Our Series Four call for art and music has come to a close and to help us pour through the absolutely wicked level of talent that’s come through this round, we’ve enlisted a new crew of respected industry leaders from various areas of the art, music, beer and design realms who will handpick this limited-edition set of labels.

We’ve said it once (maybe more than once), but we firmly believe that creativity fosters creativity, which is why we’re thrilled to be working with the following individuals to curate the set of artistic labels that will stimulate, delight and inspire our drinkers.

Co-founders Bob Russell and Matt Johnston will also help curate Series Four on behalf of Collective Arts Brewing, lending a voice for the team who come from all walks of the art and creative sectors.

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to submit for Series Four! Can’t wait to dive into discovering new artists, musicians, photographers and film makers, finding new faves along the way.


bio_laurawills_03Laura Wills
Laura is the creative director & designer of her design company Messenger, now in its fifteenth year, specializing in branding, packaging and online design. Her work has been recognized in many of the industry’s most prestigious awards competitions and publications world-wide. Laura is known for her collection of old sign letters, the rotating inspiration wall in her studio and for always touching the wine labels. She’s recently rediscovered her love of a good Doodle.


bio_GraemeHeadshot2Graeme Luey
Graeme is the art director, and co-owner of Trinity Bellwood’s #Hashtag Gallery, whose mandate is to support emerging, and mid-career artists looking to forward their careers in the field of contemporary art. #Hashtag Gallery opened April 2012, and has since shown artwork from artists of all skill levels from countries around the world.

In addition to his work at the gallery, Graeme is also a practicing artist, graphic designer & web developer.


bio_Simon Ward Pic - photo credit Heather Pollock - hi res (1) (1)Simon Ward
Lead singer and principal songwriter of the Juno awarding winning folk group, The Strumbellas, Simon Ward knew that there was something for him beyond the village limits of Lindsay, Ontario. He moved to Toronto and put an ad on Craigslist looking for other musicians to join him. A gaggle of artists converged, creating the Juno nominated alt-country band, The Strumbellas, who were a part of our inaugural Series One.

Simon’s influences range from Wilco to Ryan Adams to good old fashioned pop music. His inspiration floods in from real life experience, with his lyrics often touching on his own life challenges. The death of his father when he was sixteen, his upbringing in rural Ontario and his first experiences of life in the big city all play pivotal storylines in the tales he weaves throughout his songs.

Twitter: @thestrumbellas

andrewbablo (1)Andrew ‘Andy’ Bablo
Andrew Bablo is an artist, designer, and the editor at Steez Magazine, an international culture quarterly from Boston, Ma. Andrew has a Bachelors Degree in graphic design from Montserrat College of Art. He has worked professionally as a designer of licensed sports apparel and freelance designed for the likes Reebok, Casual Male, NHL etc. In recent years he’s used his design skills to create large-scale murals and creative signage for commercial businesses, non-profits and gallery settings and he’s been part of numerous art shows around the Boston area. In his role at Steez, Bablo has worked with artists of every level from across the globe on feature interviews and collaborative work. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, fishing, mountain biking, beer drinking, ice hockey and the outdoors. In the future, Andrew plans to buy a remote island off the coast of mind your own business, so he can completely check out from society and social media. Until then, you can see what he’s up to on a daily basis at

Twitter: @steezmagazine
Instagram: @steezmagazine

bio_DSC_5664 (1)Crystal Luxmore
Crystal Luxmore is a Toronto-based beer writer and editor whose work appears in enRoute, the Globe & Mail and Sun Media newspapers. As a Certified Cicerone and Prud’homme Beer Sommelier, she runs Experience Beer, where she leads guided tastings, beer dinners and teaches Luxy’s Beer School.

Twitter: @crystalluxmore
Instagram: @crystalluxmore

bio_Dan SpringerDan Springer
Dan Springer is a Toronto-based visual artist and art director whose preferred tools span the gamut from acrylic to screen printing to digital to cardboard. His artwork has been shown in galleries across Canada and the United States and hangs in homes and offices around the globe. He has worked with many Toronto advertising and marketing agencies developing promotional concepts and events as well as graphic design and illustration. Currently, his personal work is primarily acrylic paintings on wood panels featuring bold, iconic imagery. Dan is no stranger to Collective Arts Brewing, having had artwork featured for all three previous
label series.

In his spare time Dan likes to tinker on anything with 2 wheels, noodling around with his band, doling out tummy rubs to his pets and hanging out with his wife… and stuff and things… but mostly stuff.

Twitter: @SKULLUXE

bio_Steve_headshotframe (1)Steve Beinicke
Steve Beinicke studied Communications & Design at OCADU, went on to become an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, and eventually an award-winning creative director. In addition to his commercial work, Steve has illustrated six children’s books. He’s currently writing a feature-length screenplay based on his misadventures in Mexico.

Twitter: @stevebeinicke

bio_Stuart (1)Stuart Berman
By day, Stuart Berman is a contributing editor at Pitchfork; by night, he is the frontman for Toronto post-punk garage-rock hustlers The Two Koreas; by triennial sabbatical, he is the author of two books about local music lore—This Book Is Broken: A Broken Social Scene Story (House of Anansi, 2009) and Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History of Danko Jones (ECW Press, 2012). He is a non-smoker and practising Libra.

Twitter: @stuberman



4 Responses to “SERIES FOUR JUDGES”

  1. Hi,

    May i please have your fax number?


  2. best songwriter and bandleader


  3. Hi,

    I was just wondering when CA will announce the selected artwork for the series 4 labels?


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