Will Munro

We met Will 4 years ago, shortly after we moved to Toronto. Will and Lynn had just taken over The Beaver. It was the first party there, for his 31st birthday in February 2006. I remember talking to Will while he was djing. He played a Mylo Club Mix of a cover version of Sweet Child Of Mine. I had not heard the song before, asking him what it was.

A few weeks later, Andrew Harwood and myself would ask Will if we could have a Saturday night at The Beaver. And so, in May 2006, we started Hotnuts. Will was such a big part of it. From the beginning he dressed up with us, djed and got the night going.

For the first year or so, we would do silk screened posters and flyers. And when I say “we”, it was Will doing most of the work. A lot of times, we wanted to meet at 8pm to work on the posters. In the end, we met at midnight or 1am. Will was always so busy, doing 5 projects at the same time. So much energy. He didn’t mind doing the silk screening at night. So, we would meet at his studio, listening to disco and house, drinking coke, eating double doubles. And I was just trying to not get to messy from the silk screening.

In May 2009, Will djed at Hotnuts for the last time. He had sewn his outfit out of Mc Donald’s fabric and called the headpiece “tumor balls”.

On May 21, 2010 Will Munro passed away after a two year battle with a brain tumor. Toronto lost one of it’s most prolific artists, promoters, DJ’s, musicians, community activists.

We love and miss him so much.

Some pictures are below. Most of them are from Hotnuts. I have uploaded much more to flickr. Will’s make up by Margot Keith. (You can download the original sized photos on flickr by clicking on the “All sizes” link on top of the pictures.)

There is a facebook group: Honoring the Heart of Will Munro. And this Wednesday, May 26, there is a Memorial / Party for Will Munro at the Gladstone.















JPL 4 1.2.3.

Jean Paul Lespagnard sent me pictures of his spring 2009 collection for 1.2.3. Here is a another excerpt from my interview with him:

“Sometimes I’m finding fabric, sometimes I’m hearing stories., sometimes I meet someone and I get inspired, sometimes it is a movie. Like my next collection (for 1.2.3.) is about Sylvester Stallone. When I was in Hyeres, I had this idea about doing a collection about Jaqueline, like she is fed up with Texas and she is watching the movie Cliffhanger. So she decides to go to Austria to become a climber and she is completely obsessed by Sylvester Stallone at the end, so she is watching Rocky Balboa. So my next collection will be about climbers and boxers.”

Much Love

From Aaron-Carl:

Hello Germany… I just arrived and I was looking so forward to spending time with you. Unfortunately, I have to rush back home. I just received a message that my mother was found dead in her bed this morning. I KNOW you will understand why I cannot be here with you in person, but please know that I am here with you in spirit. Please pray for me. I shall return… In the meantime, please enjoy Pirahnahead as he spins tonight. He will definitely represent to the fullest.

Much love,

Viola, Georg und ich fühlen mit Aaron-Carl.
Pirahnahead is spinning. For The Love is still happening. Be with us.