I'm thrilled to announce that I've been selected as the very first Artist in Residence at Tweed, Canada's largest licensed producer of medical cannabis. This is by all accounts the first artist in residence program at any cannabis company worldwide. As a longtime advocate for the sheer versatility of this plant, and as a proud artist, you can imagine what an honour this is. Especially at a time when we see cannabis legalization turn a corner from pipe dream to a multi-billion-dollar industry.
There is most certainly a place for a bit of art and fun in all this, and I'm ready to bring it.
Here is the company's official press release.
Though Tweed is headquartered in Smiths Falls, Ontario, and housed in Canada's sprawling former Hershey's Chocolate factory, the year-long photography-based residency will see me continue to reside at home in Montreal (perhaps you were wondering if I'd have to live in a giant marijuana factory - I don't), all the while affording me a budget and mandate to travel to various cities across Canada and worldwide to create exciting new photo series of my own creation. Some of these photo project will be marijuana and hemp related while others will be more general in theme, taking their inspiration from the colourful world around us.
|The Tweed factory in Smiths Falls, ON|
I stayed in touch with the team at Tweed ever since and they loved my idea for the company to take on an artist in residence. I'm incredibly grateful to them for this unprecedented opportunity.
Extra special thanks also go out to my old pals Paul Flicker and Andy Nulman for their very kind letters of reference on my behalf. Andy gracefully began his letter to Tweed with:
And the rest, as they say, is history.
|Josh Ritter and me backstage |
at his recent concert in Albany, NY
|Click the above image or this link to watch the brand new video!|
(Featured mural by Chris Dyer)
|On the hunt for more murals|
|Talula admiring a downtown mural|
Tweed recently entered into a business venture with hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. As part of my residency, I was invited down to Toronto by the company to photograph Snoop at his concert and at a private Tweed-sponsored after-party at which he was DJ'ing. Quite the experience, to say the least. Here are a couple of shots from the night. I'll be releasing more shots from this night throughout the year.
|'Soif Dogg' at the Snoop after-party in Toronto|
Huh?! New website?! Why yes... I built a brand new site and it's already loaded up with many photo series for you to see! Have a look around. EzSez.com will remain the go-to place for all my news and EzraSoiferman.com will feature in-depth looks at my photo projects, info on my ongoing filmmaking work and much more.
As we like to say at EzraSoiferman.com, "Come for the flicks, stay for the pix!"
Finally, I'm also now on Twitter. Follow @EzraSoif today.
OK, please enjoy my new short video "The Walls of Montreal", an entirely new way to appreciate this city I love, thanks to the art of so many truly incredible mural artists.
Regards to all from Montreal,
Documentary filmmaker and photographer