GAVIN MCINNES | HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE
He might be 40 but I think I can relate. I wear Vans Era’s, I like the button up and I kind of want that haircut. I guess all signs point to me having to review by birth certificate to confirm I am an ’86 and not a ’68. 10 Things You (Likely) Didn’t Know About Gavin McInnes Prior To This Video: 10.) Canadian. Well sort of, he immigrated at the age of 4 but his birth certificate will read Hitchin, England. 9.) Co-founded Vice Magazine in 1994 with Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith. 8.) The magazine originally went under the moniker, Voice Montreal. (At least that’s what Wikipedia told me). 7.) Essentially the driving force behind the contemporary hipster movement. Why? Well a few reasons, one of which would be his time at the helm of the DOS & DONT’S column at Vice which I am confident you have gawked if you have ever picked up a copy of the magazine. 6.) Parted ways with Vice in 2007 due to “creative differences”. The great divorce. 5.) Made a documentary about watching movies called “A Million In The Morning”. 4.) Currently the Creative Director for Rooster Advertising Agency in the Big Apple. Also post Vice, co-founded Street Carnage with Derrick Beckles. I have no clue who Derrick Beckles is. 3.) Wrote the book ‘How to Piss In Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood’ which came out last week. I’m going to guess it is highly offensive (maybe) and that my jaw will drop to my chest when a flip through. Either way I am confident it will be tough to put down. It has officially been added to this Summer’s “Cabin Read” list. The Main (Montreal) caught up with Gavin on his book tour in which he … Continue reading
EVERYDAY CARRY | Paul Labonté
In my eyes Paul Labonté and/or Paul 107 is a bit of a Canadian icon be it photography, writing, editing, curating, publishing, or blogging. Basically he is one of the best story tellers across an array of mediums. Truth be told he’s actually really dope at all of them which isn’t often the case. Case and point is his most recent show at Catalog Gallery in Vancouver entitled ‘Sometime I Take Pictures’ which was hosted by WeSC. It’s difficult to sort out this Montreal native’s impressive resume but I imagine it would look a bit like this: Founder of The Secondhand Projects an independent small run press & book packaging outfit based in Montréal. Of which he has published multiple books under including ‘All City’ an in-depth look at the world of graffiti, ‘Bully: It’s the pits’ a book celebrating the pit bull, and ‘Turfizm’ a handheld photo-essay featuring some of the imaginative creations of Turf One. His most recent photo book entitled ‘Photographs inspired by the rap music that once inspired me’ is based on his Spring 2008 showing at 381 projects gallery depicting, as you might have guessed, photographs inspired by the rap music that once inspired him (available here). Aside from maintaining the art of print Paul’s vision behind the lens is beyond captivating. On a tangent here but I was chatting with a friend this week, who informed me that he really only reads the blog for the Everyday Carry features (at least he’s honest), about Paul’s feature and we got discussing his name. He was like “What’s the deal with the 107?” and to be frank I actually had no clue. So incase you couldn’t get past the intro, The 107 is the bus that went to the downtown core from Paul’s childhood neighborhood. Paul … Continue reading
I WISH THEY MADE THIS FOR GIRLS | ON AND BEYOND
Montreal photographer, Vincent Tsang’s on going portrait series entitled, “I Wish They Made This For Girls” features the ladies in his life sporting some great men’s pieces. Thus far the photos have featured pieces from White Mountaineering, Stussy, Penfield, Engineered Garments, Supreme, New Era and 3sixteen. “The amount of times I’ve actually heard a girl say “I WISH THEY MADE THIS FOR GIRLS” when looking at boys’ clothes goes beyond memory. From that quote, I’ve begun a little Photo Series project with some of the most gorgeous women in my life. Done right, the series should have that inexplicable umph most guys feel when waking up and seeing a girl in his t-shirt and boxers. Dressed in my clothes, they will, one by one be featured on the blog.” We will keep you up to date on the latest posts or you can follow On & Beyond on twitter @onandbeyond or onandbeyond.com
5 Minutes | Brandon Svarc
Brandon Svarc, President and Founder of Naked and Famous Denim, was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few random questions. In case you aren’t aware, the Naked & Famous Denim collection is proudly made in Canada. Any time Brandon does not designated towards running Naked and Famous is invested into his secondary Canadian based workwear label, Paulrose Products. Originally started by his grandfather, Paul Svarc, Brandon revived the brand as an outlet to further work with vintage Japanese denim and shirting fabrics. Enjoy our inaugural 5 Minute feature with Mr. Brandon Svarc. My job title is… Founder / President / or whatever you want to call me. If I had to describe Naked and Famous in three words I would probably have to go with… Luxury denim basics. If I hadn’t started Naked and Famous I would likely be… The founder of the greatest new candy brand in the world! I think the appeal of specialty denim comes from… Our desire to be unique and to stand out. We want luxury products to differentiate ourselves from the monotony of the mass market. 5 things people don’t likely know about me or the Naked and Famous brand are… 1.) My grandfather was born in Transylvania so I may or may not be a vampire. 2.) Our very first collection consisted of 6 mens jeans and 12 womens jeans. 3.) My middle name is David. 4.) We made metallic silver weft jeans for women once. 5.) I have 11 toes. (not really, but that would be a funny rumour) My favourite piece of the 2011 Naked and Famous collection is… Glow in the Dark Selvedge denim jeans! Prolly because it’s the funniest new style. Available now at Barneys. Whenever I pack my bags for Japan… …I’m always loaded up … Continue reading
YOUTH MUSIC MOVEMENT | SAINT KRIS “NO STRESS”
Saint Kris – No Stress from Youth Music Movement on Vimeo. Here is the end product created by the very talented Youth Music Movement alongside Winnipeg artist Saint Kris last weekend. I was hoping to post this video up on Friday but this week was filled with highs and lows that seemed to keep me pretty pre-occupied. Tonight as I was watching and reflecting back on this track it gave me a whole new appreciation for the song, conveying a really great message. I think I probably listened to Kris crack the hook, no jokes, like 100 times last Sunday but this go around it all really clicked. I don’t want to start preaching but the fact of the matter is life is short, nothings every guaranteed in life. So as faded as it sounds don’t stress the little things in life but rather strive to make the most of it. You won’t always be dealt a great hand, a lot of times things will happen that don’t seem to make a lot of sense but in the end you have to move forward. So here’s to making every day a Kodak.
YOUTH MUSIC MOVEMENT | SAINT KRIS
The Youth Music Movement is making it’s way west across Canada and this past weekend François Del Fante, Frederic Bastien Forrest, Pierre-Etienne Bordeleau and Bruno Mercure found themselves in Winnipeg. The Youth Music Movement came into fruition after the Montreal based group applied for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant back in May 2010. After two months of promoting the concept the group found themselves the recipients of a $25,000 grant. The group will make a 12 stop journey across Canada filming and recording 12 of Canada’s up-and-coming musicians and artists in an RV equipped with a mobile recording studio. The group themselves are nothing short of talented, consisting of a talented sound engineer/musician, a journalist, a cinematographer and a producer. The group have spent countless hours scouring the mangled mess of the internet and social networking sites in an effort to pin point the next big group or artist. Last week they touched base with our good friend Saint Kris to see if he would be interested in participating in the project to represent the multitude of Manitoba talent. A few short days later a small entourage had assembled to begin filming the latest single off of Saint Kris’s up coming mixtape. I will leave it at that as to not spoil the video and the mixtape but consider this foreshadowing. What I will tell you is that the video will feature special guest Rosie Blais of Enjoy Your Pumas on the hook. The 12 recorded tracks will be featured on a compilaction CD with portions of the proceeds benefiting the Simple Plan Foundation that encourages the practice of music to help young kids find a passion in life. Kris’s video will be up on 12tracks.tv this coming Friday. Also Kris put up his latest mixtape “ExtraOrdinary” for “pay what … Continue reading
WEEKEND PLAYLIST | “COMME DES ENFANTS” – COEUR DE PIRATE
Coeur de pirate || Comme des enfants [vidéoclip officiel] from Dare To Care Records on Vimeo. After a few weeks of R&B and rap inspired tracks, I thought I would change it up with a track I have closing out just about every playlist on my iPod. Coeur de Pirate is the stage name of 21 year old Montreal based francophone artist Beatrice Martin. She is currently back in the studio working on her follow up to her 2008 self titled album. I think this is the only francophone song I have on my iPod but if there was ever a reason to track down and dust of my French/English dictionary from 8th grade, this would be it. Cheers. Au revoir.