This song has been in constant rotation as I’ve been traveling around Europe this week. A mellow yet slightly uptempo tune that gently reminds me “I can’t stay forever”… Lauren – the single – by Men I Trust, 2016.
I’m delighted to have discovered these exquisite works by Montreal designer Elizabeth Laferrière. Elizabeth “creates still and moving images that encompass her poetic, sensitive and spontaneous vision through typography, collage and video.” In this project, she took on the branding and promotional pieces for Bleury, a progressive vinyl bar in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. C’est merveilleux!
I did fairly well shopping-wise during my last trip to Canada, having procured only one foolhardy item (really, when will I ever learn to stop buying shoes that don’t fit? I have taken multiple oaths to that effect, but the sensible notion doesn’t seem to stick). My most prized purchase, though, was a lovely porcelain cup by Toronto-based ceramic artist Jennifer Graham. Using a limited palette and hand built forms, she creates richly textural artifacts with an organic sense of rhythm and contemporary aesthetic.
Visited a very cute shop in Montreal a couple weeks ago that I thought was share-worthy. Zone is a Québec-based chain of 5 stores that has been selling decorative home accessories since opening their doors in 1980. The vibe is modern-lite (think: Canada’s answer to the UK’s Habitat), with a variety of housewares, furnishings and home accents at quite reasonable prices.
I’m in Montreal and Toronto this week, traipsing through the scene with my colleagues in search of inspiration, while attempting to keep warm and avoid coming into direct contact with snowflakes. This calls for a big dose of Canadian synth-pop, that’s currently on “repeat” endlessly on my iPod. Lofticries by Purity Ring from the album Shrines, 2012.