Friday July 27th
BAD DAY 5th ANNIVERSARY | The Hoxton
Bad Day is a biannual interview-style magazine based in Toronto. They’ve made it to issue 13 and their fifth year. You’ve probably seen the magazine around at Rotate This or Magic Pony, and you’d notice that each issue is tinted a certain colour (issue 13’s cover features Charlotte Gainsbourg’s profile in glorious green and yellow).
Publishing a magazine is hard and expensive work, especially one like Bad Day that has such a high production value. This Friday’s anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Vancouver’s witch-house, doomstep artist Babe Rainbow and NYC’s ghetto-rave-poet Venus X are in town to show you a good time.
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), $10 advance, tickets at door, 10PM
Also happening Friday…
Saturday July 28th
REACH OUT FOR OUTREACH | Gallery 44
Photography has always been a part of my life. By age eight, I was developing my own black and white film prints. In high school I gutted the school’s long-abandoned darkroom and set up a curriculum, teaching classes once a week until I left the province to attend college. I applied and was accepted to a two-year photography program that offered extensive darkroom training. The catch for me was that you had to wait until second year to learn colour development, something I was serious about; though it is a temperamental art at best. In the end, I never got there. During the summer between my first and second years, the wet darkroom was removed and replaced with a computer lab.
I dropped out. I didn’t touch a camera for years. Not until I went back to school for graphic design and decided to pick up some extra credits with a digital photography elective. I shot everyday. It’s now one of my jobs. It’s taken me five years, but I’m finally coming around to digital, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think traditional wet darkroom skills are important.
Gallery 44 has a program where every year they give 50 youths limited access to their darkroom, and teach them to shoot, process, and develop black and white photographs. By the end of it all, the kids get to have their work displayed in the gallery. It’s a huge gift.
Though the process has never been cheap, and being edged out by digital doesn’t make it any less expensive. There are just a few more days to donate and the campaign is only one third funded. If you can help out, do so here. Head down to the gallery this Saturday to see the final day of the exhibit. It might be you’re last chance to do so.
Saturday July 28th, Gallery 44 (401 Richmond, #120)
Also happening Saturday…
Sunday July 29th
Yuli’s PP [Artist Profile]