Events & Classes

Trio Magnus at Beatbox Canada 2011

I'm not sure how you spent the evening on Saturday, November 12, but along with my mates Steve Wilson and CTON, I spent it doing live drawing at the 2nd Annual Canadian Beatbox Championships. We were there representin' as our collective Trio Magnus and doing a 5 x 9 ft live drawing with red and black Snowman™ markers while the contestants onstage used only a microphone to churn out sounds and beats I didn't think humanly possible. Check out the final showdown here, and thanks to Gary for the opportunity!


Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi

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We love this! The Celebrated Filmmaker and Designer Olympia Le-Tan Co-create a Tale to Pierce the Heart... Check out the interview here!


Draw like a kid

This Thursday will be part two of my Subconscious Sketchbook class, and if last week's class was any indication, it's going to be fun. Donuts were eaten, sketchbooks were started and an important point arose: it's way more important to simply do something in a sketchbook than worry about what to do.

If you want a perfect example of this approach, watch a kid draw. All kids can draw because no one has told them they can't, and from the moment they grab the pencil it's full steam ahead. Then it's on to the next drawing, without any worry or need for reference material. Of course, we can all still draw with such reckless abandon – we just have to give ourselves permission to do so. For inspiration, here are a few drawings courtesy of Harper (five) and Edie (three), daughters of one of my class members. Look and learn!


Our Holiday Sale!

Looking for unique gifts made by your favourite local illustrators, designers and animators? Well, this is the place to be on the first two Saturdays of December! Our sale happens to coincide with an event at Kid Icarus, our pals who are having a one day sale on the 3rd as well, so you can hit both places in the Market in one fell swoop. After all, it's been scientifically proven that original artwork and crafts make the best holiday gifts!

Admission is free!

Artists Include:





Janine Vangool Comes to Town!


We had a great surprise on Friday! Janine Vangool, designer extraordinaire and creator of UPPERCASE magazine, came to Toronto last week to attend the Design Thinkers conference and found time to pop in to nook to say hello. She came by with her husband Glen Dresser and their son Finley, who investigated every square inch of the studio he could reach. Creative and curious indeed!