Art Department

Making a special appearance on the Passing Shot are Art Department, the Canadian Producer/DJ duo who push Can-Con internationally without striding anywhere near Anne Murray or Bieb-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named territory. The pair, Kenny Glasgow & Jonny White, produce and provide an eclectic mix of music that effectively flies above genre, while tipping a hat to house, techno, electronica and even funk & disco.

Check out a mix of their music below, as heard live on the the lauded Boiler Room, and jig past the jump for more from the dashing dyad - more info and tour dates can be found on their Facebook page.

   ART DEPARTMENT No.19 Music @ Boiler Room 2013 

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Meghan Markle

Sharp Magazine enlisted Matt to photograph actress Meghan Markle for their September 2013 issue, and these shots are the fruits of that lovely bit of labour. Miss Markle, who features as ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane in the USA Network legal drama Suits, is no stranger to our fair city, as the show films for eight months of the year in Toronto - making her an honourary Canadian. Another reason to fall for this intelligent entertainer, if you aren’t already smitten with her timeless good looks, is the fact that she went from working in the American Embassy in Argentina to modelling briefcases on Deal Or No Deal; talk about versatility.

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Raunch-o: the Pantomime Pervert

imageRaunch-O: a post-modern Pennywise of the Violator variety. A repugnant prankster in polka dots; an anarchist jester who gives ‘gag’ a whole new meaning, while taking buffoonery to a wonderfully bawdy place. Raunch-O; inspiring coulrophobia in the most seasoned circus-goer. 

Chef Matty Matheson, he of Parts & Labour infamy, was more than happy to indulge in Matt’s carnival driven lunacy, one captured quite strikingly by the Phase One camera and IQ180 digital back provided by Vistek. Matt was partially inspired, beyond the obvious and the aforementioned, by the black light posters of the seventies, and set out to create an image that was colourful and creepy in equal measure. SFX expert Louise Mackintosh is to blame for Mr. Matheson’s nightmarish makeover, but one’s inability to sleep, for the foreseeable future, is entirely Matt’s fault - ye of brave soul can read on for more fun with Raunch-O.

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So Long, Mister Softee

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Bather Trunk Company

A post bespoke for the forthcoming long weekend, Matt’s look-book for swim trunk outfit Bather is a slice of lake-abreast paradise. Bather, a byproduct of designer (and friend) Kyle Kaminsky, was born in 2013, thought up, rather appropriately, both on and for the beach, though its trademark line of slim-cut shorts (running the gamut from the polka-dotted to some subtly more subdued) can certainly be pulled off as street wear. Matt photographed some favourite talent of his for this project, as well as Barnes-virgin and stoke-aholic Dan Arnott - Ryan Holbert, James Forsythe, Taylor David, Yana Gold, Hailie Maria L, Morgan Reed, and the perpetual Matt-aside, assistant Kyle ‘Papi’ Topping. Whether you’re cottage-bound, or one of those urban pool-hopping devils one is always reading about, this Bather Trunk Company look-book is a symbol of that sun-soaked summer weekend - bask in more red-hot revelry post-jump and, considering it’s already August, Carpe Di-sun!

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Baron Samedi

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Matt Barnes was lucky enough to recently enjoy an exceptional New Orleans experience, in the act of photographing and styling actor Rick LaCour (cast by Matthew Morgan) in the guise of Haitian Voodoo Loa Baron Samedi. Master of the dead, as well as giver of life, Baron Samedi was a doctor of sorts, with the ability to cure and pacify any disease or wound through the practise of black magic. Matt was privileged to visit New Orleans to photograph in, and was aided by producer Shannon Parker and MUA Jonny Bullard in his eerie endeavour, one which resulted in a 4x6 foot resin coated print, sold in the acclaimed DOS art show in Toronto’s downtown core - an event where by Matt certainly drank and danced his fill, thanks to Clay Rochemont.

Drop a gift of cigars, rum or coffee at the jump, and you’ll be rewarded with the Baron Samedi series in it’s entirety, as well as a behind the scenes video and a collage of images shot by Matt (on his iphone, nonetheless), while on location. imageimage

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Bikes on Wheels

imageMatt’s bicycling betrothal is no secret - if you are amongst his instagram adherents you’re bound to have caught him in his BOW team kit - so shooting the finely tuned folks of cycle emporium Bikes on Wheels was a match made in heaven. If accoutrements of a velocipedal variety are your thing, and you’re hungry for some man-candy, Bikes on Wheels is that one stop shop - pedal on past the gap for an eyeful of cycling-related beefcakery!

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the Beauty of Sport

We teased you with this a little while back, but now it’s time to show off the goods - namely, the goods of our top athletes, those who are not only in peak physical condition but are upstanding members of the Canadian sporting community. Matt’s task of shooting athletes, while challenging at first, turned out to be a really cool, dauntless endeavour, as apparently athletes are the most down to earth group of people imaginable, and are a joy to photograph. From cycling with the hunky Adam Van Koeverden, to knocking back shots in Vegas with some of the luscious ladies of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team, working with Sportsnet was certainly one of Matt’s most memorable projects to date. The cherry on top was the fact that cyclist Emily Batty was selected for the cover, as her sport is one that Matt has more than an avid interest in. Be sure to ride the jump for the entirety of what we’re calling the “photographer’s cut” (Matt’s favourite images), including some that didn’t make the magazine - then make your way over to Sportsnet’s dedicated Beauty of Sport page for a more comprehensive look at our model Canadians. 

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Rookie Blue

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Monday marks The Passing Shot’s release, and our first showing of, Rookie Blue's latest promo images, for their fourth season - currently three episodes in. This was Matt's third year photographing the cast of Global Television's hit series, one which is shot on location in Toronto, and it's a project that he always eagerly anticipates working on. More shots of the blue belles & blokes can be seen post-jump…

Rookie Blue airs on Global each Thursday at 10pm, EST.

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Teaser: Sportsnet - the Beauty of Sport

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After what seemed an enjoyable eon of toil and moil, Sportsnet Magazine's first annual Beauty of Sport issue, shot exclusively by Matt, is very nearly ready to launch. Toasting Canadian athletes who are as successful as they are seductive, this special edition features twenty-eight jocks & jockettes, and will be available on newsstands from July 18th. 

To celebrate the release of this ravishing and prodigious publication, a little teaser has been prepared - one which features Lauren Sesselmann, Kaylyn Kyle & Emily Zurrer, who all, quite fittingly, play the beautiful game, and the equally impressive (Toronto’s very own) hundred metre Olympian, Justyn WarnerThe entire Beauty of Sport experience, including Matt’s lively jaunt to Las Vegas, will air July 15th on Sportsnet at 7pm, but in the meantime the video on Sportsnet’s teaser page, as well as the images that sandwich this text, will surely suffice.

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