5 Questions With Vernon Chang

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1. What would be your theme song ?

You Don’t Know Me by T.I.

2. Fill in the Blank: I could not live without____________

HAPPINESS

3. What is your secret obsession?

Let’s be a little bit fun here, my secret obsession is when women wear stockings because I think it makes them super sexy and also bring their out their best curves.

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?

When my parents picked me up from kindergarten and we go to the beaches and have a fun afternoon day.

5. What are you most proud of?

I am proud of my brand “MoVernie” because its been growing and very successful. Also, I am proud that I build MoVernie from scratch.

Vernon Chang packed resume includes TV host for MoVernie on the MOVE, Food & Events writer, and marketing and social media influencer. To learn more about Vernon Chang, visit his website here.

CAIRO Releases Debut Album

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CAIRO, a buzz worthy indie rock band from Toronto, has released their debut LP called A History of Reasons. The band members include Nate Daniels, Matt Sullivan, Caitlin Grieve, Dante Berardi Jr. and Joel Dalton. The band’s strong chemistry shines through the record with instrumentals and vocals beautifully complimenting each other. A History of Reasons was produced by Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run, Air Marshal Landing) and released through Maple Music Recordings.

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CAIRO doesn’t limit their music to one genre. With the perfect blend of folk, rock and pop, they’ve created an album with a vibrant sound that combines hard-hitting guitars contrasted with the delicate violin strings and dreamy vocals. Not only do you get a narrative of the band’s life experiences while listening to their album but it also allows you to reminisce on some of your own life experiences with its relatable lyrics.

A History of Reasons is available for purchase on iTunes. Check out their website HERE for upcoming details.

Lyndon Wiebe’s Lost In Travels: Solitary Confinement Exhibit

The opening reception, hosted at Urban Gallery, of Lyndon Wiebe’s Lost In Travels: Solitary Confinement Photography Exhibit ignited the travel bug in all of us. The exhibit captured Wiebe’s seven years of working and travelling as a chef abroad with two of his friends while filming a travel-based web series called Without Boarders. After travelling around Canada, New Zealand and various countries in Asia and Africa, Wiebe’s discovered a whole new love and passion for photography.

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Red Right Hand – Thaipusam, Batu Caves, Near KL, Malaysia

Wiebe’s stunning photography captured not only his travels over the years, but also the way humans are isolated in the world around us. Whether we’re alone or with a group of people, we always get lost in our own thoughts. Every photo allowed viewers to get a glimpse of different people around the globe. It was impossible not to gaze into the photographs and feel a connection that managed to isolate you from the room you were in and the people around you. It’s as if you zone out and enter the photograph taking in all of its surroundings and become engaged in your own thoughts.

Lyndon Wiebe’s Lost In Travels: Solitary Confinement exhibit will run at the Urban Gallery located at 400 Queen East until February 25th 2015. For more information about the exhibit visit the Urban Gallery website.

Arts & Culture Editor’s Pick for 2015: Bojana’s Grungy Must-Have

I am obsessed with this grungy antique looking Axe Necklace from Canon Blanc. This beautifully handcrafted piece by Corpus Christi was made in Paris, the city of light. What makes this pendant so unique is that it’s made of both bronze (handle of pendant) and sterling silver (head of pendant), which is a very rare technique used in jewelry making. You can layer it with other dainty necklaces or leave it as an edgy staple piece.

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Canon Blanc brings a little bit of Parisian fashion and lifestyle to Toronto with some gorgeous pieces that can’t be found in many places in the city. There are two locations; one on Queen & Bathurst and the other in the north end at Yonge & Craighurst Ave. Visit Canon Blanc’s website HERE for this Axe Necklace and more stunning pieces.

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Profile: Street Photographer Michael Fraser

Michael Fraser is a Toronto-based street photographer who captures intimate yet revealing photographs of not only human interaction but also the way human beings interact with the city they live in. Fraser mainly works with the traditional colour and black & white film illustrating the various aspects of light, composition and shadow through his breathtaking photography.

Though he loves photographing the streets of Toronto, including Kensington Market and the Eaton Centre’s downtown core, his passion for travel has inspired many of his notable works. He has photographed various cities including Paris, London, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and Beijing but one special place he always loves to photograph is New York. In 2014, his work was selected to appear in the Contact Photography Festival in the Junction with his titled exhibit From Here to There. Fraser sat down over some coffee at The Roastery with Novella to discuss his craft.

Novella: What drew you to street photography? And how did you discover your passion for it?

Michael: It was something that I gravitated towards. I’ve been shooting for 5-6 years now and I started doing portrait work and commercial work and it didn’t really fulfill that artistic desire. So street photography happened organically and I’ve been doing it ever since.

Novella: In your opinion, what makes a memorable street photograph?

Michael: That’s a good question. It has to do with great composition, great lighting, great timing and stuff like that. One memorable photograph that I think is just perfect is Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare taken in 1932 by Henri Cartier-Bresson. It was really taken at the perfect moment. Also, Garry Winogrand, an older photographer, once said that, “Photography is not about the thing being photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed”. I really believe that.

Novella: What street photographers have influenced your career?

Michael: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Joel Meyerowitz, Garry Winogrand, Trent Parke and Matt Stuart.

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Novella: What do you want your viewers to take away after looking at your work?

Michael: I just want them to feel something. The thing that I hate most is when people say “nice capture” [laughs]. I’d rather they say they don’t like it. But really I love my work to resonate with people. I really feel like I’ve succeeded when the viewers can connect with my work in some way.

Novella: When you start shooting, are your images planned or more spontaneous?

Michael: I would say it’s mixed. I mean you can’t ever completely plan out what you’re going to shoot for street photography it’s impossible. But you can choose a spot you’re going to photograph and just wait. Sometimes I wait for hours until something pops up. Like one of my works that I shot in Boston with a man crossing a street; I chose that spot because I knew it was perfect. The lighting was great, the shadows produced from the buildings was just right and the fact that there weren’t many people in that area. So for this shot I waited hours for that right moment. Then the more spontaneous photos are taken just walking around random streets and things just happen. Also, sometimes you won’t always have your camera on you so it’s important to see photographs without a camera so it’s about training your eyes as well.

Novella: What work/collection are you most proud of?

Michael: That’s a tough question. There’s one I took and it’s a silhouette of a man with stream from the sewers [called Steamy] and there was another one I took in Boston of a man crossing the street [called Void].

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Novella: Travelling, has been one of your main inspirations. Where in the world haven’t you been, but are dying to travel and photograph?

Michael: I would have to say India. I’m actually travelling there November/December 2015. My favourite place to photograph is New York City. There’s just so many people and I like that. Also, everyone knows about NYC, even if you haven’t travelled, so it’s easier to put a feel to the photographs.

Novella: What type of gear do you use?

Michael: I shoot colour and B&W film with a Leica MP and a Leica M2, a Mamiya 7, and a Hasselblad 500cm.

Novella: Fill in the blank: I can’t live without______.

Michael: Family and my camera, it’s an extension of yourself.

Novella: What is your ritual before you start to shoot?

Michael: It’s just getting into the zone. I know if I’m going to have a good or bad day; it’s really all on me. If I feel like it’s going to be a good day, I ride out that feeling.

You can check out more of Fraser’s work HERE.