CULTURE CRAZE: THE LEVI’S COMMUTER WORKSPACE SETS OFF IN LA

Wifi and workspace. Bike tune-ups, customization and wash. Tailoring services + so much more set off at the Levi’s Commuter Workspace in DTLA, with a launch party on August 5th, 2014. Tunes by Nosaj Thing + Twin Shadow. Holla at us, we’ll be front and center catching a culture buzz. Head over for some afternoon delights. Pun.

Coffee provided by Bicycle Coffee

Test Rides & Grand Prizes provided by tokyobike

Local Partner Shop Just Ride L.A.

Bike Valet by LACBC

 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: PABLO S. HERRERO

Ink on paper normally gets us in a subtle and surreal mood… a brisk night with a cape, walking under the moonlight kind of mood. Spanish artist Pablo S. Herrero, normally known for large-scale street murals, has translated his branches into versions that quite possibly should be available for one’s latest design-porn-art-crush for a live work situation. Yeah, we know, they’d look damn good hung. Search the walls when you’re in Spain, you won’t miss his mysterious and gravitating art — otherwise, muse on this gallery for now. We

 

 

LA CANVAS + DBA PRESENT: THE LOOKING GLASS ART COMPETITION

LA CANVAS + DBA present The Looking Glass Art Competition and open the submission lines up for artists to create a one-of-a-kind mural inside DBA’s front display window on Santa Monica Blvd. Win a celebration dinner for four at Fifty Seven in DTLA, your name on the DBA marquee during for the unveiling of your art creation, a VIP table for 10 with $1k bottle service + more. All entries due by August 15th, 2014. Get to it, art folk.

LA CANVAS DBA CONTEST

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS + SUBMISSIONS

 

INTERVIEW: ASHLEY JONES OF DIMEPIECE + RIDE MY VIBE

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There’s something about fashion designers Ashley Jones + Laura Fama. It’s DIMEPIECE. It’s the epitome of TEAMWORK. The Los Angeles based clothing label has been around the block for 7 years, and the progression of female empowerment through the brand’s urban-inspired fashion + accessories has churned a global aesthetic that’s second to none.

As LA CANVAS celebrates all things that go hand in hand to make a dream work, we salute the DimePiece Summer 2014 “Ride My Vibe” collection. Yet more importantly, a feverish interview manifested with lady boss, Ashley Jones — she dishes on what DTLA means for the brand, the advice she would give her designer self ten years ago, and her favorite quote you may be familiar with if you’re down with the DimePiece zest:

LA CANVAS MAGAZINE: What’s the rock behind your explosive fashion label, DimePiece?

ASHLEY JONES: DimePiece has been around for about 7 years now, we have been very fearless + experimental with designing and marketing our brand since the beginning.

LAC: Who’s the female that wears your brand?

AJ: The DimePiece girl is bold, fashionable and always carries strong opinions on various topics. Femininity is key, but she isn’t afraid of embracing her masculinity. She is influenced by music, art and everything creative.

LAC: Congrats on dropping the “Ride My Vibe” collection. Inspo, please!

AJ: Ride my Vibe was a simplistic take on streetwear here in Los Angeles. We wanted to bring a collection that merges popular influences in West Coast Culture with contemporary perspective on womenswear. The collection boasts a wide range of Summer 2014 MUST HA VES. Our favorite piece in the drop has to be our swimsuit immortalized with the image of West Coast’s most recognizable bad boy.

*If you don’t know who she’s talkin’ about, it’s Tupac.

LAC: Any collaborative or LA-based projects in the works we can keep on our radar?

AJ: Tons! We are working on some very special shoe collaborations for our lifestyle brand. We just started our visual DimePiece “State Of Mind” campaigns around the Los Angeles area Fairfax locations. Check them out while your driving. We are constantly working with new ideas + collaborations with international brands and we are planning a big launch party to release our new collection, online store and website. Stay tuned at @dimepiecela and www.dimepiecela.com. It’s very exciting for our team!

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LAC: What would you say to your designer self ten years ago?

AJ: Thats an AWESOME question. First things first — a ton of blood, sweat, and tears will go into your passions if you are consistently driven towards your goals. Always ask questions about apparel sourcing, designing, business advice, and ideas. Always surround yourself with amazing peers that will uplift your goals and dreams, stay positive and keep working hard. Keep a balance of business, fun and learning…never stop learning. Inspire others and inspire yourself.

LAC: And now?

AJ: THINK GLOBALLY in trends, fashion and business!

LAC: DTLA means a lot to you. How do you think fashion culture fits in that schematic?

AJ: Downtown LA is super special to us because of it’s amazing fashion resources and manufacturing companies that allowed us to grow our brand independently. The community of downtown LA is unlike anywhere in the world. People are constantly supporting each other, trading resources, talents and hard work. The Los Angeles creative community is buzzing with new energy and design juices! We are lucky and super happy to be a part of it everyday in the fashion district — watching new talents come in and help out is a beautiful thing to watch. We love DTLA. Our generation is going to leave a mark in the fashion industry for west coast culture.

LAC: Favorite part or time of the creative process?

AJ: I think the best part of the creative process in our industry is being able to create ideas and projects with your close friends. A fashion shoot, a graphic design for a print, an event or a fashion film. Truly, the best part of our creative process is being able to BUILD goals with your friends and peers.

LAC: What advice can you dish to some of the aspiring fashion designers and entrepreneurs out there?

AJ: Best advice I can give to fashion designers is too never stop trying. Find a niche of the market that you love and design towards that specific niche, street-wear, haute-couture, handbags, accessories, whatever you love go for it. Do something that other designers and brands aren’t doing and do it the best. Try your best and always keep positive and find solutions. Find a team and people that you vibe with and work hard with, only success will come out it!

LAC: What are you wearing right now besides your own creations? Who’s making you tick?

AJ: We love sportswear right now, mostly rocking DimePiece and vintage pieces. We’re definitely feeling the nostalgic 90’s throwbacks; Adidas, Nike, work out gear in sportswear.

LAC: Quote to live by:

AJ: “Love Don’t Pay The Bills”.

Q&A: U.R. ART FESTIVAL’S MUSICAL GUEST, GUILLAUME + THE COUTU DUMONTS

U.R. ART Music Festival, a day-party series featuring the best music, art, fashion, and food each month, returns to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica on July 20th for its second blowout culture installation — this time, the decks get blessed with Solar, Asadinho, Sean Patrick, Eduardo Castillo, John Wander and music man Guillaume + The Coutu Dumonts — who we zeroed in on for a proper sit down. This multi-faceted musician definitely knows his percussions and the ever-evolving Tsunami of music. Listen to his pulse: 

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LA CANVAS: So, what’s up with you headlining U.R. ART Festival on July 20th?

GUILLAUME: Hahahaha… Not sure what to answer to that. In any case, I’m not a big fan of the term headliner. I think promoters and even party people give too much importance to what they think is a headliner. But yeah, I have the chance to be one of the “out of town” guest. Lucky me!

LAC: What are your thoughts on the concept of U.R. ART being more than just music?

G: I haven’t seen it in action so far.. but from what I gather it seems to be touching to fashion, food, design on top of being a music festival. Being a musician, I will always be a bit more interested in music then fashion (for exemple)… so as long as the music is good… whatever quality artistic stuff that is around makes the experience even more of a success.

LAC: What do you think of the rise (+ domination) of house + techno in LA?

G: Wow, that’s great to hear. I love it. Well.. it’s all about cycles no? It comes and it goes. I guess you guys had a bit of a low tide for a while so now let’s enjoy the Tsunami.

LAC: Are you interested in any specific style of music right now?

G: Always. I listen to everything I can all the time. I try to keep my ears open as much as I can.

LAC: How long have you been banging on percussions, and when did you start?

G: Well… I did it “for real” a long time ago. When I mean for real I mean, practicing 5 hours every day. Nowadays, I would say I don’t really play. I use a drumpad during the live set which I play… but it’s nothing like playing the real drums. I started when I was 15-16 years old. I was playing some old banged out drums over Santanas songs in my living room.

LAC: Was there a moment in time that you knew ‘music was the answer’?

G: That moment when I was playing over the Santana’s records in our living room. Made me feel good and it made the time stops.

LAC: If life could resemble any record…

G: Then death is a over-compressed shitty resolution mp3?

LAC: Your career is multi-faceted. Tell us a bit about your journey behind the decks…

G: Well, I started as a percussionist and then studied percussions, electroacoustic composition and then discovered techno and house music. So I guess I apply my baggage to what I do nowadays. I try to keep as many collaboration projects as I can. I also have a band project, Guillaume & The Side Effects (guitar, keyboards, saxophones and Dave Aju doing the vocals). That project will soon bare it’s fruits with the first album coming out in 2015. Other then that, this year will probably see the first album of Museum, a ambient more experimental project I have with my brother Gabriel Coutu Dumont and Frederic Aubourg. I’m really looking forward to this one as well.

LAC: Any secret music formulas you can share with us we should expect on Sunday?

G: Hahaha, formula… nooooooooooooooo. But one thing I like to do is really trying to shape my live set like if it was a dj set. I mean, I like to go up and down and left and right. I bore myself if I try to play the same kind of groove and songs thru the whole set.

LAC: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

G: What about a mystery and murder dinner (with Hercules Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Mata Hari, Miss Marple, etc…). You know those one when you everyone dresses in a costume and plays a part. Wait, they made a film out of that idea… what’s it called again?

*There’s Rope, The House Of Yes, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Gosford Park, The Last Supper…

LAC: Top 3 favorite tracks of all time…

G: That’s way too hard! I can probably do a top 3 tracks of the month.

Loose Joint, Tell you
Mandre, Rain
Taylor Mcferrin, Degrees of Light

LAC: Advice or words to live by for those emerging creatives?

G: Instinct baby instiiiiiinct!!!!!

Q&A: IN THE VALLEY BELOW

Scenario: Music duo In The Valley Below sit next to you as Jeffrey Jacob strings his guitar and the angelic Angela Gail sips the same cocktail you have in hand – the kind that have those lit up ice cubes in it, with a cherry floater. Shriek! These two musicians bring sensual electro-pop new life in their Man Girl EP — their hit track “Peaches” went haywire earlier this year with remixes from the hands of international DJs and producers, and other tracks like “Hymnals” set the tone of what we may expect from them as they grow as artists and bring us future music.

We all give a genuine smile, salute our drinks and compliment one another’s personal style — she in a floor length white dress and he rocks a classic white button up and suspenders. We are at the EventBrite LA‘s BriteSpace LA pop-up closing party hosted by LA CANVAS, and the magnitude of chemistry exuding from them fills the green room we lounge in, and is as amplified and passionate as their stage presence. Abide:

LA CANVAS: What brought you two together? 

ANGELA GAIL: I randomly saw him playing at a club in LA. We came here separately. I thought his guitar playing was perfect. I wanted to get to know him and we became friends.

LA CANVAS: What brought you two together? 

ANGELA GAIL: I randomly saw him playing at a club in LA. We came here separately. I thought his guitar playing was perfect. I wanted to get to know him and we became friends.

JEFFREY JACOB: I actually don’t remember meeting her the first time, which is awful, but we just kind of all of a sudden we were hanging out all the time, within the same circle of friends and musicians. She was just there. We are both somewhat shy so it was a slow friendship evolution, and then it took a long time before we started writing songs together. That was also a slow process too, and writing songs with another person is really intimate, especially if your not used to it, which I wasn’t. First few songs we wrote together was pretty bad, but we got comfortable, opened up a little bit and it started to get better.

LAC: Give us a few words to describe what your partnership in music and compadre-ship is like: Your process, things you abide by when you create music

JJ: We write all the songs together, so it’s definitely a collaboration on everything. Every song is different, so some songs start off with an idea that I have on the guitar or vocal, and she’ll come in for that or she’ll come in with an idea and we’ll finish it out together.

AG: I feel like every song starts with some idea that falls upon you. Almost like you channel something and you want to sing it over and over, so you have to build the song around that one little piece.

LAC: How do you separate that from your friendship? Is it always just about the music, or can you go to dinner and talk about other things? 

AG: We do try to do that. We just love music so much and because it’s such a big part of our life, it’s what we end up talking about so it’s OK.

LAC: About your spark and manifestation of creating a song, and about something bigger. What rituals do you have in your creative process? 

AG: We usually write all the music first. It’s gibberish. Sometimes it starts on the piano, sometimes it’s the guitar, sometimes it’s drums and bass. We just want to write something that’s catchy and fun. The lyrics we want to spend a little more time with, so they’re not cheesy or obvious.

LAC: We blasted the Peaches remix by Bloc Party on the way here. What’s the deal with all these amazing remixes popping off?

AG: There are a lot of remixes out there right now. The Passion Pit remix is a fun one!

JJ: There’s a good one by this Austrian duo called We Love Machines. They did a really aggressive remix.

AG: My favorite may be the Dirt Caps remix.

LAC: What artists are on your wish list to work with?

AG: Peter Gabriel

LAC: What are you listening to right now?

AG: Classic Rock, old Bonnie Raitt, London Grammar.

JJ: Saint Vincent had a show at The Wiltern and it was pretty good. Bob Segart. We’ve been on his kick for a long time.

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LAC: What does your voyage as emerging artists feel like?

AG: It’s really exciting. We’ve done so many things we’ve never thought we’d be able to do but only dreamed of. But then you get to the next level and there’s so much more that you want to accomplish. At the same time, it’s like a Cinderella effect: you get a great opportunity and then your back home and nothings happening — and that happens over and over and over. I guess it’s hard on the ego but it’s also good for it as well. It keeps you in check. We’ve realized how lucky we are, we try the best that we can.

LAC: Do you ever work each other’s nerve?

JJ: When you’re on the road, everybody kind of gets on each other’s nerve. A month in a van leads everyone to need their own personal space, but not from any mean way, it’s just the nature of touring. You’re stuck together 24 hours a day and you gotta put up some barriers to keep your sanity.

AG: We’re pretty easy going though, so…

JJ: We’re pretty mellow…

LAC: Any advice for young musicians out there or words to live by to share?

AG: I think it’s important to go see a lot of music. You can then learn about where and how you’re gonna fit in. It’s also about having a great song — if you’re a songwriter or if you are looking for songs it’s important to go see shows.

JJ: If you’re a songwriter, you have to write a ton of songs. It’s a numbers game. You have to write a lot to maybe get one good one. You can’t just write three songs and then expect them all to be amazing. You’re gonna write some crap songs and that’s just the way it goes. Keep writing.

LAC: Tour life. Favorite on the road moment or city? Best crowd you’ve played to?

JJ: My favorite was Prague.

AG: Poland. Couple cities in Poland, the crowds were amazing.

JJ: Further east you go in Europe, the less bands tour through there. So Poland crowds really appreciate the bands that trek it there to perform. Cause its a trek from Germany which is right there, but its an 8 hour drive from Germany to the first city in Poland. They give you a lot. Same with Prague, they give you a lot of energy.

*KEEP GIVING AND TAKING, Y’ALL. 

LA CANVAS PRESENTS: THE DIVE CLUB, GARAGE EDITION

This Saturday, join LA CANVAS as we put together our best grunge-inspired pool party looks, only to immediately dismember them in favor of a dip in the Tropicana Pool. DJs LadyPills, LuxxuryChela, and Beer Hunters will hit the decks to score an afternoon of garage rock, eerily reminiscent of a retro Battle of the Bands pre-game session. Our pals over at Marshall Headphones will be giving away goodies, while we make you work for ours—drink tickets will be circulated at the bottom of the pool, cause that’s how we party. And these days, our IDs are real.

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Q&A: JOHN WANDER FINDS U.R. ART FESTIVAL WITH FRIENDS IN MUSIC

In friends you find music and in music you find friends, but what’s discovered when live art, pop-up fashion, food, wellness, social responsibility, kid-friendly initiatives and experiential culture are also the headliners? U.R. ART Festival, a monthly daytime palpitation that unifies Angelenos at Bergamot Station, founded by John Wander (Roam Music), Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) and Phillipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y.). We understood and welcomed a higher level of veteran house, nu-disco and techno music at U.R. ART Festival’s launch event and simply have to bravo LA’s “leveling up” on the house music decks—sorry, Chicago—with plenty of daytime sunshine events front and center in our current music progression and offering so much more. The next installation drops on July 20th and from our collaborative nature to yours, we introduce you to U.R. ART Festival’s founding members, John Wander, who gets on the deeper side:

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LA CANVAS: What’s the deal with U.R. ART Festival?

JOHN WANDER: U.R. Art was founded by myself and very good friends Philipp Jung (M.A.N.D.Y) and Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation). The three of us were having lunch one day in San Francisco and decided it was time that we produced something together. We wanted to do and daytime event on the westside of Los Angeles that was aberration from the norm. We created a experience for us – sophisticated deeper house, techno, and nu disco music, top quality sound system, interactive experience for anyone that attends, live art, great food, kid friendly, wellness, eco-friendly, and socially responsible.

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LAC: What can one find at this musically-inclined fest?

JW: Its located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica which is this funky setting of a nice outdoor space surrounded by art galleries. It’s sick! The first time I brought Philipp to the venue, he blurted out the words “you are art” and that was it — U.R. Art Music Festival was born. Everyone can start the event with a yoga session, dance all day, and paint on a canvas all in the same setting.

LAC: How did the launch event turn out? We were there but we want a behind-the-scenes producer perspective!

JW: Our experiment worked. 1200 people came out and we had to shut the door down for a while. The vibe and music were amazing and authentic. Everyone had so much fun! Philipp, Rob, and I were totally blown away at how many contributors in the Los Angeles community came together to get involved. Yes, we are founders. But we are really just the catalyst to what has now become a collective community event of some really generous and talented contributors.

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LAC: You had plenty of interactive curations and pop-ups. Who did you collaborate with? 

JW: Artists Ivo Vergara, Mario Arteaga of Venice, Fashion Curators Serpent and Stag, Phyllis and Meg (Club called Rhonda), Rita of Jules, Linzy Davidson, Yoga by Tunestep, Sustainability and Solar power by X Plus and Ecoboom, Funkworks, Eduardo Castillo of Pattern Bar, food by Bigcup, Greentruck, and The Grill Cheese Truck. We have a fantastic team  — Rob Grega, Daysha Taylor, Tony Bahn, Darren McGee, Steve Ramos! Promoters Rollingtuff, Dark Tones, MirrorMirror have stepped up big time to make this event go off. And now… LA CANVAS! It’s crazy how many people came to us and said they love the concept and how can they get involved. Its taking on a life of its own and we are really happy about this!

*Yep, we hopped on board. Find our latest Teamwork Issue at U.R. ART Festival’s July 20th event, and follow us on Instagram for a VIP ticket giveaway dropping Monday, July 14th!

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LAC: How long have you been spinning, and what’s your music style?

JW: Forever it seems. 15 years of deep, funk, soulful, driving, sometimes twisted & dirty, and makes you move!

LAC: Who and what can we look forward to in your next U.R. ART Festival installation? 

JW: Musically – Guillaume Coutu DuMont – DJs live and drums on his drum pads. Its an amazing show that will leave everyone dripping from dancing so much! We have had him before at my Roam Music parties and he one of the best. Asadiho and Solar are also our guests from London and San Francisco. These guys are two of my favorite djs on the planet. Then there are the local boys Eduardo Castillo and Sean Patrick. Its going to be an incredible day of music for sure! We have some new indy fashion designers that we are excited about as well and we have some more live art planned for everyone. The live art really worked well the last event and we are bring back even more.

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LAC: Are you planning to extend this collaborative for the Fall 2014 season?

JW: Now thats good idea.. thanks for that.

LAC:  We’re known to muse up some inspiring ideas! Speaking of, what was your favorite moment from your launch event?

JW: Seeing Phillipp arrive to U.R. Art and walking in with his suitcase and music case straight from the airport. He came from his label anniversary party in Berlin the night before, Moscow the night before that, and Ibiza Spain the night before that. How that for commitment. He’s relentless with passion for his music and craft and even more so with his friends and partners. He actually made it. That was the best moment for me. He showed up and played amazing. Also MightyKat dropping the Pezzner remix of About Love… gave me chills.

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LAC: Your biggest music inspiration is:

JW: I’m still a hardcore fan of Broken Social Scene. I want to know who their inspiration is! For electronic music it would have to be Dyed Soundorom and the legend Michael Cook.

LAC: What are you listening to right now? JW: I’m actually listening to Cluborama by Shonky right now. I’m listening to music and getting ready for a dj gig at Eduardo’s Grand Park this Sunday in Downtown LA. 2000 people. I cant wait to DJ there. Really excited for this!

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LAC: Describe what music means to you in one word: 

JW: Emotion.

LAC: Quote to live by: 

JW: “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life” — Eckhart Tolle

Event photography by Night Moves Me | Like U.R. ART Music Festival on Facebook

Q&A: MUSIC MAVEN MARZ LEON DROPS “LONER” VIDEO

LA-based artist on the rise Marz Leon knows just what she wants. The vocalist/producer has an anticipated EP dropping this summer, and with her deubut single “Loner” making waves (with the video drop today!), Leon has a lot to celebrate — and it’s not just her drop-dead gorgeous style and beauty.

In an exclusive Q+A feature for the LA CANVAS digi-sphere with photography by Taj TPK and styling by Mara Stusser, we see just how confident this music maven is in front of a lens. Her response to a few staple questions we tossed her way — what’s her LA hustle like, words of wisdom and her favorite moments in a recording studio — were as amplified and vibrant as her vocals. Damn, those vocals…

LA CANVAS: What’s the inspiration behind “Loner”?
MARZ LEON: Trying so hard to make other people that I’ve loved in my life happier than I’ve ever had for myself. I learned to let go of the lack of acknowledgement from selfish souls to embrace my lonesome and happiness first.

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LAC: What’s the journey been like in LA as a young emerging music artist?
ML: It’s a struggle but what isn’t? 2014 has actually been a lot more relaxed and natural for my music to come together and grow organically. LA is what you make of it—it’s all about who you surround yourself with and connect to without losing yourself. People get blinded by the flashing lights and idea of fame and forget what their real purpose is in life.

LAC: What’s your most cherished time in the recording studio?
ML: Being able to set my mind free and erase anything and everything that happened before I walked in there.

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LAC: What’s your current playlist?
ML: Music from the past to myself & Frank Ocean.

LAC: Words to live by?
ML: Always do what makes you happy & feel alive. Never focus on the distractions that try and bring an end to your path.

Follow this songstress on Instagram @marzxleon

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: MACK SENNETT STUDIOS TURNS ONE

[dropcap letter=”M”]ack Sennet Studios is no longer the ultimate best kept secret. Although the studio was opened ninety-eight years ago (the image above proves that ish!) as one of LA’s first production studios, the new school version of Mack Sennet reopened last year under the helm of giant music producer Jesse Rogg (Banks, Sam Sparro, Adam Lambert) and WOW, what a year can do. This month, the “turn up” team celebrate some major accomplishments in just one year: photo shoots, feature films, commercials, music videos, live theatre, symphonies, symposiums, screenings, runway shows, round table discussions, silent auctions, after parties, dinner events, community events, a carnival and so much more.

We’re stoked to have had the chance to collaborate with MSS as our featured venue for The Noise Issue release party extravaganza earlier this year—and hope there’s WAY more creative opportunities that allows us to floss with their team. Happy Anniversary, Mack Sennett — there’s definitely plenty of #teamworkissues happening at this creative hub and it’s just our speed.

THE SCOOP: HENNESSY SIPPIN’

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[column][dropcap letter=”T”]his isn’t just another cocktail recipe lowdown you’ll find on Pinterest, although the satisfaction we’re about to roll out for you is tremendously Pin-worthy. We were thirsty one day and low and behold, Hennessy V.S. stopped by The Clubhouse with a man that gives the name “mixology” a run for its money, Hennessy Brand Ambassador Jordan Bushell. It was only 12pm here in LA but it’s always 5 o’ clock somewhere, right? “Bars I enjoy in LA are Sadie, the Library Bar at The Thompson Hotel, the bar at the ACE Hotel and Pour Vous. I enjoy exploring LA, as there are so many cool little gems that pop up every time I’m here.[/column] [column]It’s an ever-changing city with many cool bars on the rise,” Bushell notes. As we gathered around our editing bay island turned mixology central like buzzing bumblebees to honey, he schooled us while quenching our thirst for a taste of the latest in summer ordering sessions at your favorite spots. He even made an LA CANVAS signature cocktail — it wasn’t long before we asked for seconds — and gave in willingly when asked how to make them on your own, how to order them at your favorite spot and when the perfect time would be to sip on these delectable drinking curations. Summer, your welcome:[/column] [/columns_row]

 

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PERFECT FOR A LAZY AFTERNOON BY THE WATER, WHETHER AN OCEAN OR A POOL, THE RECORD BREAKER CAN BE ORDERED AS A HENNESSY AND SWEET TEA WITH LEMON.

1.5 OZ HENNESSY V.S
2 OZ SWEETENED ICED TEA
.25 OZ GRAND MARNIER
SPLASH OF LEMON JUICE
GARNISH: BLUEBERRIES
GLASS: ROCKS GLASS

ADD ALL INGREDIENTS TO A MIXING GLASS WITH ICE, STIR UNTIL WELL CHILLED. STRAIN INTO A ROCKS GLASS WITH A LARGE ICE CUBE.
GARNISH: A HANDFUL OF BLUEBERRIES.

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SUITED UP JUST RIGHT FOR AN AFTERNOON IN THE SUN, THE POTENCY OF FLAVOR CAN TRANSITION TO BE AN EVENING DRINK BEFORE DINNER AS WELL. ORDER IT UP AS A HENNESSY SOUR WITH A SPLASH OF BLOOD ORANGE + BITTERS.

2 OZ HENNESSY
.5 OZ FRESH LEMON JUICE
1/3RD OZ AGAVE NECTAR
1 OZ FRESH BLOOD ORANGE
1 DASH ANGOSTURA BITTERS
GARNISH: BLOOD ORANGE TWIST
GLASS: ROCKS

ADD ALL LIQUID TO A SHAKER TIN WITH ICE AND SHAKE UNTIL WELL CHILLED. STRAIN INTO A ROCKS GLASS WITH FRESH ICE, GARNISH WITH A BLOOD ORANGE TWIST AND SERVE.

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MADE FOR A SIT DOWN DINNER AND LATE NIGHT WINGMAN, THE LUMIERE CAN BE ORDERED AS A HENNESSY NEGRONI WITH APEROL INSTEAD OF CAMPARI + BITTERS.

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.5 OZ APEROL
.5 OZ LILLET ROUGE
2 DASHES ANGOSTURA BITTERS
2 DASHES PAYCHAUD BITTERS
GARNISH: LEMON TWIST
GLASS: ROCKS GLASS
ADD ALL INGREDIENTS TO A MIXING GLASS WITH ICE, STIR UNTIL WELL CHILLED. STRAIN INTO A ROCKS GLASS WITH A LARGE ICE CUBE.
GARNISH: TWIST OF LEMON.

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SONOS STUDIO + PANDORA PRESENT: AN EVENING WITH CHARLI XCX

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[dropcap letter=”W”]HAT. A. PERFORMANCE. As Sonos Studio + Pandora executed a stellar, intimate concert this past Tuesday at the hippest LA venue, Charli XCX (she’s oh so good) stood front and center only to rock our socks off. “C’mon LA, you gotta fuckin’ give me some more!” teared through her mic as her #longhairdontcare swooshed from right to left – how do you like that, Azalea Banks, huh?

We were also front and center. Although we had to duck and dive from the swaying smart phones held up high to try to solidify each moment on an Instagram capture, we were too blasted with inspiration by the Londonite’s vocals, confidence and oh-my-STAGE PRESENCE. This banger has one long career ahead of her and the female band supporting her should have no problem riding that train too. When she belted Black Roses & gave I Want Candy a heckuva new twist, the ground shook with enthusiasm as crowd danced danced danced.

Have a look-see at some snippets from the intimate, hard rocking (WILD!) show:

LOVE NAIL TREE + LA CANVAS PRESENT: THE 6TH STREET MARKET

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Ready for The 6th Street Market? No, are you really ready? Cause Love Nail Tree + LA CANVAS invite you to a massive pop-up evening of shopping featuring music, food, drinks, and a very special performance that throws down this Thursday, June 12th at The Warehaas. Get your rum on with Black Mask or grab a Blue Bottle Coffee with a PBR. Then shop stylish goods by Love Nail Tree, Hotel 1171, Stussy + more. Finally, give a few good smiles to your Angelenos and experience another wonderful L.A. night. Was this pep talk enough for you to give it a whirl?

We thought so. RSVP RIGHT HERE

POSSO’S LA CANVAS PLAYLIST: 5 POOLSIDE TUNES + TURN UP FOR SPLASH HOUSE 2014

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Yeah, so POSSO just happened. Marylouise Pels and Vanessa Giovacchini are the stylish music gals who bride music, art and design into our universe — and do a killer job at it. Besides spinning us right round at some of the biggest international venues around the globe, these inspiring #ladybosses also host their very own contribution to Style.com, where we gather music tips, fashionable musings, beauty beats and a more in-depth taste of their unique blogger vocals.

We asked POSSO to dish their favorite poolside tunes and create a LA CANVAS poolside playlist since we’re mentally charging for Splash House 2014. They did. They even talk about each track. Ladies, thanks for the TURN UP:

We’re suckers over here for a good vocal chop up…especially when the one and only Diva herself is that vocal. Just enough chop and just enough soaring melody this track is undeniable especially as we listen upon the dawn of her highly anticipated 14th album.. The drop is in that Tchami/Sub Focus-esque middle ground between turning way up but still feeling cool about it.

We over here at POSSO have a sax problem. I’m serious. We actually have a playlist called “I love sax” with all the best sax hits we can get our ears on. This track is unpredictable but holds you real tight. Listen to this when when the sun is coming up in Ibiza or with your morning parfait–somehow both scenarios work.

A really refreshing track all around. The drop is a full on return to “the groove” that dance music has been needing desperately. We will probably be playing this in every set this summer.

This song hits hard and then bounces back at you. Paired with a R&B meets early House vocals. You can see the dancing with your eyes closed — hands up, dance circles forming already!

This track is like you’re traveling down a breakbeat wormhole in musical space and you cross paths with Daft Punk’s Technologic and then reach out and shake hands with some new school acid house sounds. In the words of Robert Palmer this track is “simply irresistible.” Work on those abs, guys, we’ll see you at the pool.

Get all up on POSSO’s Instagram @possouniverse

SAVING FOR ART: AN INSIDE LOOK AT IVAN ILLAN’S ART COLLECTION

Investing in a fine art collection is one sure-fire way to know we’ve made it to adulthood. We’ve long been having visions of grandeur that involved strolls through our favorite galleries, gazing and stopping with a slight sway of our pointing finger while whispering, “I’ll take this one” to an attractive, over-educated art dealer. Or perhaps we’ll skip the gallery entirely and send the hot artist a direct email, because one day we’ll be rolling like that. If you want to really nest, originals by Chad Muska or even prints by Matthew Brandt can cost you upwards of $6k. Add that to the down payment of that DREAM apartment and take a look at your status quo.

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“This Hollywood” by Gregory Siff

Ivan Illan boasts the real-deal scoop: mixing the classic “collector” experience with new-school attainability. We garnered the attention of Aligne Wealth Preservation and picked his brain for a few short minutes to have him dish on budgets, the strength in making ‘dem gallery friends and how patronage expands thy art eye:

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“Eyes As Dark As Egypt by Louis XXX

LA CANVAS: When did you start collecting art and how did you discover the art pieces that you have purchased?

IVAN ILLAN: I started collecting at a very young age, perhaps, 15 years old. My mother is a fine artist, so I grew up attending art fairs and gallery exhibits. We were always going to museums when I was a kid. The “real” collecting began in my mid-twenties, when I stopped creating my own paintings and mixed media work due to having less time from increased success in my chosen career. I had a little more money that I could allocate to buying pieces that I enjoyed upon first look, and artists whose work I wanted to support. The art I’ve collected was discovered through personal relationships built through my involvement as a MOCA patron over the years. Once a fellow patron shares with me a recent discovery, I’d visit the gallery to see what else was going on. Developing relationships with art advisors and gallerists is a vital part of being a collector.

LAC: Can anyone be a patron of the arts? How does one get to a point of financial health where you are able to start collecting art?

II: Being a patron can start as easily as joining a local art museum, Los Angeles has many long-standing museums that send invitations to their members regularly to exhibit openings and other special programs. Being a member can be dome for as little as $65 for annual membership, and the return on that investment from an education and access perspective is well worth it. If you can afford your coffee shop latte, you can afford being an art patron.

LAC: How do you determine how much is reasonable to spend on art? Do you set aside a certain budget?

II: I’ve never set a budget on art collecting so to speak. It’s because I never know when I am really interested or excited by something. That being said, a great way to get started is buying limited edition prints of emerging artists, prices can start as low as $350-$500 for “A” class emerging artist prints. Even if it’s one piece a year, you’re now in the game, and are part of the art collecting community, playing an active role in shaping the art world’s future.

21 QUESTIONS: BRITTANY FURLAN, VINE QUEEN

Did Vine just go over my head? I mean, I’ve been at this social game for a hot minute and tout the very “latest tricks” to those less social savvy (Hi MOM!), this Vine-ing thing I just never grasped. I thought that maybe I don’t have a lot of time on my hands or that it may just be another app that will undoubtedly consume my entire online soul but who cares if it fades after a while, at least I can say I succeeded at having the icon sit on my iPhone, right?

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This thought process may have consumed the mind of plenty, perhaps even the tricky little mind of Brittany Furlan, my newest discovery I like to dub Vine Queen. No joke, her face filled my laptop screen for hours the other day after I extensively prowled YouTube, curiously stalking my new prey until I found ALL of her vine compilations mashed up into videos. I didn’t chuckle here and there, skip forward like I normally do cause shit is just not funny to me sometimes, no. For those who know just how much I love comedy (yes, I have a dream of getting on stage when I hit 40 with a baby on my hip for an open mic at The Ha Ha Comedy Club) believe me when I say her dark humor jolted my ab workout for the day. I wonder why she’s not on SNL. I also wonder how this Vine thing just stuck for some and the rest of us, well, better luck next time.

To my surprise, she was mad responsive at my request to drill her on her real life details, on and off Vine:

So, what’s up?
Nothing. Literally. Today is a day off so it is coveted. I am nestled deeply inside the blankets of my bed with my bunnies (dogs) and have no intentions of leaving this blessed cacoon for the next 24 hrs.

Can we get you something to vine…errrr…I mean, drink?
Haha! I’m ok. I have water.

What are you wearing?
Right now I’m laying in bed; it’s 2pm. I’m wearing a white t-shirt with a picture of a Yorkshire Terrier in hipster glasses on it and it says, “New Yorkie” because I’m really into puns. I also have on Nike jogging pants but I don’t think I’ve gone for a jog since 1996. Basically runway ready.

How late did you stay up last night?
Hmmm… I went to bed at probably 3am… Just like every other night. I’m kind of a creature of the night.
I think I’m a vampire… But like a vampire that eats kale.

Twitter or Instagram?
Instagram. For sure. I’m more of a visual person but you can follow me on both 😉

What 3 elements would your most perfect Vine video to date entail?
I would say, my first Ghetto Dora The Explora vine, which contained the viral elements of a homeless crackhead, a cheap wig and a dirty alley. I like to keep things pretty classy.

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If Vine could resemble any film…
Gone in 60 Seconds… Except if they could change the title to Gone in 6 Seconds…

Has anyone seen you naked recently?
My boyfriend sees me naked everyday…and my dogs. Both parties are un-moved by the spectacle.

This may be a double edged sword since you freak out on Vine, but when was the last time you really froke out on someone?
I don’t really freak out in real life. It’s mostly all an act. I’m actually pretty chill in real life. But I strangled this girl at Starbucks for messing up my latte. No biggie.

What was the first thing you said this morning?
I rolled over, looked lovingly into my boyfriend’s eyes and said- “Can you please let the dogs out?”

How patient is your boyfriend with your Vine-ing?
He’s pretty patient. He wasn’t when I first started because he’s a real director and he’d be taking business calls in the house and I’d be shooting a Vine. If he was too loud on his call, I would yell, “Quiet on the set” and that would piss him off to no end. Ha.

If you could pick anyone in the world to be in your vines, who would it be?
Hmmm…. I’d probably pick like Will Ferrell or Melissa McCarthy. I feel like they would be good in Vines since ya know, they’re pretty epic in real life.

Are you listening to music right now?
No. I’m not good at multitasking so I’m just focusing on these questions as hard as I can while listening to the coo-ing of my central air conditioning unit.

Favorite Vine buddy…
That’s hard. I love so many of them. But if I had to choose one I’d have to go with my uber talented best friend Simone Shepherd.

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Last three Google searches…
Don’t judge me on these because I am a severe hypochondriac and always think I’m dying for some reason…. Ok here we go-

1. Can you die from not getting your period?
2. Symptoms of a heart attack
3. Heart attack or Anxiety attack?

…I told you I was dramatic.

What was the worst thing a civilian you include in your Vines say/do to you?
I went up to this big, tall queen and stole his grocery cart while he was putting groceries in his car and he chased me down, picked me up off my feet by my neck, and shook me like a rag doll. That’s pretty much when I stopped pranking the public.

If we gave you $50 what would you buy?
Haha! Wow! I’d probably go get my car washed because it’s dirty as fuck.

How often do you consume alcohol?
Never. I don’t drink because it actually makes me really tired and less fun. It has like the opposite affect on me than it does everyone else. Kind of a blessing in disguise I guess…

Ever sit down in the shower?
Always. I never stand in the shower. I sit in the tub part and chill, shave my legs, make soap castles, let the water wash away all the stress of the day.

What are you doing later?
Well, I’m still in bed and now it’s 3pm. So I’ll probably just go get some food in bit.

Can we come?
Sure. The more the merrier.