallerists, and art enthusiasts alike, the groundwork and expose those to works one has never seen before.

“In addition, we have a great rotating lecture series that we have also calculated; we’re pulling in art luminaries from the Greater Toronto Area and artists who have been exposed and are touched by Andy Warhol’s creative genius,” Ryland said. “They’ll experience Andy Warhol’s work with Canadian eyes, they’ll interpret that, digest it, and present it with a Canadian voice to further the exhibition program and educate people as to why his work is so relevant— so there’s that component to the exhibition as well.”

The Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Today exhibition is open from Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 7pm until December 31, 2015. Admissions range from: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $5 for students (full-time with ID) and youth (6 to 17), kids (under 5) are free and accommodations for a group of 10 or more are subject to 20% off.

For more information visit: warholrevisited.com

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: Andy Warhol Revisited

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Toronto’s Revolver Gallery, founded by Canadian entrepreneur Ron Rivlin, hosted the Andy Warhol Revisited grand opening this past Tuesday, June 30th, an exhibition running until December 31st of this year. The exhibition includes over 120 works, featuring Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Cans print, a tryptic of Marilyn Monroe portraits, plus the Dollar Sign canvas. Don’t miss out on your chance to see these works of art!





Photos by George Pimentel

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PIQUE 2.0 Toronto


Last year we told you about PIQUE, a project by Imad El-Sheikh, profiling 100 Torontonians. This year we’re excited to know he and his team have put together a second instalment — PIQUE 2.0.

One of the best parts of the project is not only highlighting some of Toronto’s unsung creatives, but also providing exposure and encouragement to these emerging and even established artists in a genuine, yet strategic way. “We consider their artistic merit, age and geographical location (to make sure each area of the city is well-represented) …ultimately it comes down to whether selecting the artist or creative in question will serve our goals” says Imad.


Along with help from popular Toronto photography blog, Streets of Toronto, they’ve also curated a few photographers as part of the newly featured 100 participants. With the focus still exploring the sphere of social media and the context of immediate info, this year’s edition also features interview sessions and a six-part music video. “The new interview series is called GREY NOISE. We selected 10 creatives and asked them a series of questions. The catch was they needed to answer in the form of a teaser…short and sweet and fit within social media time frames.” The music video, features “six talented Toronto dancers of difference disciplines, each with their own teaser…”


The progression of the PIQUE series serves as indisputable proof of the immeasurable amount of untapped creative resources the city holds. Follow @piquetoronto for all the upcoming event details and info and we’ll see you there!


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A couple of weeks ago we highlighted the Street Dreams Photo Walk #SDWalks held here in Toronto with The Creator Class, Explore Canada and Highsnobiety. Well, here’s a closer look at the creative team behind Street Dreams Magazine in this 3-part video partnership entitled #TCCSTories, housed on: youtube.com/thecreatorclass.

Watch as they connect with some of Toronto’s emerging and established artists & phtographers like Jayscale, @Jacbeale, Jazz Cartier, and more.


Previously: The Creator Class – A Movement In The Making

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Calling all visual artists, photographers, multi-media, new media, muralists, digital media and graffiti artists! MANIFESTO Festival is now accepting Submissions for the 2015 Festival!


Applications are accepted at mnfsto.com/apply — just go to the webpage, select the discipline you’d like to apply to, and fill in the type form. All applications, with the exception of volunteers, require a $25 fee to cover administrative costs. As well, please include a sample of your work, and a headshot.

Just for applying, you receive FREE entry to the 2015 Art Exhibition that you are applying to, and half-off the Summit. All successful artists will be notified in early July.

The Festival will be running in September 2015, so apply now!

Any inquiries or questions, please email: ashley@themanifesto.ca

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