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Thursday, May 26, 2016

You even dance, bro? Watch this photo montage of The Jam

Halifax's north end dance party celebrates its second anniversary on June 17

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Two years of gettin' jammed
  • Two years of gettin' jammed

For the last two years, three Halifax DJs have been bringing the literal and metaphorical jams almost once a month to Michael's Bar & Grill (#RIP), briefly to Reflections and then finally The Seahorse, where the last several Jams have been 'jammed' to capacity. On June 17, DJ T-Woo (Trevor Wood), DJ Okay TK (TK Thorpe) and DJ Loukas Stilldrunk (Loukas Crowther) will celebrate this milestone with a special edition of The Jam to say thank you for the good times. For something extra special, Crowther has made this sweet montage of hot pics by Phototype (Andrew Donovan and Crissie Brenton) and I don't know about you, but I'm sweatin'. 

Not only has The Jam invited some of the best DJs in Canada (shout out Nick Bike) and the world (shout out Just Blaze) to spin, there's been so much local talent onstage, from DJ IV, Cam Anderson and Gwen West to Uncle Fester and Zora the Sultan, and of course, our gracious hosts, playing funk, house, Madonna and everything in between. You even dance, bro? 

"T-Woo started this whole journey, and let's be honest, it's the only good thing he's ever done with his life," says Crowther. "It's been two years of sweaty parties, sweatier after-parties, barely remembered after-after-parties and regrettable hangovers." But beyond the music, there's you, the beautiful person who shows up month after month and dances til you're soaked and covered in Horsepower: "You guys make this all worthwhile. Without you we are nothing," says Crowther. 

So smash that hecking 'going' button at The Jam's Two Year Anniversary (Vol 24) to get the scoop on share contests and other stuff. I've heard there are prizes and surprises, too. It'll be dope.

THE JAM - TWO YEARS from Loukas Crowther on Vimeo.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Live Through This shows addiction without cliches

Tony Fouhse and Stephanie MacDonald's collaborative portraits are an honest look at recovery

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Steph withdrawing from heroin, Ottawa, April 2011 - TONY FOUHSE
  • Steph withdrawing from heroin, Ottawa, April 2011
  • Tony Fouhse

There was something about Stephanie MacDonald that sparkled. Photographer Tony Fouhse can’t put his finger on what it is that led him to help her but since that day, their journey together has been one of honesty and courage. Since then MacDonald has kicked heroin.

Fouhse was working on a project called user when he met MacDonald in 2010. “I was on a strip of the sidewalk called ‘The Block’ in Ottawa,” says Fouhse. “It was mostly crack addicts, I guess.” Fouhse would go to The Block to collaborate with different addicts. He says he didn’t want to try and save or change them. He only wanted to take their photos and document their experiences. He did this on and off for four years until he met MacDonald. “I took her picture and I remember I said ‘whoa, you’re so intense, your eyes!’” says Fouhse.

Three years later the story of MacDonald’s recovery is being told through Fouhse’s photographic exhibit, Live Through This, at ViewPoint Gallery (1272 Barrington, to June 30). Live Through This shows not only the changes in MacDonald’s body as she begins to return to health but also the changes in her emotions.

Fouhse believes the most challenging part of his own journey was dealing with MacDonald—period. Fouhse and MacDonald collaborated on her portraits, taking a step away from the usual documentary photography.

“The flipside of her sparkle is that she’s the laziest, biggest whiner you’ve ever met in your life,” says Fouhse. MacDonald said that when she got dope sick she didn’t want to move, talk or do anything until she, “got that dope.”

“I know my work polarizes a lot of people. In some people it will reinforce a positive view or a negative view no matter what,” says Fouhse. “I also know that there are people in the middle saying that they’re never going to look at a crack addict the same ever again.”

Fouhse says that he’s not trying to convey anything specific from his work. “People map onto it what they want and I’ve learned that you can’t follow your work around and explain it to people and make them see it one way or another,” says Fouhse. “In fact, I’m not even sure I’d want to do that.”

Fouhse wants to take the pictures for himself, but also to show a different side of addiction. He believes that typically addicts are represented in very cliched ways—especially in news and television. Fouhse says that if you actually go and meet addicts, actually talk to them, you’ll see they’re not angels but they aren’t devils either. They’re just people.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

How excited are you for the AGNS Annie Leibovitz collection?

On a scale of 1 to very, very excited?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM


Thanks to a generous gift made in honour of Al and the late Faye Mintz by their children, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia now has a new collection of photos by photographer/living legend Annie Leibovitz.

The collection, titled Annie Leibovitz: Photographs from Her Books—A Gift of the Al and Faye Mintz Family will be held in trust. It's something that has the ability to change the audience coming through the AGNS doors, drawing in a new group of both local and international visitors—Leibovitz is considered to be one of the most famous rock photographers, having been Rolling Stone's chief photographer from 1973-1983, shooting 142 covers, including the photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono the day Lennon was shot. Her work at Vanity Fair and Vogue allowed her access to actors, musicians, politicians, athletes and Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub full of milk.

The collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is held in trust for the people of Nova Scotia. "The gallery has been actively building its photography collection for the past ten years," said AGNS director and CEO Ray Cronin, "But this gift changes the gallery. It's transformative."

The images in the set have appeared in ten books: Annie Leibovitz: Photographs (1983); The White Oak Dance Project (1990); Annie Leibovitz: Photographs 1970-1990 (1991); Olympic Portraits (1996); Women (1999), American Music (2003); A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005 (2006); Annie Leibovitz at Work (2008); Pilgrimage (2011); and a limited-edition volume to be published at the end of the year. The set of photographs is Number One in an edition of three sets.

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