Daily Dose: Books

“Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Charles William Eliot

When was the last time you picked up a book? Nowadays, most people won’t be able to remember (other than for school, at least), or they’ll say they don’t read. To me, books are like people. I have a different relationship with each and every person I meet. Each relationship is unique in its own way, with different quirks, different connecting and differing points, and varying levels of depth. Whenever I come across a mindblowingly good book, I hesitate to share it. I want to keep it all to myself because I want to protect the relationship I have with that book. On the other hand, I want to share that book with all my close friends, so that we can talk about it and all share some sort of connection with that book and with each other. Then I remember that my relationship with that book is and always will be unique, no matter how many people know about it. It is mine, and nothing can alter it.

And when a friend to whom I suggested a book finally reads it and likes it, I’m nothing but glad that I chose to share something that provoked my mind and made me happy.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King



Daily Dose: Looking Forward

“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”

The Remains Of The Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

There’s always room for us to improve, and more time and effort that we could’ve spent. But try your best, and don’t look back.

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: Manitoba Hydro Place

Architecture is a balance of science and design. It allows for one to be creative with the physical limitations of the technologies of our current time. Many types of architecture look to the past for precedent and example while others forge a new path. KPMB architects did just that with their Manitoba Hydro Place project. Not only have they created a beautiful modern looking project but they’ve also set a new standard for green design through architecture on an international level.

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Here are some facts and features about Manitoba Hydro Place

  • Environmentally friendly design allows the building to cut down its energy consumption by 60+%
  • Located in Winnipeg (very windy), the building uses the wind for its circulation system that allows the building to have outside fresh air 100% of the time
  • A waterfall in the atrium either has the water heat up to add humidity in the winter or cool down to dehumidify in the summer
  • The building takes energy from the natural location of the geothermal heat beneath it and through the sun via its solar chimney

Through sheer design ingenuity, KPMB architects have been able to create a stunningly successful environmentally friendly piece of architecture. Not only is the building very green but it is also very worker friendly. The building’s butterfly staircases allow for better connectivity between people on the stairs, the sun room is a large open warm space used for yoga, and the building is located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg where all the bus routes are which encourages the employees to take public transit as well as to better interact with the downtown area. Not only is the building green but also it has been considered one of the best places to work at in Canada. All of this was possible through ingenious architectural design.

Here is a link to the project for more information http://www.kpmb.com/index.asp?navid=30&fid1=&fid2=37&fid3=&minyearx=&maxyearx=

Daily Dose: Trucks roll into TIFF – Eat. St. Style

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) annually celebrates the art of filmmaking. This ten day film festival features movie screenings, festivals, workshops, and more. The industries’ high profile and independent movie makers come together. There might even be a chance to catch a glimpse of a celebrity.

This year, the public will see more than film and red carpets rolling at the festival. That’s right, trucks. FOOD TRUCKS. 

On September 6-16, a variety of food trucks will gather together. The public will decide on which truck satisfies their taste buds.

According to TorontoFoodTrucks.ca, an official schedule alotting times and locations is to be announced.

You can follow Toronto Food Trucks and TIFF on Twitter for updates.




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.

Tunezy: Official Kollaboration Toronto Sponsor

Kollaboration Toronto is proud to introduce one of our sponsors, Tunezy! What is Tunezy? It is a music experience that focuses on and empowers independent musicians. As musicians display their work on Tunezy, fans can turn their love and support into something tangible for the artists, helping them in their journey to fame. In return, fans can use Tunezy’s virtual currency of “Notes” to gain access to exclusive experiences like virtual concerts, backstage passes, personal shout-outs, and more. Tunezy is a much more intimate experience for both the fans and artists. On Tunezy, you can choose to watch a music video, OR listen, and browse through the website – it’s an experience all about the music. Using the filters, you can check out which musicians are recommended for you, popular, new going viral, etc.

Kollaboration loves Tunezy because our mission statements align, as we want to help emerging artists take flight. Believe us when we say, you can’t find another platform like Tunezy. So what are you waiting for? Connect to Tunezy with your Facebook. It’s easy, it’s fun, and you definitely won’t regret it. Many of your favourite YouTube artists are already using Tunezy!

To learn more about Tunezy, check out their links below:

Website: http://tunezy.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TunezyMusic
Twitter: @TunezyMusic
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TunezyMusic

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/

Daily Dose: Trying New Things

“The desire to write grows with writing”
Desiderius Erasmus

Sometimes you’re doing something that you might not enjoy very much, but with certain things, if you invest a little more time and effort, you may grow to enjoy it. Always strive to try new things.

Corporate Art

Art is too often considered a medium to visually entertain its audience. While it does this, the artist may have greater goals they want to achieve with their work. In the case of  this sculpture in Spain that was commissioned by Huwei, a cell phone manufacturing company, their sculpture is a Pegasus statue made of an iron rod frame covered in their Ascend D Quad smart phone. This artwork was meant to be used to increase awareness of their new product. Many will critique corporate art as an act of selling out an artist’s personal practice in order to make money. Nonetheless, art is art no matter how you slice it and is open for any audience for interpretation.

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