A lot has changed for Diamond Rings - the stage name for John O'Reagan's electro-pop creation - since the 2010 release of his first album Special Affections. Initially signed to Montreal's Secret City Records, John-O Was scooped up by EMI's Astralwerks and has been garnering some much deserved attention.
We have been a big fan of Toronto artist, Michael Deforge’s work for years. We have featured him in the magazine, and collaborated with him on our Limited Edit[ION] T-Shirt line, so we were pretty excited when we found out that the fourth installment of his award-winning, one-artist anthology series, Lose, was coming out.
Gentleman Reg has a flair in everything he does, and it is no different with the release of his latest long-player called Leisure Life, which is being rolled out as a series of three EPs. The EPs are being released digitally through Heavy Head Records, the first EP, "Leisure Life Part 1", was released on July 3rd, and now we have the exclusive release of "Make It Better" from the second EP, Leisure Life Part 2.
For over 30 years photographer Patrick Cummins has been wandering the streets of his home town Toronto. Through his roaming, he has told the story of an evolving city, all with the power of his camera lens. In his book, Full Frontal T.O., Cummins has collated over a thousand mug shots of Toronto’s messy urbanism, giving a non-touristic and honest view of the city’s evolution.
Robin Waters is a talented photographer that we featured in the FOCUS section of the magazine last year, and now she has taken some of the images that we featured and put them on t-shirts under the brand name Don't Blow The Illusion Of The Game. Check out the teaser video and where you can purchase these awesome t-shirts.
Tyler Armstrong is a fairly new addition to the Toronto art scene, but this artist has been painting for years, and what started as a weekend hobby has transformed into a heated passion. A self taught artist, Tyler daringly creates haunting and darker images with wild lines and vibrant colour that seem to balance in perfect harmony along side the disturbing imagery.
On June 13th, ION Magazine and Green Couch will be presenting the Tracks On Tracks showcase at NXNE, featuring some of the talented bands from the west coast. This amazing showcase will be at the Gladstone Ballroom, from 7PM-3AM. Tickets are $15 and wristbands and badges are accepted. Line-up and times are below.
7:30 Chris Ho
8:15 Shred Kelly
9:00 Portage and Main
9:45 The Matinee
11:15 Sydney York
12:00 Belle Game