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Published on: April 19, 2015 | By NKPR

Art Inspiration: Final Day of the Love Art Fair

Today is the last day of Love Art!

In its second instalment, Love Art Fair hosts 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof!

Looking to buy your first piece of art? Here’s a little inspiration…

Published on: April 18, 2015 | By NKPR

NKPR Hearts Love Art: A Look Inside the Fair

NKPR hearts Love Art!

We’re having so much fun this weekend at the second instalment of Love Art Fair in Canada. Open all weekend, Love Art Fair hosts 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof!

As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we love celebrating the Toronto art scene and getting to know our local galleries. Take a look at some of the action so far…

 

Show us your Love Art favourites – Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: April 14, 2015 | By NKPR

Full Art Mode Inside NKPR: VIP Invite & Highlights

The countdown is officially on!

With Love Art Fair kicking off this weekend, and both Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Scotiabank Photography Award on the horizon, we’re in full art mode inside NKPR.

While we daydream about our favourite pieces, here are this week’s art highlights…

Love Art Fair

Calling all friends of NKPR: We invite you to join us at the advance private view of Love Art Fair. Be the first to view hundreds of original artworks, enjoy a drink by Gentleman Jack, and experience a live performance by Opera Atelier.

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Location: Heritage Court, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (entrance off Nunavut Road)
RSVP: denise@nkpr.net

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Scotiabank Photography Award

Angela Grauerholz is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Rafael Goldchain and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.

This photograph by Grauerholz is a gelatin silver print on RC paper. Grauerholz is known for her dense, dreamlike black and white photographs, her iconic images and more recently, her coloured images and alternate methods of photographic production.

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Le Bateau 1986 by Angela Grauerholz

 

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The New Gods is a collaboration between Montreal-based Josée Pedneault and Mexico City-based Alejandro Garcia Contreras. Through a series of striking large-scale photographs, their project examines fantastical rites of spring that have emerged spontaneously within an isolated village in the mountains of southern Mexico.

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The New Gods by Josée Pedneault and Alejandro Garcia Contreras; On display at Typology Projects from May 7 – June 14

What inspires you to buy art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: April 11, 2015 | By NKPR

Free People: Festival Fashion

We’re getting into the Coachella spirit this weekend! Some of our favourite festival-inspired fashions from Free People Canada…

 

Free People Festival Shop Trend Report

 

What’s your favourite festival-inspired look? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: April 10, 2015 | By NKPR

Inside NKPR: All About the Art!

Springtime inside NKPR is all about the art!

Kicking off the art season next week, we wait (not so patiently) for the second instalment of the Love Art Fair; a simple yet inspiring environment for high-quality contemporary art.

Following the Fair, we’ll have the inside scoop on the upcoming announcement of the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award, plus the highly anticipated CONTACT Photography Festival!

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned vet, this year you’re sure to find inspiration for that piece you’ve been searching for!

Here are some highlights from the upcoming Love Art Fair, Scotiabank Photography Award and the CONTACT Photography Festival…

Love Art Fair

Unicorn by Marjorie Campbell
Alison Milne Gallery
On display at the Thompson Toronto Hotel, April 7-16
Available for purchase at Love Art Fair, April 17-19

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This life size sculpture is made of wool, wire, glass marbles, thread, found wood, and gold leaf, by Marjorie Campbell, a fibre artist who resides in Toronto. Inspired by forest and fauna, her work is both realistic and whimsical. She explores the possibilities of felt in a soft and gentle world where life is heightened and magic exists. As wool is pulled and forms are sculpted, alluring and complex worlds emerge, and the persona of the animal reveals itself.

 Scotiabank Photography Award

Self-Portrait as Edmund Precelman (Officer) b. Poland, 1890s d. Poland, early 1940s by Rafael Goldchain

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Rafael Goldchain is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Angela Grauerholz and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.

This photograph is a part of Goldchain’s “I Am My Family”, a collection of digitally altered self-portrait photographs where Goldchain re-enacts familial others through genetic resemblance. Through the conventions of the portrait photograph, these self-portraits suggest that we look at family photographs in order to know ourselves through the photographic trace left by our lost ancestors.

CONTACT Photography Festival

Water Pump With Hoses on Orange by Jimmy Limit
On display at Clint Roenish Gallery from April 30-May 30, and on billboards across Canada from May 1-31.

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This photograph is a part of Surplus, Jimmy Limit’s featured exhibition at CONTACT. For his compositions, Jimmy Limit selects objects based on their formal qualities, often avoiding items with clear functions. Inspired by industrial supply catalogues and store flyers, the St. Catharines, Ontario-based artist uses colourful hardware store goods and industrial or domestic wares. He lifts these common objects out of context, alters their appearance, and combines them in strange and compelling ways. His precariously-arranged scenes may only last for a moment, but his seductive images have the deceptive gloss of advertisements. Limit’s photographs conflate function, merchandising, and desire, drawing attention to the complex relationship between product and consumer.

What’s your favourite piece of art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: March 26, 2015 | By NKPR

NK Loves – Must-Haves for Summer 2015

Top Ten Summer NKLoves
Which products will be your summer essentials? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: March 18, 2015 | By NKPR

Vote Now – Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act Fan Choice Award

For the past few months, Jack Daniel’s JD Supporting Act has been making musical dreams come to life for young artists across Canada. The calibre of talent and the love for music in our country is nothing short of incredible (can we talk about Alanis Morisette at the Junos, anyone?).

In Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act’s inaugural year, over 65 Canadian artists shared their musically-driven stories in a short 60-second video outlining what they need to make their dreams a reality. Over the course of 16 weeks, the contestants were narrowed down by a panel of judges and one artist was chosen every two weeks winning everything from electronic drum sets to touring the UK! Now you have the chance to be a part of someone’s musical journey to stardom!

This week it’s up to you to vote on the finalists to decide who will be receiving the JD Supporting Act Fan Choice Award! From March 13-25 your votes will decide who the final winner is!

 

Watch the finalist’s videos here: http://www.jdsupportingact.com/videos

 

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Previous JD Supporting Act Winners: 

Winner 1: Tim Popek – The music teacher won an electronic drum set, recording software and a new computer, allowing him to create an online drumming school.

Winner 2: Kink the Band – The duo, who strives to promote female empowerment in rock and roll, won funds to record their first album with local Toronto producer Jason Pierce.

Winner 3: Young Running – The folk rock group won funds towards a Western Canada Tour. The band just returned home after three weeks living out their dream playing music in the Rocky Mountains.

Winner 4: Stone Iris – After winning Indie Week Canada, the band from Alberta had the opportunity to play Indie Week UK. Jack Daniel’s gave them the means to tour the UK before their headlining experience.

Winner 5: Sidney York – The indie avant-pop duo from Calgary received funds to produce and market their new album release, showcasing their talent for playing instruments seldom seen beyond the orchestra pit.

Winner 6: Bathurst Station – The up and coming Toronto band was the second to win an opportunity to tour the UK.

Winner 7: The Elwins – Hailing from Keswick, Ontario, this group of long-time friends received funds to purchase new instruments to complete their world-wide tour, aiming to sound better than ever on stage.

Winner 8: JD Supporting Act Fan Choice

 

Which musical act is your favourite? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: March 9, 2015 | By NKPR

Nastia Liukin – Competing on Dancing With The Stars

We are so proud and excited for our very own NK Artist and Olympic gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, to compete on this season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (DWTS)! In its tenth year and twentieth season (wow!), we can’t wait to watch Nastia bring her grace, strength, and undeniable beauty to the DWTS dance floor and inevitably to Mirror Ball victory!

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Image via People Magazine

Nastia never shies away from a busy schedule. As a full-time student at New York University, a Subway sandwich ambassador, NBC analyst and creator of Supergirl by Nastia, she manages it all with a natural ease only an Olympic champion can relate to.

A true match made in heaven, Nastia has been paired with five time Dancing With The Stars Champion, Derek Hough. With Nastia balancing classes at NYU and Derek busy with Move Live Tour, “Team Houghkin” is the only DWTS pair to rehearse in NYC (one of our favourite cities) and is already deemed the crowd favourite and pair to watch!

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Watch the premiere episode Monday, March 16th at 8:00pm EST. Stay tuned for details on how to vote for Team Houghkin!

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Image via ABC Dancing With the Stars

 

Follow @NatashaNKPR for an inside look at Nastia and Derek’s Dancing With The Stars journey!

Published on: March 6, 2015 | By NKPR

Winter Wonderland with HotelTonight

Winter isn’t always so bad…especially when something this cool comes along!

This March, HotelTonight will be the first hotel booking application to offer rooms at Quebec City’s incomparable Hôtel de Glace, Canada’s first, and the only true ice hotel in all of North America. This unique hotel will be offered for booking up to 7 days in advance of your stay.

The special Hôtel de Glace stay, which generally books months in advance and upwards of $400 a night, will be offered exclusively to HotelTonight users at a significantly reduced price.

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As an overnight guest bundling up in winter camping gear for the night, there’s no shortage of activities for Hôtel de Glace patrons: indulging in a drink on the rocks at the ice bar, dogsled rides, ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and visiting nearby saunas/spas.

HotelTonight is offering unique Canadian experiences to its users, so get ready for a wild ride!

And, fret not — the rooms include toasty arctic sleeping bags and the thermostat inside the hotel hovers at a balmy –5 degrees (quite frankly, compared to the recent temperatures, -5 seems tropical!).

How the App Works

The app, available for free on iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone and Tablet, and any Android device, allows customers to book hand-picked hotels across the globe at great values. Hotel rooms can be easily booked in less than 10 seconds — just three taps and a swipe from app launch to completed booking.

So take advantage of the remaining winter months and book your stay at Hôtel de Glace with Hotel Tonight!

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Have you every stayed at a ice hotel? Tweet your experience to @NatashaNKPR!

Published on: February 23, 2015 | By NKPR

Oscars Fashion Winners

Hi – Natasha here! Like many of you, my Sunday was all about the Oscars…my favourite night of fashion! I was so excited to curl up with my dogs, a curated selection of snacks and my laptop…because I was live tweeting for Square One Shopping Centre’s #SQ1takeover. It was so much fun! Last year some of my favourite red carpet moments included Olivia Wilde in Valentino, and Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron both in Dior. And this year was even better…especially since our team had a chance to meet some of the 87th Academy Awards winners during TIFF at the Whiplash Premiere Party on the Thompson Hotel’s roof and at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio when Caitlin Cronenberg captured some incredible photos of Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore and J.K. Simmons.

Check out my top fashion picks below and be sure to follow @shopsquareone for more fashion takeovers as social influencers Sylvia Mantella, Hanneli Mustaparta and Erin Kleinberg will be live tweeting from the Milan, Paris and Toronto Fashion Weeks.

Xo
Natasha

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Jerod Leto in Givenchy 

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Neil Patrick Harris in Valentino

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 Reese Witherspoon in Tom FordMargot Robbie in Saint Laurent and Rosamund Pike in Givenchy

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A definite trend in men’s fashionMiles Teller, Eddie Redmayne and Ansel Elgort
looking handsome in black and navy!

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Julianne Moore in ChanelLupita Nyongo in custom Calvin Klein and Zoe Saldana in Versace

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Laura Dern in Alberta Ferretti 

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Me and my dogs, saying goodnight…can’t wait for the next Oscars! Xo

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