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Justin Broadbent is a multitasking Toronto artist who has directed videos for bands like Metric, Shad, and Dragonette.
He also does design work—his 2013 Recording Package for Metric’s Synthetica album won him his own JUNO. Now he’s back in the JUNOs spotlight with something new: a line of merch that celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the awards ceremony.
Called “With Glowing Hearts,” (you’ll recognize the phrase from our country’s number one hit anthem, O Canada) the line of tees and snapback hats is available online at Kill The 8 (or, if you’re lucky enough to be heading to the JUNOs in Calgary on March 28, you can get your merch there all week). Jann Arden already got her hands on some.
In designing the line, Justin says that his goal was to create clothing with a message of “inclusivity, diversity and kindness.”
“I like making things that are simple yet multi-layered, which is why I often include words in my visual art,” says Broadbent. “I chose ‘With Glowing Hearts’ since this phrase is familiar and iconic but, at the same time, conveys a much deeper message of hope and pride – taken from our national anthem and representing the core of what it means to be a Canadian. Our hearts shine brightly and radiate warmth. This motto speaks both to our history as a nation and to who we want to be in the future. With the current state of the world, it is important to trust and listen to our glowing hearts because we could all do with some more generosity, love and acceptance.”