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DNC Update: Team Canada jets off to Morocco

On October 20, Canada’s best U12 soccer players will jet off to Marrakech, Morocco to compete in the International Finals of the Danone Nations Cup (DNC), the world’s largest youth soccer tournament.


After a lengthy selection process, players drawn from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec faced off as Western Canada and Eastern Canada at Montreal’s Percival Molson Stadium on June 27. The winning team became Team Canada, and they now prepare to play Romania, Indonesia and China in the group stage of the Danone Nations Cup International Finals, which welcomes 32 national teams from across the world.

5 Links: October 10

Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 6.06.21 PM1. The Daily Life of New York in 1983 German photographer Thomas Hoepker (ex-President of Magnum Photo) recently released this wonderful collection of images documenting New York City life in the early 80s.

2. The Hacker Hacked The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trapping of success. Or at least it was, until the gentrifiers moved in…

3. How Punk and Reggae Fought back against Racism Syd Shelton’s photographs capture the Rock Against Racism movement that confront racism in 70s and 80s Britain

4. The Container Ship Tourism Industry In June, 2013, Floridian Robert Rieffel and his wife Karen ascended the gangplank of a freighter to undertake a 28-day voyage from Savannah, Georgie across the Atlantic and back.

5. Inside the Syndicate In 2011 a Belgian photographer was allowed entry into one of Japan’s Yakuza families. Over two years, he captured the lives of those living in the underworld

Visionary: Yvon Chouinard

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Who is Yvon Chouinard? Surfer, climber, kayaker, fly fisherman, notable environmentalist and figurehead of the outdoors industry, the original “Don of the Dirtbags” is also one of a uncommon breed of business people embodying a rare authenticity and purity in a world of outsourced manufacturing and disposable “fast” consumer goods.

Sculptures en Charlevoix: Métro Montréal


Metro ClippingJust in time for the Labour Day weekend, Métro Montréal published this fantastic article on the Sculptures en Charlevoix show that we helped launch in May of this year. A few hours’ from Quebec City along one Canada’s most spectacular stretches of highway, after making the drive up from Montreal for the offical vernissage in May, I have to say that Charlevoix is one the most beautiful I’ve seen – the Route du Fleuve (Highway 362) from St Irénée to Malbaie is worth the trip alone!

Sculptures en Charlevoix will remain open through the fall of 2017. Entry is free.

Domaine Forget, 5 Saint-Antoine, Saint-Irénée, QC G0T 1V0

5 Links: September 2

Kids, Larry Clark (1995)1. It’s been 20 years since the release of Larry Clark’s ‘Kids’ To celebrate this milestone, the New York Times tracks down the stars of this gritty cult classic.

2. The Absolute Moron’s Guide to the Greek Debt Crisis The collapse of the Greek economy has potentially far reaching consequences for Europe and the West, and the pace at which the situation has developed has made it easy to get confused. This is a handy guide from New York Magazine for the uninitiated.

3. The cult of VICE Whatever you think of VICE, the provocative media empire founded as a satirical mag in Montreal over 20 years ago, it’s certainly become pretty hard to ignore. If CEO Shane Smith has his way, it’s about to get a whole lot harder. Here is an insightful analysis of the company’s development from the point of the Columbia Journalism Review.

4. How Phil Knight turned the Nike brand into a global powerhouse
I’m fascinated by the development of brands, especially those that began as small passion projects (Bill Knight actually founded Nike back in as a US distributor for what is now Asics) only to morph into global giants. Quartz magazine charts the rise of the Nike empire.

5. The Undiminished Charisma of Sarah Lucas 
I’m a big fan of the YBA movement, and particularly enjoyed this T Magazine piece checking in with British artist Sarah Lucas as she prepared for the British Council’s commission at the Venice Biennale in May of this year.

Introducing: CAN-TYPE

Casa ItaliaI recently started a new blog called CAN-TYPE, intended as an archive of the typeface I see around Canada, in Montreal especially. Here in Quebec, late modernism seems to have been particularly influential on signage used on public buildings during the Quiet Revolution period, making for an excellent selection of sharp sans serifs to choose from!

Check out CAN-TYPE here