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Mirvish Village Giveaway!

A nostalgic look at Mirvish Village

A nostalgic look at Mirvish Village

Here is the result of a recent commission to design and produce a three-colour silkscreen print based on two new exhibits now on display at Markham House. Tonight only, along with free hotdogs, they’re giving away 200 of these limited-editions away!

Anne Mirvish: The Artist in Her Studio
and Welcome to Yesterday:
Ephemera from Mirvish Village

Come take a look at Anne Mirvish’s art practice and her influence on the neighbourhood known as Mirvish Village. In addition check out the wonderful collection ephemera and memorabilia from the Mirvish Family archive, collected over the past 50+ years. Here you will discover the tale of the Onion Pot and the name of the first shop opened by Honest Ed Mirvish.

The shows run from May 28th to July 10th, 2016.

Markham House
610 Markham St. Toronto
Open daily from 12pm – 7pm


It’s the Markham Street Fair today!


Drop by the Markham House: City Building Lab at 610 Markham Street, all day today, and take a sneak peek at what’s coming to the corner of Bloor and Bathurst! Pick up a copy of their illustrated (by me!) brochure and enjoy the music and free hot dogs at the street fair while you’re there! Check out my instagram for the after-party limited edition print give-away!

More information about the project can be found here.

Xtra! magazine’s final print edition


Xtra! magazine released it’s final print edition. The art director asked the publication’s favourite illustrators to be part of the special final print edition and the image above is my contribution.

My concept: Pink Triangle Press has taken on many roles with Xtra! — patron of the arts, educator, entertainer, community leader, political activist… the list goes on. Most of all it has provided a voice to a community and inspired courage and commitment that has resulted in many positive changes to the lives of GLBTQ people right across Canada, and beyond.

Xtra! will continue publishing a daily online edition.

The Mohawk Trail, Yankee Magazine

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There’s a nice double-page spread in the current issue of Yankee Magazine, with this postcard-like map I illustrated. Now, if I only knew how to drive – it’s not really that far from where I live, and it looks like it would be a lot of fun to explore this part of the U.S.

For an oddball source of inspiration, I must have watched Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble With Harry half-a-dozen times while I was working on this job! It was filmed in a part of New England that feels very much like the route depicted on this map.

The feature-length article has loads of great photos too!

Many thanks to Lori Pedrick’s wonderful art direction on this.

Fancy on Wellington

That's my girl!

That’s my girl!

If you find yourself walking along Wellington Street, east of Yonge, keep an eye out for my pup Fancy! She’s out taking a walk along the hoarding around a new residential development in Toronto, called 88 Scott Street, at the corner of Wellington and Scott. Fabulous work from other illustrator-colleagues lines the entire block.

Summer Road Trips

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A nice little assignment from Reader’s Digest. This little fold-out map infographic accompanies a guide to road trips in the August issue of the magazine.

Peer-to-Peer Navigation

Peer to peer assistance

Peer to peer assistance

The current issue of Positive Side magazine has an article about peer-to-peer mentoring services available to people newly diagnosed hiv-positive. I was commissioned to create an illustration for the opening page.

A crew of mentors!

A crew of mentors!

The terminology used in the story provided obvious visuals to explore. I couldn’t help but offer a series of images for the art director to choose from.



A peer navigator can help one find their way through the many services available. I included some those services on the ship’s bunting. The bunting, life-saver, and ship’s helm I put together in the form of a compass:



“The emergence of Peer Navigation Services in Vancouver helped reduce the time between diagnosis and entry into care from three years to three weeks.”

No one needs to feel stranded or alone

No one needs to feel stranded or alone

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