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At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Jim Shedden publishes catalogues and curates exhibitions (notably the recent I AM HERE: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces). But those aren’t the only irons in this multi-hyphenate’s fire. He has also made books on film and culture (some in his former role at Bruce Mau Design) and hosts a podcast called 1000 Songs from his Toronto home office and more.

By Kristina Ljubanovic

Photos by Curtiss Randolph

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1. The Toronto Telegram Newsstand “I put copies of newspapers in it from the day my daughter was born, which was during the ice storm. And copies of my DIY Toronto [a fanzine/poster on Toronto culture from 1975 to 1989].”

2. To-do Lists “I have my work, and all these things I do that are not work, and all the things I don’t have to do but really should do. I have [the lists] electronically, but I need to use a Sharpie and keep changing them up so they’re not too clean.”

3. I AM HERE Postcard Stack and Portrait “I have a copy of every single postcard that was in the exhibition. Someone saw this postcard of [my wife] Shellie and [daughter] Meredith and they drew it, and we have no idea who it was. I want to post it eventually on Instagram saying ‘Thank you’ and ‘Who are you?’”

4. Emeco Chair and Table “My chair is definitely Emeco. I don’t know how vintage it is except to say that I bought it in 2001 so it’s at least that old. The table is light aluminum—and older. The person who sold it to me said it was Emeco 1940s. I think that it’s possibly 1940s but probably not Emeco.”

5. Books “I have the [Bruce] Mau stack. Then there are AGO books. Some are both.”

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