Art and WorldPride 2014

Toronto welcomed the world this past weekend with the kick-off for WorldPride 2014, a ten-day festival of revelry, education and culture for LGBT communities and friends. While the massive parade on June 29 is the biggest draw, there are myriad arts-related events that are worth seeing, too. One of those events is Generations of Queer, [...]

Cannes Lions 2014: Why Does Everything Have to be So Serious?

The third in a series of guest posts by Brent Nelsen, managing partner and SVP director of planning at Leo Burnett Toronto. Brent is filing from Cannes, France, where he’s attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. See his other posts here, here and here. I feel a strong need to channel my inner [...]

Cannes Lions 2014: Is Planning Dead?

The second in a series of guest posts by Brent Nelsen, managing partner and SVP director of planning at Leo Burnett Toronto. Brent is filing from Cannes, France, where he’s attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. See his other posts here, here and here. As Mark Twain said in the New York Journal of June 2, [...]

Cannes Lions 2014: The Complexity of Simplicity

The first in a series of guest posts by Brent Nelsen, managing partner and SVP director of planning at Leo Burnett Toronto. Brent is filing from Cannes, France, where he’s attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. See his other posts here, here and here. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, [...]

Going to Cannes? We’re Looking for a Blogger!

Do you work in the advertising, branding, design or tech industries? Are you attending the Cannes Lions festival in France between June 15-21, 2014? Applied Arts wants to hear from you! We’re looking for a creative communications professional to write two or three blog posts for us during the festival to tell us about their [...]

Going Holme

Call it Adland’s grittier, more artistic version of Little Miss Sunshine. Gary Holme, a 30-year ad industry veteran formerly of Innocean, SapientNitro, Publicis, Y&R, TBWA, and JWT, is about to pile into a Winnebago with two of his four daughters, his girlfriend, two producers and some art supplies to set out on what just might [...]

2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May is picture-perfect in Toronto — the weather is warming up, the leaves are budding and the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival runs all month long. CONTACT attracts more than 1,500 Canadian and international photographers and an audience of almost two million, making it the largest photography event in the world. Until the end of [...]

The Sky’s the Limit

Photographer George Steinmetz is known for his impressive landscapes, which are made all the more vast because he shoots them from the sky. The National Geographic shutterbug makes an appearance this month in Toronto to discuss his latest exhibition Desert Air, which mounts 42 large-scale photographs from the eponymous book. The exhibition was commissioned by [...]

Digifest 2014: Canada’s Digital Festival

A month from now, techies and digital creatives will converge in Toronto for Digifest, Canada’s international conference for digital creativity and innovation. This year’s theme is Digital Urbanism and the Future of Cities, which highlights the fact that more than half of the world’s population resides in urban areas. Workshops and seminars will focus on [...]

Batter Up!

Baseball, beer and art…sounds like a good night to us! Garrison Creek Bat Co., purveyor of hand-turned, Toronto-themed baseball bats, hosts the Season Opener exhibit at Steam Whistle Brewing on April 2 to celebrate the opening weekend of the Toronto Blue Jays April 4 to 6. More than 30 local artists, illustrators and artisans designed [...]