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The Cookout is always one of my favourite yearly events. It combines my love of hip hop, performance, art, and of course – FOOD! I’m stoked to be a part of this amazing event so come check it out if you can, and stop by my booth for some awesome deals!

The Cookout 2016: Hamilton’s Music & Food Festival is on Saturday, August 27th, at the gorgeous Bay City Music Hall on the waterfront. Everyone’s welcome. 2nd Lineup Announcement: Elzhi(Detroit) has been near the top of the list for best lyricists since his days with Slum Village. Performing live in Hamilton for the 1st time in almost 5 years, in support of the new album, “Lead Poison.” Noah23 is a Canadian OG with one of the deepest & wildest discographies in hip-hop. His latest project, “Unicorn EP,” dropped last month. Darenots are a high energy, 4-person Toronto band that rocks a mix of hip-hop, reggae, & heavier sounds. Expect a very LIVE set from them. AM is the duo of Reid Roses & Elley Jeeze. In our opinion, one of Hamilton’s top talents & best kept secrets. DBLCRSS & Leo are a freshly minted duo that recently dropped a BIG debut single. Representing part of HamOnt’s young generation of musicians.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?!? We are so excited MeatVentures, the princes of pork, the barons of beef, the gurus of the grill, and the CANADIAN BACON CHAMPS are returning to feed us. Our new venue allows for the full menu from the meat-wagon. Joining them is the new local venture, Empania, serving a delicious recipe of Puerto Rican-style empanadias. We will have veggie options no doubt!

PLUS:
A-F-R-O aka All Flows Reach Out + Marco Polo(USA/Toronto)
Bless (Montreal)
Lee Reed (Hamilton)
Da Great Deity Dah (USA)
Drezus Music (Saskatoon/First Nations)
& Stealth Elementz.
More acts & food to be announced soon. Thanks for supporting, get advanced tix here: http://bit.ly/isupportcookout.
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Saturday, August 6th @ Club Absinthe I’ll be joining the Vagabond Saints for their Market & Music Review Fundraiser brought to you by Hub of the Hammer, featuring a whole pack of awesome vendors, special guest bartender Kevin Brauch (The Thirsty Traveller/Iron Chef America) and live performances from Amigo the DevilThe Retroaction & Bourbon DK. Don’t sleep on this one – we’re gonna have ourselves a time! 

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 11.41.17 PM.pngI am so honoured to be the featured artist & also a model at the launch of UNITY ONE / The Faces of Change on Saturday, November 12th! Fashion, live music, vendors, a meet and greet with very special guests, and an awards ceremony to recognize our community’s amazing shining stars – more details will be coming soon!

“UNITY ONE / The Faces of Change was founded to raise awareness for Victims of Racism, Gender Inequality and Bullying. This evening will be bringing together like minded individuals of all nationalities, religions and over all diversity to share in each others creativity and experiences. 21 Altruistic individuals will also be recognized for their ongoing support in enhancing the quality of life for others.”

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Oh hey! If you’re not doing anything tonight, come down to James Street North in Hamilton, ON and check out Art Crawl! We’re hoping to find a spot in front of the Armoury but will post our location on social media when we set up. Follow me at @abominableink on Instagram & @juliefazooli on Twitter.

I’m super proud to announce I’ve been asked to join some incredibly talented people at the annual Steeling Fashion event that’s happening at The Spice Factory on October 23rd. Tickets are now available and selling out fast so don’t miss your chance to check out the best in Hamilton fashion and art!

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Juxtapozmisterfinch07Is there anything more visually stunning and supremely tactile than the gorgeous stuffed creatures of self-taught Leeds textile artist Mister Finch? His sculptures are so incredibly charming and sophisticated in character I just want to reach out and give them a squeeze. (Wouldn’t mind giving this beautiful gent a squeeze myself!)

Collecting textiles from all over and combining them with scraps of scattered, lost and unwanted objects and mediums, he hand stitches elements of the forgotten and discarded and breathes new life into them in his own fantastical way. Their antique qualities evoke the ancient world of fairy-tales and the mysterious otherworldly stuff of dreams, as he weaves and stitches their stories together.

To find out more about this incredibly lovely man, and see what he’s creating next, visit his beautiful websiteJuxtapozmisterfinch00 Juxtapozmisterfinch01 Juxtapozmisterfinch02 Juxtapozmisterfinch03 Juxtapozmisterfinch04 Juxtapozmisterfinch05 Juxtapozmisterfinch06 Juxtapozmisterfinch09 Juxtapozmisterfinch11 Juxtapozmisterfinch12 Juxtapozmisterfinch13 Juxtapozmisterfinch15 Juxtapozmisterfinch16 Juxtapozmisterfinch18 Juxtapozmisterfinch19 Juxtapozmisterfinch20

Bar, 2009

Bar, 2009

American artist and photographer Lori Nix shares a common fascination with me – the seemingly impending post-apocalyptic world, which is why I’m so immediately attracted to her work. She constructs these incredible dioramas and expertly lights and photographs them so as to appear almost hyperreal. Combining her love of landscape art with the childhood memories of living in disaster-prone Kansas, she posits a foreseeable future in her “doomsday dollhouse” photographs.

In my newest body of work “The City” I have imagined a city of our future, where something either natural or as the result of mankind, has emptied the city of it’s human inhabitants. Art museums, Broadway theaters, laundromats and bars no longer function. The walls are deteriorating, the ceilings are falling in, the structures barely stand, yet Mother Nature is slowly taking them over. These spaces are filled with flora, fauna and insects, reclaiming what was theirs before man’s encroachment. I am afraid of what the future holds if we do not change our ways regarding the climate, but at the same time I am fascinated by what a changing world can bring.  – Lori Nix, via her website

The end of civilization as we know it is a mesmerizing inevitability that we as humans, are naturally drawn to, so why not continuing to explore this conceptual world without humanity in various art forms? Like our dreams when we sleep, it helps us to further connect with the idea of our own mortality as a species, and reflect on what we’ve done to this planet, and how it will continue to thrive without us in the end. We are but a twinkle in the eye of the storm.

To find out more about Lori Nix and see her work, check out her website.

Casino, 2013

Casino, 2013

Library, 2007

Library, 2007

Chinese Take-Out, 2013

Chinese Take-Out, 2013

Subway, 2012

Subway, 2012

Beauty Shop, 2010

Beauty Shop, 2010

Mall, 2010

Mall, 2010

Circulation Desk, 2012

Circulation Desk, 2012

Fountain, 2008

Fountain, 2008

Laundromat at Night, 2008

Laundromat at Night, 2008

Great Hall, 2006

Great Hall, 2006

 

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