Need some vintage late 80s/early 90s windbreakerwear, skiwear, or just some ballin’ neon tank tops?  Neon Stockyards got you covered.  The Toronto-based online vintage shop is your one-stop shop for all your time-travelling needs.  I was lucky enough to have met Jeff Willim – the mastermind behind the neon – and I immediately wanted to shoot his look book.  Couldn’t be prouder too.  This is some of my favourite work of the year.  Hope you like it too.  Check out the lookbook here.

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A while ago I was in New York City and decided one evening to go to a fancy restaurant for a tasting menu.  I was a bit nervous since I had never gone out for such a long and involved meal by myself but I figured I could use a little Dan-time.  So I sat down, hit back a few gin and tonics, and the food started to arrive.  Then after about half an hour, around the time I started to get a bit bored with my own thoughts, a gift from god landed two tables down from me.  You see my wife had taught me the pleasures of eavesdropping at restaurants years ago so I’m usually quite entertained with just about anyones private conversation.  But who do I find myself sitting by?  Why no less that Suzanne Sommers herself!  Needless to say, she had some, ahem, interesting ideas about modern medicine that made for an excellent evening of eavesdroppertainment.  I even managed to snap a clandestine photo of her over my shoulder (last pic of the post).  

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Just thought I might share some simple but fun images we shot late last year for Re:Sound – a Canadian not-for-profit dedicated to making sure musicians get fairly compensated for their work.  Simple, iconic, and graphic images about music and recording was the order of the day and we enjoyed the challenge.  Hope you like.
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For those of you who might not know the work of Toronto-based Underline Studio, say hello.  They are without a doubt one of the best graphic design houses in Canada.  Their smart, colourful, and sophisticated work not only leaves hundreds of happy clients in their wake but they also regularly clean up at award shows.  Fresh off their gold win at the ADCCs this year, the folks at Underline asked me to photograph some of their finest work of the past year.
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So where does everyone’s favourite astronaut/Bowie enthusiast/guitar aficionado/Canadian go to get away from it all?  Why a little old cottage close to the docks on Stag Island no less.  The kids love him there too!
This past summer, on assignment for Cottage Life Magazine, we paid Commander Chris Hadfield, his wife, and his two dogs a visit.  Our gracious hosts gave us a tour of the island, made us lunch, posed for as many photos as we wanted, and were just all round wonderful subjects.  Here are some of our favourite shots from the day.

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Friends, meet the future of protein.  Sure we all like a steak or a pork loin every once in a while but those products are pretty resource heavy and relatively unsustainable.  So where else can we find a delicious and nutritious source of excellent protein that’s really compatible with human digestion (not to mention vitamin B12)?  Anyone?  Any guesses here?  chirp chirp chirp…

BOOM!  Exactly.  Crickets.  You heard me right, crickets.  Not only are they nutritious but they are surprisingly delicious as we found out during a recent shoot for The Verge.  Just outside of Peterborough, Ontario there exists Reptile Feeders – a first of it’s kind Canadian cricket farm where they breed ‘em, roast ‘em, and grind ‘em into a protein-rich flour (although it’s more akin to whey protein) that may very well help save the world.  One of our more fascinating shoots this  year for sure.  Photos are below and here’s a link to the article.

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A couple of months ago we were privileged to shoot for that Canadian favourite, the staple of staples, Tim Hortons on their latest campaign – workattims.com.  And now the images can be found everywhere!  Thanks to everyone at Taxi 2 for the two days of fun.  Double fun.  Double double fun.  ;)

Client: Tim Hortons  |  Agency: Taxi 2  |  ACD: Alexis Bronstorph, Kelsey Horne  |  Art Director:  Ibraheem Youssef  |  Copywriter:  Marc Levesque  |  Group  Account Director:  Jessica Lax  |  Account Director:  Krista Cressman  |  Agency Producer:  Laura Dubcovsky  |  Producer:  Aarin MacKay  |  Executive Producer:  Pam Hamilton – Sparks Photographers  |  Wardrobe Stylist: Christine Brant  |  Stylist Assistant:  Stephanie Major  |  Hair and Makeup: Tami El Sombati  |  Casting: Milo Casting  |  Assistants:  Nathan Cyprys, Abe Roberto, Dorota Pankowska  |  Catering:  Jennifer’s Kitchen  |

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