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Kwame Delfish x The Royal Canadian Mint

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Toronto-based artist, Kwame Delfish has achieved something most artists/designers will never have the chance to achieve. He’s been honoured with the opportunity to design a commemorative coin for the Royal Canadian Mint. His art is featured on a limited edition (8000 coins) specially minted 1/2 oz Fine Silver Gold-Plated Coin, celebrating Canada. Kwame’s design goes beyond the traditional symbol of the Canadian Maple Leaf and highlights different elements of Canada to present a unique portrait.

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GET YOUR LIMITED EDITION COIN HERE

To learn more about Kwame Delfish, visit: kwamedelfish.com

Congrats Kwame!

Previously: Introducing Kwame Delfish

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Canada Goose collaborates with Wings + Horns for a new take on the classic Canadian Parka, entitled The Decade Parka. The piece combines function and style with the timeless silhouette and classic details of a military fishtail parka, with the detailed construction and warmth of the iconic Canada Goose jacket.

The limited edition jacket (only 300 pieces to be sold), is available in two colours – Black and Olive, and is available today in stores around the world! If you’re in Toronto, you might want to check out Nomad, TNT, or Uncle Otis, before they sell out!

Previous Canada Goose collaborations include the now famous OVO Bomber, as well as the piece by Uncle Otis.

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For more info: canada-goose.com

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When you throw on your 1 Love T.O. tee, you’re making a statement. Whether you’re proclaiming love for the city or where you come from, you’re saying it out loud. This is the power of fashion.

Style has forever been an extension of our personalities and ideas. Clothes have the ability to speak volumes, evoke emotions and make a point simply depending on what you wear and how you wear it. Sometimes, the declarations you don can be misinterpreted and create chaos and confusion. Something that might bring you comfort, could be regarded as a threat to someone else; just ask anyone in a hoodie or hijab.

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The Design Exchange is looking at this relationship between people and fashion in their latest exhibit, “Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics”, the curatorial debut by Jeanne Beker alongside DX Curator, Sara Nickleson and Canadian Fashion Designer, Jeremy Laing.

We got a sneak peek, led by Ms. Beker, of the exhibit which is split up into five segments representing five themes: Ethics/Activism, War/Peace, Consumption/Consumerism, Campaign/Power Dressing and Gender/Sexuality. You’ll see the artisanal leather poncho from the 2013 AW Maison Martin Margiela Collection, the gold leopard print burqa from Jeremy Scott’s Arab Spring SS 2013 Collection and everything in between.

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The exhibit really hones in on the idea that fashion is one of the most powerful ways we talk to each other. And frankly, these days, you cannot downplay its impact or the role it plays in our world. Fashion mimics life and life is story; what does yours say?

Exhibit runs until January 25th 2015. For more info: dx.org

Photos by Eugen Sakhnenko

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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ShepardFairey-Hennessy

This Thursday, October 2nd, legendary street artist Shepard Fairey will be in Toronto for the launch of the official Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition Bottle/Label Design. The creative collaboration between Hennessy and Shepard follows up successful collaborations with world-renowned artists such as Os Gemeos, KAWS, and Futura. The bottle features the iconic OBEY symbol in the centre of the label, accompanied by his popular star symbol and additional illustrative design elements. The colour palette includes gold, black, cream, red, which together happen to compliment the already existing aesthetic of the cognac.

“MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS LIMITED EDITION DESIGN WAS BASED ON THE LEGACY OF HENNESSY AS A BRAND. TO ME, HENNESSY HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT QUALITY, AUTHENTICITY, TRADITION, AND ELEGANCE.” – SHEPARD FAIREY

The limited edition Hennessy V.S. x Shepard Fairey bottle is now available at participating LCBO’s across the GTA. Some locations have already sold out, so you may be on a bit of a scavenger hunt for this limited edition piece of art. For those of you who are lucky enough to purchase a bottle, feel free to get it signed by Shepard Fairey himself!

Join us on Thursday, October 2nd, from 4:30 – 5:30pm at Tattoo (567 Queen St. W) to meet Shepard Fairey. Please arrive early to guarantee entry!

*Bottles will NOT be available for purchase on site

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Youth Arts Pitch Contest

Win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business today!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in the 2014 Youth Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 – 29, we want to hear from you! We want to support some of Toronto’s finest innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts. The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over this city. We invite you to submit your ideas to us, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!

Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.

PRIZES
Eight lucky applicants will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on Thursday October 30th, from 6:30 to 9PM at The Scarborough Civic Centre, for a chance to win one of two $5000 prizes.

There are two categories that you can apply:
1. Community Arts Projects & Productions (APPLY HERE)
2. Creative Business & Career Development (APPLY HERE)

For more information, please email: pitch@artreach.org

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Red Bull Flying Bach Comes To Canada

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After more than 100 sold out performances worldwide, the celebrated four-time breakdance world champions, the Flying Steps, will bring the Red Bull Flying Bach world tour to Canada for a series of eight shows this fall. A live performance unlike any other in theatre production today, Red Bull Flying Bach fuses the unlikely combination of contemporary dance and breakdance with live classical music.

Toronto and Montreal will serve as the exclusive Canadian stops of Red Bull Flying Bach’s world tour in Canada this year, following sold out tours in countries including Austria, Australia, Chile, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Russia, Sweden and, most recently, the United States this past June.

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“Canada is definitely new territory for us to bring such a huge production,” says Michael Rosemann (‘Mikel’) of the Flying Steps, “we’ve heard the b-boy community is thriving and that show audiences come out with a lot of energy. We feed off of that energy when we perform, so we can’t wait to get there.”

The show spans roughly 65 minutes in length, and features group synchronized breakdance to the backdrop of the live performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. The Canadian portion of the world tour will feature four consecutive shows in Toronto at the legendary Massey Hall on October 16-19

For more information and/or tickets for Red Bull Flying Bach, visit redbull.ca/flyingbach

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Keys N Krates – “Every Nite” EP

Keys N Krates releases their latest EP “Every Nite”, following the success of their previous release, “Solow” in 2013. The new EP, out now on Dim Mak Records, features 6 new tracks, combining hip-hop, electronic and indie sounds that blend together to create their unique Keys n Krates ‘trap’ sound.

“We really tried to make a mini-album as opposed to a collection of songs. We wanted it to feel like a body of work, as much as possible in 6 songs.” – Dave Matisse (synth/keyboards)

The “Every Nite” EP is now available on iTunes.

Previously: Keys N Krates – “Are We Faded” (Official Video)

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Daniel Caesar – “Praise Break” EP

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Upon meeting Daniel Caesar, my first impressions were nothing but genuine sweet thoughts about the Toronto native kid. He’s quiet, polite, wholesome, and something about his presence warms you up and leaves you with no other choice but to smile. His latest seven-piece EP album entitled “Praise Break” took me by surprise because I didn’t expect such a beautiful, sweet, angelic sound was hiding in his quiet and humble personality and demeanor. It immediately melted my heart and I’ve been hooked ever since. This young 18-year-old Toronto soul singer is something else and is guaranteed to sooth the darkest of souls.

Daniel’s latest EP serves as a follow up to his previous “Birds of Paradise” EP, which he released at the beginning of the year in January, and included three songs — one of which was a flawless cover of James Blake’s “Wilhelm Scream.”

For his latest EP, he welcomes the first day of fall in the most breathtaking way possible. Written by Daniel himself and produced by Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett (yet again), you’re promised another soothing, finessed and polished back-to-back sound.

This time around he has included music and covers from respectable artists who inspire him, such as: Toronto up-and-comer Sean Leon, Ben Foran, Shannon Dooks, J’vell Boyce, Jordon Manswell, Brandon Horniachek, and does a seamless cover from James Vincent McMorrow’s “Chevalier.”

His album artwork was provided by Toronto-based creatives, Liam MacRae and Marco Lee.

Above is Daniel’s first video for his song “Violet,” directed by Liam MacRae, and is set to be the lead single from his latest EP.

Daniel is definitely moving in the right direction with all the right supporters taking him under their wings. His producers Jordan Evans and Matthew Burnett have worked behind the scenes on songs such as Drake’s “Pound Cake” and Eminem’s “Not Afraid.” And 20-year-old Toronto-based director, Liam MacRae has worked on Party Next Door’s videos for “Break from Toronto” and “Recognize” featuring Drake.

So please, sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds from Daniel Caesar. Welcome your new obsession.

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For more info: danielcaesar.net

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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Shad – “Progress” (Official Video)

Shad drops some visuals for “Progress” (Part 1: American Pie, Part 2: The Future is Here) with the help of artist/director Justin Broadbent. See the comments below for a breakdown of the concept from Justin’s perspective.

“The death of music is similar to the death of visual art. The online, numb, browsing experience has (naturally) started to effect the current state of art. We’ve become a Tumblr’d culture, over Googled, educated and bored in 4 seconds or shorter.

“I made a non-music video for Shad’s “Progress”. It’s a website. It’s a comment on the state of art and also maybe the only video that could attach to such an intensely accurate and poignant song for our generation. It is like the movie credits to now. Tumblr on.” – Justin Broadbent

Previously: Shad & DJ T.LO – “Always Winnin”

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