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6sqft | August 3, 2016, Full story

BLOCKS NYC Explores Greenwich Village From Bob Dylan to The Ramones in Coloring Book Pages

“BLOCKS (full name: City Blocks Culture Collective) explores and celebrates the architecture of city neighborhoods, introducing stories of how historic landmarks have evolved and how they fit into the city’s cultural landscape. The organization’s Toronto-based founder Rafi Ghanaghounian’s love for music was sparked by a visit to Greenwich Village as a teen, when he experienced the music vibe, history, colorful street life and architecture of the city.”

DNA Info | August 5, 2016, Full story

Artist Collective Launches Kickstarter for Greenwich Village Coloring Book

“A Toronto-based artist collective is planning a coloring book to showcase Greenwich Village’s historic 1960s music scene. City BLOCKS Culture Collective launched a Kickstarter campaign to highlight folk and rock album covers, along with some of the neighborhood’s iconic buildings.”

CITY NEWS | April 8, 2016, Full story

Blue jays and raccoons welcome Syrian immigrants to Toronto in colouring book

“Raccoons, pancakes, surfing … these are some of the things that make up Tkaronto. Toronto’s name originated from the Mohawk word, which means “where there are trees standing in the water.” It’s surprising how much you can learn from a colouring book.A Toronto arts and culture company launched a colouring book called ‘Welcome to Toronto,’ aimed at Syrian refugees. Keep 6 Exhibits reached out to 30 artists and illustrators and asked them to contribute pictures and text about Toronto things and places they felt greatly about.”

GLOBAL NEWS | April 6, 2016, Full story

Colouring book for Syrian refugees

Video new segment on Global News: Rafi Ghanaghounion discusses how a colouring book for Syrian refugee children came together.

THE VARSITY | March 26, 2016, Full story

A universal language Local artists create colouring book for incoming Syrian refugees

“Last February, artists Rafi Ghanaghounian, Andrea Pearce, and Nicole Baillargeon undertook an ambitious project in the form of a colouring book for recently arrived Syrian refugees. Their project, a success in Toronto’s new Syrian community, exists at the nexus of art and social justice and is intended to help Syrian children and their families acclimatize to the new environment.”

TORONTO LIFE | March 2, 2016, Full story

Five beautiful adult colouring books made in Toronto

“Each of Shengyu Cai’s old-timey scenes—a horse and buggy outside the fire hall on College, a fruit stand on Baldwin—is paired with a cute poem by Bruce Beaton about the market’s bohemian history.”

THE STAR | February 26, 2016, Full story

Project gives refugee kids a colourful welcome to Toronto

“Syrian refugee children will have the chance to decide, with a new colouring book created to let them shade in images of the city they now call home. With captions in Arabic and English, the collection of drawings — some intricate, some whimsical — feature points of interest from the Royal Ontario Museum to the Toronto Islands, Grenadier Pond to the Toronto Zoo, from Lake Ontario to Canada’s Wonderland, all ready to be brought to living colour by young newcomer hands.”

METRO NEWS | December 2, 2015, Full story

Adult colouring book puts focus on Kensington Market

“If you’ve ever wandered through Kensington Market and felt like changing the iconic neighbourhood’s colour scheme, now you can. A new adult colouring book focused on the Market and its history is launching this week courtesy of Toronto’s Keep 6 exhibits. United Colours of Kensington Market features 16 different drawings depicting Kensington staples like the Kiever Synagogue and the No. 8 Fire Hall.”

YAHOO NEWS | December 2, 2015, Full story

Adult colouring book puts focus on Kensington Market

“For a new book about Kensington Market, The United Colours of Kensington, artist and curator Rafi Ghanaghounian did not add any colour. That’s because the architectural sketch tour of the Kensington Market neighbourhood is an adult colouring book, part of a trend to promote mindfulness by colouring.”Kensington is like my lungs, it keeps me alive,” he said. “I live, work and socialize here.” Ghanaghounia fell in love with the neighbourhood 20 years ago, and credits the neighbourhood with helping raise his 15-year-old son.”

ZIPCAR BLOG | August 6, 2015, Full story

Drawing a Local Art Scene in Toronto

“From larger-than-life murals to head-turning architecture, art has always played a crucial role in the urban environment. The growing presence has created more opportunities for artists, but with the scale, often favors more-renowned names. What about the little guys? Look no further than Toronto. Canada’s most populous city has always had an art scene, but with creative outlets both long-standing and new, the city is fostering a community of independent artists in bigger and more diverse ways than ever before.”

BLOG TO | March 17, 2014, Full story

Kensington Market to get new outdoor art fair

“Kensington Market’s set to get even more eclectic and colourful this summer: the Kensington Market BIA and Pedestrian Sundays are partnering up to start an outdoor art fair series on the last Sunday of each month from May till October.Organizers are encouraging any and all artists to apply with 2D or 3D work; this will be a curated deal, though I’d expect along with the general spirit of the market, “curated” won’t have the usual cliched, gallery-esque airs of affectation.”

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THE VILLAGER | October 3, 2013, Full story | Print view 

Just Do Art! BLOCKS NYC: 60’s folk album cover hunt

“Why go to all the trouble of gathering three buddies, crossing the pond, parking your white VW bug to the left of the frame and holding up traffic while crossing the street? There’s got to be an easier way to put your own stamp on an iconic image. If you’re up to that challenge, Keep 6 has your back — at least when it comes to paying tribute to some notable fronts. Their October 12 event, a NYC first for the Toronto-based organization, is a scavenger hunt that allows participants to celebrate Greenwich Village’s rich musical history…”

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NATIONAL POST | July 9, 2013, Full story

Five things we learned at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

“The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition took place this past weekend at Nathan Phillips Square. With dozens of artists displaying works across a variety of mediums, it was a cornucopia of sights. Rebecca Melnyk was there and reports on some of her favourite booths. I asked Rafi Ghanaghounian, the guest curator, what this was all about. “People still find art intimidating,” he said. “The idea is to invite people to participate in the creation of art, to be educated. People want to create. They just need the opportunity.”


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