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ELISHA LIM | THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS #3

While Elisha Lim is often recognized for the graphic novel “100 Butches” — a collection of queer portraits and anecdotes amassed while travelling around the world — the Toronto-based artist also has some curatorial experiences to talk about, and shares both some of Syrus Marcus Ware’s curatorial take on the matter and

Lila Rose | All The Beauty [audio]

Lila Rose claims to have an "ultrasound sensitivity", which is kind of like those "super tasters", who can't drink any booze except for mead (ed note: gross), and make those retching histrionics any time they accidentally eat cilantro, except it's with your ears and not your tongue. Apparently it's like a simultaneous curse and gift, but unlike those taste bud super humans, the rest of us get songs like this from Toronto-born, but California citizen, Lila Rose.

MEDIAH | IN PERPETUAL MOTION #1

Expression being a fundamental human quality, it should come as no surprise many artists find a voice through graffiti. For Mediah, one of Toronto’s pioneer artists, his work is intended to have a spiritual aspect. “You’re supposed to feel it on the inside; it’s supposed to give something to you.” Experimenting with different mediums is what inspired his pseudonym. In his early work, he thought he could do graffiti with any medium, on any media.

SYRUS MARCUS WARE | THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS #1

“Researching and considering what people are making and what’s going on out in the world and putting together a thoughtful argument that tells a story, gives a certain point of view or suggests something by bringing together artists and works.” That’s Syrus Marcus Ware’s definition of curating. As a visual artist and community activist, the Torontonian was definitely interested in being an artist and went to school to study art history, grow his own practice and incorporate activism through his creative process.

Coleman Hell

There must be something in the water, because it seems like everyone wants a piece of Coleman Hell these days. It's been a giant 2015 for the Toronto-based, Thunder Bay-bred singer, with his banjo-fied house pop banger "2 Heads" having racked up millions of listens on Spotify and nuzzled up to other radio hits on both sides of the border.

OUR ION | EP. 5 #WWHW: Vile Fashion

It's D's and Asa's favourite day of the week, What We Hate Wednesdays! On this episode of OUR ION, your style hosts touch upon the subject of fashion. Specifically vile fashion and "the worst fashion trend I've ever seen in my life."—Asa Fox.

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OUR ION | EP. 4 #WWHW: THAT ONE FRIEND

On this week's episode of OUR ION, What We Hate Wednesdays gets heated when D and Asa go head to head with a personal issue involving that “one friend.” You know, the one that takes forever to get ready. Don’t worry they have tips on how to deal with him/her.

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OUR ION | EP. 3 BASIC BEHAVIOUR

What is Basic? What is Basic Behaviour? On this segment of OUR ION, D and Asa discusses the stigma behind the stereotype of being basic. "It’s basically ok to be basic, so embrace it."

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NXNE x ION Showcase 2015

NXNE is in full-swing and we’re back for another showcase at Handlebar this Saturday! We have a great line-up of talented musicians from both the West Coast and the East Coast, and we would love for you to join us for a jam-packed night of good tunes.

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