We’ve gone a bit Coupland crazy here at the Drake with the iconic writer and artist’s recent installation Universal Luggage Bar Code Sunset: Vancouver to Toronto in the art alcove at Drake One Fifty, our standalone restaurant in Toronto’s Financial District.
As loyal canucks, art fans and book nerds, Douglas Coupland’s body of work has left an indelible mark on our brains and, IOHO, on contemporary culture. To mark his upcoming appearance at the International Festival of Authors October 31st in Toronto for his new novel, Worst. Person. Ever., we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.
Coupland’s iconic, early ‘90s novel chronicling the malaise and aimlessness felt by its namesake generation. In the book, the main characters retreat to the California desert in search of meaning. (Which, we’ve been told, can also be found at the bottom of a Drake mojito glass.)
DIGITAL ORCA, VANCOUVER
Coupland’s first piece of public art in Vancouver, coinciding with the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. According to a plaque near the sculpture, its intent is “making a familiar symbol of the West Coast become something unexpected and new.” (via BC Living)
This spring, he’ll get his first major retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA
The novel tells the story of a group of friends growing up in Vancouver in the late 1970s. As the title warns, on the night of a teenage house party, the main character’s girlfriend falls into a coma. Strange and unexpected events ensue.
The definitive novel capturing the culture of twentysomethings in Silicon Valley at the height of the dot com boom.
THE RED CANOE AT CANOE LANDING PARK, TORONTO
The oversized canoe perches on the tip of Canoe Landing Park in downtown Toronto, signifying the former water line of Lake Ontario.