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Other Side of the Game by Amanda Parris won the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for drama. (CBC, Playwrights Canada Press)

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Hi, art lovers!

I could dump the usual mixed bag of links on you, but nothing's going to come close to this news out of the office.

Amanda Parris — host of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists and The Filmmakers and Marvin's Room and all of the things — won a Governor General's Literary Award for Other Side of the Game. It's her first play. No biggie. And suddenly, this vintage column of hers has significantly appreciated in value. (Read her tips for new playwrights. Maybe take notes.)

As for the show's origin story, listen to this 2017 interview with CBC Radio's q. There's even an excerpt of the play up on CBC Books, along with a story on this year's list of winners — a roster that includes poet Gwen Benaway, another CBC Arts contributor. The award ceremony happens Dec. 12 in Ottawa.

And because we promised you eye candy

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Happy 65th birthday, Godzilla. Takashi Murakami couldn't buy you a sprawling metropolis to smash, so he painted you this portrait instead.

(Courtesy of Gallery House)

Here's a spooky new piece from Ray Caesar...because I don't want Halloween to be over and because the veteran digital artist has a new solo exhibition coming up at Gallery House in Toronto.

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And here's some more seasonally appropriate work by a Toronto artist (Julia Hepburn).

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This artist is probably my favourite new Instagram discovery of the week. Illustrator Anindya Anugrah jumbles up time periods and cultures, making for one extremely maximalist fantasy. (Also, I think the dude in the top left corner is wearing a pumpkin on his head. V. timely.)

( Instagram/@aheneah)

You've probably heard of yarn bombing. Street artist Aheneah (a.k.a. Ana Martins) uses wool too, but you've got to admit her stuff is more impressive than the average tree cozy.

You've got to see this

Art 101: Scary stuff - Chapter one: be afraid. Chapter two: be very afraid. Professor Lise is teaching a survey of the most disturbing art ever made, from Goya's Saturn Devouring His Son to Keisuke Aiso's Mother Bird (a.k.a. "Momo"). They are so much more than nightmare fuel. (But yes, they are absolutely nightmare fuel.)

Burn the witch! - Drop in on Vancouver-based visual artist Artemis Ravenna as she creates a macabre new work. It's based on the Salem witch trials and a more contemporary evil: online bullying. Says Artemis: "We've got all this technology, but are we really that civil?"

But the most terrifying story of the week is - A video of someone making a teeny tiny Drake doll! That someone? Toronto artist Juliana LePine! (She is very talented, and you will probably like this video. Dolls just give me the creeps, OK?)

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Damian Siqueiros (@damiansiqueirosphoto) - The work's title is Love: The Threading Force — and there's been so much love for it on Instagram. It's part of Damian's ongoing fantasy project, Terra Sapiens. He'll tell you all about it in this short doc.

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Leah Collins

Senior Writer

Since 2015, Leah Collins has been senior writer at CBC Arts, covering Canadian visual art and digital culture in addition to producing CBC Arts’ weekly newsletter (Hi, Art!), which was nominated for a Digital Publishing Award in 2021. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University's journalism school (formerly Ryerson), Leah covered music and celebrity for Postmedia before arriving at CBC.