Dose x ION x POP Montreal Contest!

We're teaming up with our pals over at and want to send you and a friend on a VIP experience to Canada's vibrant cultural and music festival, POP Montreal! With more than 400 bands + visual art, films, artists, conferences and workshops, this five-day indie festival is not to be missed.


Notorious may only be under a year old, but this barbershop has already garnered quite a reputation. 

Heart City Apparel

Walking around Montreal, you will likely be struck by two ubiquitous details: its street art, and its homeless population. This contrast of beauty and desperation inspired Matt Dajer, a recent McGill University graduate, and his team to start Heart City Apparel. This start-up sells clothes designed by artists that give back to the homeless in their cities.


Franco-phone a friend because it's time once again for the Emerging Music Festival (FME). In its twelfth year this seasoned vet of a music machine is here to deliver a wide array of musical acts to shove in your ear and eye holes. With 65 acts spanning a myriad of different genres from symphonic pop (Rich Aucoin) all the way to metal (Ghoulunatics), there's something for every music fan. Hell, there may even be a dog in a tutu riding a unicycle with a theremin.

Thomas Lamadieu | Sky Art

While we would be happy to look up at the sky and find only blue skies, French artist Thomas Lamadieu finds a whole new world. It may just seem like doodles drawn onto photos of the sky, but in this simple way, Lamadieu completely changes your view of the ordinary, filling in the empty space with whimsical characters.

Pablo Aracena | Graphic Difference

Pablo Aracena, a.k.a. Pax Arts, a Canadian of Chilean origin, came to Canada as a youth with his family in the late 1980s. Immersed in hip-hop music and culture as a kid, he would spend hours drawing graffiti sketches and characters. He pursued a degree in Art and Design, and eventually, his passion for graphic design combined with his interest in street wear. This led him to discover the medium of screen-printing and to create his own custom T-shirt line, Artcore Clothing.

Emmanuel Laflamme | Graphic Difference

Emmanuel Laflamme always wanted to make cartoons. When he couldn't get into an animation program because his grades were too low, he went into visual arts instead. Not happy there, he quit school and taught himself academic drawing and painting, and went on to study classic Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons.

Stunt Brings Toronto To Montreal

You are walking down the street minding your own business and suddenly, two people come up to you and ask you questions like, “How many subway lines are there in Montreal?” or “At what time do bars close in Montreal?” Would you know the answers? A handful of lucky people actually did! As their reward, they were given one hour to get ready and jump on an Air Canada flight for an all-expenses-paid trip to the fabulous city, courtesy of Tourisme Montreal.

The Art of Skate

Why does skate culture boast so many artists, and how does the skate world influence their art? Karyn Gray chats to three artists to talk about skate, art, and the relationship between the two.

FOCUS | Temple of Boom

Anne-Émanuelle, a.k.a. FacteurMalice, is an artist and photographer of underground art and culture. 

Barry Walsh, a.k.a. Selector Spoon Bee, is an avid skateboarder, DJ, artist, and boom box collector. 

Together they collaborated on the “Temple of Boom”.


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