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It’s the Markham Street Fair today!

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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.


Coney Cuisine Capital of the Great Northwest!


Whenever I visit my hometown, my first stop after the airport is either Coney Island, McKellar’s Confectionery or the aptly named Thunder Bay Restaurant. You see, there’s this thing Thunder Bay has about coney sauce. Anything you order can be served with a huge helping of gravy, and yes, they pour it all over the burger too, in fact, over everything on your plate. And the burgers and hotdogs always have the most delicious coney sauce, ever! Locals love to debate which place has the best. You can even buy it in jars at the local farmers markets.

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There’s nothing like it anywhere. Some of the confectioneries drawn on the map still have lunch counters and serve french fries in paper bags! The best!

Here’s a close-up of the part of town I lived in:

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I’ve only included places that are still in business. The places I frequented as a kid are long gone

Note the portrait of Gus Kelos on the wall, by Thunder Bay artist Ray Swaluk. Gus would balance dogs on his arm as he readied them for customers

Inside the McKellar Conf. Note the portrait of Gus Kelos on the wall, by Thunder Bay artist Ray Swaluk. Gus would balance dogs on his arm as he readied them for customers. Legendary!

Westfort essentials

Westfort essentials: Coney Island and The Salsbury Grill. What I remember most about Coney Island is their phone number – it was almost the same as my parents. We frequently received calls!

Merla Mae is another favourite!

Merla Mae is another favourite!

Thunder Bay’s cuisine is not limited to this coney stuff, either. I’ve done a lot of work based on the other local delicacy, the persian:

THUNDER BAY PERSIANS MAP

I have many more projects about my home town in the works!


New Work

At the beginning of 2014 I set a goal to revamp my entire portfolio. It was a very busy 12 months of drawing new food, patterns, typefaces… Excited to start sharing some of what I’ve been doing!

What I am most excited about is that I have returned to portrait work. It’s continuing to evolve and influence the rest of my work.

Playing around with colourful linework in this portrait of Gore Vidal

Playing around with colourful line work in this portrait of Gore Vidal

And here’s something new that came out of all the doodling I did in my notebook when I was traveling around the UK and Denmark last May:

    I started with a certain number of rules when I started with this new direction

I follow (and sometimes break) a few rules for this new look

I’ve also updated some of my older work and have a number of revamped maps (I love drawing maps):

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I love drawing maps and buildings too!

I’ll be updating my portfolio throughout the year. For more frequent updates and a look at my processes, follow me on Instagram!


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.


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.


Persianland – Last week!

Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s a Mr. Bennett baked the very first persian in honour of a guest visiting from the Middle East. A conflicting story declares the delicacy was named after its American cousin, the pershing, which, not unlike another sort of fat-bomb, was named after General Pershing. Others claim that Five Star Bakery originated the special treat as a means to sell day-old cinnamon buns. Debate over the secret ingredient in the icing — whether it’s raspberry, cherry, or strawberry — also continues to this day. Although persians now abound throughout The Lakehead region, confrontations over which bakery produces the most authentic pastry have created a permanent melee throughout The Great Northwest

Legend has it that sometime in the 1930s a Mr. Bennett baked the very first persian in honour of a guest visiting from the Middle East. A conflicting story declares the delicacy was named after its American cousin, the pershing, which, not unlike another sort of fat-bomb, was named after General Pershing. Others claim that Five Star Bakery originated the special treat as a means to sell day-old cinnamon buns. Debate over the secret ingredient in the icing — whether it’s raspberry, cherry, or strawberry — also continues to this day. Although persians now abound throughout The Lakehead region, confrontations over which bakery produces the most authentic pastry have created a permanent melee throughout The Great Northwest

Just Desserts

A History of The Gay Pastry Rampage

The political act of pieing was popularized in the early cinematic works of Laurel & Hardy and Queer activism has been rolling in the métier of renegade pastry ever since. Cooper’s Donuts in Los Angeles was a popular late-night hangout for trans* folk, queers, and queens. Tired of routine police harassment, one particular night in 1959 they fought back and police were faced with a scourge of coffee cups and doughnuts.

In 1966 a similar riot broke out in San Francisco, at Compton’s Cafeteria in the Tenderloin. Leading the way were transgender patrons who fought back against daily police harassment. A hot cup of coffee thrown into the face of a police officer led to an all-out pastry-toss:  furniture was broken, dishes were smashed, and a nearby newsstand was burned to the ground. Post-riot picketing outside the cafeteria, mobilized by local queer groups The Street Orphans and Vanguard, compelled the city to establish support services including the National Transsexual Counseling Unit.

Pastry continued to lead in the fight against oppression, post Stonewall. In 1977, a Minnesota radical gay group, the Target City Coalition, struck the Archbishop of St. Paul–Minneapolis with a chocolate cream pie as a rebuttal to his role in preventing the introduction of an anti-discrimination gay rights ordinance. Weeks later Thom Higgins pied celebrity singer and anti-gay-rights activist Anita Bryant on live television, in Des Moines, Iowa. Bryant’s pie-covered face was broadcast internationally and appeared on the cover of the New York Times. Her singing career faltered and to this day her name is synonymous with bigotry.

See the rest of my work at Colour Coded:

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Colour Coded runs from Sept 13 through Nov 1st at The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto. Open Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 – 10pm, Friday 11am – 2pm

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Facebook event page here.


What I’m Eating

Tartan, Scotch, and haggis…

I recently created a bunch of city maps for a travel and food feature. Little inset drawings of food and drink indicate what to eat and where to find it in Glasgow, Cape Town, Graz, Hong Kong and Kansas City. What am I eating in Scotland? Nothing!

Pastries, ice cream and mélange! What? No pink lemonade?

The Sound of Music bus tour brought me to Austria several dozen years ago. The Australian tour guide introduced me to Mélange – a whipped cream covered coffee beverage that helped me stay awake for the nightly screenings of the film at the Sound of Music Youth Hostel.


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