If you have been following our blog you are up to date on this years wonderful polaris music prize performers!
There are 10 Canadian performers matched with 10 Canadian artists to create these beautiful band posters.
You can purchase any one of these posters at our store or online, as well as the event, happening
September 16th at The Polaris Gala. Posters sell for $40 each.
Here is a sum up of this years Polaris Prize Artists!
BAND: PUP, Designed by Katie Hicks, 4 Colours
BAND: Dominique Filmmaker Aimé, Designed by Sarah Penina, 5 Colours
BAND: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Designed by Maya McKibbin, 4 Colours
BAND: ELISAPIE, Designed by Dayle Kubluitok, 5 Colours
BAND: Haviah Mighty, Designed by Alexis Eke, 5 Colours
BAND: Les Louanges, Designed by Mathieu Larone, 5 Colours
BAND: Marie Davidson, Designed by Melanie Garcia, 5 Colours
BAND: Fet Nat, Designed by Matthew Daley, 3 Colours
BAND: Jessie Reyez, Designed by Salini Perera, 5 Colours
BAND: SHAD, Designed by Anson Chan, 5 Colours
Band: SHAD & JESSIE REYEZ
Artwork By: ANSON CHAN & SALINI PERERA
SHAD is a Canadian alternative hip hop artist and broadcaster. Full name of Shadrach Kabango he was raised in London Ontario. He hosted Q on CBC Radio One and hosted the award winning series ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’. He has 6 albums titled, ‘When This Is Over (2005), The Old Prince (2007), TSOL (2010), Flying Colours (2013), Adult Contempt (2016), & A Short Story About a War (2018).
Anson Chan is a Toronto-based Illustrator. He enjoys visualizing and organizing shapes within abstract and stylized compositions. Anson currently attends Sheridan College studying Illustration with an expected graduation in 2020.
Jessie Reyez is a Columbian Canadian artist born in Toronto, Ontario. She has been creating music since she was a teenager and released her first album ‘Kiddo’ in 2017. Kiddo was released with a short film called ‘Gatekeeper’ addressing sexism and exploitation in the music industry. She won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Juno Awards in 2018 and then won the RnB/Soul Recording of the Year Award in 2019 for her album ‘Being Human In Public.’
Salini Perera is an illustrator who lives, draws and paints in Toronto, Canada and uses she/her pronouns. She was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Scarborough, and has been making art for as long as she can remember. Salini studied film at Ryerson University and Independent Illustration at Seneca College. She enjoys puttering around the kitchen and her 2 cats Victoria and Albert.
Band: MARIE DAVIDSON & FET NAT
Artwork By: MELANIE GARCIA & MATT DALEY
Marie Davidson is a electronic-techno musician from Montreal, Ontario. She is also part of the band ‘Essaie Pas’ which is a minimal wave duo comprised of her and Pierre Guerineau. Some albums include Perte d’identité (2014), Un autre voyage (2015), Adieux au dancefloor (2016), Working Class Woman (2018)
Melanie Garcia loves collage. It was during her BFA in Film Production at Concordia University that she began her work in large-format digital collage. After a period of art gestation her work is now settled into primarily analog mixed media collage concerned with the human body, its biological flaws, perfection, representation, distortion and aesthetics.
Fet Nat is an experimental musical group from Gatineau, Quebec. The band consists of vocalist and lyricist JFNO, guitarist Pierre-Luc Clément, saxophonist Linsey Wellman and drummer Olivier Fairfield. Let Nat released their first album this year titled ‘Le Mal’. Their sound is most commonly categorized as funk-punk.
Matthew Daley is an illustrator and comic artist with a distinct style that combines hand-created textures, stamps and found objects into vector illustrations to create a rugged, painterly look. He is inspired by mid-20th century illustration and design, particularly the work of James Flora and Mary Blair, the playful mayhem of the Dadaists and the aesthetic of Eiji Tsuburaya’s monster designs in Godzilla movies and Ultraman episodes.
Band: HAVIAH MIGHTY & LES LOUANGES
Artwork By: ALEXIS EKE & MATHIEU LARONE
Haviah Mighty is a Canadian Rapper from Brampton, Ontario. Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. In 2016 Mighty started in a hip hop group called ‘The Sorority’ before her debut album ‘13th Floor’ this year. 13 Floor tells her story of the challenges of being a female black rapper.
Alexis Eke is an illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. Inspired by renaissance portraits and traditional Japanese art, she aims to illustrate black women in a contemporary light.
Les Louanges is a Canadian indie pop band from Quebec, Ontario, whose core member is Vincent Roberge. His first album ‘Le Mercure’ released in 2016. Les Louanges most resent album titled ’La nuit est une panthère’ released in September, 2018. He won the Prix Félix-Leclerc at the 2019 edition of Les Francos de Montréal.
Mathieu Larone is an illustrator from Montreal, Canada and is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Design at OCAD. Some Clients include New York Times, Polaris Music Prize, Blue Sky Studios, Dawson College , Static Magazine, Productions Langues Pendues, S.P.A.C.E Exhibit, Ruff Haus Comics, Cartoon Lizard, Short Box Comics.
Band: SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS & ELISAPIE
Artwork By: MAYA MCKIBBIN & DAYLE KUBLUITOK
Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a hip hop duo out of Vancouver, BC.
They confront slurs and stereotypes of Indigenous people and promote pride.
The 2 members Darren Metz (Young D) and Quinton Nyce (Yung Trybezare) are from the Kitamaat Village, a Haisla First Nation reserve. Their 3rd album TRAPLINE was released this year in May.
Maya McKibbin’s hopes are to bring a message of modern indigeneity into the contemporary
creative circle in the format of comics, films, stories and illustrations.
They enjoy visualizing stories and working with design, specifically character.
Maya is Ojibwe, Yaqui and Huichol, and grew up on Coast Salish Territory in shíshálh.
Elisapie is a Canadian singer, broadcaster, documentary filmmaker and activist.
Full name of Elisapie Issac she is half Inuk and was born in Salluit, Quebec.
In 2005 Elisapie collaborated with Alain Auger and produced the album titled Taima
which won the Juno Award of Aboriginal Recording of the Year.
In 2018 she released album ‘The Ballad of the Runaway Girl’
Dayle Kubluitok is an emerging artist from Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet) who studies
in Toronto, ON and lives in Iqaluit, NU. She works predominately with graphic arts and
illustration and is also a growing photographer.
Polaris Music Prize honours Canadian musicians & artists from around the country.
The event is this Monday, September 16th at the Polaris Gala.
Keep a lookout cause we will be featuring a new performer everyday
leading up to the day of the event!
Band: PUP & DOMINIQUE FILS AIME
Artwork By: KATIE HICKS & SARAH PENINA
PUP is a Canadian punk rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2010, originally under
the name Topanga. PUP’s self-titled debut album was released on October 8, 2013.
The bands members consists of Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula, and Steve Sladkowski.
They have 3 albums PUP (2013), The Dream Is Over (2016), and Morbid Stuff (2019)
Katie Hicks Toronto illustrator interested in cartoons and skeletons and cartoon skeletons.
Katie likes telling stories and drawing colourful pictures to accompany them.
DOMINIQUE FILS-AIMÉ is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. In 2018 she released her 1st album titled ’Nameless’ focusing on the history of African-American music. It was followed up with her 2019 album ‘Stay Tuned!’ Which explores jazz music. She is inspired by soul icons from the 40s and 60’s.
Sarah Penina is located in Montreal, Canada. Sarah paints, draws, produce digital illustrations and dabbles in personal zines. Her work re-visits the aesthetics that surrounded her in childhood, especially the stylized hyper-femininity of 1980s-1990s children’s toys and media. Bringing these inspirations into the present as a way to delight and soothe herself and others. Thematically Sarah’s work touches on nostalgia, memory, and escapism.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Allison Burda + Cam Gee,
Working collaboratively they make illustrations and animations as well as sell there own line of greeting cards. They create things in the spirit of colour and fun.
Allison + Cam Artist Q & A:
How did you start?
Neither of us went to art school but when we first started dating we realized we had an excellent creative dynamic. We made small comics, animations, and filled sketchbooks with little throwaway projects we made together. We got a lot of positive feedback from the people who saw our work so we started to post illustrations on a weekly blog and printed out some of our work to sell online. From there we were contacted by a few publishers and magazine art directors and started getting paid for our work. But it took years of taking on freelance projects and juggling 1 or 2 days jobs until we were able to make this our full-time gig.
What is your process? What art tool could you not live without?
One of us will mention an idea. If it’s digital work (like planning our cards and stickers), usually Cam will map it out; he’s amazing with rough sketching composition. Then one of us will flesh it out in Photoshop. I’m almost always in charge of colour. If we’re working with irl materials like clay, plaster, paint, wood then it’s kind of a free for all where we converge and diverge throughout the process until the project feels complete. Our work is always stronger when it’s a collaboration than
when we work separately
Where do you get your inspiration?
No one place. We love and collect children’s picture books, and we have a toddler who does bizarre baby stuff and his motions are often a jumping off point for animations. Usually ideas start in a sketchbook that seems to get the most action in the late evenings. Mostly we randomly put ideas on paper and then forget them for months at a time, then we revisit them and the idea feels stronger than it did in the beginning. If it makes us laugh when we come back
to it then it’s worth turning into something.
Is there anything you are currently working on that you are excited about?
We’ve been caught between some large and looming editorial contracts for the last 2 years which have all finished up for the moment so this is the first time in a while where we’ve been able to work on stuff that’s just for us. We’ve been working on plaster sculpture this summer and we’re in the middle of making everything we need to try out punch rug hooking. September is coming and our free time is almost up so we’re savouring this creative trial and error before the autumn
editorial rush picks up again.
Stop by August 25th to see this months featured Pedestrian Sunday artists.
Vicky To, Alexandra Tustin, and Sidney Nielsen will be out in front of
Kid Icarus selling their beautiful merch!
Sidney Nielsen is a Toronto based illustrator and screen printer.
A lover of colour her pieces reflect this. Come see her works of curiosity and whimsy.
Vicky To is a Toronto based artist that specializes in Plastic Fabrication, Printmaking, and Illustration. She’s often hidden away in a shop or studio working away on a new experiment to
combine the three specialities together.
Alexandra Tustin is a freelance illustrator & designer whose work explores analogue media, texture, and digital synthesis. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Design, focused in Illustration, from OCAD University.
Printed these bad boys for the Mad Ones Gallery: Prints and Posters Opening Event!
Stop by the show this Friday, August 16th for some beautiful art.
Event is at 1183 Dundas Street West from 7pm-11pm.
Print info is below.
4 colour Print on Natural Coverstock.
18″ x 24″ – $35 each
Printed these beauties for HALO Brewery, Labels done by Underline Studio.
All 4 prints are 18″ x 24″ and are done on 100lb Coverstock White
For more details check below:
Magic Missile – Dry Hopped Pale Ale – 6 colours
Tokyo Rose – Brett Saison with Rose Hips – 4 colours
Shapeshifter – Sour IPA – 3 colours
New Wave – IPA – 7 colours