Alison Garwood Jones

Choose Your Life

Originally published in April 2022 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

A friend of Benjamin’s parents took him aside and bestowed upon him his best piece of career advice. “Just one word, Benny: Rebar.” #Toronto #CondoBoom #ShitTonOmoney #ChooseYourLife

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Jane’s Walk Toronto

Originally published in April 2021 in Blog, Toronto Illustrators

Jane’s Walk is a grassroots movement focused on city building. It’s named after the urban activist and badass Torontonian Jane Jacobs. Every Spring, to honour Jane’s birthday and her spirit of inquiry, cities around the world host volunteer-led walking tours that make spaces for people to observe, reflect, share, question, and re-imagine the places in […]

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Sketching at the mall

Originally published in February 2020 in Blog, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

There’s a hightop table facing the shoe department at Nordstrom Canada’s Toronto location. 👢 It’s for people to stop, sit, play with their phones, or wait while they get a clothing item repaired at a nearby sewing station. 🧥 It’s also great if you’re an urban sketcher. 🎨 There’s always something to see and sketch.

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The future

Originally published in September 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Toronto Illustrators

Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Josh is in the fifth grade. He likes history and basketball. Photo and Illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones Adelaide likes hearts and story time.   Today, I joined forces again as a portrait artist with my wonderful partners at @JamiiEsplanade. It was their 10th year organizing @culturedays and the program, […]

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Live illustration in Toronto

Originally published in July 2019 in Blog, Graphic Facilitator, Graphic Recorder, Graphic Visualizer, Toronto Illustrators, Visual Storytelling

It’s always my goal to work with good people. Teaching provides me with that in spades thanks to the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies where I teach the ever-morphing topic of Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media. In essence, this course is about storytelling and the best way to digitally distribute your stories, […]

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Jane’s Walk Toronto

Originally published in April 2019 in Blog, Illustration, Jane Jacobs Enamel Pin, Pen Jar Productions, Toronto Illustrators

In time for Jane’s Walk Toronto (May 3-5, 2019), Pen Jar Productions has teamed up with Another Story Bookshop.

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Originally published in January 2017 in Blog

You have to work for the government you want, or else someone else will give it to you. The world is feeling that today, this entire weekend, as folks in the U.S. prepare to stand toe-to-toe with forces threatening to roll back a half-century of hard-won social gains. Last night, I was in a room […]

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Sunrise, sunset

Originally published in June 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized

Sunrise, sunset. Then sunrise again. In a roundabout way, this art project involving paint, foam board and a my new butcher block desk as a background, was inspired by an essay by the writer-turned-broadcaster, Hanna Rosin. Her resonant piece talks about giving up mastery and dropping back down to zero. But, really, it’s about a skills […]

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A Toronto State of Mind

Originally published in June 2016 in Blog

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Dude, you inspire me

Originally published in January 2015 in Blog

Just before Christmas I attended an ACI artist’s talk at Massey College. At the end of it, I turned to the woman sitting next to me and said, “Wasn’t that good?” She agreed and we shared our favourite ah ha moments in the life and career of Paul Kane. Kane was born 150 years before Neil […]

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