Category Archives: Canada

Dispensing Culture

Distriboto¬†is a brilliant project in Montreal that re-purposes old cigarette vending machines to dispense comic books, zines, poetry, stories, mini-CDs, pins,and assorted original artworks. Collaborating with more than 1,000 local artists and writers, the project loads old vending machines with … Continue reading

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Without Libraries What Are We

Montreal-based Instagramer Olivier Martel Savoie has been traveling the world for the last two years visiting libraries and taking terrific photos with just his trusty iPhone. His series #olive_libraries covers beautiful institutions from Budapest to Boston. “Without libraries what have … Continue reading

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It’s Cooler Underground

Canadian photographer Chris Forsyth has been spending most of his free time underground for the past few years. Beginning in his home town of Montreal, he has traveled the world’s underground transit systems capturing very stylized images for a series … Continue reading

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What’s In A Title

Many thanks to Lucy from Jonkers Rare Books in lovely Henley-on-Thames for this wonderful infographic. If you can’t get to the UK, you can still visit the terrific bookshop via their website.

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Montreal in History

Here in the New World we tend to forget that we too have a history. Montreal,¬†one of my all time favorite North American cities, was founded in 1642. In the run-up to next year’s 375th anniversary celebrations, Montreal tourism folks … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name

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We Still Love Our Libraries In North America

Last week, the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association announced the winners of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for 2016. To qualify, an institution had to display an innovative reinvention of traditional library design. Are the winners:

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Dude It’s Rude

Inappropriate public transit passenger behavior is a problem in cities around the world. Over the years, TBTP has featured clever public relations campaigns from transportation agencies in Chicago, Tokyo, London, and Paris highlighting basic rider courtesy. Now, the New York … Continue reading

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It’s Fair Use Week

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Backpacking 101

It’s been a quite a few years since I did any long backpacking trips around Europe, but I paid my dues with some three and four month journeys. Each episode is a learning experience on choosing the right gear and … Continue reading

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