Bombshell Canadian coloratura soprano Ambur Braid, one of the great talents in her field, is about to begin her first season as an ensemble member of the Frankfurt Opera as Queen of the Night. We captured her portrait, published in Oper Frankfurt, in a window-lined east-end Toronto studio donated by the generous Jenny Burton, and ran the gamut of emotions from silly to stunning to sensational. You can see more of our shoot and read about Ambur’s many accolades on http://amburbraid.com/home/. xo
The words of ‘Pachanga’ translate to “Party, tomorrow is never promised” in Mexican slang. Faced with creating a visual for this stellar Summer track from Azari & iii’s new manifestation, ALI X x XEMINA, I went in deep on the state of the world today. It got chewed up and spit out in the life story of a chicken, an apt metaphor for American greed I think. What do you think? It’s working on many layers so I’m curious what you guys take away from it. Have a listen to more of this group on their Soundcloud @ https://soundcloud.com/alixxximena
Direction: Jennifer Toole // Starring: Xemina, Meredith Jay, Nohemie Renaud & Sarah Toole // Make-Up: Elena Pacienza // Hair: Amber Fairlie @ The Manor Salon // Styling: Megan Ann Wilson // Choreo: Jenny-Anne McCowan
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It’s always a pleasure to celebrate the art of young artists about to enter the professional art world. The Magenta Foundation makes all this magic happen. A bit about what they do below:
The Flash Forward Incubator Program is dedicated to supporting emerging artists within the high school setting. While proposing a new and exciting model for arts education and arts funding, the Incubator Program prepares students for their transition out of high school and into the next phases of their artistic careers.
The theme for this year’s Flash Forward Incubator Program is Cut and Paste. This year’s theme asks that our students think deeply about the meaning of cut and paste; from the creation of collage: physically cutting and pasting images together, to the ease with which we are able to reposition images and ideas using the cut and paste features on a computer, to how we can re-configure meaning with the addition or removal of objects, ideas, or images within a natural setting. What impact does the cut have? What is the impact of the paste?
This year’s Flash Forward Incubator Program is open to a wide range of photography based projects that explore the theme of cut and paste: the impact of cut and paste in our world today, the role that it has played in the history of art, and the social and psychological impact that a cut and paste world proposes.
Take a look at the full album HERE.
Photography // Jennifer Toole
Location // Stephen Bulger Gallery
Alison Keery is a gorgeous dancer with a bright inner light and and a vibrant energy. She is a delightful subject. She is based in Toronto and performs avidly with passion alongside teaching the next generation of dancers on the come-up. You can find her on Instagram @alisonkeery. She performed at the first showing of The Goddess Array. You can take a peek at the stellar performance below:
The show is wrapped and it was beautiful! I’m so sad I could not be in Athens to attend the opening, but the event photos are second best I suppose. Here are a few photos of my print of muse Cricket Guess for Herself.com lighting up the room. Many thanks to the Bank Wall Gallery for their inclusion of my work and support. xo
Amongst some of Toronto’s finest young artists I participated in the OOG group show with an image from The Goddess Array series entitled “Athena Stands.” Athena is the Goddess of Civilization. The show is up until Feb. 9th if you want to take a look, but I’m pleased to report “Athena Stands” is already sold. Here’s a Homeric quote to shine a little light on who Athena was and what she stood for:
“I begin to sing of Pallas Athena, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, saviour of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia. From his awful head wise Zeus himself bare her arrayed in warlike arms of flashing gold, and awe seized all the gods as they gazed. But Athena sprang quickly from the immortal head and stood before Zeus who holds the aegis, shaking a sharp spear: great Olympos began to reel horribly at the might of the grey-eyed goddess, and earth round about cried fearfully, and the sea was moved and tossed with dark waves, while foam burst forth suddenly: the bright Son of Hyperion [Helios the Sun] stopped his swift-footed horses a long while, until the maiden Pallas Athena had stripped the heavenly armour from her immortal shoulders. And wise Zeus was glad. Hail to you, daughter of Zeus who holds the aigis!”
– Homeric Hymn 39 to Athena
The room filled up! It was quite an event:
And here are a few of my favourite pieces from the show: