Howl! Arts Festival
Monday April 14th 2014, 1:41 pm
Filed under: events,music,news,portfolio

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I’m very excited to announce the upcoming Howl! Arts Festivalles voix survolent la ville, a celebration of art and revolution. This first edition, taking place over 6 days at the end of April, brings together a host of local artists and events committed to the deepening of community engagement and grassroots activism, with a focus on the struggles of First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

The festival opens with a benefit concert for Missing Justice featuring Odaya, Sarah Pagé and AurorA, followed the next evening by Regards sur le 7eme feu. This 11 musician ensemble performance presents a conceptual work envisioned and composed by Xarah Dion and Stefan Christoff, exploring issues around the future of the North. Other events include a fundraising concert for those arrested under the unjust Montreal bylaw P6 during (and after) the Quebec student strike of 2012, a screening of Alanis’ Obomsawin’s documentary film Hi-Ho Mistahey!, and a panel discussion on the relationship between art and gentrification.

The festival closes with the launch of the 13th issue of Four Minutes to Midnight, which has been almost two years in the making. Much more on that very soon!

The visuals and poster for the festival were created by LOKi design, and printed by Chris at la Presse du chat perdu. The graphic approach was equally inspired by the explosive force of Vorticism, the imagery of a dense city seen from above, and a personal attempt to work with abstraction in a politically coherent way.

More details for the festival on the Howl! website, and on facebook here.



And We Made The Room Shine
Wednesday February 26th 2014, 1:36 pm
Filed under: miscellaneous,music

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here as things have been very busy at the studio! But this beautiful video from La Blogothèque showcasing intimate performances by Constellation artists showed up in my feed, and I felt compelled to share it. Enjoy!



Come Worry With Us!
Thursday December 12th 2013, 2:09 pm
Filed under: music,portfolio,type and typography

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I was honoured to work on the poster and title designs for Helene Klodawsky’s film Come Worry With Us! The documentary tells the story of one of my favourite bands, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, focusing on the struggles of balancing parenthood with the life of touring musicians. It raises very timely questions around the pervasiveness of traditional gender roles, and the challenges of artists living within a precarious economy. It’s a beautiful, intimate portrait, blending the political and the personal, and I’m really pleased to have been a part of it.

Visit the film’s website here.

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WU-TANG Letterpress Prints
Thursday November 14th 2013, 12:42 am
Filed under: music,portfolio,type and typography

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For Expozine this year, I’ve reissued a run of my WU-TANG C.R.E.A.M. diptych, letterpress printed in gold ink on thick black cardstock by Kiva Stimac at Popolo Press. This edition is printed on her new letterpress, and the imprint is slightly deeper, giving it more relief and emphasizing the epitaph metaphor of the design.

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Neptune’s Moons Poster
Tuesday September 24th 2013, 7:59 pm
Filed under: music,portfolio,type and typography

Neptune's Moons

Show poster designed for the upcoming Neptune’s Moons concert presented by the Howl Arts Collective. Though the central graphic acts as a literal interpretation of the title, the poster also makes subtle reference to Afro-futurist aesthetics and sci-fi 70s funk in the digitally-lettered title treatment. It’s too bad we won’t be printing this with glow-in-the-dark ink!

In conceiving of the show, Kaie highlighted this quote by Marc Dery:

“Hack this: Why do so few African-Americans write science fiction, a genre whose close encounters with the Other — the stranger in a strange land — would seem uniquely suited to the concerns of African-American novelists? Yet, to this writer’s knowledge, only Samuel R. Delany, Octavia Butler,Steve Barnes, and Charles Saunders have chosen to write within the genre conventions of SF. This is especially perplexing in light of the fact that African-Americans are, in a very real sense, the descendants of alien abductees. They inhabit a sci-fi nightmare in which unseen but no less impassable force fields of intolerance frustrate their movements; official histories undo what has been done to them; and technology, be it branding, forced sterilization, the Tuskegee experiment, or tasers, is too often brought to bear on black bodies.”

– Mark Dery, Black to the Future

Word.

Neptune’s Moons event page here.



Song for Saturday: Made You Die
Saturday July 20th 2013, 9:04 am
Filed under: music



Brahja Waldman’s Quintet Street Poster
Tuesday May 28th 2013, 11:55 pm
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Brahja Waldman's Quintet Poster

Street poster designed for Brahja Wladman’s Quartet (Quintet for the show) double album launch this Friday at Café Resonance. Howl co-produced the album, and I also designed the CD packaging, images coming soon.

Facebook event here. Photo by the city’s best poster paster-upper, Stefan Christoff.



Song for Saturday: Atmosphere
Saturday May 18th 2013, 6:34 pm
Filed under: music

RIP Ian Curtis.



Song for Saturday: Swans
Saturday April 20th 2013, 5:57 pm
Filed under: music


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