Ever notice that a map of Vancouver looks like a thumbs up?
Megaphone is excited to introduce Cool City, Bro: an art project and fundraising initiative by local illustrator and animator Justin Longoz. Earlier this year, Justin received a DTES Small Arts Grant from the Vancouver Foundation to produce a short run of T-shirts with his design, which plays with the fact that a map of Vancouver looks like a thumbs up (there are some things you can't unsee).
The best part: rather than taking any of the profits for himself, Justin has decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sales of this T-shirt to Megaphone in support of our community writing workshops and vendor programs in the DTES.
Over the last few weeks, Justin and his dedicated project team have been able to form community partnerships with eight local small businesses who have generously agreed to carry the shirts in their storefronts on a goodwill basis (meaning they won't be taking any cut of the sales).
Megaphone would like to thank Justin and these retailers for volunteering their time and space to support our community:
Board of Trade Co., 227 Union St. 778-318-9697
Mintage Vintage, 1714 Commercial Dr. 604-646-8243
Community Thrift and Vintage, 41 West Cordova St. 604-682 8535
Nouvelle Nouvelle, 209 Abbott St. 604-682-2234
Tiny Finery, 2162 E. Hastings St. 604-569-2171
Zulu Records, 1972 W. 4th Ave. 604-738-3232
The Goods Screening & Apparel, 335 E. Broadway 604-568-6169
Shop Wrong, 1192 E. Hastings St. 604-251-1100
We'll be covering this project a lot more in the coming months, but for now please check out these great small businesses, and come see us at the revamped Chinatown Night Market every other Saturday starting June 8th. For dates, more information, or to order online (Canada only), visit CoolCityBro.com.
See you this summer!