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#Iwanttodrawyourband does Sappy Fest X

August 11, 2015

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.

CROSSS tascha

CROSSS tascha

Crosss EHAB

Crosss EHAB

Jennifer Castle EHAB

Jennifer Castle EHAB

LES HAY BABIES tascha

LES HAY BABIES tascha

Les Hay Babies EHAB

Les Hay Babies EHAB

MOZART'S SISTER tascha

MOZART’S SISTER tascha

JENNIFER CASTLE tascha

JENNIFER CASTLE tascha

SOLIDS tascha

SOLIDS tascha

Solids EHAB

Solids EHAB

THE LONELY PARADE tascha

THE LONELY PARADE tascha

The Lonely Parade EHAB

The Lonely Parade EHAB

3rd Eye Art Jam 2 @ DBeatstro Sun Aug 16

August 9, 2015

Greetings from Toronto Art Collective is very excited to announce that we will be hosting another art jam & social next Sunday August 16 @ DBeatstro. Do you pine for the arts & crafts making sessions of your yesteryouth? An arts jam is an opportunity to create art with friends in a social environment, without the structure of grades, projects, or instruction. Next Sunday we will be turning DBeatstro into shared creative space for the afternoon, and no skill level is necessary. Bring along a friend & a craft or your favourite art materials. Or use ours. PWYC.

This will be the first of 2 events the collective will be holding @ DBeatstro. The 2nd of which will be the launch for an ambitious zine our gang has been working on for the past couple months. (There will be an official announcement and more details about this project coming soon).

Click here to join the event on facebook. We’re looking forward to meeting and making art with you.

*This is a dry event. But DBeatstro will have coffee & vegan treats for sale.

SUN AUG 16TH 1-4PM

SUN AUG 16TH 12-4PM

#Iwanttodrawyourband does C.R.E.A.M. @ NXNE and Tanya Tagaq

July 11, 2015

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

EHAB Tanya Tagaq @ Indigenous Arts Festival

EHAB Tanya Tagaq @ Indigenous Arts Festival

Lido Pimienta @ C.R.E.A.M. NXNE Double Double Land 2015

EHAB Lido Pimienta @ C.R.E.A.M

EHAB Lido Pimienta @ C.R.E.A.M

VCR @ C.R.E.A.M. NXNE Double Double Land 2015

VCR C.R.E.A.M. tascha

VCR C.R.E.A.M. tascha

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.

C.R.E.A.M. colouring book

C.R.E.A.M. colouring book

#Iwanttodrawyourband does Track Could Bend 4

July 8, 2015

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.

Doom Tickler Tascha

Doom Tickler Tascha

Castle If Tascha

Castle If Tascha

Dr Dunn & The Cosmic Range Tascha

Dr Dunn & The Cosmic Range Tascha

Doom Tickler Ehab

Doom Tickler Ehab

Castle If Ehab

Castle If Ehab

Dr Dunn & The Cosmic Range Ehab

Dr Dunn & The Cosmic Range Ehab

a few more from Bike Porn 4

June 30, 2015

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

Cycle or Die

Cycle or Die

“if it blows up your skirt” by Natascha Malta acrylic paint & pen on 8″ X10″ birch panel

if it blows up your skirt

if it blows up your skirt

“byke dyke” by Natascha Malta acrylic paint & pen on 8″X10″ birch panel

byke dyke

byke dyke

Maleficent photo set for Bike Porn 4

June 29, 2015

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.

juliabikes1 juliabikes2 juliabikes3

#Iwanttodrawyourband does UNSOUND TORONTO

June 23, 2015

This past Saturday for a very special edition of #Iwanttodrawyourband, Ashley Grafe and I collaborated on a live painting at one of the coolest and most unique events I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.

This past weekend Luminato brought the Krakow-based festival Unsound, to breathe life back into the abandoned Hearn Generating Station. The decommissioned power plant occupies an interesting space in the city’s psychogeography. Situated in the heart of the Toronto Port Lands (a site where imminent revitalization plans are the source of much debate), the Hearn represents a possibility of what could be if the city’s redesign allowed artists to reimagine the unused space as a worldclass centre for the arts.

Luminato’s grandiose vision for the future of the Hearn certainly left a lot to live up to, and Unsound didn’t disappoint. Their treatment of the Hearn saw the entire space lit up & reanimated as part of a giant, immersive night of installation art for festival attendees with music as the pulse.

An unusually thought-provoking blend of sound art, experimental, and industrial music dominated the main stage- each piece paired with a visual component to accompany the experience. With the bass turned up loud enough for patrons to feel as well as hear the music, and especially with Unsound’s emphasis to turn off devices, and selfie free zones during certain sets- there were moments when the total sensory experience was somewhat (but not unpleasantly) overwhelming. This was especially true during “Double Vision”, a collaborative piece between Atom TM & Robin Fox featuring a laser show and some pretty intense visuals in RGB. For this performance we were asked to turn off the small light we were using to paint with, and maybe it’s not a coincedence that this set ends up becoming the part of the evening which really stands out in memory for me.

The sense of scale was such an intrinisic part of the experience, with the size of the venue and the creative choices of the artists suggesting a scale larger than human. In Ben Frost’s performance you got the impression that the music maker was a sky god using the elements of thunder and lightning to mesmerize the audience. Meanwhile Lillevan’s live animation of Morton Subotnick’s “Silver Apples of the Moon” takes us on a psychedelic voyage through time and space. Finally we become a little overwhelmed by all the art, and decide to simply venture through and enjoy the space itself, which has been lit up and decorated with some props which are well suited to the overall tone of the weekend’s festivities. Excited festival patrons sit on overturned trees provided as benches, or take turns posing with carwrecks which look like they were pulled from the set of Mad Max. We make our way to the side room where a dark dance party is in full swing.

Overall, the evening absolutely delivered on an epic night of artistic and urban exploration- which delighted the diverse audience of spectators that came out (an audience ranging from art collectors and socialites, to music nerds, clubbers, and the odd cyber punk). My hope is that the success of Unsound will help spur the public consciousness towards a more permanent use of this building for future arts and music events.

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Now to switch gears and talk a little bit about the painting. This painting is 2ft tall X 3ft wide, and was created during the event of the duration of several hours. It was made with acrylic paints and oil pastels on wood panel. Usually when we do drawings for #Iwanttodrawyourband, we focus on the bands. However for this particular event, we weren’t very close to front of the stage, and the visual element of the show was overall more about the visuals playing out on the big screen behind the musicians rather than the musicians themselves. We tried to capture the overall feeling of the show and being in that space.

unsoundtoronto

Note* now that we’ve been able to photograph the painting, it is for sale. You can contact nataschamalta@gmail.com for sales.

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