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#artlife , Winnipeg edition

I just got back from Winnipeg, hanging our 6th exhibition of 2012. Whenever I think of my own #artlife or #scroungyjammer lifestyles , I often wonder how the fuck the “pros” manage. ‘Cause as an artist just one step above nobody, it seems like I’m always rushing to go somewhere or just coming back and getting to work on the next project. It seems people actually in demand must never sleep and always be heading to 3 zones at a time. I couldn’t be more pleased about jet setting to exotic locales like Rimouski , Winnipeg and Calgary , staying in hotels and mounting huge installs, chilling with cool cats and raiding all thrifties.

Drooled on my friends’ beautiful house, met the cutest dog in Manitoba, made new pals , got hosted in style by inspiring old pals , coffee dates with curators, gallery crawls and oh yeah , showed our own stuff but seeing a pelican up close was perhaps the best part. Afucking pelican! I came home with a shredder , a sunburn and a copy of Keith Richards’ Life. & a pile of clothes that was all in the 1$-3$ range.

Just hanging out with some of our work. Leggings from Simon’s 15$ , blouse from Renaissance 5$ , blazer swapped from Cheap Opulance , boots from Osborn , bracelets from Senegal Style (soooo cheap!) , make some friendship necklaces yourself , get friends to give em too.

The gallery we showed at had a sculpture gardens , these Michel De Broin ghosts where in in it , haunting up St Boniface. Silk tank top from Winnipeg Value Village , 3$ , skirt Cheap Opulance encore , hoops from a thrifty in Rimouski for a hot 99¢, tights from Winners , 4$. The director of the gallery asked if my crooked glasses where intentional , nope , I just happened to sit on them!


Factory Girl, Part 2

Pochahaunted tshirt maybe swapped when we played together? , selfmade necklaces , skirt and belt both from Cheap Opulance , shoes from Salvation Army in Alabama, 20$. Nitrile gloves for chemical protection. Lipstick is my new fave , Wet n’ Wild Megalast in Purty Persimmon. Vegan , cheap and loud. Kinda like me.
Bonhomme Carnavale artprint made by us , 100$.

Fear the drying rack! Cardigan from Renaissance, I am Providence tshirt made by & gifted from my pal James Quigley who has some insane art for sale at the link I just posted , giant geode on a earwire from the beadstore , skirt = Cheap Opulance. Lotsa bracelets + bitchface. Used drying rack from Cosmex Graphics

The coral shade is Wet n’ Wild Megalast in Heatwave , the taupe is Sinful Colors in Nirvana. Custom mixed screenprint ink.

Daytime. Vintage lab coat = found in the street, lace tights 2$ from Simons’ and then dyed by me , Vegan Docs. Spatula from Dollarama.

Nighttime. Blazer from a garage sale, it sheds. Blouse from Cheap Opulance , shorts from Manfriend’s thrifted cords, belt found on the sidewalk and given to me by Montreal visual artist Jessica Mensch.


Article about the afterlife of cheap clothes , kinda depressing.

In the way of spammy spam , the fella & I are trying to hustle flight funds for an #artlife trip to Calgary. Thus , Etsy sale on all our prints. Coupon code : fraisebec,the sale ends tonight.

Ladies Of The Hallway

2 ladies I love who have awesome style , in the hallway. Janky pics an’ everything.

Karine Cossette is a visual artist and all around badass. One of my favorite people who’s pretty much a pro at everything she tries (check the jams) , including looking awesome. Her blouse is from Shangrilalaland via an Old Wig vintage sale , 20$, and her jeans were 5$ at Renaissance & then modded.

Valerie Martino is better known as Unicorn Hard-On her tech-noise alterego of heavy and harsh beats. She played here recently and I’m hoping her move to Providence will mean more bode crossings. A true woman of mystery , Val didn’t tell me where she got her threads but the ombre hair and leopard on leopard are pretty much all you need to know.

Take Me To Your Dealer

You might have noticed that at least 1/2 of what I wear is from Cheap Opulance , well now Sarah is set up in the same building as me , just 4 floors down. Trouble is brewing.

Here the wizard master is in her zone of fabulous clothes.

As sartorial amazingness is just one of the many tools need to pursue my goal of international art star it’s a lucky coincidence that she seems to need all the screenprints , much in the same way that I require all the clothing.

Janky pics of racks of excellence, can you guess what 2 items in this pic are now mine?

I tried this dress on and it didn’t fit but you should buy it. Psychedelic cotton smock. 3 words that go together like whoa.

You can’t spend time in a spot like that and leave empty handed.

Pants and tee shirt both from Cheap Opulance. Lipstick is my own special homebrew , line to come. Vegan Docs can be bought in Montreal at X20 , I would like to request to Dr Martens shoes on behalf of all vegan ladies , vegan high heeled boots pretty please! The manfriend hates these pants , increasing my own love for them.

At twilight. This blazer from Cheap Opulance was literally thrust into my hands. Tee shirt from one of my fave bands , Puffy Areolas from Cleaveland. All the shirts of this batch were hand drawn with fabric markers , thanks Damon , you are the best. Everything else has already been posted.

And speaking of dealers , yesterday I was a dealer in my own right when a few studiomates and I got together to have a print sale/ open house. It was low key and pretty fun with friends and strangers stopping by. A lil’ experiment on our behalf to see how well we could do on the weekend of the big craft fair , well turns out we can do way better in our own studio and have a generally more mellow , more personal time. No lugging stuff around , no table fees , no waking up early, no music blasting out conversation and doublewide strollers shoving browsers aside. Yes on lingering , conversation , free jazz , tons and tons of iced teas and showing out work in progress to fellow artists. Go us.

Right now I’m looking for vests of all types to wear over my insane collection of band tshirts. Will be stalking the Winnipeg thriftys.

Post-Voivod , Metal Neck In Effect

As a scrounger a 21$ gig is a big deal to me. I bought advance tickets for me and the man friend months ago , selling off records from my teen years to do it.

And, it was so , so worth it. Voivod are the only band from Montreal , the only band from Quebec , one of the only bands from Canada to be a major influence on my own music making. They are an influence to many of my favorite bands. It was actually my first time seeing them , the boy had seen them a few times as a pup , lastly 16 years ago. They played all of Dimension Hatröss and sounded like a fucking machine. Except for my small crew , the crowd were pretty much all full time metalheads. Longhair , often grey , beard , back patches and lots of shaved heads and cargo pants. Probably one of the more civilized audiences I’ve seen at a loud gig , the grey hair might have much to do with it. I was able to get right in front without being shoved or elbowed , it was nothing short of amazing.

Here’s the album

Here’s my outfit.

Black blouse from Frip Prix , 4.99 , Customized blazer from Salvation Army + all the patches , Cut-off Levis I got for free at CMJ a million years ago when brands wanted to give noise rock bands free swag ,I covered them in vintage buttons, tights from Simons , shoes from Salvation Army in Birmingham, Al , 20$ , the most I’ve ever spent on anything thrifted. Lipstick is Tarred by OCC , the paper “brick” my hand is stuck in is just a tiny part of our upcoming exhibition in Manitoba.


My studiomates and I are having a print sale today , Saturday the 9th. Why not come say hello? Lately , my entire life is studio or sleep so come see me awake. Although in this re-exhibition prep time , my waking hours are half asleep at this point.

Factory Girl , Part 1

Wet n’ Wild Mega Last in I Need a Refresh-Mint (with Orly Matte Topcoat) & matching paint , our own personal mix.

Organic vapor protection respirator from 3m , very old and beat up boots from Vegetarian Shoes, I should toss ’em. Backpatch by my pal James Quigley, him and his wife Kyla have a sick art show up in Providence right now. It’s also on the internet so you can here it there too.

Dress & belt both from Cheap Opulance , shoes from a street vendor in Paris , no face monoprint is available from our Etsy shop for 55$.

Never Been In A Riot

While I was installing my exhibition en région shit has hit the freaking fan in Montreal. Depending on where you are you may have heard about the now 15 week long student strike in Quebec and the over 2500 arrests of protesters , and even bystanders.

I started this post over a week ago and just come up blank each time because the whole situation is so frustrating from the corruption of the provincial government , to the distortion and lies in the media to the polarizations on every level. Shit is out of control with cops pepper spraying bar patrons who happen to be near a protest . I spend my days brimming with anger , yelling at the radio.

So what the fuck is all about? Well In a nutshell is started over proposed tuition of 75% over the course of 5 years. Students were told to suck it up and do their part while our publicly funded universities where losing 400 million on failed real estate ventures or paying more than 4 million in severance packages to administrators over 3 years and our elected official were involved in collusion and kickbacks with the mafia for provincial construction contracts.This and ranging unemployment/underemployed and wages stagnated since 30 years is the backdrop against with students were supposed to “chip in”. Nevermind that they will be chipping in plenty to sustain retiring boomers once they enter the workforce. Now of course , the issue is much more global with people of all ages joining in , protesting against the tide of neoliberalism , corruption and Bill 78. Bill 78 , meant to quell protest via fear and intimidation has actually galvanized things and now it seems like everyone is pissed and taking to the streets.

A good primer on the issues.

Summery from the New York Times.

Some historical context from Al Jazeera English.

This spring’s must have. Solidarity.

But there is some inspiration too , Lawyers taking to the streets in protest of Bill 78 , #casserolesencours , the nightly neighborhood protests of pots and pans and seeing pretty much everyone around me me getting politicized. While marching in Rimouski, we got cheered on by strippers and a bouncer smoking behind a strip club , my neighbors banging pots and pans and hanging banners, a red square get you a thumbs up at the supermarket. It actually seems like many of us are on the same side and that’s pretty neat that despite all the anger at the government and institutions and pundits , it feels like the entire city province is coming together.

So what now?
Translating the printemps érable is the key spot to get articles and texts that have been translated into English and is updated daily , Juripop are offering legal aide to many arrested in the protests and are always in need of donations and there is a huge Canada-wide (plus NYC & Paris & London & Brussels & Madison!) casserole protest tonight , make some noise against Bill 78.

“”We’re banging pots and pans
To make you understand
We gonna bury you man”

The Inevitible

So, I got Noise Parked , no shopping clues for my drawn clothes.I’m in a state of bafflement because this image got me called out for the culturally appropriative act of wearing ponchos. If anyone has any insight/opinions on that one, give it to me.
Me, in a poncho. And another

I’m back from Rimouski (LUV) and a 9 day install session (with several beach breaks), a few megaposts to come.

Plain Jane

Various outfits from the past 2 weeks , mostly looking kinda dorky.

I think I was trying to pull a bored face but instead I look like a walker, great.
Skirt I gripped in the ‘sauga at Goodwill for 2.50 (half off days are the happiest days) , blouse is Frip-Prix in my ‘hood , 4.99$ gripped it back in March and have worn it at least 12 times since , it’s so me. Vintage beret 99¢ at Salvation Army downtown.Belt was 4$ at a thrifty in Austin , picked by the boyfriend who seems to want me to dress like Stevie Nicks as he’s always picking out capes , ponchos and beaded things. No complaints. Cardi , also from Verdun Frip-Prix , 5$ , bought it back in 06 an wore it exclusively for a few years , pulled out of rotation but now it’s back in since I got a sweater shaver for giftmas this year. Highly essential gadget if a) you like sweaters and b)you want to still wear them without being ashamed more than 6 years after thrifting and c) you don’t believe in drycleaners. Machine wash forever.
Oh I assembled the necklace out one I thrifted and random broken jewels from the floor/street.

I’ve already post each item I’m wearing here but both sweater and blouse are from Frip-Prix (Mile End and Verdun respectively), shorts are cutoffs from the boyfriends cords that he had to buy at Salvation Army to be in a men’s choir of shirtless white pants. Black lips = OCC in Tarred.

Everything (blazer , belt , jupsuit) is from Cheap Opulance except from the necklace Connie from Nutcase Fashion traded me.

Same outfit hard at work:

In the lift ,

I do love that skirt , I do.Blouse , Cheap Opulance (she has nice stuff) , coat Sally Ann in Birmingham ,7$ , I loooooove it so , cardi , Sally Ann in suburban Calgary, 4$ , from Sears back in the day, self mad friendship necklaces , I’ve posted this a billion times but voila , make your own .Shoes from Payless 2 years ago . Lipstick is Wet n’ Wild Megalast in Purty Persimmon. I’m really digging the formula on the Megalast it seems to stay put better than anything else I’ve every tried. They are vegan, cheap and surprisingly high performance. Cruelty Free Face lists all the Wet and Wild products that are vegan.

Probably the most terrifying picture to be posted on a “style” blog? I thought about not posting but it seems too ugly not to. I think I was laughing or having a brief interlude of demonic possession , the other pics are way worse. Blouse I gripped at some filthy thrifty in Sherbrooke last week for 1.50$. Blazer that I’ve been wearing since 2004. It has a burn on it , various stains , is probably too small , I love it. Bought at Salvation Army on Notre Dame , ?$? Pink jeans bought from the devil, 10$ (boxing day).

The Toronto gig was Saturday and it was the best possible last gig, so many peeps in the zone it felt like an episode of This Is Your Life. It was what I hoping for with the Montreal show , I was seriously touched having so many folks I love and respect there. We didn’t get back to Kya’s house until after 4 , the hang sessions were so long. In life, often what I wish for in Montreal , I get in Toronto. I keep thinking I should move there but I have A LOT of books and records , maybe I should apply to York once I’m done playing catch up.

Here’s a eulogy from a guy I don’t know who takes some nice pics .

Here’s a write up from a lady I don’t know who seems to know my friend Daniel.
The men of Child Abuse always bring a good gig and a good brunch hang , this time was no exception.

Already I find myself feeling slightly nostalgic, more than that though , I’m pumped to do other stuff. Heading to Rimouski tomorrow morn , then as soon as we get back it’s a mad dash to get the last bits and bobs ready for our exhibition in Winnipeg. Tried to sculpt with supplies from the hardware store , realized we have to make the trip to the ‘burbs to the sculpture and casting supply place.

“So , how was the show?”

Is something I’m not going to miss hearing. It’s always a special torture for a neurotic to play local gigs and then be faced with that question over the next week or 2 every time I venture out of my hobbit hole. It often comes from friends and acquaintances who never, ever hit my gigs. I’ve always been tempted to say “If you cared you would be been there.” Instead, I smile and say something like “oh it was a gig , lots of randos , so-and-so got naked/drunk/covered in fake blood”. You know , typical gig. It’s draining ’cause if you are insane like I probably am, after 14 years of living and gigging in Montreal, local gigs always make me notice who isn’t there. It’s dumb but it’s true and is one of the reasons retirement will be good for my mind. Not like I’m not a giant hypocrite who only hits 1/10 of the gigs I wanna see myself. Neurosis knows no logic, no reason.

On the eve of the last ever AIDS Wolf gig I can say , yeah the Montreal show was a gig. Lots of randos, Fannie & Maude from Souffle got covered in fake blood.
I had no idea who 3/4 of the crowd was but a few heads drove up from Ottawa and Toronto and that makes for some warm fuzzies.
No pic of the most important detail , what I wore, but Laura Crapo caught the set on video so that earth shattering question can be answered. Plus jams.

THE TIME IS NOW episode 8, AIDS WOLF live at casa del popolo, montrèal. Last montreal show. video by Laura Crapo

The beau and I are kinda camping in our apartment while the landlord takes his sweet time repairing our destroyed kitchen and damaged bathroom , bedrooms. Everything is piled into the office and living room and I’m just caught in the mosh. Going to Rimouski to hang our show and I’ve never been so excited to go en région, hopefully hit a triffty or 2. I’m feeling gold after scores in Sherbrooke 2 silk blouses for 1.50 each and an arm full of bangles for the same. No matter I’m busted and so is my home , retail theraphy for a few loonies is just what the doctor ordered.

I’d never posted what I wore to the fancy museum benefit I was all stressin’ about so here it is. It was weird cause except for the other artists and curators, everyone looked like an aspiring extra for Sex in the City or something. Lots of bodycon and 8 inch heels. We left pretty early.

Blouse and shorts both from Cheap Opulance , Sarah suggested both for the event cause I think I said I wanted to look like a lady from a late 70’s early 80’s Woody Allen movie (merci Sarah!). Tights and shoes from Simons’ , tights were under 5$ , that’s how I roll , the shoes were bought to wear to a fancy art opening we had in Vienna and felt decadently expensive at 45$. I’d wear them more if they didn’t hurt. Double silver chain doing something cool with the crazy collar , got it at a resale shop some fellow jammers had in Sacto in trade for some art. Belt , Gap 4$ (boxing day FTW). Tired expression = earned from a day at the stude and a night on the town.