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Life of a Craphead is an art duo consisting of Jon McCurley and Amy Lam, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] They have presented work at The Power Plant, Gallery TPW, Hotel MariaKapel, Department of Safety, and the Banff Centre. Their work combines art and humour.[2]

McCurley and Lam created Life of a Craphead in 2006. Their first joint performances were in comedy clubs[3] in 2006.[4] Later they began creating interactive art installations in Toronto public spaces.[5]

Life of a Craphead was the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s Artist-in-Residence[6] from January to March 2013. In April they organized and curated an artistic lecture and performance event entitled Trampoline Hall at the Garrison hall in Toronto.[7]

From Oct. 29 and every Sunday until Nov. 29, 2017. Life of a Craphead performed King Edward VII Equestrian Statue Floating Down the Don, floating a replica of an equestrian sculpture of King Edward VII down the Don River.[8][9] The original 15-foot bronze sculpture was erected in India in 1922 to commemorate the Edward VII’s reign as emperor.[10] Toronto businessman Harry Jackman paid to have the bronze figure moved to Toronto from India, where it had been placed in storage after the India became independent in 1947.[10] It was installed in Queens Park in 1969.[11][12]

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  1. Krishtalka, Sholem (29 March 2013). “What is Life of a Craphead? (And is it funny?)”. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. Michaels, Sean (August 27, 2009). Conceptual comedy” duo turn jokes into art as “Life of a Craphead. This. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. Shea, Courtney (10 April 2013). “Life of a Craphead: Artistic duo”. The Grid TO. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  4. Cotter, Sam (19 April 2013). “Life Of A Craphead Has Fun With Fiction At The AGO”. Canadian Art. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. “Don’t Touch the Red Book at Toronto Free Library”. By Ashley Carter, Torontoist
  6. “Life of a Craphead”. ago.net. Art Gallery of Ontario. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  7. “Monthly Series: Trampoline Hall at The Garrison” by Melinda M, on April 19th, 2013″. Ossington Village.
  8. Whyte, Murray (2017-11-03). “King Edward, down the Don River without a paddle”. The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  9. “A replica of this Queen’s Park statue is being thrown in the Don River … and you can watch”. CBC News. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  10. “A statue of King Edward VII will float down the Don River this weekend”. NOW Magazine. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  11. “Toronto artists are using a floating king to dump on colonialism | Metro Toronto”. metronews.ca. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  12. Torontoist (2014-12-06). “Historicist: Here Comes the Equestrian Statue”. Torontoist. Retrieved 2017-11-15.

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