Monday, October 22, 2018

Skawennati takes aboriginal storytelling into cyberspace

Skawennati, the award-winning new-media artist, did not set out to create a career for herself in cyberspace. Based in Montreal, she was born in...

Meet Canada’s ‘hyperactive’ illustrator, Elise Gravel

There’s little chance that the National Ballet of Canada will stock copies of Elise Gravel’s latest picture book, The Cranky Ballerina, in its gift...

Meet Harley Valentine, the man behind a new Toronto jewel

One man’s trash is another’s handicraft. Standing in Harley Valentine’s studio recently — a sneaky, punky space just south of the Gardiner, anachronistically magical with...

Vancouver Mural Festival takes over Main Street

The first-ever Vancouver Mural Festival is currently underway along Main Street, and the Straight was on hand to capture the action. With more than 40 new murals...

McMichael Canadian Art Collection bets big on past for 50th anniversary

A 50th anniversary is a big deal for a cultural institution. There’s enough history to celebrate, consider and, in some instances, reconsider. There’s the...

Montreal’s Queer Performance Camp is a rare opportunity to create

This weekend Montreal celebrates Pride, which will surely be anticipated by many thanks to Justin Trudeau's first appearance in the parade as Prime Minister. But...

Young Inuit artists from Cape Dorset unveil mural about climate change in Montreal

A group of young artists from Cape Dorset have left their mark on the walls of Montreal, with a massive colourful mural that speaks...

Facing lawsuit, Peter Doig must prove desert painting is not his work

It’s a simple desert scene: cacti, red dirt, yawning blue sky. The brushwork is unschooled, even naive. Surrealism may be a distant influence. The...

Live competitive painting championship hits T.O.

Art Battle gives a whole new meaning to ‘painting the town red.’ If you’re looking to hang out with friends while drinking and listening to...

Toronto restaurant Early Mercy accused of copying an artist’s work

She thought they looked familiar, Noa Osheroff did, when she stopped in for a drink at Early Mercy, a newish bar on King St....

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