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New Disrupt Festival kicks off 25-city summer concert tour of North America

A brand-new festival is set to disrupt the music scene this summer by going back to the tried-and-true way of listening to music in a festival environment.

Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival poster
Disrupt Festival poster
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Op-Ed: Earth Day 2019 – We don’t have time

by Kathleen Rogers and Ingmar Rentzhog

Humans have demonstrated, over and over again, a remarkable ability to cooperate in a crisis. The tragic fire at the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral was a case in point. Firemen and even members of the public rushed into the inferno, while millions of people around the world paced in front of their TV sets, wanting to jump in and help, anxiously waiting for the fire to be put out, and breathed a collective sigh of relief that there was hope for its survival. Donors rushed in behind first responders, generating a billion euros in financial support to rebuild within 24 hours. 

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Karim Rashid set out to change the world of design and brought home a prized collection

Most designers have a hard time coming up with 1,000 ideas over their entire career but Karim Rashid has that many pieces in production now, and more than 4,000 over his career lifespan. His work is so accessible, you might even own a piece of it already.

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Aga Khan Museum shows trends merging with tradition in 19th century Iran

The masterpieces of Iranian art now on exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum tell the story of a society at a crossroads between tradition and transformation, through pieces from the Louvre, Houston’s museum of fine arts, Sackler gallery and McGill University’s special collections vault. The trends are seen in a painting of the first Persian ruler to take full advantage of large-scale portraits as a symbol of power, a gift from Napoleon I, in rare book bindings, European military influences, pre-Islamic Iranian symbols, to Christian references in Persian art.

A microcosm of life in 19th century Iran on a pen case.

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The HIV message you may have missed at the NYC Global Citizen Festival

The message about the progress of AIDS research and testing from Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical company and popular drugstore brand that was a major sponsor of the Global Citizen Festival event alongside YouTube, got lost in the scramble when the audience ran for cover. Researchers were interrupted just after they flashed peace signs with their fingers held high toward the crowd and said, “Let’s make HIV history.”

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Photos from Brendan Meadows’ IPSEITY exhibition

Consider yourself lucky. You get the chance to see images that were on show in Brendan Meadows’ exhibition IPSEITY at Liss Gallery in Toronto during the CONTACT Photography Festival. Take a look.

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Brendan Meadows uses digital solarization and darkroom technology to create a shift in photography

Vancouver-based artist Brendan Meadows has had a successful career as a commercial photographer taking pictures of celebrities, musicians and models for the last 10 years, but IPSEITY, his latest collection takes his work in a new direction and opens up new possibilities for the future of photography. [article and exclusive video interview below]

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