Artcore Sessions, a new event conceptualized by Pax Arts founder of Artcore Clothing, launched on Saturday September 20th. Artcore Clothing is a Montreal brand that’s been around for a few years now and that brings together fashion, street art and graphic design with the ultimate goal of pushing the aesthetics of street wear to a new level.
What Pax Arts wishes to accomplish with these sessions is to give visibility to local artists and provide a platform for networking between the artists. Whether it’s musical, visual, or vocal, there is something for everyone and great connections can be made. It gives exposure to emerging artists as well. The first session, held at the Hip Hop Café on the corner of Villeneuve and Parc, was a success and allowed the organizers to take note of ways to make the next session bigger and better.
The sessions include live music by different DJs and MCs throughout the night, keeping the atmosphere chill and unscheduled. A time frame is put in place, but everything flows. While the music is playing, there are also two artists doing live painting. The artists are given different Artcore logos in advance for inspiration and can paint anything inspired by the logos. You could also get your hair done at the same time; the SubV based barber, Sage Holder, was ready to give anyone a fresh new look!
For this first edition, the artists were LSNR, a French artist based in Montreal, and Emmanuel Laflamme, an autodidact artist from Montreal. Both painted very different pieces inspired by Artcore. The roster of DJs and MCs included Loe Pesci, Freddy Gruesum, Jei Bandit, Vincent Pryce, Lina Dono, OG Kevin Smith and La Rue.
Of course, Artcore clothing items were available for sale on location. The newest product, the Mapuche 5 panel hat, was launched that night. The next Artcore Sessions will be at the end of November or early December, so don’t miss out!