We’ve posted about artists Maya Hayuk and Jen Stark individually, but now they have a joint exhibition, Double Rainbow Rainbow, up at the Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto. I wish I could make it. From the images on the gallery site, the two artists’ styles compliment each other perfectly.
Nothing is hotter these days than charcuterie, which is why Marben Restaurant in downtown Toronto is rocking a farmhouse-chic dining experience for all those who find cured meats and home canning totally sexy. With an interior of brick and birch decorated with mason jars and balloon whisks, Marben Restaurant is bringing agriculture to the big city.
Aaron Leighton’s Spirit City Toronto isn’t unique in concept (we’ve posted before about Monsters in Real Places), but Leighton’s take is really well done, with the creatures he adds to photographs taking on the textures and colors of their surroundings.
There is something irresistible about a beautifully designed coffee shop. And Balzac’s Coffee in Toronto’s Distillery District is just such a place. Located in an antiquated warehouse, the ambience exudes an industrial-chic meets French bistro aesthetic with its worn brick walls, pressed tin coffee bar, checkerboard tiled flooring, and 20ft ceiling adorned with exposed pipes.
Over the years chocolate has evolved from mass-produced baking tablets in kitchens where dark chocolate was virtually unheard of, to a distinguished product coveted for its incredible complexity. However, today’s attitude towards chocolate has not so much evolved as it has returned to its pagan roots when it was revered as a wondrous, even medicinal, ingredient. Enter Soma Chocolatemaker in Toronto’s uber-hip Distillery District where you can ‘eat, drink and worship chocolate’.
I’m off to Toronto this weekend to check out a few of the films that are screening as part of the Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] — a charitable, not-for-profit cultural organization. All up, there will be 335 films from 64 countries screening over ten days, so I’ll be scrambling to fit a few in, […]
Designed by — and named after – the iconic architect Frank Gehry, Toronto’s FRANK is a tasty complement to the Art Gallery of Ontario, located, as it is, within the building’s beautiful surrounds. The interior design is stunning: modern, chic, and urbane, it’s a work of art in its own right, featuring modern Danish furnishings and an installation of Frank Stella’s work. And the restaurant itself benefits from the oversight of executive chef Anne Yarymowich, who has created a small but delightful menu, showcasing local wines and seasonal ingredients.
Walking down Toronto’s Queen Street West a few weeks back, we were momentarily distracted (if an hour or two counts as momentarily) by the cake-y delicacies that adorned the store window of The Red Tea Box. Oh boy! This place is like that scene out of Hansel and Gretel where they stumble upon the Gingerbread House, only the treats here are Tea Cakes and the decorations on them should probably be hanging on the walls of a local gallery. These cakes are stunning. Almost too good to eat. Mind you, that didn’t stop us. [photos by Alison Zavos]
One of the best designed restaurants I’ve eaten at, Ultra Supper Club, located in Toronto’s bustling downtown area, offers a fun and playful ambiance and a beautifully conceptualized menu that fits neatly into that burgeoning culinary category of ‘modern fusion’. Which means, exactly? A bit of this, a bit of that, all elegantly presented and rounded off with a sparkling wine selection which complements the variable dining options.
I visited Toronto for the first time a couple of weekends back to check out the Luminato Festival and explore the city itself, which is being promoted as a more socially progressive and cultural alternative to other Canadian hotspots such as Montreal and Vancouver. And for good reason. Toronto is a fascinating place on many levels: from the architecture in the city center, which seamlessly combines the ornate majesty of pre-1940 buildings with the glistening facades of more contemporary designs; to the long, straight roads which defines movement though the city and contains an assortment of hidden gems; to the overall cleanliness of the streets and the overwhelming sense that a bustling creative community is doing all it can to foster the careers of others around them. It was an eye-opening experience. I left the city with a feeling that Toronto is very much on the rise, casting aside its wintry persona and thriving on the back of what is clearly a dynamic and exciting creative scene. Photos by Alison Zavos
I’m heading up to Toronto on the weekend to take in the events around the annual Luminato festival, which is now in its third year as a ten-day celebration of the arts — filling Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, and design. It’ll be an interesting few days, especially given that part of the experience of attending Luminato is to have ‘accidental encounters with art’. Hmmm, hmmm. The event is designed to showcase Toronto’s thriving downtown area which is driving the city’s ongoing cultural renaissance.
Ever wondered what the inside of a video game controller looks like? ‘Deconstructed’ is a series that shows you the pieces that make up the entirety of those gaming devices we all loved and button-mashed. Toronto-based photographer Brandon Allen performed an autopsy on classic video game controllers, laid out all the parts, and photographed them. […]
Think you know your superhero underwear like the back of your hand? Grab this minimalist art print that documents all the famous superhero and villain undies in one place. It was designed by Toronto-based graphic arts studio Design Different and was inspired by childhood, obviously: ‘When I think back to my childhood, memories flood my […]
Designer toys are on display at the This Is Not A Toy exhibition in Toronto this month until May, where ‘toys’ are ranging in price from just a few dollars to thousands. This large-scale exhibition is co-curated by Pharrell Williams and features a multi-faceted sensory experience’ for visitors, including music, video and vinyl displays. You […]
Toronto-based artist Jazzberry Blue Maps took her love for abstract art to take city maps to a new height by presenting them in a similar visual language as the former. These are oh, so, so, cool.