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Night Owl Festival 2019

Night Owl Festival 2019 is fast approaching!
These Night Owl Festival prints are designed by the talented illustrator Simon Berndt.
These 3 colour hand printed beauts can be purchased for $35 at the event or at our shop in Kensington.

The festival will be held on October 11th – October 14th in multiple venues across Toronto. For more information on the event, to view the lineup, or purchase tickets click here.

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Polaris Heritage Winners 1976-1985

The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums
of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05.
Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums
of the artistic distinction, without regards to sales or affiliations.

The 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize poster reveal and pop-up will be
held at The Drake Hotel Underground March 19th, 5pm – 8pm

2018 Heritage Prize Winners 1976-1985:

Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
Poster Designed by Paige Bowman

Rush – 2112
Poster Designed by Jamiyla Lowe

Check out below for info on the poster designers/artists.

Bruce Cockburn is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Many of his songs touch on political or environmental issues as well as human rights.
He has made more than 33 albums spanning over 40 years.
Before going Solo Cockburn was in numerous bands such as
The Esquires, The Flying Circus, Olivus, and 3’s a Crowd.
He made his first solo album in 1970. His single “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”
from his ‘Stealing Fire’ album became a hit on US charts.

Paige Bowman is an illustrator born in Victoria, BC and based in Vancouver.
She has studied illustration at both Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Sheridan College.
She loves dogs, wine, family, hip hop, and indian food after 2am.

“Rush burst out of Canada in the early 1970s with one of the most powerful and bombastic sounds of the decade.
Their 1976 magnum opus 2112 represents progressive rock at its grandiose heights,
but just a half decade later they had the guts to put epic songs aside in favor of shorter (but no less dynamic)
tunes like “Tom Sawyer and “The Spirit of Radio” that remain in constant rotation on radio to this day.
Absolutely uncompromising in every conceivable way, the trio has spent the last 40 years cultivating
the largest cult fan base in rock while still managing to sell out arenas around the globe.”

“Art/drawings, stuff like that.”
Jamiyla Lowe was born in Montreal, Quebec and attended Ontario College of Art and Design’s

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Polaris Heritage Winners 1960-1975

The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums
of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05.
Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums
of the artistic distinction, without regards to sales or affiliations.

The 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize poster reveal and pop-up will be
held at The Drake Hotel Underground March 19th, 5pm – 8pm

Polaris Heritage Winners for 1960-1975:

Jean-Pierre Ferland – Jaune
Poster Designed by Estee Preda

Neil Young– Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Poster Designed by Gracia Lam

Check out below for more info of the musician and the artist.

Jean Pierre Ferland is a French Canadian singer from Montreal, Quebec.
He began his career as an accountant with Radio-Canada before learning guitar and writing his first songs in 1959.
In 1996 he was made Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for his 30 albums and over 450 songs.
His Critically acclaimed album ‘Jaune’ was released in 1970 and is considered a Quebec/Canadian classic.

As a child, Estee Preda was read Hans Christian Andersen and
Brothers Grimm fairy tales every night by her mother who escaped the iron curtain.
She lived across the hall from her grand-mother who was prone to night terrors.
She would watch out the window from her Québec city home as one season would slowly turn into another.
The world that her art exists in lies somewhere between those ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales.

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician that has been creating music since the 60’s.
He was in bands Buffalo Springfield, Cosby Stills & Nash, and Crazy Horse before going solo.
Along with his signature voice Young also played guitar, piano, and harmonica.
In the album ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’ Young experimented with a rawer voice and
many of the songs were written in a single day during a fever.
Even still the album went platinum.

Gracia Lam is an illustrator born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto.
Her work aims to reinvent everyday objects and mundane environments.

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Night Owl Festival

Check out this years Night Owl Festival poster!
This gold, blue and black print is on 100 lb natural coverstock done by
One Horse Town an illustrator named Simon Berndt.

The 1st day of the Festival starts today at 7pm at the Velvet Underground.
Posters can be purchased at the event or with us for $35

 

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Polaris Prize – Weaves

Today’s Feature – Band: WEAVES, Artwork By: CHRIS PECORA

A band from Toronto, Ontario, Weaves is a well known artist with a unique sound.
A band that is always beating to the sound of there own drum.
Pervious albums mixed different genres of music, featuring jazz and rock sounds.
This time around their new album ‘Wide Open’ has more of a pop vibe.

Chris Pecora is a graphic designer and illustrator from Calgary, Canada.
He aims to bring thoughtful concepts to life using bold shapes, bright colours,
humour, and a smattering of texture.


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Polaris Prize – U.S. GIRLS

Todays Feature – Band: U.S. Girls, Artwork by: MARIEL RUTHERFORD

U.S. Girls was formed by Canadian-American musician Meghan Remy in 2007.
Before creating U.S.Girls Meghan Remy was in a  punk band.
She started making music in the early 2000’s and has released 6 albums so far.
her latest album ‘In a poem unlimited’ was released February 2018.

‘Mariel is a graduate of the Bachelor of Illustration program at Sheridan College.
Previously she studied the arts in Brussels and London,
where she developed an appreciation for textiles and embroidery.
She is interested in colour, composition and texture.’


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Polaris Prize – Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Todays feature – BAND: SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, Artwork by: DYLAN DARWIN

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.

Dylan Darwin is an illustrator and CG generalist from Ontario, Canada.
He went to Sheridan College graduating with a Computer Animation Certificate and an Illustration Bachelors.
His illustration work is a mix of traditional mixed media, digital, and collage.