Lido Pimienta has carved out a space for herself through equal parts absurdity, beauty, and outrage.
Nilüfer Yanya and the Revival of Nineties Grunge
While Yanya’s music exudes the same disregard for genre that new music often does, there is a distinct sense of good old-fashioned rock in her songs. In a time of resurging nineties sensibility, her songs both pay homage to old-school grunge and mirror current nostalgia.
Renforshort Encapsulates the Messiness of Youth
Dancing alone in your bedroom, you belt out lyrics dripping in angst, your body moving spontaneously to pop-punk guitar riffs. You feel the rage and euphoria and confusion of youth. You feel alive. This is how it feels to listen to the honest, energy-laden, and distinctly Gen Z songs of renforshort
Performance Artist Miles Greenberg’s Physical and Mental Explorations
Miles Greenberg could be called a sculptor. But rather than marble, the performance artist sculpts with flesh and time, moulding moments with the body that unfold almost imperceptibly over long stretches of time.
A Beginner’s Guide to Radio Frequency Microneedling
At face value, the idea of continuously poking microscopic holes into your skin with sharp needle tips seems a little counterintuitive for skin care purposes. But this process, known as microneedling, has some undeniable benefits.
A Beginner’s Guide to Vancouver Boxing Gyms
Of all the health benefits of boxing—strength, endurance, muscle growth—perhaps the most alluring is the catharsis of being able to punch the hell out of something.
Our Editor’s Playlist to Animate Your Holiday
Refine your next playlist with this selection of recent album releases, curated by our editors.
Wild Wild West
The first thing I noticed about Moab is the colours: how red the mountains look in the shade and how they burst into orange when the sun hits their face at the right angle.
Joy Crookes Tells Honest, Pressing Stories Through Sound
Touching on cancel culture and accountability, Crookes provides an almost anthropological lens on the political paradigm of our generation.
Deconstructing Classic Female Silhouettes
The garments, made exclusively from reconstructed vintage material, both represent the ways the male gaze in art has contained women and, at the same time, defy that pattern of possession. “ ‘Downfall’ romanticizes a new era of art-making where women are each other’s muse, not captured by men, and corruption is their aim,” McCormack says.
Smooth Like Butter
Yet, for all its sonic flourishes and upbeat tempos, Clerel’s music is deceptively melancholy; a closer listen reveals his lyrical tendency toward nostalgia and heartbreak. It makes sense, though, when we remember that an urgent affinity for American soul music was the catalyst for his art to begin with.
A Fragrance Collection by Oribe
The brand has added two more gender neutral scents to the collection: Valley of Flowers and Desertland. Both evoke a sense of place—a fragrant field of Bulgarian rose, peony petals, and amber for the former and an aromatic Texan desert of juniper berry and wildflowers for the latter.
Shary Boyle Creates Art That Holds a Mirror to Audiences. What Is There to See?
Boyle’s work has an uncanny ability to revolt and yet exude a sense of beauty.
5 Canadian Clothing Brands to Stay Cozy in This Fall
The cozy revolution is in full effect this fall as brands harmonize comfort and style for their fall/winter collections
Chefs Answer the Common Question: Why Do So Many of Them Have Tattoos?
In the microcosm of a single kitchen, a larger sense of kinship can be felt. And for many chefs, tattoos are permanent markers of that identity.
The Call of the Void
Why do we feel the urge to jump from high places?
Elisa C-Rossow Designs for Timelessness, not Trends
“Trends give me anxiety. They come and go so fast, and finally always come back a few decades later.”
Audrey Nuna’s Quarantine EP Highlights a Sense of Lost Youth
“I think that being young is just being the closest to God. You don’t worry about anything, you’re happy for no reason, you’re fascinated by everything. That’s the purest form of human. My goal in life is to try and stay as close to that as I can. I think as you grow and as you go through the world, it’s impossible to fully retain it.”
An Autumn Playlist
Musical selections from the autumn issue.
1 Hotel Toronto Opens Its Doors
Nature and luxury meet at 1 Hotel’s latest retreat and first Canadian address located in the heart of Toronto. The 112-room property boasts a biophilic design, with in-room houseplants and sustainably sourced wood furnishings courtesy of designer and architect David Rockwell.
Curator Nya Lewis on the Role of the Art Institution in the Aftermath of the Black Lives Matter Protests
Following last summer’s BLM protests, art became an important vessel for messaging. But what does it mean when that art is being commissioned by the power structures built on colonial values?
The Many Identities of Brendan Fernandes
Merging the worlds of ballet, performance art, and counterculture, the Kenyan-born Indian-Canadian artist places community at the heart of his work by questioning the status quo and finding hope through resilience.
On Laughter and Sadness: A Portrait of Hayley Law
The Vancouver-born actress and musician on the vulnerability of comedy, her affinity for indie films, and her future plans following the success of her breakout role on Riverdale.
Filmmaker Ami Vitale Tells the Story of Kenya’s First Community-Owned Elephant Sanctuary
When so much of Kenya’s conservation efforts have been guided by colonial and Western structures, Reteti’s successes signify a seismic shift, not only within conservation but within the social and economical contexts of the Samburu people.
The Polygon Gallery’s Interior Infinite Challenges Normality
Interior Infinite explores the ways radical self-expression ruptures the constraints of the usual.
10 Beauty Brands Gentle Enough for Sensitive Skin
When it comes to sensitive skin, less has always proved to be more.
What Our Editors Are Listening to This Summer
Refine your next playlist with this selection of recent album releases, curated by our editors.
Wallpaper Based on the Scandalous Canadian Novel Bear
The wallpaper—titled The Bear—references the namesake novel through a pattern of oil-painted motifs.
Singer-Songwriter Jonah Yano’s Tender Sounds
“Music really helps me understand the narrative of my life.”
NorBlack NorWhite’s Luxury Indian Streetwear
“NBNW was conceived as being part art, part anthropology, and part fashion.”
This Could Have Been an Email
For working millennials, there is a general distaste for unnecessary communication—meetings or phone calls that could have been emails instead—but for older generations, there is an element of human warmth to small talk.
On Beauty and Violence With Dana Claxton
In her 30-year career, Claxton has amassed a multidisciplinary body of work as expansive as the sky.
DJ Felix Cartal on the Impossible Pursuit of Perfection
Juno-winning producer and DJ Felix Cartal on his punk-rock roots, tackling imposter syndrome, creating dance music in a time of social distancing, and his new album Expensive Sounds for Nice People.
Kelly McCormack Chronicles the Beautifully Grotesque Experience of Empowerment
“It is atrocious and radiant and beautiful and revolting what women can handle and what women can endure.”
Celebrating Pan-African Fashion With Kali Works
Based in Montreal and founded in 2019 by Kenya-born Alex Dingiria and Lindani Mokgweetsi in Vancouver, Kali Works pays homage to the collective identity of Africans through fashion.
5 Vegan Spots in Vancouver for Creative Bites
A city defined by its health-conscious communities, Vancouver has more than its fair share of vegan restaurants.
Arts Umbrella’s New Home Expands Access to Art Education
The centre reached a new milestone earlier this month when it opened the doors to its new home on Granville Island: a 50,000-square-foot facility with expansive studio and workshop spaces.
A Feast for the Eyes at the Polygon Gallery
The exhibition has over 100 pieces on display from 60 renowned international artists, including Warhol and Ruscha as well as Cindy Sherman, Nobuyoshi Araki, Guy Bourdin, Man Ray, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Editors’ Playlist: Spring Music to Listen to
A curated list of new song releases, handpicked for you.
The Poetry of Arlo Parks
Largely autobiographical, Arlo Parks’ songs are “almost like a diary entry,” she says.
Toronto-based Artist Nadia Belerique Finds Beauty in the Banal
Nadia Belerique creates contemporary installations with a photographic eye, building scenes with mixed materials.
The Canadian Designer Known for Collaborating With Some of the Biggest Names in Pop Culture, From Yeezy to Fenty
Willo Perron creates worlds of light and colour, immersive scenescapes that evoke vivid sensory realms.
How False Memories Shape Personal Identity
As more time passes, each memory becomes a recollection of a recollection, distorting with every iteration like a game of telephone.
A Future for Memory: MOA Exhibition Considers Life After Disaster
How does a singular, destructive event bleed across time? How does it change our relationship to the objects and natural world around us?
The Sound of Identity with Desiire
Desiire emulates the complexity of identity through sound.
Reggae Singer Lyndon John X on History and Music
The singer and Juno Award-winner sifts through history to tell stories about African culture as well as his lived experiences.
Soul Singer Clerel on Culture and Music
Clerel’s musical journey has been a process of self discovery.
Introducing SLM, Montreal’s Rising Hip-Hop Artist
Inspired by the icons fronting the vanguard of female hip-hop, from Nicki Minaj to Missy Elliott, SLM is aiming high.
Montreal Rapper Lou Phelps on Being Extra Extra
Comparing himself to an early version of Common, Phelps sees himself belonging to the modern rebirth of neo-soul music.
Toronto Rapper Haviah Mighty on Black Identity and Music
Haviah Mighty’s music radiates with a sense of overwhelming fortitude, ready to burst through her songs at the seams, from the power of her delivery to her lyrical depth.
Inaction at the Richmond Art Gallery Addresses Violence Against Marginalized Bodies
The work by the Canadian choreographer and artist was originally created in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016, but the message is still relevant today.
The Global Sound of Montreal Artist Töme
A fusion of Afrobeats, R&B, and dance-influenced sounds, Töme’s style defies genre as much as it embraces it.
Toronto Rapper TOBi on the Purpose of Music
There’s a dual purpose to the Toronto rapper’s songs: one born out of necessity and one born out of healing.
Toronto R&B Singer Malachi on Being a Versatile Artist
If Malachi could be summarized in a single word, it would be “versatile.” The Toronto singer approaches music like a sport and with a singular focus: to be the best.
The Rise of Quebec Rapper Zach Zoya
The Quebec rapper’s lyrics twist and turn from rapid bars to melodic rhythms, delivered with signature precision and style.
Finding Healing Through Music With Stephen Voyce
Stephen Voyce’s relationship to music is one born of loss and healing.
Montreal Songstress Dominique Fils-Aimé on the Colours of Music
Dominique Fils-Aimé sees music in primary colours: the blues are blue like silent nights, jazz is red like the violence of revolution, and soul is yellow like the sun and healing.
8 BIPOC Beauty Brands to Support
For the beauty space specifically, opting for businesses owned and/or operated by BIPOC is one step toward shifting the social narrative to culture keepers.
New Albums Our Editors Are Listening to
A curated list of new album releases, handpicked just for you.
An Athleisure Line Inspired by Vancouver’s Mountains
Founder Tavia Bonetti turned to the natural terrain and childhood memories of her hometown to guide the brand’s latest collection.
Lessons From an Immortal Jellyfish
This tiny jellyfish managed to sidestep death and achieve what so many centuries of human culture have romanticized: immortality.
The Vancouver Art Gallery Envisions a New Future
Where do we go from here? reflects on the tumult of 2020 and, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, considers the VAG’s own role as a collecting and exhibition institution.
Toronto Songstress Savannah Ré on the Strength of Vulnerability
Her lyrics, which often touch on the complexities and contradictions of love and relationships, prod at the messiness of being human.
Canada Goose Teams Up with OVO for a Limited-Release Capsule Collection
Toronto-born fashion icons Canada Goose and October’s Very Own (OVO) are celebrating their anniversary with a capsule collection dedicated to the Canadian terrain.
5 Hair-Repair Treatments for Winter Air
Here, we recommend five hair-repair treatments for an extra dose of TLC during the winter months.
Blues Meets Rap Meets Something New with TOBi
TOBi’s musicality is a harmonious blend of soul, R&B, and rap; he seamlessly shifts between rapping and singing with a stylistic fluidity.
Jennifer Abbott’s Lamentation for a Dying Planet
Jennifer Abbott’s new documentary The Magnitude of All Things dissects the grief of climate change.
Riopelle at the MMFA
A new exhibition pays homage to the multi-faceted artist.
Nobis x Serge Ibaka: the Toronto Raptor Drops his First Winter Capsule
Bridging the basketball player’s personal streetwear-influenced style with Nobis’ technical components, the capsule promotes an ethos of “functional beauty.”
David Shrigley and Maison Ruinart Transforms an Esteemed Champagne into Art
To immerse himself in the world of Ruinart’s wine, Shrigley spent time wandering the vineyards and cellars of Champagne, observing the methods and idiosyncrasies of labourers in the fields, and—importantly—drinking some champagne.
How Women Are Dominating Tofino’s Surf Scene
It’s not just the mere existence of plenty of female surfers in Tofino that’s exceptional, it’s that there is a palpable culture of empowered and empowering women encouraging each other to excel in the sport.
Editors’ Playlist: New Songs to Listen to
A curated list of new song releases, handpicked for you.
Where to Find the Best Pasta in Vancouver
Some of the most delectable pasta offerings can be found in Vancouver. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular spots and some hidden gems in the city.
Perfect Strangers: A New Photography Book Documents the Life Before the Pandemic
In our imagination, strangers can become anything and everything; they are perfect by virtue of their unknowability.
Not Just a Label
The online platform is a digital showroom, marketplace, and creative hub for contemporary fashion designers all in one.
Miljours Slow Living Goods
Indulgent in all the right ways, the personification of the Miljours spirit is one that values quality over quantity.
Ramy’s May Calamawy on the Show’s Representations of Muslims and Gender
To many—Muslim viewers in particular—the show is a refreshing departure from typical representations of Islam in the mainstream media.
Vital Voices: Assouline’s Upcoming Publication Celebrates 100 Powerful Women
The tome is as much a piece of art as it is a slice of history.
Petra Collins’ Debut Fashion Collection is Unapologetically Apologetic
Heavily influenced by her personal style and artistic vision, the line translates the dreamy nostalgia of female adolescence into wearable pieces.
What Films to Watch at TIFF This Year (and How to Watch Them)
With a focus on first-rate international cinema and Canadian creativity, TIFF 2020’s lineup “reflects [the] tumult” of the year.”
Violinist and Vocalist Sudan Archives
With each EP release the LA-based self-taught musician puts out, she sidesteps a defining genre, switching up and maturing her sound as if each song were a lesson.
Marie Clements on the Absolute Necessity of Storytelling
A Marie Clements play moves like a poem across the stage, unspooling metaphors in sound and light, movement and dialogue.
Edward Burtynsky Exhibition Reveals the Artistry of Canadian Landscapes
Featuring photographs taken while in isolation during the early days of the pandemic in Grey County, Ontario, Natural Order presents immensely detailed scenes of a thawing Canadian forest.
Fair Trade Fashion Brand Room 502 Launches Collection Inspired by Film
Born out of Theallet and Francoeur’s romance and launched late last year, the Montreal-based luxury design brand is a harmony of fair trade fashion and traditional craftsmanship.
Lexxicon’s New Album Sets Dancehall Beats to Isolation Anxieties
Breaking the mould of structured genre, Lexxicon’s sound—which melds hip-hop and R&B with reggae and dancehall beats—is an amalgamation of his personality and origins.
10 Tea Shops to Visit in Vancouver
From authentic Chinese tea tasting to classic high tea experiences, we’ve rounded up ten of Vancouver’s best and most historic tea shops.
Vancouver Queer Film Festival Goes Virtual for 2020
Screening online from August 13 to 23, the film festival will feature over 60 films from 10 countries, as well as virtual Q&As with filmmakers, panels, parties, and workshops.
A Cold Brew Recipe From Dispatch Coffee
Hot weather calls for cold coffee.
15 New Songs to Add to Your Summer 2020 Playlist
Here, we’ve compiled a summertime playlist of new releases to dance to, cry to, sip to, and escape to.
Crown Lands’ New Music Video Offers Tribute to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Girls, and Two-Spirits
“The missing are our matriarchs, our queens, our kin, our givers of life. We owe them answers.”
The MMFA’s Latest Exhibition Turns to the Post-Impressionist Days of Paris
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ latest exhibition takes a Midnight in Paris-esque turn to la belle époque.
A Guide to Styling Curly Hair
It can often feel like our curls have a mind of their own: coils, flyaways, and frizz each have a unique temperament answerable only to the moon. Navigating the unpredictability of curly hair’s twists and turns requires a healthy dose of patience—and the right products.
How to Honour Indigenous Culture Beyond National Indigenous Peoples Day
While National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day of celebration, the effort to learn and respect the complex cultures of Canada’s Indigenous communities can extend far beyond a single day.
Celebrate National Vermouth Day With These Cocktail Recipes From Ampersand Distilling Co.
In celebration of National Vermouth Day (June 19), Ampersand Distilling Co. has released a second limited-edition run of its Imperative Dry Vermouth, made in collaboration with Victoria winery Rathjen Cellars.
The MMFA Spotlights Contemporary Indigenous Art for National Indigenous Peoples Day
In the lead-up to National Indigenous Peoples Day, on June 21, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (MMFA) is spotlighting exemplary Indigenous contemporary art across its online platforms for public viewing.
Toronto Artist Benny Bing’s BLOOM Exhibition Reclaims Narratives of African Beauty
Benny Bing’s paintings are unapologetic statements of colour and composition; the self-taught painter creates work that celebrates the beauty of black bodies in a system of unequal representation.
The Skin We’re In: Desmond Cole on Systemic Racism in Canada
The activist’s book provides tangible evidence of instances of racial oppression, tension, and violence in Canada, which are not one-off exceptions, but rather part of a complex system of laws and tactics rooted in imbalanced power structures.
10 New Music Video Releases to Watch
For a visual perspective to enhance and amplify your music experience, here are 10 recommended new music video releases to watch and listen to.
The New Black Vanguard: Redefining Fashion Photography
“There is no question that representation is central to power. The real struggle is over the power to control images.”
Q&A: Exploring African Mythic Worlds with Photographer Ayana V. Jackson
“Throughout the world, you will find myth and folklore related to the water. This is nothing other than a testimony to humanity’s respect for their source material. We are all mostly water, after all.”