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Jason Skinner's a people person

People on the Street imagines what Canada would be like

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Jason Skinner's People on the Street.
  • Jason Skinner's People on the Street.

Jason Skinner has done some serious number crunching. After discovering David J. Smith's If the World Were a Village, a book that teaches kids about where they fit into world demographics by representing the world's population with100 people, he was inspired to do his own research. "I took as much information that I could from StatsCan and reduced all the populations to a percentage," says the NSCAD student, who dug into language, age, religion and further to see what Canada would look like if it were made up of 100 people. The result? 100 portraits of fictional Canadians. They even have names and personalities that match up with the year they would have been born. But there's more than Skinner's Canadians in the gallery; he'll be doing live "sidewalk" drawing in the gallery to help engage the public in what is sometimes viewed as a private space.

To April 10, Port Loggia, 1107 Marginal Road

Live drawing Thu 31, 2-5pm, Sat 2, 12-5pm and Tue 5, 2-5pm

Thursday, October 17, Roy Building, 1657 Barrington Street, 10pm, $50

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