Canada Art

Are You Taking Advantage of the Clouds In Your Life?

Beverley Golden | Posted 04.23.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.22.2014 | 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,...

The Stories Art Tells: Lessons from the Charles Edenshaw Exhibit

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

While the Haida Nation, B.C. and Canada have taken strides in shared land management, B.C. and Canada oppose Haida Aboriginal Title to the lands and waters of Haida Gwaii. In their legal arguments they completely deny Haida Aboriginal Title and rights. They deny that the Haida owned land. These denials are centuries old and belong to "another time".

A New Take on the Group of Seven

Andrea Carson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Andrea Carson

I went up to the opening of a new exhibition at Toronto's McMichael Gallery today. The exhibition was called You are here: Kim Dorland and the Return ...

WATCH: Drawing Pictures In The AIR

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Drawing is, in and of itself, a skill. But drawing while in a fighter plane — that's, uh, in the air? That is some sky-high talent. Vancouver art...

What to Do, See and Eat in Dublin

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

When Irish food comes to mind it's quite amazing the first thing that people say is ''cuisine? What cuisine? Do you mean Irish stew, potatoes and Guinness beer?" Well, you couldn't be more wrong. In today's Ireland, young chefs like their European counterparts have embraced their heritage and are taking Irish cuisine to new heights.

This Kijiji Photo Project Captures the Essence of Canada

Matt Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Matt Gibson

The Kijiji Finding Yourself in Canada Mosaic is a collaborative art project that allows users to upload photos of the places, people, and experiences in Canada that evoke happiness, serenity and a sense of adventure. It asks people to contribute Canadian images and it captures the essence of the Canadian experience.

Canadian Style Icons: Sara Diamond

Daniel Eckler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

I have almost infinite curiosity in relation to art and design expression. I ascribe to Canadian designers as well as international less conventional brands. I love to combine couture with the recycled and knock-offs. My personal style contains artifacts from my New York Jewish salt of the earth/risen childhood.

A Boutique Office Building That Provides Serious Culinary Inspiration

Vivian Reiss | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Living
Vivian Reiss

Red and Yellow Boar, Indigo Rose, Striped Tonnelet, and Striped Marvel Zapotec Tomatoes and Marigolds, a useful culinary flower, all from 12...

What Do Artists, Entrepreneurs and Environmentalists Have in Common?

James Riley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
James Riley

Arianna Huffington recently tweeted a great St. Exupery quote: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." That truth is sort of a paradox about art. The artist is always trying to capture something they can see with their hearts, but is not necessarily seen by the naked eye