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Gone skating

Swizzle Studio will be closed until January 10, 2011. Happy Holidays, everyone!

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This book is gorgeous!

Last September, I met with Toronto real estate agent Kate Watson to discuss a book project. Kate’s promotional material has always utilized standout graphics, so I wanted to build on that while adding my own style. We wanted something fresh, but also something that clients would hold on to.

We decided to create a pocket guidebook to Toronto real estate, featuring drawings of her clients’ actual homes. Houses are identified by neighbourhood (neighbourhoods are a big deal in Toronto), and the 32 page booklet includes invitations in the form of retro-looking coupons, complete with “cut here” lines.

For the ink and gouache house drawings, I worked from a variety of sources including MLS photos, my own reconnaissance shots, and even some Google Street View searches. The biggest challenge turned out to be not the homes, but coming up with ways to refer to the other half of a semi-detached house, or the show the huge trees in front. I didn’t want to deny the reality of the Toronto streetscape, but I needed to emphasize the right house! Some of my favourite drawings from These homes are gorgeous! are featured below.

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Tuesday night is 45 rpm night

Ken Stower, CIUT’s terrific program director, has invited me back to the Vinyl From the CIUT Crypt show this Tuesday.

The University of Toronto radio station has lovely new headquarters in Hart House, occupying several rooms of the old Prefect’s Office. The only problem is that The Crypt, a vast library of records formerly stored in the old CIUT building’s basement, is only partially unpacked. So instead of playing records from The Crypt, I will be spinning a bunch of my own singles.

There are a lot of teenage kicks planned: The first records I bought at Music World, jukebox discards my Mom (who grew up in Alberta hotels) passed along to me, and a few New Wave records my wife Christine tracked down while as a small town Alberta teenager herself. I’m also going to spin some vintage punk and some weird children’s records. It will be a fun night, with a lot of hooks and maybe a bit too much vocoder.

Tuesday, December 14, 8 to 10 p.m.
89.5 in Toronto
Listen live on the internet HERE