Canada Day Hotel Deals with HotelTonight!

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This season has been a busy one inside NKPR and we’ve got to say, there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ fashioned statutory holiday to recharge our batteries.

Canada Day is coming up and nothing fills us with more national pride than watching a sea of red & white parade through the country’s hottest cities. 

This year’s Canada Day falls on a Wednesday (womp womp…) and while we’d never complain about a day off, having it stuck right in the middle of the week can make getting away difficult. But you still want to feel like you’ve got SOMETHING special planned, right?  Enter the staycation.

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In honour of Canada’s 148 th birthday (can you believe we’re 148 years old?!), HotelTonight the leader in last-minute travel apps – is offering hotel room deals from $48- $148 on June 30 th and July 1 st !  

THIS MEANS: Room service –  No traffic –  Comfy beds –  Maid service – yes, please!

What better way to celebrate Canadian heritage than falling asleep under the fireworks and waking up to bacon and maple syrup drenched breakfast in bed?  Whether you want to hang with the hipsters at  Toronto’s Thompson Hotel, chill out at the charming Chateau Versailles in Montreal or visit Vancouver’s hot spot Hotel Blu, there are options galore! 

Here’s how it works : Rooms will go live 7 days in advance of Canada Day (June 24) starting at 8 AM (local time in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Niagara Falls) with new offers appearing daily up until July 1. 

Keep an eye on all the hotel deals available on HotelTonight and book the one you love directly through the app – start to finish in less than 10 seconds! 

Download the HotelTonight app here  and check out the full list of hotels that will be featured in the Canada Day promotion.

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And’s that’s how we’ll be showing off our patriotic pride…How are you planning on spending yours?

Let us know @natashakpr on Instagram and Twitter!

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Strike A Pose! Your Own Professional Street Style Photo at Square One!

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If you’ve ever wanted to play fashion icon for the day…now is officially your chance.

On May 26, Square One launched SQ1 Concept – a pop-up boutique celebrating the best in Canadian fashion – and we’ve never been more excited about Canada’s incredible talent and oh-so fashionable styles.

Curated by celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar (think Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron), SQ1 Concept features women’s and men’s fashion from the country’s top designers including Erin Kleinberg, LINE Knitwear, John & JennBeaufille, Sid Neigum, Greta Constantine, Christopher Bates, Alan Anderson, ela, and Outclass.

This Sunday June 7 from 1-3:00pm, professional style photographer Mauricio Calero will be cruising through Square One on the hunt for your show-stopping street style. Find Mauricio and get your photo taken for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 or one of five $100 gift cards for Square One!

Time to get shopping…SQ1 Concept is only open until June 21!

Check out some of our favourite street style looks from SQ1 Concept:

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Show us your Mauricio Calero SQ 1 Concept street style photo…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Scotiabank Photography Award Winner: Angela Grauerholz

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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

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Earlier this week, Scotiabank named Angela Grauerholz as the winner of the 5th annual Scotiabank Photography Award.

As the largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography, the Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner’s work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Gerhard Steidl.

Angela Grauerholz is known for work that feels as if it were plucked from a dream, with a uniquely personal and philosophical insight that brings an unparalleled depth and presence to her photographs.

Some of Angela’s incredible work…

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NKPR is honoured to work with the Scotiabank Photography Award celebrating amazing contemporary Canadian photography and we look forward to seeing Angela’s exhibition next year!

 

Art Inspiration: Final Day of the Love Art Fair

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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…

NKPR Hearts Love Art: A Look Inside the Fair

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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!

Full Art Mode Inside NKPR: VIP Invite & Highlights

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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!

Free People: Festival Fashion

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

 

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

Inside NKPR: All About the Art!

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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!

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

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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!