This year I had the pleasure of road tripping down to Sackville, New Brunswick with friends for Sappy Fest X. This year rather than trying to draw every single set, we decided to be a lot more casual about the whole affair- drawing when it felt appropriate and not pushing when it didn’t. This year we were able to make the trip with more friends, as well as renewing some friendships with friends we made at Sappy last year (including our friend Ashley Grafe, who is now a part of the Greetings from Toronto Collective).
Besides the overall feeling of chillness which seems to pervade the overall tone of Sappy Fest, some of the highlights included a high energy performance from Mozart’s Sister (as well as a late night set by Nancy Pants at Thunder & Lightning the same eve). Collectively we were also all delighted by The Lonely Parade’s Sunday afternoon set, and couldn’t help ourselves from dancing along to the country & western stylings of francophone band Les Hay Babies.
Here are some drawings Ehab & I made at the fest.
Here are a few bonus drawings done over the past few weeks by Ehab & I (for which we didn’t capture the whole concert or festival, but liked our drawings enough to share).
Tanya Tagaq @ Indigenous Art Fest 2015 Fort York June 21
Lido Pimienta @ C.R.E.A.M. NXNE Double Double Land 2015
VCR @ C.R.E.A.M. NXNE Double Double Land 2015
And lastly, I coloured in one of the pictures from this colouring book that they were selling along with the merch at the C.R.E.A.M. “mini fest” within NXNE at Double Double Land. This book was made by April Aliermo from Hooded Fang, and includes drawings of different musicians on the line up at C.R.E.A.M.
Last night Ehab and I made some pictures at the 4 installation of Track Could Bend. The night is a monthly experimental music showcase hosted by Mechanical Forest Noise, and this month featured music by Doom Tickler, Castle If, and Dr. Dunn & The Cosmic Range. These shows are especially great to zone out and make psychedelic drawings along to, and I recommend it for anyone who’s inclined to try. The series has found a new home at Dundas Video, and the venue has confirmed the slot for the rest of the calendar year. Next show is Tues Aug 4.
This week on Greetings from Toronto, we are showcasing artwork made by collective members for Bike Porn 4 (the art show component of Bike Smut 8 as seen in Toronto this past April).
“Cycle or Die” by Ehab Arafeh on 4″X6″ watercolour paper
“if it blows up your skirt” by Natascha Malta acrylic paint & pen on 8″ X10″ birch panel
“byke dyke” by Natascha Malta acrylic paint & pen on 8″X10″ birch panel
Because we didn’t share all the great work that was created for Bike Porn 4, (the art show portion of Bike Smut 8 in Toronto this year)- I thought I would take the opportunity this week and share some of the work that was created by collective members for the show.
Here are a few of our favourite shots from a Maleficent inspired photo shoot Becca Jaine did for the show, featuring our mutual friend Julia as the model.