What happens when you pair an author and an artist? Brilliance.
The Braille Project, brainchild of Faye Harnest and Devon E. Sioui, highlights the beauty of braille and the art of communication. Faye was writing poetry with braille and using it as art. Devon’s artistic technique and textures caught her attention and before they knew it, they were collaborating.
Faye: It’s most important that our works are fun to experience. I love concrete poetry—poetry that messes around with letters and words and makes you pay attention to every shape and pattern… We don’t think of our project as political—it’s a creative endeavor—but we would like it if The Braille Project made a few people excited about learning braille. By showing how cool braille is—and, of course, it is cool; it is reading and writing, two of the most important and enjoyable things in life.
Together, they developed a series called, PLEASE DO TOUCH! It’s a series of 40 paintings that play with wild coloured paints and expressive braille poetry inspired by those who have their own connection to braille.
Devon: We wanted the audience to explore the paintings with their hands, interacting with them in ways you normally wouldn’t. Touching paintings at a gallery is usually frowned upon, so actually being encouraged to touch them is really fun.
Faye: Yes! In the same way that we’re interested in stripping away some of the rules of how we’re supposed to interact with language, we want to strip away some of the rules about how we’re supposed to interact with paintings…The narratives told by the braille poems are cohesive in that they have a very “Let’s go! Let’s run away together!” attitude that encourages everyone to come along on this adventure.
The duo is embarking on a new adventure with a documentary in the works and hopefully, a cross-Canada tour of PLEASE DO TOUCH!
Devon: We are shooting a documentary of the Project with Director Jay Lidstone, and we’re also beginning to work on large sculptures and installations incorporating braille and the theme of touch.
Faye: We’re planning to exhibit all of the paintings in the Please Do Touch series together, in Toronto, and afterwards, we would love for some pieces to travel throughout Canada, so that as many people can touch them as possible. How great would it be to have a travelling exhibit—oh! a painting mobile, like a book mobile, but with paintings, driving up your street! Alas, that’s only a dream.
For more info: thebrailleproject.com
Photos by Adam Harnest
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
American Express has done it again! On November 11th, they launched their new #AmexUNSTAGED Taylor Swift #BlankSpace Experience app, marking the next evolution in their already successful Amex UNSTAGED platform and in the music video category. The FREE app includes the world’s first interactive music video for Taylor Swift’s new single “Blank Space”, connecting Taylor Swift and fans in a way that has never been done before. The 360⁰ fan-directed video experience includes a ‘choose your own adventure’ version, allowing fans to choose where they go, who to follow and what to explore from scene to scene. If that’s not enough, the app also gives fans exclusive access to behind-the-scenes footage from the “Blank Space” music video shoot, plus album purchase details and tour ticketing information.
As Amex Ambassadors and Cardmembers, we’ve experienced some of American Express’ most unique and exclusive events, both online and in person. Amex has always been committed to providing everyone with access to premium entertainment experiences, and that’s why we love the brand!
This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely our own.
On November 12, the Canadian launch of the DISARONNO wears VERSACE event took place at The Spoke Club Gallery in the city’s King St. West district. The evening was in celebration between two iconic Italian brands. Disaronno — the world’s favourite Italian liqueur has revamped its look in collaboration with the world’s most reputable Italian fashion houses — Versace.
The design combines the classic and recognizable shape of the Disaronno bottle with the signature decadence of Versace prints; creating a one-of-a-kind collectors item for both Disaronno lovers and fashion aficionados alike. The DISARONNO wears VERSACE design takes its inspiration from the classic Versace Home Collection, draped in light blue and embellished with an opulent white and gold motif.
As the crowd mix and mingled and took a few selfies against the Versace mural, they had a chance to sip on the night’s signature drink, the ‘Disaronno Versace Sour’. Its collaborative unique flavours of Disaronno mixed with the sour notes of lime and bitter Vermouth and sparkling Prosecco, made for an enhancing bold blue colour of Curacao, garnished with a dramatic finish of real gold leaves — it’s a cocktail made in true Versace style.
The DISARONNO wears VERSACE project also supports the Fashion 4 Development initiative; a charity sponsored by the United Nations that creates opportunities for women working in the fashion industry in developing countries. ‘Tis the season of giving and this is just one more reason to add the exclusive bottle to your collection or give it as a gift during the holiday season.
The DISARONNO wears VERSACE limited edition bottles are currently available at LCBO locations and other liquor stores worldwide. Be sure and get yours while they last!
Posted by Christina Cheng
High Ends is Jeffrey Innes from Yukon Blonde. The name of the album is “Super Class”, and it features members of The New Pornographers, Ladyhawk and Gold & Youth. High Ends just released a new animated music video for the single ‘Intoxicated’ and the creator of the animated video, Tyler Witzel talks about his take on the video.
“At the time Jeff asked me to do the video, I had been working on a few designs for large outdoor, public sculptures. I thought animation would feel right for the video and aesthetically I wanted it to have a ’70s era National Film Board feel. From that came this idea of a drunken visit to an art gallery where everything kind of looks like the inside of a person’s body. I didn’t want anything overly literal associating to the themes of the song but if you’re wondering what all the pink goo is about, it’s “Cartoon Moonshine” or Pepto Bismol. Your choice.”
If you like this song, you might want to check out High Ends live in concert on November 18th at The Garrison.
For more info visit: facebook.com/highendsmusic
It seems like every year, the Design Exchange out-does it annual ‘Intersection’ soirée. The party is a celebration of creative collisions and this year, they took their game to new heights with Intersection 2014: RISE UP!
The organization brought us some incredible exhibitions this year including, “This is Not A Toy” and their latest, “Politics of Fashion / Fashion of Politics”, which also influenced the theme of this year’s party. Picketers were scattered across with signs saying, “Love Each Other”, “Freedom Forever” and the silent auction featured fashions by Vivienne Westwood and even the famous flag dress by Catharine Malandrino.
DX RISE UP honoured Frank Toskan, Co-Founder of M.A.C. cosmetics who co-founded the iconic cosmetic brand more than 30 years ago in Toronto. The brand is famous for not only its beautiful pigments and high quality coverage, but for its social initiatives including Viva Glam which benefits the M.A.C AIDS Fund.
Naturally, a party dedicated to design would of course, have to be outfitted with only the best esthetics. Toronto based company PEKOTA Design, decked the place out with their industrial yet elegant furnishings, all made in Canada. We got cosy in the PEKOTA city loungers and nibbled on delectable desserts by Marigolds and Onions.
The night ended with an epic vogue-off; Toronto VS. New York City! Voguing, popularized by Madonna, originated out of Harlem via the LBGT community in the 80s and is now recognized as one of the most iconic styles of dance to date.
For more info visit dx.org
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
All around the world Hennessy Artistry brings together some of the most talented artists on stage for an eclectic mix of music; ranging from hip-hop to pop, rock to electronic music, which we call the #ArtofBlending.
We are also proud to announce an additional live performance by Toronto’s songstress, MERNA.
Join us Thursday November 20th at Uniun – 473 Adelaide St W Doors @ 10pm
Please RSVP to events@1LOVETO.com for you & your guests by 5pm on Tuesday November 18th.
*Must be of legal drinking age to attend.
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We’re excited to announce our official 1 LOVE T.O. Photographer SoTeeOh has just released a new collection entitled, “The 6 Right Now”. It’s 9 photos that represent his view of life in Toronto right now.
This is my new collection of prints called “The 6 Right Now”. My goal with these images was to strike a balance between the beauty I see in my city and the strange sense of isolation that can occur living down town in a major urban centre. When I shoot I look for moments of calm in the midst of the chaos; moments when I’m surrounded by 1000 people yet I feel like I’m the only one here. These 9 images represent my experience of life in Toronto right now.
All 9 prints are available exclusively through Nu Vango for the month of November.
If there’s one thing that everybody loves, it’s ‘games night’!
Earlier this fall @1LOVETO partnered with @iYellowWineClub & @RobertMondaviPS to host a good old fashioned ‘games night’, in the exclusive iYellow Wine Cave. We invited a few of our closest friends for a night of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music, and good company. The Jenga games were hilarious, while Connect 4, Chinese Checkers, Monopoly and Domino’s were fiercely competitive. Watch the video to see what went down!
Who’s ready for Games Night Round 2??!!
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