Inspired by your ever-growing needs and our ever-growing curiosities. Explore our collection of ongoing collaborations below.
Safari Flower Co.
Experimentation exists between the push and pull; in the harmony within strict regulation and free-flowing intuition. Moving through tension is, in itself, an artform — a graceful dance of adjustment and anticipation in the pursuit of a deeper understanding. Trusting what you know, while staying curious about what you don’t yet understand — or haven’t yet been made aware of.
Sweetly Vanilla. Powerfully Pungent.
Produced in collaboration with Safari Flower Co., a premium craft grower based out of Ontario’s lush Niagara region, Ice Cream Cake dried flower (3.5 g) is a potent Indica-dominant hybrid. With THC levels reaching 19 - 25%, and virtually no CBD, Ice Cream Cake may be recognized by its distinctive buds. Light green with purple colourization and prominent trichome crystals, Ice Cream Cake offers a unique aroma and flavour profile — a sweet, almost-vanilla taste combined with a powerful diesel finish, offset with a light, peppery citrus zest.
(Em)powered by collaboration, the Kolab Project Growers Series highlights some of the unique partnerships born from a shared commitment to quality, refinement, and continuous experimentation.
In conversation with Safari Flower Co.:
“Language helps to shape, and define, our everyday experiences. Intentionally, we refer to our cultivars as ‘wild’ — allowing consumers to know, and on some level, innately understand, that our seeds and plants are grown from designer strains allowed to develop their distinct characteristics over many years of creative breeding. This idea of language enabling experience is carried through in our tasting notes, using common, accessible verbiage to help you better facilitate and evolve your personal rituals — what does a ‘sweet’ strain bring you personally, versus one with a ‘diesel’ or ‘berry’ finish? Language helps to establish the relationship between You and the Object (or Act). Cannabis consumption is extremely personal. Navigate it in a way that feels correct for you. It’s part of our responsibility as new wave growers and producers to connect our world to others.”
Beauty is subjective. One’s individual appraisal of an object’s beauty may focus on its physical appearance. It may note its colour, or its shape. It may pay particular attention to the object’s details, highlighting textures or imperfections, categorizing peculiarities as charming or characterful. Or, it may abandon all corporal criteria focusing instead on its function, relocating value to purpose. Beauty in how an object performs. In how an object interacts with its environment, and with its user.
Beauty in its need to exist.
Shane Krepakevich, the principal designer and founder of Toronto-based, research-driven studio Mercury Bureau, seeks to make items which drive impact. Items which make a difference in one’s day to day, and imprint on the way we understand the world around us. Existing within the space between science, curiosity, and contemporary art, Mercury Bureau designs limited edition objects which emerge from an experimental studio practice.
Kolab Project recently engaged Mercury Bureau to collaborate on the Minimum Tray, a multi-purpose, machine-brushed aluminum surface intended for use alongside your personal ritual, transforming from rolling tray to ashtray as your own ritual progresses.
THE MINIMUM TRY - AVAILABLE SOON
To maintain the integrity and appearance of the tray, wipe down with soap and warm water using a soft-fibre cloth.
Lotus Cannabis Co.
Kolab Project is proud to announce the launch of our Kalifornia strain, available in dried flower, in collaboration with Lotus Cannabis Co.—a premium cannabis producer based out of the northern Okanagan region in British Columbia.
Containing high THC (between 17% – 25%) and virtually no CBD, Kalifornia is a unique, heavy-hitting Indica dominant strain, bred from crossing the legendary Nepali OG with 88 G-13 Hashplant. The primary terpenes found in Kalifornia are beta-myrcene and limonene, while its aroma and tasting notes bring to mind dense, lush vegetation: woody and earthy, with sharp, spicy undertones.
Driven by our shared commitment to quality, refinement, and continuous improvement, Kalifornia is grown using high-calibrated automated systems, ensuring optimal grow conditions and a consistent product. All bud is trimmed by hand, then harvested and cured using a slower dry process at a low temperature. “Perfect for that slow summer night — or simply surfing at your own pace.” In conversation with Lotus Cannabis Co.:
How does experimentation lend itself to your day to day?
Experimentation is very rarely incidental, or free-flowing. There’s a certain level of rigour in all that we do — all of our ideas or hypotheses are rooted in, and validated by, empirical findings, and executed upon extremely thoughtfully. Any minor adjustments made may have tremendous impact on the final product, and in our consumers’ experiences. However, there is always value in seeking out new ways to do things — experimentation is an important step in refinement, of both your product and your process.
“Experimentation is an important step in refinement, of both your product and your process”
What are the brand values / ethos driving your work?
To grow cannabis requires not only an extensive understanding of the plant, but also an understanding of human nature; putting into practice one’s education and technical abilities while balancing it with the everyday realities of the product. Cannabis consumption is a unique and personal ritual; the complexities surrounding the plant and its uses is a bit like wine in that respect. People might seek out specific strains for X and another strain for Y, and it’s important to understand how one’s experience will differ based on the decisions made at the growth and cultivation stages.
What does the future for cannabis hold?
The possibilities are endless! At Lotus, we often talk about the need to have a high comprehension for potential in growing — making decisions based on a calculated, thoughtful understanding of what the consequences of your actions will be. The industry as a whole is no different. It’s the responsibility of seasoned vets to create space for others to come in and evolve existing ideas (or bring forth new ones).
Ritual is highly personal. It’s a moment carved out with intention, defined only by one’s own ongoing commitment to it. It can be loud and performative. It can be quiet and understated. The participant powers the ritual, allowing it to be.
Toronto’s Fran Miller is the founder and namesake of F. Miller Skincare, an all-natural skincare line which prioritizes minimalism in the pursuit of quality. Kolab Project recently engaged Fran and her team to collaborate on a three-piece essentials collection featuring a Roll-on, a Multi-Balm, and a Balancing Mist.
What is the driving vision behind your work?
F. Miller Skincare is an extension of myself and the value I put on simplicity, ritual, and plant-based body care. The brand was founded on the desire to integrate the highest quality holistic ingredients with timeless, effortless minimalism—an offering that I felt was lacking in the overwhelming world of beauty and skincare at the time. After struggling with personal skin sensitivities while trying to lean into a more natural daily routine, I found it hard to source clean products that were all at once highly effective, a sensorial pleasure to use, and beautifully packaged. So I sought out to create my own.
I believe that the simplest, smallest acts of daily ritual can have a profound effect on our physical body, mental clarity, energy and mood. I hope that the daily essentials we have created with Kolab will encourage and enhance mindfulness and consistency in those small personal moments of balance, calm and grounding.
“Find the ritual within your reach”
What do your own self-care rituals look like?
For me, minimalism and ritual are interconnected. If a ritual is too elaborate, I often won't connect to it as deeply and in turn am more likely to push it to the bottom of the priority list. Self-care is essential for our own well-being and, ultimately, that of the ones closest to us or who may rely on us. That being said, it doesn't have to be expensive, complicated or perceived in this self-indulgent way that many view it.
My version consists of simple morning and evening rituals that I end up looking forward to throughout my day. I’ll burn an oil blend or incense while doing a 5 minute morning meditation, followed by 5 min of stretching. I use energizing essential oils in the shower to help wake up, quick minimal skincare and then take 10 min to sit with a coffee while journaling and organizing my day. Evenings are all about shutting off and calming down; often with herbal tea, a bath, and any skincare routines that are more involved. Find the ritual within your reach.
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Designed in collaboration with Toronto-based studio IV, the LAB001 space—located in Lloydminster, SK from 2019-2020—was approached with the hope of creating not only a shoppable destination, but a transformative experience unlike any other.
Part storefront, part living design exploration, LAB001 as a tangible extension of the Kolab Project brand; an organic intersection of culture, commerce, and experience rooted in an ever-evolving story.
With sensitivity to the town of Lloydminster and the space’s natural and built surroundings, we aimed to create a space that looks both forwards and backwards: a reflection of the Canadian cannabis industry at large, recognizing those who came before us while imagining where we could go next.
The Next Fourteen Days
Kolab Project partnered with OCAD U to create an exclusive call for submissions from members of the OCAD U community. The Next Fourteen Days is a new initiative that will provide grants to realize 14 new projects, created by OCAD U senior students, recent alumni and also select faculty. These projects will document new work created over a period of 14 days in May 2020. Collectively and individually these works will speak to this time of physical distancing and self-isolation.
The Next Fourteen Days is an experiment in social connection. Using creative practice to bridge social distancing, this initiative has been developed in an effort to offer a reprieve from our collective isolation, to champion creativity and to support cultural production in these challenging times. We thank all those who submitted project proposals. All those whose projects were selected by our jury panel received financial grants in order to fund the completion of their projects.
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