Category Archives: Talent

Daily Dose: Toronto Board Meeting

This past Saturday, September the 8th was this year’s Toronto Board meeting. What is this board meeting about you may ask? Not unlike Kollaboration, it is an annual event in which a group of people that share a passion for what they do, come together and display their love for their lifestyle.  Now what is it they do you may be wondering? Roughly a thousand people (mostly from Ontario) ride long boards through the streets of Toronto dressed up in dress shirts and ties (get it? Board Meeting). Long boards if you haven’t seen them around are essentially long skateboards. The biggest functional difference is that they’re much more effective for getting around. Especially in the downtown area, long boards have become much more common and have been growing in popularity.  Last year there were just over 900 long boarders but this year, despite the rain, a total of 1003 people made it out.

On that note, if you like seeing talented people battle it out, come out to the show because it’s going to happen rain or shine this Saturday September 15th!

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Daily Dose: Animals Talking In All Caps

THE VERY NOTION THAT I AM NOT FABULOUS IS PREPOSTEROUS, AND I REFUSE TO EVEN ENTERTAIN IT.

KINDLY REMOVE YOURSELF FROM MY PRESENCE. MY PORES GET CLOGGED WHEN I’M FORCED TO SHARE AIR WITH DUNCES.

Whatever crazy idea you’ve ever had, somebody’s probably beat you to it, and posted about it on the internet. There’s a blogger whose Tumblr is dedicated to nothing but animals talking in all caps, which is where the above image and text is from. You might not think that writing from the assumed perspective of an animal (in all caps) is writing practice, but it is. Any form of writing. As long as you’re putting your pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard to produce words and sentences, it is practice. Just, some of the product is a lot more amusing than others. Nonetheless, it’s important to try different forms of writing – prose, poetry, lyrics, even tweets. And those of us who’ve tried twitter know that it is actually really hard to compose a good, comprehensive message in 140 characters.

Check out Animals Talking In All Caps if you’re bored and need a good laugh 😛

Daily Dose: Face Ink

Have you ever wondered what your skin would look like if it showed all of the emotional scars you’ve gained from suffering throughout your life? This unique and impressively conceptual idea is the focus of the artwork by Chinese artist, Pinpin Co.

Pinpin takes simple gel ink and applies it to the face of her subjects and minutes later, she washes the ink off. The ephemerality of the piece is representative of how temporarily emotional scars appear on your outer self.

Online ticket sales up and running on TicketMaster!

Kollaboration Toronto is 20 days away! Don’t miss your chance to see Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead, KRNFX, and our top finalists live on September 15th at Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Our ticket platform is now available through TicketMaster.

Purchase online tickets at: http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

You can also save 10% on online processing fees by purchasing tickets from a staff member or volunteer. The ticket also gets you into the afterparty for FREE before 11:30PM!

Hope to see you there!

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Daily Dose: Hunter Lee

A year ago, I was living in California. It was a normal day and I was looking through Reddit when I stumbled across this picture:

This picture had been submitted in a griptape design contest, and he had won. This year after joining Kollaboration, I met the person in this picture: Hunter Lee (the blogger you all know and love). These kinds of awesomely random coincidences go to show how art brings people together, and to different places all around the world. Not to mention, I’m currently blogging from California while looking back at how slim the chance was for me to have made a full circle, seeing this picture here, then going to Toronto, meeting Hunter, and reflecting on this while in the states.

While he might not look like your typical artsy person, Hunter does some amazing(ly unique) artwork, some of which is shown below. After looking at the artwork he’s put up on his Facebook, one thing I notice is that most of it takes a REALLY long time and dedication to finish (i.e. spidey, pictured below). Props.


Daily Dose: M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was an artist born in the Netherlands. He primarily worked with print making and drawing. While these mediums are quite common, it is his mastery of perspective and in combination with his sheer creativity that allows his masterpieces to truly amaze. Shown below is but a small sample of the types of work he has done. Many of his images are architectural and are physical impossibilities if they were to be real. He’s drawn the Mobius Strip (the never ending loop) but takes it to another level. His pattern work is amazing in that they are incredibly precise. Despite all of the seemingly perfect illusions of perspective and the calculations in his work, he was able to include a level of kwirkiness that makes his work appealing to numerous levels of audience.

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MCE is an incredible artist who’s mastery with his medium makes his capabilities something to aspire to. Be sure to check out his site http://www.mcescher.com/

Facebook Contest: Win a pair of Kollaboration Toronto Tickets!

On Tuesday, Kollaboration Toronto launched a Facebook contest for a FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for the September 15th show (featuring Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead & DJ Zo, KRNFX, our Top Finalists and more).

CONTEST RULES:

*THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AUGUST 19!

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Daily Dose: Pencil Sculpture

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Dalton Ghetti is a Brazilian artist who works with pencils in a fascinatingly unique way. Rather than using the graphite for pencil drawings he uses it literally as material for sculpture. Like how sculptors mold with clay or chisel away at marble, Ghetti chips away at his pencil tips to create tiny masterpieces. Here is his website http://www.daltonmghetti.com/shop.asp

Daily Dose: Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony

While the main point of the Olympic Games is to showcase each country’s athletic strengths and to keep raising worldwide standards of speed, power, and strength, the closing ceremony encompasses a much broader spectrum of the host country’s culture. London blew us away with the musical talents they chose to display in the closing ceremony this year. If you haven’t already watched, click here to review some of the acts. Performances came from the following: Queen, Kaiser Chiefs, George Michael, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Ed Sheeran, Muse, Spice Girls, The Who, Liam Gallagher, fat Boy Slim, Eric Idle, and a few more that are slipping my mind at the moment.

When you really think about it, we grew up with some of the music that we heard from London’s closing ceremony. It really doesn’t matter where music is from, but that we listen and enjoy it.

 

Daily Dose: Excel Art

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly bland spreadsheet program that you use to punch in numbers and data. Who would’ve thought it would be possible to turn it into art. Joe Penna, AKA Mystery Guitar Man is a longtime Youtube star (since 2006) who uses his musical and computer savvy talents to create fun and impressive video pieces. Most recently, he has made an animation video using Microsoft Excel. Who would’ve thought that was possible.

Here’s another one of my favourites by Mystery Guitar Man.

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