Dailytoole 2018 Highlights!!!!

Not to be totally cliche here, but looking back on 2018 has me feeling so much gratitude that I get to do what I love and make money doing it. I am so grateful to be free and able to express myself creatively. It is not lost on me what a privilege this is. That being said, here is a little bit of what I got up to professionally this past year. My top ten highlights of 2018:

1) The Goddess Array: Fertilize My Thoughts 

A book! The entire Goddess Array on your coffee table! It’s a dream come true. I have spent the past four years shooting these contemporary incantations of ancient Greek goddesses in the nude with their totems of power in spectacular locations all over the world. Now that the series is complete it will be commemorated in print on coated silk paper tucked into an embossed linen hardcover of the highest quality. I have penned a sonnet detailing the frequency and history of each goddess to be displayed beside each photo. It’s an art book of the highest quality, visually scintillating, well-researched, and curious to read. Each goddess is an archetype that puts a face onto one of the innumerable moods a woman can embody every day. The book will run a limited edition of 100 signed copies. They are available at a discounted rate for preorder now on jennifertoole.com. Preorder yours now to ensure you get one! Here are a few shots taken behind the scenes on location for The Goddess Array in 2018:

 

2) ALIX x XIMENA x TKUZ – PACHANGA (official music video)

The ‘Pachanga’ video is a socially conscious acid trip that leaves you feeling turned on and grossed out at the same time. The artists, based in Mexico City, pushed me over the limits of my editing skills and into a zone I had never been in before, which is always at the same time scary and thrilling. It was an evolutionary learning experience to direct the talent and create visuals that gave life to this epic song. I am forever grateful to my amazing team who came out to support me on this crazy music video adventure and to the artists for trusting me with their music.

DIRECTOR: Jennifer Toole // MUA: Elena Pacienza // HAIR: Amber Fairlie @ The Manor Salon // STYLING: Megan Ann Wilson // CHOREO: Jenny-Anne McCowan // TALENT: Ximena, Nohemie Renaud, Meredith Jay, Sarah Toole

 

3) In Full Bloom: A Dance Film

This film came to life in the most organic creative process with my dear friend, constant muse, and expert modern dance choreographer, Jenny-Anne McCowan. Last winter, on a whim, Jenny-Anne offered to choreograph and teach me a solo dance piece. We began to train in the ice cold studio, warming up our muscles with ballet movements and efforts at completing the splits before we would tackle the choreography. I’ve included a very embarrassing but amazing video of one of our sessions below. I suggested we turn the choreography into a video and “In Full Bloom” is the result. Every time I work with Jenny-Anne we make something of beauty and heal a bit in the process. xo

The film…

…& the process…

SOUNDTRACK: DIE ANTWOORD – FOK JULLE NAAIERS (GOD’S WICKED JUNGLE REMIX) (Instrumental)

 

4) Group Shows

I was asked to show works in four group shows this year, which was an honor. “Hey Y’All” at Only One Gallery, “Portraits Exhibition” at Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece, “Hear Here: intersections,” and “The Soulfood Toronto” respectively.

5) Window Gallery

We’ve carved out an art nook in Bloordale Village. A little slice of storefront on Bloor West just east of Ossington is now up and running as the tiniest art gallery in Toronto curated by myself and my partner, David Mussio. The space is currently home to an eclectic group show of works by our nearest and dearest artist friends. Follow me @jentoole on Instagram to get updates and receive calls for submissions. xo

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6) Sheridan Camera Course

In my first foray back to school in many years, and my first formal education in anything camera-related ever, I completed Sheridan’s two-week long-format camera assistant course and it was worth every penny. We got to play with the best equipment in the industry, had a day trip to the set of Suits, got lessons from Hollywood veterans (including one of our teachers who pulled focus on Legend of the Fall), and gained the knowledge needed to be an excellent member of any camera team making a feature film or TV series. I’m taking the steps to be upgraded into the International Cinematographers Union and this course was a great addition to my application. Wish me luck!

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7) The Motherland Collective

Last January I met up with Demi and she told me about her dream to create a safe space online where mothers could share their stories with one another free from any artifice or filters. A new mum herself, Demi found her experience to be worsened by the pressures social media put on her to be a “perfect mother.” We got together and did a little photoshoot and video shoot and The Motherland Collective was born. A year later the movement has grown into a real community providing safe spaces for parents/mothers in the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community including birth services, workshops and advocacy. Demi is a doula herself and obviously a goddess of the highest order. Check out www.motherlandcollective.com for more of her goodness.

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8) Commercial Work

My bread and butter! It was another busy year in the commercial world in Toronto thankfully and I cut my chops further in the production and camera departments on set. TIFF was especially exciting this year with a couple of star-studded shoots for Vanity Fair featuring Samira Wiley (Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black) and Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), both incredible women to meet. We shot an iPhone commercial starring Kevin Bacon and Simon Bird, which was also a blast. And the list goes on. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to enter into the at times elusive world of film and I’m so excited to move into long format this year! Much thanks yet again and always to Miss Lisa Ericsson, my P.M. angel. Here’s to a busy 2019!

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9) Viola Gardens

I am embarking upon my fourth year working with Jessica Viola of Viola Gardens, an ecological landscape design firm in L.A., running their socials and website. The brand is a dream for me to step into twice weekly. It’s a world of growth, permaculture, sustainability, design, health, and inspirations. Follow us on Instagram @violagardens to see the journey. We have big things planned for 2019!

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10) Event Photography

I love shooting events. Everyone is dressed to impress and usually receptive to me and my pesky camera asking for a photo. The collection of photos the end of the night tells the whole story from start to finish and memories are made. It’s the best. I shot mostly private events this year and am sadly not allowed to share the photos, but here are a few from The Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Toronto exhibit, which is always a special time.

 

2018 was awesome. Here’s to a thrilling year ahead! Thanks for reading. xo

Eli Langer & Jennifer Murphy: Caravansary of Joy @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Caravansary of Joy by artists Eli Langer & Jennifer Murphy opened last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery. With the Spring equinox in full swing alongside a solar eclipse and a waxing supermoon on the rise the vibe was ripe for an incredible night. And that it was. Just take a peek at all the beautiful people filling the space in the photos above. I always remember why I love Toronto at Clint’s openings. Even local recording artist superstar Majid Jordan came out to play! xo

Niall McClelland: Hot Sauce @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Niall McClelland’s new show “Hot Sauce” opened last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery. The usual crowd of Toronto’s most stylish, artsy, quirky and endearing were in attendance taking in the art and warming up by the new, quintessentially Canadian fire pit situated out front of the space on St. Helens Ave. Niall’s work was beat up and free in essence. Here’s a note from Niall himself on his style taken from his recent interview with Mark Hall-Patch for 01Magazine:

A lot of artists envy the freedom that you put into theses works, some of them being dragged over land and destroyed but almost in a loving way.

Ha, I look at it more like punishment than freedom! Yeah I mean I don’t throw things around that easily either. A while back I came across Wabi Sabi, you know that Japanese idea of embracing transience and imperfection? Just the idea of the age and the experience and the life that these objects have is valuable. The more life they have the more important and valuable they are. If they have been dented up and nicked and paint is chipped, that’s desirable in Wabi Sabi. I saw that and I thought it was so lined up with how I see things, it totally distilled these vagues thoughts I had about what I was making. It’s something that has been done for centuries and it’s how I think about things too. I like everything around me to be worn, including art . I like it when a drawing has been beat up and kicked around. I like the holes in the corners after they have been displayed multiple times, the stained areas where something has been water damaged, I think that’s interesting. – Niall McClelland

Herself.com Launch Party

The launch of Herself.com last Saturday night was a great success thanks to all the beautiful people who came out to support the project. The site has already crashed a couple of times due to overwhelming traffic. Caitlin Stasey and I are pleased to report we officially “broke the internet.” With such a positive beginning we are hopeful that Herself will become an empowering movement. Oyster Magazine and Buzzfeed have already reported the launch of the site with a couple of telling articles. We are excited to move forward showcasing ever more women and their stories. xo

Photos by Dave Gillespie // Shot at the Clint Roenisch Gallery

Harold Klunder: Live by the Sun, Love by the Moon @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Dutch/Canadian artist Harold Klunder opened his new show at Clint Roenisch’s gallery last night with a bang. Here’s a bit about Harold from Clint:

“Keenly aware of art history and of the titans of Dutch painters who have come before him, from Rembrandt’s relentless self-scrutiny through to Vermeer’s quality of light to Van Gogh’s fevered impasto and Willem de Kooning’s early series of voracious women, Klunder embeds his influences into his own paintings, often monumental in scale and years in the making. To take in a Klunder painting is to become privy to the narrative – the excavation – of one painter’s lifelong engagement with this most storied of mediums, its profound history and its unmistakable immediacy, always unfolding now, standing outside of time, receptive to the present viewer’s gaze.”

The show will be up until December 6th at 190 Saint Helens Ave. Be sure to check it out. xo

Clint Roenisch (new) Gallery Opening.

Last night, under a waxing moon, Toronto’s favourite gallery owner, Clint Roenisch, opened the doors to his much anticipated new space at 190 Saint Helens Ave at Bloor and Landsdowne. The new gallery is elegantly minimal with starkly white walls, high ceilings, and concrete floors. It filled up with the entirety of Toronto’s art scene last night which made it the best-dressed and best-looking crowd I’ve ever laid eyes on. The vibe was one of excitement as champagne got popped, motorcycles peeled out, babes on babes on babes and the art was revered. Minimal post-postmodern pieces were shown by artists Stefan Bruggemann, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Johnathan Monk, Gabriel Orozco, David Shrigley and Gedi Sibony. Be sure to pop by the new space and say “hi.” And share this link with your pals if they’re pictured here. xo #firstthepleasue