Canada Art

Visionary on a Mission - Introducing Saki Mafundikwa

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

There are people who believe you can't go home again. Saki Mafundikwa isn't one of them. Born in Zimbabwe, he exhibited an extraordinary talent for drawing from an early age, yet his options appeared limited, as the idea of "design" was unknown.

In Conversation With Gloria Vanderbilt

Raji Aujla | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Raji Aujla

Our interview was scheduled on the same day as the Mayor's Arts Lunch, and a day before her opening reception. We had an HBO documentary crew, a DOP, a secondary videographer, handlers, a boom operator and a 20-minute hard stop. Within those 20 minutes, I hoped to demystify an icon.

Commemorating the First World War Through the Power of Art

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

As the war recedes even farther into the past, the experience of the Great War risks sliding out of our collective memory. The centenary of WWI challenges us to renew our understanding of the conflict and reconsider its contemporary meaning. In that same spirit, my office is hosting Lest We Forget, an exhibition of WWI-inspired paintings by celebrated contemporary artist Charles Pachter.

#NXNEART2014 Animates the City Like Never Before

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

Where is the art? Where is the ART? WHERE IS THE ART? Some have said if you build it they will come. A new art program as part of the NXNE Festival runs this week may be a true test of this sentiment.

10 Reasons to Buy Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Those walls are blank, and look like they're closing in on you. Okay, so you can buy the prints, the limited editions and all that jazz, but for a moment please consider these reasons why buying an original piece of art is something that you should do. Today. Like now.

How Instragram Made Me an Artist

Taha Muharuma | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Taha Muharuma

If you told me four years ago that images taken with my smartphone would be featured in art publications, in exhibitions and appreciated by a loyal following across the globe, I'd say that's crazy. Then along came a digital photo platform (Instagram) that said instant expression was OK and that you could learn as you go. Instantly, when you sign you up, you're an artist.

What I Learned This Week -- The Most Important Thing for Artists to Create

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

A decade ago, I composed a foreword to a book called "Business Skills for Creative Souls." A corporate primer for artistic types put out by Montreal'...

Photographs Are Fine Art Too

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Photography has been a popular medium for years, and continues to be prominently displayed in homes, in hotel lobbies, on condo walls, and office spaces. At the end of the day, don't be afraid of purchasing a photograph. It is a fine art medium worthy of your time and interest.

Are You Taking Advantage of the Clouds In Your Life?

Beverley Golden | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

When you hear the word "cloud", what's the first thing that comes to your mind? In our technology driven world, I imagine that many immediately think...

Federal Arts Funding Should Take a Page From Kickstarter's Book

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter McCaffrey

In just a few short years, relatively simple technology that enables people to find like-minded individuals with similar tastes in artwork, has eclipsed and then surpassed a 50 year old institution of government. Hopefully, governments will learn the lessons of other industries and choose to embrace this technological advancement for what it is -- the democratization of art

"Paintings of Fruit Belong in the Kitchen," and Other Art Myths

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

We hear over and over again in the gallery, phrases that convey expectations and misconceptions when approaching buying artwork. We are strong believers in leaving all such expectations behind and trusting your visceral reaction to works of art.

The Mysterious Print: A Great First Step Into Art Collection

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

We always hear designers and art consultants referencing the word "prints." It makes us wonder what they are suggesting to their clients to go and buy for their newly decorated homes. There is such a wide degree of possible options to which they may be referring. Here's a little definition guide for you so that when you want a print, you know what to ask for at your gallery of choice.

Can a Book Have a Bucket List? This One Does

Beverley Golden | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's probably not too far a stretch to say that most of us are familiar with the concept of a bucket list. Places we long to visit, dreams yet to com...

Toronto's Best Music: A Playlist for Mayor Rob Ford

Wes Marskell | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

I've even taken to exclusively wearing my Blue Jays hat on tour. Sadly, when people see it they connect it with one person: Rob Ford. Since Mayor Ford has been stripped of virtually all of his power, I thought he may have some time to listen to a fraction of the great music that I think defines Toronto.

What's in a Frame? How to Frame Your Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Choosing the artwork can be difficult enough! You've trawled all the galleries, art shows and fairs, and finally agreed on that piece you both really like. No compromises. Don't stress out about it. Art is meant to be enjoyed -- framed or unframed.

Be Creative or Die Inside

Lacey Haynes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

I have experienced firsthand the internal withering that comes from slinking away from a creative existence. I have also felt the expansiveness, the joy and delight that comes from choosing imagination and possibility. I don't think it's too dramatic or petulant to say that life without imagination sucks.

How to Hang a Perfect Wall Grouping (or Frame Cluster)

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Bring out the hammer and start with the anchor piece. Hang on one side, then the other, then again and again, while keeping a sharp eye on balance. Do not worry about lining up the tops or bottoms of the art, as the more intentional randomness the better (and the easier it will be to add new art over time).

Why A Dead Romance Won't Stop These Rockers From Making Art

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Sue-Ping | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

It's a daunting task to watch a Cults' performance as it unfolds. A sea of screens projecting otherworldly static assaults your brain stem, inevitably...

A Porno Stole My Song

Wes Marskell | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

To preface this story, I have to admit that my relationship with porn has always been a dishonest one. If I was to watch it on the Internet, I streamed it. I have never bought a DVD or subscribed to a website nor financially contributed to the industry in anyway, only stolen from it. Then, one day, porn got me back. Someone on Twitter sent me a link to a porno that used our song. Art-rock is a tricky thing. It's precious. People talk about it like fine art or good wine. It's pretentious, it's serious and not for porn. So the implication was that I should be immediately up in arms. My art was stolen and slapped over some smut film. How dare they defile something I labored over?

Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes to Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Many art buyers, both first time and otherwise, have the sentiment that they need a large piece for a specific large space. The request usually goes like this: "What I'm looking for, is a large piece of art for over my sofa/mantel/console in the dining room." In support of small-scale artworks, consider these tips for making smaller artworks work in that large space.

Canadian Style Icons: David Liss

Daniel Eckler | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Photo credit: Fayiaz Chunara Canadian Style Icons is a bi-weekly column authored by Daniel Eckler, serial entrepreneur and founder of MIJLO. Every...

As Pearson Airport's Curator, I'm Bringing Art to New Heights

Lee Petrie | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Travel
Lee Petrie

When I walk into Toronto Pearson International Airport, I see a blank canvas and feel a sense of possibility. As Toronto Pearson's curator I'm responsible for programming the exhibition spaces at the airport, ensuring that it reflects the vitality of the local arts and cultural community.

Why School Music Programs Should Get Instagram and Garage Band

Wes Marskell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

For music programs to stay and to continue being relevant, they need to be modernized. In a perfect world, students would have access to computers with recording capabilities and music editing software so they could learn to edit, produce and mix. We need to understand how music and careers in the arts have changed and find ways to teach classes that reflect this ever-shifting landscape.

Sick of White Walls? Here's How to Start Your Art Collection

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

So you've bought your first home, or maybe rented that first apartment and you look around at the empty walls. Ultimately you decide that it's time to start buying the real thing: original art. Here are some helpful tips to help navigate those waters.

New Canadians Have Both Roots and Wings in Ontario

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

Ontario is one of two Canadian provinces that does not maintain an official residence for its Lieutenant Governor. In 1937, the then Government House,...