EVENTS: Zahra Siddiqui “The Invisible Majority” (09/08 @ Daniel’s Spectrum)

Ty Harper | Artwork,Events,Pics,Visuals | Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Zahra - Invisible Image

1st solo exhibit for photographer Zahra Siddiqui.

Curated by elle Alconcel and Negarra Kudumu, “The Invisible Majority” is the first solo exhibition by image maker Zahra Siddiqui. Known for her vivid portraits, she has explored her creative output and will showcase a new series of mixed media works. This concept of using photography, and interwoven with canvas, textiles, adornments and paint, is a celebration of her diverse roots and heritage. The series is a compliment to the journey of her travels, and unravels with the multiple layers on each canvas. Zahra Siddiqui explores her own relationship to creating and her lived experiences, and showcases that with the persons dignified in each piece.

The exhibitions are open to the public daily (Mon–Fri 8 am – 9pm, Sat–Sun 10am – 6pm) from September 8 – October 31, 2016.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 8, 2016
6pm – 10pm

Artist Talk:
Sunday, September 11, 2016
2pm – 4pm
Artscape Lounge at Daniels Spectrum

Kate Fraser
WolF J McFarlane
Shi Wisdom
Tamara Sylvester
Moderator: Negarra Kudumu

Artist Bio

Zahra Siddiqui is a Toronto-based South Asian photographer, documenter and visual artist. She picked up the camera 5 years ago and has had the privilege to share space with so many diverse, creative, inspiring and empowering artists of colour. Her journey has allowed her to travel and document not only in Toronto but also New York City and Trinidad and Tobago. In a short amount of time, Zahra has amassed an archive which represents a community of people who she believes is an essential part of what makes our world go round. Instagram: @Zahra_Siddiqui |

PICS: ripe – Gone Platinum Vol. 1 feat. Tika Simone, Jazz Cartier, Asheley Turner & More

rez | Pics | Monday, June 6th, 2016





This is one of the dopest things out of the city ever. Shouts to Sean Brown and everyone involved! See below and check the link for the full post / all the shots.

ripe is a new content creation platform for contemporary culture. Music, fashion, culture, travel and in between – we showcase hand-picked goodness from a global collective of creators and storytellers. Based in Toronto, ripe is a project of Manifesto.

For as long as hip hop culture has existed, every generation has made their claim as to what made that one unforgettable decade of their youth so impactful. Whether it was the music, the fashion, or the slang, hip hop culture has embedded itself into our individual histories, bringing us back to moments that shaped our lives to come.

The transition into the millennium was rooted in confident artistry and unique personalities, subsequently launching a multi-billion dollar industry. As the era of shiny suits and big budget fish-eyed videos flourished, hip hop culture quickly became a global phenomenon, translating its once-coded sounds and expressions into pop culture.

While we still vividly recall the term “bling” entering our lexicon following the premiere of The Hot Boyz “Bling, Bling” as Rap City’s ‘New Joint of the Day,’ today, all you have to do is look it up in the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. While these are massive steps for rap music, the culture’s growth is still, unfortunately, stunted by those unwilling to grow with it — however, hip hop culture lives in the essence of paying homage to the past and preparing for the future. Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill and OutKast hadn’t just gone platinum, they transcended the boundaries of popular music, broke down corporate barriers, and still continue to influence an entire generation today.


PICS: Kardinal Offishall – Baby It’s You Video (Behind The Scenes)

rez | Pics | Thursday, June 18th, 2015


Shouts to who went down to the Dominican to get some BTS shots of Kardi‘s upcoming Cazhmere directed video, “Baby It’s You”. The shots are super epic so make sure to check out their site (here) for the full gallery of pictures! The shoot looks like it was crazy fun!!!

Shoot: Behind the Scenes Music Video Shott
Artist: Kardinal Offishall
Song: Baby It’s You
Director: Cazhmere
Location: Chic Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to shoot behind the scenes for Kardinal Offishall’s Music Video for his latest single “Baby It’s You”.

I met some great people, got to ride shotgun in a dune buggy with the director, eat delicious food, experience the most CHIC hotel… a lot of fun was packed in to those 4 days. But I must say the most rewarding part of this experience was witnessing the force that is Kardinal Offishall. His hip hop ambassador status aside, I felt I was in the presence of an extraordinarily generous & compassionate individual with lots of love & happiness to spread. His positive energy was crazy contagious & I would jump very far & fast at the opportunity to work around him again. Here is just one of the many ways he spreads the good- I have BIG LOVE for Kardi & all that he puts out in the world!

I am so very grateful to have had the chance to once again see Director Cazhmere do her thing. Making over 100 videos in 10 years, every second around this superwoman is a chance to learn & I do hope she’ll bring me along on more of her adventures!! ( plus she’s a bad ass dune buggy driver!)

BIG Thanks to CHIC Hotel in Punta Cana & the sexy Sunwing Vacations for all of the luxury, comfort, delicious food, incredible customer service & for being the most exciting vacation company of all!

Here are some of our favourite frames from the making of “Baby It’s You”, edited by my biz partner & editing babe extraordinaire, Tennille Heinonen.

I LOVE this song!! & can’t wait to see the video!!



NEW MUSIC: Promise – Don’t (Prod. Real Blaze Music) + Video BTS Pics

rez | Music,Pics | Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Audio reminder + some behind the scenes pics from Promise‘s next release off The Awakening. Pics under the hood!

After receiving well over 10,000 views in his first week Promise sets up for his 2nd official video release March 9th! Here are some pics from behind the scenes. This song is straight sex, drugs and rock n’ roll I wonder how the people gon’ react to the visuals. Promise shows himself to be a true “artist” playing the producer role alongside Andre Rehal for his short. For those who haven’t heard it yet, stream it in full here:

Artist: Promise
Song: Don’t (prod. Realblazemusic)

Track #10 from the album “Awakening”

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