Philip Sparks Danier Camera Bag

Philip Spark Danier camera bag Every photojunkie like myself always has a hardon for not only for equipment, but for accessories. Today, I stopped in to the Danier store at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre, where I discovered that Toronto designer, Philip Sparks has created a special line for Danier. Among the products was this gorgeous black leather camera bag. Released earlier this year as a part of the Spring collection, the camera bag is now on sale for a mere $129. Just in time for my birthday? perhaps.

Posterjack.ca Bring Metal Prints to Canada

Do you need a piece of art for your wall at home, but you are beyond generic IKEA art. Perhaps you should get one of your own photographs enlarged to hang above your sofa. That’s where the guys at posterjack.ca come into play. They are in the business of printing your photographs on all sorts of mediums and this year, they have brought metal prints to Canada.

Posterjack.ca is a local print house in Toronto, found in Toronto’s eastend, Riverdale/Leslieville area. The shop was started by brothers Tim and Kevin Faught and they do all sorts of traditional and non traditional printing. They are capable of doing your standard glossy and matte prints, but what sets them apart is that they are also able to do canvas prints, Peel n’ Stick (which is great for events) mounted prints, framed prints and most recently amazing Metal Prints.

I’ve had the opportunity to use posterjack in the past and they do an incredible job of making your work look great and ready to be hung right out of the box. So it was exciting to hear that they were doing Metal Prints for the Canadian market. I had first seen Metal prints earlier this year at CONTACT, but they were printed in the US and shipped cross border into Canada. Now it can all be done locally.

Right now, Posterjack.ca is having a Posterjack Paparazzi Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) CONTEST. To enter you simply need to snap a photo of a celeb, great red carpet moment or crowd shot and post the picture on the posterjack.ca facebook wall by SEPT. 18TH, 2011. Be sure to include the caption “Posterjack Paparazzi contest submission.” One lucky winner will get a 24 x 36 Metal Print valued at $200.00.

Of course you can also follow them on twitter, @PosterjackDotCa to get the latest updates on special deals.

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Gallery Profile: Analogue Gallery

NXNE is a great time to discover new artists, new sounds, and new venues; for several days Toronto sleeplessly enjoys ecclectic variety of music.  In the spirit of ‘discovery’, I recently stumbled upon a gem of a gallery:  Analogue Gallery–an intimate space that houses an impressive collection of authentic candid photographs of artists/bands and iconic signed vinyls.

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Snapz at the Yelp Party

On Wednesday night, The Yelp party had a Snapz photobooth. Above are a few samples featuring Jason, Rayanne, Rochelle and I, with a special appearance by Affan.

over here over there : Alain Palement

Over at Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place, Alain Palement had a public installation titled, over here over there. The 12 murals installed on the floor bring an unusual and impossible perspective on various day to day rooms and locations. Spanning across the large galleria, hundreds of people walk across these pieces over the month of May.

It was interesting to see people’s reactions to the work, many walked by without skipping a beat, some skirted around the murals, making an effort not to step on them, and others viewed and interacted with the piece both viewing for different angles and actually looking at the work while they stood in the middle of it. The unique birds eye view to these everyday rooms definitely brought a different dynamic to the space and how one should view photography.
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Contrast Canadian Photographic Works

This afternoon, I caught an Inside Out screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. As I was waiting in line, I found myself standing outside of the inaugural Contrast Canadian Photographic Works exhibit. Of course I had to go in and check it out. Inside I was greeted by Fabrice Strippoli who was one of the ten featured photographers and curator of the group show.

Strippoli explained to me how CCPW is a boutique photo agency that specializes in commercial projects and fine art photography. Unlike your regular gallery show, the work was staggered and grouped all over the bare concrete brick walls, in various sizes and framing. But even in this no frills fashion, the work was strong enough to pop off the walls and hold their own. CCPW features the work of Shawna Eberle, Alex Filotti, Mark Hesselink, Jean-François Bouchard, Justin Kingsley, Paul Labonté, Richard Marazzi, Martin Mraz, Nicolette Potter and Fabrice Strippoli.

With CONTACT coming to a close in a couple of days, it’s not to late to go down to the King street location to check out the work. The gallery will be open on Sunday from Noon to 8pm and on Tuesday from 11am to 7pm. While you are there, make sure you take a moment to check out their camera obscura which is setup to show you a view of the bustling King Street view in a away you have never seen before.

Contrast Canadian Photographic Works (CCPW)
May 1–31
356 King St W