Cray­ola craze: fill­ing in the lines of T.O.

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Back in the day, colour­ing books were a way for par­ents to keep us en­ter­tained while they were busy. Now, colour­ing books for adults is one of the hottest trends in Toronto. There is even a new Drake book.

Adult colour­ing books have con­tin­ued to grow in pop­u­lar­ity over the last few months of­fer­ing a way for har­ried Hog­town res­i­dents to re­lieve stress and anx­i­ety. And Cana­dian artists are get­ting in on that mar­ket.

Sa­mara Shuter, a Toronto fine artist, re­leased her first lim­ited edi­tion colour­ing book. The book is signed and has 24 pages of menswear to colour, from her The In­tro­duc­tion and Get­ting to Know You paint­ing se­ries.

Adults who love colour­ing can even find Toronto-spe­cific colour­ing books with lo­ca­tions from around the city.

Free­lance artist Daniel Rot­sz­tain put his love of Toronto into his colour­ing book, All the Li­braries Toronto, which fea­tures all 100 li­braries in the city.

Il­lus­tra­tor Shengyu Cai col­lab­o­rated with writer Bruce Beaton to cre­ate a 16-page colour­ing book fea­tur­ing Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket. United Colours of Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket fea­tures shops, build­ings and the streets of the neigh­bour­hood. Re­cently, Drake fans have got­ten ex­cited over the re­lease of Un­der the

Pro­jec­tors: The Un­of­fi­cial Drake Col­or­ing Book. The 32-page book was cre­ated by Sugoi Books, a U.K.-based print la­bel. It fea­tures Drake’s ca­reer from De­grassi to rap­per, il­lus­trated by 15 dif­fer­ent artists. Bun B’s

Rap­per Colour­ing and Ac­tiv­ity Book also fea­tures Drake. But why stop at colour­ing alone? Story Planet is hav­ing an adult colour­ing and wine event on Valen­tine’s Day from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The colour­ing uten­sils are pro­vided and pages from Fan­tas­tic Cities, il­lus­trated by Cana­dian artist Steve McDon­ald, are used — one of which in­cludes the down­town Toronto sky­line. Email naomi@sto­ry­ to re­serve a spot.

If a weekly, free event is more ap­peal­ing, look no fur­ther than the Melody Bar. Ev­ery Thurs­day from 5 p.m. un­til close they host Colour­ing for Adults. They pro­vide the sup­plies and in­vite peo­ple to colour over drinks with friends. — Kelsey Ram­baran

L-R: Toronto artist Sa­mara Shuter, and colour­ing books fea­tur­ing Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket and Drake

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