French street artist JR wanted to change the world so TED (“a non-profit dedicated to Ideas Worth Spreading”) gave him $100K to do just that.
The project is calledInside Out. Democratic and all inclusive, anyone can participate and get involved. All you need is an Internet & a camera. Participants are asked to snap a photo of a distinct face and upload it to the Inside Out’s website. From there, JR & his crew will convert the images into large black & white posters and then send them back out to participants around the world, at which point they are encouraged to hang the posters in the most creative ways possible.
From the steps of brownstones in Lower Manhattan to the tin roofs of Kenyan slums, this project has become a global phenom.
Katie here, The Society’s newest summer intern, broadcasting what interests I feel must be shared with you all.
First on the docket for this summer: Canadian music artist Shad. Born in Kenya and raised in London, Ontario, Shad funded his first debut album, When This Is Over, using money he had won from 91.5 The Beat’s Rhythm of the Future talent Competition. He has been evolving into an unstoppable ball of success. He has since then been signed by Black Box Recordings where he has released his second, The Old Prince, and third, TSOL, album. TSOL won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards.
Shad steps outside current stereotypes most have of young rappers today. He is bilingual, speaking English and French; he’s currently studying to complete his master’s degree in liberal studies and he also includes a variety of social causes in his music. He is well rounded, knowledgeable, and a thankful person.
This year, Shad has travelled around Canada, making a stop at Wilfred Laurier University, where he previously graduated. Sadly, I never had the opportunity to see him myself, but words that have described his performances are nothing but positive. Shad is reported to be always smiling, energetic, engaging and most of all personable. He possesses all qualities of becoming a renowned artist, displaying his humbleness when he converses with fans after his shows.
Shad has been added to my bucket list and I sure hope he has been added to yours too. This Canadian hip-hop artist is not one to be forgotten any time soon as his fame has just begun. Watch out for him this summer, specifically on the MMVA’s where he has been nominated for hip-hop video of the year.
We’re obsessed with the amazing content, artistic fashion shoots and artful videos that the Bay has been pumping out on their new blog. Below is a collection of insane photos taken of our friend Dan Levy. Also going to include the video for your viewing pleasure.
Another glorious day aboard New Beginnings - each day blurs into the next and can only be distinguished by the meals we are served (thank heavens for Chef Lou), the deserted islands we visit, the reef’s we snorkel and mainly, the on board jokes that leave us all in stitches of laughter!
Day 4 we took a dingy into one of the little towns in Isle des Saints. Some took this as an opportunity to hire scooters and speed around the mountainous island, others kept the momentum of our state of relaxation by sitting in a cafe, drinking fresh pressed tropical fruit juice and playing Gin Rummy (ok, that was Ashleigh and I…..). Back on board just in time for lunch - Sangria, beautiful salads and homemade bread (seriously!!).
Final post to come on Day 5 day soon. Happy long weekend. We’re staying down south to decompress until Tuesday - it would be too jarring to our systems to leave the sea just yet:)
Thoughts of work, responsibilities and day timers feel very far away now. With 3 days on the boat it’s not hard to tuck any stresses away and just enjoy the moment. Day 3 started with Lu’s specialty breakfast of egg pockets and fresh bread before we set sail to Maria-Galante- a small island (population: 2000. Rum is the main industry here) boasting miles and miles of protected beach with not a soul in site. After two hours of sailing we eagerly jumped in the water before a lunch of chicken salad and espresso. Soon after, we set sail again to Les Saintes- a charming little town surrounded by lush green mountains and adorable little shops. Hitting the mainland wasn’t much of a priority for the crew (amazing how the boat becomes your home) so we held off till the morning and instead enjoyed sunset cocktails, a swan diving competition and midnight skinny dipping with the light show by the most incredible phosphorescents!
After a mile swim and a beautiful breakfast of french coffee and pastries (another great perk of visiting the French Caribbean islands) we sailed out to sea and headed to a gorgeous marine and bird sanctuary and some uninhabited islands to snorkel along the incredible reef. After hours marveling over the fluorescent colored fish, an incredible lunch of local lobster tails thrown on the grill and served with warm french bread and salads, we all retired to our rooms for a deep sleep. Something about the combination of sea air, aquatic activities and relaxation really did a number on us.
Post nap we woke up starving - just in time for cocktail hour and snacks - life aboard New Beginnings is, admittedly, pretty tough;)
A beautiful dinner prepared by on-board chef Lou and many laugh’s took us late into the night. Off to bed in anticipation of another full day of adventure.
To describe our journey to date as heavenly would be too obvious of a descriptive word. From the tiny private plane that picked us up in Barbados and delivered us safely to the island of Guadelupe to the alfresco lunch we enjoyed on the boat upon arrival…….it all feels like a dream.
Day 1 was spent lounging around the upper deck of the sailboat once we had arrived safely from Barbados. We enjoyed some cocktails and a perfect Caribbean sunset and awaited the arrival of the rest of the gang.
Dinner, courtesy of our on board chef Lou, was a delight for the senses. In fact, that can be said for every meal we’ve had aboard New Beginnings so far!! One of our fellow shipmates is a food critic - and to see the look in his eyes when we were presented with the wine choice was priceless. Guess they’re serving us the good stuff!!!
Fashion Crumb... The Society & ABSOLUT Art Presents: Ka'kia
Some say that we Canadians don’t embrace our own homegrown talent enough. Perhaps there is some truth to this, but on Tuesday May 10, some of Canada’s finest creative minds came out in full force to attend The Society & ABSOLUT Art Series event and there was PLENTY of love in the air to celebrate these talents.
150 guests gathered at the NSC Gallery in Parkdale to celebrate the Art of Fashion with The Society and designer/stylist, Alana Ka’kia. Alana is a graduate of the Paris-based Parsons School of Art and Design and has an absolutely stacked resume under her belt. She has styled for Metric and Kid Cudi and spent years working in New York designing for prestigious contemporary line Haute Hippie, and has finally come full circle with her very own label, aptly titled Ka’kia.
Pieces from Ka’kia incorporate silks and leathers and offers a distinct rock’n’roll feel. The clothes are incredibly wearable and sexy (think low backs and high slits) with none of the frills. With everything from tops, jackets, dressers, and rompers, there’s something for every girl with a bit (or a lot) of edge. The pieces certainly don’t sacrifice quality for style, however. Each piece utilizes the best materials and is beautifully crafted.
This incredible new line also plays muse to Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, who was inspired by the new line and created a special musical piece specifically for the label. While sipping on classic ABSOLUT cocktails, such as dirty vodka martinis and Caesars, guests were treated to an incredible performance of this piece by Jimmy along with The Stills’ David Hamelin and Liam O’Neil.
So keep your eyes peeled for this new line… Though, we think it’ll be pretty damn hard to miss!
Culturites have found ourselves departing on a little sailing excursion next week of some undiscovered Caribbean islands. Not to worry - we’ll be taking you with us (with pics and full reports of course), but in the meantime, here are some images to get us in the mood as well as our packing list.
Gallery Crumb: Greg Miller, Jean Wells & Doug Owen
I think the happiest people in the world live in St Helena - a picturesque retreat (just north of Napa) from busy San Fran. When I casually dropped in to the CaldwellSnyder Gallery on Main Street, assistant director Xiliary Twil not only gave me the complete 411 on what to do in the area, but introduced me to some very compelling artists.
South Dakota-based Doug Owen’s sculptures are striking for their Picassoesque lines, but their colors are equally arresting. Bottle greens, goldenrod yellows, coppery browns, tans, ochres, and blues: these are colors most often associated with landscape painting. The steel horses seem perfectly at home in their settings - grazing or lounging, it’s as if they’ve magically assembled themselves out of car, tractor, and motorcycle parts. Owen’s choice of medium imbues his sculptures with a touch of irony: his horses are constructed out of the very material that ultimately replaced them. The one pictured goes for a cool $65,000.
Californian Jean Wells brings youthful whimsy to her cut glass mosaic on carved foam sculpture of Crayola crayons.
Greg Miller produces large-scale mixed-media collages that portray the essence of America’s golden age, creating scenes that resonate powerfully with nostalgia for the 1950s and 60s. Combining fragments of text, come-hither pin-up girls, flashes of Western landscape, and vintage signage, he recreates an entire cultural moment. He achieves his seductive surfaces through the use of surfboard resin in a clear nod to mid-century beach culture.