The Diana World Tour has been turning a lot of heads in Toronto! From the opening party, to special events for community members – Its been a blast! Now we’re looking forward to the closing party and raising lots of money for charity. Check out the camera collection that’s available to bid on.
For more information about the DIana World Tour and to download the press kit – view the microsite
Aganetha Dyck | Visual Artist | Winnipeg, MB
Benefiting Charity: Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art
Aganetha Dyck is a Canadian artist who is interested in environmental issues, specifically the power of the small. She is interested in inter species communication. Her research asks questions about the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth. Dyck received the Governor General’s Award in Visual & Media Arts in 2007. Dyck is developing a new body of work relating to honeybees.
Amy Ball | Visual Artist| Banff, AB
Benefiting Charity: Media Awareness Network Canada
Amy Ball is a recent graduate from Concordia University with a BFA in Studio Arts and a double major in Communication Studies. Drawing and print making are her constant mediums, but she has worked alternatively in graphic design, video, photography, sculpture, programming, installation and event based works. Originating from the Yukon Territory, themes of community, place, and impressions of rural are fundamental to her work – in concept, content and process.
Barbara Sternberg & Wrik Mead | Experimental Filmmaker & Photo Artist | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Because I Am A Girl
Barbara Sternberg has been making (experimental) films since the mid-seventies. Her films have been screened widely in North America and Europe in artist-run centres and galleries, including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York, George Pompidou Centre in Paris, and Ontario Cinematheque in Toronto. Her films are in the collections of Queen’s University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Sternberg has also participated in gallery exhibitions with mixed media installations, performance art and videos. She was co-founder of Struts gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick, was a founding member of Pleasure Dome: Film Artists Exhibition Group in Toronto, and taught in Film and Visual Arts at York University. Sternberg was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2011.
Wrik Mead has been producing film, video and photo based artworks for over two decades now. His work has been exhibited at galleries and festivals worldwide. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Carlo Britto | Graphic Designer| Vancouver, BC
Benefiting Charity: 1 School 1 Day
He was born and raised in East Vancouver and now resides in Gastown. He is a graphic designer that believes that everything should serve a purpose and that out of necessity comes invention.
Edmund Lam | Art Director | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: Free The Children
Edmund Lam plays in electro pop group Hexes & Ohs and is an art director and illustrator. As senior art director at advertising agency CloudRaker, he helped create a viral marketing campaign for Tim Burton (TIFF), which received honours at various industry awards including the Marketing Awards, the Webbys and the One show. As an illustrator and designer, he’s worked with Montreal independent artists like Young Galaxy and the Hidden Cameras as well as organizations like the Polaris Music Prize. His concert posters have been showcased at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Pop Montreal, Osheaga Festival and Snap!Magazine.
Christine Davis | Installation Artist | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Public Access
Christine Davis was born in Vancouver. She has a B.F.A. from York University (Toronto) and attended the College International de Philosophie (Paris). She has lived in Vancouver, Ann Arbor, Lusaka, Paris and Toronto, where she currently resides. As a founding editor of the international journal Public: Art/Culture/Ideas her editorial work intersects with the interests driving her practice. She has served on the board of directors of The Power Plant and YYZ Artists’ Outlet.
Christine Davis recently inaugurated the artist-in-residence programme of the Future Cinema Lab, York University, the project exhibited at Musée D’art Contemporain de Montréal.
Craig Seeley | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Common Hope
Craig Seeley lives in Toronto with his wife and a day-job (which he’ll keep until this art thing picks up a bit more).
David Quan & Mauricio Affonso | Industrial Designers | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Ontario College of Art and Design University, Department of Industrial Design Scholarship
Industrial designers Mauricio Affonso and David Quan, have spent their careers investigating the dichotomy between hand-made and mass produced objects; all the while searching for beauty and meaning in product design. Just as analog photography creates a singular, one-of-a-kind result; analog-design could utilize mass production techniques to create one-of-a-kind products. The outcome of their experiment is a series of cameras; distinct representations of the iconic Diana F+ camera developed from a negative mold, using a variety of materials. Concrete, Bees Wax, Acrylic – each attempt has resulted in a unique and unpredictable incarnation of the Diana F+ camera, influenced by the qualities inherent to the materials themselves. David Quan and Mauricio Affonso believe that the resultant artifacts unmistakably symbolize the concept of “analog design.”
The David Suzuki Foundation | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: David Suzuki Foundation
The David Suzuki Foundation proudly presents the Suzuki Macro Lomo Lens. It is inspired by Dr. David Suzuki’s lifelong scientific investigation of the interconnectedness of things and our belief that a deeper connection to nature only requires an intact sense of wonder and different way of seeing things. www.davidsuzuki.org
Diana Thorneycroft | Fine Art Photographer | Winnipeg, MB
Benefiting Charity: Because I Am A Girl
Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has shown various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. Although best known for her staged tableaux photography, she does sculptural installation and has had numerous exhibitions of her drawings. Thorneycroft’s work is often infused with dark humour and examines issues around identity and the body in pain. She is the recipient of many awards and has gallery representation in Montreal, Toronto and Los Angeles.
Canadian Art Magazine selected Thorneycroft’s “Group of Seven Awkward Moments” as one of “The Top 10 Exhibitions of 2008”. Solo exhibitions that features work from that series are currently touring Canada and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.
Genevieve Simms | Illustrator | Edmonton, AB
Benefiting Charity: Habitat for Humanity
Genevieve is an illustrator living in Edmonton. Shape, colour, and a figure’s relationship to its environment are some of her current areas of interest and investigation. Significant sources of inspiration include graphics and images that serve an informative purpose. Film is also very influential for Genevieve. Though most of her illustration work is in the editorial realm, poster design might be her one true illustration love.
Jason Nip | Industrial Designer | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: The Sick Kids Foundation
Born on June 28, 1975; Jason Nip graduated from Humber college with a degree in Industrial Design and writing personal bios in the 3rd person. In 1999 at the ripe age of 24, Jason began studying martial arts for the sole purpose of surviving the zombie apocalypse. When he’s not busy wielding 2 swords, you can find him eating corn dogs at the CNE, telling half-truths and practicing slow dance moves with a broom.
Feel free to stalk him on Twitter @jasonnipdesign
Jody Zinner | Visual Artist | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals
Jody Zinner (B. 1981) received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There she focused primarily on painting and drawing. In 2009, Zinner was awarded the BMO 1st Art Invitational Student Art Competition. Following her education she worked as the co-director of The Khyber Arts Society, an artist run centre in Halifax. Currently she resides in Montreal where she continues her practice.
Johnathan McGregor & Tara Scarcello | Mechnical Engineer & Graphic Designer | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Canadian Cancer Society
Jonathan McGregor, a mechanical engineer living and working in Toronto. Jonathan is an amateur photographer and cake-decorating enthusiast.
Tara Scarcello, lives and works in Toronto. Tara is a professional graphic designer and semi-professional icing piper.
Justin Saunders | Blogger | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: Opération Enfant Soleil
Justin R. Saunders was born in Montreal, Canada in 1982 before moving to Germany in ’89, where he stayed for five years. He spent the better part of the ’90s skateboarding, drawing, playing basketball and traveling until he settled down a little and began a career in freelance graphic design. In his spare time, Saunders would busy himself with graffiti and art in general. He has since been enrolled in a Fashion Marketing Bachelors at ESMMontreal. He recently founded www.latelierj.com and has been the curator of JJJound for some time now.
Mark Kingwell | Author and Chair of Philosophy Department at University of Toronto | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Oxfam Canada
Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He is the author of fifteen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the national bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). His articles on politics, architecture and art have appeared in, among others, Harper’s, the New York Times, the New York Post, Utne Reader, BookForum, the Toronto Star, and Queen’s Quarterly. He is the recipient of the Spitz Prize in political theory, National Magazine Awards for both essays and columns, the Outstanding Teaching Award and President’s Teaching Award at the University of Toronto, a research fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute, and in 2000 was awarded an honorary DFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for contributions to theory and criticism. He is currently at work on a large-scale study of 21st-century democracy.
Matthew Varey | Artist | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: MS Society of Canada
Matthew Varey has been exhibiting paintings, sculpture and photographs for more than two decades including exhibitions in Venice, Cologne, Miami, Berlin, in Greece, and across Canada. He is currently the head of visual arts at Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto, Canada.
Melissa Auf der Maur | Musician | New York, from Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: David Suzuki Foundation
Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM) was born and raised in Montreal, Canada with a fine arts education focusing on Music and Photography. From 1994 -1999 she was a member, songwriter and bass player of the international rock band Hole, culminating in the Billboard and Grammy nominated album “Celebrity Skin” released in 1998. In 2000 she joined the Smashing Pumpkins for their farewell world tour. In 2004 “Auf der Maur,” her first solo album, was released by Capitol Records/ EMI worldwide. The album featured esteemed guest appearances by members of Queens of the Stone Age, NIN and A Perfect Circle. 2010 marked the release of OUT OF OUR MINDS, MAdM’s second solo project which includes an album (featuring a notable duet with legendary Goth rocker Glenn Danzig), the OOOM fantasy film, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival & a comic book.
Menno Krant | Painter | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Self taught & painting in his car at the time, driving to secluded locations where he would paint through the night by streetlight, or soak his works in Lake Ontario to have them dry in the sun. He gained recognition rapidly when a local antique dealer introduced his work to a New York dealer, which led to his inclusion in the international Outsider Art Show, NYC. Since then his paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally. In Toronto, he has participated generously in activist and community centered exhibitions including Art of Darkness at the AGO and Rendez-vous with Madness. The documentary film Live, Nude, Girls featured Menno Krant painting five women – literally – as they discussed their relationship to their bodies. The CBC, Rogers and Life Channel, Bravo TV, CTV, CBLT have all done programming involving his work and held several solo shows at the Tableau Vivant Gallery here in Toronto. Also shows in Chicago, Florida, New York Atlanta and with the Joy Moos Gallery In Los Angeles, The Mississauga Museum of Art , and Heritage Canada, and the Glenbow Museum, Disney Asia,(Hong Kong). Spin Gallery, Albert White Gallery, Engine Gallery, Parts Gallery & Walter Moos Gallery Toronto.
Midi Onodera | Filmmaker | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES (MSF)
Midi Onodera is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making films and videos for over thirty years. She has over twenty-five independent short films to her credit as well as a theatrical feature film and an abundance of short videos. Her recent works feature a collage of formats and mediums -ranging from film to digital video toy formats such as a modified Nintendo Game Boy Camera, the Tyco and Lego video cameras as well as still film cameras such as the Lomographic Supersampler and various iPhone apps. From 2006 to 2010, Midi has made over made 430 short videos or “Vidoddles” for projects that include: A Movie A Day, Movie of the Week and Baker’s Dozen. Her current year long project is FPS, a collection of 24 “Vidoodles”. New shorts are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and can be viewed online at www.midionodera.com An extensive interview is available online here
Natalia Yanchak | Lead Singer of The Dears | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: David Suzuki Foundation
Playing keyboards with various bands was never a serious gig, until she heard that local group The Dears was looking for a keyboard player. After seeing just one show in 1998, she agreed to join and from then on began the complimentary relationship with songwriter Murray Lightburn: he was the creative, and she was the business. The Dears recorded the band’s debut, End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story (released in 2000), and laid a foundation for dark, orchestral pop in Canada: playing shows with a dozen musicians on stage – including brass and strings – back when the power guitar trio was the norm.
Natalia has long given up the role of music critic, but still puts her Creative Writing degree to work writing for Pop Montreal and musing about culture on her blog, nataliayanchak.wordpress.com. Most recently Natalia has embarked on a self-publishing project based on her science-fiction writing. But being in The Dears remains her full-time job. Natalia and Murray continue to live in Montreal, are now married and have a 5-year-old daughter.
Raymond Biesinger | Illustrator | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: Canadian Cancer Society
Raymond Biesinger is a self-taught illustrator from Montreal, Canada, who spent a very long time in that country’s west. He likes conceptualizing, minimalism, making music, progressive politics and some art. His work has appeared in everything from the New Yorker to Broken Pencil to Xeroxed show posters, and His Diana F+ is his first venture into three dimensions. Find more info at http://fifteen.ca
Shirley Brown | Artist | Manitoba
Benefiting Charity: Canadian Diabetes Association
Shirley Brown uses paint and multi media to explore her interests in celebrity, power, and unexpected disaster. The black humour she enjoys often figures in her work.
Shirley’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and internationally. In 2000 she curated and organized The Library Project, a traveling exhibition, which toured to rural Manitoba, the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina. She has served as a mentor in the MAWA Advisory Program as well as in rural and remote areas of the province.
Shirley has been the recipient of a number of awards from Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. In 1993 she was awarded a scholarship to attend a residency program at the Banff Center for the Arts. Her work is included in various private and public collections such as the Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council Art Banks.
Shirley is a founding member of the “Coterie of Malcontents”, a group working for the artist run concept and in support of contemporary art and artists in rural Manitoba.
Shirley lives near Deloraine in southwest Manitoba and works from her farm studio there.
Silvana Iriondo Nervi | Artist | Montreal, QC
Benefiting Charity: Global Medic, David McAntony Gibson Foundation
Silvana Iriondo is a Chilean artist. She studied visual arts at the Finis Terrae University in her native city of Santiago, graduating with a major in painting in 2005. Her work has been exposed in several collective exhibitions in Chile and, more recently, Vancouver, Canada. This last city was her home for the last two years, before moving to Montréal, where she resides today.
Throughout her career she has received several prizes, including first and second place in the “Pintando Bellavista” competition (2002 and 2003 respectively), and being selected for the “Marco Bontá” competition held by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Chile (2007).
Her work deals with traditional subject matter such as landscape and portrait, giving them a very personal twist by juxtaposing elements that are seldom seen together and, at the same time, by using a very bold and original color palette.
Team Macho | Creative Team | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: The Youth Hotline
There were once a group of boys going to a school in the suburbs. It wasn’t the best school and it wasn’t the worst. Quickly it became clear that it didn’t matter where you were but it mattered very much who you were with. With one anothers help these boys began to replace their surroundings with a setting that better suited their collective goals. Loosely speaking, the goal was to live in a story. Passersby became lost gods, long walks became marathon’s of hop, bridges were cursed passages, and highways were highways. Like an angry ivy, our thoughts shot a leafy arm at anything that took our fancy. Eventually, with this attitude in place, we took the act to the city where we currently reside and extend our long green finger at the things we admire and hold dear. The box is the product of random association and a lot of laser cutting.
Toronto Laser Services | Toronto, ON
Benefiting Charity: Boys and Girls Clubs of Toronto
Metatecture brings together a broad spectrum of creative talents within our small store front studio located in the west of downtown Toronto. Our team members’ overlapping skill sets create gradation between diverse yet interconnected design challenges. We try not to take the safe way out while delivering above project expectations through redefining supposed boundaries of design fields. We have had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients that require trans-disciplinary solutions to their design challenges. Most projects will include elements of graphic design, architecture, electronics, computer programming, and fabrication. Finding the in bq.