Art Director : Meghan Kraft
Meghan is a Toronto based Creative Director, Event and Video Producer, and Clothing Designer. Her creative career began with a background in performing arts and later exploded after launching her first clothing brand Illbury + Goose in 2012. As a global citizen, she has traveled the world for inspiration; most recently moving to India to launch her Resort Line - Chai Atelier.
Her educational background in Human Behavior and Neuroscience has given her a unique perspective on experiential marketing, and consumer behavior, which she has applied to many of her pops ups and projects including the highly successful Design By Toronto. She has been recognized across Ontario as an influential young female entrepreneur, most recently being nominated for a Notable Award for Breakout Designer of The Year.
Meghan’s career is all about bringing together the best and brightest creators in her industry, and Greenwood Stakes will be no exception.
Duro The Third (Live Muralist)
Arturo “Duro the Third” Parada is a highly recognizable and charismatic Toronto born muralist and graffiti artist. Driven by a need to create and inspired by personal tragedy he learned to express himself through graffiti at the age of 14. Since beginning his career in Scarborough in 1989 he has become the most published graffiti artist in Canada, with work appearing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, and The New York Times. His highly sought after mural work has been featured across the city in venues such as Locals Only, Brooklynn and Liar Liar, and he has been commissioned by some of the worlds biggest brands including Nike, Redbull and Walmart. Expect to see Duro’s skills in action as he live paints a themed mural at this first ever Greenwood Stakes.
Briony Douglas (live photography)
Briony Douglas’s work has been catching eyes for the past few years now, as she continues to rise, her unique style of photography and art stands out from the rest of the crowd. Briony’s work behind the lens captures raw emotions with her portraits and many other images, while showing the power and beauty of the smallest detail with her macro shots. Her design work brings you down the rabbit hole of life, with her striking and vibrant visuals she creates dream like art that will make you stop and think. Briony’s risqué pieces are meant to make you talk, she’s not afraid to push boundaries, making it her goal to reshape the perception of how we view ourselves.
Crazy Plate Lady (Plate Mosaic)
While she claims to have been born with paint on her hands, officially Jacqueline Poirier graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA in drawing and Painting. Since 2012 she has been bringing her art to life by painting on porcelain and ceramics. Currently she is the Resident Artist at The Ritz Carlton in Toronto where her hand painted charger plates are showcased throughout TOCA, the hotel’s signature restaurant. In addition to working closely with individual buyers to create exclusive and one of a kind pieces of art, she has collaborated with the creative teams representing many prominent corporate clients including Facebook, Molson Canadian, Samsung, Celebrity Cruises, Hewlett-Packard, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Alpo Snow (Multi-Piece Installation)
Alpo Snow is a 22 year old, Toronto based artist known for fusing art and fashion with his bold and colorful pieces. Starting as a young boy he always dreamt of a customized career which allowed him the freedom to create using a combination of his own interests and mediums. Never wanting to remain stagnant, he has constantly searched for unique ways to learn and create designs. After earning a degree in Fashion Techniques & Design he felt he had been lied to about his future. Feeling as there was no system in place for him climb, he decided to create what he preferred to see. “I like the idea of creating a piece to connect before actually meeting someone. It gives us a bond we may have denied off of mindless judgments."
Coup de Tête
Coup de Tête is a hat and leather goods company based in Toronto, Canada. A true collaboration between west coast hat maker, Jay Mitchell and Toronto Leather Smith, Ryan Tavares, the company creates quality, one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces intended to last a lifetime. From sleek and bold, to rugged and distressed, a consultation with each client became the spark for a design. The pieces, therefore, are much more than a hat or a bag, but a story in which the client is the muse at its center. Together, each day in the shop, Jay and Ryan help each other troubleshoot, dream up new and innovative designs, and offer a sounding board for ideas, encouraging each other to take their craft to the next level.