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Last year was fun, so let's try this again: What's your favourite place to see art?

As a companion to our travel guide series "I He(art) My City" we're featuring your hometown picks in the newsletter this summer.

As a companion to our travel guide series, we're featuring your hometown picks in the newsletter

It's happening again. As a companion to our travel guide series, "I He(art) My City," we're featuring your hometown picks in the newsletter this summer. (CBC Arts)

Hello! You're reading the CBC Arts newsletter, and if you like what you see, stick around! Sign up here, and every Sunday we'll send you a fresh email packed with art, culture and a metric truckload of eye candy, hand-picked by our small and mighty team. Here's what we've been talking about this week.

Hi, art lovers!

I don't know what the rest of you are doing this summer, but I'm going to be dusting off an idea from last year. Remember when I asked you to tell me about your favourite hometown artists and then a bunch of you replied, and I shared all that lovely info over weeks and weeks of emails? That was fun. Let's do that again!

So, here are the questions. Consider them, answer them — include a few awesome snapshots, if you have them. With a little luck, your tips could appear in the newsletter at some point throughout the season.

  • What's your home base?
  • What's the most magical spot in your hometown? (Pictures, please!)
  • What's the best place to see art where you live? (And why?)
  • Who's your favourite local artist?

Just like last time around, I'm going to start rolling out your responses as a sort of companion series to the latest batch of CBC Arts city guides. You know the ones.They were those travel articles written by artists including Zachari Logan and Catherine Hernandez — insiders who told you about the best things to see and do and eat in their hometowns, like some art world equivalent of Yelp.

The CBC Arts team's already commissioned a new batch of travel guides, just in time for peak road trip season, and they're going to be appearing online shortly. Keep an eye on the site.

And because we promised you eye candy

(Instagram/@fredriktjaerandsen)

Balloon dresses that inflate — and deflate — while you wear them! They're by Fredrik Tjærandsen, a recent graduate of the fashion program at Central Saint Martins, and maybe you've seen them, because posts like this one have been going viral lately. Personally, I can't stop watching videos of his graduate fashion show. Every time I ride the subway at rush hour, I will dream of owning one.

(Instagram/@iamstephcheng)

Here in Toronto, cheering for the Raptors has more or less become a civic duty — and Stephanie Cheng, a local artist known for riffing off her pop culture obsessions (sports included), has some striking new prints of Kawhi Leonard. This one commemorates the epic "buzzer beater" moment from last month.

(4-VU)

And here's a quick Raptors tribute by Jacqueline Lai, another Toronto illustrator we love following on Instagram. Go sparts!

If I owned a VR headset, this next link would make for the chillest Sunday morning ever. JF Lalonde and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry shot this 360 concert video for a new digital platform from Montreal called 4-VU. The visuals drop you into a sun-dappled underwater world.

(Hope Kroll/Spoke Art)

Dozens of international artists, one sketchbook. Flip through the latest contributions to Spoke Art's annual Moleskine Project. (The gallery's been organizing the show since 2011!) Keep your eyes peeled for new work from Toronto's Ness Lee, one of this year's featured artists.

You've got to see this

(CBC Arts)

After a stroke, this painter lost the ability to form pictures in her mind - But she gained a new way of making art. We travelled to Vancouver Island where artist Sheri Bakes showed us this life-changing process.

Next month, a mob of children is going to loot a small-town museum - At least, that's the plan. For adults, this art project is a thoughtful critique of museum practices. For kids, it's the biggest score ever. Find out why.

(CBC Gem)

Celebrating Pride...without leaving the couch - CBC Gem has added loads of new shows for Pride Month. Where to begin? How about an art lesson from Hannah Gadsby! Two of her series, Nakedy Nudes and Oz, are on this list of must-sees.

Follow this artist

Angel Aubichon (@indi_city) - If you've been admiring the beaded CBC Arts logo on Instagram (and all the other places we do our social media-ing), Angel's the artist behind it. She's a Cree/Métis artist and designer living in Calgary, and the co-founder of the fashion line Indi City (hence the handle).


One quick shoutout before signing off: If you're in Toronto over the next few days, you can see what happens when CBC employees make art on their lunch breaks. Last summer, the corporate communications staff organized painting events at CBC offices across the country, and the result was a series of eight portraits. Each one depicts a different Canadian who's fought for human rights, and the images were pieced together mosaic-style from 100 small paintings. They're displayed in the atrium of Toronto's CBC building for the next few days.

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Until next week!

XOXO, CBC Arts

About the Author

Leah Collins is the Senior Writer at CBC Arts.