Boots & Pine


Jamiyla Lowe in Ossington and Dupont

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Montreal but moved around a bit before I came here to go to school and I’ve been here ever since.

What brought you to Toronto?

I wanted to go to art school and I was living in downtown Hamilton at the time, which wasn’t as exciting for a teen in the late 90′s as I hear it is now.

What do you do for a living?

I work as a screen printer and I make drawings and prints that I mostly show at Magic Pony.

How did you get started?

I went to school for illustration but got a little more into printmaking through my job and then I eventually started showing my work in galleries and selling prints as opposed to doing the freelance illustration thing.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

My neighbours…there’s not much else around here. I live down the hall from the guys in Team Macho and upstairs are the guys from Fake Injury Party, so it’s fun here.

What’s the last treasure you found?

These Slurricane comics by this guy Will Laren are really really funny. I found them on the internet.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

I don’t eat out much. I like Menchie’s and Cinnabon, stuff like that. Sweet stuff.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Chris Rock. Touching allowed.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Finally by Cece Peniston

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

More efficient public transit, 24 hour pie diner.

See Jamiyla’s work at and her Tumblr

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