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The College and Bathurst Streets signs. College and Bathurst is known as "Little Italy." Photo by Caterina Amaral

Toronto artist rethinks street signs: long live the acorn

At first, it was supposed to be simple. Raj Gupta started redesigning neighbourhood street signs in Toronto to commemorate moments in his life since moving to the city in 2011. Initially it wasn’t supposed to be about iconic neighbourhoods, but turned out that way when Gupta received requests from people who learned the acorn-style street …

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The "Life is Worth Living" mural by Kyle Howard and Max Sawka. This is part of a worldwide promotional series of murals for Justin Bieber's new album Purpose. Photo courtesy of Mansoor Tanweer

Justin Bieber’s Graffiti Artists: Life Is Worth Living

Kyle Howard had done a couple of jobs with Universal Music before, so when Justin Bieber’s management contacted Universal to do a social media campaign, he was chosen to take it on. He became one of two Toronto graffiti artists, the other is Max Sawka, to help promote Bieber’s new album, Purpose. “They wanted to …

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Photo courtesy of Neil Wong

Thank You, Toronto!

Making a fashion statement and a positive change can now go hand-in-hand, thanks to a company called Thank You Toronto. In early 2014, they started a cause to feed homeless people. They’ve expanded their cause to feeding animals at the Toronto Humane Society as well as donating socks to people in need. The charitable initiative …

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Photo By Christiane Beya

Nuit Blanche 2015: The Face of Toronto

On the night of Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s multicultural visage merged into The Face of Toronto, an interactive installation by digital design studio Architech. Sliding through the revolving doors of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre, a number of Architech workers in aquamarine shirts politely greeted the guests, giving them a rundown of the exhibit’s program. An instrumental composed …

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Photo courtesy of Mani Mazinani, 2015

Nuit Blanche 2015: Anciently Heard (Hip Hop As Ancient Thought Transmission)

With the arrival of Nuit Blanche, the cold and windy streets of Toronto bustled with their usual madness. But inside the Gladstone Hotel, an installation titled Anciently Heard (Hip Hop as Ancient Thought Transmission) by local artist Mani Mazinani provided a completely different setting for artistic chaos. Anciently Heard is a sound installation that occupied the …

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