Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jindalee's Got Gingham in the Springtime (special musical edition!)

Jindalee's music makes you jump at the chance to catch some more Gingham.
25th March, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) Jindalee's been making music ever since she could hum. Now that she's got a new song doing the rounds we thought we would go check out her website [see here] and what do we see? Gingham all over. So no matter where you go this spring, put some Gingham in your step. 

Sloan Get In On The Act

Yeah, they still got it.
(Vancouver 1999) photo: Jeff Harris [see here]
The band Sloan seem to have checked out Jindalee's site too. We were doing some old research into our files from when we interviewed them back in 1999. Look then and now, what do we see? They Got Gingham.

More street level Gingham in Montreal:

Singing for your dinner? Then pull out that Phillie-style sleeveless number.

How to Cross the road in style:

"Hey man, can't talk now, I'm on Got Gingham."

"Time to survey the scene."

"That's right; I am the scene."

Red Gingham Still Making Hay While the Sun Shines:

Playing in the fields in Montreal means a skip along the Boulevard in Gingham.

EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE...And after dark in the bowels of the St-Laurent nightclub district:

Formally introduced into the Mile End Crucial Crew.
The negotiation begins...
Here is the Mile End Crucial Crew recruiting new members. Football Casuals are becoming more and more prevalent in North America these days, except with none of the aggro and silly xenophobic nonsense associated with their Euro cousins [see here]. 

An overwhelming majority of them are choosing Gingham as part of their ensemble, to stand out, and be counted: we are all part of one human family. 

"Back! Back in La Salle again! Yes I'm back..."
"I could wait all day, in Gingham."

And in other sources...

Streetstyle Ottawa:

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What people from Ottawa with homes look like in Gingham.

From Chicago: 

As far as we can tell, Gingham comes in first. Don't know what that 4th-place thingy is about. Full explanation? [see here]

And because NYC is always nice in the Spring:

NYC, Cobblestones and Gingham. No chip on his shoulder, he. [see here]

Bags of time left over to go shop for more Gingham

It's not just a question of belonging...

It's about where to put your belongings.



Don Draper surely wouldn't object.Objectify, perhaps, but turn down... no way.

The problem with Thomas MULCAIR

"Yeah, yeah. I'll get some Gingham." Promises, promises. (G&M photo)
Our overseas readers will have no clue who we are talking about, but in Canada and Quebec today, members of the NDP voted for a new leader. His name is Thomas Mulcair. Take a look at this guy [see here].  At Got Gingham we wade away from the murky world of politics and would never dare tell anybody how to plan their day... but people! He is only ever seen wearing a white shirt. The guy ain't Got no Gingham and that means we've gotta send a message to his coterie.

Today's caption: "A musical genre unto itself..." is brought to you by the Street Writers of Greater Milwaukee in conjunction with a grant from the Anti-Jacobite Rebellion Sympathizer and or Apologists Movement.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rob takes to the Streets as Students in Quebec Unite under Gingham Banner

You want to see a real uprising? Then ban Gingham on the campuses in Quebec.
22nd March, Twenty-twelve (Montreal) Meet Rob. He is a student here in Montreal. Today there is a national strike in Quebec demonstrating against what they consider to be enormous increases in tuition fees. Rob wouldn't tell us is he was on strike--we don't care! Rob's Got Gingham!

Meanwhile, you can't stop the roar of the crowd:
Three Hundred Thousand people wearing Gingham cannot be ignored.


Today's caption "It's about to kick off" is held over from our last edition. Everything seems to be kicking off!

Got a gripe? Want to hit the streets? Well, get some Gingham. Already Got Gingham? Then send it to

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mile End Crucial Crew Got Gingham for Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire

Gingham is the symbol of Montreal's foremost Casual Crew.

18th March, 2012 (Montreal) The Mile End Crucial Crew turned up in force at yesterday's home opener as Montreal Impact hosted the Chicago Fire. Gingham abounds as the soccer fans from across the city swelled the stadium at the rafters to the tune of 59,912.

The Crucial Crew were everywhere:

Mile End Crucial Crew start with a Mile End Crucial Brew.

Hangin' Tuff: P.M.T. for the Mile End Crucial Crew

Want to join the Crucial Crew and stand and sing at Montreal Impact matches? Join the club. Got Gingham? Send it to

Today's caption "It's about to Kick-off" is brought to you from les Ultras de l'Impact de Montreal and the many people who have muttered this expression just before something EXPLODES.

Coming later this week: Montreal street-styler Rob, Jinda-lee and the rock band Sloane.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

You Can't Play the Gingham Blues If you Ain't Paid your Gingham Do's

Got an All Girl Rock Band? Better get some Gingham (photo lifted from Californication, season 3).

8th March, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) It's International Woman's Day here at Got Gingham so we decided we had better do something about it. Rather than put some guy in drag and be done with it, we sourced real women for today's edition. Why do we need International Woman's Day, you might ask? Haven't we come a long way, baby?
Perhaps you've heard of the Bechtel Test? In order for a Hollywood Movie to pass this test [see here], there must be at some point in the script where two of the female characters have dialog that doesn't have anything to do with the other male characters nor can there be a male character in the scene. In this year's Oscars, only The Help, Bridesmaids and Midnight in Paris passed the test. Think about it... many of us don't even realize how mainstream culture presents women to us. In the case of Hollywood, it seems we only ever see women portrayed as those who care about the deadbeats and players with whom they are sharing screen time.
Or perhaps you like art. OK, name four world famous household-name male painters off the top of your head. No problem... I can think of Gauguin, Picasso, Renoir and Blake and that was as easy as being asked to name four letters in the alphabet.
Now name four world famous household-name female painters off the top of your head. Easy... Georgia O'Keefe, Emily Carr, that Frida person, you know--the woman who married what's his name, the Mexican guy Rivera... and then... and then... See? Who is the fourth most famous female painter in the world?
So yeah, we may have come a long way, baby, and although there is a lot of Gingham being shared equally between the sexes and the genders and the gerunds, we've still got a long way to go, mister.

Girls gotta ROCK! And They Rock in Gingham:

"I know, it's only Montreal but I like it, like it like it..."
Gingham is your ticket to Rock Camp immortality.
Madeleine Martin can rock out all she likes in Gingham for TEEVEE,  but Rock Camp for Girls [see here] is doing the real thing. And they ain't talking about their boyfriends during the tune-ups. (Thanks to Jenny at Fashionmademefunky [see here] for the terrific Rock Camp for Girl's photos)

March of the springtime Gingham cont...

International Gingham's Day is everyday.
Female and wondering around Afghanistan? Protect yourself in Gingham (Photo: Clayton Esteton).

She's whispering to her friend  "Let's go bicycle fishing in our Gingham." (Photo: Denis Vignault)

Take you're blinders off, certainly. But keeping your ears warm is another matter entirely:
Fashion Fact: Avenue Mont-Royal in Montreal is where you go to buy Three-eyed Newt earmuffs, if that's what you're into.


"I'm having what she's havin'."
Check out our friend waiting for his woman to meet him for breakfast. Is he worried? Will he be stood-up? Is she backing out of the LTR they got going on? Is there trouble in paradise? Has he been treating her the way a woman needs to be treated? Like, you know, with respect, empathy and understanding. Is he like, say, a good listener? Does he, you know, give her the space she needs and does he take her seriously? Do they have, what-d'you-call it, an equal voice in the rello? Who knows? Nobody asked the guy. All we really know for sure, is that he's Got Gingham. However, that's a great sign.

 Today's caption "Equality and Respect" has been brought to you by the National Organization of Women and the lips of Abraham Lincoln.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012


Breaking the fourth wall to pieces... Found Art's Got Gingham from 12 years ago.

Gingham makes you warm and fuzzy.
1st March, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) Now that Found Art [see here] and its adherents have well-and-truly entered the mainstream it's about time we unearth some of it's roots. For sure it has a lot in common with Folk Art [see here] and Outsider Art [see here] and the lines of demarcation get blurry when artists employ original materials in a combination with found articles (and then use words like 'demarcation'). However, some of the legitimization of the Found Art Movement must surely have come, in part, from the army of elementary school teachers out there in the trenches egging on their students to recycle cartons, toilet paper rolls, carpet off-cuts, Popsicle sticks and chicken-wire into sculptures. Usually these sculptures are of rather abstract shapes that might, with a heavy squint, look like something recognizable.
Got Gingham is full of art teachers champing at the bit to get in front of the kiddies of the world and encourage them to do delve into this great thing called Found Art.
Meanwhile it seems these days just about every Street Artist, Calligrapher, Spoken Wordsmith and anybody who knows how to hold a drum in one hand are able to dream up some kind of 'workshop' and thus get themselves into schools in order to grab the imagination of the next generation of up-and-comers...
Not a week goes by without receiving some press release about the great inroads some of these artists are making into the realms of Service Learning [see here] within the modern education system, so why not all us here at Got Gingham? No need--take a look at these gorgeous efforts from the young'uns of Montreal on display at Le Biodôme de Montréal: FOUND ART... it's Got GINGHAM!
So if you can read this, and you've got Gingham, thank a teacher.

More Biodome action:

This guy's on the metro readying to go to work...

...for his job as poster boy at  the Biodome.

The Streets are full of Winter Gingham...

Shopping with your girl? Totally bearable if you've Got Gingham.

Takin' your lame-ass friend out for coffee because he's broke?

Perfectly agreeable diversion, as long as you've Got Gingham.

Trying to get rid of last year's artwork at Expozine? No problem if you've Got Gingham.
Trying to raise the price of your artwork at Expozine? Got Gingham and you can make 'em pay.

Bored while out shopping with your friends? No problem, just stare out the window.

Pulling off a heist and don't have the right driver? We've got your man, and he's Got Gingham.

Life just one big hot potato? Not if you've Got your Gingham Mits about you.

Who says winter isn't colourful? Sure, if you ain't Got no Gingham.
 And finally, Montreal Street Aritist Allison Gonsalves snapped for us this masterpiece from where else, but Place des Arts in Montreal. Lo and behold, here she has lovingly captured one of Montreal's least-known style icons, waiting for the Number 80 bus. Not too many people can pull this look off. Not too many people can grab a Gingham Get like this without ruffling a few feathers, so chapeau Allison. You got gumption, you got gall, but best of all, you Got us some Gingham.

Today's caption: "That's not all, folks."is a rip-off from a popular Hollywood dream factory, hoping you see how Gingham seeps into every aspect of the living universe and hopefully plays into your new appreciation for Found Art and a renewed use for garbage. It is brought to us by the Coalition to Save the Arboreal Rain Forests and a guy at the back of the Number 80 Bus in Montreal.

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