VISUALS | CHRISTOPHER PAETKAU AND TREVOR ADAM GILL
A couple really great visuals by Winnipeg based film makers Christopher Paetkau and Trevor Adam Gill. BIKE! from Trevor Adam Gill on Vimeo. Greetings From Churchill from Christopher Paetkau on Vimeo.
SPOTTED | MEAGHAN WALLER PT 2
Photo by James Vandal. Yes this James Vandal.
Hello Saskatoon | Contest Time
Last week we had the opportunity to be featured over at HelloSaskatoon.ca. During the interview process we began working on a little contest with the guys at Hello Saskatoon and this is what we came up with… Show us what ‘The Life After Midnight’ looks like for you. All is fair game. The only stipulation is it has to be a photo you took, no reposts. Hashtag your photos #thelifeaftermidnight and post to either Instagram or Twitter (or both if so inclined). Feel free to @oakandoar @hellosaskatoon just to be sure. Enter as often as you like between now and February 29th. Our favourite photo will win a $100 gift card to the online store that can be redeemed anytime over the course of 2013. This contest is open to everyone, everywhere.
Fall/Winter 2012 | The Life After Midnight
The first week of December will mark the release of our second collection entitled ‘The Life After Midnight’. I have had a lot of people asking about the theme and collection so I thought I would shed a bit of light on our Fall/Winter project. The Life After Midnight on the surface is quiet simple. When friends are gathered together at the lake the hours between midnight and the early am are the time when the true colours come out and the time when the best stories are created. The ones that get told year after year and snowball into exaggerated recounts of that evening. Unless they are the ones that feature Kelso, those might sound exaggerated but those ones are true. Whether they are true or grossly exaggerated they never cease to bring a huge grin to your face. For me personally The Life After Midnight transcends beers, poker, bonfires and exaggerated stories. After the midnight hour is when the creative juices, for me at least, seem to flow. Maybe it’s in part to the lack of sleep that I begin to think outside of the box or maybe it is when the world is a sleep and I am in a distraction free setting that things just seem to click. Whatever it is I can credit it with probably 90% of the fall collection. The first time I tossed around the idea came in 2008 while working on a University thesis on streetwear and urban branding. I had snaked my way into a meeting with Bobby and Ben Hundreds and generously granted time with Benny Gold to ask a few questions and engage in a conversation on street wear, design and music. How does this relate to ‘The Life After Midnight’ and not just a glorified example of name dropping? … Continue reading
PLANET TORONTO | RYAN EMOND
Planet Toronto from Ryan Emond on Vimeo. Ryan Emond at it again with the time lapse of Toronto. Toronto Tempo. “Over the years I have been inspired by my personal travels and popular documentaries like Planet Earth. I’d watch the various episodes for hours, developing my shooting style from what I saw. After the creation of Toronto Tempo last year I had the opportunity to jump around to many different countries and work on diverse and intriguing projects. When I came back to Toronto I was approached by Tourism Toronto to create a short piece on the city. They wanted to do something entirely different, they wanted to come away from the standard tourism video, so I figured I would step as far away from those videos as possible. I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to push my shooting style by employing a purely observational perspective. I intended to capture the city in distinctive form— I wanted to make this piece different. By utilizing time-lapse photography and slow motion to capture intimate moments, I was able to draw attention to what we might overlook, or only offer a passing glance to. I want to represent how we move through the city; how the weather moves through it and how the city breathes, transforms and grows each day. Much like other cities, Toronto is a place you have to experience to feel the energy and emotion that pulses through the streets and neighbourhoods. I hope that I can give you a brief glimpse of the beauty, and motivate you to come explore for yourself.”
Photo Contest Winners
Our grand prize winner of a $200 store credit goes to Jen Lofthouse for a photo that epitomizes the solitude aspect that can be sought out at the lake. I imagine I looked the same way when putting together the initial collection – posted up on the couch working away. Congrats to our runners up Landon and Logan Young for their photo. We will contact you today to get your size and t-shirt requests. Thanks again to all who entered.
First Annual Photo Contest Finalists
Summer’s at the lake mean one thing, crammed memory cards. You never know what will show up on that camera after a weekend with friends. We wanted to see your most creative and outrageous snapshot featuring a little Oak + Oar. The contest has officially come to a close and here are our finalist of the first annual Oak + Oar Photo Contest. Honorable Mention Entry: Calin Wild Location: Gull Lake Tee: Who knows? Maybe he just bought a label. Finalist Entry: Landon and Logan Young Location: The Cabin Tee: Signature / Summer Loitering Finalist Entry: Jen Lofthouse Location: Lake of the Woods Tee: Open Season Finalist Entry: Jen Lofthouse Location: Lake of the Woods Tee: Open Season Finalist Entry: Cam Zimmerman Location: Falcon Lake Tee: Monogram Grand prize of a $200 store credit will be announced Monday and can be put towards any items that make up our Fall/Winter 2012 or Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Honorable mention will receive a tee of their choice from our Summer 2012 collection.
INSTAGRAM | OUT AND ABOUT
There have been a lot of really cool photos popping up on Instagram of people sporting some of the Summer ’12 Collection. Here are a few of our favourites from the last few weeks. via @sungnation – Las Vegas with Kevin Love sporting Summer Loitering Navy Tee via @evenn22 – Toronto Jays game sporting the Signature Grey Tee via @kaitpaige8 – Minneapolis taking in the River’s Edge Music Festival with Motto Black Tee via @sergeyshapiro – Russia sporting the Summer Loitering Navy Tee via @khammyp – Winnipeg at the Heart of the City show sporting the Summer Loitering White Tee via @iamjasonmills – Edmonton with Bret “The Hitman” Hart sporting the Oak + Oar Signature Black Tee via @marchoch – New York Central Park sporting an unreleased Motto sample) via @sungnation – Las Vegas with Alvin Williams sporting Summer Loitering Navy Tee We will make this a somewhat regular post so make sure you @oakandoar through Instagram so we can catch a glimpse at all of them. I don’t forget about the Summer photo contest closing in August. Most of these are still available here or at The Urban Bakery on Portage.
DAY JOB? | PHOTO EXHIBITION
After a successful show in early 2010, the second installment of “Day Job?” the Photo Exhibition will open at Loft in Space this weekend. The show, corresponding with POW WOW Hawai’i 2012, serves as a “platform for amateur photographers within the creative realm to showcase their approach to visual communication”. The show is once again curated by Hypebeast’s Managing Editor, Eugene Kan, and features the likes of Bobby Kim (Founder of The Hundreds), Jarrett Reynolds (Nike Sportswear Global Senior Design Director Apparel) and Jon Warren (Head of Design at Vans) among a handful of other internationally respected creative minds. Proceeds from the 1 of 1 framed prints will benefit POW WOW’s non-profit. In addition, a commemorative tee in association with Stussy will be released at the exhibition. So you’re probably struggling to see how an art show in Honolulu is relevant at all. You comb the list and see all corners of the world represented: Hong Kong to Los Angeles with a dash of New Zealand but no Canada. Curator Eugene Kan might not boast of his Canadian roots, but truth be told when he speaks you can sometimes catch a bit of that dwindling Canadian accent. Eugene grew up in Fort Saskatchewan just outside of Edmonton, Alberta, where he attended the U of A during 2002-2006. In fact if you studied Economics or Sociology during that four year span you may have starred blankly at the back of his head. Maybe you were a Golden Bears fan and took in a soccer game or two and witness his striking abilities (and I’m not talking looks). Either way, Eugene took his talent to Hong Kong where he fostered his love for sport, photography, the worldwide web and most recently footwear. When he’s not painting a picture of the latest in … Continue reading