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Roadsworth: Crossing the Line Comments | Jul 17 2008

One of the most creative artists I have ever come across has been Roadsworth. Hailing from Toronto/Montreal Canada his work has never failed to impress and make the viewer contemplate their surrounds.

 

Peter Gibson, a.k.a. Roadsworth could face up to $100,000 in fines for his controversial ’street’ art. He brings urban banalities to life by creating candles out of crosswalks, for example. He makes one stop to reflect, as does all good art. The question is, should his conscientious work be scrutinized and treated as public vandalism? Or should it not be considered in a different light– as poetic activism, and, as art?  

Taken from the National Film Board of Canada. There is a documentary Roadsworth: Crossing the Line being funded by the National Film Board and it is looking to be an amazing story about the artist.

What are your personal thoughts on Street Art? Graffiti? Are they the same or completely different? 

Is Roadsworth an artist? a vandal?

What should a city do when a publicly loved (street)artist is caught? Should his art be buffed? 

There has been instances in the UK where Banksy’s art has been left due to his popularity/fame and general worth of his piece… Banksy’s art is considered by many municipalities to be “tourist attractions”.

Is Roadsworth in a similar situation  as Banksy but a Canadian version? (Banksy hasn’t been caught from my knowledge though).

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The Lovely Feathers Comments | Jul 10 2008

The Lovely Feathers

I’ve been lucky enough to have seen The Lovely Feathers multiple times years ago when they were touring with Metric and playing Last Gang Records release parties for the likes of MSTRKRFT (previous post). I haven’t heard anything from them in a while and have continuously been listening to their energetic, fun infused melodic tunes on and off for the last 3 years. When I saw them with out a doubt they were one of the most energetic enthusiastic groups I have ever seen live. (the guitar player actually fell off stage!) For a reminder on how everyone should still be listening to one of the best Quebecois bands around, or if they are no longer around in the past here is a few bangers to keep ya interested. All of their songs are so good I could only narrow it down to these three. The Lovely Feathers Myspace | Home Page

The Lovely Feathers - In The Valley

The Lovely Feathers - Fudgicle

The Lovely Feathers - Photocorners

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Canadian Mens Wear Comments | May 28 2008

I know that there are great boutiques through out Canada but the two that come to my mind when I hear the term mens wear are Nomad Shop - Toronto and Reborn - Montreal. These two stores carry progressive international labels only found in a select boutique’s throughout the world. Some of my favorite labels brought to Canada by one or the other of these two stores are Comme des GarçonsCommon ProjectsCorpus ClothingNom De GuerreRobert GellerRoganSupremeSurface To Air, Visvim and W+H all available at Nomad Shop. At Reborn we have Henrik VibskovFifth Avenue Shoe RepairRaf Simons.

 I have never yet been to Reborn however Nomad is one of the best stores in Toronto I feel. Great service, great labels and a very humble interior.

 Nomad Toronto
Nomad. 431 Richmond Street West Toronto, Canada M5V 1X9 T (416) 682-1107.
 NomadNomad Toronto

 Reborn MontrealReborn. 231 rue Saint-Paul Ouest Montreal, QC H2Y 2A2, Canada (514) 499-8549.  

Reborn

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The Reinvention of Pants Comments | Mar 24 2008

Ok well the last few months I have started to see more and more labels releasing or producing what I like to called “drop crotched pants”. I believe they are refreshing, innovative and personally I can’t wait to get a pair from … somewhere. Nonetheless I just can’t stop talking about them and trying to figure out am I the only one who feels they are the next big things in the evolution pants?

Corpus Denim available at Reborn Montreal

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Henrik Vibskov available at Oak New York

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Material Boy available at Seven New York

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There was also a pair of lowered crotch shorts available at Oak New York by the label Telfar which was probably my favorite out of them all however they are sold out now and the image is no longer available. I’ve heard of all of the mentioned labels prior to the outburst of “drop crotch” pants and shorts and had the pleasure to shop at Seven New York, a great experience and would recommend it to anyone in and around SoHo.Is the unnoticed trend going to stay? Is it a dumb fad? I say no but it very well could just stay in progressive fashion forward labels. Thoughts?

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